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Feb. 18, 2021
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Summary

Whether you're starting a business or doing general business research, the Business, Science & Technology Department at the Central Library can assist you with your endeavors. The department has an extensive collection of databases, as well books, magazines, and newspapers covering most major business subjects, including industry information, commerce, statistics, banking, economics, finance, investment, marketing, and more. Reference Librarians are available to assist patrons in acquiring information and materials in order to improve their chance for success.

Subjects
Business, Economics, Trade and Industrial Directories
Summary
"Profiles 6,759 manufacturers, listed five ways: by product, alphabetically, by city, by S.I.C. and by parent company. Complete addresses, phone numbers and flags for new businesses in city, alphabetical and SIC sections."
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Corporation, Holding Companies
Summary
"Includes the entire Corporate Affiliations Library (public, private, and international), as well as America's Corporate Finance Directory. Allows for the research of corporate statistics and current financials for over 15,000 domestic and foreign companies and their 100,000 subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, and joint ventures; review profiles of more than 190,000 influential decision makers; locate solid sales leads; discover new investment opportunities."
Business & Legal Forms
Description
Provides a wide selection of Alabama legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
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Requires a JCLC card and residence in Birmingham, AL.
Tutorials
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Video Tutorial  Video tutorial by BPL on YouTube (length 4:32)
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Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans. -site
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Requires a JCLC card and residence in Birmingham, AL.
Company & Corporation
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Management issues, economic indicators, business theories and practices, activities of companies and industries worldwide. Full-text articles, images, and citations from academic journals and trade magazines.
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Requires a JCLC card.
Description
Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, histories, chronologies. Detailed news and information on companies and industry.
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Requires a JCLC card.
Business Licensing Agencies - State and Local
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Any person or entity desiring to conduct trade or provide services within the city limits of Birmingham is required to register with the City of Birmingham. New business licenses may be applied for in one of two ways: 1) using the online web portal provided by the City’s tax and licensing vendor, Avenu Insights & Analytics (http://revds.com/taxpayer/selectyour-state/alabama/taxpayer-forms/alabama-business-license-forms/), or 2) applying in person, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the office of the Tax and License Administration (Revenue) Division located on the first floor of City Hall, Room TL-100, 710 North 20 th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203.
Description
A privilege license is a license requirement of every person, firm, company or corporation engaged in any business, vocation, occupation or profession described in Title 40, Chapter 12, Code of Alabama 1975. The state and county license(s) is issued by the county Probate Judge or License Commissioner in the county where the business is located. Unless otherwise provided, a license is required in every county where the business is conducted. For Jefferson County, the application for a tax and license number can be downloaded at: https://www.jccal.org/Sites/Jefferson_County/AppData/DocLib/Main/ApplicationforTaxorLicenseNumber.pdf
Business Development Organizations
800 Lakeshore Drive
Brock School of Business
Suite 412
Birmingham, AL 35229
(205) 879-4712
50 North Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-1170
The guide was produced to give new business owners a general overview of the different areas of taxation required by the State of Alabama. Please note that this brochure was produced as a guide and it is not the final word on Alabama law.
This guidebook addresses the fundamental issues of starting and operating a small business in Alabama. It was published by the Alabama Small Business Development Network at the University of Alabama.
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