Research & Plan

Should I start a business?

WBCNA Services
UAH’s Small Business Development Center
Alabama A&M Small Business Development Center
Are you ready to start a business?
6 Steps to starting your own business
Is Entrepreneurship right for you?
Starting a Business Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?

Start Up

Doing Business in Alabama
Manage your Business from start to finish
Start-Up Guide
Finance your Start-Up
Estimating your Start-Up costs
SBA Free online training
How to Choose the right location

Business Plans

Business Plan Templates to help you start your business
Business Plans
Bullet Proof Business Plans
Sample Business Plans

Human Resources

HR Resources for Small Businesses
Employee Handbook Overview
Interview Tips
Independent Contractors vs. Employees 9 Questions to ask an unhappy employee
Employment Laws by Number of Employees
How to obtain Health Insurance in Alabama or Offer Coverage to Employees


Focus Groups
Marketing Plan
Sample Marketing Plans

Not-For-Profit Businesses

Top 7 Must-Have Publications for Non-Profits
Building Effective Non-Profit Boards
How to Learn about Developing a Non-Profit Board
How to write a Public Service Announcement
Federal Grant Resource
Unsecured SBA Loans up to $50,000
How to Establish a Non-Profit Business

How do I finance my business?

Alabama Launchpad
Huntsville Angel Network
Borrowing Money
About Grants
Federal Grant Resource
Foundation Center
Online Sources for Information on Grants and Funders
UAH’s Small Business Development Center
Alabama Small Business Development Center Network
Alabama A&M Small Business Development Center
Investor Pitch - How to make the kitchen table meeting
The Fine Art of Meeting with an Angel Investor
Financing Alternatives
SBA Financing
SBA community Express Powerpoint Presentation
SBA Franchise Registry
Circle Lending - How to Borrow Money from People you know
Five C’s for Loan Applications
Patriot Express Loan Program for the Military Community
Seedco Financial Microloan Program
Business Scores, What they are; How to Boost Yours
Finance your Start-Up
Search for Business Loans, Grants and Financing

Can I get training on Entrepreneurship?

Huntsville ADT Cluster

How do I contract with the government?


Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
Small Disadvantaged Business Program/8(a)
Electronic application for 8(a)/SDB status
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Application
HUD Veteran Resource Center


Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
Federal Business Opportunities
SBA Subcontracting Network

Other great resources

55 Business Ideas
Top 25 Home-Based Business Ideas
Build Your own Website
Top 10 Website Tips
Website- You’ve only got 3 seconds
Corporate Identity Packages
How to Start a Quality Childcare Business
How to evaluate Franchise Opportunities
How to Price a Business
How to Sell your Business
How to start a Home Based Business
How to Start and Import/Export Business
How to Start a restaurant in Madison County
How to Start a Restaurant- Alabama State Board of Health Rules
How to Establish a Non-Profit Business
More Business
Questions to Ask before hiring an Accountant
Questions to ask before you hire an attorney
How to write a press release
How to Credit Card Enable your Business
How to Franchise your Business
How to Develop a Cash Flow Statement