By Birmingham Business Journal

This is a weekly roundup of accomplishments and deals by businesses in the Birmingham metro area. For more announcements, check out the Birmingham Business Journalâ¿¿s print edition each week. Send announcements to

BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) has launched a free iPad app. The app will allow customers to access online banking, open a new account and find BB&T locations through their Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad.

Alabama Power Co.â¿¿s Technical Applications Center recently expanded their lighting demonstration to show their industrial power customers the benefits of installing energy-efficient lighting. The company used EverLast Induction Lighting for the demonstration.

The first Business Pitch Competition of 2011, hosted by TheCashFlow and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, will be held at the Magic City Black Expo on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Urban entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges to win $10,000 in startup financing from 100 Urban Entrepreneurs.

St. Vincentâ¿¿s Health System will present the Little Red Dress event on Friday, Feb. 4, to raise awareness for womenâ¿¿s heart health. The event will be held in the lobby of the Aloft Hotel in Homewood. Several local companies are sponsoring the event along with St. Vincentâ¿¿s, including IberiaBank, ALFA Insurance, Dr. Paul Howard, Cardiovascular Associates, Excell Academy, Park Place Dentistry, Tom Williams Automotive, Aloft Hotel and JAMM Entertainment. B-Metro is the partyâ¿¿s host. For more information or to RSVP, send an email to

Dr. Mark N. Berry of the Alabama Scoliosis Center in Vestavia Hills is now offering CLEAR scoliosis therapy, which is an office-based alternative to scoliosis patients wearing a back brace and having spinal surgery.

Former Alabama Attorney General Troy King and longtime Montgomery attorney H.E. (⿿Chip⿝) Nix have formed the firm of King & Nix. With combined legal experience of more than 40 years, King & Nix will represent clients in litigated cases and before governmental departments, agencies and boards.

The Birmingham Museum of Art is delaying the opening of its temporary exhibition, Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa Since 1950, until Feb. 20. The delay is due to HVAC work at the building.

The Birmingham AIDS Outreach board of directors are preparing to host the third annual Passport to Dine event. For the event, volunteers host dinner parties around the Birmingham area with a theme and ticket prices range from $25 to $100 with all proceeds benefiting Birmingham AIDS Outreach.

Career Concepts Inc., a full-service, certified career management and outplacement firm, has been listed in the Directory of Executive & Professional Recruiters 2011-2012. The company has been in business for 12 years.

Tracy True Dismukes, owner of Collage Designer Consignment and host of Consignment Chic Television, is hosting the first of two Consignment Chic Bus Tours for 2011 on Saturday, Feb. 26. The bus tour will stop at eight consignment shops in Birmingham: Collage Designer Consignment in Vestavia, Silver Lining in Hoover, Second Hand Rose in Pelham, Pretty Woman Consignment Boutique in Greystone and Short â¿¿n Sweet, Second Elegance, Homewood Antiques & Marketplace and Collage Designer Consignment in Homewood.

The Alabama Sports Foundation announced that tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Championship at The event will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex at 4 p.m. on March 19.

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