About the BuyAlaska Program

BuyAlaska was formed to connect consumers to Alaska businesses and to grow Alaska’s economy

PROGRAM GOAL

Encourage spending at Alaskan-owned businesses

MISSION

To amplify Alaska businesses through connection, awareness, and improved access to resources

VISION

To build long-term economic resilience for Alaska

VALUES

Community
Collaboration
Prosperity

BuyAlaska is a program under
The Alaska Small Business Development Center

The AK SBDC is the proud host of the BuyAlaska program. The AK SBDC provides business guidance, services, and resources to Alaskan entrepreneurs. Its mission is to celebrate, grow, and connect small businesses in Alaska through experienced business coaching and innovative programs. Visit www.aksbdc.org to learn more.

The Alaska Small Business Development Center and BuyAlaska program operate under The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Business Enterprise Institute (BEI). The UAA BEI links economic development programs across the University of Alaska (UA) system and supports businesses and entrepreneurial capacities across Alaska. Visit www.uaa.alaska.edu to learn more.

Our partners connect from across Alaska to find ways to support small businesses

Ongoing Partnership Initiatives

Shop Local Alaska

BuyAlaska partnered with Voyij.com, an eCommerce marketplace exclusively for Alaska businesses to create the Shop Local Alaska program. This initiative is designed to market authentic Alaska products through the communications of major travel suppliers. The Shop Local Alaska program has gained the support of Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. which have pledged to help sustain the health and growth of Alaska businesses in port towns and beyond. With an ultimate goal to maximize revenue going to Alaska businesses and to show authentic Alaska to our visitors, the program hopes to reach all major travel suppliers to Alaska, local Convention & Visitor Bureaus, and more.

The Impact of Local Spending in Alaska 

With the need to obtain Alaska-specific data on the impact of a dollar spent in Alaska, BuyAlaska commissioned a study on local spending through the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development. Their findings are key to understanding why encouraging local spending is important, and why the BuyAlaska program exists for building economic resilience. 

Contact us at buyalaska@aksbdc.org