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Homer Wins eCity Award

By Jeremy Thacker

Google is giving Homer, Alaska some special attention! The web giant has named Homer its Alaska eCity for 2013. Google and independent research firm Ipsos MORI analyzed the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all fifty states. The city with the highest scores in each state was designated a 2013 Google eCity. It’s a designation that thrills local business leaders: “It was a pleasant surprise to be Google’s eCity for Alaska. It proves that even ‘at the end of the road’ we are still able to have a vibrant business culture. The Homer Chamber of Commerce can’t take all of the credit for the award. Our city government tries to...

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Women-Owned Businesses in Alaska Powering Up With Internet

By CAK Staff

Contributor:  Dev Joshi, Research Analyst Female business owners are finding new opportunity with Internet in Alaska! As of 2007, women owned more than one in four businesses (28.7%) in the United States. This translates into 7.8 million businesses across the country owned by women, generating $1.3 trillion in revenue. The future shows continued opportunity. One tool that has become a key utility in operating a business is the Internet. According to the 2011 Connect Alaska Business Technology Assessment, nearly three out of four women-owned businesses (73%) use broadband, which is higher than the state average of (70%) across all...

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Cyber Impact on Alaska Small Businesses is Undeniable

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Dev Joshi, Research Analyst Thanksgiving week always ends with the Black Friday shopping frenzy. This week it promises the same inevitable end, but a portion of Alaskan businesses will be shut out of the online revenue opportunity. Small businesses consider their broadband connection as essential to their business as other utilities such as water, sewer, or electricity! That’s the finding of a 2010 study from the Small Business Administration. In fact, the businesses that took part in that study reported that Internet service is “an important tool for achieving strategic goals, improving competitiveness and efficiency, reaching...

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Alaskan Businesses Beg For Better Broadband

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Dev Joshi, Research Analyst Alaskan businesses are more dissatisfied with their Internet service than businesses in other states. That's one of the findings from Connected Nation’s 2011 Business Technology Assessment across nine states. (Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) Alaskan businesses subscribe to broadband service significantly less than businesses in the rest of the states.  Approximately 70% of Alaska businesses subscribe to broadband service, compared to 76% of businesses in the other states surveyed by Connected Nation. And while the majority of broadband-...

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