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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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Alabama cookie maker misses shot at Super Bowl commercial

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="425"] Selma Good founder Robert Armstrong makes a batch of G Momma's cookies at a family cabin on the Alabama River near Selma. (Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com).[/caption] Selma entrepreneur Robert Armstrong is out of the running in a nationwide contest for a free Super...

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NASA business and education outreach program visiting Mobile

A seminar focused on connecting local small businesses with NASA is also a chance for the space exploration agency to visit Mobile as part of a community outreach effort next week, officials said Friday. Aside from Wednesday's event at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile...

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Startup Sun Charge Systems eyes solar solution for mobile world

CLEVELAND, Alabama – In the workshops at Hornsby Steel, hulking machines bend and curve steel plates, pipes and rods to the exacting specifications of architects and builders. And it's the Blount County firm’s manufacturing know-how that's at the heart of a new venture that...

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U.S. SEC approves new crowdfunding rules

U.S. securities regulators approved new crowdfunding rules on Friday, allowing start-up companies to raise money from mom-and-pop investors over the internet. Private companies were previously allowed to solicit only accredited investors - those with a net worth of at least $1 million, excluding the...

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From barbecue to banking, here are the 2015 Small Business Awards winners

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="439"] Golden Flake Snack Foods won Legacy Business of the Year. Photo by: Joe Songer | jsonger@al.com[/caption] The winners of the Birmingham Business Alliance's 2015 Small Business Awards ranged from barbecue to law firms. The awards were presented Tuesday night at the...

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