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
Women engaged in mentorship programs experience greater confidence, make more networking connections and receive increased guidance when navigating their careers.
When Kim Waller walks into a room,... Read more
The U.S. Small Business Administration is strengthening its outreach efforts to business owners and entrepreneurs in Alaska.
Last week, representatives from the SBA visited three communities on the... Read more
When Jennifer Loofbourrow walks through the headquarters of Alpine Fit — currently a 960 square-foot shop and showroom with a lofted office in Midtown Anchorage — she radiates enthusiasm for the eye-... Read more
Canadian food brokers and marketers recently gave a handful of Alaska startups a taste of what it would take to go international with their products in a first of its kind trade mission.
Lyndsey... Read more
Some people don’t find a lifelong career because of an intense calling to a specific field. They pursue happiness instead by avoiding what they don’t want to do: work for somebody else.
That was the... Read more
Ask experts in the area and they’ll tell you: the blue economy is the future of Alaska’s economic stability.
Long an exporter of raw goods and natural resources, Alaska must transition from that... Read more
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