Birmingham featured in Washington Post’s “best vacation destinations you’ve never considered” series

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“With revitalized neighborhoods and a ramped-up food culture, Alabama’s largest city boldly returns to the stage and sings to a bigger audience.” ~ From the Washington Post article titled –  You’re Going Where? Birmingham

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From the Depot onward – local Tech Startup moving near the Pizitz

The Innovation Depot, the largest startup business incubator in the Southeast, continues to advance the interest of Birmingham by facilitating A+ companies and helping them expand operations.

Now Fleetio, first housed inside the massive facility, is moving out and setting up shop near the Pizitz!

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Tony Summerville, CEO of Fleetio, stands with friends/partners at the SlossTech festival this past summer.

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Small Business Monday – Spotlight on Sheppard’s Pet Supply

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Will Sheppard, and his shop cat, Declan

“I’d like to think I’m Declan’s employee. My shop cat rules the roost. ”  Will Sheppard, owner of Sheppard’s Pet Supply located at 4410 4th AVE S. in Avondale, shared with us what it’s like to own a pet store and run a small business in Birmingham.

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Grupo Antolin, Global Automotive Supplier, setting up shop in McCalla

Grupo Antolin, a global supplier, which manufactures automotive interior parts, is opening an operation in Jefferson County.  Real estate investment firm, Graham Commercial Properties, (GCP) has secured a lease from Grupo Antolin at the Jefferson Metropolitan Park in McCalla.  In addition, GCP is investing over a million for client improvements to meet the supplier’s needs.

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Birmingham-based Planet Fundraiser expands operations into Atlanta

In the world of startups, one of the many aspirations these talented entrepreneurs have is expansion into nearby markets. It’s one thing to stay close to home, but expansion into a neighboring market is a whole new ball game.

Birmingham based tech startup, Planet Fundraiser, has conquered the first step of that feat, by expanding into Atlanta!

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Kasey Birdsong (CEO, left) & Drew Honeycutt (COO, right) are the founders of Planet Fundraisers. They have been apart of the Velocity Accelerator since the beginning of this year. Picture by Kathleen Hamerick, Marketing Director of the Innovation Depot

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Autonomous Cars in Alabama – Are we ready?

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Look at nearly any science fiction show since Herbie and you’ll see cars that drive themselves.  If you buy certain models, today your car can even park itself.  But we’re a long way off from being able to call our cars on the phone and have them pick us up, according to Dr. Abidin Yildirim, Director of UAB’s Signal Processing and Embedded Systems Laboratory.  Dr. Yildirim and his laboratory work on the most important part of any autonomous car: the programming that allows a car to interpret and react to its surroundings.  I interviewed Dr. Yildirim and visited his lab to learn more about what is being pushed as the future of transportation.

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This Birmingham business just invested $16 million to make recyclable takeout containers

There’s good news for green business here in Birmingham, as a local company moves away from Styrofoam food packaging to a more eco-friendly alternative.

A joint venture between a consumer-packaging company called Sonoco and a recycled-fiber packaging company called Cascades are putting big bucks into its Birmingham-based plant, and the new water-based product that they’re manufacturing means additional jobs, too. About 20, according the Birmingham Business Journal.

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