SBDC celebrates National Small Business Development Centers Day with a free virtual seminar

The Small Business Development Center at TROY will team with UAH to offer a free seminar tomorrow, March 16.

The Small Business Development Center at TROY will team with UAH to offer a free seminar tomorrow, March 16.

A special webinar is the focus of National Small Business Development Centers Day, that recognizes thousands of SBDCS across the country who support entrepreneurs is pursuit of small business ownership.

In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey has proclaimed Wednesday, March 16 as SBDC Day in Alabama, and TROY SBDC Director Juliana Bolivar said the best way to demonstrate the importance of the centers throughout the state was through providing support directly to those who are engaged in the creation of business.

Juliana Bolivar Sanchez
Juliana Bolivar

“We have supported the creation of new business, supported jobs, and traveled around our region, but I feel especially proud to be able to help people in person, or virtually increase our capacity to support more entrepreneurs,” she said.

To that end, the SBDC at Troy University is joining forces with the SBDC at the University of Alabama Huntsville to present “Starting a Business in Alabama” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16. 

The two-hour workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the steps required and recommended for starting a small business in the State of Alabama.

The following topic areas will be covered: a business start-up checklist; reserving a company name; pros and cons of optional legal structures; getting a tax number; business taxes; and state and licensing requirements. Furthermore, this workshop will touch on the importance of resource partners such as business attorneys, bankers, outside accountants, and insurance agents. Participants will also receive various helpful handouts and workshop takeaways.

The online seminar is free to attend but requires advanced registration at, or simply use the following QR code.

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SBDC Seminar

The TROY SBDC serves a 10-county region in the Wiregrass that includes the counties of Barbour, Butler, Crenshaw, Covington, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston.

Last year, the Center provided support to 21 new businesses in those counties that accessed $2.3 million in growth capital. It provided one-on-one confidential assistance to 256 clients. Statewide, the SBDC Network provided more than 6,000 hours of education and training.

“Whether you have an idea and are just starting out, or you’re an existing business looking to grow, SBDCs have the right tools and specialized experts to help you achieve success,” Bolivar said.