Small Business in Alabama

Find information to help you do business in Alabama. Learn how to start a business, find funding, win government contracts, and more. Open a Business Learn what it takes to start a business in Alabama. Alabama Start a Business Portal Expand or Relocate a Business in Alabama Small Business Resource Guide for Alabama (PDF, Download Adobe Reader) Access… Continue reading Small Business in Alabama

Business Taxes

As a business owner, it’s important to understand your federal, state, and local tax requirements. This will help you file your taxes accurately and make payments on time. The business structure you choose when starting a business will determine what taxes you’ll pay and how you pay them.  Employer Identification Number (EIN) Most businesses need an Employer Identification Number… Continue reading Business Taxes

Contract with Federal, State, and Local Governments

Learn how your business can search and compete for contract opportunities with federal, state, and local governments, and U.S. territories. Federal Government Contracting Learn from the Small Business Administration about becoming a federal contractor, including contracting rules, and opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. Get tips on how to sell to the government from the General Services Administration, the acquisition… Continue reading Contract with Federal, State, and Local Governments

Importing and Exporting Basics

Importing and exporting can help your business expand at home or abroad, but it’s important to follow all laws and regulations. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has basic information on importing and exporting. Importing Imports are any resources, goods, or services that producers in one country sell to buyers in another country. CBP offers tips for… Continue reading Importing and Exporting Basics

COVID-19 Small Business Loans

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers programs that can help your business if it’s been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021. It offered loans to help small businesses and non-profits keep their workers employed. If you follow the guidelines, your loan may be forgiven. … Continue reading COVID-19 Small Business Loans

Start Your Own Business

Building your own business from the ground up is an exciting opportunity, but it can also be challenging. Follow the 10 steps from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to starting a business. You’ll learn about writing a business plan, determining the legal structure of your business, and more. Avoid common mistakes and get advice from experienced… Continue reading Start Your Own Business