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Associate State Director
University of Alaska SBDC

Associate State Director
Alaska Small Business Development Center

Associate State Director
Alaska SBDC

Oregon Microenterprise Network

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Alaska Journal of Commerce: Small businesses see a slowdown 11/19/01

www.alaskajournal.com [cached]

"We're trying to assess the changing economic environment so we can be as responsive as possible," said Jean Wall, associate state director for the University of Alaska SBDC.

Such assistance could be critical to the survival of small businesses, which in turn drive the economy, she said.
"I think we have found in periods of economic distress it really boils down to small businesses," she said."If there are things we can help them do then we can all move through this new economy much more smoothly."
Tactics businesses can use include improving cash management, reducing overhead or targeting different customers, she said.
The two forums were conducted in late October.
Participants identified tourism, transportation, hotels and lodging, and restaurants as sectors most likely to be affected.
Seventy-one percent of survey respondents believed their businesses would be directly affected as a result of the East Coast attacks.About half of those respondents felt the impact would be a negative one.
An official from the New York Small Business Development Center said that many of the 15,000 businesses near the World Trade Center were not ready to discuss possible business recovery efforts until Oct. 7, Wall said.

Oregon Microenterprise Network ยป Summit Presenter Bios

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Jean Wall | PRIME Program Manager | Umpqua CDC

Jean Wall intentionally relocated, after 33 years in Alaska, to Oregon in November 2006 to enjoy semi-retirement on 10 acres near Umpqua. She joined Umpqua CDC in November 2009 as PRIME Program Manger with responsibility for developing best practices for training and counseling UCDC's Dream$avers IDA participants. Jean works 30 hours per week at UCDC, currently has over 30 clients and has assisted another 7 recent graduates and 2 former graduates from Dream$avers. Jean "retired" from the Alaska SBDC after serving as State Director for two years; her earlier ten years split her time for five years as the Anchorage SBDC Director and five years as Associate State Director for the Alaska SBDC. Prior to her 12 years with SBDC, Jean owned her own production business for 8 years in Alaska; exporting a gourmet food product to Japan as well as wholesaling product throughout Alaska to retail gift shops targeting Alaska visitors. Jean has developed numerous workshops, delivered 'Business Planning' many times, written curriculum for commercial fishers interested in vertical integration and development of business skills to better manage income and survival in changing wild fisheries markets (week-long course accredited by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and delivered 3 times in Valdez with later outreach into other rural Alaska communities dependent on ocean resources). Jean was recognized as the University of Alaska's 'Employee of the Year' in 2004 as a University employee in their Small Business Development program. Jean believes in small business as THE economic backbone of all communities world-wide. When not working with small business Jean very much enjoys living her lifetime dream of owning a farm - preserving one small portion of land, forests and meadows and the diversity of all matter of life there located.

Contact Us

www.umpquacdc.org [cached]

Jean Wall, PRIME Project Manager

Alaska SBDC Staff Directory

www.aksbdc.org [cached]

Jean Wall, State Director (anerw@uaa.alaska.edu)

Business Development

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Jean Wall, Associate State Director (Email: anerw@uaa.alaska.edu)

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