Hey Ethan, talk to @Rob Drum . He's an agent here in Birmingham and does a great job.
I am a hard money lender in Birmingham AL. Let me know if I can help.
Here are a few ways to connect with HML's;
1. Local meetups
2. Speaking with realtors
3. Speaking with title companies
1. BiggerPockets 'Network' tab where you can search for HML's by state.
2. Online search/databases. Simply by searching online you can find a number of quality reputable national lenders. If you want to get more specific, then you can type in your location, e.g. 'Alabama' along with your hard money lender search query. 'Alabama hard money lender' would be a reasonable starting point.
Best of luck!