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Alabama Innovation & Mentoring of Entrepreneurs (Bama Technology Incubator) – Tuscaloosa

The Alabama Innovation & Mentoring of Entrepreneurs (AIME) is in existence to enhance the culture of high technology research and development at The University of Alabama through innovation, mentoring and entrepreneurship. AIME’s Mission is to identify and facilitate value added innovation and foster entrepreneurship leading to commercialization of intellectual property.

The Bama Technology Incubator nurtures high-growth, high-tech businesses into profitable industry leaders. It promotes economic growth by:

  • boosting the number of tech companies developing in or moving to the region.
  • administering programs that help entrepreneurs operate these companies successfully; and
  • facilitating access to and commercialization of technologies developed in the region’s university, government and industrial labs.

Auburn Business Incubator – Auburn

The Auburn Business Incubator (ABI) is developing into a full-service, mixed-use business incubator with the overall mission of assisting start-up and early stage companies in being successful by linking them to a network of services from university and community sources.

The incubator will assist in providing the infrastructure for small businesses to develop, sustain, and begin to prosper within an agreed upon time frame with the goal of having them graduate with a sound financial foundation. The overall impact of the incubator is expected to be small business formation and job creation, establishment of an entrepreneurial environment, contribute to the diversification of the economy.

Bessemer Business Incubation System – Bessemer

The Bessemer Business Incubation System (BBIS) is a full service business development organization providing space and services to those businesses participating in the service, light industrial/manufacturing, wholesale/distribution and information technology industries. The BBIS also provides limited funding programs and has an on-site business consultant to serve all the resident businesses. Upon graduation, the BBIS along with the local industrial development board can either build a facility or move the graduate to one of eight (8) industrial parks in the Bessemer area. The graduate would also be given the option to purchase the facility with a lease to buy agreement.

Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center – Decatur

The Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center (E-Center) is built on the philosophy that the recruitment of new business into Morgan County is a vital component to economic prosperity and offers connectivity and rooted values to the economic profile of the county. The primary purpose of the E-Center is to encourage, enthuse and empower new and small businesses as tenants and non-tenants of the E-Center facility and to ensure successful start-up and continued growth. We are located in close proximity to the Tennessee River, Rail service and the Interstate system. We have a first-class Training Room available and our communications solutions enable quick adaptation to market changes and increase productivity through speed and innovation.

Enterprise Business Incubator

Enterprise Business Incubator, located in the Yancey Parker Industrial Park in Enterprise, AL, is designed to foster the development of small manufacturing firms. The incubator has successfully “graduated” manufacturing firms now established in the community.

Space is limited. Persons wishing to be considered as a tenant must first have a completed business plan and be able to meet the other requirements as defined by the governing board of the incubator. For more information on requirements, please contact the Wiregrass EDC office.

Innovation Depot – Birmingham

Innovation Depot, a business incubation facility and program that focuses on the development of emerging biotechnology/life science, information technology and service businesses, operates in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A public-private economic development effort, Innovation Depot is funded by the Birmingham regional business community, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and other leading private foundations, UAB, the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County.

Innovation PortAL - Mobile

Innovation PortAL is an incubator and entrepreneurial hub accelerating startup growth in southwest Alabama and the central Gulf Coast through targeted programming, funding opportunities, networking and community events. Innovation Portal provides entrepreneurs access to expertise, resources, and funding, allowing them to rapidly scale their ventures to regional, national, and international markets.

Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial System

The Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial System is a business incubation program for start-up service and light manufacturing businesses. The Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial System supports business ideas from the early stage of company development until the graduation stage of growth.

Ozark Technology Center for Development Industry – Ozark

Ozark Technology Center (OTC) is a multi-use small business incubator serving the seven counties of Southeast Alabama.

Our Mission is to provide an environment that is conducive to the success and growth of new and expanding businesses, create regional job opportunities and expand the regional economy. The new facility is 24,321 square feet and is located on U.S. Highway 231 South in Ozark, Alabama.

Pike County Economic Development Center – Troy

The Pike County Center for Economic Development, is a small business incubator located on US 231 South in the Troy Industrial Park South. This facility serves as a business incubator for entrepreneurs, and start-up small businesses. The Center consists of office space, manufacturing pods, a technology pod, training rooms and a conference room. It also serves as the new home for the Pike County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC).

Shoals Entrepreneurial Center – Florence

The Shoals Entrepreneurial Center (SEC) is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide young businesses a sheltered environment for developing the management, financial, and technical skills necessary to become self-sustaining members of the business community.

The SEC is one of the few multi-faceted, architecturally designed, incubators in the nation. The Florence Center was established in 1992 and has since been the incubator for 85 business clients. Seventy-eight of these clients are still in business. SEC has graduated thirty-one incubator clients to the Shoals area business community. The SEC currently has three locations including a shared commercial kitchen facility. A fourth manufacturing/industrial incubator is scheduled to open in 2003.

The Edge – Tuscaloosa

The Edge has been hailed as one of the most exciting and innovative entrepreneurial centers in the region. Developed to provide business owners and prospective entrepreneurs a physical location for information and services from a multitude of providers, The Edge is truly a “One Stop” Business Resource Center.

Our mission is to aid emerging businesses with the development of management, financial, and technical skills in a maturing environment so that they can thrive in the local business communtiy.

The Edge is looking to provide a maturing environment for existing or potential businesses. The Edge’s working environment caters to individuals who already have existing businesses or individuals who only have business propositions and need assistance in getting a business up and running. The Edge will lead you in the right direction, considering any aspects pertaining to small business development.

The Small Business Resource Center – Montgomery

The Small Business Resource Center offers valuable services to prospective and new business owners, including mentoring in important areas such as financial planning, marketing, and future growth strategies. Workshops, seminars and classes on all aspects of successful business development are offered, and the Center provides guidance from experienced sources in developing business contacts, pursuing government contracts and opportunities, and gaining recognition for your business through competitions and media resources.

With The Small Business Resource Center, you have years of experience and proven strategies for success at your disposal.

Other Business Incubator Organizations in Alabama

Alabama Business Incubation Network (ABIN)


Devron A. Veasley, Chairman

1020 Ninth Avenue S.W.
Bessemer, Alabama 35022

Tel: (205) 481-2101
Fax: (205) 481-2100
E-mail

City of Andalusia Incubator


John Thompson, City Clerk

The City of Andalusia Incubator 
assists in business start-ups by 
providing them with necessary 
support and financial and technical 
services.

336 Montgomery Street
P. O. Box 429
Andalusia, AL 36420

Tel: (334) 222-3312 Ext. 1142
Fax: (334) 222-5114

E-mail

Marengo County Business Development Center

Christopher Bontrager, Executive Director

Marengo County Economic Development Authority
2400 E Coats Avenue
Linden, AL 36748

Tel: (334) 295-4417
Cell: (334) 549-7977

Email: cbontrager@marengoeda.com

Fayette Center for Manufacturing and Innovation

David Thornell or Ron Davis

1015 Temple Avenue S.
Fayette,AL 35555

Tel: (205) 468-3213 or 1-800-399-7205

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