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  • 12 Jul 2021 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    How the EU's VAT Tax Changes

    Impact Small Businesses

    Beginning on July 1st, 2021, the EU enacted new regulations surrounding tax collection and tariff labels. It aims to “simplify VAT obligations” for all goods and services sellers.

    The VAT rules on cross-border business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce activities have changed. The rationale for these changes is to overcome the barriers to cross-border online sales and address challenges arising from the VAT regimes for distance sales of goods and for the importation of low value consignments.

    Everyone in the e-commerce supply chain is affected, from online sellers and marketplaces/platforms both inside and outside the EU, to postal operators and couriers, customs and tax administrations, right through to consumers.

    • All goods priced up to 150 will be subject to the VAT. This contrasts with the previous rule that exempted items priced under 22 from the VAT. Items priced above 150 were already subject to VAT and will not see any change in regulations.
    • Services such as “Import One-Stop Shop” (IOSS) that assist in collecting the VAT are expected to be required for sellers in online markets.
    • Businesses should begin collecting the VAT on all goods sold for up to 150. IOSS or third-party shippers such as Fed-Ex and UPS may be used by sellers to easily charge VAT. In reference to tariff codes, business can find the corresponding codes for their products via tools from the European Taxation and Customs Commissions and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

    More Information Here

  • 17 Jun 2021 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    Auburn University dedicated the new standard for structural engineering research laboratories today.

    Link to full Article with video Here

    Located at the corner of West Samford Avenue and Shug Jordan Parkway, the new $22 million Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory (ASEL) is a state-of-the-art 42,000-square-foot facility that includes a high bay laboratory with a strong wall and strong floor specially engineered to handle extreme structural testing loads; a geotechnical chamber within the strong floor; a concrete materials research and testing laboratory; wind testing capabilities that can replicate hurricane-level loads; and faculty and graduate student spaces.

    The lab allows for elements up to 140 feet long and features a 4,700-cubic-foot geotechnical test chamber within the strong floor footprint — the only such test chamber in the nation included in a university laboratory — that will allow the department’s geotechnical researchers to conduct testing on foundations, anchorages and towers previously only possible in the field.

    Auburn University President Jay Gogue, one of several university officials who spoke at the Friday afternoon event, described the ASEL as “a beacon for research, leading the nation and the world in groundbreaking technological advancements in structures and load resistance testing.”

    “The Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory is the next step in elevating Auburn University’s prestige,” Gogue told the more than 200 attendees. “It will allow for our exemplary faculty to find life-saving solutions to extreme events by creating more sound buildings, bridges, towers, pipelines and machinery that can withstand the forces of nature. And the new Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory provides a unique, hands-on learning experience for our students.”

    Auburn University Trustee Charles McCrary, ’73 mechanical engineering, also took the podium to praise the lab’s potential.

    “This is a world-class lab that in my opinion is second to none,” said McCary, retired president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power Company. “We can make this world a safer place because of this facility. It's an engineer's dream."

    Though that dream has been a reality since the ASEL opened its doors late last year, College of Engineering administrators postponed the dedication due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering, thinks the delay may have worked out for the best.

    “While this dedication ceremony was delayed, I am actually glad it is taking place now that the laboratory is already being utilized,” Roberts told the audience. “Now you can see the equipment we have set up across the laboratory, and I would challenge you to find a graduate student after our program and ask them about the great projects they are undertaking in this space.”

    The only thing graduate student Dan Jackson, who will graduate this fall, dislikes about the ASEL is how little he’ll be able to use it.

    “I won’t have much of a chance to really use this facility,” Jackson said from the podium. “But this lab will definitely be a draw to top graduate students all around the world as it provides the opportunity to work at a state-of-the-art facility and participate in innovative research.”

    Steve Taylor, associate engineering dean for research, agrees.

    “We now offer one of the best laboratories in the country — if not the best,” he said. “If I’m a student who wants to be a structural engineer, this is the best place to go to school in the nation.”

  • 17 Jun 2021 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    "Just because World Trade Month 2021 is over doesn't mean you can't still learn from the international trade experts"

    The Alabama International Trade Center® has provided access to free webinars hosted by Shipping Solutions® that took place for Free trade Month. These webinars have representatives of NASBITE International®, Law Office of Jack Shelton, Minnesota Export District Council™ and many more present to discuss all things Exporting! 

    Please enjoy these webinars here: Free Webinars on Exporting

  • 17 Jun 2021 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    ATN is offering these two OSHA classes in mid-July at Jefferson State’s Shelby/Hoover Campus. These classes are designed are for ALL industries (e.g.: warehouses, storage facilities, general stores, manufacturers, etc.); after all, OSHA can drop in and visit any business at any time and we want to make sure the businesses in our area are prepared. Through a grant, we are able to offer the OSHA 30-Hour class for $300/per person—this class normally list for $595/per person. Please encourage businesses to take advantage of the low cost and valuable training.

  • 15 Jun 2021 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Chambers County Development Authority

    Project Manager

    The Chambers County Development Authority is seeking to fill a Project Manager position.  This position is responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, managing, and evaluating economic development activities for the CCDA.   The Project Manager will be focused on providing overall assistance to the economic development team working to support new and potential project activity, as well as gaining and maintaining a high-level working knowledge of the area’s marketable assets, building and site characteristics, regional value proposition, and local and state incentives. The Project Manager will manage projects assigned by the Executive Director related to product development, new business/industry opportunities, start-ups, existing industry expansions, and property maintenance. The Project Manager will play a key role in development and implementation of new business recruitment strategies, oversight of business retention efforts, data analysis and acquisition, and overall project management. A complete job description and resume submission instructions can be found at the CCDA's website home page at

  • 15 Jun 2021 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    Wiregrass Alabama Economic Development Corporation

    Executive Director

    Wiregrass, Alabama is seeking an Executive Director responsible for recruiting jobs through new business and industry, or expansion of existing business and industry with an emphasis on development and recruitment of industry and businesses to our existing industrial parks. They will develop and maintain relationships with investors and serve as primary contact and solicitor of all funding efforts.

    Our ideal candidate will be a team builder who can work with multiple investors and stakeholders. He/she will have a regional mindset and represent multiple communities. They will be an engaged, friendly person who will develop strong relationships at the state level. Our ideal candidate will be a doer who can put plans into action.


    •   Established track record of business/economic development expansion and recruitment is preferred. 
    •   Knowledge of military facilities and contractors for these facilities
    •   Bachelor’s degree

    Skills Required:

    • Strong Leadership and Communication Skills
    • Project Management
    • Computer Skills
    • Good Supervisory Skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills allowing for working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders

    Salary: $90,000-$110,000 plus exceptional benefits

    Submit a resume by Friday, July 9th, 2021. Submit resumes electronically to View the full job profile here:

  • 10 Jun 2021 11:15 PM | Anonymous

    Huntsville/Madison County Chamber

    Economic Development Specialist/Project Manager

    The Economic Development Specialist/Project Manager provides project management and research support to the Chamber’s economic development program. The Economic Development Specialist/Project Manager reports directly to and works with the Vice President for Economic Development to meet the Chamber’s strategic goals and responsibilities. The position provides general support to the Chamber’s overall mission.

    Please send resume's to Lucia Cape

    Click here for more information!

  • 7 Jun 2021 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is hiring a Talent Development & Attraction Manager. Please view details of the position below or click here for more information.

    Summary of Position:

    The Talent Development & Attraction Manager reports to the Director of Economic Development under the leadership of the Vice President of Economic Development.  The primary functions are the development and implementation of talent and workforce development initiatives of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce (“MACC”). Such initiatives include developing and supporting programming to attract, retain, and develop talent to support the success of industry in Mobile.

    Interested individuals are asked to email a cover letter and resume to  In addition, any inquiries or questions should also be emailed to

  • 13 Jan 2021 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and The Japan Foundation, New York  have partnered to launch a mask designing contest called "Mask Up 2020"! Participants of all ages are welcome.

    The deadline to submit your design is January 22, 2021 at 6pm (EST). To learn more and sign up for the contest, click the link below. Good luck to all participants!

  • 7 Jan 2021 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Jefferson State International Program Presentations

    Jefferson State Community College's 2020 International Education Week placed a special focus on Japan and Japanese culture! View recordings of two events here.

    Conversation with Mark Jackson, Honorary Consul of Japan in Birmingham, Alabama – November 2020

    Conversation with Jolie Thevenot – Executive Director of the Japan-American Society of Alabama

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