Operating Through COVID 19 Webinar

Has your business been impacted by the decline in tourism this summer? Are you wondering how to operate while ensuring the safety of your employees and customers? Or are you concerned about the long-term impacts of COVID on tourism?

Access the recent recordings and resources from the “Operating Through COVID-19” workshop. Spruce Roots and Southeast Conference brought in experts to answer questions and equip you with the information you need to strengthen your business during these challenging times. We are happy to share these resources and tools to help you respond to the current health and economic crises, generate additional capital, minimize loss, and thrive in the “new economy.”

Workshop Recordings

Presentation Slides

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Operating Through COVID-19 Workshop 

This document contains resources that were mentioned by presenters as part of Spruce Root and Southeast Conference’s Operating Through COVID-19 Workshop hosted online from June 10th – 13th, 2020. Links to view the sessions are also available.

Are you interested in growing your business further? This September, Spruce Root is hosting the Path to Prosperity Master Class in Juneau. This program connects advanced entrepreneurs with expert mentors who help them build their growth strategy and take their business to the next level. Travel and hotel scholarships are available for minority-led businesses. Register and learn more here.

Was your business affected by COVID-19? Fill out Southeast Conference’s COVID-19 and Business Impacts Survey. 

Day 1 – Wednesday, June 10th 

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Watch on Facebook Live

 Tax Implications of COVID-19 (0:00-1:00)

Mark Mesdag, Janelle Anderson, Ryan Beason, and Tyler Emerson of Elgee Rehfeld

 Economic Trends for Southeast Alaskan Tourism Businesses (1:00-2:00)

Nolan Klouda, UA Center for Economic Development

 Alaska CARES (2:00-2:47)

Davina Napier, Credit Union 1

Jon Bitner, Juneau Economic Development Council(JEDC)

Alan Weitzner, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)

Sandee Holst, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED)

Panel hosted by Robert Venables, Southeast Conference

  • video tutorial.

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 PIVOT! PIVOT! PIVOT! The Art of Getting out of Tight Spots Through Consumer Insights (0:00-1:00)

Julia Casey, UA Center for Economic Development

  • jcasey26@alaska.edu
  • here. 

 Advertising as the World Re-Opens (1:00-2:00)

Julie Hirt, Leslie Stocker, Kaylee Devine of Spawn Ideas

·       View presentation slides here. 

 Policy & Business: How Lawmakers are Working to Support You (2:00-3:00)

Featuring U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and John Springsteen of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED)

  • Read more about the AK CARES grant and see if your business qualifies here.
  • View AK CARES distribution by community here. 

Day 3 – Friday, June 13th

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 Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps and Reach Customers Online (0:00-1:00)

Penny Gage, UA Center for Economic Development

 Keeping Dollars Local: The Local Frequency App (1:00-2:00)

Kristy Speciale and James Chen, Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC)

  • View presentation slides here.
  • Learn more about the Local Frequency App. 

 Regenerative Tourism: Businesses that help Southeast Alaska Thrive (2:00-3:00)

Hosted by Mary Goddard, Regenerative Tourism Catalyst for the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Allen Marine, and Sealaska

. Mary is also owner of Alaska Mary. 

  • View presentation slides here.
  • Businesses and organizations featured:

·       Alaska Native Heritage Center – Emily Edenshaw, Executive Director

o   Contact Emily at eedenshaw@alaskanative.net 

·       Untrodden

– Brophy Tyree, Co-Founder 

·       Sitka Sound Science Center – Alex Thorne, Business Development Director 

·       Finn Alley Fishing – Brendan and Rachel Jones, Owners 

Day 4 – Saturday, June 14th

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 How Alaska Tourism can Reinvent Marketing and Operations in a COVID-19 World (0:00-1:47)

Sarah Leonard and Jillian Simpson, of Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA)

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