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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
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
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
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
Battle Tested Camp Gear

Battle Tested Camp Gear

Founded by a WWII vet, MMI Outdoor designs camp gear for U.S. soldiers and a growing market of recreational campers eager to tap the best in military gear.

October 2014
Selling Self Images

Selling Self Images

At age seven, State Traditions’ growth spurt has taken its founders to more than 350 retailers across the country, and Internet sales have taken them around the world.

September 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

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