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Making a sweet home for business

For more than a quarter century, the Business Council of Alabama has been working on behalf of business interests in our state and nation. In 2011, with the help of the Alabama Legislature, which for the first time was truly committed to addressing the concerns of business, the BCA was instrumental in securing passage of a number of real reforms in the areas of job creation, incentives for economic development, ethics reform and positive changes in our public education system. That’s why Alabama businesses and industries of all shapes and sizes have come to depend on the Business Council of Alabama as the state’s most powerful and effective advocate for business at the Alabama Legislature and in the U.S. Congress.

On the strength of our thousands of members who employ more than three-quarters of a million Alabamians, we are heard. Thanks to our strong and growing membership, BCA is the voice for business in Alabama.

Join the movement that is making Alabama better for business!


Hope Inspired Ministries to Expand its Workforce Prep to Birmingham and in Montgomery

Hope Inspired Ministries is expanding to Birmingham in January and plans to grow its presence in its home base of Montgomery, HIM Founder and Executive Director Michael Coleman announced. Now in its fifth year, Hope Inspired Ministries serves low-skilled, poorly educated, and/or chronically unemployed men and women by preparing them …

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Get your information…loud and clear

When you were young, do you remember sitting in a circle and one person whispers a sentence in the next person’s ear and it’s passed along to the next person and so on? What usually happened at the end? The original sentence was totally misconstrued and all jumbled up…nothing like …

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Volkert, Inc. Goes International With Formation of Volkert Global

MOBILE, Ala. – Volkert, Inc., a leading 91-year-old full service, multi-discipline engineering services firm, has created Volkert Global, an independent international affiliate that extends Volkert’s ability to serve its growing international client base. Volkert, a Business Council of Alabama member headquartered in Mobile and with offices in 14 states and …

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Made in Alabama Airbus Takes to the Sky

MOBILE, Ala. – Last week the first Airbus A321 passenger plane produced in Mobile for American Airlines took flight and today the first actual delivery of an aircraft from the Airbus U.S. manufacturing plant took place. On April 19, test pilots Mark McCullins and Bruce Macdonald and accompanied by Flight …

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Alabama-Made Toyota Engines Head to Career-Tech Classrooms

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama donated 45 V6 engines produced at the Huntsville plant to tech schools in six counties. Shown here are Toyota Alabama President Jim Bolte and school representatives from Madison, Limestone, Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb and Cullman counties. (Contributed) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Tech students in six North Alabama …

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Back Forty Beer Is First-Ever Recipient of Business Council of Alabama ‘Small Business Game Changer’ Award

AUBURN, Ala. – It couldn’t be more fitting than for an Auburn University graduate’s company to be the first recipient of the Business Council of Alabama and Auburn IMG Sports Marketing’s “Small Business Game Changer” award presented Saturday in front of nearly 50,000 people at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Back Forty Beer …

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BCA board member Owen Bailey named COO of USA Health in Mobile By University of South Alabama Health System

MOBILE, Ala. — Owen Bailey, a veteran health care leader who serves as administrator of University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital, has been named the chief operating officer of USA Health, a comprehensive academic health care system dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives. In this newly …

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How a ‘stealth organization’ in Alabama is quietly solving the world’s hardest problems

It’s October 1941. Alabama headlines follow the war in Europe and Asia. On Oct. 11, less than two months from U.S. entry into the World War II, the Alabama Research Institute is formed in Birmingham with the challenge to produce innovative research for the South. An early contract is with …

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BCA Board Member Ronnie Boles Named to National Public Power Council

Business Council of Alabama board member and Manufacturing Advocacy Council Co-Chairman Ronnie Boles of Huntsville has been named to a one-year term on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council. The APPA’s board of directors elected Boles, owner and president of General & Automotive Machine Shop, to the board …

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Forbes Says Alabama’s Torch Technologies is “Best”

Forbes has recognized Business Council of Alabama member Torch Technologies of Huntsville as one of America’s Best Small Companies. Torch Technologies was the only Alabama company to make the inaugural ranking, which includes 25 firms that “have chosen to be great, instead of big,” Forbes reported. “At most companies, proposals …

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