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Path to Prosperity (P2P): A New and Exciting Business Competition for Southeast Alaska

P2P enhancing entrepreneurship capacity for rural Southeast, by promoting innovation and business


JUNEAU, Alaska – The Haa Aaní Community Development Fund is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to promote sustainable economic development in the region.

The Haa Aaní Community Development Fund and The Nature Conservancy have created the Path to Prosperity (P2P) Sustainable Business Concept Development Competition. P2P is open to individuals, for-profit businesses or tribal entities in Southeast Alaska. Business ideas may include a new business or expansion of an existing business.

“This unique partnership between Haa Aaní and The Nature Conservancy is ideal for the development of a regional infrastructure that provides both technical and financial resources necessary to encourage and reward innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors throughout our rural Southeast communities,” said Russell Dick, president and CEO of Haa Aaní, LLC. “The Path to Prosperity competition signifies our belief that entrepreneurs are critical to sustaining economies in these communities and throughout our region.”

”The Nature Conservancy is excited to be partnering with Haa Aaní to support new entrepreneurs in Southeast Alaska, as entrepreneurs are critical to a successful economy,” said Norman Cohen, Southeast Alaska program director for The Nature Conservancy. “The Conservancy believes that this competition is a creative means of promoting conservation by developing businesses that sustainably use the region’s natural resources and diversify the economic opportunities within communities as well as for the region as a whole.” 

Photo courtesy of Haa Aaní, LLC

Norman Cohen, Southeast Alaska program director for The Nature Conservancy, left, and Russell Dick, president and CEO of Haa Aaní, LLC, at the Path to Prosperity announcement July 23.


Learn more about the competition.

Why Path to Prosperity

The competition aims to support business ideas in Southeast Alaska that will increase local employment, have a positive social and economic impact on their communities, and promote conservation. P2P will also increase entrepreneurial skills and business leadership in Southeast.

Important Dates and Deadlines

P2P information webinar                  Monday, August 12, 2013

Entry deadline                                Monday, September 16, 2013

P2P first round finalists announced    Monday, September 30, 2013

Additional P2P timeline details

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Applicants must be Southeast Alaska residents and businesses must be based in Southeast Alaska. All applications must include a business idea that is based on the independent thinking of the applicant(s). Duplicating or copying an already existing/recognized business or franchise is not allowed.


Twelve semi-finalists will receive transportation, lodging and meals to attend a weekend boot camp in Juneau where they will receive technical assistance in business development and business plan writing. Two business plans will be selected as finalists and each will receive an award of up to $40,000 in seed funding for consulting and technical services to develop the business.

Questions on Path to Prosperity

For questions or more information, please email Shawn Blumenshine or Alana Peterson at P2P@Sealaska.com or call 907.586.9251.


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