With predecessors dating back to 1910 and since 1978, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 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 success of the Chamber has thrived on members shaping Calhoun County’s business environment and making the area an exceptional place to live and work.

At 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.

annual-meeting-webSave the Date for the

38th Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 2,

12:00 (Noon)

Oxford Civic Center

401 McCullars Lane, Oxford

Call 256-237-3536 to RSVP.

$25 to attend.

Pre-registration is required.

 

involved-ambassadorsAmbassador 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. Ambassadors of the Year go above and beyond what is expected, well representing their business and the Chamber in the community.

networkBrenda 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.

staff_magee_julieGuest Speaker: Julie P. Magee, Commissioner of the Department of Revenue

Governor Robert Bentley appointed Julie Prendergast Magee, former vice-president of the Mobile-based InsTrust Insurance Group, to the post of State Revenue Commissioner, effective January 18, 2011. Mrs. Magee’s career, spanning over 20 years in the business community, largely focused on competitive sales and market expansion in the insurance industry. As state revenue commissioner, Commissioner Magee is responsible for the operation and management of the Alabama Department of Revenue.  A resident of Mobile, Alabama, Mrs. Magee received a B.A. degree from the University of South Alabama in 1991. Mrs. Magee is married to Don Magee, and they have one daughter, Meredith.

 Give the Gift that Keeps Giving

You can help sponsor a small business or home-based business owner on their path to success with a membership to the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.

Sponsorships are available as a 1 year or 2 year membership gift to small business owners, and we’ll send you a certificate to present to the business owner.

For more information, call our Membership Director, Kim Boyd, (256) 237-3536 or email kimb@calhounchamber.com.

Mission Possible

December 22, 2016

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch

gov-affairsThe Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Mission is 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. We represent seven municipalities, businesses and industries of all sizes, and viewpoints from every position on the political spectrum. The Chamber, its board, staff and members work to continuously promote the Calhoun County area and truly represent “The Voice of Business.” Our focus areas for 2017 are:

Advocacy

  • Create Legislative Agenda with Report Card for Elected Officials
  • Organize Washington Fly-Insfam-tour
  • Host Mayors’ Roundtable and Legislative Updates with Officials
  • Build Grassroots Network for legislative issues
  • Educate and Raise Awareness of public affairs’ programs


Marketing/Tourism

  • Target and Segment Familiarization Tours
  • Develop County Wide Marketing Plan
  • Build Awareness of Visitors’ Center and Brandinvolved-military-3
  • Elevate Community Visibility Online
  • Capture Visitor and Newcomer Information and Follow Up


Military Affairs

  • Grow Military/Securities Affairs Committee to more than 100
  • Educate Chamber/Community through Tours and Events
  • Recruit/Partner with Active Community Military Members
  • Build Military Affairs Fundinged-day
  • Establish, promote and connect the military with the community


Education/Workforce Development

  • Create Partnerships for Workforce Readiness with Business, Schools and Industries
  • Leverage JSU & GSCC
  • Educate Area Students of Career Choices
  • Promote Internships and Mentor Programs
  • Connect Educators with Area Businesses to Target Workforce Needs

member-orientation-002Financial Stability

  • Continue to Pay Off Building Debt
  • Research Affinity Programs
  • Educate Membership of Building Contribution Fund
  • Educate Membership of Sponsorship opportunities to create additional non-dues revenue


Member Engagement

  • networkingDevelop Member Mentor Program
  • Create Member Pledge, including involvement opportunities
  • Form Segmented Focus Groups
  • Distribute Membership Fact Sheet
  • Educate Membership of Member Information Center

 

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. For more information, make plans to join us for member orientation, December 28.

Not a member?

Online application forms are available at http://www.CalhounChamber.com.

For more information about joining this dynamic organization, please contact Kim Boyd, Membership Director, at 256.237.3536 or kimb@calhounchamber.com.

Chamber Membership 101

December 16, 2016

connectConnect

It’s about people. It’s about ideas. It’s about influence, the Power of Connection. Your business thrives on it. Your future depends on it. Connect with success at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, your link to influential people, innovative ideas and exclusive opportunities. Chamber members are as diverse as the county itself. They represent businesses and industries of all sizes, and viewpoints from every position on the political spectrum.

Together, we’re shaping Calhoun County’s dynamic business environment and making the area an exceptional place to live and work. Join us as a member and make new connections.

engageEngage

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.

1st Thursday of each Month: Business & Biscuits

2nd Wednesday of each Month: Lunch & Leads

3rd Tuesday of each month: Business After Hours

February 2nd: Annual Meeting

February 24th: Economic Forum

Each May: Small Business Month & Business Awards

Each September: Salute to Industry Month, Golf Outing and other events

Each October: Business to Business EXPO & Member Appreciation Day

Prosper

dsc00774All new business members are eligible for an advertising package which includes discounted offers from several of our member businesses. Take advantage of special discounts and offer discounts for your business through Member-to-Member Deals and Hot Deals.

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.

The Chamber also partners to offer educational webinars and seminars for member business owners, managers, and employees.

How to join?

Online application forms are available at http://www.CalhounChamber.com.

For more information about joining this dynamic organization, please contact Kim Boyd, Membership Director, at 256.237.3536 or kimb@calhounchamber.com.

shop

T’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

shop-2When out on the streets there arose such a clatter, we sprang from our homes to see what was the matter.

Away 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 x-Boxes! Onto ipads, hover boards and apple watches!

img_2581To 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.

happy-holidaysA 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. The 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 dreamt of possibility, we’d see better parks for families!

happy-holidays-chamberWe spoke not a word, but went straight to work, planning and promoting “Shop Local First,” seeing what could and would 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 to all and to all Shop Local!

Let us tag along as #UShopLocal this holiday season!

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.