How-to-Start-a-Small-Retail-BusinessThinking about starting or growing a business in Soldotna, Alaska?  Our community is a great place to do business! If you’re just starting out, be sure to utilize the State of Alaska resources available to you that are highlighted below. Once you have an Alaska State Business License, we encourage you to Join the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center!

If you have any questions on doing business in Soldotna or about joining the chamber, please call Katie Jacobson, Membership Services Coordinator at (907) 262-9814 or email

State of Alaska Business License

Register or Renew Your Business License Online

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce REQUIRES an active Alaska State Business License for new and existing chamber members. You can apply online for a business license and/or search the state database at anytime. You are responsible for maintaining an active license with the State of Alaska.

Small Business Resources:

Small Business Development Center – Soldotna Branch

43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: 907-260-5629

The Small Business Assistance Center provides direction for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing businesses in Alaska.

Growing our Economy Through Small Business from Alaska SBDC on Vimeo.

AK SourceLink

Alaska has multiple resources throughout the state that support and assist with business development. Additional resources to start, develop, or expand your business can be found through AK SourceLink.

City of Soldotna Resources:

Finding Property or a Building

The City of Soldotna Economic Development + Planning department can help you find available land or existing buildings. Give us a call at 262-9107 or drop by City Hall anytime to discuss your ideas!

Property Zoning

All land inside the City of Soldotna is zoned for particular uses. You can view the current zoning map, or give us a call to verify the zoning for a parcel.  For more information on allowable uses by zoning district, please see the zoning page.

Building Inspections

All new construction or redevelopment of existing structures requires a building permit from the City. For more information, please see the Building Department page for key data and contacts.

Sales Tax Registration

The Kenai Peninsula Borough collects sales tax for both itself and for the City of Soldotna. Please visit the KPB Sales Tax website for more information on how to register to collect sales tax.

Startup Assistance, Financing, Planning

The Alaska Small Business Development Center is a great resource to assist with business or marketing plans, financing options, and other opportunities.  The SBDC has an office in Soldotna on Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, head to their website, email the Southwest Region Director Bryan Zak, or give them a call at 907-260-5629.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District (KPEDD) hosts the annual Industry Outlook Forum, the Business Innovation Center (incubator). Also check out their microloan program offered to small businesses in the Kenai Peninsula Borough for whom traditional financing models have proven difficult.