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Learn the basics of developing a business pitch! AERN partners and entrepreneurs are invited to a free lunch-n-learn workshop at the Edge, "Developing Your Pitch" on February 27, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (slight time change). Please join us!

For more information, see the workshop flyer.


Opportunity for entrepreneurs in the Delta counties of Alabama

Pitch a business idea to a panel of judges in Linden on March 2 and compete for paid expenses to the Idea Village ( in New Orleans March 20-27. The competition does not provide start-up funding, but the winners will receive education, mentoring and networking with angel investors in New Orleans that can be instrumental in starting a successful business. Read more about it at the Times-Picayune website.

If you an interested entrepreneur, contact AERN for help in developing a business pitch at least a week before the competition on March 2. We are providing a lunch-n-learn seminar on February 27 at noon on "Developing a Business Pitch." The seminar will be here at the Edge, and is free with lunch provided. Also, a Boot Camp is being offered at Linden on February 19 to help develop a business plan. Contact AERN at 205-722-5170 or for more information.

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This page on the SBA website guides you in assessing your current financial situation in order to help you identify your financing needs for your business.

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