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

 

Chamber News

Reminder: The Mobile Area Chamber Board of Directors voted to support Amendment 4 on the Tuesday, Nov. 3 ballot that allows the Alabama Legislature to remove racist language from the state constitution.

 

The board also voted to support Mobile County’s Pay as You Go referendum. The program will fund $60.8 million in countywide road and bridge improvement projects, funded by ad valorem taxes.

 

Today (Thursday, Oct. 29) is the last day to submit an absentee ballot and Monday, Nov. 2, is the last day to return it and/or postmark it. Find the information for Mobile County here and Baldwin County here.

 

Find the ballot here and more information about polling locations here.

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We are looking for input from business owners and managers to gauge business needs and concerns for 2021. Your responses will be presented at the Mobile Area Chamber’s State of the Economy held in December. The survey is only 11 questions and will take only a few minutes. Offer your perspective here.

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A team from the Mobile Area Chamber joined the City of Mobile for its quarterly community service project. On Friday, Oct. 23, about 75 people came together to help clean-up Africatown.

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House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and Minority Leader Anthony Daniels wrap up the Mobile Area Chamber’s 2020 virtual Forum Alabama series. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.

 

The cost is $15 for each event for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Contact Mallory Tyson, 251.431.8621. Reservations required for the live stream code.

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Business Headlines

The SW AL Partnership for Training and Employment announced it won a new COVID-19 grant for businesses and dislocated workers. The funds provide temporary employment for dislocated workers impacted by COVID-19 and helps business owners needing to hire worker(s) by covering wages for the temporary employee for up to 240 hours.

 

Learn more on the organization’s website or call 251.432.0909.

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USA Health launched a new support cancer group for adolescents, teenagers and their parents. “Canteen” offers separate Zoom meetings for adolescents, teens and their parents each month, no matter where they receive treatment. For more information or to register, contact Lauren Henson or call 251.415.1664.

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The window to apply for one of Mobile County Public Schools’ magnet schools begins on Monday, Nov. 2. Find the application here for one of three magnet elementary schools – Council Traditional School, Eichold-Mertz School of Math, Science and Technology and Old Shell Road School of Performing Arts; the five magnet middle schools – Clark-Shaw School of Math, Science and Technology; Denton Magnet School of Technology; Dunbar School of Creative & Performing Arts; Phillips Preparatory School; and the new Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies, opening in 2021. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 4.

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Last week, Airbus delivered its U.S.-made A220 aircraft. Delta Air Lines took delivery its first A220-300 type aircraft. The company has 31 of the A220-100 version.

 

Mobile is only the second city in the world where A220 aircraft are produced, the other is in MIrabel (Quebec) Canada.

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After last week’s visit from a team of certified arborists from seven states to help evaluate damaged trees in Bienville Square and other public spaces, more trees are coming down to help ensure public safety.

 

Five additional trees in Bienville Square will be taken down due to damage sustained during Hurricane Sally. Together with the six trees that fell as the storm made landfall, a total of 11 trees were lost.

 

Working with the Mobile Arts Council, the City of Mobile plans to use wood salvaged from the Bienville Square trees as a medium for artists who specialize in woodwork.

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The Federal Reserve needs your feedback about the effect of COVID-19 on your business. This data will be shared with legislators and policymakers to assist them with pandemic-related policy. The survey is open to businesses currently in operation, those recently closed and those about to launch. The Mobile Area Chamber encourages you to take a few minutes before the survey closes on Saturday, Oct. 31.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened a Business Recovery Center at the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Dr., to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally. SBA representatives can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The center is open seven-days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register with FEMA online. The filing deadline for physical property damage is Nov. 19 and the deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2021.

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Member Promotions

Ending soon: Both Mobile Sports & Entertainment Group’s Thriller Nights of Light of Mobile at Hank Aaron Stadium and the Exploreum’s exhibit, Fear: The Science of Phobias, end Saturday, Oct. 31. Learn more about the light show here and the exhibit here.

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Breaking: The Grounds is delaying opening day of the Greater Gulf State Fair until Saturday, Oct. 31. This week the organization announced its first round of music events Symone French performs at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5; Yeah, Probably at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6; Red Clay Strays at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7; La’Key the Soul Child at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13; and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, Laurie Anne Armour. Find more on Jamell Richardson’s performance and general information here.

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The Mobile Saenger announced tickets go on sale for two acts this week. Actor and comedian Desi Banks performs Saturday, Dec. 5. Travis Tritt performs Friday, Jan. 29.

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United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is hosting its annual Christmas Casual fundraiser. Orders are due Monday, Nov. 2.

For more information call Ginny McKinley at 251. 479. 4900 or online.

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Member Events

Thursday, Oct. 29

Bienville Bites Food Tour

Bites and Frights – Haunted Food Tour

10/29/2020

6:30 p.m.

$65

Lupercalia Art Society, 358 Dauphin St.

251.622.4041

https://bienvillebitesfoodtour.com/

Join us for a spook-tacular haunted experience through downtown Mobile full of delicious food, haunted landmarks and frightening stories.

 

Saenger Theatre

Classic Movies – Pretty Woman

10/29/2020

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.

 

Mobile Arts Council

Annual Throwdown

10/29/2020

7:30 to 9 p.m.

Free

6 S. Joachim St.

251.432.9796

https://charityauction.bid/mobilearts

The Throwdown, MAC’s biggest annual fundraiser, features a month-long silent auction, an action-packed art competition, and more.

 

Saturday, Oct. 31

5 Rivers – Alabama’s Delta Resource Center
Spooky Spokes Bicycle Parade
10/31/2020
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free
30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort
251.625.0814
https://www.outdooralabama.com/activities/5-rivers-alabama-delta-resource-center

Bring your bicycle, wear your costume, be part of the finest Halloween bicycle parade. Walkers and leashed pets can parade, too. Games and other outdoor activities available. Fun pandemic-safe time.

 

Exploreum Science Center
Halloween at the Exploreum
10/31/2020
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$5-$10 General Admission
65 Government St.
251.208.6893
www.exploreum.com

Come spend the spookiest day of the year with Doctor Jitters during our annual Halloween event. Includes Fear exhibit, demos, experiments, and the throwback movie, Gremlins. Costumes are always encouraged.

 

CSL Plasma Mobile

Halloween Trunk or Treat

10/31/2020

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free

1971 Government St., Ste. A

251.355.1343

This event will be Covid-19 friendly with treats, prize drawings and local food vendors onsite to purchase food. Mask will be provided, and social distancing will be encouraged.

 

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

10/31/2020

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

$12 cash

Kuddles-N-Kisses, 11120 Meadow Lark Rd., Grand Bay

251.690.8823

http://mchd.org/General/Home.aspx

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.

 

Exploreum Science Center
Gremlins

10/31/2020
3 p.m.
$3

65 Government St.
251.208.6893
www.exploreum.com

Special showing of the 1980s classic, Gremlins, rated PG.

 

OWA

Monster Bash

10/31/2020

4 p.m.

Free

1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/explore/events/monster-bash/

The Park at OWA is holding its annual Monster Bash Costume Contest. This kid-friendly contest will be inside The Park for kids of all ages.

 

OWA

Island Movie Nights – It

10/31/2020

7 p.m.

Free

1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley

251.923.2111

https://visitowa.com/explore/halloween-at-owa/it/

Classic Fright Night movies are at OWA Theater.

 

Sunday, Nov. 1

Exploreum Science Center
Pumpkin Smashing
11/01/2020
1 to 3 p.m.

$5-$10 General Admission
65 Government St.
251.208.6893
www.exploreum.com

Bring your Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns and test the laws of gravity by dropping and smashing them in some exciting ways. You bring the pumpkins, we clean up the mess.

 

Saenger Theatre

Classic Movies – Frozen

11/01/2020

3 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.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 4

University of South Alabama

Interested Adult Student Office Hours

11/04/2020

4 to 6 p.m.

Free

Online – https://southalabama.zoom.us/j/95489113010

251.460.6257

https://www.southalabama.edu/adultlearner

USA’s Office of Adult Learner Services will hold virtual office hours for adults interested in completing degrees or starting new ones. Get all of your questions answered.

 

Thursday, Nov. 5

Mobile Sports Authority

AHSAA South Regional Cheer Competition

11/05/2020

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

$8 / free for kids 4 and under

Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Dr.

251.725.1794

www.mobilesportsauthority.com

This event draws cheer squads from the region to compete for a spot at State Cheer Finals being held on Dec. 12 at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.