In Alabama, assistance is readily available to help existing industry grow, expand, and connect. We’ve gathered together information on a number of resources organized for your convenience.
Taxes and Incentives
Alabama is committed to the promotion and maintenance of a competitive business climate and has developed one of the most aggressive tax incentive programs in the nation for existing, expanding and new industry.
AlabamaSAVES is an energy participating loan program for existing Alabama companies. This innovative program, enabled through the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program and the Energy Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), participates in third-party lending, to existing commercial, industrial and non-profit businesses in Alabama to implement energy efficiency improvements and install renewable energy systems.
Labor and Workforce Development
The Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information (LMI) is the primary source for information about Alabama’s employment, unemployment, wages, and much more.
The Alabama Community College System provides a wide range of services to help both job seekers and employers reach their potential and is a primary deliverer of training services.
AIDT, Alabama’s workforce training agency, is one of the nation’s most effective state-sponsored workforce training incentives. AIDT services are offered to existing industry.
Alabama Technology Network (ATN) assistance centers help existing manufacturers in Alabama improve their global competitiveness. AIDT, one of the nation’s most effective state-sponsored workforce training programs, offers services to existing industry.
Business to Business
The Alabama Department of Commerce maintains a fee-based, searchable, on-line Alabama industry directory with data obtained through surveys of Alabama companies and local communities.
EDPA’s Corporate Partners are leading Alabama companies dedicated to supporting economic development in Alabama. To learn more about the companies that support EDPA, click here and select the Partners tab.
Small and Minority Business Assistance The Small Business Advocacy division of the Alabama Department of Commerce provides small businesses with the knowledge and resources to succeed, from financial assistance to training to regulatory issues.
The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network is a statewide, inter-institutional program to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses.
The Office of Minority Business Enterprise administers a certification program to identify small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses that are capable of providing goods and/or services to both government and private sectors.
The International Trade Division, Alabama Department of Commerce aids export promotion and development, and provides services that help businesses enter new profitable markets. Resources include professional development, trade missions, point-to point international leads, and more.
Alabama International Trade Center operates as a federal-state partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration, promoting SBA’s export financing programs in Alabama. AITC is also a founding member of the Export Alabama Trade Alliance, statewide export promotion network led by the International Trade Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce.Resources include an on-line Alabama Trade Reference Guide.
The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) owns and operates the State of Alabama’s public, deep-water port facilities at the Port of Mobile, serving industries with state-of-the-art public seaport terminals for international trade.
Local Industry Assistance Local economic development offices located throughout Alabama are dedicated to the success of local industry. Working closely with their state partners, these offices can assist industry with expansions or other needs. For assistance, contact your local economic development office or to locate an office in your area, contact your city or county government.