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Friday, January 30, 2015

Fitzpatricks donate $3M to Culverhouse

A Birmingham couple is donating $3 million to the business school at the University of Alabama. The contribution by C.T. Fitzpatrick and wife Kelley Fitzpatrick will be used to fund new endowed faculty positions for value investing. It will also go for a trading floor and research library. Value investing involves the selection of undervalued stocks. – AP/The Republic

Marshall County gearing up for Polaris

With the Polaris deal made final, Marshall County leaders are working to put the county’s big industrial names on the radar. “We’re already gearing up, we had already gotten a call from the Department of Commerce this past week, working with them on some lists of our automotive suppliers,” Marshall County Economic Development Council President Matt Arnold says. – WHNT

Veteran banker Greenlee to lead WBC

Robin Y. Greenlee has been named chairwoman of the Women's Business Council of the Birmingham Business Alliance, according to a BBA news release on Thursday. Greenlee is a vice-president and credit risk officer in the corporate office of Aliant Bank in Birmingham. – AL.com

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McUsury Land

McUsury Land

Alabama has four times as many payday lenders as McDonald’s restaurants and more title loan lenders, per capita, than any other state. Reformers hope 2015 is the year they finally put a cap on the 300 to 456 percent interest rates allowed to Alabama’s payday and title lenders.

A Business Model for Organic Farming

A Business Model for Organic Farming

Organic hothouse vegetables are the value-added wave of the future in farming, says 68-year-old Selma businessman Don Chamberlain. His Southern Fresh Produce Initiative sells a turnkey operation designed to fit on one acre.

2014 in Review

2014 in Review

State’s business news full of action film ingredients — guns, fast cars and shadowy intrigue.

How to Cook Up a $28 Million Franchise

How to Cook Up a $28 Million Franchise

The founder of one of America’s fastest growing restaurant chains, Birmingham-based Taziki’s, started at a Kmart cafeteria and stuck with what he loved — “working with my hands and making customers happy.”

State of the Uninsured

State of the Uninsured

As state Medicaid overhaul nears completion, Gov. Bentley stands pat on not expanding coverage. Meanwhile, the uninsured still check in to emergency rooms, and hospitals get reimbursed 75 percent less for treating them.

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Flashback: Chip Carter, Grits and Economic Development

Flashback: Chip Carter, Grits and Economic Development

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Long Road to Tax Fairness

Long Road to Tax Fairness

Passed in the last session, the Tax Fairness Act was the product of years of legislative evolution. Small business played a big part, scaling back outsized reform.

Uncommon Agreement

Uncommon Agreement

Nationally, it runs along a conservative fault line across the 2016 presidential election. In conservative Alabama, it stitches tight the often disparate politics of business and education. Just don’t call it “Common Core.”

Company Kudos, January 2015

Company Kudos, January 2015

A month of achievements in Alabama business

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