Alabama small business panel holds first meeting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley unveiled a new website meant to help entrepreneurs and small business owners during the first meeting of the Alabama Small Business Commission.

The commission met Tuesday in Montgomery and Bentley announced the launch of Atlas Alabama, a website offering consolidated information on state licenses, taxes, loans and more for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Bentley announced in September that he was creating a commission to recommend ways to help small businesses get started and expand. The commission is headed by Rosemary Elebash, who is the Alabama director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says Alabama has about 400,000 small businesses, or businesses that employ 50 or fewer people.

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