My name is Penny and my job is unique: I am an improvement district worker.
What does that mean? I get to create place, community and vibrancy.
I am currently the marketing & communications... Read more
When I learned recently that Alaska is last in the US in private corporate venture capital investment in early stage ventures, it was not a surprise to me.
However, after spending a couple months in... Read more
This kid, I've seen him before.
Now I remember where I know him from. One time I was his entrepreneurship coach for about two hours. He came up with the "efficient pizza carrier" thing. I recall... Read more
Throughout Alaska Startup Week, you have been reading about why startups are important. They are the source of job growth, contribute to new economic growth, and solve the problems of consumers.
Yet... Read more
49th State Brewing Co.’s theater buzzed with excitement. Not because a casting producer from Shark Tank was visiting Alaska for the first time (she was, and loved it), not because of a giant blow-up... Read more
Think quickly, envision three successful entrepreneurs: who comes to mind? If Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, or Sergey Brin pop into your head, you aren’t alone. American culture celebrates maverick,... Read more
Like so many kids, Ben Kellie wanted to be an astronaut. He may not be going to outer space himself anytime soon, but Kellie knows more than a few things about launching rockets into orbit.
As co-... Read more
Working in Anchorage’s low-income neighborhoods, I have seen firsthand the toll the recession has taken on neighborhood businesses and the local economy. Commercial vacancies are up, unemployment is... Read more
My father is a rancher, so he speaks in "cowboy-isms". He once told me, “You go to school to learn you’re ABCs, but you go to work to learn the rest of the alphabet.”
He couldn’t have been more... Read more
Julia Casey moved to Anchorage in 2017 as an Americorps VISTA. Although she was placed in a position supporting entrepreneurs at the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, it wasn’t... Read more
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners have gotten more information about a new tax break many will get, with the IRS issuing proposed regulations that explain the deduction for qualified business... Read more
A senator from Idaho gave up part of his July Fourth recess to spend time talking business in Alaska.
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship chairman Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, held an oversight... Read more
A group of Chinese business delegates from the northeastern city of Harbin visited Anchorage June 8-9 to meet face-to-face with Alaska business leaders interested in opening more trade between the... Read more
The Alaska trade mission to China in May is already paying off in terms of incubating opportunities, Gov. Bill Walker said June 6 in Anchorage.
Speaking alongside an entourage of Alaska business and... Read more
Alaska isn’t just the second-youngest state in the union. Its population remains younger as well.
The median age in Alaska is 33.4 years old, compared to 37.4 nationally.
But the number of people... Read more
NEW YORK (AP) — Five months after massive federal tax changes became law, many small business owners still don’t know whether they’ll be winners or losers.
Mike Kaeding would like to know how his... Read more
In 2011, Charlotte went bananas.
City officials in North Carolina launched a marketing campaign to entice Chiquita Brands International (aka Chiquita Banana) to relocate from Cincinnati and make... Read more
Jim Harty puts hundreds of miles a week on his car traveling to meet with business owners applying for Small Business Administration loans through Wells Fargo Bank.
At the end of the day, he’s most... Read more
A Palmer hay grower has teamed up with a timothy hay farmer in eastern Washington to sell to customers in Japan and South Korea.
It’s a good export business for both small-scale farmers. The eastern... Read more
When Gov. Bill Walker announced the delegation for Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission, it probably wasn’t very surprising to see businesses from the timber, mining, and investment industries... Read more