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Making Startup Life Easier: UAH’s ICE Lab Launches Back-Office Support Service for New Businesses

The Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab of the College of Business Administration at The University of Alabama in Huntsville is pleased to announce the formation of Huntsville Startup Ventures. (Aaron Sexton | UAH)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The nearly 1-year-old Huntsville Open Tech Coffee (HOTCoffee) bi-weekly gathering is more than just a networking opportunity for Rocket City professionals. It is also breeding ideas for the future.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s College of Business Administration announced late last week that the school’s Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab has formed a new service for budding entrepreneurs called Huntsville Startup Ventures.

The idea to help startups was born out of HOTCoffee, which started last fall as an initiative of the ICE Lab at UAH.

James Vaughn, coordinator of Huntsville Startup Ventures, said the group will help new businesses and nonprofit organizations in Huntsville/Madison County with filing incorporation papers, securing permits and learning requirements associated with starting a business in the area.

“We want to make Huntsville the easiest place to start a business in the country,” he said in a statement. “So what better way than to welcome entrepreneurs with a team of professionals ready to start them up so they can get on with business?”

Members of Huntsville Startup Ventures include Kellie Andrews of Huntsville Hub, which provides startup space and support services; Samantha Brinkley, SPHR, a human resources expert and founder of Rocket City HR; Benjamin Jarrell, Esq., an attorney specializing in business startups at Rocket City Lawyers; Ben Singleton, a Certified Public Accountant; and Maureen Vaughn, who provides accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, and tax services through her firm, Vaughn Accounting Services.

Others will provide advice about banking, real estate and marketing. To learn more about Huntsville Startup Ventures,  contact Vaughn at 256.653.3212 or

July 29, 2014

By Lucy Berry |


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