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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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ASU Alumni Form Partnership

Heritage Barber and Style Shop has been a client of the SBDC at Alabama State University since its inception.  Over the years the business has flourished and the SBDC has been there along the way. Heritage is a minority black-owned business that was founded in 1995 by […]

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Small Business Advocate Ends 32-year Career at JSU

As retirement neared for Robbie Medders, and the actual moment arrived, she found it difficult to believe that she would be leaving an institution that she had been a part of for 32 years. At the time of her recent retirement, Robbie was Acting Director of the […]

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Ken Grissom Named 2013 Alabama State Star

Ken Grissom, Procurement Counselor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jacksonville State University (JSU), has been selected as the 2013 Alabama State Star. State Stars are exemplary performers who have made significant contributions to their state programs and have demonstrated a strong commitment to small business. Grissom will be recognized, […]

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