The Baldwin Center for Business Development opens June 1

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 5/29/20

FOLEY - The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and their strategic partners are bringing new opportunities to the county.

On Monday, June 1, The Baldwin Center for Business Development will open at …

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The Baldwin Center for Business Development opens June 1

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FOLEY - The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and their strategic partners are bringing new opportunities to the county.

On Monday, June 1, The Baldwin Center for Business Development will open at 19812 Underwood Road in Foley. The center will be the new home office for the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, South Baldwin Chamber Foundation, and the Gateway Initiative team. Offering 38,000 square feet, the new space allows for a much-needed expansion as the teams continues to grow.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to provide a one-stop-shop for workforce development, business incubation and acceleration, access to exceptional employee training, professional development, and customer service,” said President and CEO of the South Baldwin Chamber Donna Watts.

It’s not only chamber teams who will be occupying the space. Coastal Alabama Community College will house technical training programs within the facility designed to meet the needs of Baldwin’s workforce.

“Coastal Alabama Community College is excited to launch additional programs in South Baldwin County to complement our existing presence,” said Dr. Josh Duplantis, PhD, Dean of Workforce Development. “Training programs offered will be directly tied to the high demand industries in Baldwin County and the region including construction, healthcare, hospitality, and manufacturing. We will serve a wide range of community members including dual enrollment technical training for our high school students, adult education services including GED and High School equivalency, and credit and non-credit business and industry certifications.”

The facility will also house chamber workforce development partners, including the South Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC), Southwest Alabama Partnership and Training Education (SWAPTE), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), the Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association (ARHA), and a variety of other business consulting services.

Programs and offices within the facility include career and technical education, adult education programming, Alabama Career Center Office, Small Business Administration Office, High School Career Coach Offices, SAWDC Hospitality & Tourism Project Coordinator Office, SCORE Office, and Training Room for Professional Development.

Visit www.southbaldwinchamber.com or http://gatewayinitiative.com/ for more information. A grand opening event for the new facility is being planned for the near future.