As a project of The Catalyst, the mission of the North Alabama Support for Critical Economic Needs and Training (NASCENT) project is to deliver services and training to help small businesses start, grow, and prosper in rural counties across North Alabama.

NASCENT is funded through a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development grant and works closely with business and government leaders in Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, DeKalb, Marshall, Morgan, Lawrence, Colbert, Franklin, Winston, Cullman, and Cherokee counties to identify gaps, coordinate resources, and facilitate introductions between business owners and resource providers from across the region.

NASCENT accomplishes this mission by providing business coaching, business training, and networking opportunities. 


Rural Small Business Support

Small Business Opportunity Days

Get in Touch

The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship
515 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35816

Phone: 256-428-8190