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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 Minority Business Opportunity Center

Known as MBOC, this group works with corporations, universities and government agencies to develop business opportunities with certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs.) The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce fund the program, which is operated by the South Region Minority Supplier Development Council. (SRMSDC).Also visit www.mbda.gov

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. Visit http://www.birminghamchamber.com or http://birminghambusinessalliance.com/bba/index.aspx for more information.

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.

Central Alabama Women’s Business Center

This Birmingham-based group is focused on helping small businesses attain their full potential through monthly classes, seminars and one-on-one coaching.

Community Entrepreneurship Institute

A nonprofit group that caters to budding entrepreneurs who serve urban communities. It runs a downtown Birmingham incubator which has office space for adult entrepreneurs, a program for teen entrepreneurs and a research unit that examines the business and product needs of urban communities. The incubator is located in the A.G. Gaston Building.

Corporate Credit Program

This is a program that help small business owners gain access to capital. It is a program offered through a collaboration between Birmingham Business Resource Center and Biz Loans Central, LLC to help business owners gain access to capital, line of credit and loans using the credit of their company instead of their personal credit. This program can help business owners even if they have no personal credit, poor personal credit, personal bankruptcies or foreclosures in the past.

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.

Main Street Birmingham

A nonprofit organization focused on growing businesses, revitalizing neighborhoods and empowering communities. It also provides resources for entrepreneurs, developers and merchant associations.

Media.Broadcast.Internet (MBI, LLC)

MBI, LLC is a full service creative media firm that offers services in web design, web development, web hosting, Internet marketing (social media and email marketing), graphic design and web project management. View our portfolio online at www.mbi-llc.com or call (205) 218-0605.

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 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.

Operation New Birmingham

Its mission is to make Birmingham's downtown area, also known as the City Center, the No. 1 choice for business, living, healthcare, higher education and arts and entertainment.

South Regions Minority Supplier Development Council

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.