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Lindsay Bridges Named State Star

Lindsay Bridges, Regional Manager with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Auburn University (AU), has been selected as the 2014 Alabama State Star for the Alabama SBDC Network.  State Stars are exemplary performers who have made a significant contribution to the SBDC program and have demonstrated a

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SBA Loan Initiative Targets Black Belt

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Alabama district office has recently launched an initiative to increase government-backed lending to companies in underserved markets in the state. The “Campaign for the 100”, which was created by SBA Lending Specialist Roderick D. Perkins, was established to help lenders originate at least

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Small Biz Lenders Recognized by SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration Alabama District Office held its fifth annual Alabama Lenders Conference. The event, presented by the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network was held at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, AL August 5th and 6th.  Attendees participated in workshops concerning the latest

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SBDC @ JSU Wins Excellence Award

State small business officials recognized the founders and current administrators of Jacksonville State University’s Small Business Development Center for their service to entrepreneurs in the area. The local center, one of seven throughout the state, serves as a resource center for residents hoping to start a small

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Storm-damaged small businesses now eligible for federal aid

Many small businesses around Alabama experienced weather damage during April and May, but those affected will now be eligible for federal disaster loans to help with the financial aftermath. The loans can extend up to $2 million, according to a report from the Associated Press. The Small

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Ex-Im Bank: Helping U.S. Companies Reach their Export Potential

Exports breathe new life into businesses. They transform whole communities through job growth. And that’s what the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) delivers: global tools that reap lasting local benefits. That’s especially true when it comes to Ex-Im’s work with small businesses. Last year, Ex-Im set a record for

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Business Alabama: Sustain Your Startup

Successful startups — say Alabama’s small business experts — begin with concise planning and investment in yourself. TEXT BY DAVE HELMS Roughly half of all Americans get their paycheck from a small business, and in Alabama the number is closer to two-thirds. Bill Cummins, director of the

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In Mobile, Small Business Takes Center Stage

Small businesses taking center stage soon, and plenty more Mobile happenings in next two weeks Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com  MOBILE, Alabama – So much ground to cover this week, I had to add an extra column to get it all in! Later today, I’ll take

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Coastal AL Business Chamber Hosts SBDC Counselor

Thanks to a cooperative venture with the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network, the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber will be hosting Small Business Counseling opportunities for business needing assistance in a variety of topics, including Business Plans Loans & Financing Marketing & Research Strategy E-Commerce Minority, Women’s &

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Governor Bentley’s Trade Excellence Awards

Eight Alabama companies were recognized on March 5, 2014, for excellence in international trade by Gov. Robert Bentley during the Trade Excellence Awards in Montgomery. Coordinated by the state Department of Commerce and Export Alabama Alliance, the nine-year-old Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards Program highlights small, medium, large

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