Jon Bittner appointed SBDC Statewide Director
Alaska Small Business Development Center
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Anchorage – The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Bittner as our new Alaska State Executive Director.
Bittner comes to the SBDC from the Anchorage Economic Development Center (AEDC) where he served as the corporation’s Vice President. While at AEDC Bittner oversaw AEDC’s day-to-day operations and project development. He was also responsible for the creation of the Alaska Entrepreneur Week, the Alaska Hackathon, Pitch on Train Competition and the Anchorage Maker Faire.
In addition to his work at AEDC, Bittner has also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. In his role with the Department of Commerce, Bittner oversaw the Divisions of Economic Development, Banking and Securities, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. He was also the Department’s representative on the Boards of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, and the Alaska Housing Financing Corporation.
In 2015, Bittner was named to the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by the Development Counsellors International (DCI). The International Economic Development Council named Bittner the Young Economic Development Professional of the Year in 2014. That same year, Bittner was selected to Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.
“I’m excited to join the amazing team of professionals at the Alaska SBDC and help them continue to support Alaskan businesses. With over thirty years of experience, the SBDC is in a unique position to really drive the economic development conversation in the state and support economic growth across all sectors of the economy.”
With Bittner at the helm, the SBDC is poised to become the hub of small business education in Alaska.