Business Enterprise Institute
Supporting business and entrepreneurial capacities across Alaska by linking economic development programs
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Business Enterprise Institute (BEI) links economic development programs across the University of Alaska (UA) system and supports businesses and entrepreneurial capacities across Alaska. BEI provides a platform for high-level consultancy between industries and UAA. Providing economic development-related research and technical assistance, high-level professional education, small business development services and economic ecosystem enhancement for Alaska, BEI serves as a bridge to expertise and talents throughout UAA.
BEI Executive Director: Christi Bell
Ms. Christi Bell is the Executive Director of the University Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute. She leads the University’s economic development suite of programs, plans the engagement of BEI, and manages the center’s personnel, and budgets. Ms. Bell has over the years provided leadership to technical assistance activities throughout Alaska including: Business Retention and Expansion, Cluster Development, Local Grown, as well as Tourism Planning and Marketing initiatives for communities that are predominantly small remote, rural and strong in indigenous leadership.
Bell holds a CEcD (Certificate in Economic Development) from the International Economic Development Council as well as a Master of Business degree and a Master of Science degree in Resource Management, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.