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ADECA State Small Business Credit Initiative The Community and Economic Development (CED) Division of ADECA is responsible for implementing and managing the SSBCI program in Alabama. The State Banking Department will advise and assist the ADECA staff in the program implementation.

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.

A.G. Gaston Business Institute AGGBI was originally formed as the fiscal manager of the annual A.G. Gaston Conference. It has evolved to fuel entrepreneurship and business ownership 365 days a year.
Connect with AGGBI to learn business strategies from peers, receive opportunities to be a featured entrepreneur, advertise promotions/recognition and be listed in the business directory.

Birmingham Water Works As a concerned corporate citizen, the Birmingham Water Works Board is responsive to the needs of the entire community and strive to maintain, preserve and conserve precious water resources in order to ensure adequate water quality and supply for future generations.

Truist Bank Truist’s purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities. Every day, the pursuit of better drives them—to empower clients with more choice, teammates with more fulfillment, and communities with more hope. They boldly believe in the power of what we can achieve together.

CenterState Bank CenterState’s business structure is designed to value the unique character of the communities they serve and to encourage decision making by the banker that is closest to the action.

The World Games 2022 The World of Opportunity program connects local, diverse businesses in Birmingham and the greater metropolitan area to compete for opportunities to provide goods and services for The World Games 2022.

The program provides direct access to future work with The World Games 2022 in a variety of categories, including transportation services, event production, security, t-shirts, promotional items, signage, merchandise, sports equipment, food service, technology, printing, medical supplies, event equipment, waste removal, construction services 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.

NCRC The National Community Reinvestment Coalition helps create opportunities for people to build wealth. Since 1990, the NCRC has been working with community leaders, policymakers, and financial institutions to champion fairness in banking, housing, and business.

REV Birmingham REV is an economic development organization that plays a pivotal role in the growth of business and the quality of life in Birmingham’s City Center and its Neighborhood Commercial Centers. Through proactive business recruitment, rev fuels commercial vitality.

Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Building Alabama Reinvestment BAR seeks to support, create, and implement long-term solutions, which include providing tools and resources to build the community and individual economic well-being.

City of Birmingham Iron ore, coal, and limestone defined Birmingham more than 140 years ago. Today, the Magic City is a vibrant place of outstanding communities committed to becoming the best version of Birmingham. Birmingham is home to world-class medical research, a celebrated food and arts scene, and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. It’s a community dedicated to fostering growth through a progressive business climate and a devotion to social justice.

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.

SRMSDC The Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council provides both advocacy and business development services to certified Asian-American, Native-American, Hispanic-American, and African-American owned companies. They specialize in facilitating new and existing regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. Outside of the United States, certification is provided by our alliance partner, WEConnect International.

Urban Impact Inc. UII is a local place based economic development agency that advances asset building economic opportunity, and revitalization of the Historic 4th Avenue Business District and the Civil Rights District through support and services to assist individuals, businesses and developers.

Bankrate, LLC Most business owners utilize some type of debt financing to grow their business. Experts agree that establishing a strong business credit score is the best way to ensure you won’t have to lean on your personal finances to keep your business afloat.

TruFund This organization’s mission is to stimulate economic development in underserved communities by providing innovative financial solutions and hands-on technical assistance to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. TruFund offers more than a loan – they provide an opportunity for underserved small businesses and low-income communities to thrive.

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