National Small Business Week 2021 Virtual Summit Announced September 13-15

Coming up on September 13 – September 15, 2021: National Small Business Week Virtual Summit hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration   Attend this free, online event to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts! This 3-day, action-packed event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small … Continue reading "National Small Business Week 2021 Virtual Summit Announced September 13-15" More

SBA Announces Opening of Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal

SBA Announces Opening of Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal New portal will streamline applications for loans $150K or less for over 6.5 million businesses  WASHINGTON – The  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly … Continue reading "SBA Announces Opening of Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal" More

July Update from the Alaska SBDC Executive Director

Slowly but surely things have been getting back to normal around the state with masks being seen less frequently and stores opening up more fully. People are even traveling again! That’s good news for the small businesses across Alaska that have been hit hard by the last 16 months of lockdowns and economic turmoil. There … Continue reading "July Update from the Alaska SBDC Executive Director" More

SBA Administrator Announces Closure of Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Program

SBA Administrator Announces Closure of Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program Over 100k restaurants were awarded $28.6 billion; Average award was $283K On July 2, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabel Guzman announces the closure of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) program, signed into law by President Joe Biden as part of the American Rescue Plan. The program provided much … Continue reading "SBA Administrator Announces Closure of Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Program" More

The Lemon Season is Here! Lemonade Day Alaska is on Saturday, June 26!

The Lemon Season is Here! Lemonade Day Alaska is on Saturday, June 26! How do you introduce Alaska’s future generation to the thrill of entrepreneurship, the importance of financial management, and the excitement of running a business? By teaching them how to start and run their own small business – a lemonade stand! Lemonade Day … Continue reading "The Lemon Season is Here! Lemonade Day Alaska is on Saturday, June 26!" More

49SAF Co-investment Fund

The 49th State Angel Fund launched the 49SAF Co-investment Fund for Alaska businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The 49SAF Co-investment Fund is a dollar-for-dollar fund: 49SAF will match new cash equity (or equity-like) investment into any Alaska company up to $25,000, near-automatically.   49SAF has dedicated efforts to create the Building Equity … Continue reading "49SAF Co-investment Fund" More

Highlighting Steller Botanical Health

In Gustavus, Alaska you can get farm-fresh cabbage, local fermented and aged berries, apple cider vinegar, a custom herbal formula tailored to your specific body and ailment, and bodywork therapy all in one place! Small towns often require individuals to wear many hats, and Gustavus is an amazing example of such, as it offers an … Continue reading "Highlighting Steller Botanical Health" More

SBA Launches ‘Community Navigator Pilot’ Program Application 

SBA Launches ‘Community Navigator Pilot’ Program Application $100 million competitive grant program to strengthen outreach to businesses in underserved communities enacted through the American Rescue Plan WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it is accepting applications for its new Community Navigator Pilot Program. This new initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach our nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority … Continue reading "SBA Launches ‘Community Navigator Pilot’ Program Application " More

Alaska SBDC Releases Compelling COVID-19 Impact Data on Small Businesses

Alaska SBDC Releases Compelling COVID-19 Impact Data on Small Businesses Tourism and Hiring Present Ongoing Challenges for Alaskans Alaska – May 19, 2021 – The Alaska Small Business Development Center (Alaska SBDC) has released its preliminary COVID-19 impact survey results on small businesses spanning the state. A familiar story emerges from the data: COVID-19 has … Continue reading "Alaska SBDC Releases Compelling COVID-19 Impact Data on Small Businesses" More

The SBA Funds 16,000 Restaurant Revitalization Fund Awards

First wave of approved restaurant applicants to receive vital American Rescue Plan funding just one week after the SBA opened for applications WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin delivering economic relief from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan and signed into law by President Joe Biden, to more than 16,000 … Continue reading "The SBA Funds 16,000 Restaurant Revitalization Fund Awards" More