Hometown Alaska has frequently featured local entrepreneurs and the start-up spirit that is certainly a part of Alaska’s successful post-oil future. In May of 2016, we sat down with Launch Alaska, a non-profit business accelerator for start ups. They shared their premier class, which included a food venture specializing in Alaska foods for backpacking, Heather’s Choice. Two years down the road, what’s new? We’ll find out from Heather Kelly herself, during today’s program.
Another entrepreneurial venture we talked about this past May was Pandere Shoes. Since last we chatted, they’ve been selected for Ready Set Raise, a business accelerator helping women entrepreneurs land early-stage funding, and they also started shipping their shoes. We’ll hear from one of their three co-founders: Celia Crossett, Laura Oden and Ayla Rogers.
We’ll hear from fresh women entrepreneurs as well, including Piper Foster Wilder of 60Hertz, which “creates maintenance software for emerging markets.” They developed their software in collaboration with power plant operators across remote Alaska, as well as other Alaska energy professionals.
We’ll also hear from Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop‘s co-owner, Rachel Pennington. What was it like starting out as a baking assistant and growing into lead baker? Today, the bakery has three locations; what has it been like going through this growth and transition?
Launch Alaska will join us again on this program, in the person of board member Gretchen Fauske, who works in economic development for the State of Alaska. Your questions and comments are welcome throughout the program.
HOST: Kathleen McCoy
In the studio:
- Rachel Pennington, Co-owner Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop
- Piper Foster Wilder, founder, 60Hertz maintenance software for emerging markets
- Gretchen Fauske, Launch Alaska and economic development, State of Alaska
- Heather Kelly, Heather’s choice adventure foods
- Laura Oden, co-founder of Pandere Shoes
- Launch Alaska
- Heather’s Choice
- Pandere Shoes
- Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop
- The Boardroom
- Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Nov 19, website
- What makes women entrepreneurs different from men? Small Business Tips website
- Alaska: State of Entrepreneurship, May 2018, produced by University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
- 7 challenges women entrepreneurs face (and how to overcome them), Aug 2017, Business News Daily
- 2018 State of women-owned businesses report, commission by American Express
- Find a mentor, SCORE, Alaska, website
- Small Business Administration, Alaska District Office, website
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