Starting a Business

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Looking for a place to start? SCORE's comprehensive guide is the perfect place for an outline of everything you'll need to be successful. Need personal, one-on-one mentoring? The Small Business Development Center provides it at no cost. See if you qualify here.

Choose a Model

If you're in the library, check out our collection:

If you're looking for other online resources, here are some guides:

Legal Questions

If you're in the library, check out our collection:

Need legal help for your small business? If you qualify, here are a few places to start.

*The Alaska SBDC cannot provide legal support for small business owners, but they are able to refer you to trusted legal professionals in Alaska.

Make A Plan

If you're in the library, check out our collection:

Here are other online resources for making a business plan:

Industry and Consumer Research

Industry and consumer research is an important component to defining your market, and integral to any comprehensive business plan. 

There are two types of market research: primary and secondary. Primary market research is information you gather yourself through interviews, conversations, or surveys. Secondary market research, provided by the resources below, is information gather from sources including databases, magazines, organizations, or newspapers.

Anchorage Public Library subscribes to Mergent Intellect, a powerful and comprehensive tool that can give you demographic and consumer data: has several helpful trainings on market research:

Here are other resources that can help with market, industry, or demographic research:

One-on-One Mentoring

Need someone to walk through the process with? Find free, one-on-one help from any of these organizations that serve the Anchorage community:


If you're in the library, check out our collection:

Formal networking opportunities abound in Anchorage! Here are some organizations that host regular networking events and opportunities: