Business Planning & Development

The following references will provide a basic understanding for doing business in Skagway. These are guides only and further research and due diligence is highly recommended before starting any new venture or relocating to Skagway.

SDC’s Skagway Business Start-up Kit   ~   Purchasing an Existing Business   ~   Selling your Business

Online Resources

State of Alaska Links
Relocating to Alaska
Doing Business in Alaska
Alaska Small Business Development Center
Dept. Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
State of Alaska Business Licensing
Dept. Of Labor & Workforce Development
Dept. of Natural Resources
Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities
Division of Motor Vehicles – Licences and Registration

Federal Links
Internal Revenue Service -Forms and Publications
US Small Business Administration – General Information on all business aspects
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – free mentoring by experienced retirees
United States Commercial Service – Export Portal

General Business Resources
Essential Guide to SWOT Analysis – A guide to help understand and utilize SWOT analysis in business planning and development.
Office of Women’s Business Ownership – A great site for women entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur.com – Lots of information on many topics
Allbusiness.com – Basic information on a lot of topics
Smartbiz.com – A great source of business, legal, and tax forms and templates
The Start Up Journal – A Wall Street Journal site
Haines Chamber of Commerce – For businesses based in Haines but operating in Skagway.
NoloPress.com – Legal and tax resources
Bizmove.com – Good general information (beware of FREE Government grant claims)
Canadians Doing Business in the US – All the information you need
Canadians Doing Business in the US – More information
Business.com – Business Search Engine
World Trade Center Alaska – Assistance with all export matters
Alaska Journal of Commerce -Alaska’s statewide business newspaper
Alaska Business Monthly – Alaska’s business magazine
Essential Guide to SWOT Analysis – A guide to help understand and utilize SWOT analysis in business planning and development.
Credit Card Insider – Great information on business credit

SDC Business Resource Materials

The following books are currently located in the SDC Business Resource section of the Skagway Public Library:
“Birthing the Elephant: The Woman’s Go-For-It! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business” Karin Abarbanel, et al
“Small Business for Dummies” – Eric Tyson, Jim Schell
“Start Your Own Business, Fifth Edition: the Only Start-Up Book You’ll Ever Need” – Entrepreneur Press
“The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line”– Kari Chapin
“Business Writing: What Works, What Won’t” – Wilma Davidson
“The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses” – Eric Ries
“The Small Business Start-up Kit: A step-by-Step Legal Guide”–      Peri H. Pakroo, J.D.
“How to Start a Home-based Craft Business, 6th (Home-Based Business Series)”Kenn Oberrecht, Patrice Lewis
“Etsy 101: Sell Your Crafts on Etsy, the DIY Marketplace for Handmade, Vintage and Crafting Supplies” – Steve Weber
“How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast, 9th (Home-Based Business Series)” – Jan Stankus
“10 Steps to Successful Business Writing (10 Steps)” – Jack E. Appleman
“How to Succeed as a Small Business Owner….and Still Have a Life”  – Bill Collier
“The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide”– Peri H. Pakroo J.D.
“How to Start a Home-based Online Retail Business, 2nd (Home-Based Business Series)” – Nicole Augenti
“The Kickstarter Handbook: Real-Life Crowdfunding Success Stories” – Don Steinberg
“The Crowdfunding Book: A how-to book for entrepreneurs, writers & inventors” – Patty Lennon

The following books are located in the SDC Office Library:
“Buying & Selling a Business” – Garrett Sutton, Rich Dad Advisors
“The ABC’s of Getting out of Debt” –  Garrett Sutton, Rich Dad Advisors
“Writing Winning Business Plans” – Garrett Sutton, Rich Dad Advisors“How to Write a Business Plan, 11th Ed.” – Mike McKeever
“Hurdle: The Book on Business Planning” – Tim Berry
“The Accidental Entrepreneur: 50 Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Starting a Business” – Susan Urquhart-Brown
“Negotiate the Best Lease for your Business, 2nd Ed.” – Janet Portman & Fred S. Steingold
“The Specialty Shop: How to Create Your Own Unique and Profitable Retail Business” – Dorothy Finell
“Just & Lasting Change: When Communities Own Their Futures” – Daniel Taylor Ide & Carl E. Taylor
“Boom Town USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns” – Jack Schultz
 “Ripples From The Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship & the Rebirth of Local Economies” Ernesto Sirolli

Management Library in a Box:
The Dept. of Community & Economic Development, Division of Community Advocacy has been very generous in donating to SDC this resource for use by the Skagway business community. These books include:

  • “Small Business For Dummies”
  • “Starting Your New Business”
  • “The New Supervisor”
  • “Basic Business Math”
  • “Better Business Writing”
  • “Effective Meeting Skills”
  • “How to Start a Home Based Craft Business”
  • “How to Open and Operate a Bed and Breakfast”
  • “How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation”

Brochures/Guides
“Starting a Small Business” – DCED, October 2005
“Quick Reference Guide – Arts & Crafts” – DCED, June 2004
“2010 Alaska Small Business Resource Guide” – Small Business Administration
“Establishing a Business in Alaska” -Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, November 2009
“Financing Your Growing Business, Skagway Business Resource Expo” – Juneau Economic Development Council, May 2010
“Made in Alaska Workshop” – Made in Alaska Program, March 2013

“if you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail”
– Tariq Siddique