Have you defined the CONNECTION object and RECORDSET objects? Can you post that code too?
to see if that prints the value as "a" when your querystring values is passed as "a"
I would suggest you to better use Request.QueryString("alph")
instead of Request("alph")
If that prints the value as "a", then do a response.write for the sql statement.
Response.Write "SELECT * FROM COMPANY WHERE
COMPANY_IMAGEFOLDER LIKE '"& Request("alph") &"%' ORDER BY
Response.End 'To terminated the page being processed by IIS at this level, use
Copy Paste this in your Query window to see if that returns the expected result.
Let us know if you find any thing wierd.
Hope that helps.