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In this issue:

10 startups from across the state progress in Alabama Launchpad competition
on August 31, 2015 

Startups from across the state are one step closer to winning their share of up to $250,000 in funding from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

Judges for the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition selected 10 teams last week out of 18 applications submitted. The competitors will pitch their businesses to a five-judge panel Oct. 2 at Evonik Industries in Birmingham.

The teams selected for the next round of competition are:


When will new Lockheed Martin jobs come to Huntsville?
Lockheed Martin is providing more details on its plans to bring 100 jobs to Huntsville as a part of its Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) program.

C2BMC director J.D. Hammond tells Tech Alabama the global security giant plans to make many of these hires within the next year in an effort to consolidate facilities and increase its program presence in Huntsville.

"The program had about 50 resources in Huntsville and by mid-summer 2016 that number will at least double," says Hammond.


Alabama Power creates "Innovation Team" in time for Innovation Week Birmingham
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer Birmingham Business Journal
Aug 31, 2015
Alabama Power Co. on Monday announced the creation of an "Innovation Team" - in conjunction with Innovation Week Birmingham - that plans to explore new opportunities for the company to better serve customers around Alabama.

The team is a multidisciplinary group that will consist of seasoned employees from the company's marketing, finance, information technology, regulatory and communications organizations, according to a release from the company.

Innovation Week Birmingham kicks off on Monday and runs through Sept. 4. The event is an annual celebration of the city's inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, supporters and catalysts, with specific events highlighting organizations, companies and initiatives that contribute to Birmingham's growth.


Free business tax workshop this month for north Alabama entrepreneurs
on September 01, 2015 

New and existing business owners in north Alabama can participate in a free tax workshop this month with the state Department of Revenue.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County on 225 Church St. N.W. Workshop topics will include employer withholding taxes, state and local sales taxes, property taxes, and business licensing requirements.

Officials will also provide an overview of Alabama's free ONE SPOT program, an Internet filing and payment portal that allows business taxpayers to file and pay state, county, and city sales, use, and rental taxes in one place. 



UAH to host U.S. Department of Justice cybersecurity summit
on September 01, 2015 

The U.S. Dept. of Justice's assistant attorney general for national security, John Carlin, will keynote a cybersecurity summit being hosted Sept. 24 by The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Cyber Huntsville.

The summit is being conducted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama, and led by U.S Attorney Joyce Vance, the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Alabama. Attendance at the gathering, set for Charger Union Theater on the UAH campus, is open to the first 300 registrants.

Expert panelists from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. General Services Administration and private industry will discuss topics including:


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