Bill-E Stitt is Still Makin’ Bacon. Lots of it. And Shipping It Worldwide.

Bill-E Stitt is Still Makin’ Bacon. Lots of it. And Shipping It Worldwide.

Posted On November 28, 2022

Fairhope, Alabama has lots to brag about. The biggest is that it’s the home of Bill-E’s Bacon. It’s the best bacon in the world. Bill-E Stitt and I sit down to check in on how his business is growing since I first met him a while back. He’s now shipping bacon all over the country and the country’s top chefs are using his bacon in their masterpiece dishes. His is a story of fantastic growth with new opportunities arriving every day. Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) – Show Sponsor E3 Termite & Pest Control Allison Horner –… Read More

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Keeping Our Best and Brightest – Dr Jim Purcell Works to Retain Alabama’s Talent and to Coax Others Back to Our State

Posted On November 21, 2022

Dr Jim Purcell is Alabama’s Commissioner on Higher Education. Each year the state’s colleges and universities send students into the workplace and too many of them find work outside the state. Dr Purcell is trying to get them to stay. Alabama has the jobs available and needs the talent. Additionally, Dr Purcell is working to lure those with roots in the state back to Alabama through targeted campaigns. He fights historic deep-south stereotypes as well as the reputation of low pay. Listen as he explains the challenge, highlights the opportunities, and discusses his strategy. This broadcast in collaboration with Business… Read More

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Lane Zirlott and Murder Point Oysters – Extraordinary Growth Continues

Posted On November 14, 2022

When I first interviewed Lane several years ago he had about 600,000 oysters growing at his oyster farm in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Today it’s about 30 million. His distribution is now far and wide but he’s still going through the back doors of restaurants, shucking his oysters for the chefs, and taking their orders when they’re surprised to learn these tasty delights orginate in the Gulf. Lane’s kindness, generosity and optimism stands out each time I speak to him and I learn that it springs from a wound that, Lane says, he hopes never heals. Check out the Oyster… Read More

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RFID is a Ubiquitous Technology that We Never See – Justin Patton Leads the Research

Posted On November 7, 2022

Justin Patton leads Auburn’s RFID team and has participated in most of the seminal business case research for RFID in the United States for retailers. His client list is full of national retail brands and major manufactorers. The technology is everywhere, from embedded in the tag the airline puts on your luggage to the wristband you wear at a theme park. This tech is changing the way companies interact with their customers – from spending hours and hours counting inventory and finding things to letting the tech do it (better) and return to serving the customer.  Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for… Read More

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Office Space Update: Who’s Returning to the Office? Who’s Not? And How is Office Space Changing?

Posted On October 31, 2022

James Lomax manages boatloads of office space in and around Huntsville. He tells me who is returing to tradiational office environments and why, who is not, and how some companies are changing their office design to lure employees back. I then talk with friends of What’s Working Johnny Gwinn and Stacy Wellborn who are part owners of a co-working space in Mobile called The Container Yard about the surge of interest in their space since Covid has let up. Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) – Presenting Sponsor Roy Lewis Construction Persons Services Corps Burr Forman Attorneys United… Read More

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Buddy & Nikki Cummings – Business Coaches Who Have Been There, Done That

Posted On October 24, 2022

Buddy & Nikki Cummings have grown and sold several businesses of their own and put them in position for an early retirement if they wanted. Instead, they keep at it, getting involved with business that catch their eye and coaching entrepreneurs to grow and spread their own businesses. Theirs is an infectious energy and their lessons come from their own successes and mistakes, not business school texts. Common business problems addressed in common-sense, simple ways.  Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) – Presenting Sponsor Roy Lewis Construction Persons Services Corps Burr Forman Attorneys United Bank Angelo DePaola –… Read More

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Auburn University’s School of Aviation – Profs Birdsong and Witte Prepping Students for Commercial Aviation

Posted On October 17, 2022

The commercial aviation industry faces a wave of retirements soon and needs new blood. Auburn University has trained college students to become pilots for many years and today their program is bursting with undergraduates eager to help fill these soon to be vacated airline cockpits. Professors James Birdsong and Jim Witte run the Auburn University School of Aviation. Students graduate with a pilot’s license and are well on their way to the needed flight hours to begin their careers with a major airline. This episode is in collaboration with Business Alabama magazine. Thanks to Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for Real… Read More

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Ellen Douglas Alves is a Geriatric Care a Manager in a Society with a Rapidly Aging Population

Posted On October 10, 2022

Ellen Douglas Alves sat with my family at a delicate point in the care for my now deceased mother and calmy offered insight and options to a family nearly paralyzed with sadness. She’s part of a growing cadré of geriatric care managers who assist families who have very difficult decisions to make – love for a sick person, limited financial resources, lack of knowledge of options, the list goes on. With a rapidly aging society, demands for geriatric care managers are expected to soar. Meet Ellen Douglas, learn about her role as a “professional relative,” and why you may need… Read More

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Search Ain’t What it Used to Be – Tim Dozier of Hummingbird Ideas Ad Agency

Posted On October 3, 2022

Tim Dozier is CEO of full service ad agency Hummingbird Ideas in Mobile. His clients pay his firm to put them in the best light and make them easily found online. However, Tim tells us, search is changing. No longer is Google the go-to like it once was. And it’s today’s youth who are disrupting this market – using non-traditional online sites (i.e. TikTok, YouTube) to drive their search. Even though the results are less accurate, today’s kids continue to go back, meaning Tim and team have to become more and more savvy to keep their clients in buyers’ eyes. … Read More

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Back Forty Beer Company Survived the Onslaught of Breweries and Is Thriving

Posted On September 26, 2022

Hatton Smith was introduced to  a group of young beer brewers eager to learn and to grow their brand. Hatton offered two things: wisdom in the beverage business and access to capital. He joined the young company and today, Back Forty Beer Company is growing, having doubled their production in the last few years. They survived the initial rush of breweries after Alabama changed the laws and many brewers arrived onto the scene and have since vanished. Hear the wisdom he offered and their plans for the future. Thanks to Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) The Coastal… Read More

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