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Small businesses looking forward to sales tax holiday

A "lackluster" summer for sales have small businesses looking forward to the upcoming sales tax holiday across the state, said Rosemary Elebash, Alabama director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The holiday from sales tax on a host of items including clothing, computers,

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Northrop Grumman Surpasses $1 Billion Subcontracted to Small Businesses Under Missile Defense Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has exceeded $1 billion subcontracted to small businesses under the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract (JRDC). A photo accompanying this release is available at: The company celebrated the milestone with two events...

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Alabama Business Confidence Wanes, but Remains Positive for Third Quarter 2016

The Alabama Business Confidence Index™ (ABCI) came in at an optimistic 52.4 on the third quarter 2016 survey conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research in UA's Culverhouse College of Commerce. Business confidence decreased 2.8 points since last quarter and panelists remain...

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PeopleTec Inc. receives 2016 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award

Huntsville-based government services company, PeopleTec, Inc. was recently named the 2016 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year for Region IV by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Huntsville's Cummings Research Park, PeopleTec is a growth-oriented, woman-owned small...

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Survey finds optimism low about economy by small businesses

A survey of small independent businesses shows little optimism for making capital outlays, increasing inventories or expanding, a mood that does not bode well for the economy. Those findings are contained in the National Federation of Independent Business' monthly index of small business optimism.

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Innovation Depot boosts biotech pipeline, entrepreneurial ecosystem

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="456"] Chemist Kate Hayden is director of research at Blondin Bioscience, based in Birmingham's Innovation Depot. (Image: Blondin)[/caption] Birmingham’s Innovation Depot has played a key role in growing Alabama’s biotech industry, with standout facilities, strong ties to world-class researchers and an...

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Heather Boozer named UAH SBDC Small Business Counselor

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="405"] Heather Boozer, Small Business Counselor at UAH's Small Business Development Center. (Photo by: Michael Mercier | UAH)[/caption] "Entrepreneurship is my passion; it gives the business world character," said Heather Boozer, Small Business Counselor, at The University of Alabama in Huntsville's...

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Which new cities are part of Main Street Alabama’s revitalization program?

Main Street Alabama has picked four new cities for its comprehensive downtown revitalization effort. Columbiana, Heflin, Montevallo and Wetumpka are joining the program's 16 cities after participating in a five-month competitive application process. Cities are added every year to Main Street Alabama. Over its...

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