By Erin Edgemon,
March 07, 2013

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce will present its eighth annual Minority Business Development Forum on Thursday, March 21 at the Chamber’s Small Business Resource Center.

This year, minority business owners, community and business leaders and the Chamber’s senior staff will join a prestigious panel of experts to discuss Small Business Incentives and Reducing Barriers to Growth, the Chamber released.

The panel includes: Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield; Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange; Sen. Greg Reed, Alabama State Senate; and Rep. Rod Scott, Alabama House of Representatives

The Forum will begin with a continental breakfast and networking, followed by the panel discussion with a question and answer period.

The event provides minority and female-owned business leaders an opportunity to meet business, community and Chamber leaders; become more knowledgeable about issues that affect small business owners in Montgomery and the River Region; and receive a comprehensive overview of the Chamber’s mission and strategic plan.

The event is free but registration is required. To register for the hour-long event, go to, or call Heidi Powers at 334-240-6863.

The Small Business Resource Center is located at 600 S. Court Street in Montgomery. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. on March 21.

The Chamber’s Minority Business Development initiative works to promote activities and relationships in the public and private sectors, and to increase business ownership, marketing, education and training for minority and female-owned businesses.