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May 1 is Deadline for Tropical Storm Cindy Effected Businesses to Apply for SBA Working Capital Loans in Alabama

Working capital loans are available for Alabama businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations that were affected by Tropical Storm Cindy with tornadoes and flooding between June 21-23, 2017. “Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply …

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Final Week of the 2018 Session

The Legislature completed its 2018 regular session on Thursday, departing early in order to campaign for the June 5 primaries. The session that began in January lasted 26 legislative days, four fewer than the 30 days allowed for a regular session. Legislators introduced 922 bills during the session. The Legislature …

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Week 11 of the 2018 Session

The Legislature completed its 11th week in regular session on Thursday, working three legislative days in preparation for the session’s probable finale next week. Through the 23rd legislative day, legislators have introduced 526 bills in the House and 396 in the Senate. The Legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for the …

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Dodd-Frank Rollback Goes to House

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and Doug Jones, D-Mountain Brook, voted Wednesday to pass bipartisan legislation that would reverse some of the regulations passed in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis. The Senate voted 67-31 to reverse portions of the law known as Dodd-Frank, the Associated Press reported. Alabama’s …

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Week 10 of the 2018 Session

Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, chairman of the Senate Confirmations Committee, and Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva, chairman of the House Technology & Research Committee, spoke at the final Business Council of Alabama Tuesday Briefing scheduled for the 2018 regular legislative session. They discussed compromise legislation to encourage high-speed Internet service that will …

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High-Speed Internet Service Will Enable Rural Alabama Infrastructure Development

State Sen. Clay Scofield and Rep. Donnie Chesteen are the Legislature’s leading advocates of pending legislation that will encourage development of high-speed Internet service to rural Alabama. Without effective high-speed Internet, or broadband service, rural Alabama’s infrastructure will be unable to attract jobs, they said. Sen. Scofield, R-Guntersville, and Rep. …

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Hard Work, Dedication, Training Pay Off for Tuscaloosa Small Business Owners

Business Council of Alabama members Misty and Lee Garrison started a small business in Tuscaloosa last year and can offer some advice on success: have the right idea, dedicate yourself, constantly train, and use your experience. The Tuscaloosa couple founded BloGo Blow Dry Bar & Salon, a haven where clients …

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Week 9 of the 2018 Session

The chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were the speakers at this week’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing. They urged business community support for juvenile- and adult-justice system reforms. Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Rep. Jim Hill, R-Moody, chairman of the …

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Senator Shelby is Expected to Lead Appropriations Panel

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, the expected next chairman of the Appropriations Committee, will slide into the role with a short time frame to finish work before the new fiscal year. The current chairman, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has announced his retirement effective in April after more than 45 years in …

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Public Comment Window on Affordable Energy, Jobs, and Economic Growth Continues Through Friday

Brent Greenfield, vice president of policy for the Consumer Energy Alliance, speaking in Montgomery, urged support for a U.S. Department of Interior draft national offshore oil and gas leasing proposal. Comments are allowed through Friday. (Contributed) A national advocate for energy consumers and Alabama’s energy industry at a Thursday news …

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