A week filled with stars + startups—see what business news you missed

The temps are dropping and the business news is hoppin’. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

The days are getting shorter but our list of Birmingham business news gets longer every week. While the world anxiously waits for more info on a vaccine, take a look at who’s thriving in the Magic City (it could be you!). 

But in the meantime…some things to keep you busy while you wait:

🌟 Star light, star bright, the first encounter centuries have seen tonight. 🎶 On Dec. 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear no more than a dime’s width apart for the first time since 1226.

🌟 #DYK it’s Computer Science Education Week? Local startup Ed Farm is celebrating by hosting a week of coding crash course craziness through their Facebook.

🌟Your move. The Queen’s Gambit is causingchess set sales to skyrocketwith one brand citing a 1,048% increase in salesNo, that’s not a typo. Check out our local business guide to see where you can capture your Queen.

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DMC Center for Civic Life @ YWCA. Apply. 

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Senior Manager, Infrastructure Engineering 1 @ EBSCO Industries. Apply

Residential Construction Project Manager @ EBSCO Industries. Apply

Tax Accountant @ EBSCO Industries. Apply. 

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Who’s hiring? EBSCO Information Services (EIS) is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc. You’ll be working for a company that’s ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately-held corporations, according to Forbes magazine. 
What will I do? Help EBSCO build the next generation of web applications that will make HLM the indispensable support tool for all eBooks. 
What do I need? Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science/Engineering or related field, 1+ years of development experience using C# or Java, web development experience using .NET or Java Application Servers and front end development experience with a fluency and passion for modern JavaScript frameworks (React, Backbone, Angular, etc).

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What’s pulling rank in the business world?

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We’re filled with HGT-Glee that Birmingham’s-own Chatham Hellmers was recently featured on HTGV. Learn how her downtown loft caught the eye of the popular home networking channel.

Taking care of business 💪

The Birmingham Business Alliance is taking care of business every day. Taking care of business and working overtime 🎶 to keep small businesses strong throughout the pandemic. Learn about their programs from Fred McCallum, Interim President and CEO of the BBA

Of all the societies in all the towns in all the world…

Rick Blaine references aside, United Way of Central Alabama’s Tocqueville Society ranked #1 in fundraising against all United Ways across the country. Chicago might have deep dish pizza, but Birmingham has deeper pockets. We can’t wait to see this money go toward vital community programsSponsored by United Way of Central Alabama

Grammy-winning, track-spinning + World Games-singing 🎼

This resume won’t fit on one sheet. UAB professor, composer, arranger, orchestrator and Grammy award-winning (phew) Dr. Henry Panion III has been named Artistic Director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of The World Games 2022

Leave room for the Ghost of Christmas Past 🎄

In a season where we should be closer than ever, Asbury United Methodist Church is helping us keep farther apart while still enjoying the season. See how they’re staying a Christmas tree length apart and providing holiday services to Birmingham. Sponsored by Asbury United Methodist Church 

A mother of a problem 

1-4 women are considering downgrading to their careers thanks to COVID-19. Part of the issue comes from mothers trying to work full-time while juggling pandemic-sized problems involving online schooling and childcare. Momentum is stepping up to support mothers, and all working women in Alabama, with a slew of programs. You can also help ensure women get the leadership services they need to stay on top. Sponsored By Momentum.

It only takes a taste 

When it’s something special. 🎶 And the University of North Alabama’s online MBA program is. Karla Blevins didn’t have to put baking on the back burner while she completed her schooling. Even sweeter—the degree led her to land a big promotionSponsored by University of North Alabama

Bring on the business events

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Code along with Élan presented by Ed Farm 
Date: Tuesday – Friday, December 8-11 
Time: 4-5PM
Price: Free
Join via Facebook Live

Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator Demo Day presented by TechStars
Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 1-2:30PM
Price: Free

Prometheus metrics in under 5 minutes using PromEx with Alex Koutmos presented by Birmingham Elixir
Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 7-9PM
Price: Free

SmarterBham work session presented by Red Mountain Makers

Date: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 7-9PM
Price: Free

Virtual Breakfast Club presented by Tech Birmingham
Date: Thursday, December 10
Time: 8-9AM
Price: Free

Birmingham winter.bash 2020 presented by BASE AND BHM AWS 
Date: Thursday, December 10
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Price: Free

Coding Pop-up Celebration presented by Ed Farm
Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: 11-12PM
Price: Free

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