Local Business Development Resources

The Birmingham region has a wealth of resources to help you get started or grow your existing business. Take advantage of these resources by clicking on the links below:

 African American Business Council

The Birmingham Business Alliance’s African American Business Council is an organization of Birmingham Business Alliance Investors who meet monthly to network, share business information, formulate solutions to business challenges, as well as offer regional business enhancement recommendations.

Alabama Association of Nonprofits

The Alabama Association of Nonprofits is an organization that provides resources to nonprofit professionals throughout the state by offering professional development and continuing education programs.

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 Department of Environmental Management

The mission at ADEM is to assure for all citizens of the State a safe, healthful and productive environment.

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) provides services related to economic and employment issues in the state. DIR has five operational divisions: Employment Service (ES), Unemployment Compensation (UC), Workers’ Compensation (WC), Labor Market Information (LMI), and Mining and Reclamation.

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.

Alabama Power Technology Applications Center (TAC)

Alabama Power’s Technology Applications Center helps Alabama manufacturers improve quality, productivity, efficiency and address environmental concerns.

The TAC provides advice and demonstrations of advanced manufacturing technology. Experts are able to assist with problem solving and evaluating what technology makes the most sense for businesses – both technically and economically.

Alabama Small Business Development Center Network

The Alabama Small Business Development Center network is a statewide, inter-institutional program to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses.

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.

Alabama Women in Business

Alabama Women in Business (AWIB) encourages, supports and educates women who own and operate businesses by both improving the environment for women entrepreneurs in small and growing businesses and supporting women in established businesses.

Bessemer Business Incubation System

The Bessemer Business Incubation System (BBIS) is a full service business development organization providing space and services to those businesses participating in the service, light industrial/manufacturing and information technology industries.

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau is dedicated to fostering honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence and advancing a trustworthy marketplace for all.

Bevill State Business Incubator

The Bevill State Business Incubator Center offers the physical facilities and services needed to help a startup business succeed. The incubator facility provides hands-on assistance and a variety of business support services to its tenants.

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.

Birmingham Bar Association

The Birmingham Bar Association offers valuable professional resources for lawyers and judges throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area.

Birmingham Business Alliance

The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) is the leading economic development agency for the Birmingham seven-county region, including Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties, focused on economic growth.

Birmingham Business Resource Center

The Birmingham Business Resource Center (BBRC) provides financial and technical assistance to small business owners who are in the startup and early stages of development.

Birmingham Construction Industry Authority

The Birmingham Construction Industry Authority (BCIA) helps overcome the critical under-utilization of Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MBE/DBE) in the City of Birmingham’s economic growth.

Birmingham Urban League

The Birmingham Urban League works to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities and the guarantee of civil rights for the underserved in America by helping communities to achieve in education, employment, housing and health care.

Birmingham Venture Club

The Birmingham Venture Club provides a forum for members and others to freely exchange experiences and opinions promoting a deeper understanding of venture capitalist’s functions, its management and its role in developing growth-oriented businesses.

Business Council of Alabama

The Business Council of Alabama is an organization that advocates the interests of businesses in the areas of education, health care, small business, transportation and infrastructure before the Alabama state government and United States Congress.

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 Economic Development Partnership of Alabama 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 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (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.

Greater Birmingham Black Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Birmingham Black Chamber of Commerce strives to economically empower and sustain African American Communities in Greater Birmingham through entrepreneurship, positive economic development, and via interaction with the Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce and the Black Diaspora.

Innovation Depot

Innovation Depot is the epicenter for technology, startups and entrepreneurs in the Birmingham region, giving entrepreneurs a competitive advantage in attracting customers, talent, mentors, press and funding to grow their business.

Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, City of Birmingham

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) provides a wide range of financial and technical assistance services to new and existing businesses located in the City of Birmingham. In addition to providing policy recommendations to the Mayor and Council, OED is responsible for developing the City’s economic development strategy. OED coordinates the implementation of that strategy both within city government and through other organizations that provide economic development services to clients on the City’s behalf through their contracts with the City.

New American Chamber of Commerce

NACC is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 to advance, promote and facilitate the success of New American Businesses. The backbone of the NACC is the diversity of its member entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration advocates to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

Operation HOPE – Birmingham 

Operation HOPE provides financial education and empowerment programs and services that are designed to improve the economic quality of life of individuals, families and businesses.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program 

Ninety-eight Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.

Public Relations Society of America, Alabama Chapter

The Public Relations Society of America – Alabama Chapter, the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, brings together diverse professionals from organizations large and small who share the same commitment to effective, ethical and responsible practice of public relations.

Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) provides planning services, economic development services and multiple initiatives for six counties and 84 communities throughout central Alabama.

REV Birmingham

REV is an economic development organization that stimulates business growth and improves quality of life in Birmingham’s City Center by fueling commercial vitality through proactive business recruitment and retention activities, and by encouraging private and public investments that support economic growth citywide.

Samford University’s Brock School of Business

To aid in the development of  of business leaders through quality teaching, meaningful scholarship and servant relationships.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Alabama District Office

The Small Business Administration (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.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Birmingham

SCORE is an association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Small Business Council

The Birmingham Business Alliance’s Small Business Council is responsible for coordinating seminars that support the growth and development of small businesses to celebrate the creativity and energy of entrepreneurs.

Small Business Innovation Research (S.B.I.R.) Grants

The Small Business Innovation Research (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.

TechBirmingham

TechBirmingham strengthens and promotes the technology ecosystem by promoting tech companies in the region, helping to recruit and retain tech talent and entrepreneurs, and providing opportunities for technical training and education.

 U.S. Department of Labor-Wage & Hour Division

The U.S. Department of Labor-Wage & Hour Division fosters, promotes and develops the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improves working conditions; advances opportunities for profitable employment; and assures work-related benefits and rights.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service-International Trade Association

U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies in exporting or increasing sales to new global markets.

 U.S. Small Business Administration-Alabama District Office

The U.S. Small Business Administration-Alabama District Office was created as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business

UAB’s Collat School of Business offers a learning environment with classrooms extending beyond the walls of the UAB campus. The faculty integrates the practical experiences of the State’s leading companies – from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial startups – into the programs offered. Students gain valuable, real-world experience through a wide variety of internships and other opportunities in the business community.

Women’s Business Council

The Birmingham Business Alliance’s Women’s Business Council provides both educational and professional support to women in the Birmingham region by supporting their goals while helping the business community prosper.

Women’s Business Enterprise Coucil South (WBEC) 

The Women’s Business Enterprise Council –  South works to advance and enhance business opportunities between corporations and women-owned businesses through a reputable certification program, education and professional growth opportunities.

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