Alaska District Office  – Oct. 29, 2022

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Photo of five people framed around an illustration of the U.S. with text, National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct.31-Nov.4,

National Veterans Small Business Week is less than three weeks away! The celebration kicks off on October 31. That week, SBA and its extensive partner network will honor the strength and resilience of the veteran-owned business community by hosting events across the country and sharing information about the resources available to veteran entrepreneurs.

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SBA Pacific Northwest Watch Party 

Join SBA Veteran Business Outreach Center and Business Impact Northwest for a watch party featuring Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) Operation Entrepreneur.  This event is an opportunity to celebrate, connect, and empower service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses during National Veterans Small Business Week.

Celebrate with of a week of webcasts featuring presentations from leading experts of veteran-owned small businesses. The 4-day event will feature opportunities for virtual networking and resource sharing. Gain helpful advice in military-connected entrepreneurship, and discover fellow Veteran-owned, military spouse-owned, and reservist-owned businesses.  Schedule and details available when you get your ticket. 

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national disability employment month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month! Now more than ever, small businesses are finding it challenging to hire talented workers. Hiring disabled workers can help businesses meet their talent needs while strengthening their competitive edge. By hiring individuals with disabilities, businesses can:

  • Expand their pool of talent
  • Create a culture of diversity
  • Meet their workforce needs
  • Foster creative business solutions
  • Generate goodwill among customers

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Photo of two people with the following text, National Mentoring Month. The SBA logo is at the bottom.

As a resource partner of SBA, SCORE Mentors has helped more than 11 million current and aspiring entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational services since it was founded in 1964. Connect with a business mentor today.  

upcoming events

Join the SBA and the State of Alaska Department of Transportation – Civil Rights Office for a webinar on Qualifying Opportunities for Your Government Contracting Pipeline.

Webinar highlights: 

  • Focus on the analysis steps successful companies perform to make sure the opportunities they find for their pipelines are a fit.
  • What Pwin and Pgo mean for your contracting opportunities. 
  • How to find the right information, verify whether the opportunity is real, and determine if your winning outcome. 
  • Attendees will go through a decision-making process that will help you determine whether you should spend your scarce resources on a pursuit or if you should save time and money for another opportunity you are more likely to win.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10 am AKST 

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Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2023

Nominations for the 2023 National Small Business Awards are now open! The Alaska District Office will be awarding small businesses in the following categories:

Small Business Person of the Year (AK State)

Exporter of the Year

8(a) Graduate of the Year

Minority Small Business of the Year

Veteran Small Business of the Year

Women in Business of the Year 

Nominations are due by December 8, 2022 at 11 am (AST), and winners will be announced during National Small Business Week April 30 – May 6, 2023. To nominate yourself or a small business owner, download forms, criteria and guidelines, visit National Small Business Week 2023

Visit here for additional Alaska District office awards information.