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Mobile’s Innovation PortAL to create ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ in heart of downtown

A projected $4 million investment sits poised to propel the rebirth of downtown Mobile’s St. Louis Street corridor, while cultivating innovative, financially viable businesses and positioning the Port City as the Gulf Coast’s entrepreneurial hub. Lynne Chronister, the University of South Alabama’s vice president...

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What is this PortAL anyway?

Innovation PortAL – expected to build on the region’s manufacturing base, focusing on collaboration between local industry, innovative manufacturers, and regional entrepreneurs – was conceived, designed and developed by the leadership of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the city and county of Mobile,

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Aspiring entrepreneurs will come together for Huntsville business competition

As one of the area's most promising young entrepreneurs, Noah Huber-Feely struggles with finding peers who share similar interests. The 17-year-old Tennessee home school student and Hop Around Huntsville app developer travels each week to downtown Huntsville to attend Coworking Night with coders, designers, photographers,

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Birmingham to host qualifying round of startup event

Another source of potential funding for local startup companies and entrepreneurs will be coming to Birmingham in April. 36/86 Southern Series is a pitch competition in Nashville created by Launch Tennessee, and in partnership with Innovation Depot and Harbert Venture Partners, will be looking...

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Huntsville technology incubator wins millions in grants from Obama administration

A technology business incubator at the University of Alabama in Huntsville is one step closer to reality after receiving a $500,000 grant from the Obama administration. Jay Williams, assistant secretary for economic development for the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), visited...

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5 growing startups to advance to Alabama Launchpad event this spring

Five startups from Birmingham, Mobile and Anniston will vie for up to $250,000 this spring during an Alabama Launchpad competition in Florence. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, which hosts the event, will allow teams to participate in a startup finale April 7 on...

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6 Alabama companies win U.S. Chamber’s 2016 Blue Ribbon awards

Several companies from north and central Alabama will be honored in Washington, D.C., this summer as winners of the 2016 DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Awards. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Sam's Club, announced it has selected 100 Blue Ribbon recipients. Six...

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2016 SBA Emerging Leaders Class Is Now Taking Applications

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The U.S. Small Business Administration Alabama District Office announced that it is currently seeking applicants for the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program. The program curriculum is designed to assist small business owners with developing a strategic growth action plan that they can...

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