Thriving Southeast communities are important to Sealaska. In 2009 the board established Haa Aaní, LLC, with a mission of sustaining and creating new economic opportunities through innovation, sustainability and collaboration.
“Sealaska is committed to investing in the region for a sustainable Southeast Alaska, and Haa Aaní, LLC is key in this effort,” said Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott. “Haa Aaní, LLC achieves its economic development goals by creating entrepreneurial opportunities for our communities through innovative partnerships. This scale of business development along with larger, sustainable core industries like fisheries, timber harvesting, and mineral development will contribute to a thriving Southeast region.”
Path to Prosperity (P2P) is a great example of innovation and collaboration. P2P was created through collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and Haa Aaní, LLC. The goal of P2P is to increase the number of businesses in the Southeast region that follow a triple bottom line model: have a positive social impact, contribute to sustainable use of local natural resources, and create a positive economic impact in their communities.
The 12 semi-finalists for 2014 converged in Juneau, Alaska, on September 19-21, 2014, for a business boot camp weekend. The intense weekend of workshops covered topics such as business plan writing, sustainable business practices, and accessing financial capital. This year, the 12 semi-finalists also received a 3-credit scholarship to the University of Alaska Southeast School of Management.
|Business Name||Location||Principal Applicant|
|1. Tonka Seafoods, Inc.||Petersburg||Seth Scrimsher|
|2. Port Chilkoot Distillery||Haines||Heather Shade|
|3. Sea Fur Sewing||Sitka||Robert Miller|
|4. Edens Marine Resources||Wrangell||James A. Edens|
|5. Adventure Alaska||Yakutat||Matthew Anderstrom|
|6. Coppa||Juneau||Marc Wheeler|
|7. Fairweather Ski Works, LLC||Haines||Ian Seward|
|8. The Sawmill Farm||Sitka||Bobbi Daniels|
|9. Cultural Campus & Náay I’waans Whale House Tours||Kasaan||Carrie Sykes|
|10. Sheakley Wood Products||Kake||Jeffery Sheakley|
|11. SeaMonster Seafoods and Sweet Meats||Juneau||John Foss|
|12. The Annaken House||Gustavus||Aimee Youmans|
Three finalists will be awarded $40,000 in seed funding in 2015 to further develop and strengthen their sustainable business concepts.
To learn more about the program and to participate in the Peoples Choice award in February, please visit: http://p2pweb.org/