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June 23, 2017

new siteThere’s a Chamber member business for every need and situation. Chamber members are as diverse as the county itself. Start searching our member directory today at CalhounChamber.com.  

Don’t have access to a computer?

Regardless of whether you’re planning on visiting for a day, opening a business, or relocating permanently, the Chamber is your one-stop information shop on all things Calhoun County.

chamber buildingThe Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is here to assist you with all of your needs. We are your #1 source of information! Monday through Friday, we’re open 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., with regional experts on staff to help point you in the right direction and answer your questions.

  • Welcome Packets
  • Visitor Information
  • Community Calendars
  • and much more!

Call us at 256-237-3536 or come see us at 1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston. Visit http://www.CalhounChamber.com for more information.

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Try not to use Google….

  1. Calhoun County was once named _____ County.
  • a. Pelham
  • b. Benton
  • c. Jackson
  • d. Cheaha

2. Where’s the world’s largest office chair?

  • a. Anniston
  • b. Piedmont
  • c. Weaver
  • d. Oxford

3. In what year the county seat more from Jacksonville to Anniston?

  • a. 1865
  • b. 1920
  • c. 1900
  • d. 1917

4. Jacksonville was built on acreage purchased from who, under the Treaty of Cusseta of 1832?

  • a. Lincoya
  • b. Chinnabee
  • c. Ladiga
  • d. Menawa

5. In what year was Camp McClellan established?

  • a. 1940
  • b. 1941
  • c. 1917
  • d. 1900

6. Which community was home to John Pelham?

  • a. Jacksonville
  • b. Lickskillet
  • c. Piedmont
  • d. Alexandria

7. How long is the Ladiga Trail?

  • a. 100 miles
  • b. 50 miles
  • c. 33 miles
  • d. 64 miles

8. Cider Ridge was once the home to what?

  • a. A Llama Farm
  • b. An Apple Orchard
  • c. A Bison Ranch
  • d. A Winery

9. Cartoonist Tom Sims of Ohatchee created what comic strip?

  • a. Little Orphan Annie
  • b. Dennis the Menace
  • c. Gasoline Alley
  • d. Popeye

10. In what year were the JSU Gamecocks the NCAA Football Champions?

  • a. 1992
  • b. 1980
  • c. 1985
  • d. 2000

How did you do?

Answers:    B   A   C   C   C   D   C   B   D   A

Benton County was established in 1832, named for Thomas Hart Benton, with its county seat in Jacksonville. Benton was a political ally of John C. Calhoun, a slaveholder and a U.S. senator from South Carolina. Through the 1820s-1840s, Benton slowly came to the conclusion that slavery was wrong and that preservation of the union was paramount. In 1858, Alabama renamed Benton County as Calhoun County.

big chairIn 1981, Miller’s Office Supply in Anniston, Alabama, wanted to call attention to itself. Owner Leonard “Sonny” Miller had an inspired idea: he would build the world’s largest chair in the vacant lot next to his building. The result still stands today: a chair 33 feet tall with a 15-foot-square seat, built out of ten tons of steel.

The county seat was moved to Anniston after years of controversy and a State Supreme Court ruling in June 1900.

The Treaty of Cusseta was an agreement between the U.S. government and the Creek Nation in which the Creeks ceded the remainder of their land east of the Mississippi River, all of which was located in east Alabama.

mcclellan retrospect_ampitheatreIn 1917, at the start of World War I, the United States Army established a training camp at Fort McClellan.

John Pelham was the third of seven children, with five brothers and a sister Betty, born to Dr. Atkinson and Martha Pelham at his grandparents’ home along Cane Creek near Alexandria, Alabama. He grew up on the family’s 1,000-acre plantation.

The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s premiere rails-to-trails project. It wanders 33 miles through the countryside of Calhoun and Cleburne counties. In 2008 the “Chief” was connected to Georgia’s Silver Comet Trail completing what is now considered to be the longest paved pedestrian pathway in America. Together the trails are 95 miles long with plans for future extensions and spurs.

More than 100 years ago, Cider Ridge was originally home to the Melon Apple Orchard. This orchard grew up to 11,000 bushels of apples annually on the property, and at its peak, produced more than 20,000 gallons of apple cider a year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPopeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar. After Segar’s death in 1938, many different artists were hired to draw the strip. Tom Sims, the son of a Coosa River channel-boat captain, continued writing Thimble Theatre strips and established the Popeye the Sailorman spin-off.

Jacksonville State‘s first football team was fielded in 1904. Jacksonville State University’s first football team, the Eagle Owls, was formed in the late 19th century. Before the start of the 1947 season, not only did the team change their colors from blue and gold to red and white but the mascot changed to the Fighting Gamecocks. The Gamecocks were defeated in their first three championship game appearances, losing 33–0 to Lehigh in 1977, 3–0 to Mississippi College in 1989 (later vacated), and 23–6 to Pittsburg State in 1991. The next year, the Gamecocks defeated Pittsburg State 17–13 in 1992.

#IGoCalCo

June 8, 2017

chamber buildingThe Calhoun County Chamber also serves as the Visitors Center, and we know that our front line staff, greeting visitors to our area, consists of restaurants, hotels, shops, attractions and residents.

So, this summer, think #IGoCalCo and Eat, Stay, Play Calhoun County! What do you love most about Calhoun County?

 

Like the best scenes of improv, don’t say no, and argue about someone else’s answer. Let’s build up community pride, try new things, new restaurants, new adventures.

 

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Be proud of where you’re from and the natural beauty that surrounds us everyday. Often, when you grow up seeing the same thing everyday, you take it for granted.

 

Truely think about it, and I think you’ll find it hard to just name one thing you love. There are so many great restaurants, outdoor activities and more!

Let us “tag” along with you this summer, and use hashtag #IGoCalCo for the things you love most about our communities!

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Searching for services you can rely on-The Chamber strives to be the number one resource of information for visitors, for residents, for business, and well everyone.

Daily, we receive phone calls, asking for everything from directions to welcome packets to recommendations or to file complaints. Unfortunately, we don’t file complaints because we have no way of tracking; however, we direct those calls to the Better Business Bureau office in Birmingham.

DSC02556We do, however, recommend those businesses that come to our mind first, Chamber Members. We are able to utilize our online business directory to search and meet the needs of those people who call on us.

Some of our top categories searched include restaurants, non-profits, insurance, car washes, boutiques, bookstores, manufacturing, cleaning services and so much more.

Is you business on this list? If you’re not sure, give us a call at (256)237-3536. networkWe’d love to have your information and connect you with the largest business network in Northeast Alabama. If you are a member, but want to get more involved, join us for Chamber 101, learn the ways to improve your online listing and the many other opportunities exclusive to our Chamber Members.

Looking for a business that offers services you need? Browse our member directory at CalhounChamber.com.

What is a Chamber?

May 25, 2017

DSC03397A chamber of commerce is a local organization comprised of members, representing individuals, businesses, organizations and industries of various sizes. The Chamber’s goal is the growth of the communities it represents and business.

The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center works with the mission to promote and sustain the economic growth of the Calhoun County region, resulting in a community that is a dynamic place to work, visit and live. The Chamber’s focus areas are:

  1. DSC03751Advocacy: These efforts include our Public Affairs & Military & Security Affairs Committees presenting to local, state and federal elected officials, from Mayors’ Roundtables to Washington Fly-Ins.
  2. Marketing & Tourism: The Chamber also serves as the visitors center, offering resources, tours, marketing efforts and communications, elevating community visibility and capturing the attention of visitors.
  3. wowEducation & Workforce Development: From elementary and high school to high education institutions serving our communities, the Chamber strives to create partnerships between our schools a, businesses and industries, educating students of career choices, offering intern and mentorships, and targeting workforce needs.
  4. Financial Stability: The Chamber knows members want a return on their investment, so we strive to educate our membership of opportunities to promote themselves and research Affinity programs offered to chambers that could save our members money.
  5. Member Engagement: If you connect and engage in the Chamber, you can pretty much guarantee you will prosper. Our member information center is rich with resources, from posting job opportunities and hot deals to promoting upcoming events. There are also various committees member can serve on based on their interest and business focus.

This four star accredited Chamber, its board, staff and members work to continuously promote the Calhoun County area and truly represent “The Voice of Business.” By partnering with the Chamber, individuals and businesses unite to build and advocate for the success of our local economy.

Together Everyone Achieves More! Join Us! 

Create More Leaders

May 16, 2017

Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) is a program of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and is designed to prepare and build upon leadership resources within our entire county. Each class will be comprised of leaders and emerging leaders of this area.

This ten month program is broken down to days in the program of work.

  • program-lcc“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
    • Team Building & Orientation Day brings the classmates together quickly. From trust falls to climbing walls, they realize each others’ strengths and weaknesses and organize to do what’s best for the group as a whole.
  • CDP & Media Day
    • This day takes participants to the Center for Domestic Preparedness for an in depth tour and scenario, allowing class members to experience the training first hand. The day also includes a “how to” for media interviews in times of crisis and success.
  • lccAnniston Army Depot & Personality Profiles
    • This day allows class members to see the workforce and production of our area’s largest employer, the Anniston Army Depot. The day also includes a personality test and summary, comparing classmates to one another, their thinking and method of problem solving.
  • Economic Development & Industry Day
    • Every leader is networked to other movers and shakers. This program day introduces class members to various industries of various sizes and types, showcasing the diverse industry types our communities rely on for success.
  • DSC01800Education Day
    • This program day breaks the class into groups, who then go and tour different schools of different sizes and types to compare resources available at each individual school and school system. From private to public, this day showcases the opportunities and successes of each system.
  • Cultural Arts, Board Training, and Financial Sector Day
    • From Etiquette to board responsibilities, this day prepares leaders for possible opportunities to serve in the community, make a lasting impression and learn how to do it best. A summary of the financial sector is also provided.
  • Healthcare Day
    • Another large employer in our community is the Healthcare sector. This day provides class members behind the scenes tours of healthcare facilities in the county and allows them to hear directly from healthcare leaders about challenges and successes.
  • ylcc-hearing-from-farmers-marketLocal Government & Law & Justice Day
    • This day merges with Youth Leadership Calhoun County to provide a tour of the county courthouse, the county jail and the county administration building, hearing from local leaders, lawyers and officers about challenges faced.
  • State Government Day
    • The day transports the class to Montgomery, touring the Capitol, the House, the Senate and hearing pending legislation and issues up for debate. Local elected officials also visit with the class to discuss bills and discussion directly related to our communities.
  • bus-dev-expoSmall Business & Community Service Day
    • This day features a panel of small business owners and tours of local small businesses, providing insight of challenges faced, exciting improvements to the local economy and why it’s important to shop local. The day also includes an activity with the United Way, portraying the importance of area non-profits.
  • Quality of Life Day
    • Think you know your communities? This day puts community history and knowledge to the test as the class breaks into small groups on a mission to solve multiple scavenger hunt clues. The team with the most points wins.

If this sounds like a wonderful and educational opportunity that could benefit your business, complete an LCC Application by May 31st!

The Chamber of Commerce hosts the Business Awards to recognize the role local small businesses, individuals and organizations have in our local economy. This year, we recognize 21 small businesses, non-profits and entrepreneurs for their job well done. These were nominated by their customers and members of the public, completed detailed applications, which were reviewed and narrowed down by anonymous regional peers and a panel from our Chamber.

DSC04002An entrepreneur is defined as a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. All these nominees are under 40 years of age. The nominees for Young Entrepreneur of the Year are….

  • Niky Vanhatten from eNVy Salon
  • Jean & Steven Ellison from The Music Box
  • Jay Grubbs, from RA-LIN and Associates, Inc.

This year’s Young Entrepreneur of the year says “You can’t expect others to do what you aren’t willing to do,” expecting annual training of herself and her staff to ensure all are educated and up-to-date on trends, techniques, tools and styles. The 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year is Niky Vanhatten from eNVy Salon.

DSC04004Calhoun County has been known as an extremely giving community. We have many opportunities give back to our communities through our non-profits. The Nominees for Non-Profit of the Year are….

  • The Right Place for Housing & Support, Inc. 
  • RMC Foundation
  • United Way of East Central Alabama

Since 1954, this organization has provided a comprehensive network of programs and initiatives to address the most pressing health and human service needs in Calhoun, Cleburne and Randolph counties. Our 2017 Non-Profit of the Year is the United Way of East Central Alabama.

DSC04007Now comes the time to recognize our 2017 Emerging Small Business of the Year. An emerging business is defined as a business in existence for less than 5 years. These businesses are just beginning to make their mark. The nominees for Emerging Small Businesses of the Year are….

  • Daybreak Media LLC
  • Hometown Parent Magazine
  • Infinity Massage Studio for Women
  • Posche Salon
  • Taste of Eden

After the success of the Alabama College and Career Guide in 2015, the Dan Freeman Project began publishing Hometown Parent, which became their fastest growing publication, free for readers in print and online.  Our 2017 Emerging Small Business of the Year is Hometown Parent Magazine.

Our Sustaining Small Business Award recognizes a business that has been in existence for more than 5 years. These businesses are the ones who have re-invented themselves, from time to time. This year’s nominees for Sustaining Small Business of the Year are…

  • DSC04011Autumn Cove
  • Calhoun Insurance
  • Cobb Automotive
  • Downing and Sons
  • Brittain Associates
  • Moore Printing Co.
  • Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor
  • Wise Environmental
  • Xtreme Autospa
  • Young Oil, Inc.

This year’s winner is exceptionally active in the Chamber, sponsor blood drives, food drives and area non-profits, and serve on server committees and boards throughout the community. For the past 30 Years, this business has grown from managing 30 homes to now more than 650 units. Our 2017 Sustaining Small Business of the Year is J. Brittain Associates.

DSC04013This year had many great sustaining small businesses celebrating longevity in our communities. The Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a business, which has set the precedence for our area small businesses. In January 1941, M.V. Young, his wife Ruth, and children Millard, Louis and Martha moved to Piedmont. There, he started a private brand service station and farm fuel supply business. In 1946, they expanded to Jacksonville, and by 1949, another outlet opened in Piedmont and Centre. Over the years, this business continued to grow, adding locations in Oxford, Anniston, Weaver and beyond.  Young Oil/Grub Mart is still a family owned and operated business providing valuable support to our communities, and we are honored to present tonight’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Young Oil, Inc.

DSC04014New, this year, we wanted to recognize a business for their tremendous contribution to the Chamber and for inspiring others through their commitment, motivation, vision and demonstration of great customer care. Our 2017 Business of Excellence Judge’s Special Recognition Award is presented to Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor.

DSC04016The Larry K. Sylvester Small Business Advocate Award recognizes an individual or group that provides assistance and support to small businesses.  Since its beginning in 1981, the Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center has contributed to the economic vitality of Alabama by helping generate sales and jobs for Alabama businesses. The SBDC is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a resource entrepreneurs can turn to for assistance, providing workshops, services and counseling. The 2017 Larry K. Sylvester Small Business Advocate Award goes to the JSU Small Business Development Center.

Innovation & Impact

May 5, 2017

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Since 1963, the United States has declared a National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners. For 14 years, the Chamber has celebrated and honored area small businesses for their contributions to the community at the Business Awards.
This year on May 11, we honor 21 businesses and organizations. The nominees Include: Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Niky Van Hatten, Envy Salon
  • Jean & Steven Ellison, The Music Box
  • Jay Grubbs, RA-LIN and Associates, Inc.

Non-Profit of the Year

  • The Right Place for Housing & Support, Inc.
  • RMC Foundation
  • United Way of East Central Alabama

Emerging Small Business of the Year

  • Daybreak Media LLC
  • Hometown Parent Magazine
  • Infinity Massage Studio for Women
  • Posche Salon
  • Taste of Eden

Sustaining Small Business of the Year

  • Autumn Cove
  • Calhoun Insurance
  • Cobb Automotive
  • Downing and Sons
  • J. Brittain Associates
  • Moore Printing Co.
  • Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor
  • Wise Environmental
  • Xtreme Autospa
  • Young Oil, Inc.

We will also award a sustaining business for Lifetime Achievement and the Larry K. Sylvester Small Business Advocate for 2017.
It is estimated that two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year are created by small businesses and that more than half of Americans either own or work for small businesses.
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Night of Laughter & Business Awards
Thursday, May 11 –

Dinner 5:30-6:30 P.M. – Program 6:30–7:30 P.M.

At the Anniston City Meeting Center
Tickets: $35 per person may be purchased
at the Chamber, by calling (256)237-3536 or through www.CalhounChamber.com.

Free Member Benefit

April 28, 2017

Psearchingost a job online through the Member Information Center!

1. Log into the Member Login! Visit http://www.chamberlogin.com! Don’t remember your login? Just click forgot or email chelseys@calhounchamber.com to get your information.
2. Once you’ve logged in, click “Job Postings” on the left side of the home screen.
3. Click the blue “Add Job Posting” button.
4. Add details
– Describe the job position
– Assign a category to your job listing
– Select the active dates for the job posting to be listed
5. Click the “Submit for Approval” button.pexels-photo-327538

Your job posting will be approved by Chamber staff and then listed on the Chamber website!

Our Job Search webpage had over 2,000 views in 2016, so use our job posting feature as a benefit for your business today!

Looking for a job? Visit business.calhounchamber.com/jobs/

Member Drive

April 12, 2017

startup-photosD- Development is defined as the process of economic and social transformation that is based on complex cultural and environmental factors and their interactions. The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce strives  to promote and sustain the economic growth of the Calhoun County Region, resulting in a community that is a dynamic place to work, visit and live. From quality of life to new or expanding business, the Chamber works to assist in the marketing, education and growth of our communities.

survey-opinion-research-voting-fill-159353R- Representation is defined as a statement or account made to influence opinion or action. The Chamber serves as the Voice of Business, standing for our communities and businesses at the local, state and federal levels of legislation. The Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee‘s purpose is to represent and be a proactive voice for the members and the o
verall business community with all levels of government in order to improve and sustain a positive business climate.

pexels-photo-260606I- There is no I in TEAM. The Chamber cheer is “together everyone achieves more.” Join the hundreds of businesses and individuals, movers and shakers, to connect, engage and prosper. Through the chamber, your business can connect to other businesses and organizations in the community. Your business can engage in the community, in events, programs and education, and because of all this, your business can prosper and grow.

pexels-photo-327538V- Volunteers help us make the chamber what it is. With more than 1,000 members, the Chamber’s staff of six attempts to keep everyone informed through social media, texts, and more. However, with an army of volunteers, from committees to ambassadors, we’re able to deliver member information, packets, goodies, and a outreach to membership.

E- Established is defined as to introduce and cause to grow and multiply. Dig gardenThe Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce was established in 1978, when the municipal chambers saw they could achieve more together and merged to form a county wide chamber. This firm foundation was paved by predecessors dating back to 1908, and the Chamber is excited to continue the legacy of propelling our community  into the future.

Join us!