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Incubating Success

Please note:  The correct name for Russell Killen’s business is “Progressive” Insulation:……………………….. Russell Killen felt like he’d jumped off a cliff. At least, his wife did. He was more the risk taker, she the pragmatic one. But quitting his job … Continue reading

From Cotton Field to Clothing Rack….

You’ve probably heard of “farm to table,” but how about “field to garment”? In Alabama, acclaimed fashion houses Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid have a new line of organic cotton clothing made from their own cotton field. It’s not just … Continue reading

New Business Workshop – Florence, Alabama

Starting a new business can be confusing and difficult. This workshop is provided to assist you by taking some of the guess work out of the experience. Our speakers can provide you some insight to a few of the requirements … Continue reading

Don’t Forget! Tomorrow at the Shoals Culinary Center

The Appalachian Regional Commission will officially unveil NBIA’s latest book, Best Practices in Rural Business Incubation: Successful Programs in Small Communities, at an event Tomorrow, May 14, at Shoals Entrepreneurial Center/Shoals Culinary Center located at 610 West College Street, Florence, AL. The book … Continue reading

Want to Achieve Collaboration, Innovation Creation? Go Flat!

The Shoals Entrepreneurial Center is the center of entrepreneurship in North Alabama!  This involves a lot of individual companies that are innovative and at the forefront of their market.  This article that we came across recently highlights one way to achieve collaboration … Continue reading

ARC to roll out new NBIA rural incubation book

The Appalachian Regional Commission will officially unveil NBIA’s latest book, Best Practices in Rural Business Incubation: Successful Programs in Small Communities, at an event next Tuesday, May 14, at Shoals Entrepreneurial Center/Shoals Culinary Center located at 610 West College Street, Florence, … Continue reading

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

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