Helping entrepreneurs launch their ideas into successful businesses.

What We Do

Entrepreneurship is an important part of the economic development ecosystem. We want to help innovators develop and succeed in Cullman, Alabama. During our first year, we plan on accepting approximately 10 participants. Graduation occurs when the company is ready to be successful on its own.

TECHNOLOGY VILLAGE CULLMAN IS FOR YOU!

It’s hard to start a business!

You may ask yourself:

  • “Where can I find someone to offer advice and help me brainstorm?”
  • “I have an idea, but where do I start?”
  • “Who will my customers be and how do I find them?”
  • “Where can I go to find funding assistance?”
  • “How do I write a business plan?”
  • ”How much should I ask customers to pay for my product or service?”

We can offer assistance with:

  • Making business connections & networking
  • Business coaching & training
  • Mentoring/advising
  • Research assistance
  • Resources
  • A space to meet with others
  • Avenues to funding
  • Anything else required to help you jump the hurdles

Our space is where innovators and makers want to be!

Amenities offered to our clients include:

  • Portable whiteboards that can be used as room dividers
  • Flat screen display for presentations and training
  • Free WiFi
  • Access to office equipment
  •  Computers
  • A fully renovated space for our clients to meet

Get involved!

Technology Village Cullman takes...Well, a village!

Participate
Find out if you qualify for our services:

  • Call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss
  • Stop by our office for a visit
  • Fill out a simple application
  • Interview with us so we can learn more about your business

Volunteer
There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to get involved:

  • Help set up for training events and seminars
  • Be a speaker, mentor or coach
  • Help the clients utilize your network
  • Staff the center, if needed
  • Connect Clients with financial resources

The Technology Village Cullman Team

Executive Director

John Wessel

John Wessel is the Executive Director of Technology Village Cullman. His role involves coaching, mentoring and advising area technology startups in operations, growth and funding strategies. With nearly three decades of entrepreneurial experience in North Alabama, John has also held leadership positions in the restaurant & hospitality industry, and consulted for a variety of franchise systems, real estate companies and business and succession planning firms. John holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama, with an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) through the Universal Accreditation Board.

Board Members

  • Jamie Troutman, Chair
    Cullman Economic Development Agency, Business Development Manager
  • Leah Bolin, Vice Chair
    Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Wes Moore, Secretary/Treasurer (non-voting)
    City of Cullman, City Clerk/Revenue Officer
  • Brian Dove, Director
    Cullman-Jefferson Gas, CEO
  • Jeremy Wootten, Director
    Homtex, President & CEO
  • Todd Self, Director
    Hired Hand/Zero RPM, Vice President of Business Development
  • Vicki Karolewics, Director
    Wallace State Community College, President
  • Zac Smith, Director
    AGCOR Steel, CEO

Partners

Wallace State
UA College of Engineering
TVA
Cullman CoC
City of Cullman
Cullman EDA
  • 105 Clark Street NE
    Cullman, AL 35055
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