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Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hosts presentation on buying Alaskan

Published: Feb. 9, 2021 at 4:20 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - At the February 9th Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce weekly virtual luncheon, presenter Katie Ashbaugh discussed the BuyAlaska effort to encourage consumers to utilize Alaskan businesses.

“We are asking consumers to make the decision to support small, and to discover what is in our great state, before turning to those national retailers and online suppliers like Amazon,” she said.

Ashbaugh, Program Manager with the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC), explained that the program was founded in 1991, redesigned in 2007 and then relaunched last year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The SBDC really saw the need to support small businesses, and wanted to revamp the BuyAlaska program, so they actually kind of shook things up and started fresh.”

According to Ashbaugh, since its inception, more than 30 organizations across Alaska have joined in the effort. She explained, “It’s really a collaborative program, and we are continuing to grow. We are welcoming really all organizations with the mission to support small businesses in Alaska to join us.”

One pillar of the BuyAlaska effort involves giving businesses better access to resources through loans, grants, discount programs and other promotions.

“We’re really trying to give businesses the tools that they need to connect to consumers as well, and to be successful,” Ashbaugh said.

More information about the BuyAlaska program can be found at the Alaska SBDC website and at buyalaska.com.

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