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Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers information on small business loans, grants, bonds and other financial assistance. Find out which method of financing is right for you!

Learn more about Small Business Loans, Grants, Bonds and other Financial Assistance.

While the SBA does not make loans directly, you can find a local lender who can help you with your loan application. You may also speak directly with a local SBA representative by calling 205-290-7101 or visit the SBA Website.

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Madison Chamber Associates Can Help!

We’ve gathered a list of Madison Chamber associates whose collective goals are to support small businesses and facilitate their success. Visit their sites and see how they can help get and keep your business on track and growing.

North Alabama Better Business Bureau

BBB helps people find and recommend businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. BBB encourages and supports best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses as well as calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior. Visit the North Alabama BBB website for more information.

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The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

The mission of The Catalyst is to help individuals start and grow a business and generate economic growth for the region. Their services include start-up assistance and nurturing, business coaching and training, access to financing, the Government Procurement Assistance Center, networking opportunities, referrals to other resources, and a ready-made network of contacts. Visit The Catalyst website to learn more.

Business Council of Alabama (BCA)

Alabama businesses and industries of all shapes and sizes have come to depend on the BCA as the state’s most powerful and effective advocate for business at the Alabama Legislature and in the U.S. Congress. Working on behalf of nearly three-quarters of million working Alabamians through its member companies and local chambers of commerce, the BCA is the voice for Alabama business. For additional information, visit the BCA website today.

Small Business Council of America (SBCA)

The SBCA has been representing Small Businesses in Washington for over 30 years. Ultimately, the goal of the SBCA is to keep small business a vital segment of our economy and to keep our members successful and strong. It has been called the most effective voice in Washington for privately owned business on income and estate tax benefit and health care matters. Visit the SBCA website today for more information.

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Additional Resources

For information and resources on everything from validating your initial business idea to promoting your growing business, check out the article below.
Comprehensive Guide to Starting a Business

Check out this informative article with great tips for getting a fledgling small business into the black.
Small Business Survival: 6 Tips for Affordable Growth

Thinking about starting a home-based business? This article will give you a run-down on that option.
A Guide to Starting Your First Home-Based Business

How do you compete in an economy where job growth is increasing and employment rates are high? Here are some ideas to help you hire and retain the best employees.
Advice for Surviving in a Challenging Employment Climate

Considering a career in a skilled trade? This article will help you get started.
How to Begin Your Career in a Skilled Trade (and Why It’s a Great Choice)

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