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SBA announces funding to boost export opportunities for small businesses
Michael Seale Reporter Birmingham Business Journal
Aug 24, 2015

Small businesses across the country will have access to $17.4 million in funding to help them enter and compete in the global marketplace, as the Small Business Administration announced that 40 awards from the agency's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program will be made to states and territories to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses.

Alabama small businesses are slated to receive $115,251 of that $17.4 million.

"We are excited that, as in several years past, Alabama has received funding under the STEP program, said Tom Todt of the Alabama SBA District Office, "Anything that can help small businesses locate, contact and do business with new markets is a great asset, but many small business owners aren't aware of how to tap into overseas markets."


Alabama construction employment up 4 percent in July
Bryan Davis Reporter Birmingham Business Journal
Aug 24, 2015
Alabama construction employment rose 4 percent year-over-year in July, according to new data from the Associated General Contractors of America.

According to the latest data, the state added around 3,200 construction jobs in the 12-month period, starting in July 2014.

The state also added 500 jobs between June and July of this year.


A Meridianville business is the recipient of a new grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train eight employees and attain additional certification.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering a $25,550 grant to Jeff Norman Enterprises in Madison County to help train workers in techniques to modify the company's quality management system and market opportunities.

The business will contribute $52,696 toward the eight-month training. Gov. Robert Bentley presented the funding to company President Jeff Norman.


Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
August 21, 2015

Two days after officially opening the latest expansion at Air University's new Cyber College, military and elected leaders gathered Friday at Maxwell Air Force Base to talk about how the college will shape the future of the nation and of the River Region.

The center is a virtual institution using cyber curriculum from Air Force colleges across the country to identify and find solutions to security threats and hacks.
But local and Air Force officials said its impact doesn't stop with the military.

"The beneficiaries of this Cyber College are going to be wide and broad because it's not going to be a traditional brick-and-mortar college," said Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, commander of Air University. "(It) connects people together. The beneficiaries will have access to education for the cyber workforce on demand 24/7 anywhere in the world."


[Montgomery Advertiser]

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