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Central Baldwin Chamber offers opportunities for small businesses

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] New Central Baldwin Chamber Executive Director Gail Quezada[/caption] ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Gail Quezada, new executive director for the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce said the Chamber plans to increase opportunities to promote small businesses over the coming months. “We are...

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What the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement means for Alabama

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="453"] Scott Green (right) describes Creative Concept's candy to Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae.[/caption] Few issues have been as highly-contested as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) – a joint trade agreement being discussed by the U.S., Japan and 10 other countries.

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LiftFund benefits from $1.1 million bank contribution

LiftFund, the nation’s largest microlender, has received a $100,000 grant and a $1 million investment from BancorpSouth Inc. San Antonio-based LiftFund will use the grant money to support its mission of helping entrepreneurs in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas with...

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SBDC at Alabama State Helps Veterans March into Executive Roles

Every day is different for IT executive Keith Ellis. And he’s prepared for that. “One day it’ll be peaches and cream, and the next day it’ll be thunderstorms,” Ellis said. “We don’t live in a perfect world. Whatever comes your way, you have to...

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Global Growth Company RMCI Reaches to Alabama Launchpad for Assistance

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="434"] RMCI CEO Kenneth Speaks, left, shakes hands with Ed DiCampli, COO of HAI (Helicopter Association International). RMCI, a global company, received SBIR assistance funding from Alabama Launchpad.[/caption] While RMCI, Inc. Chief Executive Ken Speaks was in Paris this past June...

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US small business optimism unchanged in October

U.S. small business confidence was unchanged in October, with hiring stagnant even as more owners expected higher sales and more planned to make capital outlays, a survey released on Tuesday showed. The National Federation of Independent Business said its Small Business Optimism Index was...

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Martha Stewart honors Fort Payne sock maker

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) — Little River Sock Mill is well known locally for its line of organic cotton socks, but owner Gina Locklear never guessed it would catch Martha Stewart's eye. About five weeks ago, Locklear found out that Little River Sock Mill was an...

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What Alabama accomplished on Trade Winds Africa trip

Economic development leaders from Alabama recently returned from an extended trip to Africa as part of a forum that highlighted different business opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. The trip was organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, with six businesses from Alabama joining in to...

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Slow Going For Small Businesses And Health Exchanges

Kentucky has run one of the most successful Obamacare individual health insurance exchanges, attracting enough people into private health plans and Medicaid to cut the state's uninsured rate by half in two years. But Kentucky's online health insurance marketplace for small employers also created...

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