Business & Industry Resources


Small Business Administration (SBA):  a federal agency whose primary role is the administrative regulating body and advocate of small business.  In recent years, Congress has re-emphasized the advocacy function of SBA to bring about visible, substantive changes in public policy toward small businesses and to champion more effectively their cause.  SBA’s goal is to help small businesses survive in an economic marketplace dominated by large corporations. 

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC):  an organization comprised of a network of 39 affiliate regional councils across the country, (UAB is an institutional member of the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council-SRMSDC)  all of whom provide minority-business certification and business development opportunities.  NMSDC has over 3,500 members and more than 15,000 certified minority owned businesses in its network.

Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC):  the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers.  It is also the largest certifier of businesses owned and operated by women.  (UAB is an institutional member of WBEC South).  WBEC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners.

Birmingham Construction Industry Authority (BCIA) is one of several voluntary programs that are collectively referred to as "The Birmingham Plan," a plan established in 1990 and designed to overcome the critical under-utilization of Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MBE/DBE) in the City of Birmingham’s economic growth.

The goals and objectives expressed in the BCIA mission statement are:

  1. Promote community awareness and a sense of responsibility for including MBE/DBE contractors in the economic mainstream.
  2. Promote a thriving and diversified construction marketplace for both business and employment in the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan area.
  3. Promote the recognition of the BCIA by construction users as a resource center for community responsible construction businesses, both mainstream and MBE/DBE.
  4. Promote proactive and innovative efforts to meet the goals and objectives of the Birmingham Plan.
  5. Promote the construction industry as a viable career option for minority students as well as by providing assistance through scholarship and expanded employment opportunities.
  6. Certify and monitor the development of bona fide firms which are owned and controlled in both form and substance by qualified minority and disadvantaged persons.