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The Montgomery Area Association of REALTORS® and its Multiple Listing Service, AlaMLS.com, have completed a merger with the Selma Board of REALTORS® and consolidated MLS Services with the Wiregrass Board of REALTORS®.   AlaMLS.com will now provide MLS services to 1,610 REALTOR® professionals throughout central and southeast Alabama with offices in Montgomery and Enterprise.

“These new ventures with Selma, Enterprise-Wiregrass and Montgomery came together relatively quickly and have proven to be successful for all parties.  Our REALTORS®, whether representing buyers or sellers, will now have access to more data, electronic forms, lock boxes, safety products and syndication services, said Forrest Meadows, President of the Montgomery Area Association of REALTORS®.

Erin Tullos, President of the Wiregrass Board of REALTORS® added, “the benefits are obvious to our REALTORS®, but the real winners are the consumers who are looking to buy or sell a home or property in southeast Alabama.”

AlaMLS.com currently has over 5,200 active listings ranging from residential, land, commercial, rental and multi-family throughout Alabama.  If you are in the market to buy or sell property please visit AlaMLS.com or reach out to a local REALTOR® today!


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Earl D. Heath, Chapter Chair

Alabama Capitol SCORE Chapter 598



SCORE offers FREE and confidential advice to small businesses: face-to-face mentoring, online counseling, local workshops and more.  Our volunteers are successful entrepreneurs and executives who understand business and want to share their knowledge with you.  They provide mentoring and training so you can succeed, too.  In 2013 SCORE’s 12,000 volunteer business mentors helped clients start 38,630 new businesses and created 67,319 new jobs.  SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and works with our local Small Business Resource Center.




This self-paced online training exercise provides an introduction to securing information in a small business.

Topics include: Defining cybersecurity; Explaining the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; Identifying types of information that should be secured; Identifying the types of cyber threats; Defining risk management; and Listing best practices for guarding against cyber threats.

Duration: 00:30:00

Business Technology Simplified – Module 1

This course will cover some basic technology tools to help you run your business more efficiently.

Topics include: Benefiting from Current Desktop Technology, Using Technology to Save you Time, and Upgrading Your Accounting Practices.

Users should complete all three courses to receive an SBA certificate of completion.

To view the course on an iPad, you can download the free Articulate player from the App Store.

Duration: 00:30:00



Encore Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Starting Your Own Business

This course is designed for individuals planning to start a business after earlier career endeavors.

Duration: 00:30:00http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/encore-entrepreneurs-introduction-starting-your-own-business


This course explains the importance of business planning, defines and describes the components of a business plan, and provides access to sample plans and resources that can help you develop a very good business plan.

Duration: 00:30:00



Finance Primer: Guide to SBA Loan Guaranty Programs

This course is about financing a small business and SBA's loan guaranty programs. It is a practical course with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small firms who are interested in borrowing money.

Duration: 00:30:00http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/finance-primer-guide-sba-loan-guaranty-programs

How to Prepare a Loan Package

This course is designed to provide a basic overview of loan packaging. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in borrowing money to start, grow or expand their businesses.

Duration: 00:30:00http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/how-prepare-loan-package

Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers

This course is designed to provide a basic overview of marketing. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in reaching a broader customer base.

Duration: 00:30:00http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/marketing-101-guide-winning-customers

by ngoriel, Community Moderator, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

  • Created: July 2, 2013, 7:08 pm

NOTE: This blog is by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and first appeared at WhiteHouse.gov on July 2.

From the start, this Administration has encouraged an ongoing dialogue with the leaders of our nation’s businesses, large and small. There’s more to do, but working together we’ve helped rebuild our economy. Businesses have added 6.9 million private-sector jobsin the past 39 months and we’ve helped strengthen the middle class. Today, most Americans get their health insurance through their jobs and that will be the case moving forward.

To help restore middle class security, we are making health care more affordable to businesses, government, and American families through the Affordable Care Act. While major portions of the law have yet to be implemented, it’s already a little more affordable for businesses to offer quality health coverage to their employees. A recent reportsuggests that medical cost growth will be lower in 2014 than an already low rate in 2013, both “defying historical patterns.”

Starting next year, the law also ensures all Americans will have access to affordable health coverage. We are on target to open the Health Insurance Marketplace Download Adobe Reader to read this link content on October 1 where small businesses and ordinary Americans will be able to go to one place to learn about their coverage options and make side-by-side comparisons of each plan’s price and benefits before they make their decision.

As we implement this law, we have and will continue to make changes as needed. In our ongoing discussions with businesses we have heard that you need the time to get this right. We are listening. So in response to your concerns, we are making two changes.  

First, we are cutting red tape and simplifying the reporting process. We have heard the concern that the reporting called for under the law about each worker’s access to and enrollment in health insurance requires new data collection systems and coordination. So we plan to re-vamp and simplify the reporting process. Some of this detailed reporting may be unnecessary for businesses that more than meet the minimum standards in the law. We will convene employers, insurers, and experts to propose a smarter system and, in the interim, suspend reporting for 2014.

Second, we are giving businesses more time to comply. As we make these changes, we believe we need to give employers more time to comply with the new rules. Since employer responsibility payments can only be assessed based on this new reporting, payments won’t be collected for 2014. This allows employers the time to test the new reporting systems and make any necessary adaptations to their health benefits while staying the course toward making health coverage more affordable and accessible for their workers.

Just like our effort to turn the 21 page application for health insurance into a 3 page application Download Adobe Reader to read this link content, we are working hard to adapt and to be flexible in employer and insurer reporting as we implement the law.

Meanwhile, here is a quick review of what small and big businesses need to know about the health law and how it will work:

  • If you are a small business with less than 50 workers, the law’s employer shared responsibility policies does not apply to you. Instead, you will gain access to the Small Business Health Options Program that gives you the purchasing power of large businesses. In fact, you may be eligible for a tax credit that covers up to half the cost of insurance if you offer quality coverage to your employees
  • If you own a business with more than 50 workers that already offers full-time workers affordable, quality coverage, you are fine – we’ll work with you to keep that coverage affordable.
  • And if you are a company with more than 50 employees but choose not to offer quality affordable coverage, we have provided as much flexibility and transition time as possible for you to move to providing affordable, quality coverage to your workers.

We are full steam ahead for the Marketplaces opening on October 1. For more information on what is coming check out: HealthCare.gov


About the AuthorHi, my name is Natale and I'm serving as a Moderator for the SBA Community. Our goal is to continually improve this site to meet your needs, so we appreciate your feedback and participation. Tags: Community Blogs, Health Care Business Pulse, SBA News and Views