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High Risk with Due Diligence

High Risk with Due Diligence

Following the recession, venture capital retreated up the ladder, making angel investing a necessity for startups. A new group has tightened Alabama’s band of loosely organized, localized angels into a disciplined, statewide opportunity.

March 2015
Growing Up with the Job

Growing Up with the Job

Economic developer Brian Hilson grew up with the profession — from the promotional, industry-centered ’80s to today’s more comprehensive focus on community and innovation.

February 2015
A Prodigy’s School for Entrepreneurs

A Prodigy’s School for Entrepreneurs

Four years ago a “secret society” of Huntsville angel investors steered 21-year-old prodigy Brandon Kruse through a deal that made him his first millions. Now he’s working to share the mentor spirit with a schoolhouse full of entrepreneurs.

February 2015
Risk Assessment: Exceedingly Vast

Risk Assessment: Exceedingly Vast

Birmingham-based cyber security expert Daniel Clemens weighs in on global threats, the Sony Pictures hack and security practices even small companies should be doing better.

February 2015
Alabama and the Lively Private Equity Market

Alabama and the Lively Private Equity Market

Private equity has become an important source of growth capital for private companies following the 2008 recession, but Alabama remains at the periphery of this “extremely frothy” market.

January 2015
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.

January 2015
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.”

January 2015
Making the Most of Serving Nonprofits

Making the Most of Serving Nonprofits

Dave Gray traces the evolution of one of the state’s most successful homegrown IT companies — now serving 60 percent of the YMCAs in North America.

December 2014
Retail Legend on the Strip

Retail Legend on the Strip

Through puffed shirts and polyester suits, fraternity parties and fads, this legendary Alabama retailer can testify how business is built.

December 2014
Prestige Digs in Tuscaloosa

Prestige Digs in Tuscaloosa

This Tuscaloosa tower caught the eye of a Memphis developer long before the Legislature passed a tax incentive for historic redevelopments.

December 2014
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