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Business View Weekly – January 7, 2021 | Chamber News, Business Headlines & Member Events

 

Chamber News

 

 

Invitations are out and we’re planning a safe and socially distanced Annual Meeting. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, we’ll start at 6 p.m. with a conversation between the Chamber’s CEO and Board President, followed by networking, food and drinks. Tickets are $60 for members or $360 for a table of six. Make your reservation today. Contact Carolyn Wilson, 251.431.8606 for more information.

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The AM/NS Calvert expansion was one of Alabama News Center’s top five statewide economic development stories measured by audience interest in 2020. It’s one of the Mobile Area Chamber’s 2020 projects that you’ll read about in the Chamber’s upcoming annual report. Airbus’ delivery of the first A220 built in Mobile was also highlighted as the editor’s top choice.

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Business Headlines

 

The local firm of Russell Thompson Butler & Houston merged with nationally ranked CPA and advisory firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI), and joins more than 1,900 professionals serving clients in the Southeast and Southwest United States.

 

In addition to providing full-service accounting services, the firm operates eight portfolio companies – Auditwerx (SOC reporting and IT audits), CRI Advanced Analytics (data analytics), CRI Capital Advisors (investment banking), CRI Solutions Group (business consulting), CRI TPA Services (retirement plan administration), Paywerx (payroll management), Level Four Advisory Services (wealth management), and The Preferred Legacy Trust Company (trust and estate services).

 

“We look forward to the tremendous opportunities that this merger will create by combining our 30+ year history with the strength of a national firm. The addition of these new tools and resources will enable us to provide an expanded variety of services, while continuing to serve our clients on a local level,” says Glenn W. “Skip” Brown, III, Russell Thompson Butler & Houston partner in charge, Mobile and Fairhope offices.

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C Spire acquired Mobile-based Harbor Communications. “Throughout its 32-year history, C Spire has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions,” said CEO Hu Meena. “Harbor is a great addition to our family and solidifies even further our efforts to become the dominant market player in Alabama and the Southeast region.”

 

C Spire plans to immediately upgrade and expand Harbor’s existing fiber optic infrastructure in Mobile and Baldwin counties to bring its all-fiber services to more consumers, businesses and government entities in the area.

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JetBlue rang in the new year with the first Airbus A220-300 aircraft assembled in Mobile. It is the first delivery of 70 A220 aircraft JetBlue has on order, which will be phased in to ultimately replace the existing fleet of 60 Embraer 190 aircraft.

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The Alabama Department of Revenue is offering tax extensions to businesses and residents who suffered damage by Hurricane Zeta in Mobile county, along with Clark, Dallas, Marengo, Perry, Washington and Wilcox counties. Taxpayers residing in the areas listed have until March 1 to file returns previously due Oct. 28, 2020 without penalty. Learn more here.

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The Alabama Small Business Development Center released a list of its January webinars. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Wells Fargo Survival Series begins, followed by Doing Business Online that kicks off with how to create a winning website on Wednesday, Jan. 13. A CARES Act Small Business Recovery Course with eight modules starts Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Member Promotions

 

 

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama is calling for volunteers, especially its annual Women Build event that beings Saturday, Feb. 6. The organization is following CDC guidelines to ensure safety. Call Sue King at 251.476.7171, ext. 229.

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Murphy High School is hosting a virtual meeting for summer internships for the business community on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. Sign up here.

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United Cerebral Palsy is offering Mardi Gras shirts as a way of supporting the organization. Orders are due by Friday, Jan. 15. Find the order form here or call Ginny McKinley at 251.646.0441.

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Member Events

Saturday, January 9

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

01/09/2021

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.

 

Wednesday, January 13

Alabama SBDC

Creating a Winning Website

01/13/2021

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Free

Online

205.348.1582

https://asbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/8758

Websites are crucial for all businesses in this COVID business environment. Business Owners that are doing it all need strategies for creating a website.

 

Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Winter Wednesdays: Southern Winter Gardening
01/13/2021
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
$14 for adults / $8 for ages 5-12 / free to Bellingrath members
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd.
251.459.8868
https://bellingrath.org

Join Executive Director Todd Lasseigne to learn about plants that peak in the winter months, exhibiting showy flowers or evergreen foliage or even interesting twigs and branching structure.

 

Edward Jones

Rules of the Road Seminar

01/13/2021

Noon and 6 p.m.

Free

Virtual – call or email for registration details

251.431.9869

https://www.edwardjones.com/john-garrett

Participants will learn: The most common investing mistakes and how to avoid them; investing strategies to help reach their long-term goals; and what they can do now to prepare for retirement.

 

Friday, January 15

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

01/15/2021

10 a.m.

Free

3255 Airport Blvd., Ste. 120

251.308.0530

www.nothingbundtcakes.com

Twenty percent of all sales on Friday, January 15th, will be donated to SPCA.

 

OWA

Legends in Concert: Direct From London

01/15/2021

7 p.m.

$34.95

205 N. OWA Blvd., Foley

251.923.2111

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

Winter acts include Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Rod Stewart and George Michael.

 

Saturday, January 16

Mobile Museum of Art

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956

01/16 through 09/05/2021

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

$12 adults / $10 seniors / $8 active military & students / free for children under 6

4850 Museum Dr.

251.208.5200

https://www.mobilemuseumofart.com/exhibitions/gordon-parks-segregation-story-in-mobile-1956/

This exhibition of photographs documents the everyday activities of one extended black family during segregation.

 

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

01/16/2021

12:30 to 2:30 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.

 

Wednesday, January 20

Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Winter Wednesdays: Lies the Tour Guide Told Me
01/20/2021
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
$14 for adults / $8 for ages 5-12 / free to Bellingrath members
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd.
251.459.8868
https://bellingrath.org

Visitors to the Bellingrath Home have been told some very interesting tales over the last six decades. Tom McGehee will share his favorite “fawbits” (Fictional Accounts without Basis in Truth).

 

Friday, January 22

Mobile County Health Department

Rabies Clinic

01/22/2021

10 a.m. to Noon

$12 cash

City of Mobile 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.