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Alabama businesses expecting a busy Small Business Saturday

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="423"] Sherry Hartley, co-owner of Alabama Goods, shows some of the store’s state-made items. (Michael Tomberlin/Alabama NewsCenter)[/caption] National retailers are touting their deals for Black Friday, but small, local companies believe they are the real deal when it comes to Small...

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The Real Reason Banks Deny Loans to Many Small-Business Owners

No one ever promised that the challenges to growing a small business would be small. Entrepreneurs regularly confront issues that can threaten the very core of their companies, not the least of which is difficulty securing the financing they need to run and grow...

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Blondin Bioscience Wins Big with $749,000 SBIR from the National Institutes of Health

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] Dr. Katri Selander of Blondin Bioscience LLC, a startup that did not win Alabama Launchpad Competition funding but persevered to receive a $749,000 NIH grant.[/caption] Alabama Launchpad alumnus company Blondin Bioscience, LLC recently won a highly competitive Phase I Small...

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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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