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Alabama Small Business Advocates

The Small Business Development Week takes place between March 20th & 24th.

OBA Editor Note: If you own a small business you'll benefit from information and resources offered by these small business advocates! 

Small Businesses are a critical component of Baldwin County’s vibrant economy and this week has been chosen to highlight the importance of these unsung heroes by highlighting business’ resources that are available to existing and start-up businesses across the county. Most of these programs are on-going but have come together on this particular week.

The week includes:

Small business resource publications available at all 5 of the Chambers serving Baldwin County:

This week will comprise of no cost business counseling and seminars provided by the Alabama Small Business Development Center (www.asbdc.org ), Baldwin County and the Women’s Business Center of South Alabama (www.womensbusinessalliance.org ) in various locations throughout Baldwin County.

Monday, March 20 – “How to Start a Business in Baldwin County” at 10am provided by the Alabama Small Business Development Center at the Coastal Alabama Chamber of Commerce Chamber.   Register for the Seminar at   https://www.mygulfcoastchamber.com/events/details/how-to-start-a-business-in-baldwin-county-17387      

Tuesday March 21– “How to Start a Business in Baldwin County” Brown Bag Lunch N Learn at 11:30am til 1pm at the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, at no cost provided by the Alabama Small Business Development Center , www.asbdc.org .  Limited Space Call Travis Valentine at 251-943-1036 to reserve your seat at the table.

Yolanda Johnson, Business Advisor, Alabama Small Business Development Center, is also offering free one-on-one sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. Call Travis Valentine at 251-943-1036 to reserve your appointment. 

Baldwin County is hosting its quarterly taxpayer workshop for existing and new businesses at the Robertsdale Courthouse annex at 22251 Palmer Street, Robertsdale , 5pm – 7pm.  This is a FREE workshop and no prior registration is required.  For additional information call 251-943-5061 ext. 2707  or click  http://baldwincountyal.gov/docs/default-source/sales-and-use-tax/forms-and-downloads/workshop-2017-dates.pdf?sfvrsn=2   

Wednesday, March 22 – America’s Small Business Development Center National SBDC Day being proclaimed by Baldwin County Commission and several cities throughout the county.

“How to Start a Business in Baldwin County” Lunch N Learn at 11:30am til 1pm at the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, at no cost provided by the Alabama Small Business Development Center , www.asbdc.org .  Registration required.  Limited Space Call 251-937-5665 for your seat.

Thursday, March 23 – Small Business Counseling provided by the Alabama Small Business Development Center will be available 8am til 11am.  Appointments are required by calling the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce at 251-947-2626.  More convenient time can be arranged by registering for these services at www.asbdc.org

Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free Brown Bag Lunch N Learn Seminar entitled – “How to Start a Business in Baldwin County” presented by Yolanda Devine Johnson, Business Consultant with the Alabama Small Business Development Center. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. This is a FREE workshop and no food will be served.  For more information call 251-947-2626

Friday, March 24 – Women’s Business Center of South Alabama is a part of the Women’s Business Alliance with the purpose to provide assistance, training and networking opportunities to small business community.  The Baldwin County office is manned by Lora Michael.  The WBCSA will be hosting Meet and Greet Business Roundtable at Tacky Jack’s in Orange Beach from 11:30 til 1pm, $18 non-members, $20 WBA members.  For more information contact Lora Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Registration at: www.womensbusinessalliance.org

The Alabama SBDC Network is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Small Business Administration.  Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.  Contact ASBDC, Box 870396, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0396; 1-877-8257232

The Alabama SBDC Network is a statewide, inter-institutional program that is designed to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses.  The Alabama SBDC Network develops and maintains partnerships among community organizations and local, state and federal agencies to provide a broad network of public and private resources at the community level. The SBDC Network is available to counsel and train business people in a wide variety of business topics and to provide comprehensive information services and access to experts in many fields. 

Counseling is provided at no charge to small business owners.