Baby Bell gives entrepreneurs a secondhand financial boost.

Nine chambers of commerce in the Southeastern United States have won $10,000 grants to create small-business development programs. The organizations won the grants through Atlanta-based BellSouth's second annual competition to recognize one chamber in each of the nine states it services.

Winning chambers were honored for programs that included creating Web sites for small firms in Mobile, Alabama; doing worldwide marketing for merchants in Cosby, Tennessee; and establishing a business resource center at a Logan County, Kentucky, library.

BellSouth also awarded smaller grants to three runner-up chambers in each state. For a complete list of winners and the programs they plan to offer, visit

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This article was originally published in the July 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: California.

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