Wilson Investment Group is proud to welcome Todd Phelan, financial advisor, to the firm. Phelan will join Dick Phelan and Monica Venable on the Phelan Team. “I am truly looking forward to being a part of such a family-oriented firm,” Phelan said. “I am excited to put my financial market knowledge to work and continue the tradition of excellence and integrity Ted Wilson started almost 40 years ago.” Phelan graduated from Auburn High School in 1996 and attended the University of Georgia where he earned his finance degree. After college, he joined SunTrust Bank in Atlanta where he spent 23 years [...]
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Architectural design and engineering firm Sherlock, Smith & Adams, Inc., has announced its rebranding as SS&A. As the firm celebrates 75 years of serving clients with global reach, SS&A is also unveiling a new look, logo and website. The new branding emphasizes the power of “and”. The ampersand in SS&A stands for the teamwork and collaboration of the firm’s design professionals together with client groups, working as one. The firm’s comprehensive architecture and planning services also exemplify the power of “and” for clients, providing everything they need in one place. The new gold color symbolizes a high standard of excellence. The [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]