Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Services
The Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Services’ (CBES) mission is twofold:
provide training and other direct services to support the business and industry community and;
provide the citizens of Alabama’s Black Belt region with the knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully launch new entrepreneurial endeavors, create viable and sustainable small business ventures, retain and expand existing small business, and build capacity through community, economic, and workforce development projects.
The Center provides a host of youth and adult entrepreneurial services to the Black Belt Region. The Center also provides assistance with workforce, community, and economic development projects. The CBES develops and prepares economic and community development asset evaluations for communities, as well as numerous other planning tools. The Center collaborates with partners, including the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, to facilitate strategic plans for local and county governments. The CBES actively develops grant proposals and applies to local, regional, state, and national funding sources for a variety of important projects.
The CBES was a lead partner in the $2.1 million Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grant project that was funded by Secretary Hilda Solis. This multi-year project developed a comprehensive, state-of-the-art technical training program in the Black Belt region. The Center is currently working in collaboration with other entities at UWA to seek over $1 million in funding to help increase the number of undergraduates who immediately transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields soon after graduation.
The Center provides hands-on business assistance, including marketing plans, to new and existing business and industry, in collaboration with College of Business and Technology faculty and students. The Center held its first youth Entrepreneurship Summer Camp and Personal Enrichment program during the summer of 2016 with 22 rising eighth and ninth grade students from 5 counties across Alabama’s Black Belt. The Center plans to continue this and other summer camps in the future. The center is also an active partner with the regional workforce development councils representing the area and assists these councils with grant application technical assistance.
Thank you for your interest in the Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Services; our goal is to improve the quality of life in West Alabama.