3 career lessons from Momentum that every woman needs to know, featuring Ann-Marie Stanford of Spire

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Ann-Marie Stanford at Spire offices in Birmingham. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Momentum is a leadership development program for executive and early-career women based right here in Birmingham. So what can you learn from Momentum? Bham Now caught up with Ann-Marie Stanford, director of supply chain-special projects and supplier diversity at Spire. She also happens to be a recent alumna of Momentum’s Executive Leadership Program. Here’s how she’s applied three lessons from Momentum to her career and life.

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Birmingham retailers, including Brookwood Village, reinvent themselves to offer shoppers new experiences

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Malls are offering shoppers entertainment experiences to get them engaged in their retail spaces.

As brick and mortar retailers try to reinvent themselves to offer customers experiences that include entertainment, Brookwood Village Mall may be undergoing a significant redevelopment in the near future. Continue reading “Birmingham retailers, including Brookwood Village, reinvent themselves to offer shoppers new experiences”

As Birmingham and Homewood kick electric scooters to the curb, Bird introduces 4 tech products to ‘help local governments incorporate and manage e-scooters’

Bham Now staffers Wade Cline and Cody Short take two Bird scooters for a ride in Southside. Photo by Jen Daniel for Bham Now

Bird hopes its new GovTech platform will placate Birmingham, Homewood and all the other municipalities where the company operates in the U.S. Local governments can access it for free. Is this the answer to our scooter woes?

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Life after Meredith: 5 perspectives from Birmingham publishing alumni, including Greg Schumann of Markstein

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Meredith Corp.’s Birmingham offices. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Meredith Corp.’s business move last Wednesday was a major hit to Coastal Living, Cooking Light and Oxmoor House—three publishing brands with some twenty, thirty and forty years of Birmingham history, respectively. Here are the facts, plus words of encouragement from five Birmingham publishing alumni who have gone on to great things, near and far.

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11 Bookstores Scattered across Birmingham that are Worth Checking Out

Jim Reed has been running Reed Books on 3rd Street for 38 years. Photo by Holly Moore

Calling all of Birmingham’s bookstore lovers: we were thinking of you when we created this list. We’ve highlighted interesting facts and tips that you won’t want to forget when looking for your next haunt.

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Announcing Aviate’s newest product line with Hunker Bag Co. and 3 ways it works for Birmingham

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Aviate travel essentials: The Getaway Duffel, Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses and 3-letter airport code hat. Photo by Bham Now

Aviate is a Birmingham lifestyle apparel brand built on the idea of community—our inherent love of home and place, even as we embark upon faraway adventures. Now the company is expanding, and it’s doing it in the most community-centric way possible: through partnerships with small, like-minded Southern brands. Check out Aviate’s latest product line, a collaboration with Hunker Bag Co. out of Nashville.

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Tech Startup Watch: Sigao Studios, XpertDox and INFLCR make strides, PLUS 6 Alabama Launchpad competitors

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The team behind Sigao Studios. Photo submitted

It’s a big week for tech startup news in Birmingham. XpertDox and Influencer (INFLCR) announce exciting new developments. Sigao Studios hosts a workshop on Sept. 24 to help other tech startups succeed. And with six Alabama startups, four of them from the Magic City, set compete in the next Alabama Launchpad competition on Sept. 27, the future is bright for our bustling tech scene.

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How you can help these 4 Alabama organizations including the Red Cross with disaster relief from Hurricane Florence

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Alabama Power crews are staged safely throughout Georgia and ready to respond when Florence makes landfall. Alabama Power crews of about 350 linemen left Tuesday at the request of Duke Energy, as forecasters are predicting Hurricane Florence will cause major damage along the east coast.

Hurricane Florence is a Category 2 storm and will hit the east coast somewhere between the South and North Carolina coastline. Although the exact path cannot be pinpointed more than 5 million people are under a hurricane warning and evacuated the area. Continue reading “How you can help these 4 Alabama organizations including the Red Cross with disaster relief from Hurricane Florence”

Alabama Futures Fund gets $25 Million to fund early stage startups from an A team of investors including Charles Barkley

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Charles Barkley is one of the investors of the Alabama Future Fund. Photo courtesy of SiriusXM

An “A” team of individuals and investors have invested in a $25 million to fund  that will fund early-stage startups.  The Alabama Futures Fund (AFF) launches the largest seed-stage investment fund in Alabama’s history. Continue reading “Alabama Futures Fund gets $25 Million to fund early stage startups from an A team of investors including Charles Barkley”

Bird wants to take over Birmingham with electric scooters, and the $2 billion company doesn’t seem to care about regulations

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Bird scooters parked in front of the Clubhouse on Highland. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Yeah, it’s more of a world-domination thing with Bird electric scooters. Why? To get people out of cars. Electric scooters are a thing, people. They’re everywhere!

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7 must-read books up for grabs during Books-A-Million’s Book Lovers Season, including “Whiskey in a Teacup” by Reese Witherspoon

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September marks Book Lovers Season at Books-A-Million. It’s the perfect opportunity to find your new fave from our list of the latest must-reads from BAM! So grab a blanket and a seasonal pumpkin spice beverage from Joe Muggs and settle in with one of these new releases from Books-A-Million.

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Over 200 samples of Cookie Dough Magic’s Classic Chocolate Chip were enjoyed at the Avondale tasting

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Eli, Caroline and Jonah couldn’t wait to try the creamy, magical cookie dough.

The long-anticipated raw cookie dough shop, Cookie Dough Magic, held a tasting tonight at its soon-to-be location on 41st Street South in Avondale.  Bham Nowers were onsite to try it. Continue reading “Over 200 samples of Cookie Dough Magic’s Classic Chocolate Chip were enjoyed at the Avondale tasting”

AT&T adds 26 zones of capacity to increase cellular service at Bryant-Denny

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Inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Photo via University of Alabama Athletics

Have you ever been to a large venue like a football game and you’re not able to post that cute selfie you just took? Then you think to yourself … how is it 2018 and your larger than life cell provider is not able to give you proper service while being around a million people? Well, if you’ve been that person before while at Bryant-Denny Stadium then you may have an opportunity to finally post that selfie!

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