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Archive of: Small business and Entrepreneurs

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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
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
Training Camp for Company Owners

Training Camp for Company Owners

A newly launched e-learning company, Inner Circle Sessions, educates entrepreneurs on the badly neglected subjects of business valuation and exit strategy.

October 2014
Elegantly Designed Bicycle Business

Elegantly Designed Bicycle Business

HERObike — the latest homegrown enterprise in Greensboro — is pumping out slick, high-tech bamboo bikes that make your aluminum alloy ride seem like a Sherman tank.

September 2014
Vape ’em if you Got ’em

Vape ’em if you Got ’em

Explosive e-cigarette growth puts tinkerers, entrepreneurs in position to make Big Tobacco the next Kodak.

August 2014
Why I Cook at the P.O.

Why I Cook at the P.O.

John Hall learned to cook in some of the most celebrated restaurants in the South, Europe and New York City. He returned home, to 41st Street in Birmingham’s Avondale, to launch his own business — brick-oven hot Post Office Pies.

August 2014
Montgomery Metamorphosis

Montgomery Metamorphosis

Golson and John Foshee are flag bearers in a downtown Montgomery renaissance set to unfold for the 50th anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery March next summer.

August 2014
Convocation of Auburn Startups

Convocation of Auburn Startups

Fledgling companies in the Auburn Business Incubator range from social media to precision machining to tennis expertise.

July 2014