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Old 09-01-2011, 04:56 PM
 
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I used to live in BHAM 14 years ago and worked for Colonial Properties. Moved away in 1998 to Texas and really have missed the area. I now want to come back and start up two new companies, one involved with GREEN BUILDING and the other a boutique real estate brokerage company with 8 new brands we will offer. We could potentially have well over 500 employees in the next 7 years if all the product lines work out as planned.

We lived down in Eagle Point area, but the traffic on 280 and 19 stoplights later to get to downtown, just about wore me out. Wife worked in Mt. Brook schools. I don't know if things have changed much, but I hate traffic and would like to figure out where to land these new ventures in office space that is conducive to a highly educated workforce, easy commute for potential employees, and close to decent areas to live as well.

Any thoughts on which city or county government might be the most receptive to working with start up companies and incubating them into an international player.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:03 PM
 
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I used to live in BHAM 14 years ago and worked for Colonial Properties. Moved away in 1998 to Texas and really have missed the area. I now want to come back and start up two new companies, one involved with GREEN BUILDING and the other a boutique real estate brokerage company with 8 new brands we will offer. We could potentially have well over 500 employees in the next 7 years if all the product lines work out as planned.

We lived down in Eagle Point area, but the traffic on 280 and 19 stoplights later to get to downtown, just about wore me out. Wife worked in Mt. Brook schools. I don't know if things have changed much, but I hate traffic and would like to figure out where to land these new ventures in office space that is conducive to a highly educated workforce, easy commute for potential employees, and close to decent areas to live as well.

Any thoughts on which city or county government might be the most receptive to working with start up companies and incubating them into an international player.

Thanks for your thoughts.
Typically there are no incentives for start-ups, especially if it's not manufacturing. This is true at the state level, and usually the same with counties and cities. It wouldn't hurt to ask though. You should start with the local economic development agencies and chambers of commerce. And you could try the small business administration to check into loans.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:13 PM
 
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There are a couple of incubator programs that you could look into. Susan Matlock used to run a very good one through the City of Birmingham and Innovation Depot. Also, UAB's OADI does some good stuff. Worth checking into
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the input. We will look into this.
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