The University of Alaska Center for Economic Development is one of 52 University Centers designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

UACED leverages the resources of the university sytem to support economic development in Alaska, providing technical assistance in the form of information, data, and implementing specific projects and programs that promote economic development across the state.

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entrepreneurship program

CED provides support to Alaska's entrepreneurs by acting as a statewide clearinghouse for informaiton, resources, and education. Through our connection to the University of Alaska network and collaboration with other entities supporting rural and urban entrepreneurs, we are able to offer or coordinate learning opportunities at all levels.

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Linking Alaska's Small Business to the Right Resource at the Right Time!


Steps to Success for Rural entrepreneurs business planning handbooks

Viable Business Enterprises for Rural Alaska research study









business programs

Alaska MBDA Business Center

This program assists Native businesses access contracts, capital, and strategic management consulting.


Alaska Cooperatives Development


A resource for new and existing cooperatives, ACDP assists in the development and growth of these businesses in Alaska.

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AmeriCorps VISTAAmeriCorps VISTA logo

More than 2,900 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through 47 national service projects across Alaska.

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education programs

Alaska Economic Development Courses

CED offers courses in economic and community development, tailored to the unique opportunities and challenges of Alaska.


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Upcoming courses:

May 2nd-3rd, 2013

Business Retention and Expansion Training Course

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Lemonade Day Alaska

Lemonade Day is a nation-wide endeavor that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community.


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photograph of Alaskans engaged in business