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Alabama Small Business Expert Receives National Honor

October 10, 2023
Emily Moore

A member of the Alabama Small Business Development Center at The University of Alabama received national recognition for leadership in helping small businesses start and grow. 

Emily Moore was selected by the America’s SBDC national association as the winner of its Top 40 Under 40 designation from among small business advisors across the country. Forty individuals were selected for their exceptional business acumen, innovative thinking and commitment to driving growth and success. The winners were celebrated at a reception during the 44th annual America’s SBDC Conference at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville in September.

“Congratulations to Emily for this well-deserved recognition. She clearly represents the professionalism and expertise of the entire Alabama SBDC team,” said Dan Blakley, associate vice president for economic and business engagement. “The Alabama SBDC continues to positively impact the lives of business owners and employees across the state. The work that Emily and the Alabama SBDC team do every day is clearly aligned with service mission of The University of Alabama, and we are proud to serve as the host institution.”

Based at the Birmingham SBDC office located at the Innovation Depot, Moore serves as research director and finance specialist with the SBDC’s Capital Access Program team. Moore prepares detailed feasibility studies, financial analyses and project finance proposals that help small business clients secure funding and investment. Over the last five years, the CAP team helped Alabama’s entrepreneurs secure over $546 million in growth capital. 

“Emily has certainly earned this recognition. She is results-oriented and passionately committed to providing innovative and well-researched solutions for Alabama’s entrepreneurs,” said Bill Cummins, executive state director of the Alabama SBDC.  

Moore joined the UA SBDC in August 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the UA School of Law. She holds a certified technology consultant credential from the University of Houston and is a member of the Florida Bar.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can connect with Moore and with a statewide team of small business advisors at

About the Alabama SBDC

The Alabama SBDC offers no-cost, confidential consulting and business education to new and existing businesses through 10 centers across the state. In 2022, the SBDC served 3,859 clients and trained over 5,800 individuals, resulting in $101.3 million in capital investment, 348 new business starts and 1,278 new jobs. 

The Alabama SBDC Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is hosted by UA’s Office for Research and Economic Development. The Alabama SBDC is nationally accredited by the America’s SBDC national association, the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. Learn more at