Restaurant worker shortage puts strain on local businesses

Some business owners are now coming up with creative ways to lure people back to work.

  Experts say rental car shortage is caused by computer chips

  SBA announces new lifeline for restaurants impacted by the pandemic

  Truck driving shortage impacting cost of goods

  Restaurants struggle with staffing amid busy weekend

  Business owners excited about Ensley revitalization

  Alabama Adventure looking to hire 400, job fair this Saturday

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  ABC Board preparing to enforce new alcohol delivery legislation

  Several local companies are looking to hire new employees now

  Final demolition of Ramsay McCormack building

  Birmingham business owners split on continuing mask requirements

  Birmingham Business Journal sees jobs resiliency in the Magic City

Edgar’s Bakery hiring for new Homewood location

  Analysts say the price of lumber is skyrocketing

New data shows the price of building materials is skyrocketing. A recent report shows the price of lumber is up by more than 170%.

  Jobs coming back as unemployment declines in Alabama

The unemployment rate is at 4 percent, it’s lowest point during the course of the pandemic, and some jobs are coming back.

  Mercedes parts supplier granted tax break for Tuscaloosa County plant expansion

The executive director for the Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Authority said it made good business sense to give Mercedes parts supplier SMP several hundred thousand dollars in tax breaks over time.

  Local workout facilities hope the GYMS Act will provide much needed pandemic relief

Community gyms and fitness clubs are looking to lawmakers for help during this pandemic. They’re hoping a new bill will offer a lifeline to tens of thousands of fitness centers across the country.

  Actor Danny Glover supports unionization at Amazon in Bessemer

  Former University of Alabama football player is a Crazy Cazboy’s entrepreneur

  Amazon workers hold rally in effort to unionize

C Spire invests $1 billion to accelerate deployment of fiber broadband and network enhancements in Alabama

  Local candy company featured in new Buc-ees in Leeds

Councilor Excited Amazon To Bring 300 More Jobs

  Small business owners wait for PPP loan update

Many small businesses are applying for the next round of financial help from the government to stay afloat, and waiting to find out if they have to pay back the previous COVID-19 relief loan.

  JCCEO resuming applications for people needing help paying rent and utilities

Earlier this week, JCCEO resumed taking applications and is working as fast as it can to process them.

  Gas prices are on the rise

If you have filled up lately then you’ve probably noticed prices are going up at the pumps.

  Winter edition of Birmingham Restaurant Week kicks off January 14th

Winter edition of Birmingham Restaurant Week kicks off January 14th and runs through January 31st.

Make Ends Meet: Tips to get financially fit this year

A new year is a perfect time to toss out old habits and start anew.

  Tracking 2021 tax filing changes for businesses

Many entrepreneurs are in for new guidelines from the IRS.

  Make Ends Meet: Money and Marriage

Marriage and money do not always make a perfect match.

2nd Cook Out location opening in Birmingham area

The new location will be at 301 24th St. S. in the Southside area.

After 66 years at Homewood location, Sikes Shoes and Jack n’ Jill Shop are moving

The stores are relocating to a brand new building during the Spring of 2021, but they will move to a temporary location until that space is finished.

Alabama revenue department issues guidance for tax relief measures

The Alabama Department of Revenue, or ALDOR, issued guidance for taxpayers and employers regarding tax relief measures included in Gov. Kay Ivey’s proclamation.

  Fancy’s on Fifth temporarily closing because of pandemic

A popular restaurant in Avondale is temporarily closing its doors due to the pandemic.

  Local restaurant owner explains how he’s staying afloat

The restaurant industry has suffered some of the most significant sales and job losses since the coronavirus pandemic began nine months ago, but local restaurants are weathering the storm.

We put $2 parking lot steaks to the test

Traveling steak sales are pulling into parking lots across the country, luring lots of budget-conscious shoppers.

Alabama lawmakers’ pay increasing in 2021

Members of the Alabama Legislature will get a 3.76% raise on Jan.1, bringing the 140 lawmakers’ annual pay to $51,734.

  State finance director ‘highly confident’ CARES funds will be spent by Dec. 30

The state finance director said Wednesday his office is working under a Dec. 30 deadline to spend more than $800 million remaining from the more than $1.76 billion federal CARES Act money allocated to the state earlier this year.

Local body art studio highlights brand meaning and how it has sustained through COVID-19

In light of Saturday’s nationally recognized day, WBRC spoke with Pain Freakz Body Art Studio and 'Strapped' Brand owner, Devonte Holt and his team about his business and brand.

Airport travel increases for Thanksgiving

Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport officials say the crowds this holiday season aren’t as busy as its been in previous years, but it is certainly more busy than it has been during the pandemic.

  Local business owner gears up for Black Friday

Local businesses are gearing up for what is normally the biggest shopping season of the year. But this year they’re making adjustments because of the pandemic.

  BBJ: Family Dollar plans to start selling alcohol in Birmingham

The retailer has rolled out alcohol sales in recent years in larger cities as a way to bring more shoppers into the store.

  Black Friday vacation deals starting now

Even if you’re a bit hesitant to travel right now, you can still take advantage of the Black Friday deals and promotions and travel later.

  AL meat processing facilities receive boost during difficult year

In May, we learned farmers were struggling to get their product to consumers because of delays in local meat processing facilities--Now, there’s some good news for farmers and consumers like you.

  Fundraiser started to save financially strapped Alabama and Lyric theatres

The nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre started a fundraiser to keep the Birmingham landmarks in operation through the end of the year.

More federal help for state COVID-19 needs?

With the election now over and two months before a new government is seated, some in Alabama’s congressional delegation say more federal help to states for the coronavirus pandemic could be on the way.

General Fund, Education Trust Fund revenue up in October with COVID ‘backstory’

Tax revenues in the state’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund grew significantly, 16.2% and 8.7%, in October compared to a year ago.

Will we see a 2nd stimulus check, with the election now over?

Negotiations in Congress stalled as the election approached.

  Demolition begins for old Century Plaza that will become logistics center

It’s the end of an era for what was once one of Birmingham’s most popular malls.

Buffalo Rock announces new project in Birmingham area, dozens of new jobs

The total investment of $75 million will mean 25-50 new jobs for the area.

  Local restaurants react to amended Safer at Home order

Local restaurant owners are reacting to Governor Kay Ivey’s amended safer at home order. Some said the revised order won’t make or break them.

  Birmingham Water Works not planning on raising rates in 2021

Birmingham Water Works customers could get a break on their water bills next year.

  West Alabama Works hosts regional tour in Carrollton

West Alabama Works hopes an ongoing regional tour helps people outside the Tuscaloosa area also find jobs.

  Bessemer mayor says the city is an appealing place to do business

The City of Bessemer seems to be an attractive location for businesses these days. Lowes plans to expand its distribution network there and Amazon is building another major project in the city.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell announces open registration for virtual job fair

The two day job fair will be held via Zoom and will give job seekers an opportunity to connect with employers from 10 different industries.

Coal ash pond closure methods debated

The pending closure of three coal ash ponds, with more to come, have energy industry leaders and environmentalists arguing over the best and safest way to dispose of the dangerous substance.

Black Belt lags in business and GDP growth

It will take a combined effort by education institutions and businesses to tackle persistent workforce, economic and educational development problems in the Black Belt, a new report says.

  Gadsden automotive supplier to undergo $45 million expansion

Council President Cynthia Toles said it will bring new jobs to the area but didn’t specify how many.

Paying bills online? Don’t make this mistake

It’s quick and convenient, but also very easy to make a costly mistake, as one woman learned.

  Blueprint on 3rd prepares for cooler weather amid pandemic precautions

A lot of customers are still much more comfortable eating outside in fresh air rather than inside, but it means owners have to make the patios comfortable.

Better Business Bureau hosts Shred Day 2020

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central and South Alabama is hosting Shred Day on Friday, Oct. 16.

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

Homtex Cullman and Congressman Robert Aderholt were excited to announce that Homtex has been awarded a contract to make masks for the entire United States Capitol complex, according to Congressman Aderholt’s Twitter page.

  Railroad Park celebrating 10th anniversary with a FREE virtual event

Railroad Park has made an impact on the quality of life in Birmingham.

  Local business owner says PPP loans are needed now

The President and CEO of Essnova Solutions said the PPP Loan his company received was very impactful and helped keep his employees working during this pandemic.

130 new jobs coming to Cullman County

Reliance Worldwide’s expansion includes a new 300,000 square foot distribution facility. The total project impact is approximately $24 million, and it will be creating 130 new jobs.

  Birmingham Career Center says there are plenty of jobs available

The Senior Manager of the Birmingham Career Center says companies like Amazon, Mercedes, Dollar General and even UAB are looking for people to fill dozens of jobs.

  Some in community “cautiously optimistic” about Ramsay McCormack future

Demolition is finally underway at the historic Ramsay McCormack Building in Ensley. Thursday, Birmingham City leaders joined community members for the announcement.

  How will the money from the Gas Tax be used?

Jefferson County Commission President, Jimmie Stephens, said nobody likes taxes, but more people tolerate them when they can see their dollars at work. And that’s is why he said the commission will use those extra two pennies you’re paying at the pump to improve your quality of life.

  Furloughed Birmingham woman learns her job has been eliminated

A Birmingham woman, who’d been furloughed since March, recently learned she’s now out of job.

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

Legion Field has lots of space to spread out and have fun, and City Council President William Parker wants to take advantage of that.

  Get ready for another gas tax increase Thursday

Starting Thursday, gas will go up 2 cents a gallon. While fewer people are driving because of COVID-19 and gas tax collections is down, local leaders say that money is still being used to fix the roads.

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

The Birmingham Crossplex is opening on October 1st for the first time since March as the city begins to open up other art, cultural and sporting facilities.

  Local business says it won’t enforce mask mandate

Employees at Cajun Seafood House in Vestavia Hills said the mask order has had a negative impact on business, so if customers don’t want to wear a mask, they’re not going to force them.

  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

New “tennibot” is like a Roomba for tennis balls

  How are businesses doing during the pandemic?

Local business owners are weathering the COVID-19 storm and are finding ways to thrive during this difficult time.

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

Action taken by the Birmingham City Council this week paves the way for a $200 million development called “Arbor Terrace”.

Agritourism businesses hopeful for a bump in attendance this fall

As students and parents continue to be stuck inside their homes for school and work, farmers are optimistic for this year’s fall season.