Dansby Foods, AMD + more join impressive list of tenants in the completed Iron Age Building

Exterior of the Iron Age Building. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The Iron Age Building’s list of creative and innovative tenants just keeps growing. The latest additions include a 14-year NFL veteran, a creative marketing agency, and a healthcare firm. Find out more about the full list of tenants, plus get an inside look and the complete renovation of the historic Downtown Birmingham building.

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How 3 of Birmingham’s biggest companies are being proactive about racial equity

It’s been incredible to see just how many kinds of support our community members have shown over the past weeks, like coming out to finish this street mural in just two days. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

In the wake of international protests and calls for change, Birmingham businesses have been listening. We all still have a long way to go, but these local companies are taking the racial equity challenge seriously. Here’s how.

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Hoover’s R&D sector is booming and it’s about to get bigger

Hoover’s growing fast and we’re trying to keep up. Photo via ProctorU

It’s no secret that the City of Hoover has an impressive R&D sector. Thanks to a new comprehensive plan, Hoover is ahead of the game to foster growth among research and development—and it’s about to ramp up even more. Keep reading to learn more.

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$100 million “Revive Alabama” grant fund announced for small businesses

The grant fund is controlled by the Alabama Dept. of Revenue. Photo via Governor Kay Ivey on Facebook

This week, Governor Kay Ivey announced a “Revive Alabama” grant program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. $100 million is up for grabs. Get all the details here.

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$75 million development could make UAB a global leader in biotech field

Rendering courtesy of UA System, via Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ)

A $75 million project at UAB that could have a major impact on Birmingham is moving forward. This genomic medicine + research center is well on its way to fruition, and we’ve got all the details here. Check it out!

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Will remote workers flock to Birmingham from big cities? Experts weigh in.

One look at a Birmingham sunset and you’ll believe in the nickname “The Magic City.” Photo via Capturing Corvin on Facebook

The arrival of COVID-19 brought global implications that will continue for years to come. Short term, there’s no denying that our local businesses and economy have gotten hit hard. Long term, though—could there be positive effects on Birmingham’s growth? We did some digging. Check it out!

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Birmingham’s MotionMobs creates contact tracing app to slow spread of COVID-19

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Birmingham-based company MotionMobs. Photo via @motionmobs Instagram page

Birmingham-based company MotionMobs made headlines in the New York Times for the development of a new contact tracing app that could help slow the spread of COVID-19. Check out what the app’s all about, plus learn how universities like UAB will be using it.

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What does COVID-19 mean for Birmingham businesses? We asked, you answered.

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With the arrival of a global pandemic comes a new reality for citizens and businesses alike. We checked in with the community in and around Birmingham and asked how businesses were responding and being affected. Here’s what you had to say.

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5 Birmingham startups you never heard of that could make your life better NOW. 2 are hiring

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If only we all smiled at our screens while working. Photo via ProctorU

We’re continually inspired by the ingenuity of Birmingham’s startup scene. Meet five startups busily working behind the scenes to enhance lives and businesses here and across the globe right now. Bonus: two of them are hiring. 

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National trends show surge for certain business categories—and they’re here in Birmingham

Getting outside in a safe way is important right now! Photo via Cahaba Cycle on Facebook

The world around us has looked a lot different in recent weeks. COVID-19 has brought a lot of struggle and hurt, and the response from our Birmingham community has made us proud every step of the way. Nationally, some business categories have found themselves positioned for a surge. We wanted to celebrate a few local companies who fall into those categories—check them out!

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Start-up roundup: Birmingham tech companies name new leaders + more

Apple CEO Tim Cook helps launch ED Farm in Birmingham on February 27, 2020. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The world is like an iceberg at its tipping point, but at the waterline, you’ll find Birmingham tech companies setting motions in place that will not only have a positive impact on our city, but also nationally. As new leaders come into play, let’s see how they’ll shape Birmingham for the better.

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CEO of Instagift, Nate Schmidt, leads Birmingham Techstar program

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See that space behind Nate? It’s where he’ll be leading his Techstars team this spring. Photo via Bham Now.

Birmingham, are you ready to lead the way in technology innovation? Your startup could benefit big time from the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator and there’s no one better to lead the way. Applications are open now until April 5.

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From Silicon Valley to Birmingham. Alabama Futures Fund brings new businesses to the Magic City

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Founder Peter Vogt has started building his Birmingham team with local talent. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Prepaid2Cash is a Silicon Valley startup that made it onto our radar last summer following an investment from the Alabama Futures Fund (AFF). Since then, the AFF has stayed busy—keep reading to check out their four most recent ventures.

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