2019 path to prosperity finalists


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The competition was stiff, but each of these sustainable businesses will be joining us for Business Boot Camp from September 26 - 29, 2019. If you haven’t heard about these business yet, check them out!

Alaska coastal seaweed (juneau)

Alaska Coastal Seaweed was formed out of the love of the ocean and all the goodness it has brought to our family.  My mission is to nourish body and soul by harnessing the health benefits and everyday nutrition from Southeast Alaska seaweed and bringing it directly to you and your family to enjoy in the form of delicious snacks and seasonings.


around the bay lodging (wrangell)

Around the Bay Lodging is designed to provide viable short-term housing options within Wrangell while encouraging sustainable green living. The objective is to create comfortable and natural independent living arrangements, while providing a model for addressing the burden of population growth on the communities’ resources. Around the Bay Lodging will fill a community housing need by utilizing modern technologies to capture the pioneering spirit of Alaska’s “off the grid” lifestyle.

Photo by Tanya Val

Photo by Tanya Val

Foundroot (Haines)

Foundroot is an open-pollinated seed company that sells vegetable, herb, and flower seeds proven for Alaskan growing conditions. On their small sustainable farm in Haines, Foundroot is growing seed varieties that are adapted to Alaska’s climatic challenges and have sent seeds to over 65 different communities throughout the state. Teaching their customers how to save their own seeds and supporting their gardening and farming endeavors is integral to the company’s philosophy. Foundroot’s mission is for all Alaskans to feel confident growing food, no matter the scale, and fostering self-reliance and a deeper sense of food security for us all.


Gale Force Gardens (Craig)

Gale Force Gardens is a small plant nursery on Prince of Wales Island. They specialize in growing annual and perennial flowers, vegetable starts and herb plants. Gale Force Gardens focuses on growing a wide variety of vigorous healthy plants for local retail sales to individuals and businesses.


Jellyfish donuts (ketchikan)

Jellyfish Donuts is a local gourmet donut shop! We pride ourselves on funky flavors with a hint of Alaskan flare! We hope to not only deliver a donut, but an experience! We will have a rotating menu of melt in your mouth donuts and groovy coffees and can’t wait to share this adventure with the community!

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Kaawu Shellfish Co. (Hoonah)

Kaawu Shellfish Co. LLC is an independent, Alaska Native-owned-and-operated, commercial mariculture farm located at Burnt Point, in the cold, nutrient-rich waters of Port Frederick, just six miles from Hoonah. Kaawu specializes in raising premium, deep-cupped Pacific oysters perfect for the burgeoning half-shell market. The small family-run company, owned by Hoonah local Anthony Lindoff (Tlingit, Haida), mainly sells its boutique oysters to the popular cruise destination, Icy Strait Point, but also fulfills special orders and requests from other high-end establishments in Alaska.


Kootéeyaa Koffee House (Saxman)

The Kootéeyaa Koffee House is a tribally owned espresso coffee house where one can savor the delightful essence of a coffee bean. The Kootéeyaa’s aim is to provide a rare experience in taste with a focus on great espresso coffee and building community. The Kootéeyaa barista team loves to make coffee for the island that loves to drink it. Kootéeyaa Koffee House is located at the entrance to the Saxman, Alaska Totem Pole Park with a fantastic waterfront view. This coffee house serves as the only coffee shop south of Ketchikan and Saxman, Alaska.


M/V Adak short & long term rentals (Sitka)

Modeled after French and Italian pescatourism operations, our project will offer visitors to Sitka an immersive experience in commercial fishing and harbor life. By coming on-board as crew, guests will learn kinesthetically about the life cycle of king salmon, the cultural history of Alaska’s fisheries, and the contemporary challenges faced by Alaska fishermen today. Our pilot program, launching in August 2019, will offer a full day of fishing and harbor life, capped by an unforgettable meal of king salmon aboard the Adak.


sagebrush dry gear (kake)

Sagebrush Dry Gear is a small company out of Kake, Alaska that designs and manufactures a completely submersible line of waterproof gear bags. The packs are all constructed using radio frequency welding and hot air sewing techniques to ensure an airtight seal on all seams. Using these technologies, German designed and manufactured Tizip zippers from the dive suit industry, and using the highest quality American made fabric available Sagebrush is making what many satisfied customers feel are the best waterproof bags on the planet!


Sitka Food Co-op (sitka)

The Sitka Food Co-op started as an attempt to bring healthy, organic foods to Sitka at more affordable prices than were otherwise available at the time. We held public meetings to drum up interest and in September of 2011, we incorporated as a Cooperative in the State of Alaska and began building a basic foundation for the Sitka Food Co-op organization. Since then, we have continued to grow our membership and our vision. The Co-op originally started with 13 families, but has now grown to where it has 230 active households and business members, pays for three part-time employees, and sold over $416,000 worth of wholesome and natural products in 2018.


Tamico, Inc. (Petersburg)

Tamico, Inc. provides marine construction, metal fabrication, scrap metal sales, welding supplies, bottled gases, industrial training and certificates to Southeast Alaska from our waterfront facility in Petersburg. We operate all our ventures with two main goals, serving our customers’ needs and zero waste.


tommaso shellfish (whale pass)

Tommaso Shellfish is a small family owned and operated aquatic farm, that handles and harvests each oyster by hand. Our farm is nestled in the crisp, cool waters of Sea Otter Sound, located near Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.


village coffee company (Yakutat)

Village Coffee Company is a drive-thru espresso shop that makes custom drinks and fresh baked goods. Whether it be fresh salmonberry upside down cake or spruce tip tea, I want to share my love for coffee and treats to my hometown and give visitors a taste of Yakutat by using fresh local ingredients as much as I can. Village Coffee Co. will open for business July 4th, 2019.

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