AERN Entrepreneurial Centers receive Updated Computer Resources
Innovation is growing in rural Alabama, and the month of January brought improved access to the technology needed by local entrepreneurs to develop business plans. With funding provided by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and support from The University of Alabama, AERN provided new computers, software and additional print resources to seven entrepreneurial centers in Bibb, Chambers, Fayette, Pickens, Macon, Marion and Tallapoosa Counties. Read more.
AERN's Annual Meeting held in December
AERN held its annual meeting of the partners on December 19 at Bryant Conference Center. Ms. Mary Patterson, Director of AERN, welcomed the partners and special guests and discussed the importance of collaborating to achieve a greater result. Read more.
Ribbon Cutting For the Winston County AERN Center
Pictured (L-R): Al Jones (ADECA), Mary Patterson (AERN Director), Mayor Ken Sunseri (Haleyville mayor), Will Walker (President of Haleyville Chamber of Commerce), Paul Housel (Congressman Robert Aderholt's office) along with other local leaders and business owners
The Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network (AERN), in partnership with the Haleyville Chamber of Commerce and the Haleyville Neighborhood Facilities Building, held the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Winston County AERN Entrepreneurial Center on Sept. 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM in the Neighborhood Facilities Building at 1205 10th Avenue in Haleyville. AERN is an outreach program in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at The University of Alabama that provides access to business resources including computers, printers, business software such as Business Plan Pro, and business resource books to assist the residents of Winston County in starting or expanding a business. Additionally, AERN provides workshops and seminars locally as needed and connects local residents to resources at the Bruno Business Library.
According to the SBA's Office of Advocacy, Alabama's small businesses created 24,890 net new jobs in 2012, with the largest gain being in firms that employ one to four employees. AERN is ready to assist the residents of Winston County in starting or expanding a business by connecting them to the resources at the Culverhouse College of Commerce. The opening of the Winston County AERN Center is made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission administered through ADECA and by support from The University of Alabama.