Ted’s Woodshop is a small woodworking business in Homer, Alaska. You may have noticed the bear and cub emblem, logo, and stickers that we affix to our work. We participate in the State of Alaska’s Made in Alaska permit program. We find that identifying our work as having been made in Alaska, by Alaskans, adds value to our product. Here’s what the program entails.
The State of Alaska’s Division of Community and Regional Affairs operates the Made in Alaska program. The program promotes products made, manufactured, or handcrafted in our state. As a program participant, one has to meet specific requirements. These include where the products are manufactured, by whom, and the source of the raw materials and resources used. In our case, we have two permits: one for woodworking and a separate permit for Ted’s camera trap photography. We renew our permits every year. Additionally, we pay an annual fee. Keeping our permits current entitles us to mark our work with the program’s emblem, signage, and stickers.
The official emblem of the program depicts a mother bear and cub. When you see that sticker, emblem, or logo on someone’s work, you know that you are supporting an Alaska business.
Whether you buy online, at a gallery or gift shop, at a Farmer’s Market, or in a retail establishment remember to look for the “Made in Alaska” emblem.