Entrepreneurship Program

Training and Support

“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it,
and exploits it as an opportunity.”  Peter Drucker

We live in rapidly changing times that present opportunities as well as challenges. At the Center for Economic Development, we regard entrepreneurs as individuals who have the mind-set to see the possibilities rather than the problems created by change.

Training and Technical Assistance

CED works in a variety of ways with partners in the public and nonprofit sectors to support their efforts to help entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. An economy with many small employers is more likely to be healthy and sustainable than an economy dependent on a few large employers. Small employers tend to be more committed to the community, hiring and spending locally.

To further the success of entrepreneurs and small business owners, CED staff members:


Business Planning Handbooks

With the assistance of a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, in 2009 CED published a series of eight business planning handbooks developed with rural small businesses in mind. The titles in the Steps to Success for Rural Entrepreneurs series, offered as PDFs for downloading, are:


Entrepreneurship Research

CED partnered with the Institute of Social and Economic Research to produce the 2008 report, Viable Business Enterprises for Rural Alaska (ViBEs), that examined what types of businesses are viable in rural Alaska and under what conditions, with the objective of increasing the success of private sector income-generating business activities in rural Alaska.

The report describes the existing patterns of business activities in rural Alaska and identifies community characteristics that favor different numbers and types of enterprises. The target communities in this study were small, rural communities off the road system with populations ranging from 200 to 1,400 persons.

The data came from four primary sources: the Alaska business license file; a community database compiled from a wide range of public sources; a random sample survey of business enterprises; and in-depth, case study interviews with selected businesses.

To read the following, click on the links below: