Getting Started

General Resources

10 Mistakes That Start-Up Entrepreneurs Make
Advice from a guest columnist in the Wall Street Journal.

10 Steps Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know
SBA has compiled 10 steps that can help you plan, prepare, and manage your business – while taking care of the startup legalities.

Alaska DCCED: Establishing a Business in Alaska
An introduction to starting a business, including all the major obstacles, in Alaska.

Anchorage Prospector - A list of community demographics and available commercial properties in communities across Alaska

Business.USA.GOV - an official site of the U.S. GovernmentBusiness.usa.gov - an official site of the U.S. Small Business Administration - helps small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services from federal, state and local agencies

Calculate Your Startup Costs
Startup costs are conceptually simple: add up expenses you will incur before starting, assets you will need to have, and how much money you will need to keep the business running during the first few months before sales start rolling in. Use the Wall Street Journal startup calculator to determine how much you need.

Do I Need a Business License or Permit?
Before launching your business, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. Here's a list of some of the various licenses and permits you may be required to file.

Hands on Banking: Starting a Small Business
Maximize your chances for success - and minimize your financial risk - by creating a business plan and getting started right.

How to Protect Your Brilliant Idea
You want to spread the word about your business. But you also want to protect your innovative product or clever brand name.

Insurance for Small Business
Your business represents a valuable investment of time, resources, and energy. You will need to protect yourself from loss and liability.

IRS Information on Starting a Business
Contains information on all IRS requirements for starting a business.

NAICS Codes for Business Activity for the State of Alaska
A complete listing of codes for starting a business in Alaska

Purchase a State Business License Online
Purchase your business license from the State of Alaska.

SBA Checklist for Going Into Business
Twenty questions to ask yourself when starting a business.

SBA Choose a Structure for Your Business
Sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation: which is the right structure for your business?

Setting Up a Business Structure
Deciding what kind of legal structure to form for your new business -- and when to do it -- may require more research and consideration than other tasks. Rules regarding eligibility to collect unemployment benefits vary by state, as do the costs associated with setting up the various types of entities. And each option has distinct tax, liability and administrative implications.

SmallBizU
SmallBizU is for those individuals seeking thought-leadership. Designed specially for entrepreneurs and small businesses, this online university seeks to instill a formal business intelligence--the capacity to solve problems, meet challenges, and create valued products.

Startups on a Shoestring
The tales of three entrepreneurs who launched companies - for less than $150

Taking the Plunge: Tips for Getting over the Fear of Starting a Business
There are reasons enough to make many potential entrepreneurs fearful of taking the plunge. But given the right preparedness, planning, and financing, many entrepreneurs do take the plunge and succeed. Here are some tips for making these three factors work for you as you consider starting your own business.

Why Do You Want To Go Into Business?
Are you sure you are ready to go into business? Take this quiz to find out.

Business Name

Naming Your Business
As many entrepreneurs can attest, deciding on a name for a new business is no easy task. One with pizzazz can set a new company apart; one that misses the mark can make a burgeoning start-up fall flat. This article provides tips for successfully negotiating the tricky business of naming your business.

Register Your Business Name in Alaska

Search for existing business names in your area
When choosing a name for your business, it helps to know if any similar names are in use by businesses in your area. Conduct a search of the state business license database by name, city or zip code. Names in red indicate expired business licenses.

What's in a Name? Potential Pitfalls