Executive Director, Business Enterprise Institute (BEI), University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)
Through the BEI she leads the University’s economic development suite of programs including: the Alaska Small Business Development Center, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, Alaska Minority Business Development Assistance Center, Alaska Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Technology Research and Development Center, Alaska Cooperative Development Center, UAA Center for Corporate and Professional Development, Business Innovation Zone, and the Applied Environmental Research Center.
Ms. Bell has over the years provided leadership to technical assistance activities throughout Alaska including: Business Retention and Expansion, Cluster Development, Local Grown, as well as Tourism Planning and Marketing initiatives for communities as well as small and large businesses.
Ms. Bell has also actively engaged in strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Alaska, core to diversifying Alaska’s economy. Through Bell’s leadership a web based entrepreneurial resource was established (AK SourceLink); a business boot camp and business plan competition was retooled and now includes all campuses of the University of Alaska system as well as Alaska Pacific University; “Lemonade Day” now encourage youth entrepreneurship capacity building across Alaska, an accelerator Launch Alaska has begun, and a Global Entrepreneur in Residence program has commenced. Plans are continually underway to bring more entrepreneurship related programming to Alaska.
Bell holds a CEcD (Certificate in Economic Development) from the International Economic Development Council as well as a Master of Business degree and a Master of Science degree in Resource Management, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition to education, Ms. Bell brings more than 25 years of business consulting experience to the University of Alaska.
Prior to working with the University Ms. Bell was a principal of a privately held consulting firm, and prior to that had started multiple privately held businesses.