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About the AERN
The Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network is a program with three components. One is to provide computers and peripheral equipment, business software, and other business research resources to chambers of commerce, industrial development agencies, or other nonprofit organizations whose mission includes business development in very rural, low income portions of Alabama. These organizations make the resources available to the public for the purpose of encouraging potential entrepreneurs to start a microenterprise, for an existing small business owner to expand, or for other economic development work in the target area. The second component is a strong training emphasis. The staffs of the partner agencies receive training in how to use the materials and the public is offered seminars and workshops. The third component is the AERN website. Many online resources are easily accessible there and the site is designed for ease of use by the lay public.