Groups Form Business Competition in Southeast

Two organizations are teaming up to spur business development in southeast Alaska.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- Two organizations are teaming up to spur business development in southeast Alaska.

Haa Aani LLC, and The Nature Conversancy are combining forces to fund a $500,000 business plan contest.

The Path to Prosperity project is aimed at but not limited to smaller communities.

Southeast residents, businesses and tribal entities can submit proposals. A dozen finalists will gather in Juneau for a boot camp to learn about business development and writing business plans.

Two winners in each of the three rounds will get up to $40,000 in consulting and technical services.

The plan is not without critics.

Juneau Sealaska shareholder Brad Fluetsch says there is a competition because leadership at Haa Aani is devoid of ideas.

Haa Aani is a subsidiary of Sealaska, the regional Native corporation.