(WTVM) - If you own a small business in Alabama, listen up – Governor Robert Bentley is working to help small business owners and entrepreneurs.
The Alabama Small Business Commission, created by Executive Order 47, will serve as an advisory body in formulating policies, encouraging innovation, and discussing issues critical to the economic growth of small businesses.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are approximately 400,000 small businesses in Alabama. In 2011, more than 5,000 jobs were created by small businesses.
"So we are going to listen to small businesses, we are going to let them tell us what needs to be done because the state and the government should be servants of the people," said Gov. Bentley. "And we should listen to the people and so that is what we are going to do."
The commission will be comprised of Alabama-based small and independent business owners who will serve a two-year term with the option of a two-year reappointment.
The first meeting of the Alabama Small Business Commission will be in October, and the commission will present an annual report to the Governor at the end of each calendar year beginning December 2015.
Additional information can be found on Gov. Robert Bentley's official website.