From Silicon Valley to Birmingham. Alabama Futures Fund brings new businesses to the Magic City

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Founder Peter Vogt has started building his Birmingham team with local talent. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Prepaid2Cash is a Silicon Valley startup that made it onto our radar last summer following an investment from the Alabama Futures Fund (AFF). Since then, the AFF has stayed busy—keep reading to check out their four most recent ventures.

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3 new openings coming to The Summit in 2020

Cheers to new business in Birmingham—and great Italian food! Photo via North Italia on Facebook

One of the most popular shopping destinations in the Southeast is expanding its impressive list of restaurants, retailers, entertainment and more. The Summit has announced three new openings coming in 2020—keep reading for the details!

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5 Bessemer businesses + 1 blues festival you need to check out now

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Who doesn’t want to eat at a restaurant with a giant stuffed animal hanging from the ceiling. Photo via The Seafood King – Bessemer’s Facebook page

When’s the last time you checked in on any Bessemer businesses? Last month we featured 8 new businesses in Bessemer. This time we thought we’d mix things up a bit with some longtime favorites, a new restaurant and a favorite music festival. Keep reading for all the details.

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Discover 7 new Hoover businesses opened in the past month—including Clean Juice

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The face says it all. Photo via Emily and Eli’s Dog Grooming Salon’s Facebook.

Hoover is rolling right along when it comes to new construction and businesses. Have you been keeping your eye on the city? We certainly have—here’s a roundup of what’s going on in Hoover .

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The Penny Foundation is supporting black-owned businesses in Birmingham. Check out how.

Freedom Line Bus Tours benefits from the corporate giving program by the Penny Foundation
Freedom Line Tours is one businesses that benefits from The Penny Foundation. The women-owned company offers tours and activities throughout the greater Birmingham-metro area, as well as Montgomery and Selma. Photo via Freedom Line Tours’ Facebook.

Chances are you know about Penny Savings Bank. It’s the first black-owned and black-operated financial institution in Alabama. The bank backed and supported black-owned businesses from 1890 until it’s closing in 1915. Fast forward, in 2018 The Penny Foundation was born out of that same thread. See how it’s growing Birmingham businesses today.

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Birmingham demands data analysts–here’s how Innovate Birmingham is filling the gap

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Haley Kendrick, director of Innovate Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Innovate Birmingham

Whether it’s sales figures, market research, logistics or more, every business is increasingly driven by data and analytics. However, that data is only valuable when an analyst deciphers it into plain English.

As demand for data analysts grows, Innovate Birmingham is dedicated to fostering tech talent right here in Birmingham. See how you could start a career in data analytics with a big pay bump!

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Behind the scenes: 7 things you need to know about Bham Now (Photos + Video)

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Some of the Bham Now team at Forge
The women on our team got to the Jack’s biscuits before the guys could. Enjoying them in the lobby at Forge. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Even if you’re a longtime fan of Bham Now, we bet you don’t know the story behind the company, what we do, who we are and where we’re headed. I sat down with Cindy Martin, Bham Now’s Founder and President, to get the scoop. Yes, I work there, so I’ll tell you the real story. Read on for all the details.

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Calling moms/guardians and 6-12th-grade daughters: learn about construction careers Mar. 10!

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Yes we can. Photo courtesy of Central Six AlabamaWorks!

Birmingham is known for having a strong presence of companies in the construction industry. The Power UP: It’s a Mother-Daughter Thing event on March 10 educates women about careers in this field and empowers women to pursue them. And yes, power tools are involved! Register now.

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Bama’s best shake + 6 more reasons to visit Irondale

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When was the last time you went to Hamburger Heaven in Irondale? Photo via Hamburger Heaven’s Facebook page

Even if you’ve never been to Irondale, you’ve definitely heard about places like The Golden Rule, The Irondale Cafe, and of course Ruffner Mountain. We’ve found seven new reasons to visit Irondale, including some fun upcoming events. Read on for all the details. 

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Spotlight on 7 innovations in Birmingham, AL’s startup scene, including Black Girl Ventures

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(l-r) Carmen Mays, Zhaundra Jones, BGV founder Shelly Bell, Alycia Levels-Moore, Amber Curry and Jaclynn Maxwell Hudson. Photo courtesy of Black Girl Ventures Birmingham Chapter

While the rest of us were getting through the holidays and the first month of the new decade, Birmingham’s startup scene was buzzing. Find out why these seven startup initiatives are in the news. 

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