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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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Alabama-Based Data Science Company Boosts Productivity, Profits of Some of the World’s Largest Corporations

Joshua Jones dropped out of high school when he was a teenager. Today, two decades later, he’s created, run, and sold several businesses in different countries, even supplying some of them on horseback. In his mid-30s, Jones is Managing Partner of StrategyWise, a 20-employee consulting firm in Birmingham that helps …

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Study: Toyota Alabama Supports 9,700 Alabama jobs

How’s this for impact: automaker Toyota is a key contributor to Alabama’s economy, supporting an estimated 9,700 jobs at its Huntsville engine plant, suppliers, and their spinoffs. A study by The Center for Automotive Research shows that for every 200 working men and women in Alabama in 2016, one was …

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Award-Winning Distiller is Alabama’s First

John Emerald Distilling Co., a small-batch distiller in Opelika, was born when the moon and stars of several events aligned. Today, the first legal distiller of whiskey in Alabama in 100 years produces two brands of rum, a gin, a vodka, and a single-malt whiskey that was a Southern Living …

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BCA Board Member Owen Bailey Named USA Health System CEO

Business Council of Alabama board of directors member Owen Bailey has been named Chief Executive Officer of USA Health just a year after being named chief operating officer for USA Health, USA Health announced this week. Bailey will be the chief executive responsible for the management and operation of the University …

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BCA Members Receive Governor’s Trade Excellence Award

Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards pose in the Capitol’s Old House Chamber today. Eight companies including three BCA members were honored for their excellence in foreign trade. Presenting the awards were Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, center, and Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, to her right. (Photo …

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Meet Stacia Robinson, Business Benefits Advisor and BCA Board Member

Stacia Robinson left the Air Force in 1991 with the rank of captain and bought the state’s first Business Network International franchise, created a benefits provider agency, and recently sold her BNI franchise to focus on The BeneChoice Companies LLC. The Denver native is now in her 27th year in …

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BEA Presents Impact Award to Alabama Power’s Zeke Smith

From left, the Rev. Jon Chalmers, President of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School; Business Education Alliance of Alabama Finance Chairman Jay Love; Alabama Power Co. executive Vice President Zeke Smith; BEA Chairman and President Joe Morton, Ph.D.; State Rep. Rod Scott, D-Fairfield; Business Council of Alabama President and …

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