Small Business


Small Business Support for America’s Veterans

Small Business Support for America’s Veterans

After supporting the American dream of freedom and prosperity through military service, millions of veterans choose to be their own boss and start a small business. It’s a good match, because soldiers’ skills are similar to those of successful entrepreneurs: their determination, willingness to take risks, and ability to handle stressful situations translate well to life as a business owner. Like any new small business,...

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OPPAL Available to Help Businesses on Oct. 1

OPPAL Available to Help Businesses on Oct. 1

MONTGOMERY, Sept. 28, 2016 — Beginning Oct. 1, Alabama businesses will be able to report equipment, tools, machinery and other business personal property through the Optional Personal Property Assessment Link (OPPAL) online system. OPPAL is an optional, free, reporting-only portal. The electronically filed return will contain all information included in the standard paper tax return. There is no charge to the taxpayer for utilizing this...

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Federal grants could help Alabama recover from coal losses

Federal grants could help Alabama recover from coal losses

By: Kelly Poe, al.com Alabama coal miners have recently faced mine closures, job losses and benefits reductions, and two recently awarded federal grants aim to ease some of the problems the industry decline has caused. The federal government’s Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded two groups in Alabama grants to help the industry figure out what’s next. Southern Research in Birmingham received a $60,202 grant to...

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Business people sitting in board room during video conference meeting.

Small Business Forum Web Conference

Does your organization or association work closely with small business owners? If so, please join us September 14 at 10 a.m. as we exchange ideas, gather information, and create new partnerships within the small business community. Our Virtual Small Business Forum is free and open to those with an interest in small business or self-employment. This forum will provide your organization with helpful resources to...

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Veteran-owned business receive official letters

Veteran-owned business receive official letters

Eugene Overstreet is the owner of Street’s Restaurant and Street’s Seafood and Meat Market in Bay Minette. He is a Vietnam veteran and a member of the two veteran service organizations in Bay Minette. He regularly supports, donates to, and sponsors veteran events, veterans, and their families and the community. ADOL’s Nicholas Bowen makes the presentation of the official VOB letter and decal. Bob Harry...

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60,000 Alabama Jobs Affected by Overtime Rule

60,000 Alabama Jobs Affected by Overtime Rule

Come Dec. 1, business owners across Alabama and nationwide will be paying higher labor costs as a result of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The DOL estimates the regulation will impact more than 60,000 workers in Alabama. The rule will raise the threshold at which employees are exempt from earning overtime pay—from $23,660 to $47,476. The Fair Labor Standards Act dictates that employees...

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How can Mobile help small businesses?

How can Mobile help small businesses?

MOBILE, AL (WALA) – FOX10 News is committed to tracking the growth of our local economy. The City of Mobile has started a new program where Mayor Sandy Stimpson will meet with small business owners to discuss the challenges they face. Small business owners and others attended a Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday morning listening to the latest developments at the Mobile Aeroplex...

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Alabama 20th Best for Business, CEOs say

Alabama 20th Best for Business, CEOs say

Out-of-state perception of workforce quality and living environment shows room for improvement. More than 500 CEOs across the country took part in Chief Executive magazine’s annual “Best and Worst States for Business” survey, and Alabama ranked just above the middle of the pack at No. 20. However, there were discrepancies between out-of-state CEOs and those who operate businesses located in Alabama. Across the board, the...

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Two leading Alabama business owners named champions

Two leading Alabama business owners named champions

A leading state businessman and businesswoman are being recognized as America’s Retail Champions. The National Retail Federation has announced it is recognizing Alabama Retail Association Chairman Ricky Bromberg, president of Bromberg and Co. in Birmingham, and retail association board member Terry Shea, co-owner of Wrapsody in Hoover and Auburn, for their contributions to advocacy. Bromberg and Shea will be in Washington, D.C., next week to...

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Work Based Learning Success Story

Work Based Learning Success Story

JoMorris Law and his sister, Virginia Law, were visiting the Jackson Career Center in Clarke County when they were interviewed by Career Center staff to determine if they met the requirements for the Work Based Learning (WBL) program. Both were food stamp recipients lacking work history living in a poor rural area (Coffeeville). JoMorris had taken some night welding courses at Alabama Southern Community College,...

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