Who We Are

Small Business

The vast majority, about 85 percent, of Business Council of Alabama members are small businesses. Our Small Business consists of businessmen and women who face the same challenges as you do, from burdensome regulations to unfair tax laws and bureaucratic run-arounds, and they are working on your behalf.

Our Small Business Committee is on record as supporting protecting economic development funds currently allocated for small business development programs and encourages recognition of, and support for, entrepreneurial enterprises as essential to the state's economic development program.

In 2011, BCA was instrumental in passage of the Small Business Health Care Tax Deduction, which allows employers and employees to deduct an additional 50 percent of the amount spent for health insurance premiums, an increase from 150 percent to 200 percent. BCA also supported the Full Employment Act, which gives a one-time income tax credit to employers of 50 or fewer employees.

Manufacturing

With more than 1,300 manufacturing members and as Alabama's affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers, BCA is a strong advocate for manufacturing. Our Manufacturing Advocacy Council, a select group of members with experience, skill and innate understanding of the manufacturing process, is working to help promote and enhance a positive business climate for Alabama manufacturers.

The council serves as a national model for the NAM and reinforces the strong, exclusive partnership of BCA with the NAM to strengthen our message of supporting manufacturing and the need to compete in the global marketplace.

One of the council's first initiatives is working with the NAM's Manufacturing Institute to build in Alabama a coalition of business, education, work force and economic development leaders to develop a nationally credentialed high-quality manufacturing work force.

Chambers of Commerce

Through a unique linkage known as The Partnership, BCA and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama work together on behalf of business. Throughout the year, the Partnership brings local business leaders together in the Leadership Exchange format and maintains contact during the legislative session through a series of conference calls with key BCA staff, elected leaders and others involved in the political process to keep local chambers and their leadership up to date on business issues.

The only organization of its type in the country, The Partnership was formed in October 2003, when BCA President and CEO William Canary saw the great potential that the more than 60,000 members of local chambers offered to the efforts of BCA in the halls of government and set in motion a plan to formalize the relationship of the two organizations.

Through the Capital Briefing publication, Partnership members receive a weekly update on the goings-on in Montgomery and Washington. The Partnership also coordinates trips to the State House for several chambers who want to visit with their local legislators.

Your Alabama Business

Thousands of Alabama businesses of all shapes and sizes have come to depend on the Business Council of Alabama as the state's most powerful and effective advocate for business and industry at the Alabama Legislature and in the halls of the U.S. Congress. The issues we address are common to all businesses: rising healthcare costs, complicated tax laws, a shortage of skilled workers, unfair labor laws, workers' compensation fraud, predatory trial lawyers and burdensome regulations.

No matter what type or what size your business, the BCA is your voice. For details on how BCA can help your business, contact Elaine Fincannon, 334-240-8749, or email elainef@bcatoday.org.