Juneau Entrepreneur Resource Expo

JEDC hosted another Resource Expo geared to Juneau's existing and emerging small-business community on Tuesday, February 1st at Centennial Hall. This year's Expo was oriented toward entrepreneurs with existing businesses or plans to start a business. Attendance at workshops was up significantly over the inaugural event in 2010, and many people took advantage of opportunities to spend one-on-one time with consultants from JEDC's Business Consulting Service. Another popular feature of the 2011 Expo was a Q&A session with a panel of successful local entrepreneurs.

JEDC thanks the sponsors, workshop speakers, panelists, consultants and exhibitors who contributed to the success of the 2011 Expo!


Employee Performance Feedback and Evaluations: Step Up or Step Out
This workshop will help you understand the importance of regular employee feedback and evaluation sessions. You will be shown how an effective evaluation process for your employees and the use of performance goals can result in new behaviors and skills. Presented by Lana Tolls, Consultant, JEDC Business Consulting Service 

Finding Loan Financing for your Growing Business
Are you seeking money to expand or improve your growing business? Learn about the many loan programs available to local small businesses and how to apply. Presented by Jackie Stewart, Consultant, JEDC Business Consulting Service

Getting Organized with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Do you know about online software that will help your small business become more efficient, organized and accountable? In this session you will spend time looking at some of the various software packages that enables significant staff savings that you can build right into your workflow. Presented by Jeremy Hansen, HansenGress

Human Resource Basics for the Small Business Owner
Do you know everything you need to know about managing your most valuable assets, your employees? What are the laws and regulations that apply to your business? Do you know how to locate the resources you need in order to manage your employees effectively and within the law? You will gain an understanding of the basic Human Resource principles and practices that are applicable to small business owners. Presented by Michelle Calvin-Casey, Consultant, JEDC Business Consulting Service, and UAS Assistant Professor of Management

Tourism Marketing 101
Are you new to the tourism industry or still trying to figure out the best ways to get your product before the buying public? Are you having a hard time figuring out who all the players are -- or with whom you should be playing? This session will provide an overview of the tourism industry and its distribution systems -- how they work...and could, possibly, work for you! Presented by Sharon Gaiptman, Consultant, JEDC Business Consulting Service

Turn Your Passion into an Entrepreneurial Opportunity
How do you turn an idea into a new business? Sources of information, common problems of startups and methods for analyzing situations for profitable entry and growth will be covered. Presented by Rick Wolk, UAS Assistant Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Tying Customer Service to Business Outcomes
How do you ensure that your employees will provide the services required to keep your customers coming back for more? This workshop covers the importance of providing consistent and effective customer services to your clientele, even if you are "the only game in town." You will walk away with basic tools for ensuring that your employees will provide the service your customers expect and deserve. Presented by Michelle Calvin-Casey, Consultant, JEDC Business Consulting Service, and UAS Assistant Professor of Management

Writing Your Business Plan
Do you have a business plan? The real value of creating a business plan is not in the finished product but in the process of researching and thinking about your business in a systematic way. Presented by Glenn Haight, Fisheries Business Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program