Alabama Department of Labor

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Office of the State Director
2800 Milan Court, Suite 124
Birmingham, AL 35211
Phone: (205) 943-6750
"Doing Business in Alabama: A Handbook"

A joint publication of:
Alabama Small Business Development Consortium and Alabama Development Office
National Federation of Independent Business
Alabama Department of Labor
Alabama SBA & U.S. SBA
Alabama Development Office
Alabama Department of Revenue

  • Addresses the fundamental issues of starting and operating any small business and also issues specific to doing business in Alabama.

  • Table of Contents ( handbook is printable at above website )


    I. How To Start A Business In Alabama
      A. Business Start-Up Checklist
      B. From Idea To Personal Commitment
      C. Technical & Managerial Experience Needed
      D. Writing A Business Plan
      E. Choosing A Legal Structure
      F. Sample Documents
      G. Ten Steps To Business Success
      H. Feasibility Checklist

    II. Start-Up Guidelines
      A. Regulations And Permits
      B. Agency Reference List
      C. Accounting & Recordkeeping
      D. Accounting Systems
      E. Insurance
      F. Readiness Checklist

    III. Guide To Business Taxes
      A. Introduction To Business Taxes
      B. Taxes On The Business Itself
      C. Sales, Use And Business Tax
      D. Property Tax
      E. Individual And Corporate Tax
      F. Employment Tax
      G. Tax Numbers
      H. Child Labor Provision

    IV. Small Business Assistance
      A. Alabama Small Business Development Consortium
      B. Department Of Agriculture And Industry
      C. Alabama Department Of Economic And Community Affairs
      D. Alabama Development Office
      E. Alabama Cooperative Extension Service
      F. Minority Business Development Agency
      G. Alabama Chambers Of Commerce
      H. Alabama State Employment Service
      I. Service Corps Of Retired Executives
      J. Environmental Protection Agency
      K. Occupational Safety And Health Administration

    V. Small Business Financing
      A. Financing Overview
      B. Financing Agencies And Programs