The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce gave small business owners a little help yesterday when it hosted a representative from the Alaska Small Business Administration during a noon luncheon. Nelida Irvine, the lender relations specialist for SBA, spoke to about a dozen local business owners about the opportunities and assistance SBA provides for businesses around the state.
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Irvine said SBA offers loans to small businesses that can’t get credit elsewhere. She said anyone looking to start a small business or expand a current one can qualify for a loan from SBA, who worked with about 150 businesses across Alaska last year.
They offer different loan initiatives for a variety of business owners and even offer special programs for women, veterans and spouses of active-duty military personnel. Irvine said that commercial fishing businesses qualify, and loans can be used to purchase a commercial fishing vessel.
In addition to loan services, SBA works with small businesses to make their business marketable with the federal government.
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Irvine added that SBA works closely with people wanting to start small businesses, and hopes that people won’t be scared away by the stresses of running a business, especially in the current economy.
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Kodiak does not have an SBA office locally, but Irvine said anyone who needs assistance or has questions can contact one of the many branches across the state. We have a link to SBA’s website at KMXT dot org.