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January 2015

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In This Issue

Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 30

Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 29

Flashback: Chip Carter, Grits and Economic Development

Flashback: Chip Carter, Grits and Economic Development

Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 28

McUsury Land

McUsury Land

Alabama has four times as many payday lenders as McDonald’s restaurants and more title loan lenders, per capita, than any other state. Reformers hope 2015 is the year they finally put a cap on the 300 to 456 percent interest rates allowed to Alabama’s payday and title lenders.

Running On Empty

Running On Empty

Alabama’s dysfunctional, aging gas tax leaves nothing in the tank for new roads despite persistent clamor for road relief.

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.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 27

Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 26

Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 23

Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 23

Career Notes, January 2015

Who's moving up?

Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 22

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 21

Long Road to Tax Fairness

Long Road to Tax Fairness

Passed in the last session, the Tax Fairness Act was the product of years of legislative evolution. Small business played a big part, scaling back outsized reform.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 20

Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 19

Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 16

Movers & Shapers, January 2015

Movers & Shapers, January 2015

Spotlight on Montgomery County

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.

Uncommon Agreement

Uncommon Agreement

Nationally, it runs along a conservative fault line across the 2016 presidential election. In conservative Alabama, it stitches tight the often disparate politics of business and education. Just don’t call it “Common Core.”

Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 15

Update on Alabama's Passenger Rail Progress

Update on Alabama's Passenger Rail Progress

Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 14

Birmingham Dedicates a Year to China

Birmingham Dedicates a Year to China

Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 13

Poster Company for Job Creation Goes Union

Poster Company for Job Creation Goes Union

Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 12

Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 9

Company Kudos, January 2015

Company Kudos, January 2015

A month of achievements in Alabama business

Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 8

2014 in Review

2014 in Review

State’s business news full of action film ingredients — guns, fast cars and shadowy intrigue.

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.”

Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 7

Gambling to the Rescue? Don’t Bet on It

Gambling to the Rescue? Don’t Bet on It

Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 6

RSA in Line to Recoup $21 Million Over Railcar Deal Settlement

RSA in Line to Recoup $21 Million Over Railcar Deal Settlement

Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 5

Alabama Insider Trades, January 2015

Stock transactions by insiders of Alabama's public companies

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