Interested in starting a business in West Alabama? We have the benefit of great resources in our community to help you get started. From the EDGE business incubator, to the One Stop Center web site to the Small Business Development Center, all are focused on helping you become successful. In addition, our proximity to the highly-rated University of Alabama business school gives us unparalleled access to world-class resources.
Or, if you already have a business here and want to expand or improve that business, you should find some of these links and resources useful.
Finally, for those unfamiliar with West Alabama but considering doing business here, we welcome you with southern hospitality. Tuscaloosa, Northport and the surrounding area are experiencing excellent growth and we pride ourselves for being very business-friendly. Many national restaurants and retailers greatly exceed expectations when they move into our market.
Vice President, Economic Development
The EDGE is a Tuscaloosa business incubator operated collaboratively by the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, the City of Tuscaloosa and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Currently housed in a facility provided by Region’s Bank, the EDGE provides office space, coaching and a supportive environment for start-up businesses in West Alabama.
The One Stop Center is a website that provides easy to use, helpful information on starting a business in West Alabama. This website will help you start, run and manage your business needs.
A part of The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides a complete range of services to small businesses in an eight-county area of West Alabama.
AERN, part of the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, provides equipment, training and other resources to promote small business and economic development in rural, low-income parts of Alabama.
The University of Alabama’s AIME nurtures high-growth, high-tech businesses into profitable industry leaders.
The Alabama International Trade Center has over 25 years’ experience in providing export research, counseling, and training to small businesses in the state of Alabama.
Part of the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, CBER provides business research, analysis and economic forecasting for the State of Alabama, including the projection of useful demographic trends.
The Alabama Productivity Center, a nonprofit organization of the University of Alabama, works to improve Alabama companies' productivity, quality, and competiveness through the use of the University research and educational resources.
The Alabama Center for Real Estate at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce collects, maintains and analyzes the state's real estate data for both commercial and residential transactions.
UACED provides community-based strategic planning in support of local economic development efforts, primarily in the economically distressed parts of the state.
Provides training, assistance, and services to DBE firms to facilitate their development into viable, self-sufficient organizations capable of performing on federally-assisted highway projects.
This is the official site for the City of Tuscaloosa.
The official site for the City of Northport.
The official site of Tuscaloosa County.
The West Alabama Regional Commission is one of the 12 regional councils in the State of Alabama. The councils serve local governments and citizens by coordinating region-wide projects and services, promoting cooperation among the local governments and carrying out state and federal programs on a regional basis.
Tuscaloosa actively promotes tourism and sports-related events. Come see us, you may want to stay a while!
The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority focuses on bringing new industry to our region and helping existing industry thrive.
The home page of the State of Alabama department with primary responsibility for economic development.
A state agency responsible for quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and expanding businesses.
A comprehensive portal to a wide range of economic development activities in the State of Alabama.
The official web site of the department with oversight of Alabama’s agriculture and industrial sectors.
ADECA is responsible for administering a broad range of state and federal programs that contribute to the building better Alabama communities.
EDPA’s primary focus is to help Alabama attract and retain industry.
A comprehensive site on economic development in the state of Alabama. This site has information on education, employers, population, income and wages, industry, labor force, occupations, area profiles and economic indicators.
The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) provides objective, nonpartisan information designed to improve state and local government in Alabama.
The Alabama Germany Partnership is your resource for information about German companies, events and business opportunities in Alabama and Alabama companies, events and business opportunities in Germany.
A project of the Southern Governors’ Association, southern.org strives to provide an active forum for discussion of important economic issues impacting the region.
The Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities and our nation’s workers.
USDA financing supports essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses and offer technical assistance to agricultural producers and cooperatives.
SBA’s website contains much useful information about starting and managing a business.
The independent voice for small business in the Federal Government and the source of small business statistics.
This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, connects housing and community development professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help implement programs.
Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing timely, relevant, objective and accurate economic accounts data.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of data about the nation's people and economy.
An IRS site designed specifically for the needs of small businesses.
This nonprofit organization promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their jobs more effectively.
The Downtown Research & Development Center acts as the information clearinghouse on practical strategies and tactics for revitalizing the hearts of our cities and towns.
A guide to regional economic activity with links to 1,000 socioeconomic data sources.
Dedicated to developing and implementing up-to-date telecommunications networks and industries in rural areas.
The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Its members represent the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.
BusinessFinance.com is the business capital portal to locate venture capital, commercial financing, equipment leasing, investment funds, real estate financing, government funds, and much more.
A directory of links to major newspapers and trade magazines, customer news feeds, and governmental agencies.
Premiere source for expert advice and information on starting and running a small business.
The on-line magazine for growing companies.
This site hosts useful ideas for creative business people.