January Update from the Executive Director

Over the last few weeks, Alaskans have begun to see funding from the latest federal relief bill start to pour into the state. From individual payments of up to $600 per person to early-stage PPP loans and more, dollars are starting to flow again at a time when our businesses and neighbors need it most. … Continue reading "January Update from the Executive Director" More

Introducing Katie Ashbaugh, BuyAlaska Program Manager

Katie Ashbaugh is the BuyAlaska Program Manager and is thrilled to be finding ways to promote Alaska’s small businesses and to encourage shopping local first. With a background in the natural sciences and sustainable forest management, Katie took her passion for sustainability into the field of business and has an MBA in Sustainable Systems. She … Continue reading "Introducing Katie Ashbaugh, BuyAlaska Program Manager" More

Office Closure 1/18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As we honor Dr. King’s legacy today, we want to say thank you to everyone working on the frontlines of social justice reform. Keep striving to make our state and our nation an equal and equitable place to live and work. Have a safe and insightful Dr. MLK Day!  Our offices will be closed on … Continue reading "Office Closure 1/18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day" More

Perplexed by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?

Our video is a step-by-step walkthrough of the PPP application for both the first and second draw opportunities. Once you register, the link will take you to the COVID-19 Information Channel where you will find this video. Register here! Topics covered are: A brief overview of the changes to the PPP Eligibility requirements Difference between … Continue reading "Perplexed by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?" More

SBA Re-Opening PPP to Small Lenders on Friday, January 15 & All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19

Lenders with $1 Billion or Less in Assets Will be Able to Submit First and Second Draw PPP Applications on Friday – Continuing Dedicated Access for Community-Based Lenders WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with … Continue reading "SBA Re-Opening PPP to Small Lenders on Friday, January 15 & All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19" More

SBA Launches New, Free Online Digital Learning Platform

Ascent built to assist nearly 13 million women-owned small businesses WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza, today announced the launch of Ascent, a first-of-its-kind, free digital e-learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses.  Ascent has valuable content such as tips on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing, and business financial strategy development. … Continue reading "SBA Launches New, Free Online Digital Learning Platform" More

Alaska SBDC Relief Bill Overview

The changes and updates being implemented due to the new relief bill have caused a lot of questions. The Alaska SBDC is here to help make sense of it all: To further meet the need for information, the Alaska SBDC has resumed its Weekly Briefing schedule in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and … Continue reading "Alaska SBDC Relief Bill Overview" More

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opens Jan 11

From the Small Business Administration (SBA): WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to … Continue reading "SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opens Jan 11" More