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Masingill, Addy, Patterson, Gov. Bentley, ByardGrant to Fund AERN Expansion (9/24/2015)

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 in Hale CountyRibbon Cutting Held for the Hale County AERN Center (3/11/2015)
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.



Allen, Shirley, and PattersonWorkshop Presented on Growing a Business (9/8/2014)
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.


Fairy Tale Parties & AdventuresSpotlight on Business (5/19/2014)
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.



Greenville Area Chamber of CommerceAERN Welcomed in Greenville (11/8/2013)
AERN Director Mary Patterson presented a seminar on using AERN resources to the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon meeting on September 18. Read more.


Mitchell, Patterson, StricklandAERN Co-hosts Workshops in Centreville and Fayette (10/29/2013)
AERN joined with its partners in September to co-host workshops on Website Design and Marketing for area businesses. Read more.



Coffee Shoppe employees and Chamber officialsSpotlight on Business (9/9/2013)
The Coffee Shoppe of Selma was selected as the "Rising Star" by the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce. Read more.


Meeting attendeesAnnual Meeting of the Partners Held at The Edge (9/9/2013)
AERN held its annual meeting of the partners at The Edge on August 9. Read more.



Patterson, Crowder, HamiltonAERN Provides Seminar in Chambers County (9/9/2013)
Mary Patterson, AERN Director, was guest speaker at a luncheon seminar in Lanett on July 23 sponsored by the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more.



AERN poster displayAERN Presents Poster Sessions (9/9/2013)
AERN and C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance provided a booth with informational materials on starting and growing a business at the City of Hamilton's State of the City event on June 18. Read more.


Workshop attendeesAERN and C3 Host Website Workshop (5/31/2013)
AERN partnered with C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance to host a Website Design and Marketing workshop in Hamilton on April 25. Area business owners brought laptops and received hands-on instruction on how to design a business website. Read more.


Steve Zary, camera-shy internLibrary School Intern Contributes to Website (4/26/2013)
This spring the AERN website has received some much-needed updating. A key player in the process was Steve Zary, a camera-shy intern from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. Read more.


The EdgeAERN Relocates to The Edge (12/18/2012)
Effective December 1, AERN has relocated its office to The Edge at the corner of Eighth Street and 22nd Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa to better serve entrepreneurs. Read more.



Business Summit in Alexander CityAlexander City Chamber of Commerce holds Business Summit (12/19/2012)
AERN Director Mary Patterson attended the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce's 8th Annual Professional Development and Business Summit on November 1. Read more.



Ribbon Cutting in Lamar CountyGrand Opening of AERN Center in Lamar County (12/19/2012)
AERN held the grand opening/ribbon cutting of the Lamar County AERN Center on September 12 in the Mary Wallace Cobb Memorial Library next to Vernon city hall. Read more.



Website workshopTo Be Website Wise, Keep It Simple! (8/30/2012)
Since most web users spend only ten seconds deciding whether to visit your site, simplicity and relevance determine if your business gets a look. These tips were illustrated in an AERN workshop on Website Design and Marketing on August 14. Read more.


AERN in Bibb County"Grow Your Business" Luncheon in Bibb County (6/19/2012)
AERN presented a workshop for Bibb County business owners on website development at the Chamber's "Grow Your Business" luncheon on May 24 in Centreville. Read more.



AERN Annual Partners MeetingAERN Holds Annual Partners Meeting (5/29/2012)
AERN held its Annual Partners' Meeting on May 22 on the campus of the University of Alabama. Read more.



AERN and C3 leadersAERN Center in Marion County Opens in New Location (5/18/2012)
On April 17, 2012 the C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance held a rededication of the Marion County AERN Center, now located in the C3 office. Read more.


First Lady Dianne Bentley and AERN friendsAlabama First Lady's Candle Signing Event (4/3/2012)
AERN hosted First Lady Dianne Bentley at the University Club on March 26 for a candle signing event featuring AERN client Vesta Taylor's line of signature scent candles. Ms. Taylor of Greenville, Alabama develops signature candles for a variety of clients, including Alabama's First Lady. Read more.


Sumter County workshopEntrepreneurial Workshop Held in Sumter County (4/3/2012)
The Sumter County Alabama Chamber of Commerce hosted an Entrepreneurship Workshop on March 22. Chamber Director Allison Tucker provided a light lunch for participants, and AERN Outreach Coordinator Mary Patterson led a round table discussion on using AERN resources to write a business plan. Ms. Patterson provided 2010 Census demographics on Sumter County and Livingston, AL, useful in identifying markets for products and/or services. See photos.


Greenville Rotary Club meetingAERN Featured in Greenville Meeting (3/19/12)
On Thursday, March 8, Ms. Mary Patterson addressed the Rotary Club in Greenville, Alabama. She told them about the excellent business research resources that all Butler County business people can access through the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more.


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