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Business View Weekly – March 25, 2021 | Chamber News, Business Headlines & Member Events

 

Chamber News

 

This week, the Mobile Area Chamber announced another economic development expansion. Family-owned Myer Marine Services is making a $5.5 million investment and will hire 50 new employees.

 

“The Myer family has the vision and drive to reach their goals, and because of that the company’s growth is ahead of schedule. It’s so rewarding to help a local company transition from a small business to a major competitor in their industry,” said David Rodgers, the Mobile Area Chamber’s vice president of economic development.

 

Read more details and comments from our elected officials – District 3 County Commissioner Randall Dueitt and City of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson here.

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Make plans now for the Mobile Area Chamber’s Member Appreciation Day. On Thursday, April 8, beginning at 4 p.m., enjoy food, refreshments and live music at the Chamber, 451 Government St. It’s free for members, and parking is free, but reservations are requested.

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Earlier this week, Gov. Kay Ivey released signage for businesses to encourage employees and patrons to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The current mask mandate will end at 5 p.m., Friday, April 9. Find the links to a variety of signs businesses can post here.

 

The Alabama Legislature is on spring break this week. Take a look at last week’s highlights in the Chamber’s From the Floor update.

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WALA FOX10 TV’s Eric Reynolds talked with our friends at Innovation Portal last Saturday on Perspectives. Watch it here.

 

And ICYMI, Reynolds also talked with Mobile Area Chamber representatives earlier this month about the pandemic, local businesses and what the community can do to help support small businesses. Watch it here.

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The Mobile Area Chamber and USA Health are offering an informational Zoom session about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination on Thursday, April 8 at 2 p.m. Topics include how the vaccine works, why it is important for small businesses, commonly asked questions and how USA Health can help you and your employees get vaccinated. Join the virtual meeting here.

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Business Headlines

 

The State of Alabama followed the IRS, extending the tax filing deadline for individuals until May 17, 2021.

 

The Alabama Department of Revenue (ALDOR) issued this guidance on income tax filing deadlines:

 

  • ALDOR will automatically waive, without request, late-payment penalties for payments remitted by May 17, 2021
  • ALDOR is not authorized to waive interest, and any interest accruing from April 15, 2021, through the actual payment date will be due
  • ALDOR encourages taxpayers to make their payments for the 2020 tax year as soon as possible to avoid the accrual of interest beyond April 15

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Alabama Power is a sponsor of Black Market Street USA’s video pitch competition. The organization is designed to promote Black-owned businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, March 31. Ready the entry rules and guidelines here.

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The Alabama Department of Labor has an online survey and needs business input. The survey is designed to learn about employment needs of companies throughout the state and allow the Alabama Committee on Credentialing & Career Pathways (ACCCP) to develop competency models and career pathways aligned to jobs that are in demand.

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Member Promotions

After months of study and input from residents, employees and visitors, the results of Downtown Mobile Alliance’s Street Optimization initiative are ready to be unveiled. On Tuesday, March 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jeff Speck, one of the country’s leading urban designers. He will present the transformational plan to improve and make safer the Downtown Mobile street grid. (Hint: more parking, more bikes, more pedestrians, fewer car crashes.) Sign up for the free online event here.

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Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. for Bruce Hornsby. Billed as “an intimate event with Bruce and his beloved piano,” Hornsby will play at the Saenger Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets here.

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Vote for your favorite businesses to determine who will be the 2021 finalists for the upcoming Lagniappe Nappie awards. Voting ends Sunday, March 28.  You can vote once per day per category here.

 

Then, once the votes are tabulated and the finalists declared, voting will begin in the finals at noon on Wednesday, April 28 and run through midnight on Friday, May 23.

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OWA will host A Very Madd Tea party during the park’s spring fling celebration, Saturday, March 27 through Saturday, April 3. The family-friendly live show has a cast of outrageous characters straight out of Wonderland. Find more about costs and social-distancing here.

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Member Events

 

Saturday, March 27

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Easter Egg Hunt

03/27/2021

9 a.m. to noon

$14 for adults / $8 for ages 5-12 / free to ages 4-under

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore

251.973.2217

http://bellingrath.org

Hop on down to the gardens for eggs-tra special fun. Safe, socially-distanced, noncompetitive Easter Egg Hunts and activities on the Great Lawn.

 

Gulf Coast Exploreum

Annual Easter Event

03/27/2021

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$15-$82 general administration / free for Exploreum

65 Government St.

251.208.6893

https://www.exploreum.com/

Join us for a day of jaw-dropping science experiments and search for Cosmic eggs as you enjoy exhibits that can be turned in for special Easter and space themed prizes. Bring a basket.

 

City of Mobile

EGG•A•PALOOZA

03/27/2021

10 a.m.

Free

Trinity Gardens Park, 3100 Bank Ave.

Seals Park, 540 Texas St.

Baumhauer-Randle Park, 1909 Duval St.

Stotts Park, 2150 Demetropolis Rd.

Public Safety Memorial Park, 2301 Airport Blvd.

Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Rd.

Hillsdale Park, 556 East Felhorn Rd.

www.cityofmobile.org/calendar-of-events/eggapalooza

This Saturday – rain or shine. Bring your baskets, galoshes and umbrellas to one of seven locations.

 

Mobile Arts Council

March Exhibitions Closing Reception

03/27/2021

1 to 4 p.m.

Free

6 S. Joachim St.

251.432-9796

http://mobilearts.org

Join us as we celebrate Impressions by Carol George, Life Under the Sea by Susan Gibbs and Love In Bloom by Sandy Holberg.

 

Mobile Symphony

Music Around the World

03/27/2021

6 to 7 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

$15-$82

Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim St.

251.432.2010

https://mobilesymphony.org/event/music-around-the-world

Join the Mobile Symphony on a whirlwind flight around the world, with masterworks from Russia, France, Austria and the USA. All aboard.

 

Sunday, March 28

Mobile Symphony

Music Around the World

03/28/2021

1 to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$15-$82

Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim St.

251.432.2010

https://mobilesymphony.org/event/music-around-the-world

Join the Mobile Symphony on a whirlwind flight around the world, with masterworks from Russia, France, Austria and the USA. All aboard.

 

Tuesday, March 30

Downtown Mobile Alliance

Street Optimization Final Presentation

03/30/2021

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Free

Online

251.434.8498

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/street-optimization-final-presentation-tickets-146505109727?fbclid=IwAR1pbs3d_h1mqskJIPSjXZ0ERvOmnXmpt56rJSQ6-y6qF5vpb_4deZJBSVs

After months of study and input from residents, employees and visitors, the results of the Street Optimization initiative are ready to be unveiled. Jeff Speck, one of the country’s leading urban designers, will present the transformational plan to improve and make safer the Downtown Mobile street grid for those who use it every day. (Hint: more parking, more bikes, more pedestrians, fewer car crashes.)

 

Wednesday, March 31

SouthWest Mobile County Chamber

First Responders Drive-Thru Lunch

03/31/2021

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free

Tillman’s Corner Community Center / SWMCC, 5055 Carol Plantation Rd.

251.666.2846

http://swmcchamber.com

If you are a first responder, we want to show some appreciation for all that you do and the sacrifices you make. Come drive thru for a great lunch.

 

Thursday, April 1

Mobile Arts Council

April Gallery Exhibitions

04/01/2021

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free

6 S. Joachim St.

251.432.9796

http://mobilearts.org

The Mobile Arts Council Gallery will be hosting Alabama Astronaut – The Folk Art of Abe Partridge and L’inizio by Muffinjaw Designs throughout the month of April.

 

Home Builders Association on Metro Mobile

April Fools Day Golf Tournament

04/01/2021

11 a.m.

$120 for a golfer, golf team of 4

Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Blvd.

251.661.6523

https://www.hbamm.com/

 

Ameriprise Financial-Coldsmith, Ryder & Associates

Estate Planning Webinar

04/01/2021

Noon to 1 p.m.

Free

251.344.5551

https://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/team/coldsmith-associates/events

Join Coldsmith, Ryder & Associates and guest speaker Margie Williams of Davis & Fields P.C. Attorneys as we discuss estate planning.

 

Friday, April 2

Mobile Sports Authority

Mobile Challenge of Champions Track and Field Meet

04/02/2021

3 p.m.

$6 at gate for spectators

UMS-Wright Preparatory School, 65 Mobile St. N.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

One of the country’s premier high school track and field meets. Open division being held at UMS-Wright on Friday, April 2 at 3 pm.

 

Saturday, April 3

Mobile Sports Authority

Mobile Challenge of Champions Track and Field Meet

04/03/2021

11 a.m. Saturday

$6 at gate for spectators

St. Paul’s Episcopal School, 161 Dogwood Lane

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

One of the country’s premier high school track and field meets. Open division being held at St. Paul’s Episcopal School on Saturday, April 3 at 11 am.

 

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