Where to Startup
for the Alaska Entrepreneur, Innovator and Dreamer
Welcome to the Where to Startup video series!
This 10-part video series answers what you need to know as an entrepreneur to start a business – anywhere in Alaska. Are you curious about how you should build your website, conduct market research or how to legally structure your business? We have a video for each of those topics! You can watch all 10, or just watch one. We hope you find these videos useful!
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We asked each expert interviewed for this series how they would define entrepreneurship. Much like the people that follow this path, the answers were all unique yet rooted in the same themes and direction.
We asked each expert interviewed for this series how they would define entrepreneurship. Much like the people that follow this path, the answers were all unique yet rooted in the same themes and direction. Join us as we explore the definition of Entrepreneurship.
This segment discusses first steps when starting out as an entrepreneur, including online tools available, making a pitch and crowd funding. Presented by Jon Bittner, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
This segment discusses market research, including its value, when to conduct it, target markets, client discovery and how to know when you’ve done enough research. Presented by Katherine Jernstrom, Owner/Co-founder, The Boardroom.
This segment discusses legal elements of structuring your business, including Corporations, LLCs, Partnerships, business licenses and intellectual property. Presented by Andrew Mitton, Attorney, Vellum LLC.
This segment discusses cash flow and financial planning, including common expenses, seasonal cash flow, personal versus business finances and business bank accounts . Presented by Darren Franz, Alaska Regional Business Banking Manger, Wells Fargo.
This segment discusses the Investor perspective and business planning, including angel investors, what investors are looking for in entrepreneurs, pitching your idea and the purpose of a business plan. Presented by Eric McCallum, President of Arctic Wire Rope & Supply.
This segment discusses aspects of starting a small business, including resources at the Small Business Development Center, competition, funding, online resources and what investors can offer in addition to funding. Presented by Lynn Klassert, Anchorage Center Director, Alaska Small Business Development Center.
This segment discusses branding and marketing for your business, including strategy, tactics, choosing a name/brand and other helpful advice. Presented by Michelle Taylor, Account Supervisor, Spawn Ideas.
This segment discusses web development, including where to start with an online presence, domain names and building a webpage. Presented by Natalie Osborne, Owner, WONDERBUILD.COM.
This segment discusses what an idea is worth, questions to ask before starting a business, when to take the plunge, knowing your audience, understanding your strengths and weaknesses, building your team, what if you fail, and final thoughts on this series. Presented by Jon Bittner, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
Each video has links to additional resources for the topics covered. We have compiled all links by topic here:
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a weekly educational program designed to engage, educate, and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-ups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. Join us every Wednesday at 9 A.M. at The Boardroom.
These videos were created by AEDC as part of a contract with Connected Nation to develop the entrepreneurial environment in Alaska through the use of broadband. Special thanks to Alaska Channel for video production on this project and to all of the individuals who volunteered their time to participate.
Special thanks to Jon Bittner, Deputy Commissioner for the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development for his help throughout this project. AEDC would also like to thank the co-founders of The Boardroom, Katherine Jernstrom and Brit Syzmoniak, for their assistance on this project.
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