2013 Small Business Month

June 5, 2013

The Small Business Month for 2013 was monumental for the Chamber seeing 17 small business of the year nominees. Ranging from Spas to Insurance and everything in between, the Chamber takes this month to highlight and celebrate our area small businesses and everything they do for our local economy.

The Chamber Kicked off the month with our Annual Breakfast of Champions, featuring a fabulous panel consisted of representatives from Anniston EMS, Buster Miles Chevy, Carmin Industries, Morris Building Constructors, and Nunnally’s Art & Framing. This event allowed the 5 panels to share their successes and challenges with fellow business men and women in attendance.

This month’s Basics of Business Breakfast focused on Facebook for Business. With many small businesses seemingly fearful of the social media world, the Chamber presented how to generate a content calendar for those with limited time on their hands and how to conduct market research by searching businesses in various industries and their content creation.

Thanks to JSU’s College of Commerce and Business Administration and Effina’s for hosting and sponsoring May’s Business After Hours. It was yet another great networking opportunity for our Chamber Members, recognizing the Jacksonville Parks and Rec’s Janis Burns and JSU Small Business Development Center’s Pat Shaddix for their work in the community.

The Small Business Gala was held on Thursday, May 30, at the Anniston Country Club with these 17 nominees being recognized:

Abbey Carpet & Flooring

Anniston EMS

Anniston Eye Clinic

CD Cellar

Christian Corner Meats

Family Value Video

FreeStyle Graphix

Lighting Showroom

Mark Lee Insurance Agency

Monet Salon & Day Spa

Oxford Lumber Company

Randy Jones Insurance Agency

Remodeler’s Outlet

Signature In Home Care

Sweet Peas Boutique

Too Nice to Slice Bakery

Top Notch Events & Rentals

The winners of the Chamber’s awards are chosen by our sister Chambers based on their applications submitted each year. This year’s winners were:

Lifetime Achievement:

Webb Concrete & Building Materials

Small Business Advocate:

John Wheeler


Christian Corner Meats


Oxford Lumber Company

During the month, the Chamber also launched its shop local campaign, complete with a pledge for area residents to sign, t-shirts and key chains.

Did you know that if we switched just 5% of the dollars we spent elsewhere and bought local, it would generate over $2 Million in new local sales tax revenue?

That money benefits of schools, police, fire, emergency responders, and more. Everybody wins! The money we keep here circulates again and again through our local economy, garnering business growth, job creation, lower taxes, aiding public services —a better life for everyone!

Most things we need can be found locally, so live, shop and think local first.



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