Chamber Spotlight: Small Business Committee and Services

March 11, 2014

The Chamber’s Small Business Committee plans and implements small business seminars and helps organize small business events and activities, like that of our upcoming Ready Business Series.
The “Ready Business” Series can assist businesses and provide tools to prepare your business for the many hazards they face, everything from natural disasters, to hazardous accidents and acts of violence, to malfunctions and more. Is your Business Ready?
Those attending at least 3 of the workshops will receive Ready Business Certification from the American Red Cross and the Chamber of Commerce.
The four sessions include:
• Creating a Plan: Feb. 19, 9-11 A.M.shop
• Reviewing Your Plan: March 19, 9-11 A.M.
• Maintaining & Training: April 16, 9-11 A.M.
• Putting the Plan into Action: May 28, 9-11 A.M.

The Chamber works with our partners at the Entrepreneurial Center and JSU’s Small Business Development Center to pool together our resources to aid existing and developing small businesses.

The Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center (JSU SBDC) acts as a resource center for the Small Business Administration (SBA). From helping aspiring entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses, to helping small firms expand, to providing the information every business person needs to make critical decisions, the SBDC is a resource entrepreneurs can turn to for assistance. The SBDC business advisors also offer one-on-one small business counseling in areas, such as: development of business plans; financial packaging and lending assistance; exporting and importing support; disaster recovery assistance; procurement and contracting aid; and market research services. They also offer a research library, technology assistance, workshops, and conferences. ALL services are offered at NO COST. SBDC Account Executive Amy Anderson says, “It’s really simple. Our goal is to help grow Alabama’s economy…one small business at a time.”
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The Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial Center is a small business incubator, located just off Greenbrier Dear Road in Anniston. With a mission to “encourage, promote, and support entrepreneurship,” they offer office space and/or light manufacturing space for new and growing companies. In conjunction with a great location, the center also offers opportunities for networking and publicity, shared access to conference rooms and break areas, access to equipment, and referrals to area professionals and mentors. The center also hosts SCORE, the Service Corp of Retired Executives. They are a volunteer organization that seeks to give back to the community by offering free mentoring and business advice to anyone thinking of starting a company or already growing a business.

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