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Newly Merged Huntsville Tech Company is Just Warming Up

Ignite President and CEO Jason Shelton (Contributed) Huntsville is one of those places with businesses that attract brainpower, expertise, and competency. Either that or it’s one of those cities with brainpower, expertise, and competency that attract and create business opportunities. That’s the case with Ignite Fueling Innovation, or Ignite, a …

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One of “World’s Most Admired Companies” Has A Major Alabama Footprint

AECOM’s Alabama leader Cynthia Borders Crutchfield These familiar and maybe unfamiliar landmarks have something in common: One World Trade Center in New York. Los Angeles International Airport. Abu Dhabi International Airport. The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York. Spring Hill Manufacturing (hint, it’s the original Saturn manufacturing plant …

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Austal USA Shipbuilders Scores Major Navy Ship Contract

MOBILE, Ala. – (June 26, 2017) – Business Council of Alabama member Austal USA learned on Friday it has been awarded an additional Littoral Combat Ship contract worth $584 million to build yet-to-be-named LCS 28. “This is great news that affects our 2,400 employees who live in Mobile County, 1,000 …

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Second-Generation Military Grade Tech Company on Path to Total ESOP

Business Council of Alabama member Avion Solutions in Huntsville is well on its way to total employee ownership that is good for both the business and employees who have a stake in its future, the company’s president said. Chad Donald is the president of Avion Solutions, an engineering and logistics …

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Alabama Defense Contractors Are Eligible for Business Expansion Services

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is working with the Department of Defense to help DOD contractors expand their businesses. The Alabama Defense Industry Diversification Analysis Project (ADIDAP) is providing qualifying Alabama businesses an opportunity to receive market diversification services at no cost to their organization. Free briefings are being …

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CPA Firm Grew from Three to 150 by Sticking to Core Service Principles

A quarter-century ago, Keith Barfield, Don Murphy, and John Shank left a large Birmingham CPA firm with their certified public accountant expertise. What they didn’t have was clients. “The three of us one day just left and worked out the basement of my house with no clients and we pounded …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Endows Space Science Chair at The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Business Council of Alabama member Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday it will provide a $1 million endowment to establish the Aerojet Rocketdyne Chair in Space Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. “Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to be able to partner with The University of Alabama in Huntsville on numerous …

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ExxonMobil and Employees Contribute $865,000 to Alabama Colleges and Universities

Business Council of Alabama member ExxonMobil’s Educational Matching Gift Program has awarded $865,000 to Alabama’s 11 institutions of higher learning. The grants are unrestricted but colleges and universities are encouraged to designate a portion to math and science programs supporting student engagement, the company said. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors, and …

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Coca-Cola UNITED Grows by 40 percent With Georgia Territory Expansion

A mere 16 years after Coca-Cola was first served and 13 years before the distinctive Coca-Cola bottle was created, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. UNITED founder Crawford Johnson Sr. purchased the exclusive franchise rights to bottle and distribute Coca-Cola in Birmingham. From that beginning in 1902, Business Council of Alabama member Coca-Cola …

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New Financial Planning Book Is a Blueprint to Financial Security

Birmingham financial planner Greg Powell wants you to build a sound financial house with a realistic blueprint. Translation: create and stick to a plan of where you want to be in five, 10 or 20 years that protects your assets and loved ones. Drawing on his 30-plus years in financial …

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