Small businesses are a big employer in Alaska, accounting for more than half of the state's private workforce. If you've ever thought about becoming your own boss but wondered where to begin, Alaska Startup Week has you covered. 

The fourth annual event is part of an international program called Techstars, offering free seminars and workshops around Alaska — starting on Friday, Nov. 15 with a tech boot camp in Bristol Bay. 

"There are no push-ups involved, if you're curious," Aurora Warrior, an event organizer with Startup Week, said playfully. "Business boot camp is just in-depth business knowledge, and mentoring and networking opportunities."

Warrior is also part of the Alaska Native Professional Association, which is hosting a luncheon for Startup Week on Thursday, Nov. 21. 

"Access to resources is key," said Warrior, "And in rural Alaska, as we know, access to resources is very limited."

Startup week features gatherings in seven communities around Alaska. 

"The mission is pretty simple, it's to celebrate entrepreneurship throughout the state of Alaska," said Erin Baca, co-chair of Startup Week, and an associate at 49th State Angel Fund, which sponsors the event. 

According to Baca and Warrior, some notable startups born out of Startup Week include Pandere shoes, Attently and 60 Hertz. 

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