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Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 16, the Mobile Area Chamber’s celebrates diversity and inclusion with its annual Eagle Awards. This year’s Eagle Award winners are Blue Fish, Easy Heating and Cooling and Paula’s Hair Unlimited. Stay tune to our social media channels and next week’s e-news for the announcement on this year’s Minority Business Advocate. Keynote speaker John Hope Bryant returns for an encore. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation Hope and a celebrated author. If you’d like to attend virtually, register here, or contact Brenda Rembert, 251.431.8607.
JJPR today won the U.S. Chamber’s Dream Big Award in the women-owned business achievement category. The Mobile Area Chamber nominated JJPR, one of our Small Business of the Year finalists. Find more here. Read the news release here.
Learn about all the ways we leak data at this month’s Executive Roundtable. The Mobile Area Chamber’s small business forum will be virtual on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. Glenda Snodgrass with The Net Effect is the speaker. It’s free. Contact Brenda Rembert, 251.431.8607 or RSVP here for the Zoon meeting code.
Mark your calendar for the next two Forum Alabama sessions in our series. Majority Leader Greg Reed and Minority Leader Bobby Singleton speak Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth will speak Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Contact Mallory Tyson, 251.431.8621. Reservations required for the live stream code.
Everything is better in the springtime. With the best interest of our members in mind, the Mobile Area Chamber rescheduled its annual Business Expo to Thursday, April 29. Contact Dawn Rencher, 251.431.8649 for more information.
The Alabama State Port Authority set another export coal shipment record loading 146,479 short tons at its McDuffie Coal Terminal. The coal was loaded to the Newcastle Max class bulk carrier, NSU WELFARE, which matches the previous record bulk ship to call on the port. All of the cargo loaded at McDuffie consisted of Alabama metallurgical grade coal bound for Asian markets.
Local businesses are being asked to take on college students as interns Nov. 1 – Dec. 31. The City of Mobile received extended funding from Alabama Department of Human Resources to increase opportunities for young people to work in Mobile. Due to COVID-19, many college students are taking classes online. This is a great time for them to earn while they learn. For additional information on the Fall YES (Youth Empowered for Success) Jobs Program contact Anitra Belle Henderson.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced a streamlined process for PPP borrowers to apply for loan forgiveness. Borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less will complete a one-page forgiveness application (SBA Form 3508S) that simplifies calculations and documentation requirements.
Borrowers using SBA Form 3508S are exempt from reductions in loan forgiveness amounts based on reductions in full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or in salaries or wages. Meaning if the borrower is able to document that he/she was unable to rehire or replace an employee, the amount of loan forgiveness will not be reduced. There is an Oct. 31 deadline printed on the form. The completed form should be submitted to your lender, or contact your lender for more information. Read the story here.
A dozen arborist experts came to help the City of Mobile in its efforts to properly record and evaluate the health of trees on city properties damaged by Hurricane Sally, including Bienville Square where there was significant damage. The team is helping the city prioritize public safety and the preservation of healthy trees in public spaces, and will help the city secure financial assistance from FEMA.
“Sometimes after these storms there’s a knee jerk reaction to just cut big trees down, but we’re here to help the City of Mobile maintain and keep as many viable trees as possible while making sure high-risk trees are removed from the landscape,” said team leader Seth Hawkins, a community forester with the Georgia Forestry Commission.
The group was organized by the Alabama Forestry Commission and includes leading arborists from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Tennessee.
American Express presents the Virtual Amex Campus Experience on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to network with like-minded business owners, learn from the top industry experts and get the tools you need to put your knowledge to work. Find the agenda for Business Class LIVE: Summit for Success here. Register by Oct. 18 here.
Bishop State Community College Foundation is hosting its inaugural Day of Giving Friday, Oct. 30. Donations will foster student growth and success. Learn more here and follow updates here.