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Updated Alabama Launchpad competition spotlights entrepreneurs

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AUBURN, Alabama – Alabama’s entrepreneurs have a growing list of opportunities to showcase their innovative ideas. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is expanding its successful startup competition, and the newest site is Auburn. EDPA is partnering with the City of Auburn, Auburn University’s Raymond...

Written by Dawn Azok

Florence culinary incubator stirs entrepreneurship dreams

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FLORENCE, Alabama – Entrepreneurs looking to break into the highly competitive food industry have found invaluable tools and support in northwest Alabama. The Florence-based Shoals Entrepreneurial Center is home to a culinary incubator that offers a fully equipped, FDA-approved commercial kitchen for fledgling startups...

Written by Dawn Azok

Zyp BikeShare adds ‘grab and go’ way to travel in Birmingham

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Hundreds of bright green bicycles have collectively logged nearly 100,000 miles crisscrossing Birmingham, as the city’s new bike sharing system has become a hit with residents and visitors alike. Zyp BikeShare, an initiative of REV Birmingham that launched in October 2015, gives riders a...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama Innovation Fund provides boost for UNA UX center

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FLORENCE, Alabama – The Alabama Innovation Fund is providing more than $80,000 to advance plans by the University of North Alabama (UNA) to set up a center that assists entrepreneurs and gives students valuable hands-on experience. UNA’s College of Business is getting $81,300 from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Startup Sun Charge Systems eyes solar solution for mobile world

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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...

Written by Jerry Underwood

6 startup teams advance to Alabama Launchpad final round

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama Launchpad, a premier entrepreneurship competition, announced that six startup teams are one step closer to winning a share of up to $250,000 that could help them to take their venture to the next level. Ten teams competed last week at...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama couple finds recipe for success in sprouted wheat

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FITZPATRICK, Alabama -- Peggy Sutton’s business may have started out as a hobby in this rural Alabama hamlet, but today her fast-growing To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. sells its whole grain products to big-name food industry players and health-conscious customers around the world.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Community College System building support network for entrepreneurs

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Alabama Community College System, a key workforce development component in the state, is stepping up efforts to prepare the next generation of Alabama business owners with initiatives to help budding entrepreneurs increase their chances of success. “The Alabama Community College...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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