As a pathway to rural prosperity in Alabama, the Alabama SBDC provides resources, tools, education and support to build thriving, sustainable rural communities for generations to come.

The common denominator in all these counties is the rural business owner—the innovative and gutsy entrepreneur who lives beyond the hub of a major city. The Alabama SBDC is committed to creating a stronger economic environment for rural businesses and is working with local governments, chambers and community organizations to reach as many aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to help them start, grow and expand. 

The Alabama SBDC has been intentional in our support of small rural businesses. We work to build sustainable rural economies by supporting small enterprises, services and projects. By improving rural prosperity, increasing opportunities for agriculture and expanding bio-economy, the SBDC is striving to create thriving communities where people want to live and raise families, and where children have a bright future.

The Alabama SBDC covers all 67 counties. In 2020, over 51% of our clients were located in rural areas (according to USDA’s definition of rural).  This number is down form previous years, as the SBDC experienced a surge of new clients from urban areas requesting assistance with disaster programs.

Made in Rural Alabama

The Alabama SBDC works with entrepreneurs and small business owners in every city, town, village, and cross roads. The AL Department of Commerce – Rural Development Division has targeted 40 counties with a population under 50,000.

Rural Outreach March 26, 2021