Thinking of starting a business? Want to expand your current business? Or maybe you need to up your game with marketing, accounting or other skills? There are several resources to assist entrepreneurs and business owners at any stage. Haines Economic Development Corporation can help point you in the right direction. Here are a few of the most established and helpful resources for Southeast and rural communities. We’ll keep adding resources as we discover them.


The Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a great place to start whether your exploring a business idea or you want to improve your practical business skills. SBDC provides no-cost advising services and low cost educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC business advisors work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions in the areas of management, marketing, sales, finance, accounting and other disciplines required for small business growth, expansion and innovation.


Spruce Root is partnered in growing the economic strength of Southeast Alaska by providing:

  • Technical resources, mentoring and business coaching
  • Business planning courses, entrepreneurial and small business training, and one-on-one business assistance
  • Small business lending in Southeast Alaska
  • Education and access to other funding sources and collaborative partnerships throughout the region.

Spruce Root services for small businesses include coaching, training and lending for startup enterprises, working capital, business expansion, leasehold improvements and other business capital needs – We’re flexible! We will consider any business loan opportunity that will promote the economic development of Southeast Alaska.


Alaska Division of Economic Development Rural Development Initiative Fund
Loan Program strives to provide private sector employment by financing the start-up and expansion of businesses that will create significant long-term employment.

The state Division of Economic Development has several loan programs including commercial fisheries, alternative energy projects in commercial buildings, developing mariculture businesses and a micro loan program.