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ViBEs: Viable Business Enterprises for Rural Alaska

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 09/01/2006
End Date 06/30/2007
Funding Source Policy Research Internship Awards
Funding Amount
Community Partner
Related Course
Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM


  Sharman Haley

Student Researchers
  Cami Woolam


The intention behind the ViBEs project is to examine businesses in rural Alaska to determine what kind of businesses will succeed, what kind will fail, and how developing businesses will help rural communities grow. This project is a business survey to look into rural communities in detail to gain a greater understanding of what rural communities with varying characteristics look like. The study will comprise four tasks - Task 1 will identify threshold community characteristics for rural businesses using the Alaska Business License file, supplemented by a random telephone survey and census survey of businesses in particular communities. Task 2 will be a random survey of these businesses and their activities, with the goal of describing the characteristics of Alaskan rural businesses such as gross sales, number and location of clients, and years in business. Task 3 will be to prepare a number of case studies about rural Alaskan businesses, highlighting the conditions and factors for business success. Failed businesses will also be featured in case studies. These businesses will be selected through organizations working with businesses in rural Alaska, such as the Center for Economic Development. Task 4 will be to develop products for business planning, designed for use by the CED, etc. These products will compliment business plan templates and best practices work already in use.

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