Tag Archives: Economic Development in the Shoals

How To Set Up an Internship Program for Your Small Business

Looking to hire an intern this summer? More and more businesses are planning on it. According to theNational Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers plan on hiring 8.5 percent more college students in 2012 for summer internships than they … Continue reading

Lots of good things cooking at Culinary Center

FLORENCE – Whenever you see Chef Kevin Kilburn, you can probably expect to find something tasty for dinner. Kilburn, who works his magic through the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, is contributing to a program that’s being instituted by SPAN of Lauderdale County. … Continue reading


The days are longer, the first blooms have emerged, and bees and other critters are showing their tiny faces after a long winter. No season represents growth or renewal quite like spring. Motivated by the change in seasons to start … Continue reading

Need a Business Idea? Here are 55

This article has been excerpted from 55 Surefire Home Based Businesses You Can Start for Under $5,000 by Entrepreneur Press & Cheryl Kimball, available from Entrepreneur Press . Today, tens of thousands of people are considering starting a home based business, and for good reasons. … Continue reading

Food Business Workshop – Tuesday, April 15th 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

 Are you thinking about starting a food business with a favorite family recipe or maybe producing a value added product using vegetables from your garden? Join us at the Shoals Culinary Center (SCC) on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 6 p.m. … Continue reading

Nine jobs that humans may lose to robots

Are humans becoming obsolete in the workforce? All signs point to “yes.” As IBM’s Watson proved on Jeopardy, robots are becoming smarter than people. They also make fewer mistakes and they don’t get bored. By 2013 there will be 1.2 million industrial robots … Continue reading


FREE Job Skills Training THE READY TO WORK PROGRAM COULD BE FOR YOU! Northwest-Shoals Community College can prepare you to be Career Ready with a FREE Workforce Development course which includes:   WorkKeys Certification Earn the National Career Readiness Certificate … Continue reading

Encouraging Entrepreneurship to a New Generation

Entrepreneurship – a word that used to define America but is now lost among a new generation. Today the average college student has no idea how to implement entrepreneurship, much less even understands the meaning of it. What happened to … Continue reading

Eight Reasons Startup Incubators Are Better Than Business School

Let’s get this straight: If you want to work at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey or General Electric GE -0.88%, an MBA is a handy scrap of paper. But if you’d prefer to bypass the corporate ladder and actually build something of your own, spending upwards of … Continue reading

What NOT to Do on Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a growing requirement of every potential or current employee. The amount of professional information that is shared through this social media site is massive and can open many doors into the business world; however, mistakes as simple as … Continue reading