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Alabama’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Recently the US Chamber of Commerce released a study ranking Alabama 30th in the nation for it’s innovation and entrepreneurship. Small business is a driving force of the economy, accounting historically for about 64% of net new jobs. New and … Continue reading

Entrepreneurs and Young Firms Drive Economic Development

For politicians struggling to create the proper policy environment for economic recovery, job creation is the ultimate goal. To understand best how to create more jobs, policymakers must be aware that young start-up firms are the primary driver of job … Continue reading

Alabama rated #2 state for small business friendliness

This article came to our attention recently.  We totally agree with the findings of the survey! (San Francisco, CA) 4/18/2013: Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the second-annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey showing that … Continue reading

Economic Impact

The Shoals Entrepreneurial Center has proven to be a major part of the Shoals area economic development team. Since 1992, the SEC incubator network has incubated more than 150 businesses and created more than 1,500 jobs. A study conducted by the University … Continue reading

Shoals Shares Success

Allison Carter/TimesDaily Austin Campbell polishes metal Wednesday at North Alabama Polishing at the Sheffield complex of the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center. FLORENCE — When West Texas A&M University was developing its new enterprise center, the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center was one of … Continue reading