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More Small Box Shops Arriving in Main Street Districts Soon

October 15th, 2021

Main Street Alabama's successful Small Box Shop initiative in Heflin and Wetumpka was highlighted in our last newsletter - guess what? Two more are in the works!

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Alabama homemade food entrepreneurs able to ship, sell goods online through change in law

August 5th, 2021

Alabama is taking a major step forward for food entrepreneurs and consumers with Gov. Kay Ivey's signature of SB160, which will lift Alabama's restrictive $20,000 cap on gross sales, allow the sale of all shelf-stable foods and allow online sales and shipping of homemade food products.

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REV Birmingham has released a state of downtown report & the future looks bright

July 22nd, 2021

REV Birmingham, an economic development nonprofit, released the state of downtown report covering how downtown has been affected by the pandemic and the clear-cut path to recovery. They have gathered enough data (business is on the rise!) to help BHM stakeholders plan for the future of downtown. Importantly, REV Birmingham believes our Magic City is in great shape to take advantage of this growth.

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Irvin shadows Main Street programs, businesses to benefit students through Career Corps

July 22nd, 2021

Lindsey Irvin's students at Calera Intermediate School have quite the task at hand - to complete and submit a detailed business plan.

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Power Moves: William E. 'Bill' Cooper leads Enterprise, Alabama's 'City of Progress'

July 19th, 2021

Being the first in any arena often takes time and effort. William E. "Bill" Cooper ran a successful race to become the first Black elected mayor of Enterprise after being the first Black elected to the City Council, where he served for 30 years. He has now served more than four years as mayor.

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