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Joe Grimes Recognized as “2016 State Star”

Small businesses in Alabama are growing stronger every day, and Joe Grimes, a Business Advisor with the Alabama SBDC at Jacksonville State University (JSU), has contributed significantly to their success.  Grimes has been selected as the 2016 Alabama State Star, a nationally-recognized award designed...

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AL 14989 – SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Alabama Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Nov. Drought

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in Alabama as a result of the drought that...

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ServisFirst Bank among top small business lenders in US

The U.S. Treasury's State Small Business Credit Initiative's annual report named an Alabama bank among its largest lenders. Birmingham-headquartered ServisFirst Bank (NASDAQ: SFBS) was the program's 12th largest lender with 35 loans totaling $37 million and an average loan of $1.1 million. "ServisFirst Bank is pleased...

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Governor Robert Bentley Encourages Alabamians to Support Small Business Saturday

MONTGOMERY– Governor Robert Bentley on Monday signed a proclamation formally declaring November 26th as Small Business Saturday in Alabama. Small Business Saturday is designed to celebrate and support small businesses and the impact they have on Alabama communities. “Small Business Saturday is a great...

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FreeTextbooks moves into new office in Avondale after four years in Innovation Depot

Birmingham tech startup FreeTextbooks has "graduated" from the Innovation Depot after four years. The company has moved its headquarters into a 20,000-square-foot office and warehouse hybrid in Avondale at 3636 7th Ave. N. The company works by hiring student representatives on college campuses who buy...

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FDIC and SBA Enhance its Money Smart for Small Business Training for Entrepreneurs

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and SBA have enhanced its Money Smart for Small Business training resource, an instructor-led curriculum designed to provide introductory training for new and aspiring business owners. The Money Smart for Small Business training curriculum has been improved to...

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‘Major’ workforce development announcement coming Tuesday

Alabama education and business leaders will make a "major announcement" Tuesday about workforce development. "Our aim is to transform our workforce system into the gold standard for integrating the needs of employers and job seekers, growing the economy of our state and raising the...

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Alabama among top 10 states in business climate rankings

Alabama is among the nation's 10 best states in business climate and among a survey of corporate site selectors. That's according to Site Selection magazine, a publication dealing with economic development. Alabama placed ninth in the magazine's 2016 state business climate rankings, and eighth...

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