Alabama among nation’s leaders in Amazon entrepreneur survey
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The number of entrepreneurs from Alabama using Amazon.com over the past year has more than doubled, the online retailer says.

Alabama is among the top 10 states for growth among small and medium-sized businesses selling there. The site also revealed its top 10 states with the most small and medium-sized businesses, or SMBs, selling on Amazon.

Keri Cusick, head of small business empowerment at Amazon, said both lists “demonstrate innovation in every corner of the country, with states like Iowa, Delaware, Wyoming, and Alabama coming out on top.”

Alabama placed third among the top 10 states with the fastest year-over-year growth by digital entrepreneurs, at 53 percent growth. Iowa was at the top with 57 percent growth, and was also No. 1 in most digital entrepreneurs per capita, with almost 10,000 sellers.

In 2019, more than 15,000 American SMBs exceeded $1 million in sales in Amazon’s stores worldwide, and nearly 25,000 surpassed $500,000 in sales. Products from small and medium-sized businesses make up more than half of all items sold in Amazon’s stores worldwide, the company says.

Last year, Amazon awarded its first “Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year” award to 1818 Farms, which began in Mooresville and has its offices in Huntsville, in the company’s first-ever United States Small Business Spotlight Awards.

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