MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) — The University of Alabama is getting some financial help to assist budding business owners in 10 counties.
The Appalachian Regional Commmission is providing $75,000 for the university’s Alabama Enterpreneurial Research Network.
AERN will purchase equipment, books and software for its small business assistance sites in those counties, including centers in Lamar, Marion and Pickens County.
The sites are operated by local partners who receive training from AERN to support and advise business owners.
Local partners include the Aliceville Publice Library, Collins Life Center in Marion County and Lamar County.
AERN will provide $75,000 in matching funds for the grant. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says “Helping new businesses get started in rural areas provides a boost to local economies and builds a stronger sense of community. This program is providing needed guidance for those who are trying to make their dreams of business ownership a reality.”
November 24, 2015
By Mel Carlock