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Alaska Center for Natural Medicine - SBA AK Success Story

Alaska Center for Natural Medicine is a physical therapeutic natural health clinic that is composed of practitioners with a variety of specialties. Practitioners use Naturopathic primary care medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, counseling, and other modalities to treat health problems.

The health professionals at Alaska Center for Natural Medicine utilize laboratory test findings and physical exams in addition to a wide array of diagnostic tools to address and treat patients’ health issues. Once identified, their team works together to create a treatment plan directed toward specific healthcare needs to help patients reach their full health potential.

Heather Carmichael has been involved in natural medicine, primarily acupuncture, since 1993. She was the Clinic Director at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine from 1997 to 2000 and headed its acupuncture program. Carmichael moved to Fairbanks in 2000 to start a natural health practice. She became co-... Read More

AGVIQ LLC - SBA Success Story

By Scott Swingle, U. S. Small Business Administration Northern Area Manager (Fairbanks, AK)

AGVIQ LLC Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle and 4,359 miles from Washington, D.C., Point Hope, Alaska, is the oldest continuously-settled Native American site in North America. This community of approximately 900 residents is home to the Tikigaq people, who in 1971, under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, established the Tikigaq Corp. With 1,000 Inupiaq shareholders, the corporation provides arctic construction, rural and urban environmental expertise, and logistics services experience. AGVIQ LLC, which was later created as an environmental subsidiary of Tikigaq Corp. and qualifies as a minority owned (Native American) small business through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Program, partners with clients to provide a wide variety of environmental services with a commitment to proven technical solutions, health and safety, and quality. However, as a... Read More

ANCOR, INC. - SBA Success Story


Carl Waters, a Service Disabled Veteran, is living proof that with the right attitude and a lot of hard work, almost anything is possible. After losing his arm during a long and distinguished career as a fire chief in the U.S. Air Force, Carl wanted to try something different. In 2001 Carl entered the world of construction in the Anchorage area. Carl’s father and uncles had been in the construction business in Maryland for several years and were a tremendous help mentoring him along the way. He started by replacing doors, locks and other small-scale jobs to make a name for himself and build a good reputation. Although Alaska is a vast place, the population is relatively small, which proved to be a challenge for “the new guy” trying to get a foot in the door. “Many contractors have had a lifetime to build relationships throughout Alaska, I have only been here since 1992, which presented a difficult challenge getting started,” said Carl Waters. Shortly after starting his... Read More