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BVW: Hiller Cos., City of Mobile and AltaPoint all have major announcements

Business View Weekly – November 5, 2020 | Chamber News, Business Headlines & Member Events

 

Chamber News

 

The Mobile Area Chamber leadership congratulates Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville and Congressman-elect Jerry Carl. Tuberville will serve in the U.S. Senate as Alabama’s junior senator alongside the state’s senior senator and appropriations committee chairman, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby.

 

Carl will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for Alabama’s first congressional district, comprised of Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties. The Chamber team looks forward to working with the entire Alabama delegation to advocate for Mobile area businesses.

 

The Chamber advocated for two measures on Tuesday’s ballot – Amendment 4, driving the Alabama Legislature to remove racist wording from the state constitution, and Mobile County’s Pay-As-You-Go program to fund county-wide road and bridge projects. Both initiatives passed.

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Save the Date: The Mobile Area Chamber’s Business First program is hosting a virtual forum on Employment Law and Federal Contracts. Learn on Thursday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to Noon, what the new executive order on combating race and sex stereotyping means for your company.

 

Julia James Shreve with Armbrecht Jackson will discuss who the executive order applies to, best practices on employment trainings and potential constitutional and political challenges. Register here. It’s free.

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Today, Gov. Kay Ivey extended the mask order through Friday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. In the amended order, emergency occupancy rates are being removed for retailers, gyms and fitness centers, and entertainment venues. Also included is a use of partitions exception for many businesses – including barber shops, hair salons, gyms and restaurants – if people are wearing masks and separated by an “impermeable” barrier.

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Business Headlines

 

Mobile-headquartered Hiller Companies announced the purchase of California‐based A&D Fire Sprinklers. The acquisition closed Nov. 1.

 

“The strong presence and solid reputation of A&D in their markets will be a great asset and will allow us to expand our fire protection offerings on the West Coast of the United States,” Hiller President & CEO Patrick Lynch said. “A&D brings a long history of expertise in the fire sprinkler and detection verticals and will add more than 400 employees to the Hiller family.”

 

A&D Fire Sprinklers has offices in San Diego and Los Angeles, Calif., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Spokane, Wash.

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Today, the City of Mobile announced details on a plan to create or preserve 1,000 homes by 2026. Mayor Sandy Stimpson first unveiled the program during the Mobile Area Chamber’s State of the City and County program earlier this year.

 

Funded by $15 million in HUD block grants, the city plans to do emergency repairs on 550 owner occupied homes, rehabilitate 100 blight or abandoned homes, construct or rehabilitate 275 rental units and build 30 new single-family homes. The focus is east of 1-65.

 

“The hope is to grow the population of the City of Mobile and reverse the trend of challenges that go with blight,” said Stimpson. Watch the media conference here.

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AltaPointe Health is one of three providers chosen for a state crisis diversion pilot project, announced by Gov. Kay Ivey earlier this week. The Mobile site will serve a seven-county area, including AltaPointe’s Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties as well as Southwest Alabama Behavioral Health’s counties of Clark, Conecuh, Escambia and Monroe.

 

Tuerk Schlesinger, AltaPointe Health CEO, said, “In preparation, we have visited mental health crisis centers in Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma and will incorporate the best features of each including 23-hour observation beds and a crisis stabilization unit for extended observation.”

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The Mobile County Health Department and Family Health, its primary care division, have 13 Certified Application Counselors ready to assist people who buy their own health insurance during the open enrollment period that runs through Dec. 15. The counselors are trained and able to help consumers as they look for health coverage options through the Health Insurance Exchange and assist with completing eligibility and enrollment forms.

 

Certified Application Counselors can be found at all Family Health centers located throughout Mobile County. Find a list of sites here or call 251.445.8632. Find additional information on the Affordable Care Act website.

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To help business owners better understand and master state tax obligations requirements, the Alabama Department of Revenue is offering two upcoming webinars. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Business Personal Property Tax will be offered at 10 a.m. On Thursday, Nov. 19, Business Privilege Licenses will be offered at 2 p.m. Each is 30 minutes long and free. Registration is required.

 

In other news, the department of revenue is now offering taxpayers the option to renew sales tax and other licenses online. Now required annually by Dec. 31, there is no charge to renew sales, rental, sellers use, lodgings, utility gross receipts and simplified sellers use taxes. For more information, visit the step-by-step instructions and FAQ pages. Any taxpayers who need help renewing licenses can contact ALDOR’s Sales & Use Tax Division at 334.242.1490 or the nearest Taxpayer Service Center.

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Member Promotions

 

The Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission is hosting its 2020 celebration at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The ceremony and parking will be free.

 

This year’s events include a U.S. Coast Guard flyover between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. At the aircraft pavilion, the ceremony recognizing the U.S. Navy Commander Pete Riehm (Ret.) as Veteran of the Year and U.S. Army Major Gen. Janet Cobb (Ret.) as Patriot of the Year begins at 10 a.m. Masks are required for all people. Contact Teresa Taylor for more information.

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The Steeple on St. Francis is offering a 10 percent discount for all Christmas bookings through November. Call 251. 415.4641 for more information and how your group can socially distance.

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The History Museum of Mobile announced the opening of A History of Mobile in 22 Objects. The exhibition has 22 unexpected and compelling objects that help weave over 300 years of Mobile history, from the pre-Colonial era to the 21st century port. Together, they frame stories around Colonial Mobile, yellow fever, export economy, education, hurricanes, two world wars, civil rights, downtown Mobile, the modern port and more.

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LifeSouth is urging regular and first-time blood donors to give. The community blood supply continues to be dangerously low due to the impact of COVID-19 and prior storms. All blood types are needed, especial O donors. Make an appointment here or call 888.795.2707.

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Member Events

Thursday, Nov. 5

Saenger Theatre

Classic Movies – Ghost

11/05/2020

7 p.m.

$6 adults / $3 for seniors 60+ and children 12 & under

6 S. Joachim St.

251.208.7261

https://www.mobilesaenger.com

The Saenger Theatre Box Office is closed. Tickets can be purchased at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (401 Civic Center Dr., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or the Saenger Box Office on movie days, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Tickets for movies cannot be purchased online or by phone.

 

Friday, Nov. 6

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Sea Lab Science Fridays: STEM: The Ocean Version

11/06/2020

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$15 per participant or $25 for parent/guardian and child

101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin island

251.861.7515

https://www.disl.edu/dhp/sea-lab-science-fridays/

Discovery Hall Programs is offering a day of ‘drop-in’ classes for all ages. STEM: The Ocean Version covers ocean drifters, Trash(in) the Ocean or ROVing the Gulf.

 

Saturday, Nov. 7

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Now through s11/30/2020

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

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

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

251.973.2217

Homepage

Enjoy the blooms of hundreds of beautiful cascade chrysanthemums at Bellingrath during the month of November.

 

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

RV Alabama Discovery Excursion

11/07/2020

9:45 a.m. to Noon

$30 per person s

101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin island

251.861.7500

https://www.disl.edu/events/rv-alabama-discovery-excursion2/

An educator-led two-hour boat trip in the waters surrounding Dauphin Island. Learn how estuaries such as Mobile Bay feed the seas.

 

Sunday, Nov. 8

Mobile Christian School

Open House

11/08/2020

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Free

5900 Cottage Hill Rd.

251-661-1613

https://www.mobilechristian.org

Anyone interested in the school is welcome to come by.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Thryv

Connect 20 – Building Your Entrepreneurial Business in Today’s New Landscape

11/10 and 11/11/2020

$39 and there is a free option

Online

817.832.9999

https://connect.thryv.com/?utm_source=thryv-connect&utm_medium=multichannel&utm_campaign=connect20&utm_term=thryv-chamber

Connect 20 will show you how to build, grow and modernize your business in today’s COVID-19 environment. Special keynote speakers and lots of great content in breakout sessions.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Edward Jones

Tax-Free Investing: It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep

11/11/2020

1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Free

Zoom Meeting

251.431.9869

www.edwardjones.com/john-garrett

Do you want more control over the taxes you pay? You’ll learn about tax-advantaged investments, three ways to purchase municipal bonds, and how tax-free investing can help achieve your goals.

 

Thursday, Nov. 12

OWA

Improv at OWA Theater

11/12/2020

7 p.m.

$19.99

200 North OWA Blvd., Foley

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/explore/events/improv-comedy/

Do you miss when “Whose Line Is It Anyway” fueled the comedy scene? Join us for a night of improv and comedy, one night only at the OWA Theater.

 

Saenger Theatre

Classic Movies – Jailhouse Rock

11/12/2020

7 p.m.

$6 adults / $3 for seniors 60+ and children 12 & under

6 S. Joachim St.

251.208.7261

https://www.mobilesaenger.com

The Saenger Theatre Box Office is closed. Tickets can be purchased at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (401 Civic Center Dr., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or the Saenger Box Office on movie days, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Tickets for movies cannot be purchased online or by phone.

 

Friday, Nov. 13

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

11/13/2020

10 a.m. to Noon

$12 cash

Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry 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.

 

Friday, Nov. 13

Mobile Sports Authority

Alabama State D1 Nation/AYSC Youth Football Playoff Tournament

11/13 to 11/15/2020

5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday / 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday / 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

$10 per day / $25 weekend pass / Free for kids 5 and under

Herndon Sage Park, 2900 Dauphin St.

251.725-1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

More than 40 youth football teams, ages 6-14, compete to see who will be state champions. Winners advance to the national tournament to be held in Atlanta in December.

 

OWA

Christian Comedy Fest

11/13/2020

7 p.m.

$24.95

1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/explore/events/christiancomedyfest/

90 minutes of clean, family friendly comedy featuring Cyrus Steele and Eric Hunter. Perfect for date night and the whole family.

 

Saturday, Nov. 14

Mobile Sports Authority

Alabama State D1 Nation/AYSC Youth Football Playoff Tournament

11/14/2020

8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

$10 / Kids 5 and under free

Herndon Sage Park, 2900 Dauphin St.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

More than 40 youth football teams, ages 6-14, will compete to see who will be state champions. Winners advance to the national tournament to be held in Atlanta in December.

 

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

11/14/2020

10 a.m. to Noon

$12 cash

Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest 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.

 

Habitat for Humanity Southwest Alabama

Women Build

11/14/2020

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free

Habitat Women Build, 511 Maybrick Rd. E.

251.476.7171

www.habitatswalabama.org

Women Build 2020 kicks off Nov. 14. No experience is required to join. Contact Sue King for more info and get your name on the calendar.

 

OWA

Nachtspiele OWA

11/14/2020

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

$20 for teams / free for spectators

1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/explore/events/nachtspiele/

Enjoy German entertainment, food, and brews in Downtown OWA while teams compete for a chance to win The Nachtspiele Gauntlet. Get your team of four together and start practicing.

 

Sunday, Nov. 15

Mobile Sports Authority

Alabama State D1 Nation/AYSC Youth Football Playoff Tournament

11/15/2020

7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

$10 per day / $25 weekend pass / Free for kids 5 and under

Herndon Sage Park, 2900 Dauphin St.

251.725-1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

More than 40 youth football teams, ages 6-14, compete to see who will be state champions. Winners advance to the national tournament to be held in Atlanta in December.

 

Monday, Nov. 16

Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP)

Virtual Reverse Trade Show: Face to Face Meetings

11/16/2020 (all week)

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$50 per meeting

Virtual Platforms like Microsoft TEAMS

251.345.7269

www.pepmobile.org

PEP’s VIRTUAL Reverse Trade Show will match vendors/exhibitors (Evonik, ALPower, BASF, Mitsubishi…) for 10-minute virtual meetings. Vendors will be able to choose the specific individual/department best fitting your product/service.

 

Thursday, Nov. 19

Business Information Solutions

How to Boost Brand Awareness and Increase Leads During Uncertain Times

11/19/2020

1 p.m.

Free

Online

https://www.askbis.com/bis-webinar/

We’ll discuss: defining your target audience, using analytics, identifying digital marketing tactics suitable for your business, developing a budget that produces results and how to create an effective marketing plan.

 

Mobile Area Boy Scouts of America

Annual Gathering of Eagles

11/19/2020

6 to 8 p.m.

Free

Athelstan Club, 170 St. Francis St.

251.478.9267

https://bsamac.org

The event is free and open to all Eagle Scouts in the greater Mobile area who are 21 and up. Food and beverages will be provided. Business casual.

 

Saenger Theatre

Classic Movies – Footloose

11/19/2020

7 p.m.

$6 adults / $3 for seniors 60+ and children 12 & under

6 S. Joachim St.

251.208.7261

https://www.mobilesaenger.com

The Saenger Theatre Box Office is closed. Tickets can be purchased at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (401 Civic Center Dr., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or the Saenger Box Office on movie days, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Tickets for movies cannot be purchased online or by phone.

 

Friday, Nov. 20

Mobile Sports Authority

Turkey Day Tennis Classic

11/20 – 11/23/2020

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days

Free for spectators

Mobile Tennis Center, 851 Gaillard Dr.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

This ATA-sanctioned tournament is a fun-filled event of food, prizes and competition. Singles, doubles and mixed teams. Proceeds benefit the programs provided by New Lyons Park Tennis Association.

 

OWA

Brandon Styles Theater: 1920s Murder Mystery Dinner Show

11/20/2020

6 to 9 p.m.

$24 and up

OWA 101H S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535

251.237.3330

https://reservations.waverez.com/brandonstyles

Enjoy a delectable plated dinner situated around an up-close show set in an early 1920s speakeasy. There is no dress code but we do encourage 1920 attire.

 

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Christmas Masquerade Gala

11/20/2020

6:30 to 9 p.m.

$75 per person

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore

251.973.2217

Homepage

Join us for an elegant evening and get the first look at the brand-new scene created for the 25th Anniversary Season of Magic Christmas in Lights.