Resources

There are numerous resources available to help you start your new business or grow your existing business. Take advantage of these resources by clicking on the links below.

  • Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station: AAES is dedicated to research that improves people’s lives while promoting the environmentally and socially responsible advancement of Alabama’s agricultural, forestry and related industries.
  • Alabama Association of Nonprofits: The Alabama Association of Nonprofits offers professional development and continuing education programs to nonprofit professionals throughout the state.
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES): ACES operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.
  • Alabama Department of Commerce: The Alabama Department of Commerce assists Alabama businesses with export promotion and development through state-wide professional trade development programs, trade missions, insightful trade publications and distribution of qualified point-to-point international business leads.
  • Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs: ADECA administers state and federal programs that contribute funds and support to Alabama cities, counties, nonprofit organizations and others through grants that help economic development projects, infrastructure improvements, job training, energy conservation, law enforcement, traffic safety, recreation development and assistance to low-income families.
  • Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT): AIDT offers comprehensive pre-employment selection and training, leadership development, on-the-job training, continuous/process improvement assessments, maintenance assessments, and industrial safety assessment and training.
  • Alabama International Trade Center: The William R. Bennett Alabama International Trade Center (AITC) was created to increase the level of export trade activity for businesses by helping existing industry; assisting public and private organizations with trade development; and supporting practical international trade education and training. They offer one-on-one trade advising, customized market research, and trade training.
  • Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program: Alabama PTACs provide government procurement and contracting assistance through a group of specialty counselors located at six locations in Alabama. PTAC primarily works with small businesses, but does work with larger businesses that need assistance fulfilling their small business award obligations.
  • Small Business Development Center Network (ASBDC): The ASBDC network is a statewide, inter-institutional program to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses. They offer zero-fee, one-on-one, confidential counseling to small businesses on a variety of topics.
  • Alabama Technology Network: The Alabama Technology Network provides training and service offerings for businesses and industries that include Lean Manufacturing, Quality Systems and Engineering, Information Technology, Human Resources and Organizational Development, Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H), Business Services/Strategic Management, Industrial Maintenance, and Engineering and Technical Services.
  • Biotechnology Association of Alabama: BioAlabama is a statewide organization representing Alabama’s bio related industries, research scientists, clinicians and business professionals who are working together to foster, develop and support the life sciences in Alabama. They offer events and programs designed to enhance the progress of the industry and BioAlabama members.
  • Center for Business and Economic Research: CBER produces an annual report on the Alabama Business Confidence Index, compiled from a quarterly survey sent to business leaders throughout the state. The Center is also a great research resource for Alabama economic indicators, population estimates and projections, income, poverty, and employment.
  • Consumer Affairs Business Loan Guide: This guide offers business loan choices from several companies with the goal of helping advance financial plans for business leaders.
  • Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA): The EDPA is a private, non-profit organization funded by more than 60 Alabama companies that works to attract, retain and grow jobs in Alabama, while encouraging innovation through its Alabama Launchpad program, which helps early-stage companies start, stay and grow in the state.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration: OSHA advocates for safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Alabama District Office: The SBA provides financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders; financial assistance through the 7(a) and 504 loan programs; free counseling, advice and information on starting and/or expanding a business is available through a network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), the Service Corps of Retired Executives Association (SCORE), and the Women’s Business Centers (WBC). Numerous training events are conducted throughout the state by the SBDC, SCORE and the WBCs.
  • Small Business Innovation Research (S.B.I.R.) Grants: The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.
  • Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council: The Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council was formed to assist major corporations with developing, enhancing and expanding minority vendor programs by integrating minority business enterprises (MBEs) into the corporate purchasing mainstream.
  • Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC): WBEC South works to enhance business opportunities between corporations and women-owned businesses through a reputable certification program, education and professional growth opportunities.

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