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Alabama Nears the Top in Automotive Manufacturing

Alabama’s major automotive manufacturers greeted the state’s 200thanniversary year with solid 2018 production numbers and have Alabama on track in just a quarter century to become the nation’s No. 2 automaker by 2022, the state’s leading economic developer said. Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said Alabama has become a top …

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Perry Hand Navigated the Waters of Business and Politics

Business Council of Alabama Chairman Perry Hand in his sailing days in and around Mobile Bay navigated stormy seas while captaining a premiere national engineering firm. In his political life, he successfully set his sights on improving Alabama’s investment in its infrastructure. And in mid-2018, a year of change for …

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Governor Kay Ivey Receives Chairman’s Award at BCA Event Birmingham

Business Council of Alabama Chairman Perry Hand on Tuesday presented Alabama Governor Kay Ivey with the coveted BCA’s Chairman’s Award for her steadfast support of pro-business initiatives throughout her professional and political career. Hand, chairman of Volkert Inc. in Mobile, presented the award to Gov. Ivey at the BCA’s Chairman’s …

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IRS: Several tax law changes may affect bottom line of many business owners

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded business owners that tax reform legislation passed last December affects nearly every business. With just a few months left in the year, the IRS is highlighting important information for small businesses and self-employed individuals to help them understand and meet their tax obligations. Here …

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Mobile-Area Congressman Says Alabama and Nation’s Economies are in Good Shape

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne told the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues breakfast today that Alabama and the nation’s economies and military are in good shape and will only get better. Rep. Byrne, who represents the First Congressional District in southwest Alabama, told the breakfast group that despite …

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2019 Manufacturer of the Year Awards Application Process Begins

The nomination and application process for the Alabama Technology Network and Business Council of Alabama’s 2019 Manufacturer of the Year Awards ceremony scheduled May 1, 2019, in Montgomery, is now open. The nomination window for worthy manufacturers in three categories began Oct. 1 and will end Jan. 11, 2019. The …

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Mobile Chamber Sponsoring SHECONOMY Workshops

The Mobile chamber of Commerce-Growth Alliance Task Force for Small Business Owners is sponsoring three free workshops later this month focusing on women-owned businesses, although men will be welcome. The workshops are scheduled Sept. 25, 26, and 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night at Bishop State Community …

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CBER Says Alabama’s Economy Will Grow to 2.2 percent This Year

The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business said Alabama’s economy will end 2018 with an impressive 2.2 percent growth rate compared with 2017, a 70 percent increase. “After growing 1.3 percent in 2017, and 1.2 percent in the first quarter of …

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BCA Governmental Affairs Conference Looks to the Future

The Business Council of Alabama’s 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference held Aug. 10-12 featured Q&As with members of Alabama’s congressional delegation and state legislative leaders, informative speeches by Governor Kay Ivey and the Israeli consul to the Southeast and Puerto Rico, release of a new education report, and an inspiring keynote …

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Federal Tax Reform Impact: What you should know

Business Council of Alabama members have released information about the Alabama Department of Revenue’s interpretation of how the 2017 federal tax law revisions will affect Alabama. Bradley law firm authors Bruce P. Ely, James E. Long Jr., and William T. Thistle II summarized the ADOR’s “Analysis of Federal Tax Law …

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