Frank Young III
Today’s guest columnist is Frank Young.
Yes, you read the title right.
Birmingham has no Chamber of Commerce.
Twelve years ago, a small group of Birmingham business leaders decided to scrap the 122 year old Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and create a hybrid organization called the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA).
Continue reading Ouch! Birmingham has no Chamber of Commerce
Patrick J. Murphy
Today’s guest columnists are Patrick J. Murphy and Jonathan Murphy.
In January 2021, a law went into effect in Alabama that allows the formation of a new kind of business entity called a “benefit corporation.”
Continue reading Do good or make money? Now Alabama entrepreneurs can do both
J. Mason Davis
Today’s guest columnist is J. Mason Davis.
I graduated from Talladega College, a small liberal arts college located in Talladega, Alabama, in June 1956.
Talladega College had been founded in 1867 as one of the first, if not the first, school for educating the former enslaved black man, though not limited to his or her race.
Continue reading Hypocrisy backfires on State of Alabama
Client baby of ShaTaura Lewis, Photo courtesy BirthWell Partners
Today’s guest columnist is Jennifer L. Greer
Last year, when I got the news that my great nephew had been born in Birmingham, AL, at the height of the pandemic, that he was healthy, and that his mom was healthy, I cried. And not just happy tears.
I cried tears of relief.
Continue reading Saving babies and moms in Alabama
Today’s guest columnist is Hunter Strickler.
It’s tough being a parent.
On nearly every topic related to kids (including the one in this column), I find myself with many more questions than answers.
Though my experience with youth sports is limited to Hoover and baseball, parents in other OTM communities like Homewood and Vestavia Hills have told me they are wrestling with similar trends across youth sports.
Continue reading Hoover parents, is this best for our kids?
Today’s guest columnist is Ruben Morris.
Birmingham is sorely lacking when it comes to aviation and aerospace industry recruitment.
Alabama has a rich history with the aviation and aerospace industries.
Continue reading A game changer for Birmingham!
Alabama monument I-20 rest station near Georgia. “Alabama we dare defend our rights”
It’s very difficult to publish a piece these days and not appear to be political.
And this piece is not meant to be political—but it is concerning.
It is true of both Alabama Democrats and Alabama Republicans.
Continue reading This is not acceptable, Alabama
Bucky McMillan, Head Coach Samford University
Today’s guest columnist is Bucky McMillan.
My love for the game of basketball runs deep. So does my love for Birmingham.
When I first became the head basketball coach at Mountain Brook High School some people would have laughed at the thought of Mountain Brook becoming a perennial powerhouse in the state of Alabama and a nationally recognized program.
At the time, it would have sounded a bit farfetched.
Continue reading We’re going to take Samford to the NCAA Championship–and we’re going to win
Graham C. Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art
Today’s guest columnist is Graham C. Boettcher.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is home to nearly 27,000 works of art encompassing cultures around the globe, created throughout human history.
Continue reading A pioneering painter portrays an Alabama politician
When I was Board Chair of Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (now BBA), in 2005, we hired an economic development consultant.
He flew to town the night before our first meeting and stayed at the Tutwiler Hotel. While sitting at the bar that evening he engaged in conversation with one of our locals.
Continue reading The Birmingham story we never expected to tell