The College of Business and Public Policy is home to the Alaska Small Business Development Center, Center for Economic Development, Center for Economic Education, and the Institute of Social and Economic Research. Each of the units adds significant value to the state and contributes meaningfully to Alaska's economic resilience.

Alaska Small Business Development Center
Center for Economic Development
Center for Economic Education
Institute of Social and Economic Research
Center for Alaska Education Policy Research


Alaska Small Business Development Center

The Alaska Small Business Development Center (Alaska SBDC) is a cooperative program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers and hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The mission of the Alaska SBDC is to foster, promote and assist the growth and development of small businesses in the state of Alaska through a family of services. The primary emphasis of the Alaska SBDC is to provide Alaska's businesses and entrepreneurs in-depth, quality business counseling and training. Small businesses are assisted in the areas of management, marketing, sales, finance, accounting and other disciplines required for small business growth, expansion and innovation.

The Alaska SBDC is represented throughout Alaska in main centers and satellite locations: Anchorage, Wasilla, Bethel, Juneau with a satellite office in Ketchikan, and Soldotna with a satellite office in Homer.

The Alaska SBDC partners with three, additional programs for small businesses in Alaska. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), provides guidance for businesses seeking government contracting opportunities. The BuyAlaska program offers free, in-state sourcing for buyers, and sales referrals through a comprehensive online site. The Technology Research Development Center (TREND) provides Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal assistance and technical database searches.

All of Alaska SBDC's network services encourage the involvement of the university within the public square, and the Alaska SBDC serves as a direct conduit to the business community.

Visit the Alaska Small Business Development Center.


Center for Economic Development

The University of Alaska Center for Economic Development (CED) is one of 52 University Centers designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA). In this role, the center leverages the resources of the University of Alaska system to improve the local economy and economic development capacity of the service area, which includes the entire state of Alaska.

The center provides technical assistance to public and private sector organizations. The ways in which the center engages in economic development are broad and flexible, according to the needs of the university, its partners and the communities served. Technical assistance is used to provide information, data and know-how in evaluating, shaping and implementing specific projects and programs that promote economic development, with a focus on economically distressed regions as defined by EDA. Current areas of emphasis include:

  • Providing technical assistance (business planning, feasibility studies, market analysis) involving staff, students and faculty in a variety of ways

  • Promoting entrepreneurial and economic development capacity-building through the delivery of training, workshops, and educational courses

  • Serving as the bridge between the university and organizations engaged in economic development, such as the Alaska Regional Development Organizations, Native organizations, the Denali Commission and state of Alaska. Each of these partners brings opportunities, problems, solutions, and funding to the partnership.

Visit the Center for Economic Development website.


Center for Economic Education

The Center for Economic Education is jointly sponsored by the Alaska Council on Economic Education and UAA. The goal of the center is to promote and improve the teaching of economics in Alaska's schools. The center sponsors workshops and college credit courses for teachers throughout Alaska and provides educational materials and other assistance to teachers and school districts.

Visit the Center for Economic Education website.


Institute of Social and Economic Research

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) is a public policy and social science research institute, applying multidisciplinary skills to the analysis of social and economic change in Alaska and northern regions. Since 1961, the institute has investigated virtually every major public policy issue in Alaska, including the effects of natural resource development, the fiscal policies of state and local governments, the transportation and energy requirements of developing regions, and the effects of change on Alaska's Native people and on the quality of life in Alaska. Faculty from the college and other parts of the university take part in ISER research projects. ISER also forms research partnerships with other universities, Native organizations, school districts, and community groups. ISER faculty also teach, and ISER provides opportunities for student involvement through internships and research assistantships.

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Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR)

CAEPR is a center within the Institute of Social and Economic Research that was created with seed funding from the University of Alaska Foundation.

CAEPR activities include:

  1. Working with an advisory board representing a broad range of stakeholders and policy makers to identify and address the most important educational policy issues facing Alaska.
  2. Conducting and disseminating research on key education policy issues. Much of this work will be in collaboration with researchers around the state, as well as from outside Alaska, including those at Education Northwest and the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado.
  3. Analyzing and summarizing education policy initiatives at the local, state and national level
  4. Building research capacity throughout Alaska through mini-grant funding, proposal development assistance and methodology consultations around education policy research.
  5. Doing "rapid response" research in response to time-sensitive requests from federal, state and local policymakers.
  6. Sponsoring undergraduate researchers to assist with research projects through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at UAA, as well as through the First Alaskans Institute summer internship program.

Visit the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research web page.