• Small Business Resource Center, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery Chamber, MGMChamber, Montgomery Alabama
  • Entrepreneur's Toolkit

  • Did you know that Montgomery has been ranked the nation’s 23rd best city to start a business?!?  The backbone of America's economy is small business, and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce works to ensure that sector of our economy is strong and thriving.

    It takes the right mix of tools, networking and know-how for entrepreneurs to succeed in today's competitive environment. The Montgomery Chamber Business Resource Center offers valuable integrative services to prospective and new business owners. We work holistically with resource and commercial partners throughout our ecosystem to provide

    • Business Development and Support
    • Coworking
    • Incubation
    • Domestic Soft Landing
    • Minority Business Development
    • Training
    • Mentoring
    • Counseling
    • Advocacy
    • Recognition
    • Financing Resources
    • Business Support
    • Resource Referrals

    When operating a business in the Montgomery area, city and county business licenses and certain privilege licenses are necessary for business operation and should be researched by contacting the appropriate agencies. Business owners must also consider taxes and licensing fees. These include city, county, and state sales tax, federal and state payroll taxes and social security withholdings, federal and state income taxes, and unemployment compensation taxes.

    This toolkit contains basic information to help you start a small business in Montgomery. This is intended to serve as only a starter guide and does not attempt to answer all questions or provide all information that you need. Seek the advice and counsel of professionals in your planning process. The involvement of a good accountant, attorney, and insurance agent is strongly recommended to assist you in making appropriate choices for your particular business venture.

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    Business Start-Up Checklist

    Personal Evaluation

    Training & Experience

    Writing a Business Plan

    Business Plan Outline

    Business Plan Template & How-to

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    Legal Structure

    Licenses and Permits

    Accounting and Record-keeping



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    Savings, Friends & Relatives

    Banks, Credit Unions and the SBA

    Unconventional Financing


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    Income Taxes on the Business

    Sales and Use Taxes

    Employee-Related Taxes

    Ad Valorem and other Taxes


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