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So you want to start your own business?

 

         This can be the start of a great personal and professional journey for there is nothing more satisfying than running your own business.  It affords you the independence, control, income and prestige you've always envisioned!

          Starting your own business can be rewarding both emotionally and financially.  It builds strength of character, self-sufficiency and wealth.  And it can be a lot of fun!

 

Selecting a business name.

 

          A business name serves two functions:  1) it helps customers identify one business among many; and 2) the name carries a reputation of the business.  Careful thought should be given to a distinctive and descriptive name.

          To make the public better aware of just what your firm offers, it is generally good practice to choose a business name that describes your product or service.

          To register your business name with the state, go to Alaska state names register to conduct a name search to ensure that the name you have chosen is not already in use by another company.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Skagway Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 194
Skagway, AK  99840
Phone (907) 983-1898
Fax (907) 983-2031
Email:  
chamber@aptalaska.net

Skagway Development Corporation
P. O. Box 1236
Skagway, AK  99840
Phone:  (907) 983-3414
Email:  
skagdev@aptalaska.net

Retail space is very limited in Skagway.  The "Historic District" is on Broadway between 1st Avenue and 7th Avenue.  See the map at this link.

All cruise ships dock at the far south end of town.  Most cruise passengers seem to prefer walking up one side of Broadway and down the other.

We have listed links to some information on retail space in Skagway and provided contact information to others.

The following are contacts that have or can provide information on business sites for lease.

National Park Service
P. O. Box 517
Skagway, AK 99840
Phone (907) 983-2921
Dennis Corrington
P. O. Box 322
Skagway, AK 99840
Phone (907) 983-2580
Email:  nanden@aptalaska.net
Web:  www.skagwayrealestate.net
Skagway News Co
P. O. Box 498
Skagway, AK 99840
Phone (907) 983-2354
Email:  sales@skagwaynews.com
Sunbird Properties LLC
1340 Oak Knoll Drive
Cincinnati, OH  45224
Phone (513) 521-0880
Jewell Enterprises
P. O. Box 535
Skagway, AK  99840
(907) 983-2688
Email:  jjewell@aptalaska.net
Wells Fargo
P. O. Box 516
Skagway, AK  99840
(907) 983-2264
Other locations could be available and should be checked on an individual basis.  There are other properties and options that come available occasionally.  Please see our Other Information page for additional contacts.

REVENUES & SALES TRENDS

Comparison of ALL Revenues (Taxable & Non-Taxable) By Quarter 1995 - 2014

YEAR

1ST QUARTER 2ND QUARTER 3RD QUARTER 4TH QUARTER TOTAL
1995 2,026,007 10,143,205 17,784,085 2,942,641 32,895,938
1996 1,982,271 10,785,139 18,896,321 2,362,887 34,026,618
1997 2,008,543 13,201,580 25,059,549 2,556,090 42,825,762
1998 2,177,556 21,810,559 38,658,374 2,578,988 65,225,477
1999 2,137,740 23,594,437 43,098,281 3,014,791 71,845,249
2000 2,589,149 26,846,429 46,071,006 3,276,024 78,782,608
2001 2,241,006 28,774,460 51,078,015 2,822,696 84,916,177
2002 2,293,175 30,598,960 55,215,903 3,222,164 91,330,202
2003 2,690,531 31,120,420 62,493,609 2,868,357 99,172,917
2004 2,754,375 39,122,595 75,143,790 2,988,790 120,008,916
2005 3,082,503 47,479,966 77,343,829 3,578,289 131,484,587
2006 3,900,312 49,315,891 84,800,246 3,980,811 159,997,259
2007 3,166,626 51,389,512 89,194,500 3,623,051 147,373,689
2008 3,761,247 47,126,574 82,849,223 3,014,772 136,751,816
2009 3,571,135 45,126,466 73,348,305 2,668,372 124,714,278
2010 2,375,504 42,001,806 69,811,912 3,479,535 117,668,757
2011 5,647,753 55,123,546 91,245,478 7,900,073 159,916,850
2012 1,846,277 43,913,188 79,741,770 3,478,811 128,979,746
2013 2,383,422 48,045,901 82,363,690 3,066,088 135,859,101
2014 3,978,661 48,591,807 82,121,958 6,991,276 141,683,703
2015 2,383,422 50,288,659 84,578,488 5,242,051 140,860,071
2016 2,672,245 87,357,174 87,357,174 3,219,195 143,740,483

Comparison of Revenues by Types

YEAR GIFT SHOPS * SERVICE **TOURS LODGING RESTAURANT RENTALS
1995 11,460,661 10,275,087 NON TAXED 2,631,644    
1996 12,437,901 10,589,638 NON TAXED 2,428,488    
1997 18,562,394 8,092,132 *** 5,297,411 2,056,142    
1998 21,825,454 11,097,083 20,100,760 2,099,921    
1999 23,232,416 14,812,627 25,673,144 1,957,135    
2000 26,714,580 12,931,152 24,911,068 1,992,436    
2001 32,162,061 14,112,777 28,169,169 1,914,112    
2002 34,975,188 14,776,452 30,392,787 1,648,623    
2003 37,943,078 14,627,247 34,549,188 1,469,470    
2004 43,782,090 16,458,001 40,279,023 2,068,645    
2005 51,133,977 18,116,592 41,086,534 1,909,657    
2006 51,876,553 19,838,939 47,321,585 2,000,035    
2007 50,740,703 21,331,751 56,279,686 2,173,455    
2008 44,547,141 19,046,389 45,464,028 2,082,268    
2009 41,514,734 18,570,097 43,863,190 1,874,738    
2010 24,102,811 21,324,600 34,764,568 1,946,341    
2011 34,413,012 14,984,996 26,971,542 2,070,175    
2012 45,120,790 43,714,070 20,349,301 1,905,652 9,166,301 10,629,284
2013 46,310,023 40,035,987 29,013,071 1,852,704 8,920,179 11,579,841
2014 53,021,982 34,986,079 33,178,216 2,079,281 9,830,234 10,667,191
2015 51,933,238 33,630,656 33,253,393 2,065,926 10,162,435 11,880,349
2016 2,415,510 1,822,012 34,208,973 1,987,484 11,352,883 12,785,598

  * SERVICE:  Tourist related services include groceries, hardware, laundromats, beauty shops, gas stations/auto repair, RV parks, restaurants, bars/liquor stores, book stores, car rentals, sporting goods, photo shops, theaters, docks.  Construction, Realtors & Daycares included after 2011.  Restaurants and Rentals moved to separate section as of 2012.

 ** TOURS:  1997 taxed over-the-counter sales in Skagway only.  1998 and later taxes all tours taken inside Skagway.

*** Partial Tax.

NOTE:  Comparison by Type will not equal Total Revenues as "Types" are prorated for tourist season and do not include non taxable sales or service income.  As of 2012 totals will equal.


VISITOR COUNT COMPARISON

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Cruise Ship Passengers 821,888 821,971 754,255 708,015 713,733 779,043 765,492 820,744 755,314 772,332
Cruise Ship Crew Members 337,773 336,189 308,812 283,206 285,493 311,617 306,197 328,298 302,126 308,933
AK Marine Highway (Ferry) 17,006 17,321 17,410 16,393 17,687 16,462 16,076 17,738 20,581 20,289
Klondike Highway (Road) 64,844 67,610 66,016 64,368 66,238 67,232 65,826 68,855 61,870 71,387
White Pass Railroad 15,230 15,054 15,293 16,067 16,067 16,159 14,016 16,514 17,826 17,071
Airline Services 6,178 5,963 5,129 6,419 5,406 4,611 3,787 4,890 5,687 6,382
Other (Water Taxi, etc.) 6,898 7,530 8,029 8,726 7,958 9,760 13,763 5,069 13,558 14,343
TOTAL 1,269,817 1,271,638 1,174,944 1,103,194 1,112,582 1,204,884 1,185,157 1,262,108 1,176,962 1,210,737
All "counts" other than cruise passenger and crew are computed by formula to insure the same person is not counted twice.  The actual passenger counts for any one activity are higher.
 

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