October Update from the Alaska SBDC Executive Director

Fall is in full swing in Alaska with the air getting crisper, the days getting shorter and the bears putting on those last few pounds before their long winter sleep. Before I get to the business happenings around the state I wanted to give a shout out to bear 747 who was officially named Katmai … Continue reading "October Update from the Alaska SBDC Executive Director" More

BuyAlaska is Back!

A Note from the Executive Sponsor The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a global economic recession unlike any in recent memory. It has negatively impacted all sectors and communities across the state almost without exception, forcing businesses to close or restrict operations severely. Alaska’s businesses and core industries of tourism, retail, service, and hospitality are particularly … Continue reading "BuyAlaska is Back!" More

OP-ED: Small Manufacturing Firms Continue to Drive Alaska Economy

OP-ED: Small Manufacturing Firms Continue to Drive Alaska Economy By Jeremy Field Regional Administrator, Pacific Northwest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Local manufacturing businesses and jobs have experienced a resurgence in recent years that needs to continue for our state’s livelihood and connection to the global economy. Before the pandemic, the manufacturing sector employed 11.6 million workers in … Continue reading "OP-ED: Small Manufacturing Firms Continue to Drive Alaska Economy" More

September Update from the Alaska SBDC Executive Director

With the pandemic entering into its seventh month and winter fast approaching, we here at the Alaska SBDC thought it would be nice to focus on some positive news for a change. One of the many amazing things about living here in Alaska is that people have amazing resilience. When things get tough, Alaskans come … Continue reading "September Update from the Alaska SBDC Executive Director" More

Pivot Plan is Critical for Small Business Survival in Alaska

Pivot Plan is Critical for Small Business Survival in Alaska By Jeremy Field, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Jon Bittner, Alaska Small Business Development Center (Alaska SBDC) COVID-19 has had a profound impact on small businesses across the country. As entrepreneurs deal with industry shutdowns, quarantines, and fewer customers, “business as usual” takes on … Continue reading "Pivot Plan is Critical for Small Business Survival in Alaska" More

Japan in Alaska

Alaska blueberry homemade marshmallows; matcha swiss roll with Alaska rhubarb mousse. Oishi Bakery in Fairbanks glistens with sugar and blooms with the loft of puff pastry. The bakery uses healthy, quality ingredients to create Japanese baked goods and entrees featuring Alaska ingredients. “Oishi” means delicious in Japanese and owner Shelly Jensen aims to uphold the … Continue reading "Japan in Alaska" More

AK CARES Open with New Eligibility Guidelines

NOW OPEN: Under the newly expanded eligibility guidelines, the State’s AK CARES grant program is accepting applications! You are now eligible to apply regardless of the amount of federal relief funding that you may have received, or if your business is considered your secondary income. If you were formerly ineligible, we encourage you to apply … Continue reading "AK CARES Open with New Eligibility Guidelines" More

Red Spruce inside Forbidden Peak Brewery

Last January, a global street-food eatery opened inside the Juneau taproom of Forbidden Peak Brewery. Founded by chef Lionel Udippa, Red Spruce AK offers a robust and flavorful rotating seasonal menu featuring a range of tastes and cuisines. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Uddipa and his close-knit team had to roll up their sleeves and … Continue reading "Red Spruce inside Forbidden Peak Brewery" More

August Update from the Alaska SBDC Executive Director

As summer starts to wind to a close, it’s hard to believe that it’s been six months since COVID-19 changed everything. Alaskans all over the state are still trying to adjust to the “new normal” and are wondering what the upcoming school year will mean for students and parents alike. Congress is working to try … Continue reading "August Update from the Alaska SBDC Executive Director" More