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2014 Alabama Legislative Session Preview

The 2014 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature begins on Tuesday, January 14, in Montgomery. The Alabama Constitution permits the Legislature to meet just 30 days over a 105-day period. By law, the 2014 session, the fourth in this quadrennium, begins several weeks earlier than the three previous sessions. If …

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Governor Bentley’s chief of staff promises support for Business Council of Alabama’s legislative goals (VIDEO)

Governor Robert Bentley’s chief of staff said Bentley will support vital Business Council of Alabama education, workforce preparedness, and business tax initiatives in the 2014 legislative session that began at noon today. Chief of Staff David Perry spoke to the BCA’s Government Affairs Conference on the opening day of the …

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Business Council of Alabama and National Association of Manufacturers Partnership Agreement Enhances Manufacturing Advocacy

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Council of Alabama enhanced their partnership today by signing an agreement to strengthen manufacturing advocacy, to deliver increased visibility for both organizations and to help grow the manufacturing army. The NAM and BCA already enjoy a successful partnership that advocates effectively for …

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New Capital Opportunity for Startup Businesses

A north Alabama state senator is sponsoring legislation that would allow small businesses to raise up to $1 million in startup capital from numerous investors. The “crowd funding” bill by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, has been submitted for consideration in the 2014 legislative session that begins Jan. 14. Crowd funding …

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National Association of Manufacturers Wins An Important Workplace Posting Rule

The National Association of Manufacturers is claiming victory against the National Labor Relations Board in a 2011 lawsuit over workplace posting requirements. The NAM said Jan. 3 that because the NLRB did not meet the Jan. 2 deadline to appeal a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of …

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Alabama ethics commission director receives international ethics award

The Council on Governmental Ethics Laws earlier this month awarded Alabama Ethics Commission Director James L. Sumner Jr. the 2013 COGEL Award, the highest recognition by the international organization. Sumner received the award at COGEL’s 35th annual conference in Quebec, Canada. COGEL is an organization of federal, state, county, and …

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Early child care has $1 billion economic impact and long-lasting business benefits

Alabama’s early child care and education might be a $1 billion industry that creates 25,000 jobs but it has far-reaching effects on business, families, and society, according to a new study released Monday. The study conducted by Auburn University at Montgomery for the Alabama Partnership for Children says that early …

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Small Manufacturer of the Year gets an Air Force contract

Membership Spotlight GATR Technologies of Huntsville, the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network’s Small Manufacturer of the Year for 2013, has received an Air Force Research Laboratory contract for $1.5 million to build a Very Large Inflatable Satellite Dish, GATR said in a release. GATR Technologies, for …

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