There are many resources on the web to give you information on starting or growing your business and to help you get started in the preparation of your business plan. These sites provide information on a wide range of entrepreneurial subjects. Links on this page are for information purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement by the Path to Prosperity Competition organizers.
All P2P participants are encouraged to visit the Alaska Small Business Development Center website for resources and tools to help start a small business.
This series of short videos gives a nice overview of triple bottom line concepts and makes a strong business case for sustainability.
The Triple Bottom Line Tool is a more detailed tool for evaluating sustainability of a project.
Business Model Canvas:
This video gives a great method for mapping out the key components of a business plan. The Business Model Canvas, is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.
How to start or grow a business in Alaska:
- The State of Alaska website (http://alaska.gov/businesshome.html) is the go-to place for information on starting a business in Alaska. Here you will find a link to the publication, Establishing a Business in Alaska, a source of detailed information and assistance for the Alaska entrepreneur.
- AkSourceLink (www.aksourcelink.com) is a web portal that provides support to entrepreneurs through links to information on topics such as Startup Resources, Growing Your Business, Marketing, and Legal Services. It provides a searchable database of small business support providers. After answering a few questions about your business and the type of assistance you need, a list of organizations that provide business help in your area is provided:
- The Alaska Small Business Development Center (http://aksbdc.org/) provides business counseling, business skill workshops and online tools for start-ups and established businesses in the state of Alaska. The tools are organized by business stage: Think, Launch, Grow, Reinvent and Exit:
- The Juneau Economic Development Council (http://www.jedc.org/business-resources) has links to information on doing business in Juneau. It also has information on financing a small business and links to loan programs:
General Resources for Startups:
- The U.S. Small Business Administration offers technical assistance, a variety of loan and other financing programs, and other resources to help a business get started and grow. Their website (http://www.sba.gov/) features many articles on starting and managing a business:
- SCORE (http://www.score.org) is a nonprofit association that provides education and volunteer mentors for entrepreneurs. Mentors are available to deliver free help both by email and in person (nearest offices are Anchorage or Seattle). Live webinars, templates and tips on a variety of business topics are available:
Anchorage SCORE: http://anchorage.score.org/chapters/anchorage-score
Greater Seattle SCORE: http://seattle.score.org/chapters/greater-seattle-score
- The web has lots more advice for startups. Here are some examples:
How to Develop your Business Plan:
- The Small Business Administration has a Business Plan Tool that provides a step-by-step guide to writing a business plan. You write the plan by answering questions, and save it on-line so you can return later to edit or update. You must first register for a free account. Look for the link to the tool in the right side column at the following web site:
- Here’s an article on writing Executive Summaries:
- Here are more links to business plan templates, outlines and advice:
Bplans.com business planning resources http://www.bplans.com/index.cfm
National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s business plan outline http://www.ntia.doc.gov/legacy/opadhome/mtdpweb/busplano.htm
Business plans and financial statement templates from SCORE http://www.score.org/resources/business-plans-financial-statements-template-gallery
How to Create Financial and Sales Projections:
- SCORE’s template gallery provides Excel templates for finance and sales spreadsheets.
Fund your Startup:
- Financing can often be the one obstacle preventing an entrepreneur from starting a successful business. Entrepreneurs for the most part do not have access to “free money” through grants. However, there are options.
Learn how to choose an accountant who is also an advisor.
Ever wonder what happened to that crowdfunding boom?
Investors’ Circle seeks early-stage companies whose businesses address significant social or environmental issues. http://investorscircle.net/home
Incorporate Social Responsibility:
- Articles on social entrepreneurship can be found here: