University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service

Contact Information

Kate Idzorek
P.O. Box 756180
Fairbanks, AK 99775
phone: (907)474-5391
fax: (907)474-5139

Service Description

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension service has a program – Small Business Development: Alaskan Home Grown – to assist Alaskans who want to develop their own small food businesses. Kate Idzorek is available to help investigate topics related to Alaska wild berry products, other specialty food products, cottage-based industries, and the development of the specialty and gourmet food industry in Alaska. One valuable service the program provides is the production of professional nutritional labels for small food producers. The purpose of the program is to provide individuals with connections to organizations, services, professionals, and the information they need to produce value-added products and support an Alaskan lifestyle.

We also provide a Certified Food Protection Manager training course throughout the state via Video Conference. This class is offered on a quarterly basis. See the calendar for upcoming classes.

Services Offered

Business Planning

  • General/Other
  • Business plan consulting & development
  • Market plan development
  • Market research

Import & Export Assistance

  • General/other
  • Networking

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • General/other
  • Manufacturing development


  • General/other
  • Advertising
  • eCommerce (selling on the Internet)
  • Marketing your business on the Internet
  • Market plan development
  • Research (domestic markets)

Networking Organizations

  • Small business/general
  • Home based
  • Industry specific

Product Development

  • General/other
  • Product design & development
  • Prototype development

Training & Education

  • General/other
  • Business management
  • Home-based business
  • Tourism business training