Business Resources and Organizations
Alabama Business Resources
Your one-stop Internet resource. Starting or running a business can present a myriad of questions. Just what are the laws, licensing requirements, regulations, taxes, and policies that must be complied with? What counties or municipalities require a license for certain occupations? Where do you turn to begin to find the answers? Industrial Relations has put together a one-stop Internet resource that can provide this information and more.

Alabama Power
If you are moving into an existing building, request utility services by calling the number below or completing the online service application. A connection fee and a cash deposit (or other security) will be required to establish a new electric service account. Commercial Customer Service
P.O. Box 2641
Birmingham, Alabama 35291

Baldwin EMC Baldwin EMC is a member-owned cooperative supplying electric service to approximately 55,000 customers throughout Baldwin County and southern Monroe County in southwestern Alabama. Baldwin EMC is the largest electric cooperative in the state of Alabama and one of the fastest-growing electric cooperatives in the nation. Headquarters
P.O. Drawer 220
19600 State Highway 59
Summerdale, AL 36580
(251) 989-6247 or (800) 837-3374
(251) 989-0133 fax

iTen Wired was initiated by the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce in concert with its regional economic development partners in Mobile, Baldwin, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. The primary goal of iTen Wired is to remain competitive in the global economy by embracing the innovation of entrepreneurs across our region. This effort is done through four economic development partners: The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, TEAM Santa Rosa and the Okaloosa County EDC. The innovation efforts of iTen Wired are centered around technology driven entrepreneurship and focuses on bringing people and ideas together. It will connect multiple entrepreneurial groups and organizations together for the first time including IT Gulf Coast and High Growth Business Club in Pensacola, FL, TECMEN in Fort Walton Beach, FL and the Gulf Coast Technology Council in Mobile, AL. These groups represent over one hundred technology entrepreneurs across the five county region.

Alabama Minority Business Enterprise Center (MBEC)
The Minority Business Enterprise Center, operated by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, provides business and technical assistance to emerging and existing minority businesses experiencing significant growth and sustainability to have a long term economic impact through the creation of jobs and revenue.

Mobile Public Library
The library offers a variety of resources including: books, periodicals, audio tapes, video tapes and computer software to help the small business person. They have “How To” books on accounting, business management, advertising, marketing and more. A grants database is available which can help non-profits and small businesses determine if there may be funding. In addition there are also many links to other small business resources available on the web.

Mobile Area Water and Sewer System
207 North Catherine Street
Mobile, Alabama 36604
(251) 694-3130
(251) 694-3448 fax

The Mobile Fire-Rescue Departments Bureau of Fire Prevention Routinely inspects all commercial, industrial, institutional, and assembly buildings, and residential buildings with more than two units. Other fire prevention activities include building plans review for compliance with fire code regulations before the building is constructed, issuance of permits for burning, bonfires, fire alarm and sprinklers system installation. For more information visit their website at 701 St. Francis Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602
251-208-5813 fax

Mobile Gas
2828 Dauphin St.
Mobile, AL 36606
(251) 476-8052

South Region Minority Supplier Development Council
The mission of SRMSDC is to assist corporations, universities and government agencies to develop business opportunities with certified minority business enterprises. The Council provides development assistance to qualified entrepreneurs and works to maximize the volume of goods and services purchased from minority and women suppliers by major corporations, privately held companies and public sector institutions.
4715 Alton Court
Birmingham, AL 35210
205-957-2114 fax
Secretary of State of Alabama
Any small business which has elected to conduct operations as a business corporation must be aware of the state requirements for a corporation’s creation, maintenance of its status, and additional reporting and tax obligations unique to corporate existence at both State and Federal levels. The Secretary of State’s Office will provide assistance in this area, as well as registering out-of-state corporations who wish to operate in Alabama.
Corporate Division

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Commissioner of Patent and Trademarks
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Washington D.C. 20231
703-308-4357 or 800-786-9199

U.S. Department of Labor (Wage and Hour Division)
Provides information regarding minimum wage and overtime regulation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Child Labor Act, Farm Labor Laws, and government contracts.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Birmingham District Office
The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides financial, technical and management assistance to help individuals start, maintain and grow their small businesses. SBA is the nation’s largest single financial backer of small businesses.
801 Tom Martin Drive, Suite #201
Birmingham, AL 35211
(205) 290-7101
(205) 290-7404 fax

U.S. Department of Commerce

Workman’s Compensation Insurance
Alabama law requires any employer with five or more employees to provide protection under the State’s Workers Compensation Insurance laws. Information concerning this requirement and its compliance may be obtained from the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations.

Additional Resources and Organizations

Alabama Board of Cosmetology

Alabama Board of Home Medical Equipment Services Providers

Alabama Restaurant Association

Mobile Society for Human Resource Managers

Baldwin County Society for Human Resource Managers

Home Builders Association

Better Business Bureau

Alabama Microenterprise Network

Local Technical Assistance Providers

SCORE is a non-profit association with 389 locations throughout the United States. Local chapters provide free counseling and low cost workshops in their communities. SCORE members are experienced business experts who are presently working or who are retired business executives, business owners or operations managers. They have received specialized training in counseling and mentoring on a variety of subjects including: How to Start a Business; Writing a Business Plan; Market Potential; Assessing Capital Needs; Cash Flow Management; Types of Organization; Buying a Business or Franchise; Keeping Records; Insurance Needs; Selling a Business.
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
451 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 431-8614
(251) 431-8646 fax 

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
327 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 928-6387
(251) 928-6389 fax

Business Innovation Center
The BIC is a multi-tenant facility sponsored by Mobile County, the City of Mobile and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. The incubator provides an ideal environment to nurture and launch new business concepts. It's also a place where experience...and risks...can be shared. Since the BIC's inception in 1987, 81% of the graduate companies are still in business. Graduation from the incubator should mark the tenant as a stable, freestanding business which is a new asset to the community.
1301 Azalea Road
Mobile, AL 36693

Women’s Business Center, Inc.
The Women Business Center provides services and programs for the economic empowerment of women by assisting them to start and grow successful business. The Women Business Center offers counseling - free and confidential counseling to women business owners both start-up and existing. Experienced businesswomen, both staff and volunteers provide this counseling. They also offer training through a series of workshops and seminars on topics of interest to women business owners. Networking opportunities and referrals are also a part of the services available to women entrepreneurs. The WBAC center also provides monthly mentoring sessions for women owners to help them succeed.
1301 Azalea Rd. #201-B
Mobile, AL 36693-4703
251-660-8854 Fax

University of South Alabama Small Business Development Center USA SBDC
provides no cost one-on-one counseling and low cost educational workshops. Business counseling is offered in the areas of financial management, marketing, human resources, operations, and information technology. Workshops topics include "nuts and bolts" for starting a business, market research, writing a business plan, understanding financials, legal issues, marketing, selling, patents & copyrights, new product development, and accessing financing.
Mitchell College of Business, Room 118
307 University Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
(251) 460-6004

Clinton Johnson Center for Economic Development
The Clinton L. Johnson Center for Economic Development was created to provide Mobilians in and around council district 3 with job training, and transition people from public assistance to economic independence. The incubator has office space available for five small start-up businesses or companies that have been in business for less than three years. Tenants have convenient access to a furnished office, fax machine, copier, computer, audio/video equipment, and a conference room.
1655 Eagle Drive
Mobile, Alabama 36605
(251) 470-1728
(251) 470-0582 fax