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Flashback: R&D and ESOP Revolutionize Fish Biz

Flashback: R&D and ESOP Revolutionize Fish Biz

Million Dollar Shine

Million Dollar Shine

Bank market president, former shoe shiner Russ Ford has some experience graduating into a busted economy — and some advice for the class of the great recession.

Weather Eye on Farm Financing

Weather Eye on Farm Financing

It takes truckloads of capital to grow food, and Alabama farmers have a variety of resources, from co-op credit to community banks. Now, times are good, unless your crop is catfish. But farmers and financers both keep a close eye on two key variables.

Give Us Your Earnest, Your Devout, Your High Achievers

Give Us Your Earnest, Your Devout, Your High Achievers

Alabama convention sellers use their second-tier status as an advantage, attracting groups who value the special attention.

Movers & Shapers, June 2013

Movers & Shapers, June 2013

Spotlight on Mobile County

High Biotech Cotton

High Biotech Cotton

Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology lay the groundwork for new varieties of cotton genetically engineered for an array of futuristic applications.

Your Little Shop and the Global Disaster Spread

Your Little Shop and the Global Disaster Spread

Here’s the commercial insurance forecast, as reinsurers spread global risks of natural disaster: Expect more premium increases and increased deductibles, wherever.

Can Fun Hedge a Tree Fund?

Can Fun Hedge a Tree Fund?

Timber investment is not as secure as it once was, but owning a piece of greenwood still has a powerful attraction. An increasing number of careful buyers successfully hedge their investment with a wide variety of outdoor recreation.

Bayer Trumpets $400 Million Herbicide Plant

Bayer Trumpets $400 Million Herbicide Plant

View from the Crater

View from the Crater

AEA head Henry Mabry’s post mortem on teachers’ big legislative defeat — the Alabama Accountability Act

Career Notes, June 2013

Career Notes, June 2013

World Class Alabama

World Class Alabama

Look for master practitioners or top facilities that are among the best in the world and it quickly becomes clear that sports bring out the best in Alabama.

Trunk Show Goes Big Time Boutique

Trunk Show Goes Big Time Boutique

Denise Knox’s lifelong fascination with enterprise launched a fleet of boutiques that has boomed through the recession and now spans six states.

Ready to Reap Internet Tax Benefits?

Ready to Reap Internet Tax Benefits?

Spotlight on Mobile County

Spotlight on Mobile County

Economic Engines

Economic Engines

Spotlight on Mobile County

Health Care

Health Care

Spotlight on Mobile County

Community Development

Community Development

Spotlight on Mobile County

Higher Education

Higher Education

Spotlight on Mobile County

Culture and Recreation

Culture and Recreation

Spotlight on Mobile County

Growing & Changing

Growing & Changing

Festival of Alabama Artisans

Festival of Alabama Artisans

New expo dedicated to native artisans — Southern Makers — showcases the best home made, home spun and home cooked treasures conjured up by Alabama enterprise.

Lofty Ambitions, Widespread Impacts

Lofty Ambitions, Widespread Impacts

The big picture of the Airbus coup begins to emerge, with the European aircraft giant committed to Alabama as home base for both commercial and military ambitions.

Alabama Crops in the Shipping News

Alabama Crops in the Shipping News

Trade winds prevailing in Alabama’s agriculture — broilers to South America, peanuts to China, pine pulp to Europe — follow global markets through the Port of Mobile.

Scrushy Wants Back in Health Care Business

Scrushy Wants Back in Health Care Business

Company Kudos, June 2013

Company Kudos, June 2013

Ranks & Ratings

Ranks & Ratings

Big Mixed Bag of New Laws

Big Mixed Bag of New Laws

Crossword Puzzle, June 2013

Crossword Puzzle, June 2013