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Top News Links: Wednesday, March 21

So long ADO, hello commerce department

The Alabama Development Office, noted widely for its success in attracting major industry to the state, will need new business cards as the state legislature has formally renamed it the Department of Commerce. — Bloomberg Business Week

JPMorgan thrives by helping financially trouble cities

Despite its role in the Jefferson County financial debacle, JPMorgan is the top debt underwriter for U.S. municipalities. — Bloomberg

Fewer jobs means more entrepreneurs

Alabama entrepreneurship rate moves up slightly, due in part to lack of jobs, foundation reports. — Birmingham Business Journal

NASA technologies fuel new businesses

NASA helps young businesses commercialize its discoveries. — Huntsville Times

Vets get job preference

Companies hiring unemployed veterans will earn a $2,000 tax credit under the newly passed "Heroes for Hire" bill. — WAFF-TV

Historic Prattville mill buildings sold

Buildings in the Continental Gin complex in Prattville, renowned for their architectural beauty and links to the city's industrial roots, have been sold. — WFSA

South Alabama nurse wins statewide business honors

Homey assisted living center in Grand Bay earns Alabama Small Business Person of the Year honors for Grand Bay nurse. — Mobile Press-Register

Small business bill in danger

A federal bill to ease some restrictions on new small businesses is in jeopardy after amendments that would re-up Ex-Im bank and protect investors. — Business Week

Iberiabank expands in Florida

Iberiabank, with offices in Alabama and other Southeastern states, has purchased Florida Gulf Bancorp. Inc, based in Fort Myers. — Business Week

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