Alabama ranks above New York + California as 7th for top business climate

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Alabama beat out several states with major city hubs for a spot in the top 10 business climates. Photo via Unsplash

Site Selection, a national publication focused on economic development, ranked Alabama as number seven for top business climates in the U.S. This is the first year Alabama has cracked the top 10, tying with Arizona and beating out New York, California and Tennessee for the spot.

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Local schools help decrease childhood obesity with help from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of AL

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The Be Healthy School Grant Program is awarding money to local schools in an effort to increase health and wellness programs and prevent childhood obesity. Photo via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Health and wellness in daily activities have always played an important role in preventing childhood obesity, but how are these factors implemented in schools where children spend most of their time? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) is providing a solution.

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Go vote! Then come back here for business events and news + open jobs

In case you haven’t heard it enough, get out there and vote Birmingham! Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If I were elected president, my first 100 days would include declaring a national holiday for Bandit Pâtisserie’s almond croissants. There’s truly nothing a bite of one of those won’t fix, or at least alleviate, for a few blissful moments. However, there are many more urgent issues to consider when casting your vote today and other important Birmingham business news to be aware of, some of which does include croissants.

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Bandit Pâtisserie reopens at a new location + don’t miss this upcoming event

I shed a little tear when I saw this post on Instagram. Photo via Bandit Pâtisserie

Before the world went up in flames and Bandit Pâtisserie closed in spring, I spent nearly every weekend working at the bakery’s Homewood location. Now, the team has finally reopened at a new spot in downtown Birmingham—check out the deets on the sweets.

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Did you know these 7 local businesses give back with each purchase you make?

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Royal Cup is partnered with an organization to provide clean water across the globe. Photo via Royal Cup on Facebook

As the season of giving approaches, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to determine how and where to donate money. One of the easiest places to start is by simply switching your shopping habits so your dollars make a direct impact. Whether it’s by donating funds from each purchase or having an overarching mission statement to give back, these Birmingham businesses are fueling good into the world.

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Wall to Wall, a new interactive exhibit, brings color to the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Prepare to be completely amazed by the work of Merritt Johnson. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Have you ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could just jump in?” The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is making this a possibility through their inaugural iteration of Wall to Wall, an interactive exhibit featuring four works created by Alaska-based artist Merritt Johnson.

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Discover wines from an exclusive vineyard during Taste with the Master, Nov. 5

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If the most glamorous place you’ve been in the last few months is within a mile of home, you’ll be thrilled to hear about the chance to be transported to Paso Robles, California. Discover what life tastes like at Dauo Vineyards when you purchase tickets to Red or White wine shop’s Taste with the Master event on Thursday, November 5.

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Expansions, redevelopments + free business events this week in Birmingham

Who’s ready to tackle this week’s business news and events? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Halloween is on Saturday—have you decided what profession you’ll dress up as? I’m thinking of going as “girl who turns off porch light at 7 and goes to bed by 8PM.” The good news is there are no pretend careers here, only real jobs and events to help bolster your professional life.

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Take a tour of 6 public art installations in Birmingham

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“Altruistic Visionary” by Cordray Parker & Brad Morton. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everywhere you look, Birmingham presents each viewer with some form of art, whether it’s a colorful mural with an empowering message or a sculpture paying tribute to a significant time. Take a tour with us to discover six diverse public art installations throughout the city.

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5 things you need to know about MOSS MAGIC, a hybrid art event Nov. 7-8

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Celeste Amparo Pfau is one of the many local artists who will be presenting and selling their work at MOSS MAGIC. Photo via Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection is joining Moss Rock Festival for a never-before-seen hybrid art event—MOSS MAGIC. Purchase tickets for the festival happening Saturday, November 7 through Sunday, November 8 in Birmingham.

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Former Babalu space to be replaced by new Asian restaurant in Lakeview

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UMAMI, a new sushi and Thai restaurant, will occupy the space previously housed by Babalu. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Lakeview has the drinks, the dancing and now the area will have a staple we’ve all been missing. The owners of Nori Thai and Sushi and Shiki are moving into the 29Seven mixed-use development with plans to open a new Asian restaurant, UMAMI.

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Wanting to stay on track during the holidays? Top tips from Orangetheory’s CEO

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Lauren Goldasich, the CEO of Orangetheory, is an expert when it comes to balancing fitness, family and work—even when it comes to the holidays. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

October through December is easily one of the most exciting, hectic and treat-filled times of the year. When it comes to balancing holiday fun, a family and staying true to your fitness goals, CEO of Orangetheory Lauren Goldasich, gave us some valuable tips.

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Local mental health nonprofit expands services to four new regions

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A Friend of Mind provides tools, such as yoga, for coping with stress and anxiety. Photo via A Friend of Mind

Birmingham-based nonprofit, A Friend of Mind is now extending its mental health services to four new regions—Black Belt, River, Atlanta and the Gulf of Mississippi. Through the expansion, the team aims to bring a safe mental health space to adolescents and their families from underserved communities. We spoke with founder Dr. Sherilyn Garner, MPH, to discover how her team is eliminating the mental health stigma.

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Discover 25 opens jobs and 300+ more to come from an exciting expansion

To top this Tuesday off, just know it’s also International Sloth Day. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If there’s one thing sloths know about work ethic, it’s when to take a rest. Don’t forget to stretch your legs this Tuesday while you browse through the week’s updated business news, events and open jobs.

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A trinity of United Way’s philanthropic societies make great change for Birmingham

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J. Mason Davis hopes the society named in his honor makes big strides in Pre-K education.. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of Central Alabama’s (UWCA) affinity groups move the needle in areas of our community where social services are lacking. As UWCA rolls into the peak of the #HopeHappens campaign, we’re shedding light on three leadership organizations that strive to fulfill UWCA’s greater goal of making a positive community impact by improving the lives of others through quality education, financial stability, better health, and access to services.

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