Resources to Help Start, Grow, or Fund Your Business

These resources provide information on a wide range of entrepreneurial subjects. Links on this page are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement by Spruce Root.

Business Planning Resources


General Resources for Startups:

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers technical assistance, a variety of loan and other financing programs, and other resources to help a business get started and grow. Their business guide features many articles on starting and managing a business. 

SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides education and volunteer mentors for entrepreneurs. Mentors are available to deliver free help both by email and in person, and they provide templates for business plans, finances and sales spreadsheets in their template gallery.


How to Develop your Business Plan:

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a Business Plan Tool that provides a step-by-step guide to writing a business plan. You write the plan by answering questions, and save it on-line so you can return later to edit or update. You must first register for a free account. 

The Business Model Canvas is a helpful tool for mapping out the key components of a business plan, allowing you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.

Additional links to business plan templates, outlines, and advice:


Alaska-specific resources:

The State of Alaska
The State's Business website is a wealth of information on starting a business in Alaska. Their publication, "Establishing a Business in Alaska," provides detailed information and assistance for the Alaskan entrepreneur.

The Juneau Economic Development Council
JEDC provides access to information on doing business in Juneau, as well as links on financing a small business and loan programs. 

The Alaska Small Business Development Center
ASBDC offers many resources and tools to help start a small business in Alaska. Check out their FAQ page.

Southeast Conference
Southeast Conference has been supporting strong Southeast economies and communities since 1958. Their regional information may be helpful.


      Entrepreneur/Business Language Resources: 

        Financing Resources  


        Financing Options:

        Venturize is a program from the Opportunity Finance Network, a nonprofit membership organization whose members have decades of experience working with young businesses. This site helps compare different types of lenders and financing opportunities.

        Garage Technology Ventures provides a resources page which includes an article on writing executive summaries, "How to Wow Investors".


          Funding Opportunity Links: 


          Borrower Resources:


          Sustainability Resources

          Duke University's, "The Meaning of "Social Entrepreneurship," provides a brief history of social entrepreneurship.

          Harvard Business Review discusses"The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability" and "Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation".

          Mind Tools provides a reader-friendly article about measuring an organization's wider impact.

          Triple Bottom Line: Profit, People, and Planet