General Resources

11 Myths of Owning a Small Business
Forget what you think you know about running your own business and take in some hard-won wisdom.

Hands on Banking: Managing a Small Business
To run your business profitably day-to-day, you have to make the most of time, money, and resources: The skills and knowledge you need Keys to financial management Your profit loss statement (P L) How the SBA can help you What about retirement? Helpful links

Passwords 101: How to Protect Your Company's Data
Passwords are both vital and painful for small companies. A tiny firm's data can be just as sensitive as that of a large company – and a breach of security just as damaging – but it typically has far less computer-security expertise and money to tackle the problem. Learning how to control insider and outsider access with good password practices is critical.

SBA Small Business Forms
A variety of forms relating to SBA services, including financial assistance, disaster assistance, contracting surety bonding, 8(a) business development, and OSHA.

Small Business Administration podcasts
The SBA offers podcast feeds to you on a range of small business topics. Podcast feeds deliver audio broadcasts to your desktop. You can listen to these files on your computer or download them to your MP3 player and take them with you.

Ultimate List of Business Publications
No matter what business you're in, there is a trade magazine specifically designed for your industry. Trade publications are the perfect way to keep a finger on the pulse of the market. Most industry magazines also have strong online presences, which makes it even easier to access the information you need when you need it.


IdeaCrossing - Creating connections, building businesses -- IdeaCrossing is an an online network that connects entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and service providers.

MicroMentor - Find a mentor. Be a mentor. Build a business -- A website connecting mentors and entrepreneurs.

TEAM Network -- This is a network of Alaskan business owners and mentors.

Human Resources

Alaska Employer Resource Manual

Employee vs. Independent Contractor - 7 tips for business owners
As a small business owner you may hire people as independent contractors or as employees. There are rules that will help you determine how to classify the people you hire. This will affect how much you pay in taxes, whether you need to withhold from your workers paychecks, and what tax documents you need to file. See this article for seven things every business owner should know about hiring people as independent contractors versus hiring them as employees.

How to Fire an Employee
Although it's an unpleasant task, most business owners will need to terminate an employee at some point. Some basic advice can help you through the process.

How to Hire & Retain Good Employees
The most talented employees can be difficult to find and retain.

How to Manage Telecommuters
This is a business topic of special relevance, given the great distances separating Alaskan communities.

IRS Businesses with Employees
IRS compliance information about hiring employees.

IRS Employer ID Numbers (EINs)
Each employee you hire must have an EIN, as stipulated by the IRS. This guide explains how to acquire one.

Seven Ways to Boost Productivity
Saving money and boosting profitability are constant challenges for any business owner, especially during an economic downturn. 

Teamwork: Learn Skills for Collaborative Work
To create an efficient team, there are several areas that the group leader or company has to address, such as problem solving, conflict, and management. Learn more about helping your team to function better with the tips and resources outlined in this guide.