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Welcome to the
Alabama Small Business Development Initiative

The Alabama Small Business Development Initiative (ASBDI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that acts as an intermediary for small businesses by providing both technical as well as financial assistance. ASBDI achieves this by developing and presenting a full schedule of financial and technical assistance workshops and seminars. Also, ASBDI offers one-on-one counseling to support small business owners at no cost to the participant. This is a valuable service which benefits both entrepreneurs planning to start a new venture as well as existing small business owners that want to expand and improve their business operations.
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what we do

our mission


ASBDI sponsors programs that provide training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs that help them succeed while attracting more options for conventional financing.

Capital Resources

Part of technical assistance and counseling consists of linking business owners with capital resources. ASBDI provides seminars to entrepreneurs which will help to get them ready for a healthy banking relationship.


The ASBDI achieves its mission by partnering with employers, the U.S. Small Business Administration and private financial institutions to provide financial resources to low to moderate income (LMI) communities.


Meet our
Board of Directors

  • LeDon Jones Senior Vice President – Director of Community Development & Retail Banking, National Bank of Commerce
  • Richard Busby Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Avadian Credit Union
  • Lisa D. Cooper
  • Melodi Morrissette Supplier Diversity Director, PNC Bank
  • Janine Smith Of Counsel, Global Business Advisors, LLC
  • Rashada LeRoy President and CEO, LRY Media Group
  • Dr. Michael W. Wesley, Sr. Executive Director, MW Wesley Ministries
  • Rod Jones Community Services Outreach Coordinator, AIDT
  • Selena Rodgers Dickerson President / Managing Member, SARCOR, LLC
  • Mary Ellen Judah Executive Director, Neighborhood Concepts, Inc.
  • Keith Cromwell Executive Director, Red Mountain Theatre Company
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upcoming events

August 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 

The Black Business Expo in Huntsville, Alabama is back for the second event. Providing opportunities for small businesses to maximize community connection for building generational wealth.

Register Today!

July 7-17    

The Birmingham Business Resource Center (BBRC) is partnering with Mastercard to showcase local businesses in collaboration with the World of Opportunity Vendor Program, a division of The World Games 2022 Birmingham. In July 2022, countries from across the globe will get a taste of the Magic City, and the BBRC is ensuring visitors also experience Black-owned businesses by launching the Civil Rights District Marketplace.

Support local Black-owned businesses by using your Mastercard®! Shop with CRDM merchants and find other participating merchants & full T&Cs at mastercard.com/Birmingham. Up to $50 credit per cardholder. Offer valid 7/7/22 to 7/17/22 or until max program reimbursement is met, whichever occurs first.

Visit and Shop!

April 18, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Predict your businesses’ federal, state, and local tax liabilities.
  • Prepare for tax obligations and establish proper accounts.
  • Obtain the proper licenses for your business and meet reporting requirements.
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