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Birmingham ranks as a top city for women entrepreneurs

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="401"] A strong sense of optimism and steady support are fueling the growing female-led businesses across the country and Southeast. (file)[/caption] Nine million businesses nationwide and growing – women entrepreneurs are leading the charge with starting and owning businesses across the...

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From Recovery to Re-discovery: Can Mom and Pop Shops Thrive again in Small Town Alabama?

[caption id="attachment_15464" align="alignnone" width="552"] Jefferson Country Store, Linden, Alabama[/caption] During any routine call for assistance to the Small Business Development Center at The University of West Alabama, we are confronted with the question of “how likely is it for an individual with a small...

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SBA: $700,000 Grant to Support Native American Small Business Development

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced seven awardees of $700,000 in new grant funding for continued projects to promote the development, success, and long-term survival of Native American firms eligible for assistance under the SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance...

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Alabama Innovation Awards honor success stories across state

Companies across Alabama, including medical researchers, shipbuilders and a media mogul, are being honored for their commitment to innovation. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama will present the 2016 Alabama Innovation Awards during the sixth annual Alabama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Birmingham. All...

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Birmingham-Southern College names first executive-in-residence in entrepreneurship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Jennifer Skjellum, president of the nonprofit TechBirmingham and co-founder of TechAlabama, has been selected as Birmingham-Southern College’s first McCain Executive-in-Residence in Entrepreneurship. Skjellum will teach three courses this academic year; foster entrepreneurial thinking among BSC students; and collaborate with the college’s Krulak Institute...

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Alabama startup on path toward growth thanks to $50,000 loan from nonprofit

What started as a small organic farm specializing in vegetables and herbs is now on a path toward continued growth thanks to Neighborhood Concepts (NCI). Harvest Roots, which built a reputation producing sauerkraut for farmers markets, now focuses on kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and even...

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Governor announces grant to assist small businesses in Appalachian counties

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Robert Bentley has announced a $400,000 grant to establish a loan fund focusing on small businesses in Appalachian Alabama. The grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used in a joint effort by Pathway Lending of Nashville and the Alabama Small...

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