Greer’s newly expanded and renovated market location at 13298 S. Wintzell Ave., Bayou La Batre, will have its grand reopening Friday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. Special weekend events include: a “Text to Win” $50 gift card contest, a kids Mardi Gras parade and buggy decorating event and a grand prize “Free Groceries for a Year” contest.

John Delchamps with the Merrill P. Thomas Company recently leased 2,180-square-feet of retail space at the new Westwood Plaza to Allure Nail Lounge. Delchamps represented the tenant and Buff Teague with JLL worked for landlord.

Gov. Bentley speaks at Chamber luncheon
Last Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley spoke to a crowd of approximately 130 business leaders and Mobile, Baldwin and Washington county politicos at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Lunch.

During introductions, it was claimed 63,000 new jobs had been created in Alabama since Bentley took office in 2008. The governor went on to mention that, although overall the state is doing well, Mobile as well as the south Alabama region in particular are one of the hotspots in the state for robust economic growth. Bentley also voiced excitement about accelerating progress of the Airbus rollout expected online in 2016.

Other local initiatives discussed were assisting small businesses after natural disasters by establishing state-guaranteed, zero-interest loans available immediately following a federally-declared emergency as well as reducing flood insurance costs for local business and property owners by encouraging reforms that would increase credits available through National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).

Project Homeless Connect a success
Housing First, a local nonprofit agency whose mission it is to address homelessness in Mobile and Baldwin counties, successfully held its second annual Mobile Project Homeless Connect event last Friday, Jan. 30 at The Grounds.

Mobile Project Homeless Connect is designed to provide needed services to many of the disadvantaged in the area. It included medical services, legal assistance, dental and vision screenings, access to housing assistance and mainstream resources (food stamps, state ID cards, social security cards, etc.)

According to a press release, the community event brought together government, academia, health care, faith-based organizations, transportation, law enforcement, nonprofits and work force development agencies that provided services at no cost to the needy in the local community.

“The event was bigger and more beneficial this year. With over 35 service stations and providers we provided much needed services to over 300 individuals and families, ” Chief Operations Officer Michelle Krulewicz-Dees said.

Founded in 1996 by a coalition of business, community, and faith-based leaders, Housing First serves approximately 700 homeless individuals, families, and veterans per year.

2015 GCC and ACF annual meeting held at USA Campus
Last Friday, Jan. 30, the Green Coast Council (GCC) held their 2015 Sustainability Summit at the University of South Alabama. The Green Coast Council is a forum for business and industry leaders who practice and promote environmental sustainability principles. The GCC is an initiative of the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF).

Eliska Morgan, executive director of the Alabama GCC, provided an update regarding RESTORE activities in the state. Additionally, Mona Amodeo, founder and president of Idgroup, was the keynote speaker during lunch, which also was the ACF’s annual meeting. “The Role of Engineering in the Future of Sustainability” was the title of the panel discussion. 

CPA firm Zevac and Lindsey changes name to Lindsey and Waldo
Richard Lindsey, partner and president, recently announced that Zevac and Lindsey, LLC has officially changed its name to Lindsey and Waldo, LLC effective Jan. 1, 2015. The name change reflects the addition of Paula Waldo, partner, who joined the firm in 2007.

According to Lindsey, the firm will continue to maintain the same range of services to its clients with perhaps a few minor additions.

12th annual Health Occupations Career Fair at Civic Center
For the 12th consecutive year, the Mobile Area Chamber and the Bay Area Healthcare Coalition are orchestrating a show-and-tell career fair to give high school sophomores access to area healthcare professionals and a brief hands-on experience.

“It can be overwhelming to think about what to do for the rest of your life after school. This experience can help students decide whether a healthcare career is, or in some cases is not, for them,” Susan Rak-Blanchard, the Mobile Chamber’s director of communications and marketing said. 

The annual Health Occupations Career Fair is being held through Feb. 5 at the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall. The cosponsor, Bay Area Healthcare Coalition, is a group of regional hospitals, clinics, healthcare providers, community colleges, private training providers and universities that have partnered with the Chamber for more than a decade to address growing workforce needs.   

“This year’s event is expected to move 660 Mobile and Baldwin county students through 13 different stations. New occupations in 2015 include mental health, veterinary technician, medical assistant, dental assistant and physician assistant. Traditional stations include surgery, nursing, orthopedics, radiology, occupational and physical therapy,” Rak-Blanchard said.