Many businesses elect to obtain various self certifications to give their business tax and bidding advantaged. These certifications are listed below and a definition of each is given below.

  • Small
  • Disadvantaged
  • Disadvantaged woman
  • Women
  • DBE
  • 8(A)
  • HubZone
  • Opportunity Zone​
Click here ​for a full list and explanation of all certifications (except DBE)
Click here​ for information on how to become a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise


There are various avenues for business owners to access low cost and free business training to include:

The SBA Virtual training Center​ (online self paced training)

SBDC  (free one on on advisors and low cost/free workshops)

Set Up Shop​ (one on one technical assistance and training programs)

Score Mentors​ (free one on one mentors and monthly workshops)

PTAC ​(free one on one mentors to assist with doing business with the government)

Alaska Startup ​Weekend​ (weekend long training on how to start a business)

Alaska Business Week (training for youth entrepreneurs​)

Junior Achievement Alaska​ (financial literacy training for youth)

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​Certifications and Training