Member Benefits

April 7, 2017

networkOur return on your investment is more than dollar signs. Although the discounts on advertising are helpful, connecting with the resources and members of the Chamber can prove even more helpful.

  1. Referrals
    • As a staff and membership, the member directory is often our first stop for information. Whether the online listing or the printed book, the listing is searchable by name or category.
  2. Seminars
    • pr-socialThe Chamber knows as the #1 source of information, we are constantly seeking learning opportunities for our members. From healthcare to marketing and everything in between, the chamber offers free or low cost events, with fees to basically cover the cost of the breakfast or lunch being served.
  3. Celebrations
    • Ribbon Cuttings and Groundbreakings are a celebration for the Chamber, which is why we promote the event through our newsletters, calendars and social media.
  4. networkingSEO
    • Chamber websites rank very highly with multiple inbound and outbound  links, which is why your presence on our websites is so valuable online.
  5. Free Listings
    • As a member, the opportunity to post jobs, events and deals are FREE!
  6. Members Only Invitations
    • Our networking events are exclusive to our Chamber Membership. Members only receive invitations and chamber mailers with Save the Dates for upcoming special events.
  7. DSC03462The Voice of Business
    • The Chamber is and advocate for the community. With programs like our Public Affairs Committee and Military & Security Affairs Committee monitoring legislation, the Chamber knows what is coming up for a vote, and makes sure our voice is heard locally or at a state and federal level.
  8. Brochures
    • The Chamber lobby is visited by hundreds of visitors and businesses, so if you have information to share, let us know and we’ll find a place for your marketing material to go.
  9. Member Only Resources
    • From sponsorships and publicity to partner program discounts, the perks of being a member gain you visibility and save you dollars. The Chamber is proud to be apart of the Office Depot Chamber Program, with members saving percentages each time they shop. Sponsorship opportunities are exclusive to members only, so if there is something you are passionate about, from small business to education, we’d love to have you participate.
  10. Plug into our Network
    • The Chamber represents businesses of every size and industry, and we also serve as the visitors center for the county. Connect with hundreds of members at events. Engage in committees and programs, and Prosper when you join as a member of the Chamber.

The Chamber’s tagline is the “Voice of Business,” representing the voice our membership has in local, state and federal government, taking on even the toughest of issues. 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.

DSC03462Each year, this committee, along with the Board of Directors and Military & Security Affairs Committee, evaluates the Legislative Agendas for state and federal levels, updating with new issues or remaining relevant to legislation passed or pending.

The Public Affairs Committee’s 2017 State Legislative Agenda includes Education and Workforce Preparedness, Economic Development and Infrastructure, Small Business, and Healthcare.

Education/Workplace Preparedness

The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce supports the adoption of policies and processes that ensure sound, sustainable funding for public education and policies that promote access to quality education at all levels, strengthening public awareness and understanding of, and encouraging, educational investment.  Such is essential to ensure long term personal income growth and economic opportunity for all Alabamians.

The Chamber encourages its members to provide financial support for business education and to actively participate in regional workforce councils, workforce investment boards and technical education advisory boards.  In doing so, we will ensure that such bodies are responsive to the training needs of local employers.

The Chamber advocates for 100% funding of Pre-k classes in Calhoun County, encourages Summer Literacy Programs, supports creative methods for schools to recruit Math Teachers, and continues to advocate for students-centered policies that expand parental options for the education of all children in Calhoun County.

DSC03405Economic Development/Infrastructure

The Chamber also advocates for an increase in Alabama’s investment in local transportation infrastructure to sustain and promote economic growth, job creation, quality of life, and public safety.

The Chamber also supports the authorization and extension of proven economic development incentives and tax credits, including the Historic Tax Credit, the New Markets Tax Credits, and the Small Business Investment Company Tax Credit.

Small Business

The Chamber promotes Workforce and Business Training sessions as requested by the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee.


The Chamber supports providing adequate Healthcare funding necessary to support Calhoun County Hospitals and the Healthcare Industry.

At the Federal Level, the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda includes Anniston Army Depot, the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the Alabama Army National Guard, the Federal Courthouse and Healthcare. The Chamber also includes Anniston Army Depot, the Center for Domestic Preparedness and the Alabama Army National Guard in the Military and Security Affairs Committee.

gov-affairsAnniston Army Depot

The Chamber supports the Depot’s mission of “Providing superior industrial expertise, products, and services to support America’s Warfighters, Allies and commercial customers.” The Chamber also supports the Depot’s assignment as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) by the Secretary of the Army for Combat Vehicles (wheeled and tracked) (except Bradley) including Assault Bridging, Artillery, Stryker Family of Vehicles, Small Caliber Weapons and Locomotive and large generators.

The Chamber will work with Congressional Representatives and the Depot to ensure the current and ensuing fiscal year’s workload is at or above levels to maintain permanent and a contingent of temporary employees. The Chamber will also provide assistance to increase the Depots future workload through other military services and Foreign Military Sales work.

The Chamber will work to ensure the Department of Defense and the Army assigns the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) (replacement for the M113 Personnel Carrier) to the Depot as the “Depot Source of Repair.” The Chamber will support the Depot and local Defense Contractors by encouraging and facilitating Public/Private Partnerships and work with Congressional Representatives on the movement of the Depot Generation and Rail Repair facility from Hill Air Force Base to the Depot.

Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)

The Chamber recognizes the CDP as an essential training organization under the Department of Homeland Security with significant growth potential and positive economic impact for the county. Therefore, the Chamber will work to ensure the CDP’s budget never falls below $65 million and to grow the CDP via Economy Act Agreements with the Center for Disease Control, the VA and other organizations.

The Chamber supports increased training at the CDP and additional funding to grow the capabilities necessary. The Chamber will assist partnering with the FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center-currently located in GA) to consolidate federal related training at the FLETC and local, state and foreign training at the CDP.

The Chamber will also encourage Congressional Representatives to authorize the CDP to operate under a Working Capital Fund accounting system as opposed to an annual appropriation.

DSC00281Alabama Army National Guard

The Chamber will work with 167th Theater Sustainment Command, the McClellan Army National Guard Training Center and the State to ensure the Army National Guard’s mission is sustained and grows.


The Chamber supports efforts to reach an equitable resolution on the Medicare Wage Index Issue so that hospitals in the regions will be fairly reimbursed for the services provided to the Medicare population.  The current wage index calculation penalizes Alabama hospitals, which are already some of the most efficient in the country in terms of costs, by paying hospitals in other states almost double what is paid in Alabama for the same care.

Federal Courthouse

The Chamber also supports the proposal and funding to replace or update the Federal Courthouse in Anniston.

We advocate for business, our members and our community from D.C. to Montgomery. Advocating includes meetings and updates in the community and taking trips to the federal and state capitols. One of those trips includes Leadership Calhoun County’s annual trip to the state capitol in Montgomery, and this year, the Public Affairs committee accompanied the class to provide insight and introductions to elected officials, as well as background information on pending issues affecting our communities directly.msac

DSC03462Many people are extremely busy. From day to day work and juggling family obligations, it is hard to fit one more thing in the schedule. However, what if that one more thing could help you in your day to day and manage to work around your prior obligations?
Joining a Chamber of Commerce has so many benefits, including keeping you up-to-date with issues, trends, legislation and opportunities in and around our communities. Many research groups have conducted surveys also proving consumers are more likely to do business with a company or organization if they are a member of their local chamber.
Not only does it increase your credibility with the public, it also increases your visibility. readyFrom community events and listings online and printed publications, members can advertise and sponsor events or host events and ribbon cuttings.
The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center’s tagline is “the Voice of Business,” representing the voice our membership has in local, state and federal government, taking on even the toughest of issues.
msacMany Chamber events are exclusive to members, and only members receive emails, texts and newsletters reminding them of all the upcoming opportunities for involvement. Each and every day, our website is browsed, or phone calls are received, searching for our member businesses and organizations that offer specific products and services. Our chamber also offers member only discounts, including Office Max/Office Depot savings and more.
So, the next time a friend asks if they should join the Chamber, say “Absolutely!” Then, tell them to reach out to us at (256)237-3536, stop by the Chamber at 1330 Quintard Avenue in Anniston, or complete an application online. Plug into the network of small businesses, large industries, retirees, schools, non-profits, and more!DSC03142

Leadership to Montgomery

March 17, 2017

DSC03462The Chamber’s tag line is “the voice of business,” but what does that mean?

We advocate for business, our members and our community from D.C. to Montgomery. Advocating includes meetings and updates in the community and taking trips to the federal and state capitol.

Leadership Calhoun County takes an annual trip to the state capitol, and this year, the Public Affairs Committee tagged along to provide insight and introductions to elected officials and those pending issues affecting our communities directly.

DSC03429Some of the updates included hearing from senate pro-temp Del Marsh about issues we would hear about on the floor, House updates from Representatives KL Brown and Randy Wood,  lunch with State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance and Representatives Barbara Boyd and Steve Hurst, and updates from lobbyist from the BCA and Department of Labor.
From education and workforce development to infrastructure and pending tax bills, the day was enlightening and educational, as we also toured the historic Alabama State Capitol building.

For information on jointing LCC or Public Affairs, please contact the Chamber at 256-237-3536.DSC03405

“I Volunteer!”

March 9, 2017

“Volunteers are not servants. Volunteers are partners working together for improving America’s future.” – Richard Dalyrenew our rivers

At Chambers of Commerce and other non-profits, we couldn’t do half of what we do without our volunteers. From Event Coordinating to Outreach, volunteers step up to help us carry the load.

Volunteering comes in various forms, from hand on building and clean up opportunities to smaller scale, working registration and reading to schools, local organizations contribute to the quality of life in our communities.

DSC03079Volunteering can also expand your network, and no we don’t mean online. Those you work  with, side by side, can play an important role in your future careers, and these volunteer hours look great on resumes.

From assisting at the local soup kitchen to assembling playground equipment, volunteering also teaches us things. It may teach us a new skill or raise our awareness of other organizations and businesses in the community that serve as resources for others.

Looking for ways to volunteer? Just give these local organizations a call!

Calhoun County Non-Profits

eco-forumEach year, Jacksonville State University’s School of Business & Industry and the Center for Economic Development & Business Research provide and economic update to the  Chamber’s membership, covering Calhoun County, the state of Alabama, and the nation. The presentation for 2017 is set for Friday, February 24, from 8:00-10:00 A.M. at the Civilian Marksmanship Program, located at 1470 Sentinel Drive, Anniston.

Speakers for 2017 include Leslie McClure, the Regional Executive & Senior Officer for the Federal Reserve Birmingham Branch.

economic-forum-2017Lesley McClure is responsible for the Birmingham Branch’s board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, oversees the Birmingham Branch’s economic and financial education programs, and provides regional input into the Atlanta Fed’s monetary policy process. McClure’s primary role is being the “face of the Federal Reserve” in the Branch’s region, which covers the state of Alabama and Central Georgia. In this capacity, she represents the Fed in developing relationships and organizing and participating in activities throughout the region designed to gather both quantitative data and anecdotal grassroots information on economic conditions.

The Center for Economic Development at JSU concentrates on providing specialized assistance and expertise to area business and government. Examples of services provided include economic impact studies, marketing surveys, employee attitude assessment, training, and personnel and pay plan development.

This year’s forum marks the 15th annual Economic Update, which includes the results of a recent economic-outlook-prediction chamber membership survey, for the upcoming year.  At 7:30 A.M., there will be a continental breakfast served, and the cost is $15 for Chamber Members and $25 for non-members. Call the Chamber at 256-237-3536 to RSVP.

Friday, February 24, 8:00-10:00 A.M.

15th Annual Economic Forum

at the CMP

1470 Sentinel Drive, Anniston

$15 for Members; $25 for non-members

Continental Breakfast begins at 7:30 A.M.

RSVP by calling, 256-237-3536.


2017 Economic Forum Sponsors

Presented by:

Jacksonville State University

Program Sponsor

B.R. Williams Trucking Warehousing Logistics

Gold Sponsors

Alabama Power Company

AOD Federal Credit Union


Webb Concrete & Building Materials

Regional Medical Center

Cheaha Bank

NobleBank & Trust

Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board

Auto Custom Carpets

Civilian Marksmanship Program

Sunny King Automotive Group

America’s First Federal Credit Union


Silver Sponsors

Regions bank

Acker Electric

F&M Bank

Small Town Bank

Wells Fargo

Stringfellow Memorial Hospital

Southern States Bank

BBVA Compass

Aerospace Coatings

RA-LIN & Associates, Inc.

M² Connections

keeping-your-business-safe-002Is your business prepared for all emergencies? We’re not just talking about knowing the fire drill. Whether a school, a workplace or an apartment building, your business, should have site-specific emergency plans.  This plan outlines preparing and responding to a multitude of emergencies such as an active shooter or losing your entire database.

Consider the places your family or friends spend the most time. Do they have an emergency plan? Are they a Ready Business?

dsc06760This is an eight hour course is divided among four days. All businesses and organizations are invited to join us for this four part certification, March 23, April 4, April 20 and May 2, from 9:30-11:30 AM at the Oxford Civic Center, located at 401 McCullars Lane in Oxford. The cost is $50 per person, and registration to (256)237-3536 is required.

Topics covered will include:

Threats, Hazards, Extreme Weather, Active Shooter, Telecommunications Outage, Medical Assistance, Responding to Crisis, Long Term Recovery, Community Impact, and more!

Attendance of all four sessions is necessary to receive the Ready Business Certification. Course fee covers your Ready Business plan materials, refreshments, and Ready Business Certification. The fee must be paid by the first session on March 23.

dscn5971Ready Business Workshop Series

In Partnership with the Calhoun County EMA

March – May 2017

$50 per person

Oxford Civic Center

To gain your certification, register  by calling (256)237-3536.


Logo with EastmanWOW is a hands on, interactive expo with activities across ten worlds. It is designed to help students make smart choices for their future and encourage them to finish school. The desired outcome is to improve high school graduation rates and de-velop career interests among students to move their communities for-ward with workforce ready graduates.

img_9149Why Worlds of Work? The purpose of the Expo is to create aware-ness about exciting career option among students and educators while addressing worforce needs in the region. Existing employers in the re-gion continue to have unfilled job openings due to a shortage of skilled workers. Employers face shortages over the next few years due to the retirement of up to 50% of their workforce.

img_9161Who is Worlds of Work for? 8th grade students from Calhoun County, Clay County, Cleburne County, Talladega County, Randolph County and Gadsden City Schools will attend. Two sessions will be open to any 11th and 12th grade students, interested parents, career coaches and school counselors. Approximately 3,200 students will attend this year’s WOW.

What worlds will be represented? img_9173Agriculture, Automotive & Manufacturing, Communications, Construction, Energy & Utilities, Engi-neering, Healthcare, Hospitality & Tourism, Public Service and Transpor-tation.

When and Where will WOW be this year? WOW is going to be March 7-9 at the Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford, AL.

How can I volunteer? We need volunteers to be class guides, room monitors, zone monitors and floaters. To volunteer please visit:

Did you know….Only 20% of today’s jobs require a four year degree. For today’s jobs, 65% require an associates degree or advanced techni-cal degree.

Need more information? Please contact Lisa Morales at or 256.454.4276.

annual-meeting-webAt 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.

2016 was a year of record setting events and success. Thank you to those who worked so hard and contributed to make it great. Thanks to you, the Chamber continues to succeed because of our members’ and volunteers’ involvement and dedication to this organization.

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. These honorees have worked tirelessly to grow the Chamber to truly represent and engage our business community and region.

bridgette-magBridgette Magouirk is the manager for RMC’s Occupational Health and Wellness Program. She has spent over 11 years focusing on reducing workers’ compensation costs, improving employee health, and designing and implementing physician partnerships with local industries.

Bridgette Magouirk has been involved in Chamber programs for over 15 years and served as the Vice Chair for Business Development the last 2 years.  On the Board of Directors since 2013, Bridgette has dedicated her volunteer hours in making sure the Chamber has profitable and successful events.  As the Chair of the Business EXPO and with her dedication, she has lead this program to become the Chamber’s premier non-dues program with record attendance. She has assisted with every program of the Chamber from Small Business Activities to Salute to Industry Golf, Membership Campaigns and numerous others events.  Whatever the event or program, you can be sure that Bridgette will be there to show her support for this community and the Chamber.

The Ambassadors’ mission is 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. 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.

trishaOur Ambassador of the Year, Trisha Anderson, became a  Chamber Ambassador because she loves to meet new people, and it was a natural fit. She embraced the mission of the Chamber Ambassadors, and right away began working to make a difference by visiting with current members, helping to recruit new members, and educating everyone she spoke to about the benefits and resources available through the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.

She was born into a military family in Germany and through her life has lived in Panama, Japan, and the United States. Trisha graduated from Talladega High School in 2000, and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Colorado Technical University Online. She loves to sew and do crafts of all kinds.

She currently resides in Munford, AL, with her husband Brandon, a medically retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, and their kids Brianna, Audrey, Tamryn Che’ and Kristoffer.

calhoun-county-chamber-of-commerce-2Does your business have questions about insurance?

From “Why should my business have a “buy-sell” agreement in writing and why should it be funded?” to “What package of employee benefits should I consider for my company?” these questions will be answered on Wednesday, February 1, from 8:30 to 10:00 A.M. at the Chamber of Commerce.

Have you ever asked “how do I know which quote is best for my business?” or “what kind of insurance do I need to get started?” This event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Call (256)237-3536 to register.

dsc01970The Small Business Committee is hosting a series of workshops designed to build up our small businesses and connect them with resources in the community, including SCORE, SBDC, Main Street Programs and EARPDC. 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.”

*Get Involved

If you see a committee or event you’d like to attend or would like more information, call (256)237-3536 to chat with Chamber Staff about how you can get involved.