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North Alabama startup companies win $190,000 in Launchpad competition

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="432"] Vital Metrix CEO Alton Reich poses for a picture with his $100,000 check. Photo by Travis Leder[/caption] It was a big day for four startups at the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition Thursday at Lincoln Mill in Huntsville. Companies from Huntsville,

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Meet the advisory board of Bham’s leading tech training initiative

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="379"] The Innovation Depot | Photo by Bob Farley[/caption] The software development training course Depot/U that started at Innovation Depot earlier this year has created a 10-member advisory board of current and former business executives from around Birmingham. The board’s mission...

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Meet the advisory board of Bham’s leading tech training initiative

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="432"] The Innovation Depot | Photo by Bob Farley[/caption] The software development training course Depot/U that started at Innovation Depot earlier this year has created a 10-member advisory board of current and former business executives from around Birmingham. The board's mission...

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Chamber moves ahead on business incubator

The Alexander City Chamber discussed negotiations that will allow it to move into and establish a small-business incubator in the now-vacant USAmeriBank operations building just off U.S. Highway 280 at its monthly meeting Tuesday in First Baptist Church’s Fireside Room. “We’re working with our...

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5 startups gearing up for Alabama Launchpad competition in Huntsville

Five teams will compete for their chance of up to $250,000 in funding this week during Alabama Launchpad's Startup Competition Finale in Huntsville. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama program will begin at 4:05 p.m. Thursday with a pitch event at Design Lab at...

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SBA Alabama District Office Releases 2015 Loan Numbers

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The U.S. Small Business Administration Alabama District Office released a report on Alabama SBA loan activity for Fiscal Year 2015 which showed an increase over Fiscal Year 2014. This mirrored a nationwide trend in SBA lending and demonstrated a positive change...

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Office of Broadband Development forms advisory board, task forces

A nineteen-member advisory board and four task forces have been created as part of the state's newly-formed Office of Broadband Development. As we've previously reported, Gov. Robert Bentley signed an executive order in July creating the Office of Broadband Development to help local Internet...

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University of Alabama to have third Innovation Day on Wednesday

The University of Alabama’s third “Innovation Day,” a showcase of new technologies developed by students and faculty and information sessions meant to help them successfully start and run a businesses, is scheduled for Wednesday on campus. The showcase organized by the Office for Research...

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SBA and Operation HOPE Renew Alliance to Promote Financial Education

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and Operation HOPE, Inc., today renewed its Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to promote financial education and encourage economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. “This is an important step toward helping more entrepreneurs look beyond their neighborhoods to engage not...

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Grants to assist small business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) -- The University of Alabama is getting some financial help to assist budding business owners in 10 counties. The Appalachian Regional Commmission is providing $75,000 for the university's Alabama Enterpreneurial Research Network. AERN will purchase equipment, books and software for its...

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