Small Business Development

Alaska Home Grown

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has a program and the resources to assist Alaskans that want to develop their own small businesses. Our coordinator is available to help you investigate topics that may potentially be developed into cottage-based industries. The concept is to provide individuals with the information they need to produce products or services and support Alaskan lifestyle. The project is dedicated to helping individuals interested in Alaska's wild berry and other food related products, but advice is available to any individual with a business idea and the desire to be successful. Consultation and services are provided free of charge.

How We Help You

  • Provide information on small business development to connect your product or services with customers
  • Promote cottage-based industries based upon wild berries and other natural food products
  • Promote and support economic growth of small industry in Alaska
  • Provide access to nutritional information related to Alaska's wild berry and other food products
    • Nutritional research and analysis
    • Nutritional labeling
  • Provide educational opportunities on but not limited to:
    • Statewide conferences & networking opportunities
    • Business plan development
    • Branding & packaging assistance
    • Customer relations
    • Business start-up
    • Conforming to appropriate regulations
    • Market research
    • Using the web to market products
    • Promotional planning

For information or to make an appointment:

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel, Program Chair, Health, Home & Family Development

907-474-2426 or

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