Small Business Assistance Center Thinking about starting or growing a business? The Small Business Assistance Center provides direction for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing businesses in Alaska. The following links will guide you to helpful business resources: Events/Training Multiple events and training opportunities happen around the state year round. Take a look at the links below to find a suitable event or training opportunity that may fit your needs: Alaska's Show Calendar and Training Events (Made In Alaska) Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Training AlaskaHost Program (Training for employees in hospitality and visitor services) Attend business or marketing workshops in your area or online (AK Small Business Development Center or UAF Cooperative Extension ) Business Law Training and Workshops (Alaska Bar Association) For other Training - Cooperative Extension (UAF) Previous Made in Alaska Training Workshop Presentations Alaska's Marketing Support Programs Alaska Grown (Products grown in Alaska) Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Film Production Marketing Made in Alaska (Manufactured products in Alaska) Minerals Marketing Silver Hand (Alaskan Native hand crafted products) Tourism Marketing Alaska's Preference Programs Doing business with the State of Alaska: Learning how to do business with the state can be a great opportunity to expand your business and increase sales. The first thing you should do if you're an Alaskan business is review the "preference" programs for the product(s) or service preferences' that may apply to your business. Click one of the preference portals below. Next, notify the state by filling out a " bidders application form" and submitting it to the appropriate contact. Alaska Preferences at a glance (Provides a list of all preference in Alaska) PDF Alaska Products Preference (Bid preference on goods produced in Alaska) Forest Product Preference (Bid preference on timber products) For information on dealing with federal contracting: Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Financing Your Small Business To find funding assistance to launch your business, buy machinery, purchase equipment for your boat or plane can be difficult and time consuming. Depending on your needs, loan programs through the state or its partners may be able to assist: Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank (CFAB) AIDEA Loan Participation Program Alaska Microloan Revolving Loan Fund (DED) Loans for Rural Alaska (USDA) Loans Guarantees for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (USDA) Loans in Southeast Alaska (JEDC) Rural Development Initiative Fund (DED) Rural Small Business Development Loans (DED) State Loan Programs (DED) U.S. Small Business Administration Loan Guarantee (SBA) For-Profit Businesses AK Source Link (Resource Connections) Alaska Business Development Center Employment Security (Labor and Workforce Development) Labor Standards and Safety (Labor and Workforce Development) Wage and Hour Administration (Labor and Workforce Development) UAA Business Enterprise Institute (BEI) Workers' Compensation information for Employers Market research information on Alaska Business Planning Handbooks "Steps for Success" (Entrepreneurship Program) Business counseling from retired executives SCORE Business plan development and technical assistance (AKSBDC) Business Plan Tools (AKSBDC) Connecting Innovators with Entrepreneurs "SpringBoard" (JEDC) Center for Economic Development (UACED) Taxpayer Advocate for help with an IRS problem Download Templates for Your Business (SCORE) Download SBA federal forms for small businesses Get IRS information on starting a business Get IRS information on filing and paying business taxes Market research on Alaska Definitions: corporation, S corporation, LLC, sole proprietor, partnership How to do business with the State of Alaska (PDF) Need a lawyer? Contact the Lawyer Referral Service Register as a federal contractor (SBA/SAM) Retirement Solution (U.S. DOL) Resources for business in rural Alaska SBA business courses on-line Licenses, Permits, Forms Alaska registered agents with Alaska addresses (for information only, not an endorsement by the State of Alaska) Commercial Fisheries (ADF&G) Corporations and LLC Forms for Applying or Amending Search licenses in Alaska Food Safety certification Q and A online Purchase or renew an Alaska business license online with a credit card Get guiding, fishing, hunting licenses or permits How to become a licensed big game hunting guide or outfitter How to open a food establishment (DEH) How to open an auto dealership Requirements for Bed and Breakfasts Mining, Land, and Water operating permits (DNR) Permits for a pool, spa, restaurant, cosmetology, temp camp kitchen Seafood processing and shellfish permits Turn your business into a Corporation or a LLC online Business Taxes & Tax Information Alaska Department of Revenue - Tax Division Programs Alaska Business Development Center Volunteer Tax and Loan Program A One-Stop IRS site for small businesses File your Federal Business Taxes online Find out everything about payroll taxes IRS requirements if you close your business IRS requirements if you file bankruptcy IRS credits and deductions for your business State sales taxes in Alaska by city, municipality, or borough Take an online IRS Tax course on self-employment Take a classroom course on business tax returns or payroll taxes Employer Identification Number (EIN) - What is it, and how to get one Market Your Business Alaska Business Plan Competition (UAA/APU) Arctic Innovation Competition (UAF) Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Advertise with the Iditarod, "The Last Great Race" Alaska Export Assistance Center 8(a) SDB (Small Disadvantaged Business) Definitions: Women-Owned, Service-Disabled Vet, HubZone, Qualified Indian Tribe, Handicapped Individual Federal government contracting regulations (FARs) Get a Department of Transportation's certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) State of Alaska Online Public Notices Go to the Service-Disabled Veteran Business website How to get Federal government contracts (PTAC) HUBzone business website Alaska Industries Agriculture Film Industry Fisheries Industry Forestry Forest and Timber Products Minerals and Mining Industry Oil and Gas Tourism Industry Non-Profit Businesses Local specialist on non-profit organizations (Foraker Group) Taxes on Charities and Non-Profits (IRS) Find Federal funding sources for non-profit organizations Foundations that offer funding for non-profit organizations Local funding sources in Alaska Need a lawyer? Contact the Lawyer Referral Service IRS workshop on non-profit organizations Take an online course on fundraising for non-profits Target Market Research Find Alaska Economic Information by Region (DCRA) Data on economic trends, unemployment, labor, and cost of living by region Information on Alaska's public lands, people, natural resources, and recreation opportunities Find out about laws that apply to Alaska Native Arts & Crafts Laws that apply to Alaska Native Arts & Crafts (FTC) SBA Advocacy and Source of Small Business Statistics Miscellaneous Alaska Veterans Business Alliance VA's Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) For free counseling to develop and fine tune your business or marketing plan, visit the Alaska Small Business Development Center or the Cooperative Extension Service nearest you.