Samantha Davenport Joins CED

Samantha Davenport Joins CED

Samantha Davenport joined Team CED as our Startups Storyteller! In this role, she will tell the stories of Alaska’s entrepreneurs and the larger ecosystem supporting them. Samantha is the lead contributor to the Alaska Startups website and will manage the associated social media channels. The opportunity to have someone with her talent showcasing entrepreneurs in Alaska incredibly valuable, and is a service we’re proud to offer our state.

Young Professionals Summit Takeaways

Young Professionals Summit Takeaways

Margo, Richelle, and Ian attended the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Summit last month. The summit theme was “LEVEL UP: Learn, Grow, Inspire” and favorite panels included “Flippin’ a Biz: the Art of Buying & Selling” and “Climbing in Tandem: Success in Pairs.”

Year-long Paid Internship Opportunity: CED & Idaho National Labs

Year-long Paid Internship Opportunity: CED & Idaho National Labs

Check out this exciting opportunity for UA students: three 2019 summer internships at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are being offered to Alaska undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of disciplines (communications, economics, engineering, marketing, physics, policy, etc.). After the initial internship, students will conduct market and business research for the UA Center for Economic Development for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

Feedback is a Four Letter Word

Feedback is a Four Letter Word

Feedback is my third favorite four-letter word. By that, I mean the word gift. If you have been to one of my recent workshops, you would have heard me outline the expectation that feedback is a gift. Now, I must admit I absolutely stole this expectation (with permission) from the design thinking geniuses at DesignThinking.bg. It has become a staple guiding principle for my workshops and my life in general.

CED Book Review: Burn the Business Plan

CED Book Review: Burn the Business Plan

“I found this book to be eye-opening in many respects. As the title suggests, Schramm’s book is partially about busting myths and conventional wisdom about entrepreneurship. It turns out that techie, establishment-bucking millennials actually start very few businesses compared to 40-year-olds with corporate experience.” - Nolan

CED Book Review: The Mom Test

CED Book Review: The Mom Test

CED’s book club kicked off with The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick, which is about “how to talk to customers and learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you.” It’s a quick and easy read, and each of us came away with new perspectives on customer discovery, which is the process of identifying customers and understanding their purchasing behavior and motivations.

Join our Book Club!

Join our Book Club!

Our reading list is a snapshot of the literature that guides our work. Check out our reading list for CED’s Book Club for 2019!