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Business View Weekly – April 29, 2021 | Chamber News, Business Headlines & Member Events

 

Chamber News

 

Morale Resource’s Gia Wiggins invites you to join her at the Mobile Area Chamber’s Annual Meeting. With the socially-distanced format, we have less than 150 tickets available. The event is set for Thursday, May 27. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning promptly at 6 p.m. and food and drink and music following. Tickets are $60 for Mobile Chamber members, $360 for a table of six. Get yours today here, or call Carolyn Wilson, 251.431.8606.

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Keep an eye out for the Mobile Area Chamber’s Mother’s Day shop local billboards, thanks to our partnership with Lamar Advertising. And spread the word to keep shopping local.

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Mobile Area Chamber President & CEO Bill Sisson moderated Bishop State Community College Foundation’s Town Hall Friday, April 23. Fitzgerald Washington, Alabama’s secretary of labor, and Dr. Reggie Sykes, president of Bishop State Community College, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on employment and the recovery. The event raised money for student scholarships.

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A Mobile Area Chamber team joined the dozens of volunteers and organizations who participated in United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 2021 Day of Caring. Chamber staff served at Via Health, planting flowers, weeding, tree trimming, power washing and painting.

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Business Headlines

 

ICYMI: The latest Census report released that Alabama will retain its current number of seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next 10 years. The state’s population grew 4.8 million since the 2010 Census. Among the state’s key successes in 2020 Census response period were:

  • Higher self-response rate than the 2010 Census
  • 47 counties exceeded their final 2010 self-response rates
  • Many Black Belt counties performed at or above 2010 levels

 

The data released on Monday is limited to statewide populations totals only. The more detailed county, city and census tract level data needed for legislative redistricting will be released in August and September, according to the Census Bureau.

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State Policy Reports, a Washington, D.C.-based publication, ranked Alabama No. 8 in its Index of State Economic Momentum for the first quarter. The index ranks states based on their most recent performance in three important measures of economic vitality: personal income growth, employment growth and population growth.

 

Alabama was among 28 states exceeding the national average, and its ranking was higher than South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi. Idaho led the way among the states, with Hawaii finishing last. Read the story the Alabama Department of Commerce’s story here.

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Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill creating the Africatown Redevelopment Corp. to revitalize housing in Africatown and make it a sustainable community. Mobile County Commission President Merceria Ludgood and Rep. Adline Clarke worked on the bill to ensure the historic preservation of the area. Read more in the Mobile Area Chamber’s From the Floor update here.

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The City of Mobile released its 2020 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), intended to help citizens better understand city finances and how their tax dollars are being managed. A PAFR is a scaled-down version of the same report that makes information about City finances more easily accessible to the public. Find the flipbook version here.

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The Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at the University of South Alabama changed its name and rebranded as the South Alabama Center for Business Analytics, Real Estate and Economic Development (SABRE). The department falls within the Mitchell College of Business.  Find additional information here.

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The Alabama Department of Commerce is offering a webinar addressing the protocols of virtual sales meetings, Wednesday, May 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. Colleen Harding, a veteran sales executive in telecommunications, radio, television, online webinars and corporate training is leading the program. It’s free. Register here.

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Member Promotions

 

The Mobile Museum of Art added a new glass fusing class to its adult schedule. In Glass Brilliance, instructor Rachel Wright will teach how to use stencils and colored glass powders and how to layer the glass to create depth and richness. Class starts Saturday, May 8. Find more information here.

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Member Events

Thursday, April 29

University of South Alabama

USA Bands Spring Concert

04/29/2021

7 p.m.

Free

Saenger Theater

251.583.5590

https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/music/deptcalendar.html

USA Bands Spring Concert will feature conductors Drs. William H. Peterson and Jason F. Rinehart.

 

Friday, April 30

Mobile Sports Authority

USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling Region 5 Championship

04/30 – 05/02/2021

9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

$15 for a day pass / $35 for a weekend pass

Mobile Convention Center, 1 S. Water St.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

Over 480 gymnasts, including Olympian and World Championship Silver Medalist Nicole Ahsinger, will participate. The three-day competition is a qualifier for the USA Gymnastics National Championships and Jr. Olympics.

 

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Beach, Dune, and Maritime Forest Excursion

04/30/2021

9:45 a.m. to Noon

$12 per person

101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island

251.861.7500

disl.edu/events

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

 

Saturday, May 01

Mobile Sports Authority

USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling Region 5 Championship

05/01 – 05/02/2021

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$15 for a day pass / $35 for a weekend pass

Mobile Convention Center, 1 S. Water St.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

Over 480 gymnasts, including Olympian and World Championship Silver Medalist Nicole Ahsinger, will participate. The three-day competition is a qualifier for the USA Gymnastics National Championships and Jr. Olympics.

 

Alabama Kidney Foundation

2021 Mobile Kidney Walk

05/01/2021

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Free

UMS-Wright Preparatory School, Old Shell Road Entrance/Bulldog Drive

251.721.0235

alkidney.org

Join us for a drive-thru, socially distanced celebration to benefit local kidney patients. Car parade, education & vendor tents, music, photos, car decorating contest, prizes and more.

 

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

05/01/2021

1 to 3 p.m.

$12 cash

City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens St.

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.

 

Mobile Symphony

Russian Classics

05/01 and 05/02/2021

6 and 8:30 p.m.

$15-$82

Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim St.

251.432.2010

https://mobilesymphony.org/event/russian-classics

Five monumental Russian composers raise their voices in this concert: Tchaikovsky, Anton Arensky, Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.

 

Sunday, May 02

Mobile Sports Authority

USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling Region 5 Championship

05/02/2021

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$15 for a day pass / $35 for a weekend pass

Mobile Convention Center, 1 S. Water St.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

Over 480 gymnasts, including Olympian and World Championship Silver Medalist Nicole Ahsinger, will participate. The three-day competition is a qualifier for the USA Gymnastics National Championships and Jr. Olympics.

 

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers

05/02/2021

Noon to 4 p.m.

Free Admission

30945 Five Rivers Blvd.on the Causeway

251.621.0782

https://www.facebook.com/5RiversDeltaResourceCenter/

Local arts & crafts, farmers’ market and outdoor-themed items from the center’s Cypress Shop. Glass blowing demonstration by Freddie Blache, Muffin Jaw Glass. Chew Chew Food Truck serving specialty sandwiches.

 

Mobile Symphony

Russian Classics

05/02/2021

1 and 3 p.m.

$15-$82

Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim St.

251.432.2010

https://mobilesymphony.org/event/russian-classics

Five monumental Russian composers raise their voices in this concert: Tchaikovsky, Anton Arensky, Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.

 

Tuesday, May 04

The Net Effect

CMMC 101: Readiness Crash Course

05/04/2021

10 to 11 a.m.

$99

Online class

251.433.0196

https://www.theneteffect.com/workshops/cmmc-102.php

You know the documentation requirements of CMMC ML3 are extensive. This class will walk you through the differences between practices, policies and plans, and help you get started.

 

Wednesday, May 05

Mobile Sports Authority

Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Baseball Championship Tournament

05/05 – 05/08/2021

10 a.m. first game begins / 7 p.m. last game begins

$10 per day / $32 for a weekend pass / $5 with student ID / free for 10 and under

Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

Eight SSAC teams compete for the championship in this double-elimination format. First time in Mobile.

 

American Heritage Financial

Business Happy Hour

05/05/2021

4:30 p.m. until

Free

Seville Quarter / Apple Annies, 130 E. Government St., Pensacola

https://www.sevillequarter.com/

Network and promote your business at Seville Quarter, and help raise money for the Rally Foundation.

 

Thursday, May 06

Mobile Sports Authority

Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Baseball Championship Tournament

05/06 – 05/08/2021

10 a.m. first game begins / 7 p.m. last game begins

$10 per day / $32 for a weekend pass / $5 with student ID / free for 10 and under

Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

Eight SSAC teams compete for the championship in this double-elimination format. First time in Mobile. Continues through May 8.

 

OWA

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Kickoff

05/06 – 05/09/2021

5 to 8 p.m.

Free

1501 S. OWA Blvd.

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/event/gulf-coast-hot-air-balloon-festival/2021-05-06/

A family-friendly event, the festival has activities for everyone. Festival admission is free with select activities for an additional charge.

 

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Cocktails with the Critters

05/06/2021

6 to 9 p.m.

$50 per person

Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Pkwy., Spanish Fort

251.307.5903

sealabfoundation.org

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and support continuing research and education with an evening of food and music.

 

Friday, May 07

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Salt Marsh Excursion

05/07/2021

9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

$12 per person

101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island

251.865.7500

disl.edu/estuarium

Learn about the important role salt marshes play in the Gulf of Mexico and how they support the seafood we enjoy.

 

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

05/07/2021

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.

 

Mobile Sports Authority

Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Baseball Championship Tournament

05/07 – 05/08/2021

10 a.m. first game begins / 7 p.m. last game begins

$10 per day / $32 for a weekend pass / $5 with student ID / free for 10 and under

Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

Eight SSAC teams compete for the championship in this double-elimination format. First time in Mobile. Continues through May 8.

 

OWA

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/07 – 05/09/2021

2 to 10:30 p.m.

Free

1501 S. OWA Blvd.

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/event/gulf-coast-hot-air-balloon-festival/2021-05-06/

A family-friendly event, the festival has activities for everyone. Festival admission is free with select activities for an additional charge.

 

People United to Advance the Dream Mobile

Ribbon Cutting, Tour & Program Review

05/07/2021

4 p.m.

Free

229 S. Wilson Ave., Prichard

251.289.1241

www.puadmobile.org

Celebrate with People United at its new office suite. Refreshments will be served and a tour will be given. RSVPs requested by May 4.

 

Saturday, May 08

Fuse Project

Trash-Free Water Day (rescheduled)

05/08/2021

8 to 11 a.m.

Free

Tricentennial Park

251.265.3873

https://mobilebaykeeper.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/earth-day-apple-snail-roundup

 

OWA

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/08 – 05/09/2021

9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Free

1501 S. OWA Blvd.

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/event/gulf-coast-hot-air-balloon-festival/2021-05-06/

A family-friendly event, the festival has activities for everyone. Festival admission is free with select activities for an additional charge.

 

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Ocean Explorer Saturday: Catch of the Day

05/08/2021

9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$35 per participant / $50 parent/guardian and child pair

101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island

251.861.2141

disl.edu/events

From rods to nets, scoops and pumps, join us to try out several different collecting methods and see what lives in the waters around Dauphin Island.

 

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

RV Alabama Discovery Excursion

05/08/2021

9:45 a.m. to Noon

$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.

 

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

05/08/2021

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.

 

Mobile Sports Authority

Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Baseball Championship Tournament

05/08/2021

10 a.m. first game begins / Championship game TBD

$10 per day / $32 for a weekend pass / $5 with student ID / free for 10 and under

Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

Eight SSAC teams compete for the championship in this double-elimination format. First time in Mobile. Continues through May 8.

 

Homestead RV Community

Grand Opening

05/08/2021

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10550 Pioneer Rd., Theodore

251.973.2484

www.HomeRVC.com

Tour Homestead RV Community, one of the most technologically advanced RV destinations. Guest speaker is District 3 Mobile County Commissioner Randall Dueitt, who will discuss new opportunities in Mobile.

 

Sunday, May 09

OWA

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/09/2021

Noon to 8 p.m.

Free

1501 S. OWA Blvd.

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/event/gulf-coast-hot-air-balloon-festival/2021-05-06/

A family-friendly event, the festival has activities for everyone. Festival admission is free with select activities for an additional charge.

 

Monday, May 10

Wendy’s

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting

05/10/2021

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.

 

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.

 

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