Statewide Agencies

Alabama Association of Regional Councils

AARC’s mission is “To expand and strengthen the capabilities of Regional Councils to serve local governments and the citizens of Alabama.” Their vision is “To see regional councils in partnership with state and local governments, the private and civic sector cooperating to accomplish the AARC mission.” Collectively, Alabama’s Regional Councils represent the entire State of Alabama by working to plan and implement strategies that create opportunities for development and prosperity. Visit the AARC website for more information.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities. For more information please visit the Alabama Cooperative Extension System website.

Alabama Department of Commerce: Small Business Advocacy Division

The Alabama Department of Commerce’s site is here to help every business in the state of Alabama achieve and sustain success. For more information contact the Alabama Department of Commerce at or visit the Made In Alabama website.

Alabama Department of Finance, Purchasing Division

Our Mission is to provide quality service to State Agencies and Suppliers, in order to fulfill the purchasing needs of the State of Alabama in a professional, responsive and timely manner and in accordance with State statues §41-4-110 through §41-4-116 and §41-16-20 through §41-16-32. The State of Alabama invites you to partner with us, as we provide World Class Procurement. Here are some tips to assist you in doing business with the State of Alabama. Guidelines for conducting business with the State of Alabama Division of Purchasing can be found by visiting our website under “Rules and Regulations” (Code of Administrative Procedures). Getting registered as a vendor with the State of Alabama is easy. Visit

Alabama Department of Labor

The Alabama Department of Labor provides services which have considerable impact on the economic well-being of all Alabamians. It is a core partner in Alabama’s Career Center System which provides one-stop employment and training services as mandated by the Workforce Investment Act. For more information please visit the Alabama Department of Labor website.

Alabama Department of Revenue

The Alabama Department of Revenue efficiently and effectively administers the revenue laws in an equitable, courteous and professional manner to fund governmental services for the citizens of Alabama. For more information visit the Alabama Department of Revenue website.

Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT)

The Mission of AIDT is to provide quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and existing businesses, and to expand the opportunities of its citizens through the jobs these businesses create. For more information visit the AIDT website.

Alabama Small Business Development Center Network (ASBDC)

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.  Certified business counselors are available in 10 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) located at our member university partners across the state. For more information contact or visit the ASBDC website.

Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development’s mission is to enhance the economic well-being of Alabama communities by providing technical assistance and linkages to resources. For more information please visit the Center for Economic Development website.

Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama

The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama helps build stronger chambers of commerce and communities in Alabama through professional development, partnerships and a united voice business. For more information visit the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama website.

Economic and Community Development Institute

The Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) was created in June 2006 when the former Auburn University Economic Development Institute (EDI) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Community Resource Development program joined forces. With the combined resources of Auburn University and Cooperative Extension, ECDI is uniquely positioned to provide leadership for economic and community development throughout Alabama. For more information please visit the Economic and Community Development Institute website.

Women's Business Center of North Alabama

The mission of the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama is to help women and men start and grow a business and generate economic growth for the region. This is accomplished by serving as the premier source for information and access to resources; facilitating their self-discovery and personal development; and providing a mentoring process to support, nurture and advocate the development of their business.

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. For more information please visit the WBCNA website

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