Alabama Small Business Advocacy


Alabama’s Answers

The Alabama Department Of Commerce and the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network have partnered to produce what is considered to be the most detailed and comprehensive manual for small business development: "Alabama's Answers: A Guide To Doing Business In Alabama". The publication addresses the fundamental issues of starting and operating a small business and issues specific to doing business in Alabama.

Alabama’s Answers 2015.pdf (1,754k)

Small Business Resource Guide

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA’s Small Business Resource Guide is another great tool for those working to create a successful company. In its pages you’ll find detailed information on SBA’s varied assistance programs for small businesses.

2016 Small Business Resource Guide.pdf (3,520k)

Guide to Government Contracting for Alabama

The Guide to Government Contracting for Alabama Small Businesses has been prepared by the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Alabama SBDC Network to help small businesses in Alabama win government contracts. This guide will help you understand the world of government contracting, what is required to pursue this fascinating business opportunity, and if selling goods and services to the government is a viable option to grow your small business.

Guide to Disaster Planning and Recovery for Alabama Small Businesses

Are you prepared to stay in business?

Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen. Don’t be a statistic.

Need someone to guide you through the preparation or recovery process?

Contact an Alabama Small Business Development Center Counselor for a no-cost Business Impact Analysis and some objective advice. We’re not here to sell insurance, and we’re not here to burden you with regulations; We just want one more small business to survive the next disaster. We can help with risk mitigation strategies, an insurance coverage review, and continuity planning. Too late for planning? Have you already been impacted? Our counselors can walk you through the recovery options available from FEMA, SBA, and others (depending on the type and severity of the disaster).

Starting a New Business

Alabama Department of Revenue

One of the most frustrating things to deal with as a new business is taxes. Taxes require not only the money to pay them, but also a great deal of time to plan for them and prepare the returns correctly. The Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) administers over 50 different state and local taxes that affect business and individual taxpayers. The following is a listing of the business-related taxes that are administered by the ADOR. This overview is intended to be an introduction to the tax requirements for businesses. If you need more information, contact your accountant or the ADOR.

2015 ADOR Starting a New Business.pdf (3,815k)

Unemployment & Workers' Compensation Manual

Alabama Department of Labor

This publication has been prepared by the Alabama Department of Labor to provide a current, brief outline of Alabama’s Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation laws. The information in this manual is provided for the employers of the State of Alabama. The information included defers to the Unemployment Compensation Laws of Alabama.

2015 Unemployment & Workers' Compensation Manual.pdf (1,461k)

Good for the Environment, Good for the Economy

Alabama Department Of Environmental Management

The ADEM Small Business Guide contains essential information that small businesses need to understand the issues and opportunities associated with environmental planning. This guide was developed to assist the small business owner in navigating his or her way through the state regulation and permit process.

ADEM Small Business Booklet.pdf (1,665k)