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Cullman business awarded contract to make masks for U.S. Capitol

  Railroad Park celebrating 10th anniversary with a FREE virtual event

  Local business owner says PPP loans are needed now

130 new jobs coming to Cullman County

  Birmingham Career Center says there are plenty of jobs available

  Some in community “cautiously optimistic” about Ramsay McCormack future

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  How will the money from the Gas Tax be used?

  Furloughed Birmingham woman learns her job has been eliminated

Funk Fest coming to Legion Field Nov. 7; City council president wants more music festivals at the stadium

  Get ready for another gas tax increase Thursday

  Birmingham Crossplex issues new safety restrictions as city opens art, cultural and sporting facilities

  Local business says it won’t enforce mask mandate

  Local small business owner says city PPP loan helped her stay in business during the pandemic

More than 800 jobs at local businesses were supported as a result of a loan program put together by Birmingham Mayor and the city’s Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity.

  Long-time vacant building will soon be brought to life in downtown Birmingham

The American Life Building has been vacant for more than 16 years but soon it will be full of tenants.

  $300 unemployment benefits end in Alabama

The situation for some Alabamians could be dire as the financial lifeline ends next month, with no additional money in sight.

  ABC Board plans to end the 11 p.m. alcohol restrictions

Right now Alabama bartenders have to call last call before 11 p.m.

  Auburn grads create robot to revolutionize how Tennis is played

  How are businesses doing during the pandemic?

  Fundraiser started to save financially strapped Alabama and Lyric theatres

  Rezoning approved for $200 million redevelopment of former Trinity Medical Center site

Agritourism businesses hopeful for a bump in attendance this fall

UA students react to bars re-opening

  The CDC will use its quarantine authority to prevent evictions

The Centers for Disease Control will use its quarantine authority to prevent renters from being evicted from their homes through the end of the year.

Bronze Valley Accelerator program giving local businesses a tailored boost

Small businesses in Alabama that are ready to innovate and grow have a window of opportunity to get some free, tailored, high-powered help.

  Effort underway to find common ground on bar closures in Tuscaloosa

A handful of frustrated bar owners are asking the city to find some common ground after an executive order that shut down nearly 30 bars in Tuscaloosa

State seeing surge of new business applications, how everyone benefits

Secretary of state John Merrill believes economic uncertainty, job loss, and more time at home is the reason for the surge in applications.

  Analysts say wood prices are soaring

The pandemic is throwing a wrench in the lumber industry, and not only are the prices higher, but local builders said wood is also difficult to find.

  Lawsuits filed as insurance companies deny ‘Business Interruption’ claims

But many business owners are now discovering that when their sales and services are interrupted by say, a virus, they’re not covered.

  FedEx Ground distribution center means almost 300 jobs

FEDEX Ground plans to build a $40 million, 300,000 square foot facility on 46 acres on Lakeshore Parkway.

FedEx bringing more than 280 jobs to Jefferson County

The Birmingham Business Alliance said FedEx Ground will build a 300,000-square-foot facility on a 46-acre site on Lakeshore Parkway, that would place the new building next to the Dollar General Distribution Center.

  Birmingham’s “Ed Farm” continues to grow

The pandemic hasn't stopped work at Birmingham's Education Farm. In fact, the partnership between Birmingham and Apple is continuing to grow.

  Health department fielding hundreds of calls about restaurants violating “safer at home” orders

The health department is hearing that there are places breaking the rules.

  Dansby Foods supercenter planned for old Walmart in Fairfield

They're calling it an economic engine for Fairfield. The old Walmart supercenter on Aronov Drive will be the home of a new Dansby Foods Center.

  New grocery store in Bessemer

Urban Market had its grand opening Tuesday on 9th Street at Hall Avenue.

  Babysitting app Wyndy partnering with companies to provide childcare for employees

An on-demand babysitting app based in Birmingham is now working with companies to ease some of the stress parents are dealing with as they work from home.

Little Savannah closes its doors in Birmingham

Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar has announced they will close their doors after 17 years.

Fundraiser for Space and Rocket Center exceeds $1.2 million

The Saturn V rocket outside the Space and Rocket Center isn’t far from being completely lit up!

  Enforcement on Alabama alcohol restrictions begins

Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will begin enforcing the new alcohol sales curfew.

  Tuscaloosa Flower Shoppe hopeful UA graduation means business in town increase

Families celebrating graduation was a welcome sight for business owners like Sarah Morrison, owner of the Tuscaloosa Flower Shoppe.

  Another stimulus relief package could help small businesses

Another economic stimulus bill is in the works, meaning potential financial relief to many.

Sitel Hamilton to hire dozens for at-home work positions

All employees will have the opportunity to work from home and support some of Sitel Group’s largest media, entertainment, and technology clients.

  Local organizations team up to help small businesses

15 different Birmingham organizations have teamed up to help local small business owners.

  New workforce initiative in Alabama includes Virtual Reality training

The VR training will start with teaching jobs in the manufacturing industry and then expand into other fields.

Next step for Century Plaza to become logistics center and bring over 300 jobs

The redevelopment will transform the former mall into a 200,000 square-foot distribution center that could bring over 300 jobs to District 2.

  More businesses boosting online presence during COVID-19

One company is helping businesses go digital to keep up with a changing economy.

Will the $600 federal unemployment benefit be renewed?

The extra $600 a week in federal pandemic benefits runs out in just four weeks, on July 25th or 26th for most people.

  Beware of crooks trying to get unemployment checks

As people continue having a tough time getting through to the Alabama Unemployment office about their checks, It’s even harder on those who are trying to report a case of suspected fraud.

  Unemployment numbers remain steady as others dropped from claims

The ADOL said it appears the state’s economy is going in the right direction with unemployment numbers dropping recently.

  West Alabama Works hosts virtual automotive job fair Thursday through Friday

"If you want to have a long-term career in the automotive industry, this is a great way to start,”

World War II monument defaced with paint at Charlotte cemetery

The memorial at Evergreen Cemetery on Central Avenue is covered with the words “Glory to the day of heroism June 19, 1986.” The phrase appears to correspond to the Peruvian prison massacres of 1986, when 224 people died in a series of riots.

  West Birmingham looks to bright business future

Small business success will be a key factor for growth.

  Economic opportunities for minorities in Tuscaloosa discussed during online roundtable

Panelists hope to find solutions to some issues through frank conversations.

  Trinity Medical property redevelopment full-steam ahead

While some businesses are shutting their doors or suffering during the pandemic, there is hope on the horizon for development in Birmingham.

  Birmingham business landscape in question due to pandemic

News that the beloved local coffee shop Urban Standard was shutting its doors this week stunned regular customers.

  Century Plaza could become logistics center and bring over 300 jobs

The proposed facility is designed for a package delivery service.

Birmingham businesses host virtual panel series on race, equity

Birmingham Speaks will kickstart a four-part virtual panel series called Birmingham Speaks UP!

  The artistry of a chainsaw carver with plenty of power

Heather Bailey has been a chainsaw carver for 15 years. She is so proficient is now considers herself an artist with the chainsaw. Bailey talks about the fun and the accomplishment along with the talent it takes to complete a project and so something not many people can do.

  More Tuscaloosa businesses get money from small business relief fund

The financial relief is helping keep small businesses alive in Tuscaloosa

State survey aims to address broadband service gaps

The state says many Alabama homes and businesses are likely receiving less than 25 megabits per second download speed and three Mbps upload speed.

State lodging, sales taxes down in May report

The COVID-19-caused drop in education budget tax revenues were most noticeable in the sales tax, down $28.7 million, and income tax, down $26.2 million.

  High school rising senior fights for foster care with bows that bless

When Lindsey Wood was 10 years old she started Bows that Bless to raise awareness and money toward purchasing items for children in the Forster Care Program. Seven years later she continues to sew bows for a great cause.

Breweries ready to welcome back customers under phase two

Before pulling the taps, business owners are combing over the rules for phase two.

  Riverchase Galleria reopens, managers take steps to keep shoppers safe

The Riverchase Galleria in Hoover reopened Tuesday.

  blo, blow dry bar in Homewood reinvents business strategy during COVID-19

Although hair salons aren’t allowed to reopen at this time, blo blow dry bar in Homewood is thinking outside the box during to make a sale.

  Local business owners are excited to reopen stores

An order, which temporarily closed stores six weeks ago, was lifted at 5 p.m. Thursday. Store owners say they're happy to be able to reconnect with customers.

  Small business owner explains how she’ll use BhamStrong loan

66 small businesses in Birmingham have now been approved to receive emergency loans from BhamStrong.

  Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama offers playbook how businesses can safely reopen

The playbook has information on workplace cleanliness, the importance of personal protective equipment along with tips on communicating with employees and how to hire and rehire workers.

  Salon owner diagnosed with COVID-19 while business closed

We’re hearing from a salon owner who was heartbroken to close her doors during COVID-19, only to find out days later, she had the virus.

  Does negative oil price impact gas prices?

Gas prices have been dropping over the past few weeks because there’s less demand for it right now.

  Local gyms eager to reopen, taking extra steps to sanitize

Fitness 4U 24/7 in Hoover says as a small business, they can’t wait to get up and running, but reassure members they are preparing to do so in a safe way.

OSHA releases new guidelines for handling coronavirus-related complaints

The response plan outlines procedures for addressing reports of workplace hazards related to the coronavirus.

  Safety top concern for El Barrio when it comes to reopening

El Barrio off 2nd Avenue North wants to reopen more than anything, but reopening comes with a lot of challenges.

Amazon still hiring in Bessemer

Amazon says the fulfillment center currently employs more than 1,500 full-time associates who will pick, pack and ship essential items to customers.

  AL Retail Association suggesting ways smaller retailers can reopen safely

Many small retailers are in fear of having to close their doors permanently before the current April 30 order expires.

  When will I get my stimulus check? IRS to launch check tracker

The IRS announced Easter weekend the first round of payments were deposited into taxpayers’ bank accounts and later this week, it will launch a tool on its website where people can track the status of their stimulus check.

Ivey: Mazda Toyota plant on adjusted timeline for Alabama

"I am confident that the automakers will move forward on their adjusted timeline to begin production at the Alabama facility, where they will turn out world-class vehicles."

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AT&T to pay front-line employees 20% more

AT&T said as a communications company, they are dedicated to keeping essential services running – and keeping first responders and consumers connected.

  Working girl in construction

Donna Strange picked a job most women never consider, but it's an occupation she loves and has a passion for.

Bill would allow colleges and universities to get debtors’ income tax refunds

The bill would allow the Alabama Department of Revenue to send a person’s state income tax refund to state institutions of higher education to pay outstanding debts.