Alaska SBDC Communications
A Message from Alaska SBDC Executive Director, Jon Bittner
As Alaska has recorded its first case of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we at the Alaska SBDC want to keep you updated on how we will continue to serve you in all of your small business endeavors.

The Alaska SBDC is hosted by the UAA Business Enterprise Institute and in coordination with state and local health departments, will follow all closures and guidelines as directed by the university and the State.

As a precaution, beginning next week, all Alaska SBDC physical locations will be unavailable for in-person meetings, training, and walk-ins. Alaska SBDC staff will be working remotely. 

During this time, Alaska SBDC business advisors and staff will continue to provide business coaching services and resources via teleconference, email, and online training. This allows us to maintain the quality of service we strive to provide with limited disruption to you. If you have questions, concerns, need to meet with an advisor or register for a class, or are looking for COVID-19 information and resources for your business, please  email the Alaska SBDC State Office directly.

In the weeks to come, the Alaska SBDC is committed to taking all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can provide assistance to you during this time.

Alaska SBDC Assistance for Small Businesses
With the uncertainty COVID-19 brings to business owners, one powerful tool Alaska SBDC business advisors are prepared to utilize is ProfitCents through Sageworks Projections . As additional SBA or other Federal emergency loans become available, these financial projections would position your business to be ready to submit to a lender for loan consideration.

For businesses that have experienced the following, our Alaska SBDC advisors can assist:

  1. Concerns about financing and credit issues
  2. Concerns about cash flow disruption
  3. Supply chain disruption and liability
  4. Questions or concerns about the implications of tariffs
  5. Technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees

For assistance, register to   become an Alaska SBDC client at no-cost. If you're a client, please email our Alaska SBDC State Office to reconnect with your advisor directly.
Alaska SBDC Workshops Provided Online
The Alaska SBDC is prepared to offer our in-person workshops through online telecommunication formats instead. Keep the momentum moving for your small business goals and check out our workshop listing for a wide selection of classes on-demand!
Small Business Resources
SBA Supporting Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. Loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue experienced due to the COVID-19 disruption.
SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The SBA launched to provide information and resources small businesses can access now to navigate their business through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the CDC
Are you questioning how COVID-19 will impact your employees? Recommended strategies for employers include:

  1. Encourage sick employees to stay home
  2. Separate sick employees
  3. Emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene
  4. Perform routine environmental cleaning
  5. Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 from OSHA
To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19.
Accessing Local and International COVID-19 Updates
Below are links to updated and accurately reported information about COVID-19 from local government and organizations, as well as national and international health organizations:
Check our website for a complete list of Alaska SBDC workshops statewide!
Don't forget to ask your Alaska SBDC Business Advisor about client discounts on select workshops
The Alaska SBDC is a Partnership Program with the SBA, administered by the Business Enterprise Institute through the University of Alaska Anchorage. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.