On Dec. 11, our Facilities and Campus Services team was made aware of a pothole that shut down the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard between UAA Drive and Career Center Drive. It has since been upgraded to a sinkhole, and the lanes will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time while crews repair the damage. We anticipate the closure will extend through the week.
Finals week is a very stressful time for students. Students, please know that your professors have been made aware of the situation. Please communicate with them any delays you may experience due to this issue. We know this is an unexpected traffic challenge. Please take a deep breath. We want you to have a smooth and safe finals week.
Industry-Driven Support Model
Industry-Driven Support Model
What is the Industry-Driven Support Model?
The Industry-Driven Support Model is being developed and tested as a resource for low income entrepreneurs with disabilities. The model is focused on bringing entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business within a similar industry.
The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community.
What does the model offer to entrepreneurs?
Industry-Driven: Entrepreneurs recruited based on similar businesses to offer a chance to connect with and learn from people who share a common interest
Focused training: Training offered based on a single topic, such as financial management, to allow more in-depth exploration of the topic
Networking sessions: Networking sessions offered with focused discussions around training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community
Web-based delivery: Interactive, real-time web conferencing software used to provide training for people throughout Alaska
What is so important about networking?
Involvement in social networks can influence the economic well being of individuals and their communities.1 In addition, entrepreneurs who have diverse networks within their local community and outside their local area have a higher chance of business start-up success.2
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Contact Industry-Driven Support Model
UAA Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
1 (800) 243-2199
TTY: (907) 264-6206
Fax: (907) 274-4802
Networking sessions are intended to provide a place for participants to share ideas, offer suggestions and support to other participants, share their own challenges and ask questions, encourage participation in professional and trade organizations, and get to know other participants on a deeper level. Unlike the training sessions where a presenter does the majority of talking, networking sessions are participant driven and facilitator guided.
1. Putnam R. Making democracy work. NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993., 2. Vennesland
B. Social capital and networks in forest-based rural economic development. Scandinavian
Journal of Forestry Research 2004; 19: 82-9.
Reports and Products
Building Virtual Bridges: A guide to distance delivered microenterprise training for individuals with disabilities using an Industry-Drive Support Model.
Funded in part through a grant award with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.