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October 23, 2014

Mary Johnson
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Alabama farmers Wayne Bassett of Auburn, left, and Stephen Donaldson of Cullman, right, were selected to serve on Gov. Robert Bentley's newly formed Alabama Small Business Commission.

Alabama farmers Wayne Bassett of Auburn and Stephen Donaldson of Cullman will represent agriculture on Gov. Robert Bentley’s newly formed Alabama Small Business Commission. Members will serve two-year terms, with the option of a two-year reappointment.

Bassett is a partner in Beck’s Turf Inc. based in Macon County, and Donaldson is a partner in J & R Feed Service based in Cullman County.

“Each member brings a wealth of real world experience for what it takes to be a successful small business owner,” Bentley said. “The knowledge members will share as a part of the commission is integral to helping support the growth of both new and existing small businesses.”

The commission will serve an advisory role in formulating policies and discussing issues related to economic growth of small business, along with promoting policies to help new and expanding businesses.

Made up of 30 small business owners from across the state, the group held its first meeting Oct. 21 in Montgomery. The meeting highlighted the launch of Atlas Alabama, a website with resources for Alabama entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Click here for the full list of commission members.

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