business assistance

Entrepreneurial Assistance

C3 of Northwest Alabama E.D. Alliance is now the AERN Center of Marion County. The Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network (AERN) is a program to enhance business development throughout rural Alabama. AERN is directed through the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration in partnership with agencies in rural counties. It provides centers all over Alabama to help people get a business started and learn how to make a business plan.

AERN is now located at:

C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance
4020 U.S. Highway 43
Guin, Alabama 35563

Vernon City Hall
44425 AL-17
Vernon, AL 35592

Fayette City Hall
203 Temple Ave N
Fayette, AL 35555

  • Helps you build your business plan FREE!
  • There is no charge for AERN services.
  • For more information, call the C3 office at 205-468-3213.

AERN logo culverhouse logo

The Three Components of the Program

Toolkit of Resources

One is to provide computers and peripheral equipment, business software, and other business research resources to chambers of commerce, industrial development agencies, or other non-profit organizations whose mission includes business development in very rural, low income portions of Alabama.


The second component is a strong training emphasis. The staffs of the partner agencies receive training in how to use the materials and how to help their local constituencies. And periodically the public is offered seminars and workshops. Learn the steps to take when starting your own business Find industry and economic profiles of your county Use the Internet effectively in conducting and researching business


The third component is the AERN website. Many online resources are easily accessible there and the site is designed for ease of use by the lay public. From the website you can:

  • Submit questions to the librarians at the Angelo Bruno Business Library at The University of Alabama.
  • View Guides to the AERN resources and locate pointers to useful business information on the internet.
  • Learn more about who we are, what services we offer, and how we can help you.
  • Let the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network (AERN) work for you
Visit our AERN Website

AERN Program Directors

Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration
The University of Alabama
Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute