This morning Gov. Kay Ivey issued her 22nd supplemental emergency proclamation. This proclamation extends the Safer at Home Order through Friday, March 5, 2021, at 5 p.m. No changes have been made in the Safer at Home Order. All individuals will still be required to wear a face mask or facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people. For the most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health's website. As a reminder, the COVID-19 vaccine scheduling hotline is only for those who are health care workers, first responders or individuals who [...]
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If your business wants more information on the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), join Alabama's Small Business Development Center for a webinar tomorrow (Friday, January 15) at 11 a.m. The topic is "PPP Update: Second Draw & More." To register, click here. For updated PPP forms and SBA publications, click here.
Lolly Steiner, Auburn Chamber president, announced to the chamber membership that she will be resigning from her position. Steiner began her journey at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce in 1997 as the director of membership and in 2001 was named president. Prior to joining the staff, Steiner served as an Auburn Chamber Diplomat and as a chamber board member. With nearly 25 years of service to the Auburn business community, Steiner has seen the Auburn business community flourish. When Steiner took her role as membership director, she committed to helping the chamber membership not only grow but grow wisely. When beginning [...]
Harris Doyle Homes® (Harris Doyle), a Berkshire Hathaway company and subsidiary of Clayton Properties Group®, announced it has acquired Dilworth Homes (Dilworth), a top builder and developer in Auburn and Baldwin County. The acquisition became effective on January 4, 2021, and will make Harris Doyle one of the largest residential new home builders in Alabama. Dilworth will continue to operate under the Dilworth Homes brand name in their current communities, with Michael Dilworth, owner, overseeing those operations. Russ Doyle will maintain his role as president of Harris Doyle and co-founder Brooks Harris will also continue as chief business development officer. The [...]
City of Auburn public safety director, Paul Register, has written a letter to all Auburn merchants reminding businesses about complying with the current Safer at Home Order. To view his letter, click here.
The Paycheck Protection Program will reopen to new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers on Monday, January 11. There will be a second draw of loans that will take place on Wednesday, January 13. After these two dates, PPP loans will shortly open to all other participating lenders. This round of the PPP loans authorizes up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Below are key PPP updates: Borrowers can set their PPP loan's covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs PPP loans [...]
Afni is celebrating 20 years in the city of Opelika, Alabama! Since opening its doors on January 9, 2001, Afni has evolved and grown, and the company is excited to celebrate 20 years this year. “After opening our doors, Afni quickly became a staple in the business community in Lee County," Thomas Harrison, center director, said. "We are proud to have found an amazing family within the area to help us find success over the past 20 years. Afni’s Opelika center was even named an Auburn City Favorite in 2019! The community and its people continue to exceed our expectations [...]
Earlier this week, Congress passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. Through this relief package, small businesses will receive more assistance. The bill gives $284 billion towards the Paycheck Protection Program. Eligibility has been expanded for new business industries and organizations. Additionally, $2 billion from the package will be assisting certain Small Business Administration's loan programs. This COVID-19 relief package also includes individual benefits, unemployment benefits, vaccine assistance and more. The bill now awaits President Trump's signature. If you have questions about this new relief package, the Auburn Chamber strongly encourages you to talk with your accountant. To find an accountant, click [...]
Machen McChesney is pleased to announce that Forbes named the firm to its second annual list of America’s Best Tax and Accounting Firms 2021. Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to create a list of the most recommended firms for tax and accounting services in the U.S and of the 278 firms identified, 250 were recommended for tax services and 200 were recommended for accounting services. Machen McChesney was recognized in both categories. Between August 3, 2020, and September 13, 2020, Statista conducted broad surveys among tax and accounting professionals and their clients in the United States. [...]
Forbes named Kassouf & Co., P.C. one of the top firms of 2021 in their annual America’s Best Tax and Accounting Firms list on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Forbes and Statista, a database company specializing in market and consumer data, created the list based on surveys of tax and accounting professionals and their clients. Kassouf is one of 172 companies recommended for both tax and accounting services. “Kassouf is thrilled to be recognized by America’s leading business magazine as a top firm," Gerry Kassouf, director and shareholder of Kassouf, said. "We continually strive to help our clients succeed, whether it’s [...]