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Business View Weekly – May 13, 2021 | Chamber News, Business Headlines & Member Events

 

Chamber News

 

Shana Jordan, with Oyster Shell Strategy, says she loves the Mobile Area Chamber’s annual meeting program and the networking that follows. (Watch her here.) We’re two weeks away from the event date of Thursday, May 27. Get your tickets now, or call Carolyn Wilson, 251.431.8606. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the socially-distanced program starts promptly at 6 p.m., followed by food, drink and music. Tickets are $60 for Mobile Chamber members, $360 for a table of six.

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“I applaud Gov. Ivey for taking this action. The ‘Help Wanted’ signs are hard to miss. They’re everywhere. So many of our Chamber businesses – especially small businesses – cannot fill the many vacancies they have, and they are struggling,” said Bill Sisson, the Mobile Area Chamber’s president and CEO, when he heard the news that Gov. Kay Ivey would end Alabama’s participation in all federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs on June 19.

“According to the state Department of Labor, posted jobs ads are up by nearly 40 percent and ads for workers in the leisure and hospitality industry are up by 73 percent. If we intend to strengthen our economic rebound, we must fill the labor shortage.”

Ivey’s announcement includes Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC).

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In other legislative news, the Alabama Legislature is out this week and the final day of the session is Monday, May 17.

 

Last week, HB 281, extending the state’s tax credit program for redevelopment of historic properties made it to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk for her signature. This issue has been a standing Chamber priority.

 

Two additional important bills also await the governor’s signature – HB540 establishes the Alabama Innovation Corp., a public-private partnership to promote entrepreneurship and develop a modern workforce; and HB609 creates an Innovate Alabama Matching Grant Program, ensuring federal awards go to companies with technologies that can be commercialized.

 

The Mobile Area Chamber is monitoring the potential for a special session to address redistricting this fall.

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This week, the Mobile Area Chamber held its annual Military Appreciation Luncheon. Among the many awards, the Chamber presented its Gen. Gary Cooper Outstanding Service Award to U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant Cynthia House (ret).  After a long-distinguished career as a marine, House was recognized for her volunteer efforts with the South Alabama Veterans Council, Montfort Point Marines and the Blue Star Foundation. Pictured here is Gen. Cooper (ret) with House.

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Business Headlines

 

Spring Hill College announced today a new bachelor of science degree in supply chain management in the Division of Business, and a partnership with the Mobile Area Chamber to create a first-of-its-kind advisory panel.

 

The Chamber will be critical in connecting Spring Hill faculty with industry leaders who are willing to help guide this new program and encourage students pursuing this new degree.

 

“The Supply Chain Management degree program, combined with the local industry advisory panel for our Business Division, is a real-world ready opportunity for our students and for businesses in the Gulf Coast region,” said Dr. E. Joseph Lee, II, president of Spring Hill College.

 

“This is a positive and proactive approach to preparing future professionals for the anticipated positions at our area employers. We are happy to help bridge the gap between the business community and education and support Spring Hill College’s initiative,” said Bill Sisson, Mobile Area Chamber president & CEO.

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The Alabama Department of Commerce is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, May 19, at 9 a.m. Learn how online global programs can help Alabama exporters grow international target markets. Experts will share their experience in delivering localized websites and online marketing to help you grow your exports, sales, brand and business. Learn more here.

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Member Promotions

Onin Staffing is hosting a regional job fair Tuesday, May 18, aiming to fill 250-plus jobs in south Alabama in one day. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Onin’s branch offices, including Mobile, potential candidates should schedule an appointment by contacting Sundra Kinman at 256.234.3585. Walk-ins are welcome. The address is 3700 Government Blvd., Suite B.

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The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is offering two summer programs, available to students across the state at a reduced cost without travel involved – a Virtual Cybercamp and a Virtual STEM Camp. Targeting 6th to 12th grade students, the cybercamp begins Monday, June 21-25, followed by STEM, beginning Monday, July 12-23. To register or for more information about the camps, visit the school’s website.

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City of Mobile Parks & Recreation has two local farmers markets scheduled through mid-July. The Cathedral Square location of Market in the Park runs Saturday, 7:30 a.m. until Noon. The Dotch Community Center at 3100 Bank Ave., is scheduled on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Each market features fresh produce, baked goods, jellies and jams, locally harvested honey, handmade soaps, eggs and organic meats, local artisans and more.

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Registration is now open for the Annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference hosted by The University of Alabama. Pre-conference sessions, Aug. 26-27 are OSHA related. The main conference, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, is organized into eight learning tracks. The event will be held at Perdido Beach Resort, and the fee is $495. Learn more here.

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Member Events

Thursday, May 13

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Go Public Gardens Night Stroll

05/13/2021

5 to 7 p.m.

$14 for adults / $8 for ages 5-12 / free to Bellingrath members

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore

251.973.2217

bellingrath.org

Enjoy an after-hours stroll and a gardening demonstration to celebrate Go Public Gardens Week. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

 

GulfQuest Maritime Museum

May GulfChat

05/13/2021

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Free

155 S. Water St.

251.436.8901

https://maygulfchat.eventbrite.com

Join GulfQuest to hear Stew Hood discuss Espionage and United Fruit: An Analysis of the SS San Pablo.

 

Friday, May 14

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

RV Alabama Discovery Excursion

05/14/2021

12:45 to 3 p.m.

$30 per person. Minimum age is 8.

101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island

251.865.7500

disl.edu/estuarium

Take a two-hour boat trip in the waters surrounding Dauphin Island, where you’ll learn how estuaries such as Mobile Bay feed the seas.

 

The Joint West Mobile

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

05/14/2021

4 p.m.

Free

7721 Airport Blvd., E160

256.931.9420

thejoint.com

Grand opening and ribbon cutting to include refreshments, giveaways and free offers.

 

Mobile Arts Council

May LoDa ArtWalk

05/14/2021

5 to 9 p.m.

Free

6 S. Joachim St.

251.432.9676

www.mobilearts.org

LoDa ArtWalk celebrates National Photography Month featuring local artists, arts organizations, and downtown businesses – including gallery tours, musical performances, local photography and more.

 

City of Mobile: Parks & Recreation

Roll Mobile

05/14/2021

6 to 9 p.m.

Free

Bienville Square (Conception & Dauphin St.)

251.208.1551

https://www.facebook.com/events/225516802648878/

Skate night around the park. We’re closing off the streets and turning the square into a giant roller rink. We’ll have lights, a DJ and even the hokey pokey.

 

Saturday, May 15

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

05/15/2021

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

$12 cash

St. Elmo Feed & Seed Store, 9001 U.S. Hwy. 90 W.

251.690.8823

www.mchd.org

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, these events will be drive-through clinics. Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics that are good for one year.

 

Monday, May 17

Threaded Fasteners.

The Game Plan for Greatness with Dr. Kevin Elko

05/17/2021

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

$225 Per Person or $1,300 for a table of 6

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

251.459.6214

https://www.gameplanforgreatness.com/

Dr. Kevin Elko headlines this seminar for individual development. Learn how to develop a language for greater success and leave with a 90-day plan to make reaching goals a reality.

 

Wendy’s

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting

05/17/2021

10 a.m.

Free

3464 Springhill Ave.

251.281.5116

wendys.com

Grand opening with ribbon cutting. We will be serving cake, have giveaways and a raffle.

 

Tuesday, May 18

Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

05/18/2021

10 a.m. to Noon

Free

109 S. Cedar St.

251.300.5907

www.ozanampharmacy.org

1st / 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine available No appointments. For info call 251.432.4111.

 

City of Mobile: Parks & Recreation

Tour de Food Trucks

05/18/2021

4 to 9 p.m.

Free to attend

Matthews Park, 3700 Michael Blvd.

251.208.1551

https://www.facebook.com/events/474346750386085/

Eight parks, eight months, and eight days of food trucks and fun. Games, music, trivia and food. Have dinner with us and enjoy it all.

 

Children’s Medical Group

Expectantly Expectant

05/18/2021

6 to 7 p.m.

Free

610 Providence Park Dr., Suite 201

251.342.3810

www.cmgdoctors.com

Come tour the Providence location, meet with a physician and learn what to expect with your newborn. Call Christy Taylor, our nurse liaison, ext. 6298.

 

Saturday, May 22

Mobile Baykeeper

The Grandman Triathlon and Publix Virtual Triathlon

05/22/2021

7 a.m.

$85

Fairhope Municipal Pier, 1 N. Beach Rd.

251.433.4229

www.TheGrandman.com

Mobile Baykeeper will also host the Publix Virtual Grandman from May 22 to June 5.

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Mobile

NAMIWalks Mobile Your Way 2021

05/22/2021

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free

Virtual Your choice

251.709.3044

https://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1063

This event will be “your way.” Choose what you want to do on event day to raise awareness for mental health.

 

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

05/22/2021

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

$12 cash

B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Rd.

251.690.8823

www.mchd.org

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, these events will be drive-through clinics. Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics that are good for one year.

 

Wednesday, May 26

GulfQuest Maritime Museum

Jean Laffite Revealed Book Tour

05/26/2021

3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

$5 / Free for museum members with code

155 S. Water St.

251.436.8901

https://gulfquest.ecwid.com/Jean-Laffite-Revealed-Book-Tour-May-26th-p354628495

Co-authors Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough will discuss their book Jean Laffite Revealed: Unraveling One of America’s Longest-Running Mysteries, that proves the famous pirate faked his death.

 

Friday, May 28

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Beach, Dune and Maritime Forest Excursion

05/28/2021

2:45 to 5:15 p.m.

$12 per person 101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island

251.865.7500

disl.edu/estuarium

Discover the treasure of barrier islands. Learn about the plants and animals that call the dynamic dune system and the higher elevations home.

 

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