Local Anchorage organizations currently offer a wealth of opportunities and resources for new and growing businesses. Learn from another collection of community partners about their programs and incentives, who is eligible, and how to apply to get the ball rolling towards your business goals.
- Debbie Franklin, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
- Stephanie Berglund, CEO, thread
- Glenn Hoskinson, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED)
This is a presentation series organized by Roadmap to a Vital and Safe Anchorage (RVSA), a community group of business members. Learn more at anchoragechamber.org/roadmap-to-a-vital-and-safe-anchorage.
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Debbie Franklin is with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, appointed in October 2015 as the Director for U.S. Export Assistance Center – Alaska where she currently serves on the agency’s Global Teams: Energy, Travel and Tourism, Maritime Technology, Aerospace and Defense, Rural, and China as well as the Arctic Affinity and US Field Safety Groups. Debbie previously established and directed the International Trade Center with Iowa Small Business Development Center where she trained and counseled small businesses on international finance, marketing, compliance, and global logistics. Her hands-on international business experiences come from 10 years department store retailing, 19 years in wholesale manufacturing, sales and marketing where she was a President’s Club award winner, and her own consulting business of export representation and documentation preparation. She also spent 7 seasons as a personal and small business federal tax preparer.
Debbie holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She holds a Certificate in Global Oil & Gas Management from Thunderbird Executive Education.
is the CEO of thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network. She oversees a network of partner organizations helping to strengthen access to quality early care and learning in Alaska. She has experience working on social public policy, creating innovative partnerships, and improving the quality of services in Alaska. Ms. Berglund holds additional leadership positions around advancing early care and education. Her leadership positions include member of the Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council, member of the Alaska Early Childhood Advocacy Group, Board member for Child Care Aware of America, and the United Way of Anchorage 90% by 2020 and beyond leadership steering committee. Ms. Berglund lives in Anchorage with her husband and 16-year-old daughter. She is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for children and families in Alaska.
in the Special Assistant to the Commissioner with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED). Her primary roles are as the department’s legislative liaison and public information officer. Glenn studied Communications with a minor in Psychology at Orange Coast Community College then the University of Alaska. She has been with DCCED since December 2015 and with the Commissioner’s Office in May 2019.
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