Tag Archives: economic develop

Party Pros USA Sees Opportunity in Holidays

By Bill Campbell, Staff Writer,   Jackie Hendrix never stops having ideas. He can’t help it. First his special events company, Party Pros USA, grew from a man with a truck and some supplies in a friend’s warehouse. It … Continue reading


News Release: Contact: Ed Crenshaw 334-353-5220 PREPARE FOR THE “HOUR OF CODE” IN ALABAMA Alabama Celebrates the Importance of Computer Science Education Next Week Montgomery, Ala. – Teachers and school systems statewide are hosting Hour of Code (HoC) events … Continue reading

North Alabama Establishes Micro Venture Fund

Angel Capital Group, a leading national angel investor network, is proud to announce a new micro venture investment fund in North Alabama ( The MCF will target capital investments ranging from $1 mil to $5 mil for local, regional, and … Continue reading

Biz Buzz Meets Again Wednesday, November 18

Biz Buzz is back from a week off! Please join us tomorrow to hear the story of Audie Mescal from Leslie Keys!  If you haven’t heard, Biz Buzz is a new networking program for budding entrepreneurs.   This program is a free, weekly … Continue reading

Creative Thinking and Doing Stimulates Economic Development

THE GUITAR PROJECT In dealing everyday with the creative types, you never know……. Displayed in the parking lot this  morning at the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center was a unfamiliar object, designed, engineered, and fabricated by one of our client’s, Josh Johnston.  Little … Continue reading

Got a Business Idea? Audition it for a Chance to Win $5,000!!

Part Shark Tank, part American Idol, this contest allows you to present your idea in front of a panel of business leaders and experts–and if your presentation is the best, you win!  This will be a fun process which could … Continue reading

Let’s Meet for Biz Buzz

Join the Shoals Areas’s Entrepreneur Networking Group… A new networking program for budding entrepreneurs began in September. Biz Buzz is a free, weekly program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, the University of … Continue reading

Engineering a better future: Florence man patents green fertilizer

Some of the success stories that come out of the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center involve bright, motivated people with interesting ideas. But many of the ideas are concepts most people can grasp. Then there’s Phil Badger, of Florence, a Tennessee Valley … Continue reading

These Nerds are So Cool!

Steve McKinney and his team have an indoor mapping software, called nSide, that can document detailed, interconnected images and geographic positions of everything from rooms and hallways to HVAC systems of office and school buildings. Ed Balch is a YouTube … Continue reading


Laura Hester, owner of Red Gingham Gourmet, LLC, a  Florence Woman Owned Business (WOB) was recently invited to participate in Walmart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative in Bentonville, Arkansas.  Laura was among a select group of Women Owned Business executives that … Continue reading