Facts About the First Quarter
April 8, 2016
Our first quarter of 2016 was busy and exciting, welcoming new leadership, new volunteers, new board members and 34 new members. The Chamber also celebrated 15 ribbon cuttings and two ground breakings.
The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Board sets areas of focus for each year, and during the first quarter, we’ve already made great progress to accomplishing those for 2016.
In the areas of Workforce Development, the Chamber partnered with Jacksonville High School and Piedmont High School to offer a Career Shadowing day, and the Chamber presented at Piedmont’s Advantage Plus presentation. The Chamber’s first quarter also included the EASTMAN Worlds of Work 8th Grade Career EXPO, presented by Honda Manufacturing, exposing more than 2,000 students from Calhoun County, Cleburne County and Munford to the numerous careers available in our region through hands on activities and presentations.
The Chamber also serves as “The Voice of Business,” advocating for Calhoun County at Local, State and Federal levels. The Chamber updated its State and Federal Legislative Agenda for2016 and established a Military and Security Affairs Committee to preserve, protect and promote the Armed Forces and Homeland Security Resources of the United States of America through active support of the local military and governmental organizations, missions and people. During the first quarter, the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee and Leadership Calhoun County took a trip to Montgomery to meet with representation and advocate for Calhoun County.
Another focus of 2016 was Member Engagement, and our volunteers and board advocated for a sharable “fact sheet” card, which was developed and published during the first quarter. Membership continues conduct Member Orientations to familiarize members with the Member Information Center of our database, and new for 2016, we are now offering online webinars as orientation. To add to the return of investment, members are now offered Affinity Programs and discounts at Office Depot and discounted Google Map services.
The Chamber is also the Visitors Center for Calhoun County, proudly partnering with area organizations to showcase Calhoun County and its natural attractions, from the Alabama Cycling Classic to Cheaha Challenge and the upcoming County Fair.
The Chamber is thankful for our volunteers spearheading these initiatives to accomplish our 2016 focus areas, and as an honor of recognition, the Chamber is now awarding those who go above and beyond with a “Spirit Stick” presentation at Business After Hours.