Industry Links

The following links lead to a variety of websites concerning the retail climate, from the local community to the state Capitol in Montgomery and our issues in Washington.

The Alabama Retail Association hopes this list of resources are helpful . We update these links frequently and welcome ideas for other resources to add. Please come back here often to visit the new links we’ve added.

National Retail Associations

National Retail Federation
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Food Marketing Institute
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Grocers Association
International Council of Shopping Centers
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
National Pharmacists Association
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Association of Convenience Stores
Food Industry Association Executives
National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention

Retail Associations in Other States

Council of State Retail Associations

Retail Sales

Monthly and Year-to-Date Retail Sales by Retailer Compared to Previous Year (Compiled by Business Wire)
Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Quarterly Financial Report on Retail Trade (U.S. Census Bureau)
Monthly Alabama Sales Tax Collections
(Alabama Revenue Department)
American Customer Satisfaction Index


We Card (responsible tobacco retailing materials)
LearnSomething (online training for retailers)
Security & Privacy – Made Simpler (Better Business Bureau guidelines for customer security and privacy)
Software Advice (Free comparison of point-of-sale retail software)

State Agencies and Links

Alabama Department of Labor
Alabama Department of Insurance
Alabama Department of Public Health
Alabama Medicaid Agency
Alabama Department of Revenue

Alabama Legislature

Alabama Legislature

Federal Agencies and Links
Internal Revenue Service
Federal Trade Commission
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Labor
National Conference of State Legislatures
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Treasury


U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Legislative information from the Library of Congress

Small Business

U.S. Small Business Administration
IRS Small Business Tax Center
Business Owner’s Toolkit
SBA Direct
SBA Women’s Business Center
U.S. Senate Small Business Committee
U.S. House Small Business Committee
National Federation of Independent Business


Business Week Online

Alabama Chambers of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama

Business Resources

Center for Business and Economic Research