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A.G. Gaston Conference

This annual Birmingham conference is usually held in February. It celebrates Birmingham business giant A.G. Gaston’s legacy with workshops and seminars that address a variety of topics in business management, starting a business and more.

Alabama MicroEnterprise Network

This nonprofit group was formed to create opportunities and a better environment for microenterprise development in Alabama.

Alabama Small Business Development Center

A statewide program built to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses. Certified business counselors are available in the program’s 12 centers across the state. They can help those wanting to start or expand their business.

Association for Enterprise Opportunity

Has association members across America that offer services to help small business owners develop a business plan, identify market opportunities, set sales and profit goals, access capital and more.

Birmingham Business Alliance

This group was formed with the 2009 merger of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Board. It focuses on the economic growth of the seven-county region of metro Birmingham. It is a strong, well-rounded entity that promotes dynamic growth in the region, and it works to improve the area’s quality of life. It is located in downtown Birmingham.

Birmingham Business Resource Center

Offers training, lending and advocacy programs that help small business owners increase their capacity, gain access to capital and expand their customer base. The nonprofit agency is located in Innovation Depot, which is in downtown Birmingham.

Birmingham Construction Industry Authority

This organization addresses minority and disadvantaged business participation in construction projects.

Birmingham SCORE Chapter

Known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, this nonprofit association has retired business owners or managers who volunteer to provide free and confidential business advice to entrepreneurs.

Birmingham Urban League

This group offers a variety of programs and services focused on building economic stability in communities.

Building Alabama Reinvestment

Building Alabama Reinvestment (BAR) seeks to support, create and implement long-term solutions which include providing tools and strategies for building community and individual economic well-being.

FastTrac

A program that helps entrepreneurs pursue their dreams. The Birmingham Business Resource Center offers the program at its headquarters in Innovation Depot.

Foundation Capital

Formerly known as Birmingham CityWide Local Development Co., this nonprofit corporation is certified by the Small Business Administration to provide 504 loans.

Innovation Depot

A business incubation facility and program that focuses on the development of emerging biotechnology/life science, information technology and service businesses. It operates in partnership with UAB. It is based in downtown Birmingham.

National Association of Women’s Business Owners, Birmingham Chapter

This organization is comprised of women business owners and executives from various industries. Members help their businesses evolve through the group’s networking and workshop events.

National Business League of Alabama

The NBLA is the primary advocate for business development and expansion in the Black community. The NBLA strives to build a stronger economic infrastructure in the Black community through business development.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

An association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services such as credit and savings. It works to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America's working families.

REV Birmingham

REV is an economic development organization that stimulates business growth and improves quality of life in Birmingham, Alabama’s City Center and its Neighborhood Commercial Centers. REV fuels commercial vitality through proactive business recruitment and retention activities, and by encouraging private and public investments that support economic growth citywide. REV’s initiatives generate positive results for partners, enhance tax revenue, generate and sustain jobs, increase tourism and positively influence perceptions about the City of Birmingham.

Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc

This organization works to expand business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), and create beneficial links between corporate members and MBEs.

U.S. Small Business Administration

This government agency offers resources and programs that target small businesses, including starting a business, growing a business, financing a business, recovering from disaster and discovering opportunities in contracting. Their website offers online seminars and tutorials.

Women's Business Center

This Mobile-based group offers women empowering business services such as entrepreneurial training.

Women's Business Enterprise National Council

Known as WBENC, this nonprofit group partners with 14 regional organizations to advance opportunities for women-owned businesses throughout the country. The regional organization that serves Alabama is the Women's Business Enterprise Council South. It is based in New Orleans.