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FreeTextbooks moves into new office in Avondale after four years in Innovation Depot

Birmingham tech startup FreeTextbooks has "graduated" from the Innovation Depot after four years. The company has moved its headquarters into a 20,000-square-foot office and warehouse hybrid in Avondale at 3636 7th Ave. N. The company works by hiring student representatives on college campuses who buy...

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FDIC and SBA Enhance its Money Smart for Small Business Training for Entrepreneurs

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and SBA have enhanced its Money Smart for Small Business training resource, an instructor-led curriculum designed to provide introductory training for new and aspiring business owners. The Money Smart for Small Business training curriculum has been improved to...

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‘Major’ workforce development announcement coming Tuesday

Alabama education and business leaders will make a "major announcement" Tuesday about workforce development. "Our aim is to transform our workforce system into the gold standard for integrating the needs of employers and job seekers, growing the economy of our state and raising the...

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Alabama among top 10 states in business climate rankings

Alabama is among the nation's 10 best states in business climate and among a survey of corporate site selectors. That's according to Site Selection magazine, a publication dealing with economic development. Alabama placed ninth in the magazine's 2016 state business climate rankings, and eighth...

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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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