AnnistoAnniston Water Worksn Water Works & Sewer Board
Since 1962, Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board has supplied and services the areas of Calhoun County, Cleburne County, Haralson County Georgia, and Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. Rates have grown or remained consistent thanks to the addition of wholesale customers, and AWWSB continues to offer state of the art services like the Beacon System, allowing customers real-time consumption data on water and sewer services. They also continue to make improvements to enhance their mission of providing high quality drinking water to customers. Thank you Anniston Water Works for all you do for the community and congratulations!

Liberty National –  Harris Agencies
IMG_1546For 10 years, The Harris Agencies have provided insurance policies for thousands of individuals and over 400 workplaces. They’ve grown from one location to three, from three to eight agency directors, and now offer 24 hour claims processing services. This team strives to go above and beyond to meets the needs of clients and assists, often during difficult times. Thank you to the Harris Agencies for all you do for the community and congratulations!

New Leaf Marketing
NLM-full-colorBeginning with one employee in 1999, New Leaf Marketing has now expanded to three locations and thousands of customers, earning awards from high rated suppliers and being rated in the top 3% of their industry. NLM evolves with the market trends daily, offering more than 3 million products and aiding clients in marketing initiatives from start to finish. Each year, they also host an open house, allowing clients to meet vendors and see the latest trends. Thank you New Leaf Marketing for all you do for the community and congratulations!

Pate’s Design, Build & Remodel
patesFor more than 18 years, Pate’s Painting, Design and Remodel provides great workmanship in painting, remodeling and new construction needs. Beginning with just a pick-up truck, now, they’ve grown to seventeen vehicles, three buildings and an administrative office and showroom. Pate’s seeks to be a “one-stop” shop for customers. This business has grown to a business for many generations to come. Thank you Pate’s Painting, Design and Remodel for all you do for the community and congratulations!

Pine Hill Country Club
Pine Hill CC LogoPine Hill Country Club was founded in 1962, and in 2017, this 18 hole golf course, complete with driving range, putting green, chipping green and fully stocked pro shop, can under the new ownership of Cory Etter. Since that time, they have grown by 20%. They continue to offer new tournaments and events to offer all ages new formats and opportunities to their growing clientele. Thank you Pine Hill Country Club for all you do for the community and congratulations!

Regional Dental Center – Dr. Bruce Young
Regional Dental CenterSince 1977, Regional Dental Center has provided dental services for children and adults, from emergency care to oral health restoration. They’ve grown from two treatment rooms to fourteen rooms and twenty three employees. All their doctors and staff continue to do continuing education to keep up to date with new techniques and things in the dental world. Their friendly and diverse staff strive to provide the best option for the patient’s well-being. Thank you Regional Dental Center for all you do for the community and congratulations!


Coleman Tree Service
coleman treeBeginning with basic equipment, like tree climbing spikes and chainsaws, Coleman Tree Service now has 6 employees, 3 full-time and 3 part-time, with a storefront in Ohatchee, a bucket truck, a bobcat and more! Their new equipment also allows them to off tree planting services. Obviously, weather can be a challenge for businesses who mostly function outdoors, but they strive to treat customers’ properties as they would their very own, including safety plans and measures unique to each job. Congratulations Coleman Tree Service and thank you for all you do for the community!
Growing Trends
growing trends buildingSince 2013, Growing Trends has offered a consignment store for mothers and families at their 10th Street location in historic downtown Anniston. Today, they continue to add events and special product lines for their shoppers and market big ticket items through platforms like eBay and Facebook to grow customer base. They also offer a children’s playroom to entertain families while they shop, making it the local favorite of many children who frequent the shop. Growing Trends also supports and participates in several community events. Congratulations Growing Trends and thank you for all you do for the community!
Rosa Lee Jewelry
FullSizeRenderFrom a Starbucks in NYC to beginning within a small room of another historic downtown Anniston business, within two years, Rosa Lee has experienced 900% growth and now moved to a 2000 square foot space, with even more space being considered for the future. Owner Dara Murphy, designs these handmade, one of a kind pieces for customers, ranging from teens to senior adults, using everything from heirlooms to vintage unique travel finds. This business also continues to raise awareness with a weekly Facebook Live show of products for fans and customers nationwide. Congratulations Rosa Lee Jewelry and thank you for all you do for the community!
The Rustic Farmhouse
Business 1Since their opening in July of 2017, the Rustic Farmhouse offers unique products and a pleasant shopping experience at reasonable pricing. Sales continue to grow like their customer base and online reach. Through their product selection, they strive to create an environment and offer items that make a home feel warm, cozy and inviting. Congratulations Rustic Farmhouse and thank you for all you do for the community!

Mizzell Marketing’s Laura Mizzell 


Since 2017, Laura has worked an the founder and only employee of Mizzell Marketing & Designs, creating promotional items and marketing resources for businesses, schools and non-profits. Laura knows the importance of continuing her education in marketing, in order to offer her clients new and unique ideas for campaigns. She also does research in the fields of her clients to accommodate their needs and industry trends.

Model City Insurance’s Christa Morphis 

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For the last 13 years, Christa has worked in the insurance industry, and opening the doors to Model City Insurance, she provides home, auto, business and life insurance coverage through multiple carriers. Through her involvement in the community, Christa strives to get her face and business in front of people, introduce herself personally and share what she does. Christa also adapts to today’s technology, working with clients over phone, email, text or whatever means they need.

The Music Box’s Jean & Steven Ellison 


These entrepreneurs are a husband and wife team, working side by side to provide private music instruction and entertainment for community events. Focused on preparedness, and sustainability, Jean & Steven are very involved in the community, serving on the Board of Main Street Anniston and the Art’s Council, and Steven works as an elementary music teacher in area schools. These young entrepreneurs have worked for three years and now have a storefront on Noble Street in downtown historic Anniston.

Taste of Eden’s Karla Eden 

FB_IMG_1488822336436Since 2015, Karla’s hobby has evolved into a full-time growing business with a new storefront on Noble Street in Historic Downtown Anniston coming in 2018. Karla offers everything from traditional sheet cakes to custom sculpted pieces specific to party themes and clients. Karla strives to show individuality in her work, interaction and appearance, surpassing customer expectations with each next best creation. Karla has also continued to receive certifications and education.


20180315_112656On March 15 th , 2018, the Public Affairs Committee and the Leadership Calhoun County
Class paired up to take a visit to Alabama’s capitol. Through a fun-filled day of touring the capitol buildings and observing the house floors in session, we heard from several speakers about the importance of staying engaged in government efforts. Both groups acquired a wealth of knowledge about how Montgomery functions.
Each year, the Chamber creates a legislative agenda that identifies the key positions that
the Chamber will take for that year. 20180315_113758These areas include education/workplace preparedness, economic development/infrastructure, small business, and healthcare. Visiting Montgomery and observing the house and senate floors in session gave the committee to get a first-hand glance at advocacy efforts at work. As we were greeted by our state representatives Randy Wood, Steve Hurst, K.L. Brown and Senator Del Marsh, we received a quick briefing on what would occur in the legislature that day. 20180315_150253(0)Each of our legislators took questions and answers from the committee and the LCC class before they were to return to the Chambers. This opportunity to ask questions was an ample time for our members to express some of the items on our legislative agenda.
The Public Affairs Committee is very passionate about all of the initiatives on our 2018
state and federal legislative agendas. Therefore, we knew that when we went to  Montgomery, we were on a mission. This mission was to educate ourselves on how to better advocate the initiatives on our legislative agendas by scheduling our speakers and meetings around this mission. 40193124424_87096b94b5_zTwo of the initiatives that the Public Affairs Committee is passionate about is finding resources to improve Alabama’s infrastructure and educational programs. Because of our strong interest in seeing Calhoun County prosper, we asked Mark Colson, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, to come and speak with the committee on Alabama’s Education Budget and current legislation that we should be aware of. It was a very informative meeting as he and other groups such as our committee are very concerned about these issues, as well as our legislators. We are thrilled that other organizations are working diligently to acquire these resources for not just the state, but Calhoun County.

By: Briaunna Buckner

The Public Affairs Committee prides itself on being the voice of business for Calhoun County. 

chamber building• We are the #1 resource for information in Calhoun County.

• We are a membership powered & driven organization that represents more than 1,100 businesses, organizations and individuals.

• Our geographical representation serves the entire East Alabama region, with members even in Montgomery, D.C. and from across the state of Alabama.

• While all the area’s largest employers are members of the Chamber, more than 50 percent of Chamber members are defined as small businesses.

• We exist to make our region a community that is a dynamic place to work, visit and live.

DSC06301• We focus on four key areas that benefit our communities & members: Enhancing the Value of Membership, Advocating as the Political Voice of Business, Marketing Calhoun County, & Partners in Education for Workforce Development.

• Chamber Business Membership includes all the employees of your organization.

• Whether you’re an industry, small business or non-profit organization, The Chamber is THE place to help you grow and increase business. If you have questions about Chamber membership, reach out to our Membership Director, Kim Boyd, by calling (256) 237-3536 or by emailing

Disaster Relief Resources

March 26, 2018

emaVolunteer Reception Center

501 Alexandria Rd SW # A, Jacksonville, AL 36265

(256) 435-8115

  All volunteers must check in and report to Jacksonville Community Center.
– Hours of operations:
Monday – Thursday 8 am to 5 pm
Friday and Saturday 7am to 5pm
Easter Sunday VRC will be CLOSED

Shelter is provided at the Eagle Point Church: 301 Henry Rd SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265.

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)
Jacksonville Train Depot (650 Mountain St NW Jacksonville, AL 36265)
If you need help, dial 2-1-1.
The DRC is a one-stop shop for people needing any type of assistance. The referral process is in place to make sure that needs are met and to ensure that no one is taking advantage of the system. The intent is not to create more red tape and bottlenecks, but to make sure that our neighbors in need are aware of ALL the resources available to them.  
– Hours of Operations
Monday- Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
Easter Sunday CLOSED
Donations Center
ALL donations should be coordinated through the Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church:
109 Gayle Ave., SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265
-Hours of Operations
Monday – Saturday 9am to 5 pm
Easter Sunday CLOSED

Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama.

JSU Foundation Account
Or text JSUSTRONG to 71777


Contractors are required to carry their City business licenses, applicable permits, and zone access passes. Required documentation can be obtained at City Hall (320 Church Ave SE). Access passes will change daily.

If injured during clean-up: 

Help is available at our first aid stations:
• Angel Volunteer Fire Department, 55 Angel Station Road, Jacksonville
• White Plains Volunteer Fire Department, 12900 AL Hwy 9 N., Piedmont
• Zone 1- Across AL Hwy 21 from Merrill Hall at JSU
• Zone 2- Corner of 11th Street, N.E. and Church Ave., N.E., at Stone Center, JSU

Know, Grow & Go

March 22, 2018

Lunch & Learn 001The Calhoun County Chamber & Visitors Center is here to help your business, organization and community grow. How?

Know that the Chamber wants to hear from you. From Advocacy efforts to relevant seminar topics, the Chamber is business and community minded for resources, education, programs and events. The Chamber offers cost savings for our members at Office Depot/Office Max, and members have the opportunity to promote deals for fellow members and the public through our Member Information Center.

Lunch & Learn 005Grow through Chamber events and programs! Increase your knowledge and visibility with Chamber membership. Through sponsorships, networking events and more opportunities, members gain exposure and resources.

Go to to connect with customers, businesses, organizations and elected officials. Join the Chamber or call (256)237-3536 for more information.

netThe Calhoun County Chamber & Visitors Center strives to offer a wide variety of programs and events to cover nearly every business interest and schedule. We also aim to move the locations of these events throughout the county and region to accommodate the busy schedules of our members and their representatives. Here’s perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind: membership is not limited to one individual. Every employee of a member company is invited to attend Chamber events and participate in our programs. Whether you’re a large industry, small business, or nonprofit, we are developing programs and events with your needs in mind. For a current list of events, check out our calendar at Find the committees that are of interest t

o you, and get involved with the programs that are important to you.


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Ready Business
Emergency Preparedness Classes
In Partnership with the Calhoun County EMA
March 29, April 5, 12 & 19 (9:00-11:00 AM)
Calhoun County Chamber & Visitors Center
1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston
$50 per person Register by calling (256) 237-3536.


Coffee & Chat
Small Business Roundtables to Enhance Your Business
April Topic: Government Procurement
Tuesday, April 17, 8:00-9:00 AM
@ the Calhoun County Chamber & Visitors Center
1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston
Please call (256)237-3536 to RSVP, so we can gather information
specific to your business and industry.

Basics for Business and BBusiness Basics:
“How to Start a Business”
In Partnership with the City of Oxford
Friday, May 4, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
@ the Bynum Community Center, 200 Victory Drive, Eastaboga
These events are a chance for entrepreneurs or those considering
opening a business to learn about municipal and regional resources
and information. For more information or to RSVP, call (256)237-3536.

Job Postings

March 9, 2018

linkThe job postings section of the Chamber Member Database and Directory at offers Calhoun County Chamber members an avenue to promote their current positions open for hire – for free! Once you’ve logged into the member information center and created the Job Posting, it’s is approved by the Chamber staff, and it will be active on our website. If the database gives you trouble, as in you need your password or are not sure how to update  it, the Chamber staff will also share your Job Posting for you!



From Job Postings to Upcoming Events, the member information is a hub of resources exclusive to Chamber Members. Learn more at

Access your online Member Information Center:

  • Go to
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page
  • Click ‘Member Login’
  • Add Job Postings, Hot Deals, Events and pay your member dues or register for events online.
  • Promote your business, share information in the social feed, find out what’s happening, and more.
  • Can’t remember or don’t have a login? Call the Chamber, and we’ll get you all set!

Not sure where to start, call the Chamber at (256) 237-3536 or email for your member login information and more upcoming member only opportunities.


ROSE Awards 2018

March 2, 2018

ROSE is an acronym for Recognition of Service Excellence. This recognition honors those who go beyond expectations and their job description to make everyone feel welcome in Calhoun County, by providing exemplary service and customer satisfaction and positively enhancing visitor experience during their stay. From Hotels and Attractions to Restaurants, these individuals work in the hospitality industry and provide direct support to visitors and customers. Those we are honoring were nominated by their bosses, their public and their co-workers.


Yvonne Adams from Fairfield Inn & Suites was recognized for her resilience in overcoming challenges, so she can focus on guests.

Sharon Barnes from the Alumni House at JSU was honored for working with everyone, from a bride and groom to those celebrating homecoming and representing the “Friendliest Campus in the South.”

Sarah Burke at the Anniston Museums & Gardens was recognized for incorporating many new programs, fuelling the excitement of guests and her co-workers.

Honoree Gwen Cherwaty at Panera Bread Oxford is known for always being early, going the extra mile and providing dependable and great customer service.

For years, Kristy Farmer has gone above and beyond to serve her customers and co-workers at the Peerless Saloon & Grille, literally being on call 24/7.

Victoria Ginn was recognized by customers at Fuji Japanese Cuisine for the welcoming experience she provides as hostess.

Tydricka Groce is known for being friendly, authentic, thoughtful and caring, and in her first few months at Hampton Inn & Suites, she has already received comments from guests on her customer minded, detail oriented quality of work.

With more than 20 years of service industry experience, Cyrus Hill wows guests and supports his team with his contagious positivity to a special flare for detail at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

 Deanna Jones is recognized for going above brand standards and lending a hand wherever it is needed at the Hampton Inn Jacksonville.

Christy Kowatch is known for putting guests at ease and cutting up with them at the Hampton Inn Jacksonville, addressing them by name and making sure they are well taken care of.

Recently, a family called to thank our Kellie McClanahan for the care she took of them, while they were here for a funeral, and as a front desk agent at Courtyard by Marriott, she went above and beyond and even provided a caring ear and comforting shoulder during a tough time.

Honoree Katina Shellings works like clockwork, setting an example for her team, earning the trust of guests, and exuding a positive attitude at the Home2 by Hilton.

For more than 30 years, Nancy Turner has served many weddings and homecoming celebrations at the “Friendliest Campus in the South,” JSU.

Gerald Walker can troubleshoot and solve almost any issue that may arise for a guest, and he also leads the Hilton Garden Inn organization and training of his team, holding everyone to high standards of quality.

Timothy Beard has guests at Hotel Finial raving about him going the extra mile and making each wedding, shower, brunch and group meal perfect.

Mary Safford goes the extra mile at the Hotel Finial, to show she genuinely cares about the hotel, guests and co-workers, and her experience and dedication make her versatile for more positions.

Hotel Finial Honoree Sarah Watson maintains a positive attitude, while going above and beyond to provide excellent service and be a team player.