Small businesses are still experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Alaskans can help their neighbors’ businesses by choosing to shop within their communities, says Commerce Commissioner Julie Anderson.
A small business in Fairbanks that grew from a bus to a storefront in a year has won the 2021 Golden Carrot award from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources in recognition of its Alaska Grown display creativity, support of Alaska Grown small businesses, and success during the fifth annual “Alaska Grown $5 Challenge” campaign.
The 2021 Techstars Alaska Startup Week concluded November 12 following five days of programming that drew over 600 attendees from myriad industries and communities across Alaska. Over 60 free events—from business open houses to panel discussions—were offered, featuring the expertise of local entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofit leaders, policymakers, and startup ecosystem builders.
Alaskan Owned apparel is a for-profit, social enterprise focused on making positive community impacts big and small, says owner Becky Strub.
US Small Business Administration Alaska District Office Announces Top SBA Alaska Lenders for FY 2020
“Our lenders play such an important role in financing the startup and growth of Alaska’s small businesses. Especially this past year, they were critical in offering funds to so many struggling businesses,” says SBA Alaska Director Steve Brown.
“All Alaska businesses should develop a workable crisis preparedness plan that takes into consideration what we learned over the last 18 months from the pandemic,” writes Steve Brown, SBA’s Alaska District director. “The following are six simple business strategies a business can use for future crises.”