Small Business Resources

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City of Birmingham Resources

Small Business Revolving Loan Fund

The City of Birmingham recently launched a small business revolving loan fund program to provide capital at low interest rates to small businesses. For more information, please contact Community Development.

State Resources

Alabama Small Business Development Center

The ASBDC network is a statewide, inter-institutional program to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses. Professional Business Advisors are available in 10 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) located at our member university partners across the state.

Regional Planning Commission Revolving Loan Fund

RPC operates a revolving loan fund that provides supplemental financing for expanding and new busnesses located in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker Counties whose projects will result in the creation of new permanent jobs.

Federal Resources

InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge

Sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA), this challenge awards three winners $30,000 in prize money for businesses that have an impact on the lives of women.

Small Business Administration

The SBA provides assistance to small businesses in four programmatic functions: access to capital (business financing), entrepreneurial development (education, information, technical assistance and training, government contracting (federal procurement), advocacy (voice for small business). Birmingham, AL is a local chapter.

Small Business Administration 504 Program

The SBA 504 program offers long-term, fixed asset financing to eligible small businesses (under 500 employees) for the acquisition, construction, expansion or renovation of land and buildings or purchase of long-life equipment

SCORE

Birmingham SCORE is dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and encouraging the formation, growth and success of small businesses by providing FREE counseling and no-cost or low-cost educational workshops.

For-Profit Resources

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

A yearly contest for small businesses that awards $25,000 to the grand prize winner along with $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services, $15,000 to the silver prize winner along with $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services and $7,500 to eight Bronze Prize winners along with $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services. Part of the judging process involves public input, so applicants can promote their businesses while gathering votes.

Zions Bank Online Business Resource Center

Zions Bank provides a small business resource center with online business financial calculators, business plan templates, income statement templates, cash flow templates, start up expense templates, balance sheet templates etc.

Non-Profit Resources

Alabama MicroEnterprise Network

This nonprofit member organization was created to serve, educate and empower the microenterprise service providers in Alabama and the entrepreneurs they represent. Their website has a variety of resources for microbusiness entrepreneurs and service providers such as “20 Steps to Starting a Business” and “Starting and Sustaining a Microenterprise Development Program.”

Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce

The ASBCC is a non-profit entity committed to advancing the economic, intellectual, and social conditions of its affiliates and members and the communities that they serve throughout Alabama.

Birmingham Business Resource Center

The BBRC provides training programs and financial assistance in the form of loans that will help small businesses grow and advance in practice and performance. On the mybbrc.biz web page, you will find information on how our nonprofit organization can help you, the entrepreneur, expand and manage your company. We look forward to working with you to help enhance your business endeavors.

CREATE Birmingham & REV Birmingham/CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS is a 10-week, in-depth entrepreneurial business growth program–REV offers additional resources to help supplement the program and its entrepreneurs’ needs.

REV Birmingham/1-on-1 Business Consulting

REV’s team provides one-on-one business consulting to help you write an achievable action plan to reach your goals.

REV Birmingham/Biz 1.0

A 4-hour workshop to help you jump start your business and understand all the aspects of running a business.

REV Birmingham/Real Estate Assistance

REV’s team can assist you with finding spaces, connect you with experts that can help with design, construction and maintenance and navigate the permitting and approval processes with you.

REV Birmingham/The Big Pitch

Each November, small businesses compete for cash in REV’s annual shark-tank style business competition presented by PNC. REV opens calls for applications in the summer.

REV Birmingham/Urban Food Project

The Urban Food Project team makes sourcing local ingredients easy by operating an Alabama-grown produce distribution operation that delivers locally food to restaurants, retailers and corner stores in low-income neighborhoods. The UFP team also helps food entrepreneurs navigate the cultinary business landscape from food-costing to food regulations. Because starting a restaurant is no cake walk, REV and UFP work to lower entrepreneurial barriers through REVEAL Kitchen-a restaurant accelerator in Pizitz Food Hall.

REV Birmingham/Woodlawn Street Market

REV works with the Woodlawn community to coordinate a unique street market that puts startups front and center in the historic commercial district. Woodlawn Street Market injects a little extra vibracy to 55th Place 5 times a year, with 75 vendors and thousands of visitors. It’s an awesome launchpad to test your product, gain customer feedback and grow your brand.

TruFund

TruFund is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) offering small businesses accessible and affordable loans and technical assistance.

Urban Impact, Inc. 

A 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.

Other

A.G. Gaston Conference

An annual conference held in Birmingham in February designed to celebrate 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.