The Mission of the Path to Prosperity Competition

Southeast Alaska’s rural communities are suffering high unemployment rates, the loss of traditional jobs and a stagnant economy. Many residents leave their home communities in search of opportunities in urban areas. This outmigration threatens the very fiber of rural community health and well-being. Through enhanced local entrepreneurship, the Path to Prosperity (P2P) competition identifies innovative business ideas that can achieve transformational sustainable growth and positive social, economic, and conservation impact to one or several communities in the region.


In the US and abroad, an increased presence of small businesses is often the only realistic path for achieving income levels adequate for meeting the basic needs of a community. Often that opportunity is undermined by a lack of business development services and resources. The goal of P2P is to address this problem by promoting sustainable business concepts and providing technical training to entrepreneurs.


Apart from support for individual entrepreneurs, communities with the greatest needs often lack integrated strategies to improve economic, social, environmental, and health outcomes. A community culture that lacks the support for small business development is common among many rural communities and results in little or no growth, which is the reality that Southeast Alaska’s rural communities are facing today.


Small scale entrepreneurship is an important form of free enterprise that can create pathways to financial self-sufficiency and promote inclusive, resilient and sustainable local, rural economies.  Southeast Alaska is abundant in both environmental and cultural resources which is evident in the subsistence lifestyle that so many of its people depend on in their daily lives. Rural community members have an intimate level of knowledge about local resources, allowing them to recognize creative and innovative opportunities within their community. The P2P competition aims to identify and match these great business ideas with the appropriate resources.


Rural Alaska has been, and will continue to be challenged by economic trends and changes. However given the right support, entrepreneurs can create new ventures that will improve and transform rural economies.


More than ever Southeast Alaska’s rural communities and individuals need better tools and technical assistance that will allow them to create supportive socio-economic systems, and create employment opportunities for their people. Entrepreneurship has traditionally provided a pathway to a better life and a foundation for a healthy society.


Through a partnership between The Haa Aaní Community Development Fund and The Nature Conservancy, and support from community partners, the P2P competition gives rural entrepreneurs a unique opportunity. The region wide contest is an opportunity to compete for $40,000 in business consulting services, it is also a chance for entrepreneurs to gain constructive feedback on your business concept and help move it from an idea to a reality.


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News & Announcements

P2P Finalists in the News

Path to Prosperity finalists are generating excitement in their communities with their sustainable business ideas!   Take a look at these recent news... Read More

2016 Finalists Announced

The 2016 P2P finalists have been announced.  Congratulations to the entrepreneurs who have advanced to round 2 and Boot Camp.  44 businesses from 17... Read More

Webinar Available Online

Did you miss the webinar on April 5th?  Do you want to learn about this year’s Path to Prosperity program?  You can watch a recording here.   Read More

Important Dates

April 5, 2016 5:30 p.m. AKDT

Informational Webinar

Join us on April 5, 2016 at 5:30 PM AKDT to learn about the Path to Prosperity competition. We will discuss the mission of P2P, as well as the rules and requirements of the competition. See how you can build on innovative ideas and grow your business through our program!  Click here to join the webinar.

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May 1, 2016 | 11:59 p.m. AKDT: Submission Deadline

Submit your application for the P2P Competition!

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June 7, 2016

12 Finalists Announced

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