In February this year, Katie Ashbaugh excitedly accepted the position of sustainability coordinator at Allen Marine Tours, a Southeast Alaska day-cruise operator. She was looking forward to helping... Read more
In October 2013, Fat Ptarmigan opened its doors. After years spent working at bars and restaurants in Anchorage, co-owner and head chef Guy Conley was excited about bringing a “fast casual” dining... Read more
Employee education and development has never been more important as we navigate the challenges brought on by this decade.
Not only do business managers and owners need to rework operating procedures... Read more
“Have you heard that (insert name of local business) is closing?”
This is an all too common refrain in 2020, repeated as we’ve watched restaurants, fitness studios, tour companies, retailers, and... Read more
Data released July 6 by the federal Small Business Administration lists more than 1,600 Alaska businesses approved to receive over $150,000 each from the federal Paycheck Protection Program through... Read more
NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus outbreak forced Sean Giovanni to shut down his recording studio in for two months, he dropped off mobile equipment at staffers’ and artists’ homes. He hoped... Read more
Meet John Boren, a 2020 graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Computer Science and Engineering program. He’s been piecing together his college education for the last 20 years.
The first... Read more
At a time when businesses across the state are forced to close their doors or are scaling back operations, it seems counterintuitive to launch a business.
But is it?
As our economy dives back into... Read more
There is still nearly $150 billion left in the federal government’s primary program to help small businesses through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Small Business Administration handled 4.4... Read more
On March 28 at 5 p.m., Alaskans across the state retreated to their homes as Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s Health Mandate 011: Social Distancing went into effect.
In a mere four weeks, the quickest spike in... Read more
A few months ago, Jasmin Smith closed her longtime venture The Business Boutique to focus on Baby Vend, her startup business offering supplies for babies and children via vending machines. As if... Read more
Economists generally agree that Alaska’s recession is over, but small businesses — often the first to feel a downturn — are still recovering.
The Alaska Small Business Development Center Annual... Read more
Editor’s note: The following includes excerpts from the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development’s The Failure // Resilience Project brief, which explores elements of entrepreneurial... Read more
On May 13, 2005, Fairbanks residents awoke to a startling possibility: the loss of as much as a third of the borough’s population.
The Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure... Read more
If I asked you to describe a stereotypical entrepreneur, chances are you would fall back on a familiar image: a tech-savvy twenty-something donning a hoodie, revolutionizing the world with a piece of... Read more
Accelerators, which provide seed investment, connections and mentorship to startup companies and entrepreneurs, have been popping up across the country in recent years. Alaska is no exception.
The... Read more
Running one of the newer tractors in our operation — a 1973 Ford 1000 — I learned an important lesson working my first year in the hay fields. I was 14. My job was to rake the freshly cut hay into... Read more
“It sucks when the money isn’t there and you need it to be.”
Any entrepreneur waiting for that critical check knows exactly what Kaleb Babcock is talking about. Babcock is lucky though; Kings... Read more
Students of all ages — from kindergarten to post-graduate level — are part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and represent the next generation of innovators and idea makers.
Connecting with them as... Read more
It’s hard to know what’s going to change your life. Decisions like choosing a spouse, becoming a parent, or purchasing a home will obviously make an impact, but sometimes an innocuous-seeming choice... Read more