Birmingham Business Alliance launches small-business program

Initiative to kick off with 20-business cohort

Ron Kitchens is CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance.

The Birmingham Business Alliance is looking for 20 small local businesses to participate in the first cohort of its new Small Business Advisory Services.

The initiative will help curate a marketplace between buyers and suppliers, get buyers and suppliers ready to do business and drive impact on jobs and dollars throughout Birmingham, the Alliance says.

“We believe that growing small, scalable businesses headquartered in the region’s core is one of the most sustainable ways to drive long-term job growth and wealth creation across our communities,” said Ron Kitchens, CEO of the Alliance. “Our Small Business Advisory Services will help bridge some difficult gaps for both small and large businesses and make connections that will drive job growth in the local economy.”

The venture, funded by Prosper, will use programs and curriculum from Interise, a nationally-recognized small business development organization.

Applications are available now for the first cohort, Supplier Scale. Applications are open to privately owned companies headquartered in Jefferson County that employ two to 10 people and/or generate between $100,000 and $999,999 in annual revenue. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1.

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