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December 2013

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Flashback: Alabama's Biggest Retail Story

Flashback: Alabama's Biggest Retail Story

Chicken & Egg Fest Peaks, Folds

Chicken & Egg Fest Peaks, Folds

Infosys Settles Visa Fraud Case, Out of Alabama

Infosys Settles Visa Fraud Case, Out of Alabama

State of the State's Real Estate

State of the State's Real Estate

Alabama’s commercial real estate, less than robust, is showing improvement. Multifamily is strongest, with some signs of overbuilding. Huntsville leads in an office sector that’s still healing. Retail shows slower improvement, with Huntsville and Mobile stirring. But watch out for a cycle of refinancing coming in 2016-2017.

Pay Dirt

Pay Dirt

Alabama’s red clay soil is the heart and soul of Earth Creations’ niche line of earth-friendly apparel, starting with the Alabama Dirt Shirt.

Spotlight on Limestone, Morgan and Lawrence Counties

Spotlight on Limestone, Morgan and Lawrence Counties

ADECA Number Crunches Rail Commute

ADECA Number Crunches Rail Commute

Company Kudos, December 2013

Company Kudos, December 2013

Affordable Care Checkup

Affordable Care Checkup

Not expanding Medicaid: a $20 billion opportunity missed? State-run insurance exchange: a sucker’s bet?

Charity's Front Lines

Charity's Front Lines

Four food programs are among the most efficient charities in Alabama — serving on the front line of hard times and Alabama’s harsh #1 ranking for hunger.

Alabama's Real Estate Summit

Alabama's Real Estate Summit

Alabama’s commercial realtors assemble in Birmingham on Feb. 7 for a summit called ACREcon, the 14th annual statewide conference sponsored by the Alabama Center for Real Estate.

Putting on a Show in the Showroom

Putting on a Show in the Showroom

With online retail growing more than three times the rate of storefront retail, the in-store experience of over-the-top customer service has become more important than ever.

Cancer Screening Technology Earns Attention

Cancer Screening Technology Earns Attention

Business Goes Big for Byrne

Business Goes Big for Byrne

Gambling Machines No Easy Takedown

Gambling Machines No Easy Takedown

Bricks, Clicks and Tax Tricks

Bricks, Clicks and Tax Tricks

Alabama storefront retailers face a disadvantage as high as 10 percent competing with online retailers. It’s not price competition that hurts. But tax scofflaws who shop the showroom then bust for the tax break online.

What’s Up, Doc? Basic Doctoring...It’s Booming

What’s Up, Doc? Basic Doctoring...It’s Booming

Not many other docs agreed, but Birmingham’s Dr. Bruce Irwin had an inspiration: Give folks good, basic doctoring, quick and easy. It’s called primary care, and the demand for it is growing exponentially.

First on the Line for Airbus

First on the Line for Airbus

Briggs & Stratton Lands Commercial Line

Briggs & Stratton Lands Commercial Line