Small Business Websites
Made in Alabama: Small Business (http://www.madeinalabama.com/divisions/small-business-advocacy/)
This the home page of the Small Business Advocacy division of the Alabama Department of Commerce. Find news and resources for Alabama small businesses, including these publications:
- Alabama's Answers: A Guide to Doing Business in Alabama - from the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network
- Small Business Resource Guide - from the Small Business Administration
- Guide to Government Contracting in Alabama by the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Alabama SBDC Network
- Starting a New Business - from the Alabama Department of Revenue
- Unemployment & Workers' Compensation Manual - from the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations
- Good for the Environment, Good for the Economy - small business guide from the Alabama Department Of Environmental Management
The One Stop Center (http://www.YourOneStopCenter.com)
The One Stop Center was created by the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce to provide links and information on the business licenses, permits and taxes required by local, state and federal governments. Another useful section is The Startup Checklist, which covers the steps required to move from having a potential product or service to starting an actual business.
This site is managed by the Small Business Administration, but represents information for small businesses from many federal government agencies. It offers numerous guides and tools for all phases of a small business' growth.
Small Business Administration's Free Online Courses (https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/search/training)
The Small Business Administration's Web site contains extensive resources to support every phase of small business activity. In this section you will find free online training courses.
IRS Small Business & Self-Employed Tax Center (http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html)
This site provides business information related to start-up, maintenance, closure procedures, business taxes and record keeping. See also the IRS Industries/Professions Tax Center (http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/industries/index.html), which provides links to pages with tax and business information for a wide range of industries and professions (e.g., restaurants, gas retailers, manufacturers, and so on).
IRS Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop (http://www.irsvideos.gov/SmallBusinessTaxpayer/virtualworkshop)
View this workshop on your computer and learn all about the basics of tax for small business.
National Federation of Independent Business (http://www.nfib.com)
Click on the "Tools and Tips" tab to find extensive information on owning and operating a small business. The NFIB is the "largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals."
SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business (http://www.score.org)
The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Web site provides numerous resources for small businesses at their Web site. In addition, small business owners are invited to request "email counselling" by submitting a question at the SCORE Web site. A SCORE volunteer will respond with suggestions and advice. The service is free and confidential.
This site offers extensive resources to support small businesses, with advice on issues like setting up vacation and sick leave policies or the best length for your business plan.