Best Small Business Resources in the Anchorage Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Alaska has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Anchorage area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Alaska.

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Anchorage SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3211 Providence Dr., BOC3-199
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-7201
info@aksbdc.org


Alaska Startups

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

Alaska Startups is a program at Alaska University that creates a community of entrepreneurs by providing a platform for them to connect as well as providing news and resources regarding businesses around the area. They host frequent events, workshops, and counseling opportunities. The best way to get started is to join their Facebook community and start asking questions.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1901 Bragaw St.
Anchorage, AK 99508


Anchorage SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


The Boardroom

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

The Boardroom provides a wide range of coworking spaces, from individual usage of the communal space to larger team-oriented spaces at varied costs. The Boardroom also hosts networking and business education events.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

601 W 5th Avenue, Floor 2
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-351-3439
info@theboardroomak.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8 am - 6 pm