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Grits for The Grand and Everybody Else

Grits for The Grand and Everybody Else

The Gulf Coast’s premier Grand Hotel won’t serve any other than Ken Jansen’s grits. It’s the slow grinding. And you can get some free with a tire change.

May 2015
From Google to One-Gig Opelika

From Google to One-Gig Opelika

A former Silicon Valley entrepreneur marries into Alabama, incubates more than 20 new enterprises, and cruises a quartet of his own startups on Opelika’s one-gigabyte fiber.

May 2015
Craft Beer Rolls Over the State Line

Craft Beer Rolls Over the State Line

After a six-year boom, Alabama’s craft beer industry has room to grow, with 20 to 30 percent of market share still up for grabs. And the trucks are rolling across the borders.

May 2015
Taming The High Price of Textbooks

Taming The High Price of Textbooks

Deploying a nationwide crew of campus reps to drill into the high price of textbooks, former Samford student Jonathan Robinson has powered freetextbooks.com to 50 percent annual revenue growth for five years.

April 2015
The Roar of Entrepreneurs

The Roar of Entrepreneurs

Auburn University hosts the first of what promises to be an annual gathering of hungry student entrepreneurs and outstanding alumni businesses.

April 2015
In Homes Coast to Coast

In Homes Coast to Coast

Starting at age 21, Danny Lipford leveraged a handyman shop into a multimedia enterprise reaching 97 percent of the TV markets in the U.S. Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford saw a 25 percent increase in audience share in 2014.

March 2015
Shipper's Carpenter

Shipper's Carpenter

Executive of one of Mobile’s oldest shipping agencies turns to an even more timeless enterprise – crafting handmade furniture. And his hobby has just become profit driven.

March 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
Counsel to the Contestant

Counsel to the Contestant

Andalusia attorney Bill Alverson has established a national reputation in his sideline practice of coaching beauty pageant contestants.

February 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
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