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The Calhoun County Chamber & Visitors Center is decking the halls to show some holiday spirit! All Chamber Members are invited to participate and bring a mini-Christmas tree that reflects their business or Calhoun County to display in the Chamber Lobby.

 

  • mini$10 entry fee; provide your tree and decorations
  • Trees must be no more than 30″ tall (including stand).
  • Any lights must be battery-powered
  • Trees can reflect the business or “Christmas in Calhoun County.”
  • A picture of each tree will be posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page where visitors can vote for Best Overall by liking the picture.
  • Trees must be set up in the lobby between Nov. 27 & Nov. 30.
  • The contest will run from Dec. 1 through Dec. 21.
  • The “Best Overall” winner will receive a SPOTLIGHT on social media
  • BONUS: Voters can also bring a canned good into the lobby and place it under
    your tree. Each can item equals 1 vote.
  • All canned goods will be donated to Calhoun County food banks.

Call (256)237-3536 to reserve your place.

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shop         Investing in local businesses means investing in the non-profits those same businesses support, investing in community events that benefit the quality of life for our public, and investing in local little league and school teams aiding our kids and future community and workforce development. This investment recirculates again and again in our community, to local accountants, print shops, restaurants, and more!

Know when shopping local, you’re making an impact on our schools, public services like safety and fire protection, roads and much more. So before making that easy purchase online, remember, money spent here, stays here.

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While we are often drawn to the lowest prices, we overlook the convenience, customer service and goods provided by our neighbors. We challenge our members and communities to think long term. Help us keep our local economy strong and invest in main street, shop small and shop local. Utilize our area businesses and services whenever you can. Thank you for continuing to help our communities grow. Begin a new holiday tradition, and pledge your support everyday to think local first.

Big Reasons You Should Shop Small

· Small Businesses give back to the community

· Small Businesses create more jobs

· Small Businesses provide the best customer service

· Small Businesses provide product diversity

· Small Businesses create community

Let friends know you shop local!

Get vocal on social media and use #UShopLocal when you share pictures, tweets and posts.

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Shop Small November

November 1, 2017

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So much good can happen when communities choose to shop small. As you begin to shop for the holidays, venture away from your norm to discover something new, unique, local.

Bonnie Ray’s Bake Shoppe

1225 Snow Street Suite 01, Oxford

$2.00 off any pie order at regular price..limit 2

Escape Zone

1945 Barry Street, Oxford

$2 off admission to any available game during open booking using coupon code SS17 at checkout  (excludes Santa’s List)

Evans Flower Shop

1014B Noble Street, Anniston

10% off on everything for entire month

Furniture Outlet

1006 Noble Street, Anniston

10% off for the entire month of November and 25% off for Shop small Saturday Nov 25th

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Gem Shoe Repair

908 Noble Street, Anniston

10% off everything for entire month

Hubbard’s Off Main

16 Choccolocco Street, Oxford

Free beer or wine with entrée purchase all month

JC Morgan Art Gallery

324 Snow Street, Oxford

Present card for 10% off any one print purchase (one use per day) November 24th Free $20 Gift certificate with any purchase of $200.00 pre tax

Jefferson’s of Oxford

230 Spring Branch Road, Oxford

Free Pickle Appetizer- Fridays in November (with purchase of an entree)

Kolectic Treasures

4406 McClellan Blvd, Anniston

5% off entire purchase, on Tuesdays, & some exclusions may apply

Oxford Lumber

1400 Barry Street, Oxford

20% off your purchase every Friday in November. Exclusions may apply. Not valid with any other offer.

Pine Hill Country Club

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175 Pine Hill Drive, Anniston

 

18 Holes and Cart for $20 during November

Shooter’s Alley, LLC

321 Hamric Dr, Oxford

Single lane rental for $10.00

Smallcakes Cupcakery

100 Ali Way, Oxford

Monday-Wednesday, Buy 3 Cupcakes Get 1 Free.

Tans Down Under

1521 Greenbrier Dear Road, Anniston

$5.oo of any tanning package and/or 20% off products.

Thai One On

911 Noble Street, Anniston

free serving of his new Pho soup with an entree for the month

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The Rustic Farmhouse

175 Plaza Lane, Oxford

10% off total purchase on Thursdays

Tyson Fine Wines & Things

3326 Henry Rd., Anniston

10% off Stonewall Kitchen on Saturday Nov. 25th only

Wig’s Wheels

1229 Noble Street, Anniston

30% all in stock clothing, except shop kits, for entire month

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shake handsWhat to do and what not to do? That is the question…. When you begin networking you may have 100 question, but here are basic suggestions for getting started.

What to do?

  • networking“How can I help?” – Don’t start by thinking what they can do for you. Make it memorable by offering to help them first.
  • Offer a hand. As you introduce yourself, extend your hand for a handshake.
  • Don’t be a wallflower. It’s easy to approach anyone standing alone first.
  • Don’t forget your business cards, and ask for their card to follow up.
  • Take notes, either on the back of their card or on your phone.
  • Include others that want to join your circle, and maybe start with “we were just saying…”
  • Have fun! Smile more!

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What not to do?

  • Stick to your norm. If you realize you’re standing amongst friends, spread out to meet new people.
  • Technology Foul. Don’t check your email, texts or take calls while you’re networking.
  • “I forgot my name tag!” We’ve got you covered at Chamber events, but make sure you wear it on the right side, so it’s easy to read when shaking hands.

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October 17, 2017, more than 1500 attendees perused 95 exhibitors, including 15 restaurants, at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center’s 33rd annual Business to Business EXPO.

Exhibitors raved about the great contacts and customers they met, while visitors were overwhelmed by the variety of businesses represented and the helpful people they met.

 

Thank you to our sponsors for making this the biggest and best year yet!

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Best of Show: Tempforce

Best 1st Time Exhibitors: Home Advantage

Best Giveaway: J. Brittain Associates

Most Fun: Abbey Carpet & Floor and New Leaf Marketing

Best Staff: Action Industries/Highland Health

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Most Innovative: AOD Federal Credit Union

Voted Best Lunch & Best Dinner: Peerless Saloon & Grille

Best Customer Experience: Artisanal Baked Goods

Best Pizza: Wiseguys “Chicago Don”

 

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Best Chicken: Heroes “Voodoo Chicken”

Best Wings: Thai One On “Thai Curry Wings”

 

Best Sandwich: Honeybaked Ham “Tavern Club”

Best Dessert: Artisanal Baked Goods “Kouiqn Amann” (Queen Aman)

Best BBQ: Golden Corral

Barrel of Spirits: Brook Comfort & Mandi Lee

Network Advice 102

October 13, 2017

networkCold-calling is pretty miserable, so why not take 60 minutes of your time to attend a Chamber event with the sole purpose of connecting with others and building a new list of potential customer contacts.

We try to accommodate everyone’s time commitments. We know, not everyone is a morning person or they may have to take their child to school; however, we offer, the first Thursday of every month, Business & Biscuits at 7:30 A.M. This event we move around the county, so no one continually has to come out of their way. The second Wednesday of every month at noon, we host Lunch & Leads at various member restaurants. Everyone takes a lunch, so why not make the most of it and try to connect with new prospects too.

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The third Tuesday of every month, beginning at 5:30 P.M. we present “Business After Hours” for those that prefer after work events. This opportunity remains our largest monthly opportunity, with 100-200 members attending each month.

 

The Chamber is a great way to get your name publicized in the neighborhood. The Chamber strives to be the #1 source of information, with resources that included our community calendar of events, hot deals and job posting opportunities.

 

If “networking” or crowds make you nervous, we’re here to help. The Chamber staff and volunteers will help with any introductions, but we ask for you to ready with any basic key questions, such as:

  • engageTell me about you (or your business).
  • What’s your most recent success?
  • What projects are you working on now?

Practice makes perfect. Success doesn’t come overnight. Follow up those introductions with phone calls, emails and thank you notes. Make the introductions memorable and set yourself apart. In the age technology, we want immediate answers. The more you get out there, meet people, help people, the more will come back to you and your business.

 

People do business with people they know. As the Chamber “Connections” tagline reads, “Connect – Engage – Prosper.”

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Connections are vital to any business; however, there are people that enjoy it and those that do not. It’s important to recognize this in your employees and allow them to thrive at what they enjoy, but none the less, if you like networking events or not, we all could improve.

Think of it being as easy as C-D-E, Communicating, Developing and Exchanging.

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Communicate does not mean just talk. It means conveying a message through words and action to make sure it is understood. There’s a slogan that sums it up, “pretend as if your audience knows nothing.” So often, we use lingo and assume we’re being understood. Define things the average joe wouldn’t know.

Develop new relationships and grow old ones. So often referrals and word of mouth marketing, from peer to peer, is the most effective. Remember “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If you want referrals, give referrals. If you want likes on Facebook, give likes on Facebook, etc.

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Don’t think of networking as just shaking hands. Think of it as an opportunity to exchange ideas to benefit your business and community. It’s sometimes awkward to go up and introduce yourself to strangers. Our staff, ambassadors and board are there to help with those introductions, and that window allows you to strike up conversation.

Don’t miss a key element of business, people. We’re here to help you “Connect” with fellow businesses and people, “Engage” in the community, and “Prosper” into a successful business and region.

Attention to orders!

September 29, 2017

“On this the 26th day of September 2017, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Spirit Stick is hereby promoted to Private 1st Class and has been properly decorated with the Fort McClellan Training Center memorabilia in order to remember her past. Private First Class Spirit Stick will now be reassigned to the Center for Domestic Preparedness. May her time in the military ranks of the Alabama National Guard be well preserved and help her in her future endeavors.

You may now go at ease and give a hand to the spirit stick for a job well done.

Salute Golf 2017

September 26, 2017

DSC05384This year’s Salute to Industry Golf Outing, or “Chamber Cup” as we like to call it, was bigger and better than ever before, with 136 golfers registered, 18 tee box sponsors hosting each four man scramble, and restaurants and grills catering to each golfer.

Top Teams per flight are as follows:

Flight 1

  1. The Team of R. Hicks, J. McCarson, S. King, and J. Smith
  2. The Team of J. Roman, T. Tedder, R. Howard, and B. Key
  3. The Team of E. Stringer, J. Lindsey, T. Woodward, and C. Thomas

Flight 2

  1. The Team of B. Sherman, C. Alverson, S. Henderson, and C. Houck
  2. The Team of B. Woodfin, L. Deason, G. Kernion, and B. Robertson
  3. The Team of A. Humphries, K. McCullough, M. Whitaker, and T. Woodard

Flight 3

  1. The Team of C. Martin, J. Hunt, P. Wilson, and D. Logan
  2. The Team of T. Towns, N. Pope, J. Cheatwood, and R. Jones
  3. The Teams of T. Worthy, S. Paternostro, D. Castleberry, and H. Hunt

Thank you to our participants, sponsors, and volunteers for making this the best yet!

We can’t wait until 2018!

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Recognize Industry

September 15, 2017

02232010 Lab 039Each September, the Chamber recognizes local industries and their contributions to Calhoun County. Events, this year, include the Salute to Industry Golf Outing on September 21 and Corporate Challenge  on September 7.

Calhoun County is fortunate to have a strong and diverse industrial base that helps buffer our community against economic downturn.

 

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Whether it is transportation, utilities, medical, education, governmental, or other areas of our local community, we are all impacted and supported by industry. Industry remains a cornerstone of opportunity and job creation in Calhoun County. For more information, visit www.CalhounChamber.com and search our Membership Directory for lists of manufacturers and other industries.

Some of our area’s largest employers include:

Company Number of Employees
Honda 4000
 Anniston Army Depot  3,800
Calhoun County Schools 1400
Regional Medical Center 1020
Jacksonville State University 876 Full Time & 201 Part Time
Homeland Security/CDP 800 Fill Time & 100 Part Time
New Flyer 750
Oxford School System 530
General Dynamics 475
Tyler Union Foundry 462
Bridgewater Interiors 420
AL National Guard Training Center 400
Federal Mogul 362
Legacy Cabinets 350
Anniston School System 330
B.R. Williams 310 Full Time & 52 Part Time
 RMC Stringfellow Hospital 268 Full Time & 157 Part Time
Honeywell 277
BAE Systems 230
Commercial Vehicle Group 224
IAC 218
Lee Brass 200
Alabama Power 197
M & H Valve 190
YKK/Tape Craft Corp 170
Tyco Fire 165
Auto Custom Carpets 140
Aerospace Coatings 121 Full Time & 5 Part Time
FITCO 126
Doncasters Southern Tool 119
Super Valu 115
Gnutti Carlo, USA 115
Parker Hannifin 115
Kronospan 112