Businesses, Entrepreneurs & Nonprofits

Photo of man reading a business newspaper

Whether you need a location for your next workshop, access to market research databases, or examples of sample business plans, APL can connect you to the tools you need to create and grow a successful business. Look to the top right under Resources For to find more information for your specific venture.

Small Business Workshops

Basic Bookkeeping for Entrepreneurs

This workshop is very basic and is meant for beginners to bookkeeping. It will go over the fundamentals of financial record keeping, in relation to real-time, automated,  software such as QuickBooks Online, Sage “Peachtree”, Xero and others. Prior experience is not required. Topics include: Compliance, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and reading financial reports. Forms and info to be discussed include IRS Forms 940, 941, 944, 583, W-2, W-4, and i-9. 

This class is free of charge but pre-registration is required.

Monday, November 4, 10:30-12:30 pm - Loussac Library, Moose Room


Starting a Business

Are you thinking about starting your own business? This free workshop was built for you! We will cover basic issues faced when starting a small business such as business licensing, legal forms of business, business record-keeping, hiring employees, business planning and access to financing. Let the SBDC help guide you through the process of starting a small business.

This class is free of charge but pre-registration is required. 
Tuesday, November 5, 12-1:30 PM - Loussac Library, Moose Room

Online Resources Offers hundreds of trainings and thousands of hours of instruction presented by reliable industry experts on everything from marketing strategies to QuickBooks tutorials. 

Access on your mobile device! Download the app from your phone's app store. Choose Already a Member >  Organization > Web Portal. Enter in the text box. When prompted, enter your library card number and pin. Enjoy all has to offer on the go!

Don't know your PIN? Reset your PIN or call 343-2975, and press 5.

Mergent Intellect: Market research, industry reports and demographics data and trends.

Small Business Reference Center: Business plan templates, industry forecasts and Alaska-specific startup information.

Business Source Premier: Company and industry profiles, market research reports and full-text business articles from academic journals.

Foundation Directory Online: Research grantmaker profiles and find available grants for Alaska-based nonprofits. Grants for individuals here.

Libraries Mean Business Podcast

In partnership with business development organizations across Alaska, Anchorage Public Library created a podcast series to help listeners learn more about their business resources and resources across the state. Listen to each episode to dive into a different business-related topic. Be sure to check out our resources for business owners, nonprofits and entrepreneurs.

Episode 1: Marketing with Brilliant Media and Anchorage Public Library. 

Episode 2: Starting a business with Small Business Development Center and Juneau Public Library. 

Episode 3: small business funding and financing with Small Business Development Center and Fairbanks Public Library.

Episode 4: Rural and professional development with Alaska Native Professional Association and SBDC's Rural Development Center.

Internships offer a helping hand to the Library

Internship opportunities at Anchorage Public Library offer opportunities for students to gain experience across multiple locations and areas of focus while supporting the library mission.

Learn More

APL Friends of the Library: Beyond the Stacks

Join us Saturday, April 11 for Beyond the Stacks. A fundraiser benefiting the Friends of the Library. Proceeds help sustain essential library programs like Summer Discovery and Live @ the Library.

Learn More

Photo of adults, teen, and child hold books or listening to audio books.

Support the Library with your PFD

Support the Anchorage Public Library by choosing the Anchorage Library Foundation when you Pick.Click.Give. Gifts of $100 or more qualify for the 2020 Library Champion library card.

Learn More

Upcoming Events

Today: Wed, 2/19/2020

Tomorrow: Thu, 2/20/2020

Day after next: Fri, 2/21/2020

Today: Wed, 2/19/2020

Tomorrow: Thu, 2/20/2020

There are no events scheduled today.

Day after next: Fri, 2/21/2020

View Calendar

Alaska Native and Native American Innovation, Economics and Entprepreneurship

Books on innovative technologies, the history of economics and the structure of ANCSA and stories from different industries across Alaska.

Alaska Native and Native American Innovation, Economics and Entprepreneurship