Saturday, November 22, 2014

State Appointed

Curtis K. Richardson Appointed By Governor Bentley to the Alabama Small Business Commission


BIRMINGHAM – Curtis K. Richardson, President and CEO of C&J Electrical Services, LLC has been appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to the Alabama Small Business Commission.  The Commission held its first meeting in Montgomery on Tuesday, October 21st with Governor Bentley calling the meeting to order. 


The Alabama Small Business Commission, created by executive order in September, serves as an advisory body in formulating policies, encouraging innovation, and discussing issues critical to the economic growth of small businesses.  The Commission promotes policies to assist new business start-ups and the expansion of existing businesses. Members of the Commission will be made up entirely of small business owners from across the state.


“Small businesses are the engines of job growth and an integral part of the framework that makes up the American economic system,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “We have assembled an impressive group of thirty Alabama small business owners from every corner of Alabama to discuss issues critical to the growth of small business and promote policies to assist new business start-ups and expansion of existing businesses. Each member brings a wealth of real world experience on what it takes to be a successful small business owner. The knowledge members will share with the rest of the commission is integral to helping support the growth of both new and existing small businesses.”

The Commission members will serve a two year term with the option of a two year reappointment.  For the purposes of this Commission, the definition of a small business will be 50 or fewer employees. During the meeting Tuesday, Governor Bentley announced the launch of Atlas Alabama, a new website for entrepreneurs and small business owners that will provide a consolidated access point for basic information on doing business in Alabama including details on licenses, taxes, loans, funding sources and insurance. In addition, the site features a comprehensive list of national and state resource partners that exist to assist small business owners.  The link to Atlas Alabama is


Atlas Alabama also represents the Alabama Small Business Commission and Advisory Committee, detailing its mission and listing its members. The website will provide a collaborative forum for the public to submit recommendations to the Commission.


Rosemary Elebash, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business chairs the Commission and Advisory Committee. The Commission will present an annual report to the Governor at the end of each calendar year beginning December of 2015.




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