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. 

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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 kimb@calhounchamber.com.

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
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
(256-435-6021)
-Hours of Operations
Monday – Saturday 9am to 5 pm
Easter Sunday CLOSED

RECOMMENDED/OFFICIAL MONETARY DONATION FUNDS
Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama.
https://cfnea.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1268

JSU Foundation Account
https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/JSUSTRONG
Or text JSUSTRONG to 71777

CONTRACTORS 

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 CalhounChamber.com 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 CalhounChamber.com. Find the committees that are of interest t

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

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES:

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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.

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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 CalhounChamber.com 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!

 

  • MEMBER INFORMATION CENTER

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

Access your online Member Information Center:

  • Go to http://www.calhounchamber.com
  • 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 info@calhounchamber.com for your member login information and more upcoming member only opportunities.

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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.

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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.

Are You Prepared?

February 22, 2018

 

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Is your business prepared for all emergencies? Have you identified your risks? Have you developed a plan for each? If not, take action, and prepare a plan to respond to all types of emergencies, from active shooter to losing a database or recovering after a natural disaster.

Now is the time to develop a site-specific emergency plan. The Chamber is partnering with the Calhoun County EMA to present this eight hour course, divided into two hour trainings over four days. Attending all four sessions is necessary to receive an official Ready Business Certification and business plan, and the topics covered include Threats, Hazards, Extreme Weather, Active Shooter, Telecommunications Outage, Medical Assistance, Responding to Crisis, Long Term Recovery, Community Impact, and more.

PIMG_3074There is a $50 fee, which must be paid in full prior to the training start date of March 29. This fee covers Ready Business plan materials, refreshments and your Ready Business Certification.  Any business or organization is welcome to attend, and representatives can register by calling (256) 237-3536.

Ready Business

Emergency Preparedness Classes

emaIn 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.

 

 

MEMBER PERKS 101

February 16, 2018

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At the Chamber, our goal is the same as yours, the growth of your business! The Chamber offers many exclusive opportunities to our members, including networking events, training and services. As a member, do you take advantage of all these member advantages? 

Advertising and Publicity:

  • PUBLICATIONS:

Publications, like our Find It Local Guide, offer exclusive advertising to members only.

  • SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Chamber events are exclusively sponsored by members only.

  • LISTING IN THE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Being listed in our online membership directory is exclusive to those whose member dues are up-to-date.

  • BUSINESS REFERRALS

Everyday, the Chamber receives calls asking for business recommendations. Is your information listing up-to-date?

  • MEMBER INFORMATION CENTER

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

  • HOT DEALS

If you’re offering a discount or special for any occasion, make sure you add it to our Member to Member Discount Page or Hot Deals section of CalhounChamber.com.  There are also discounts available to Chamber Members Only!

calendarAccess your online Member Information Center:

  • Go to http://www.calhounchamber.com
  • 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 info@calhounchamber.com for your member login information and more upcoming member only opportunities.

 

 

EXPAND: Grow Your Business

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We’re here to help you grow your business! With cost-effective marketing to local consumers, weekly video “Quick Tips” to give you new business growth ideas, and many sponsorship opportunities where you can put your business front and center, your Chamber Membership will help you EXPAND!

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CONNECT: New Business Connections 

Who are you looking to CONNECT with? Chances are we can help you by plugging into our region’s largest business network, developing new relationships at our networking events, and connecting with potential strategic partners. This is where you’re likely to see the greatest return on your investment through your membership!

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ENGAGE: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Let your voice be heard! By participating on Chamber committees and panels, you’ll be able to connect and share your ideas with local leaders. You also can engage with our Chamber Staff to get help when you need it most! We’re here for your success!

shop smallCONTRIBUTE: Be Part Of The Local Impact 

Come be part of the local impact we’re making here at the Chamber! Participate in local economic development initiatives, make an impact in shaping our local business culture, and as you grow, create and provide jobs for our local workforce. We can’t do it without you!

SAVE: Big Savings

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The Chamber is always looking for ways to help you save through exclusive discounts available only to our members. Call the Chamber today to see what our current membership savings are. You’ll also be able to offer your fellow members discounts to drive new business.