Alabama Small Business Commission holds First Meeting
Small business owners from around Alabama joined Gov. Robert Bentley
on Tuesday for the first meeting of the Alabama Small Business Commission.
The Commission was created by Gov. Bentley with Executive Order 47 in September, according to a release from Bentley's office, and will operate as a group of advisors in constructing policies, inspiring innovation, and discussing economic growth of small businesses in Alabama.
"Small businesses are the engines of job growth and an integral part of the framework that makes up the American economic system," Governor Robert Bentley said. "We have assembled an impressive group of thirty Alabama small business owners from every corner of Alabama to discuss issues critical to the growth of small business and promote policies to assist new business start-ups and expansion of existing businesses"
Each member will serve a two-year term, the release said, with the option of a two-year reappointment. The commission has also set their definition for a small business, which is one with 50 or fewer employees.
Atlas Alabama, a new website for entrepreneurs and small business owners, was also introduced at Tuesday's meeting. The website will provide details on licenses, taxes, loans, funding and insurance, according to the release.
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