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The Delta Challenge is back! The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has announced this fall's pitch competition dates and locations! If you’re an entrepreneur with an idea, or if you’ve already started launching your new venture, this is your chance to become a Delta Entrepreneurship Network Fellow! Entrepreneurs must register at at least one week before the competition in which they are competing. If you know an entrepreneur in your community, please share this post and encourage them to become a part of the DEN! Get the details at the DRA website.

Recent News

Grant to Fund AERN Expansion
Masingill, Addy, Patterson, Gov. Bentley, Byard
AERN has been awarded a grant from the Delta Regional Authority to expand its work in Alabama's Black Belt. Mary Patterson, Project Director, and Dr. Sam Addy, Associate Dean for Economic Development Outreach, Culverhouse College of Commerce, attended the awards announcement in Montgomery on September 17. The project, Training and Innovating Delta Entrepreneurs, will add seven additional Delta counties to the AERN network. Pictured, left to right: Christopher A. Masingill, DRA Federal Co-Chairman; Dr. Sam Addy, Associate Dean for Economic Development Outreach, Culverhouse College of Commerce; Mary Patterson, AERN Director; Governor Robert Bentley; Jim Byard, Jr., ADECA Director.


Ribbon Cutting Held for the Hale County AERN Center
Ribbon Cutting
After much planning and engagement with local entrepreneurs, AERN held the grand opening and ribbon cutting for its Hale County Entrepreneurial Center on February 25, 2015 in the HERO (Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization) office in Greensboro with HERO Executive Director Pam Dorr hosting the event. Read more.


Workshop Presented on Growing a Business
Allen, Shirley, and Patterson
On August 13 the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network (AERN) and its Marion County partner, C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3), held a one-day workshop in Winfield. The workshop focused on teaching business owner participants many ways to grow a business. Read more.


Spotlight on Business
Fairy Tale Parties & Adventures
After taking her grandson to Disney World for his 5th birthday, Vella Rogoski imagined creating a business in Alexander City that would bring a piece of this magic to the lives of local children on their birthdays without the requirement of travel. Read more.

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The more people who own little businesses of their own, the safer our country will be, and the better off its cities and towns, for the people who have a stake in their country and their community are its best citizens.
John Hancock

Featured website for November

How to Budget Your Own Salary

How much should you pay yourself? This article gives tips and a handy worksheet.

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Featured tip for November

Having a business license is a way of assuring customers that yours is a legal business. Your license should be posted in a visible place at your business location. Read more....

Steps to Small Business Start-Up, p. 91-92

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Culverhouse College of Commerce & Business Administration
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The Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network is a program sponsored by the Culverhouse College of Commerce and The University of Alabama. It is partially funded through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Project director: Mary Patterson.

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