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Alabama’s Career Centers Provide a Myriad of Services to Employers and Job-Seekers

Are you paying hefty advertising bills to recruit new employees? Are you struggling to find time and space to conduct hiring events? Do you want to take advantage of tax credits for hiring workers but are unsure where to begin? Many business owners may be surprised that all of these …

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Conference Aims to Help Alabama Students With Leadership and Career Goals

More than 8,000 Alabama students will gather in Birmingham Oct. 19-20 at the Alabama Joint Leadership Development Conference. Students will learn valuable leadership skills from a slate of motivational speakers and leadership experts. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives of over 100 Alabama companies to learn …

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U.S. Rep. Roby Says She’s Frustrated About Washington, Too

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby spoke at a Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce event today about military readiness, foreign affairs, the Veterans Administration, and her frustration with national events, and the Obama Administration’s actions. Roby, R-Montgomery, is in her third term, and serves the Second Congressional District that includes Maxwell Air …

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EPA Starts Enforcing Costly Wotus Rule Despite Federal Court Stoppage

The Business Council of Alabama’s national partner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today urged opposition to an onerous and probably illegal enforcement of a controversial water rule by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that has begun despite a federal judge’s temporary blockage of the …

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Business Council of Alabama Recognizes Three for Their Leadership, Service

The Business Council of Alabama has recognized two distinguished leaders of the BCA and a long-time staffer for his years of service. The BCA honored Birmingham attorney Eason Balch Jr. and former BCA Chairman and ProgressPAC Chairman T. Keith King with Distinguished Leader Awards. Retired BCA Vice President for Public …

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BCA Vice President Victor Vernon Retires After Long Private-Industry and State Service

Victor Vernon, the Business Council of Alabama’s Vice President for Public Policy, was feted today at a luncheon in Montgomery in recognition of his retirement after nearly 18 years of helping level the playing field for business and improving all segments of public education. Vernon and his wife, Cheryl, were …

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Alabama Department of Revenue Cancels Streaming Tax Regulation

This week, the Alabama Department of Revenue notified Legislative Council Chairman Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, that the proposed Amended Rule 810-6-5-.09, Leasing and Rental of Tangible Personal Property, which would apply the rental tax to streaming video or audio, would be withdrawn.  Had it gone into effect, the rule would …

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Southern Research Awarded New $22 Million NIAID-DAIDS Contract to Support Ground-Breaking HIV Cure Research

Membership Spotlight Business Council of Alabama member Southern Research of Birmingham has been awarded a seven-year contract of up to $22 million to support research that could contribute to the cure of human immunodeficiency virus disease. Southern Research will develop and standardize assays that quantitate latent reservoirs of HIV, the …

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National Press Cite Ex-Im Bank Charter Lapse; BCA, Others Urge Renewal

July began today without a new charter for the Export-Import Bank of the United States and that lapse didn’t go unnoticed by manufacturers and chambers of commerce. The Business Council of Alabama and its national partners, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have been leading the …

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BCA Requests Legislative Rejection of ADOR Rental Tax

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary has asked the House and Senate leadership to use the Legislature’s administrative review process to reject a streaming video and audio tax imposed by the Alabama Department of Revenue. Canary wrote asking that a meeting of the Joint Committee on …

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