Highlighting: Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems, Inc

John Parker started Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems (IRIS) in 2012 to find a solution to clean up debris along the coast of Alaska from the Tohoku, Japan tsunami in 2011.  Parker developed drones to be able to conduct missions off ships, plying Alaska’s shorelines, to identify areas where cleanup needed to be performed. Read the … Continue reading "Highlighting: Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems, Inc" More

Small Business Highlight: Alaska Kayak Company

Not long ago, Ketchikan residents Mary Maley and Tim Hemme had an idea. They saw an underexploited opportunity in the cruise ship tourism market, where passengers were looking for an intimate, adaptable tour experience that got them out of town and into the Alaska wilderness. Since boating and kayaking are Maley and Hemme’s favorite ways … Continue reading "Small Business Highlight: Alaska Kayak Company" More

Katie Rooks: Six key takeaways from starting my business

Katie Rooks started Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter in summer, 2017. Read her story here, and check out her list of key takeaways stemming from the experience of launching her small business. You can also learn more abut her business at powoutfitter.com. Ability and willingness to seek help—The Alaska SBDC, a quality insurance agent, and … Continue reading "Katie Rooks: Six key takeaways from starting my business" More

Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter: How a Southeast Alaska small business was born.

By Katie Rooks In the summer of 2016 I had just earned my master’s degree in Recreation and Park Management. As a forestry technician for the U.S. Forest Service, I pursued the degree to compete for management-level jobs on Prince of Wales Island. It seemed very promising and a good career move after doing technical … Continue reading "Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter: How a Southeast Alaska small business was born." More

Get Ready for #ShopSmall Season!

The holiday season is quickly approaching! Please join us for #SmallBizSat on November 24 and #ShopSmall to support #AKSmallBiz! With 72,000 small businesses in Alaska employing more than 140,000 Alaskans, our small business sector is vital to creating a strong, healthy economy. This season, as you embark on the annual flurry of finding holiday gifts for … Continue reading "Get Ready for #ShopSmall Season!" More

Color Wheel Arts LLC

Color Wheel Arts: Connecting neighbors, families, and friends through art Color Wheel Arts LLC is located in Douglas, Alaska and serves to provide art opportunities to the community. Owner Sherri McDonald is achieving this impact by offering dynamic art classes, selling art materials, and establishing Color Wheel Arts as the place to go for artistic … Continue reading "Color Wheel Arts LLC" More

Congratulating The Captain’s Lady

Nestled in Ketchikan’s Creek Street, sits a charming new boutique which swung open its doors in May of 2017. The Captain’s Lady brings unique gifts, clothing, and accessories to Ketchikan, and features locally made souvenirs from the people who live in and love Southeast Alaska. Read on to learn more about this welcoming store! More

Fairbanks: Drug Free Workplace Workshop

The Fairbanks AGC is hosting a workshop this month to help employers with one of the bigger changes to our economic landscape: the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana has been legalized in Alaska for recreational and medicinal purposes, but what does this mean for you as an employer or employee? What are your responsibilities and requirements … Continue reading "Fairbanks: Drug Free Workplace Workshop" More