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Bontrager, Patterson, Crump, ThornellAERN Entrepreneurial Centers receive Updated Computer Resources (3/3/2017)
Innovation is growing in rural Alabama, and the month of January brought improved access to the technology needed by local entrepreneurs to develop business plans. With funding provided by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and support from The University of Alabama, AERN provided new computers, software and additional print resources to seven entrepreneurial centers in Bibb, Chambers, Fayette, Pickens, Macon, Marion and Tallapoosa Counties.


Attendees at 2016 Annual MeetingAERN's Annual Meeting held in December (3/1/2017)
AERN held its annual meeting of the partners on December 19 at Bryant Conference Center. Ms. Mary Patterson, Director of AERN, welcomed the partners and special guests and discussed the importance of collaborating to achieve a greater result. Read more.


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.


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