The Business Relations Office was created by Mayor Tommy Battle to provide the business community a direct line to the Mayor’s Office. If you have questions about starting a business, understanding Huntsville’s unique economy and market, or other questions, call (256) 427-5182.
The City of Huntsville is committed to diversifying its economy through a purposeful effort to target industries that have long-term potential while also ensuring that its current high-tech industry base can remain vibrant. Since 2008, Mayor Battle has made it a priority to recruit advanced manufacturing jobs. This effort has resulted in the successful recruitment of Remington Outdoor Company, Polaris Industries, GE Aviation, and multiple expansions from Toyota. Mayor Battle has also looked at ways to build upon our knowledge-based economy by introducing initiatives in Geospatial, Energy, Cyber, and Biotech.
In addition to the City’s diversification efforts, support for local businesses is a priority. Huntsville participates in Small Business Saturday as well as a Shop Local celebration during National Small Business Week. With approximately 94 percent of our community’s nearly 8,000 businesses having 50 or fewer employees, “small business is big business in Huntsville.” Another popular campaign for area businesses is Huntsville Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week highlights the many restaurants that add spice to life in Huntsville.
Perhaps one of Huntsville’s biggest events of the year is the Huntsville Madison Chamber of Commerce Annual Small Business Awards. This night filled with pomp and pageantry is Huntsville’s version of the Academy Awards. It’s a celebration of the many small businesses and small business executives that take the risk and succeed.