Birmingham + Hoover area nationally ranked for positive small biz sentiments

It sure is nice to have these great local businesses in Bham. Photo via Bham Now

I’m sure you already know Birmingham loves small business—and it’s showing. The Census Bureau released their Small Business Pulse Survey and our Magic City ranked third nationally for strong, positive small business sentiment. Keep reading for the deets.

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9 places to find the best chocolate this Valentine’s Day

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Chocolate lovers, now is your time to shine. Photo via Sky Bear Confections’ Facebook

Psst. In case anyone hasn’t told you yet, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. If you still haven’t made plans, run don’t walk to these delicious Birmingham-area chocolatiers to get something sweet for your sweetheart.

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Meet the Birmingham entrepreneurs who won an award from THE Beyoncé

A tour dedicated to food? I’m so down! Photo via Eat Drink Ride Food Tour w Comedienne Joy

Local entrepreneur and owner of Eat. Drink. Ride Food Tour Joy King recently received a $10,000 grant from the Queen Bee herself as part of the #BeyGood Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. Keep reading to learn more about this initiative and the other local business who won the grant last year.

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The Atomic Lounge featured in USA Today about hospitality venues confronting COVID

Atomic Lounge on 1st Avenue North. Photo courtesy of Magic City Dentistry

One of Birmingham’s favorite spots to grab a cocktail (or two!) was recently featured in USA Today. The owners of the bubble-blowing, costume-loving Atomic Lounge shared what it’s like owning a small business amidst a global pandemic. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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How Alabama is supporting small biz with $200M grant program + how you can too

We love our local shops, including spots like Botanica. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

Governor Kay Ivey recently announced a program to help small businesses during the pandemic—Revive Plus. Whether you’re a small business owner or know one, the perfect time to apply is now. Want to know how the program works and how you can support small businesses with the chance to win a little extra cash? Just keep on reading.

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T-shirts you can buy NOW to support local Birmingham businesses + frontline workers

Ted’s employees reppin’ their Yellowhammer Creative limited edition t-shirts. Photo via @tedsbirmingham.

Birmingham voices are powerful. So are our small businesses that are essential to the fabric of our city. Showing support for local businesses and our wonderful frontline workers doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It can be as simple, yet effective as buying a t-shirt. Keep reading to learn more and how you can start repping your favorite local businesses.

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A farewell to Birmingham’s beloved coffee shop, Lucy’s Coffee & Tea

Lucy Bonds on the right with staff at the entrance of Lucy’s Coffee & Tea. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Lucy’s Coffee & Tea on University Boulevard has been a Birmingham staple for 27 years. Now, it’s with utmost respect and love that we say farewell to this cherished shop. Keep reading as we take a walk down memory lane and remember why Birmingham loves Lucy.

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Spice up your home decor with these local Birmingham spots doing curbside + delivery

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Can you say house goals?! Photo via @mindy_rohr on Instagram.

Since we’re stuck at home, we might as well spice things up a little bit. Adding some decor, plants, or even switching furniture around can make a room feel brand new. Check out these Birmingham businesses pulled from our growing database that features 400 businesses and counting!

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20+ local spots in Birmingham to get a fried chicken sandwich curbside

Throwback to when we would grub on Winner Winner during lunch break. Can’t wait to get back to it! Photo via Matthew Niblett for BhamNow.

Social distancing in Birmingham means staying at home, exploring the outdoors and trying to figure out how to get our comfort food fix without dining in a restaurant. We’ve got 20+ local spots serving up mouthwatering fried chicken sandwiches curbside. Check ’em out! *Warning: Drooling may occur.*

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Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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Local child care providers win national accreditation for in-home day cares. 3 reasons why this is a win for Birmingham and Bessemer

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“M” is for “Macaroni.” Photo courtesy of Sunshine Kids Development Center Facebook Page

Congratulations are in order for Birmingham child care providers Lakisha Mennefield and Kamilah Moss, who have each been awarded a national honor for their in-home day care programs.

Mennefield is the owner of Angel Care Home Day Care in Birmingham. Moss runs Sunshine Kids Development Center in Bessemer.

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Honoring Flag Day 2019: Birmingham business has been supplying flags for over 100 years

This special business is run out of 221 Oxmoor Blvd. in Homewood. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Here in Birmingham, you probably see an American flag every single day, even if you don’t think much about it. You may see them lining the side of the road on your morning commute, or hanging outside your bank downtown, or waving in your neighbor’s front yard. June 14 is National Flag Day in the United States, and in honor of the day, we’re highlighting the business behind the flags.

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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”

3 things you can learn at the FREE Grow with Google training on August 6 at the Birmingham Public Library

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Google wants to help you use their products for work. Photo via of Grow with Google

Are you needing a little help in using Google for work?  A free training seminar (Yes, we said free.) will be held on Aug. 6 at the Birmingham Public Library. Register now, because classes are filling up fast! Continue reading “3 things you can learn at the FREE Grow with Google training on August 6 at the Birmingham Public Library”