Start-Ups

The business advisors at the Alabama SBDC Network are passionately committed to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses at every stage in the company’s life-cycle  Through a combination of consultation, in-depth analysis and plan development, we provide business owners with the tools they need to succeed.  Our certified business consultants have extensive, practical experience in marketing, finance, operations, franchising, international trade, and government procurement.  Many have been business owners themselves, most have advanced degrees, and several have lived and worked internationally.

Deciding whether or not to start a new business is usually one of the more difficult decisions a person faces in life. Proper preparation is required, execution is crucial, consequences are widespread, and the required commitment is immeasurable. People arrive at this crossroad from various points. Some people seem to be “born entrepreneurs” and other people arrive at the crossroad less out of their own choosing. Regardless of the reasons, a decision must be made: jump back in the rat race or strike out on your own. It’s a tough choice, but many people face it every day.  We strongly encourage you to contact one of our business advisors to review your options, and to make sure that your business gets started on the right foot.

Alabama’s Answers provide basic, introductory information to individuals who are considering starting a business in the State of Alabama. While no one publication can answer every question for every kind of proposed business, this publication can serve as a guide to those sources of information which are needed for a successful business venture.

Download a free copy of Alabama’s Answers: A Small Business Guide to Doing Business in Alabama:

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For additional resources and outreach programs, please download the Alabama Small Business Resource Guide.  This SBA publication includes contact information for business advisors across the state, information on capital access, government contracting, disaster assistance, and small business advocacy.  It also includes a basic primer on SBA loan products.  This publication is updated yearly, and is widely available at your local chamber of commerce, SBDC office, courthouse, or library.
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Prospective small business owners may also want to consider the Atlas Alabama website, which can provide information about various permits and certifications.