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.

  Winter edition of Birmingham Restaurant Week kicks off January 14th

Make Ends Meet: Tips to get financially fit this year

  Tracking 2021 tax filing changes for businesses

  Make Ends Meet: Money and Marriage

2nd Cook Out location opening in Birmingham area

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

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Alabama revenue department issues guidance for tax relief measures

  Fancy’s on Fifth temporarily closing because of pandemic

  Local restaurant owner explains how he’s staying afloat

We put $2 parking lot steaks to the test

Alabama lawmakers’ pay increasing in 2021

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

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

  AL meat processing facilities receive boost during difficult year

  Fundraiser started to save financially strapped Alabama and Lyric theatres

More federal help for state COVID-19 needs?

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

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

  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.

UA students react to bars re-opening

More than 800 students at the University of Alabama tested positive for Coronavirus in the last week. This comes as Tuscaloosa bars are preparing to re-open in two days after being closed for nearly two weeks.

  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.