Chamber Misconceptions

January 17, 2018

A lot of the time, there are many questions about the Chamber and what it means to be a member…

What is the Chamber of Commerce? 


The Chamber is fully supported by our membership’s annual member contributions. Members select a Board of Directors to represent them in making decisions and fiduciary responsibilities. These directors are volunteers selected to represent the membership and, just like any small business, make and orchestrate a plan to aid our communities and businesses in growth and development.

Board members are generally recruited by current board members or from a pool of volunteers who go above and beyond on Chamber Committees to help and become involved and support the Chamber organization. These board members are sworn in at each year’s annual meeting, which is celebrating 39 years in 2018 as a consolidated county chamber.


annual meetingTerms, responsibilities and more are spelled out in the Chamber’s By-Laws, and each year, the board reviews these by-laws and strategic plan set to fulfill the Chamber Mission to make sure the organization is still on track and serving the community to the best of its ability.


These goals and strategies include networking events, small business and workshops geared toward human resources, community events, visitor activities, and more. At these events, the Chamber and Visitors Center partners with other organizations to benefit the community by bringing visitors or to meet the needs of our businesses and community.

It may sometimes go unnoticed that the Chamber still serves as the area’s #1 resource of information. Daily, we give refers to businesses, offer directions, provide phone numbers and more information to callers, guests, representing businesses or as individuals. We are not a part of area government. We are a non-profit, here to serve.

boardAny business is welcome to join us and support our  efforts in continuing to make our region better and better. Together everyone achieves more, and with our members of all business sizes and industries, including individual contributors, we’re making Calhoun County’s region a dynamic place to work, visit and live!


IMG_3900The Chamber & Visitors Center operates 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.

Events in the community create a dynamic atmosphere, great for families and great for business. A lively community is a big draw for businesses and industries, and the Chamber sees the value of this benefit to the economy and possible development recruitment tool.

DSCN8357As a visitors center, we hope these events book overnight stays with vendors, visitors and event participants, as well as bring those same people to restaurants, gas stations and retail businesses. This local spending added to the spending of residents produces tax revenue to benefit our communities’ schools, public safety, and more!

These events also create a buzz about our region, whether it be by word of mouth, shared social media content, news story, or other outlet, showcasing what our community has to offer and bringing visitors back, hopefully time and time again.

DSC03747Chamber networking events are created to generate a sense of community. We know, generally, people do business with people they know, so these events shine a spotlight on our businesses and their services, connecting our members to customers. Once a relationship is built, these customers know who they can and will turn to in an emergency.

The Chamber knows strong businesses build strong communities, which build more strong businesses, add value to the community and enhance the quality of life for all.

Passing the Gavel

January 4, 2018

annualAt the Annual Meeting, each year, we celebrate the many successes of the past year and preview our exciting plan of action for the coming year, as we swear in the new Board of Directors and announce the Chairman’s Cup Recipient and Ambassador of the Year.

Join us for the Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 25 11:30 A.M. –1:00 P.M. at the Oxford Civic Center, located at 401 McCullars Lane, in Oxford. Call 256-237-3536 to RSVP, $25 to attend. Pre-registration is required.

DSC02728Ambassador of the Year

Ambassadors are volunteers who act as representatives of the Chamber, always working to enhance member relations. Through their active role and participation in ribbon cuttings, ground breakings and events, the Chamber is able to better serve our membership. Some Ambassadors go above and beyond what is expected, well representing their business and the Chamber in the community.

DSC02726Brenda Dozier Hollis Chairman’s Cup

Each Year, the Brenda Dozier Hollis Chairman’s Cup is awarded to recipients for their efforts, contributions and dedication to the Chamber and our communities. Brenda was dedicated to this Chamber and served as an advocate for getting new leaders and younger people involved with the Chamber.



Mr. Gregory J. Barker, also known as Greg, is currently the Executive Vice President for Customer Services at Alabama Power Company. Previously, Mr. Barker served as Senior Vice President for Marketing and Economic Development at Alabama Power Company and served as its Senior Vice President of Business Development and Customer Support. He has been professionally involved with economic development for twenty nine years and has served as president and a board member for the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

Home for the Holidays

December 21, 2017

wreathT’was the day before Christmas when all through Calhoun County, local shops were selling; local families serving.

The displays were all done in their windows with care, with customers filling the stores everywhere.

The workers were busy, with no time for bed, while visions of happy children danced in their heads.

The streets filled with lights, the halls all decked, it’s the perfect setting for every list checked.

When out on the streets there arose such a clatter, we sprang from our homes to see what was the matter.

reindeerAway to town, we flew like a flash, seeming to be in a mad dash.

The moon beaming with a bright, beautiful glow lit the path for us below.

When what to our wondering eyes should appear, our community was thriving and full of holiday cheer.

With shop owners, so lively and quick, we knew they could help pick from the wish lists the family shared, finding an item to show we cared.

New purses, new jewelry, new boots and wrapped boxes, including Pixels, game boards and apple watches!

ornamentsTo the top of the list! To each and every store, shopping is sometimes quite a chore!

Sometimes it takes a moment to learn when we should first to our neighbors turn.

Shopping local, everyone flew, with car loads of gifts and groceries too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard them say, “Sales for each and every day. The countdown for Christmas is on. Get these deals before they’re gone.”

My neighbors, my family, my friends benefit when my money is locally spent.

treeA bundle of deals from clothes to toys purchased for the good girls and boys.

Money raised for our schools and emergency agency, funding for teams, events and charity, are often gifts from local merchants, thanks to even the smallest purchase.

Imagine if we spent all our money here. Our local needs might disappear. Jobs and communities would grow, our streets busy and aglow.

While we are often drawn to the lowest price, we over look what’s here and nice! If we thought and dream of possibility, we’d see better parks for families!

gift-box-in-hand-flat-icon-01-We spoke not a word, but went straight to work, planning and promoting “Shop Local First,” seeing what could and should be as we gather around our Christmas tree.

I beg of you, I ask, I plead, think local for what you need. Keep our communities strong, and shop local all year long!

Happy Holidays!


Not only are there numerous Chamber Member only events with a network of individuals and businesses that work to promote Calhoun County as a great place to live, work and visit, but with the Chamber, studies by the Schapiro Group show why everyone is willing to invest in their community and businesses success. 59% of consumers think it is an effective business strategy to be involved in the Chamber. Why? With restaurants, even those who are franchises, consumers are 40% more likely to choose those which are members of the Chamber. For small businesses, 63% of consumers are more likely to buy from those distinguished as Chamber members. Chambers also serve as the source for the 51% increase in consumer awareness of businesses. Your Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center serves as the #1 source of information for business issues, trends and events. Looking for somewhere to shop, visit or eat? Call the Chamber. Looking to open a business? Call the Chamber. Membership investment is PRICELESS, so give the gift of Membership this holiday season!


DSC05841Many are confused by the term “chamber of commerce,” possibly dating back to its origin in Europe hundreds of years ago as tactic of banding together against common enemies and the government side of creating trade policies.

The current Chamber of Commerce is targeted more to community development, social and business needs, and creating prosperity for businesses and their communities. A Chamber is an organization of businesses and individuals coming together to represent the collective interests, while seeking to advance the community, region, state and nation. It’s a win-win for communities and businesses, and still, the Chamber remains a trusted source of business, referrals and information.

networkingIn political advocacy, together everyone achieves more, and the Chamber unites everyone in one voice to advocate for business and our communities. The Chamber is comprised of voluntary paying members, who collectively elect a board of directors to represent their voice and guide the chamber, who in turn hire a staff to run the organization. Daily, the staff serves as a resource for the public, a promoter of business, networking event organizers, and more in order to cater to our members’ and public’s needs.

engageThe Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is a 4-Star Accredited Chamber, promoting and sustaining the economic growth of the Calhoun County Region, resulting in a community that is a dynamic place to work, visit and live. Unique among Chambers, our office also serves as the visitors center and center for economic development, striving to attract business and visitors to our region.

The 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. The Chamber encourages member participation in committees and discussions, so all can stay informed of all the successes the Chamber team is making in and around the community. Join us! 

Why Join the Chamber?

December 1, 2017

The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center works 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 list.
The Chamber connects your business with more than 1,000 members and their employees at more than 40 events each year.
New members are eligible for free and discounted offers through several advertising packages, and members are exclusively allowed to promote any deals and discounts through the Chamber website.
The Chamber offers educational seminars and webinars for member business owners, managers and employees.
Through the Chamber’s Public Affairs as well as Military & Security Affairs, individuals and businesses unite to build and advocate for the success of our local economy.
The Chamber website is frequented by more than 35,000 visitors, and we distribute more than 3,000 welcome packets annually. These and more opportunities create opportunities for members to get noticed in the community through publications, directories and more.
Studies show that when a business is identified as a member of their local Chamber of Commerce, positive perception is increased among consumers and business owners, so raise your reputation with membership and by displaying your member decal at your business or on your website.
The Chamber provides referrals to our members and for our members to resources that can provide direction and advice to grow a business.
A strong local economy means creating a quality of life that emboldens a workforce to live, play and stay.
Connect > Engage > Prosper
Join today! 

Your business could thrive thanks to membership. Your future could depend on membership. Connect with success at the Chamber of Commerce! For more information on joining, contact our Membership Director Kim Boyd at (256) 237-3536 or via email at Connect, Engage, Prosper and stop by to see us at 1330 Quintard Avenue in Anniston!

Anniston Army Depot

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.

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


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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