Eat! Stay! Play!   

December 2, 2016

Do you think you know everything there is to know about Calhoun County? Have you freedomexplored all of the world-class attractions, restaurants & shops and restaurants right here in your own backyard? Calhoun County has low cost family fun, cool adventures, historic explorations, cultural entertainment, comfortable lodging, unique dining & dynamic shopping districts. Be a tourist in your own county this Holiday Season!

  • Explore downtown Anniston, Oxford & Jacksonville to experience the shops, sights and charm! #UShopLocal
  • Visit the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and take part in the practice shooting at the Marksmanship Center air gun ranges.
  • Take a walking tour of the Freedom Rider’s Civil Rights Heritage Trail and find out the major role Calhoun County played during the Civil Rights movement!
  • mummiesInto mountain biking? Try your wheels out at Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail!
  • Explore the highest point in Alabama at the Cheaha State Park. Overlook Calhoun County and its entire splendor.
  • Visit our very own world-renowned museums: Anniston Museum of Natural History and The Berman Museum of World History where you can learn about natural and world history!
  • Explore the Centennial Memorial Park, which serves as the official memorial for fallen Alabama soldiers, firefighters and law enforcement officers.

For a full list of attractions and things to do, visit www.VisitCalhounCounty.com!

mtb-5So You Think You Know Calhoun County?

Do you think you know everything there is to know about Calhoun County’s one-of-a kind tourist attractions? Take the quiz below and find out just how remarkable a staycation in Calhoun County could be!

  • Its original function was serving the railroad, but now no motorized vehicles are allowed on this 33 mile stretch.
  • Once a very productive apple orchard that produced 20,000 gallons of apple cider each year, this course boasts 6,946 yards.
  • Built in the 1800s, this holy place has a majestic twelve foot altar of white Carrara marble shipped from Italy and England and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Answers:

  • Chief Ladiga Trail
  • Cider Ridge Golf Club
  • Michaels & All Angels

Would you like more information to help plan your staycation or to simply explore Calhoun County? Visit The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center and Request your FREE Visitor’s Guide!

alexandersChamber Member Specials for Shop Small Saturday!

Alexanders at Noble Shops

1118 Noble Street, Anniston

25% off entire purchase

 

calhoun-pickersCalhoun Pickers

801 Wilmer Avenue, Anniston

10% off your entire purchase

 

downingsDowning and Sons

1030 Gurnee Avenue, Anniston

20% off of fabric

 

family-value-videoFamily Value Video

1013 Snow Streetm Suite F, Oxford

Half price Facebook Video for Business

 

furnitureFurniture Outlet

1006 Noble Street, Anniston

10% off anything in the Store

 

dsc01821Music Box

4 Public Square W, Jacksonville

$10 off any new member private lesson

 

nunnallys-galleryNunnally’s Noble Frame & Gallery

1014 Noble Street, Anniston

10-50% off entire store (some exceptions)

 

Smallcakes Cupcakery

100 Ali Way, Oxford

smallcakesBuy 3 cupcakes and get one free

 

Tyson Fine Wines & Things

3326 Henry Road., Anniston

dscn282425-50% off select wines

 

Wig’s Wheels

wigs1229 Noble Street, Anniston

10% off

 

This holiday season, use hashtag #UShopLocal to share your participation with friends and family on social media. Thank You for making a difference!

The Chamber Working for You

November 17, 2016

networking“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

From events to Member Only savings, there are numerous benefits to being a member! Our goal is the same as yours…the growth of YOUR business and OUR communities!

Networking/Relationship Building

People do business with people they know. The Chamber offers opportunities to meet other members at more than 40 events each year. Exchange business cards, talk with potential customers and vendors, and build relationships to help you grow your business.

gov-affairsAdvocacy/Legislative Representation

The Chamber, its board, staff and members work to promote the Calhoun County area and represent “The Voice of Business.” Partnering with the Chamber, individuals and businesses unite to build a legislative agenda for federal, state and local levels and advocate for the success of our local economy. The Chamber encourages member participation in committees, trips and discussions, so all can stay informed of legislation affecting our community.

Savings

All new business members are eligible for an advertising package which includes steeply discounted offers from several of our member businesses. Chamber members also receive the opportunity to save BIG through the Office Depot Chamber Advantage Program. Everyone can also take advantage of special discounts and offer discounts for your business through Member-to-Member Deals and Hot Deals.

Member-Only Sponsorships & Advantages

All members are listed in the Chamber’s printed directory, our on-line directory and smartphone app. For increased visibility, members can take advantage of multiple promotional opportunities, including sponsoring annual events, discounted ads in Chamber publications, and the Chamber Partners Program.

educationEducational Opportunities

The Chamber offers educational webinars and seminars for member business owners, managers, and employees. We partner with other area businesses and organizations to offer updated resources and presentations on relevant topics.

If you would like more information about anything detailed above, please call us at (256)237-3536 or email info@calhounchamber.com.

How can you give back to the community and businesses? Volunteer, provide input, expertise and insight to fellow businesses and the Chamber. Lend your time and talents and provide direction for 2017 and beyond. With the many departments and activities, we’re sure there is something for everyone. Through your own involvement, we can continue to build and implement programs and initiatives preparing us all for the future.

Ambassadors

involved-ambassadorsThe Ambassador program consists of enthusiastic volunteers from the Chamber membership who donate their time to help build member commitment and raise community awareness of Chamber activities and benefits. The Ambassador program provides opportunities for you to connect with local business leaders and build lasting relationships. A high level of prestige and credibility is extended to yourself and your business through your involvement with this well respected goodwill group.

Mission: to promote general membership services and enhance goodwill for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce with the highest degree of professionalism, knowledge, and integrity; mastering in Recruitment, Retention, and Referrals.

Public Affairs Committee

The Public Affairs Committee researches issues, develops statements, and makes decisions known to elected and appointed officials.

The Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee’s purpose is to represent and be a proactive voice for the members and the overall business community with all levels of government in order to improve and sustain a positive business climate.

 Military & Security Affairs

involved-military-3This committee does have an annual fee of $50 per member to assist with the planning of events and activities.

The Military and Security Affairs Committee (MSAC) shall have one single purpose:  To preserve, protect and promote the Armed Forces and First Responders of the United States of America through active support of the local military and governmental organizations, missions and people.

 Small Business Committee

The Chamber’s Small Business Committee plans and implements small business seminars and helps organize small business activities like the Business Awards and the Shop Local Campaigns.

The Chamber’s Small Business Committee works with the mission “to promote the growth, success and recognition of small businesses by promoting training, networking opportunities, and engaging public awareness.”

 Partners In Education

Partners in Education support and implement programs, which enhance the quality of education in all local schools, and encourage the development of a job-ready workforce through ongoing programs between educators and the business community.

Salute to Industry Committee

Each September, the Chamber recognizes local industries and their contributions to Calhoun County. Events include the Salute to Industry Golf Outing and a scavenger hunt or tour activity.

Business Expo

involved-expoDuring October, more than 100 Chamber Member Exhibitors display their goods and services, while hundreds of visitors and members peruse the exhibits. This committee helps plan and orchestrate this event each year.

If you are interested in joining any of the committees detailed above, please call us at (256)237-3536 or email info@calhounchamber.com for more information.

board-annual-meeting“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.”

                – Margaret Mead

The Chamber’s  Board of Directors are a group of individuals chosen to represent the membership and to make strategic decisions, providing financial oversight, while ensuring and monitoring the strength of services and supporting the staff to ensure adequate resources and planning.

board-meeting-008Currently, the Calhoun County Chamber serves more than 1,000 individuals and businesses, representing an even broader workforce. These members appoint the Board of Directors to represent their interests, provide financial oversight of the Chamber, and make recommendations to the Chamber Chairman, Executive Committee and Vice Chairs of each division, who oversee Chamber Committees and Programs. The Chamber Staff is appointed by the Chamber Manager to serve as liaisons on each committee. The Board is ultimately responsible for Chamber operations, providing the mission, vision and plans for the Chamber Staff and Volunteers.

board-01Overall, the Board has ten primary responsibilities.

  1. Determine the Organization’s Mission and Purposes
  2. Assist in Building of the Organization
  3. Support the Staff and Assess Performance
  4. Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
  5. Ensure Adequate Resources
  6. Manage Resources Effectively
  7. Determine, Monitor and Strengthen Programs and Services
  8. Enhance the Organization’s Public Image
  9. Ensure Legal and Ethical Integrity and Maintain Accountability
  10. Recruit and Orient New Board Members; Assess Board Performance

 

Announcing our 2017 Board of Directors

The Executive Committee

Chairman:                                           Barry E Robertson

Chair – Elect:                                      Rod Nowlin

Immediate Past Chair:                   Greg Kernion

Treasurer:                                           Gayle Macolly Harris

 

Directors

2017

Louis Bass

2018

Jason Alderman

2019

Virginia Bowen

K.L. Brown Bill Baker Kent Davis
Sonde Coleman Steve Baswell Larry Deason
Jay Hinesley Tommie Goggans Max Dodd
Keith McCullough Tim Hodges Lynn Freeman
Everett King Linda Jenkins Leslie LaPlante
Charles Lewis Mark Johnson David Nunnelley
Bridgette Magouirk Brett Key  
Mike Simpson Deidre Mundy  
Wayne Sisk Rodney Owens  
Wayne Willis Bud Owsley  
Brian Young Kelley Pearce  
Sam Phillips  
*LCC Advisory Chair Jimmy Ulrey  

 

accounting-2Starting a business can sometimes be overwhelming; after all, you are your own boss, secretary, etc. Often times, we aspire for long-term success, but we overlook how to sustain our growth. That’s why there is so much emphasis on tracking and managing your accounting during the early stages of business.

  • Should you outsource it?
  • What billing can be automated?
  • Who should I call for help?
  • Who can help me make financial and business decisions?
  • What resources are available locally for small businesses?

accountingYou may be overwhelmed with these questions, but we are here to help. Join us Friday, November 4, from 8:30-10:00 A.M. at the Chamber of Commerce for our first Business Builder Series on Accounting. Our Small Business Committee is hosting these workshops to build up our small businesses and connect our community’s small businesses with resource in our area, including SCORE, Jacksonville State University’s Small Business Development Center, area Main Street Programs, and the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. On this day, we will be joined by area CPAs and Accountants to answer any questions and concerns you, as a small business owner, may have.

business-safe-computerSo far, our panel includes:

  • Theresa Lackey of Lackey Inc.
  • Philip Mallows of Mallows Accounting Services
  • Gerald Pentecost, Jr. CPA
  • And Tim Wilson of Warren Averett, LLC.

If you wish to join us for this free opportunity to learn more about small business accounting, please RSVP to (256)237-3536.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 4, 8:30 A.M.

Business Builder Series: Accounting

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce,

1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston

RSVP to (256)237-3536.

krychelle-webKrychelle has joined the Chamber team as Program Director, where she will work in the areas of Leadership Calhoun County, Youth Leadership, Workforce Development and Partners in Education. Originally from Oakman, Alabama, Krychelle Smith now lives in Jacksonville. Krychelle met her husband Ryan at Jacksonville State University, where he played football and she served as a tutor. Now, they have eleven year old twin boys, Nate and Nick, and a four year old girl, Audrey. Krychelle can often be found at football, baseball, basketball or soccer games with her children, who are also involved in Boy Scouts and Beginner Band at Kitty Stone. Krychelle attends Covenant Life Ministries in Alexandria and is very active in the POUND Fit “Posse” of the Anniston Aquatics and Fitness Center. Krychelle also enjoys going to concerts, reading and cheering on her JSU Gamecocks!

Krychelle says, “I’m excited to serve my community through the Chamber.” Welcome to the Chamber team Krychelle!

Together we Thrive!

October 13, 2016

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expo-2016-logoIn 2015, we had more than 2,000 attendees join us for the Regional Business EXPO. Now celebrating its 32nd year, the Business to Business EXPO is bigger than ever, with 18 restaurants participating in the Taste of Calhoun County and more than 80 exhibitors showcasing their goods and services. Just imagine, eight hours of continuous networking, presentations, introductions and more – all in one place! The largest networking event in East Alabama is Tuesday, October 18, from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the Anniston City Meeting Center. Our biggest event of the year is guaranteed to be a great event, with the Taste of Calhoun County serving 11:00 A.M.to 1:30 P.M. and 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. Members and their staff attend for free, while non-members and the general public have a $25 entry fee.

mentorsThe Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce knows it is what you know and who you know, so we want to give students and members the chance to get both. New for 2016, we allotted a time for Gadsden State and Jacksonville State students to meet area leaders, engage with our regional businesses and prosper in their future careers. These students can “Meet Mentors” at the Business to Business EXPO from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Students are asked to RSVP to the Chamber at (256)237-3536 by Monday, October 17. The first hour of the event consists of roundtable discussions. Students attending the roundtable discussions are encouraged to bring their resumes to share with discussion leaders and EXPO exhibitors, as they explore the EXPO during the second hour of the event. expoWith various Chamber members in attendance, doors of opportunity could be opened for those who attend. Last year, 25% of those who attended received job or internship offers that week.

These events offer participants and attendees the competitive edge with opportunities to network, idea share, and attract business collaboration at every level.  Give your business high visibility in this high energy, high traffic business to business event.

RESTAURANT WEEK is BACK!  October 9-15, Restaurants across Calhoun County are offering Deals and specials spotlighting their signature dishes. Calhoun County’s culinary experience includes everything from family favorite franchises to local barbeque and farm to table.

Restaurant Week Specials Include:


Chick-fil-A Quintard Mall

chickfila700 Quintard Drive, Suite FC8, Oxford

(256)835-1887

Dinner Special:

Buy One Dessert, get one free (of same value or less)

Lunch Special:

Buy One Dessert, get one free (of same value or less)

 

Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack

cooter-browns8464 AL Hwy 204, Jacksonville

(256)435-1514

Dinner Special:

$20 for 2 BBQ Pork Platters & one order of Hillbilly Eggrolls  (Drinks not included)

Lunch Special:

$5 for a Regular BBQ Sandwich with side and drink (Soft Drink or Tea)

 

Garfrerick’s Cafe

garfrericks655 Creekside Drive, Oxford

(256)831-0044

Lunch Special:

$10 for Southern Vegetable Plate Lunch with dessert and beverage

 

Hubbard’s Off Main

hubbards20 Choccolocco Street E, Oxford

(256)403-0258

Dinner Special:

$30 Dinner for two: Shrimp and Grits, Two 8 oz. Sirloin Steaks, with choice of one side each and soft drink (Plus Tax)

Lunch Special:

$7 Philly Cheesesteak: Thinly sliced sirloin beef with peppers and melted cheese on a traditional amarisso roll, served with fries and drink.

 

Loco Mex

loco809 Pelham Road South, Jacksonville

(256)435-7499

Dinner Special:

99 cent Tacos on Tuesday

 

Momma Goldberg’s Deli

momma-goldbergs208 Mountain Street NW, Jacksonville

(256)365-1566

Dinner Special:

$17 for 2 Sandwiches and 2 Nacho Combos

Lunch Special:

$8 for any Sandwich with Nacho Combo

 

The Peerless Grille

peerlesslogo213 and 15 West 10th Street, Anniston

(256)238-1899

Dinner Special:

$19.99 for Derby Chopped Steak topped with Brown Gravy w/ Side and Salad for two

Lunch Special:

$6 for Beans & Greens

Kids Menu Special:

Kids 12 and under eat FREE with purchase of one Adult meal

 

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Logotype_Two Color1925 Quintard Avenue, Anniston

(256)236-4333

Dinner Special:

Chicken Sandwich Combo with Choice of Side and Medium Drink

Lunch Special:

Chicken Sandwich Combo with Choice of Side and Medium Drink

 

Wiseguys Pizzaria & Bar

wiseguys7113 U.S. Hwy 431, Alexandria

(256)820-0888

Dinner Special:

$24.99 for the Family Meal: 1 Large one topping pizza, 1 appetizer, & 4 drinks

Lunch Special:

$6.99 1 one topping slice with salad and drink

 

Zoe’s on the Lake

zoe187 Angel Lake Drive, Weaver

(256)403-6090

Dinner Special:

$12.95 for 12 oz Ribeye with baked potato and side salad

Lunch Special:

$9.95 for Chicken Fettucine with side salad

 

If you have any questions or would like to submit a Restaurant Week Special, please contact Emily Duncan at 256-237-3536 or e-mail emilyd@calhounchamber.com.

We Appreciate You!

September 30, 2016

member-appreciateAs we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
Each year, the Chamber hosts Member Appreciation Day, a time to thank our members for making our Chamber strong and our community amazing.  To be a member is to be “a part of an organization that makes things work.” Without our members, we would not be able to do what we do. tri-cycle-appBoth long standing and new members of the Chamber are invited to join us on Friday, October 7 from 11am – 2pm. Come out and watch Adult Tricycle Races, a Human Hula Hoop Toss, and a Pie Eating Contest. Try your luck with the Giant Jenga Game, the Rock Climbing Wall, win prizes and play some Corn Hole. Enjoy a barbeque lunch with all the sides and dessert. We appreciate our members and we hope to see you there.

Our Appreciation Day is also an opportunity to learn how the Chamber can best serve your business’ needs, so join us to hear about our educational programs, networking opportunities, member discounts, and how to maximize you membership and exposure. appreciationIt’s always a fun way to make new connections! We are grateful for our members and their commitment to our Chamber and communities. We appreciate your continued support and involvement, so come and bring your staff and co-workers to join the networking party. Please encourage your associates to attend. Thank you for your membership and help throughout the year!

Not sure if you or your employer is a member? Call Kim Boyd, Membership Director, at (256)237-3536.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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