So it’s days like these I think back to watching the movie ‘Hackers’ where the mystery and sexy lure of the term ‘hack’ was new and exciting. Fast forward a few short decades and now 13 year old life hackers are speaking to huge crowds at TED talks.

I never thought I would see ‘hacking’ accepted so openly by public sector but sure enough, we now have hAKathons. The distinguished term of developer allows to add validity to our ever overcoming brains but I for one am excited and enthralled by the great realization that ‘hacks’ can be used for good. In April, 2013 in the Mountain View Service Center, several eager non-profits as well as eager developers sat down to Anchorage’s second hAKAthon.

Numerous amazing and mind boggling programs were developed from readily available programming to new tech augmented reality. I certainly remember the many hours as a teenager watching the virtual reality show V5 awaiting for the day to enter a digital realm physically. It has taken on a much less theatrical appearance than I first thought but I am all the more intrigued by the relationships that are being built in this close nit community. Tech is here to stay. Trepidating a modem bill or the fret of demagnetizing a floppy disk is gone. We now scour the Internet to Google everything. As we press forward with life’s daily needs, business ventures and dreams we can see the relationship technology and community can foster.

I am excited to see where this all leads. The possibilities for Anchorage as well as Alaska are endless. It is the dreams of yesterday that will fulfill the needs of tomorrow. May we listen closely today.

Read More about Alaska’s hAKathon: http://www.alaskahackathon.org

Business Gifts

Seward, Alaska   Friday, April 5th, 2013

After the chaos of herding kids into the car, I started my 2 hour voyage to Seward. I was super excited to get moving as the schedule was tight. I had a speaking engagement with the SewaImagerd Chamber of Commerce on an amazing opportunity from Google.

In February, Google sent myself and a colleague, Andrea Nicole CEO & Founder of Lolihanna Training Co., to Washington, DC for a Get Your Business Online Ambassador Summit. It was amazing gift and we were indoctrinated with web building, advertising and SEO in their “digital boot camp.”

The resources learned during the trip are invaluable for business owners and now I feel compelled to share a snapshot of info learned! Hope you enjoy these gifts just as much as I enjoying sharing.


Free Resources For Small Businesses

In 2011, Google launched the Get Your Business Online campaign in partnership with Intuit, DudaMobile and the SBA to give small business a free website and mobile site for one year. In addition to these free main platform business tools, Google also offers tools to get business found online through Google Places and Google Plus. This is the fundamentals of search engine optimization. A phrase endearingly used by SEO companies for years. $300 for guaranteed SEO? How about FREE!


Google Places is a great chance forImage businesses to edit their online search results. This tool helps list and highlight your business name, location, photos and phone number as well as offers customer reviews. Also Free! You cannot delete customer reviews but can respond to them. Google+ is a profile page much like Facebook Fan Page, you can also link your Google Place listing here. So start today! Get online and get mobile!

For more info on mobile sites, visit GoMo

Ready, Set, Adventure!

As massive exhaustion is about to render me unconscious, I am amazed at the human spirit and ability to press on. It has been throughout my lifetime that I have learned the true meaning of tired. I worked hard labor as a teenager and sports fishing boats up to my mid-twenties. Numerous days blurred into one another as I opted to work two, sometimes three jobs during the Alaskan tourist season. I deckhanded aboard my father’s boat, MV Eleu, and would work at the fish processor or hostess at the local restaurant, Chinooks. After having three little girls in less than 5 years spanning, I learned quickly what true exhaustion was. I had been groomed for parenthood. Deadliest Catch has nothing on a mom of an infant and a wiggly toddler. Those guys are pansies compared to the moms who endure dozens of colds with one or sometimes multiple rambunctious offspring. But how can the human body press on? Sheer drive and determination. If you REALLY want something, your body will make it happen!

I read once, “If it’s not important you will find an excuse, if it is, you will find a way!”Alicia and girls

Parenthood is a great boot camp for business. The care and dedication that it takes to sustain one tiny life is immense but the reward of stewardship is incredible. Much with parenthood, business ownership comes with stages of growth. In it’s infancy, you lay out your mission to guide and grow your earnings. My grandmother used to say “Kids are your investment and grandkids are your dividends.” I’m not quite at that stage with my children but I’m inclined to agree. Business is a lot of work but when you’re passionate and driven you can make beautiful creations grow.

With that I say keep on keepin’ on mighty tough folks and may all you journeys be prosperous!

~Alicia Busick