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

Spreading Love and Cream Cheese

Everything Bagels in Soldotna has kneaded, boiled, and baked their way to success, serving hand-rolled bagels, homemade spreads, sandwiches, and espresso to devoted bagel fans on the Kenai Peninsula since 2016. When the novel coronavirus pandemic shook the state, owners Pamela and Matthew Parker chose to close the dining area of their artisan bagel restaurant … Continue reading "Spreading Love and Cream Cheese" More

PPP Update & New FAQs

As of July 31, Alaska has received 11,597 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for a total of $1,278,375,015! Nationally, 5,083,585 loans have been approved for $521,385,950,607. There is currently $128,230,770,853 left in PPP funding. If you’re interested in applying, we can help, just send us an email or register to work with an advisor! SBA … Continue reading "PPP Update & New FAQs" More

Anchorage Mayor Signs Emergency Orders EO-15 & EO-13 v2

Mayor Signs Emergency Orders EO-15 and EO-13 v2 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Today, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz signed Emergency Order EO-15 to preserve the health and safety of the Municipality of Anchorage from COVID-19. Anchorage just experienced our worst week of the epidemic as measured by new cases, active cases, and cases per day. New local cases are being … Continue reading "Anchorage Mayor Signs Emergency Orders EO-15 & EO-13 v2" More

An infusion of care keeps The Spice & Tea Exchange open during pandemic

On a regular summer day, The Spice & Tea Exchange’s door is open wide, with the aroma of spices, herbs, and teas inviting new and returning guests inside. Guests not only see the array of goods, but they enjoy smelling, touching, and sampling snacks, teas, seasonings, and more. With the arrival of COVID-19, the shopping … Continue reading "An infusion of care keeps The Spice & Tea Exchange open during pandemic" More

Nearly $30 Billion in PPP, EIDL Funds Approved for Pacific Northwest Small Businesses, Nonprofits

SEATTLE – As part of economic relief efforts related to the Coronavirus pandemic, nearly $30 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds have been approved for small businesses and nonprofits in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Pacific Northwest Region serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. To put that in perspective, during the fiscal year 2019, … Continue reading "Nearly $30 Billion in PPP, EIDL Funds Approved for Pacific Northwest Small Businesses, Nonprofits" More