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Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner

 

In this issue:
Women-owned businesses growing across Alabama
BASF eyeing Gulf Coast to build $1.4 billion chemical plant
Gov. Bentley to announce economic development project in Huntsville that will create jobs across Alabama
Tourism, tax relief top Mobile area business chatter Tuesday morning
Free backup, recovery software available to businesses in storm-ravaged Alabama
Small businesses taking center stage soon, and plenty more Mobile happenings in next two weeks

 


Women-owned businesses growing across Alabama

on May 05, 2014

 

Nelly Gabriel said she does not know what it means to not be determined to accomplish something.

Perhaps that's why she came to Florence in 1997 and founded a trucking company in a male-dominated industry.

 

"I was determined to make it work," Gabriel said. "Nobody knew me, but I thought it was a good place to start a business. I loved the area and fell in love with Florence.

 

"I think maybe I have an angel watching over me. I have a strong faith in God and he told me Florence was the place."

Since opening Gabriel Trucking, she has watched it grow to 11 trucks and 15 employees. She has also helped her two sons start trucking businesses.

 

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[Florence Times Daily]

 

 

 


BASF eyeing Gulf Coast to build $1.4 billion chemical plant

 

MOBILE, Alabama -- The German chemical company BASF, which has operations in Washington County, is searching for a place to build a new $1.4 billion facility. Company officials said they are still evaluating their options, but the location will definitely be on the Gulf Coast.

 

The plant would convert methane to propylene, a core chemical needed to make paints, household detergents and automotive brake fluid, among other things. The company said it would be its single-largest investment to date.

In addition to the plant in McIntosh, Ala., the company also has operations in Texas, Louisiana and Florida.

 

At the end of 2012, there were at least 320 BASF employees working at the south Alabama facility and about 200 temporary workers, down from the 700 employees the company held in 2011. 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Gov. Bentley to announce economic development project in Huntsville that will create jobs across Alabama


MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley will announce on Tuesday afternoon an "important" economic development project that will create jobs across Alabama, but will mostly affect the city of Huntsville, a news release said this morning.

 

Bentley's office did not provide specifics about the project, but said company leaders and local officials will join the governor in Montgomery at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Old House Chamber at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery for the announcement.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


Tourism, tax relief top Mobile area business chatter Tuesday morning

on May 06, 2014

 

MOBILE, Alabama - As I promised yesterday, we've got a busy, busy week ahead, and my Tuesday starts bright and early with "Business, Beignets & the Battleship," the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau's Annual Business Meeting and Travel Rally.  [...]

 

Immediately following the meeting, Mobile will join nearly 100 other cities across America in celebrating May 6 as National Travel and Tourism Day as part of National Travel and Tourism Week.

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


Free backup, recovery software available to businesses in storm-ravaged Alabama

on May 05, 2014

 

An award-winning technology company in Utah is offering a free three-day version of its backup and disaster recovery software to any business or nonprofit affected by last week's destructive storms in the Southern and Midwestern United States.

 

StorageCraft says the free ShadowProtect IT edition download is available to those affected by tornadoes and floods in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Florida, Arkansas and Iowa.

 

"As they begin the tough process of recovery from these tragedies, we want to provide businesses and other organizations a tool that can help them and their communities return to normal life," said Curt James, vice president of marketing and business development at StorageCraft.  



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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


Small businesses taking center stage soon, and plenty more Mobile happenings in next two weeks

on May 05, 2014

 

MOBILE, Alabama - So much ground to cover this week, I had to add an extra column to get it all in!

Later today, I'll take a closer look at one of several workshops taking place during the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's upcoming Mobile Area Small Business Week, slated for May 12-15.

 

"Where is the Money," co-sponsored by the University of South Alabama's Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and USA's Small Business Development Center, is set for Tuesday, May 13 and is intended to introduce local entrepreneurs to myriad funding sources available to help get their ideas off the drawing board and into the marketplace.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 




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