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the Headlines & Happenings from The Voice of Business Sponsor of the Month:

April 2017

Innovation & Impact


ince 1963, the United States has declared a National Small Business Week in May to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners. For 14 years, the Chamber has celebrated and honored area small businesses for their contributions to the community at the Business Awards, held each May during the Chamber’s Small Business Month.

This year on May 11, we honor 21 businesses and organizations. The nominees are:

Inside This Issue New Members.................................2 Renewals...........................................3 Celebrating Longevity....................7 Chamber World Series..................9 April Recap.................................. 10 Community Calendar.................. 12 Business Bytes............................... 13 Chamber Calendar...................... 14

Recipient of Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Niky Van Hatten, Envy Salon Since 2012, Niky has served as the Master Cosmetologist and owner of eNVy Salon in Jacksonville. This trendy, full service hair salon prides itself in being staffed with educated stylists, who stay up-to-date on all trends, techniques, tools and styles. Hired stylists conduct one-on-one training with Niky, checking each haircut for accuracy, balance, and client satisfaction, and then progressing through levels of Salon Testing, State Certifications and attending education events and trade shows. Niky also requires these annual trainings of herself saying, “You can’t expect others to do what you aren’t willing to do.” Jean & Steven Ellison,The Music Box Jean and Steven founded the Music Box, a school of music, providing private instruction in violin, cello, guitar, brass, piano, acting, and more. This husband and wife duo met at Jacksonville State Univeristy in the music education undergraduate program, married at the Alumni House and pursued their Masters in Music. Now, they are very engaged in their community, serving as members of the Anniston Main Street board and organizing community events. The Music Box has evolved to offer skype video lessons and encourage students to create their own melodies and songs.

Jay Grubbs, RA-LIN and Associates, Inc. After graduating from Auburn in 2002, with a degree in Building Science, Jay Grubbs went to work for RA-LIN, and now works as the Vice President of the Alabama Division. RA-LIN is a provider of construction services, across the southeast, who believes in meeting the budget of the client, finishing jobs on schedule and maintaining the highest quality. Jay serves on several boards and is involved in many other civic organizations. Jay and RA-LIN also work with career tech schools throughout the area to recruit and develop future employees.

Non-Profit of the Year The Right Place for Housing & Support, Inc. Since 2012, the Right Place has worked with the mission to develop and manage housing programs for homeless and low income families and individuals, while offering programs which prevent homelessness or assist low income persons with special needs in securing safe, affordable housing. Their first project included the development of a duplex, providing affordable housing in Anniston, and it now houses two families. Now, they are completing their second project, with Hillside Cottages housing four individuals. RMC Foundation

Since 1977, the RMC Foundation has worked to develop relationships and financial resources necessary to support Regional Medical Center and its mission to provide quality healthcare to the people they serve. Today, this foundation continues to raise funds to support new

programs, education, equipment, technology and expansion across RMC, RMC Jacksonville, and their eleven clinic locations, including establishing the Martha Vandervoort Memorial Scholarship, providing $36,000 for two deserving Calhoun County Students. United Way of East Central Alabama Since 1954, the United Way of East Central Alabama has provided a comprehensive network of programs and initiatives to address the most pressing health and human service needs in Calhoun, Cleburne and Randolph counties. Today, United Way leverages and invests the power of donors, advocates and volunteers to address critical needs. Campaign dollars are put into work in the county in which they are raised, helping their own neighbors in need. The United Way staff also invests time and energy in supporting the community, serving on committees and boards, and participating in community events.

Emerging Small Business of the Year Daybreak Media LLC Since 2012, Daybreak Media has produced INSIGHT Magazine, On the Menu, Daybreak Print & Design, Social Media Marketing and EEDM services to maximize advertisers’ marketing efforts. These provide both online and print advertising outlets for clients. The 50th digital issue of INSIGHT was recently published, and in February, they topped 30,000 unique reads.

New Members

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Welcomes Our New Members

Kandy Bothwell J. MAEB Boutique 1931 Noble Street Anniston, AL 36201 Boutique

Scott Shiflett Scott Shiflett’s Enterprises LLC Anniston, AL 36202 (256) 310-0546 Financial Consultants

Sam Sutchaleo Thai One On 911 Noble Street Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 770-7256 Restaurants

Brad Ross ATVs & Golf Carts 100 Industrial Drive Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-6434 Golf Cart Rentals & Sales

Michael Poe P & S Heating & Air Conditioning 3230 County Rd. 11 Heflin, AL 36264 (256) 253-2976 Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Alyssa Enzor Enzor and Maniscalco, Attorneys at Law 506 Main St. Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 770-7232 Attorneys Don James Don James Construction 129 West 7th St. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 238-0106 Contactors Troy Foster Pressley Auto Sales, LLC 1509 U.S. Highway 78W Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-6178 Auto Sales Andy or Alisa Cowan Southern Finance Adjusters, Inc. 101 Sherman Drive Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-4600 Financial Consultants & Services Michael LaPlante Laplante, Merritt, Faulkner, & Clay, LLC 1207 Noble Street Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-7354 Attorneys Kevin Jenne Choccolocco Creek Alliance 1413 Hillyer Robinson Parkway Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 835-0512 Non-Profit Organization

Mike Halpin Midsouth Paving, Inc. 3560 Werner Lane Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-7130 Construction Rod Nowlin Longleaf Botanical Gardens Foundation Anniston, AL 36202 (256) 231-3321 Non-Profit Organization Alvin Thacker Laser Fabrication & Machine Co. Inc. 14055 Hwy 431 S Wellington, AL 36279 (256) 892-1600 Manufacturing Richard Patty Shotgun Sports Supply 1414 –A Hwy 431 North Anniston, AL 36206 (256) 235-2780 Shooting Supplies Leighann Kennedy Randy Jones Insurance Agency, Inc. 413 Quintard Ave. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 237-7508 Insurance Thomas E. Griffith Tommy Griffith Auto Repair 223 E. J Street Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 238-0750 Auto Repair Tobi Burt B & B Developers LLC Anniston, AL 36206 (256) 340-8288 Construction Alvin Thacker Gate Builders 14055 Hwy 431 S Wellington, AL 36279 (256) 892-1600 Custom Gates

Lonny Ervin Ervin Funeral Chapel LLC 1518 Brown Ave Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 237-1717 Funeral Home Carol Woodard Eagle Pointe Development, LLC 1595 Church Ave SE Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 435-7484 Apartments Jeff Ray Rivers of Living Waters Thrift Store 1310 Ann Ct Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 831-1025 Thrift Store Summer Turner New Images 4318 Saks Road Anniston, AL 36206 (256) 452-4455 Salon Mayor Rudy Rooks City of Heflin 850 Ross Street Heflin, AL 36264 (256) 463-8469 Mayor& Municipality Ross D. Cash Deep South Balloons 694 Janney Road Ohatchee, AL 36271 (256) 452-3897 Balloons Jennifer Yates Calhoun Conservation District 1416 Hillyer Robinson Parkway Anniston, AL 36207 Environmental Services Stacy Beason Stacy’s Auto Sales 13 Hamric Dr. W Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 770-7258 Auto Sales Daniel Villareal Data Storage Solutions LLC 1809 Hillyer Robinson Parkway Bldg B Anniston, AL 36207 (904) 345-2060 IT Services

Max Bruce Sand Mountain Pest Management, LLC 2109 Quintard Ave. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 891-7400 Pest Control

Vick Freeman Vick Freeman Renovation Service Inc. 924 County Line Rd. Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 310-4857 Construction

Bill McAdams Grace Contracting, LLC 11811 AL Hwy 9 Piedmont, AL 36272 (256) 282-2828 Commercial General Contractors

Anthony Clark Gleaning Hands Appliance Repair 2252 Bynum Leatherwood Rd. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 235-2004 Appliance Repairs

Don Richey BPOE No.189 1019 S. Noble St. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-9687 Non-Profit

Mark Cotton Cotton & Company CPA 931 Noble St. Suite 303 Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 231-9405 Accountants

Natasha Horn Natasha Horn/Keller Williams 1805 Hillyer Robinson Pkwy Suite A Anniston, Al 36207 (256) 454-8660 Realtors

Steven Lines WM Grocery 119 East Ladiga St. Piedmont, AL 36272 (256) 447-8006 Grocers

Tommy Buzan AFC Development 3114 McClellan Blvd. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 237-4206 Professional Service Scott Allen Quality Services Eastaboga, AL 36260 (256) 310-1690 HVAC & Plumbing Mark Lee Mark Lee Insurance Agency, Inc. 320 Snow Street, Suite A Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-8691 Insurance Mayor Alton Craft City of Oxford 145 E. Hamric Dr. Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-7510 Municipality Jeff Johnson Twin Creeks Towing 300 Cedar Springs Rd. Munford, AL 36268 (256) 223-1418 Wrecker Service Scott Roszell Quality Gutter & Siding Service 2830 Pelham Rd. S Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 310-8797 Gutters & Downspouts

Abby Bass Ashley Martin Growing Trends LLC 11 East 10th St. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 237-9554 Boutique Michael Ingram- Pastor Piedmont First Baptist Church 105 N. Main Street Piedmont, AL 36272 (256) 447-9496 Church Craig Wyatt Cheaha Animal Hospital 915 Snow Street Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-5768 Veterinarians Regina Phillips Travis P. Phillips, DMD, LLC 1695 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 831-1333 Dentists Pieper Herren Tans Down Under 1521 Greenbrier Dear Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 832-1313 Tanning Salons Phillip Law Law Concrete Specialists 869 Law Martin Rd. Piedmont, AL 36272 Construction/Contractor

Joseph Howell Joseph B. Howell, Ph.D. 1115 Leighton Ave. Suite 1A Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 238-8113 Physician Jarrod Plunkett Southland Machinery 8920 Weaver Ave. Leeds, AL 35094 (256) 699-2699 Machine Sales & Rentals P.D. Pritchett P.D. Pritchett Construction Co. LLC Anniston, AL 36207 (205) 369-5419 Construction Bruce Woodard Advantage Tire 5750 AL Hwy 202 Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-9987 Tires Jarrod McMichael AL Kustom Kartz 118 Industrial Drive Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-6396 Golf Cart Rental/Sales Lynn Phillips Talladega Short Track 4343 Speedway Blvd. Eastaboga, AL 36260 (256) 831-1413 Stock Car Racing Kart Racing Roland P. Brown, Pastor Golden Springs Baptist Church 3 Robertson Rd. Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 236-1325 Church


2017 Partnership Investors

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Says Thanks to our Renewing Members

Presidential Partners

H & R Block, Inc. – 34 years

EMS Billing Services – 3 Years

Chairman Partners

Zaxby’s – 8 Years

Foote Brothers Carpet One – 32 Years

Freedom Realty, LLC – 3 Years

McNaron Group, Inc. – 21 Years

Kimberly Appraisal Service – 30 Years

Valley Machine Company, Inc. – 20 Years

Party Pros USA – 2 Years

Edward Jones – Oxford – 12 Years

Wells Fargo Bank – 28 Years

Personnel Staffing, Inc. – 26 Years

Cobb Automotive – 3 Years

Anniston Housing Authority – 28 Years

Word Alive International Outreach – 4 Years

Talladega Superspeedway – 37 Years

McLeod Electric, Inc. – 2 Years

Webb Concrete & Building Materials – 29 Years

Webb Concrete & Building Materials – 29 Years

The Surgery Center – 17 Years

Telephone Communications Inc. – 28 Years

Parker Memorial Baptist Church – 9 Years

Civilian Marksmanship Program The Anniston Star B.R. Williams Trucking Warehousing Logistics C.A.R.E.S. Cheaha Bank ERA King Real Estate NobleBank & Trust Regions Bank SAMCO Sunny King Automotive

Joel Lonnergan – 3 Years

Grace Episcopal Church – 14 Years

Visionary Partners

Changes Salon – 5 Years

Old Carolina Brick Company – 2 Years

Howard Core Company, LLC – 10 Years

Eveline Hanson – 1 Year

Gnutti Carlo USA – 3 Years

Rice, Rice & Smith – 24 Years

Mr. Refrigeration, Inc. – 21 Years

McGriff Tire Company, Inc. – 11 Years

Laser & Skin Care Center – 9 Years

Creedmoor Sports, Inc. – 4 Years

Viva Health Inc. – 7 Years

Farmers Furniture – 28 Years

Buster Miles Chevrolet Auto Dealership – 3 Years

Tyco Fire & Building Products-Anniston – 22 Years

Community Enabler Developer, Inc. – 28 Years

J & D Burgess, Inc. – 23 Years

Bill Robison – 3 Years

Ted Hooks – 24 Years

Ellen Bass – 3 Years

Michael D. Askew, CPA – 17 Years

R & R Travel Service – 29 Years

Mark Hearn – 17 Years

Humphries Construction, LLC – 2 Years

Gamecock Village – 2 Years

State Farm Ins. –Mike Douglas – 16 Years

M² Connections – 11 Years

Publix Super Markets, Inc. – 1 Year

Abbey Carpet & Floor – 19 Years

Family Services Center of Calhoun County – 4 Years

Camp Lee – 19 Years

American Red Cross – 30 years

The Arc of Calhoun & Cleburne Counties – 30 Years

Hale Building Company, Inc. – 35 Years

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office & Jail – 18 Years

Hotel Finial – 7 Years

Ken Roy – 25 Years

Oxford Lumber – 28 Years Keller Williams Realty Group 1805 – 9 Years Chef T’s – 3 Years Vulcan Materials Company Southern Division – 15 Years

*Teal lettering denotes Chamber Partner Investors

Regional Medical Center Webb Concrete & Building Materials Alabama Power Company AOD Federal Credit Union EASTMAN

Executive Partners

Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board Abbey Carpet & Floor Stringfellow Memorial Hospital Farmers & Merchants Bank Wells Fargo Bank

Classic Partners Alagasco M² Connections New Leaf Marketing BBVA Compass Small Town Bank Southern States Bank

Corporate Partners

America’s First Federal Credit Union Auto Custom Carpets BB&T CableOne Calhoun Insurance Personnel Staffing Inc. The Surgery Center Tyler Union Wise Environmental First Bank of Alabama Telephone Communications Inc.

Builder Partners YMCA Huron Valley Steel Insurance Planning Services. M&H Valve Warren Averett, LLC RA-LIN & Associates, Inc. Acker Electric Company Aerospace Coatings Sequel Electrical Supply The Supply Room

Emerging Small Business of the Year continued from page 1 Hometown Parent Magazine Since 2015, Hometown the Dan Freeman MAGAZINE Project has published Hometown Parent Magazine and the Alabama College and Career Guide. Hometown Parent is their fastest growing publication, and it’s free for readers, available in print and online. With their client centered networking, the staff works as ambassadors for their customers and spends much time investing and participating in the community. As readership and customers grow, offices were also moved from the Entrepreneurial Center to Leighton in Anniston. Infinity Massage Studio for Women Since 2015, Sureka Johnson has developed a massage therapy facility that specializes in pain management, chronic and acute pain, rehabilitation and therapeutic massage for women. Growing from one client to now more than 200, Infinity Massage Studio for Women continues growing every day. Sureka continues to listen to customers’ wants and needs and continues training and educating on new and upcoming trends in the field of massage therapy.

Posche Salon Since 2014, this team driven salon has worked to create the best atmosphere, best experience and best service possible. With the mission of “point of difference” in mind, the staff educated themselves, gives back to the community and works toward their set goals. Each team member focuses on the progress, works together, holds each other accountable and stays loyal to the vision of a “high service” salon. Taste of Eden  Beginning as a hobby in 2015, with a request from a friend to make a cake, Karla at Taste of Eden quickly began receiving two to three cake requests a month, which evolved into one to two cake requests a week. Now, Taste of Eden brings three to six orders a weekend, with one weekend reaching twenty two requests. Karla is completely self-taught, but by trial and error, she has perfected her recipes and is now enrolled in Culinard at Virginia College in the Pastry Arts course.

Sustaining Small Business of the Year

Cobb Automotive


Autumn Cove Since 2000, Autumn Cove has served as an assisted living facility, providing 24 hour care for assisted, independent and specialty care residents in a residential setting. Now, they are 90% filled with60 residents and 47 employees. Autumn Cove provides and maintains “Person Centered Care,” including developing events for residence through games, a full service beauty and barber shop, walking trails, trips in the community and more. Calhoun Insurance Since 1959, the independent insurance agency of Calhoun Insurance has focused on their customers, as the backbone of business, and community service, as the key ingredient to success. Their involvement includes school sponsorships, hosting Spirit on Mountain Street for JCOC, Chamber Committee roles, Kiwanis, Exchange Club and more. Over the last three years, they also added two new locations.


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Since 1981, Cobb Automotive has been a family business offering general automotive repair and tires. From general to corporate repair and service calls, they also service area public c transportation buses. Cobb Automotive strives N to offer top quality products and services and f work diligently to stay ahead of technological f advances. This business continues to be handed p down generation after generation. b e Downing and Sons C Since 1963, Downing o and Sons has been a family-fun retail business, M now specializing in decorative upholstery and drapery fabrics, as well as lawn and garden supplies. D&S continues to offer unique products to our area, including b newer lines of merchandise that attract new a market bases. From their founding to today, p these products are accompanied by high level, p personalized customers service and commitment a to the community. d s f a


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J. Brittain Associates Since 1985, J. Brittain Associates has specialized in residential property management, helping owners maximize their investment and offering the county’s largest number of quality rentals. Now managing over 650 units, mostly single family homes, they continue specialized service for clients and make things as convenient as possible, with online, mobile friendly, cloud based software. J. Brittain Associates is also engaged in the community through the Chamber, the Board of Realtors, and many other community organizations. Moore Printing Co.  Since 1979, Moore Printing has made great customer service their best commodity. From offering digital software and graphic arts programs for design to quality printing, They continue to compete with online printing companies, who base price over service and quality. By getting the job done on time and delivering friendly service, they take pride in satisfying the customer, many of which become friends. They too serve and support many civic and non-profit groups in the community. Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor  Since 1997, Ted’s Abbey Carpet and Floor has been a retail floor covering store that sells and installs every types of flooring. Now with three locations and thirty five subcontracting installers, they also expanded into granite countertops, showers, tubs and more. To accompany the amount of inventory they offer, they also offer a 60 days no questions asked warranty. Abbey Carpet and Floor strives to make customers dreams come to life by embracing change, doing the right thing and treating customers the way they would want to be treated. Wise Environmental  Since 2010, Wise Environmental has worked with many large companies, events and government entities providing service in the waste management industry. Wise has also worked with emergency response teams during disaster

relief efforts. This employee owned company has a strong presence across the southeast and believes in team effort. They too believe in giving back to the communities that helped them grown, donating and investing in many community organizations. Xtreme Autospa Since 2011, Xtreme Autospa has served as an express exterior tunnel car wash with free vacuums for customers. In 2014, they also opened Gamecock Autospa in Jacksonville, and they plan to open a third location in 2017. The mission is to give customers the absolute best experience possible, and by having a larger staff, they are able to provide more personal attention and serve the customers’ needs. They also serve the community by offering fundraisers for many high school teams, donation drives for local causes and more. Young Oil, Inc. Since 1941, Young Oil and Grub Mart has been a family operated business servicing wholesale and retail petroleum products and convenience stores. With increasing competition, rising costs and changing consumer expectations, Young Oil, Inc. now offers a variety of goods and services. Young Oil is very active in the community and supports various local clubs and organizations. It is their mission to serve the community better than anyone, by treating customers, suppliers, co-workers and others as they would like to be treated with honesty, integrity, respect, excellence, innovation, hard work and humility.

It is estimated that two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year are created by small businesses and that more than half of Americans either own or work for small businesses.

Thank you to our 2017 Business Award Sponsors!          

Alabama Power Company –Civilian Marksmanship Program – EASTMAN – Elite Home Theater – F&M Bank –NobleBank & Trust – RMC Foundation – Southern States Bank – Sunny King Automotive Group 1st Bank of Alabama – ABS Business Systems – Alagasco – Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board – AOD Federal Credit Union – Autumn Cove – BB&T – B.R. Williams Trucking Warehousing Logistics –Calhoun Insurance – Calhoun Pickers – City of Anniston – Dormon & Reynolds Insurance – Hometown Parent Magazine – Huron Valley Steel – J. Brittain & Associates – M2 Connections – New Leaf Marketing – Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center – Pediatrics Plus – Regions Bank – SAMCO – Signature In-Home Care – Small Town Bank – The Surgery Center – Warren Averett – Wells Fargo – Wise Environmental – YMCA The Anniston Star – BBVA Compass – Cheaha Cheer & Tumble – Cheaha Safety Solutions, LLC – Dunn's Heating & Cooling – East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission – Jackson Mortgage – Lackey, Inc. – Sam’s Club – SCORE – Stringfellow Memorial Hospital – Telephone Communications, Inc. – Valens Point – Vision NETworking – Washin Coin Laundry


Join us as we celebrate the Night of Laughter & Business Awards PRESENTED BY ABBEY CARPET & FLOOR Featuring Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson Thursday, May 11 Dinner 5:30-6:30 P.M. • Program 6:30–7:30 P.M. At the Anniston City Meeting Center Tickets: $35 per person may be purchased at the Chamber, by calling (256)237-3536 or through We will also award a sustaining business for Lifetime Achievement and the Larry K. Sylvester Small Business Advocate for 2017. 6

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celebrating longevity Recognizing Chamber Members of 30+ Years

Thank you to Bennett Lumber Company for your support of the Chamber for 33+ years! Here, James is pictured with the Longevity Award.

Congratulations H&R Block for your longevity award and thank you for supporting the Chamber for 34 years!

Congratulations and thank you East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission for 33 years of Chamber Membership and support!

We are pleased to introduce our new President, Jason Alderman. His 20 plus years in banking and his involvement in the communities we serve make him uniquely qualified to serve your personal and commercial needs. At Southern States Bank, we believe the most important thing is our relationships with our customers. Jason looks forward to meeting you and helping customize a plan to meet all your banking needs!

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Chamber World Series

April 3, the Chamber hosted the Chamber World Series Membership Drive Spring Training to kick off this month’s activities.

Congratulations to Effie Russell at F&M Bank in Oxford! Effie was the first person to submit a new membership during our week three morning contest. Thanks to Effie, Bagels and cream cheese from Panera bread were delivered to the staff at F&M Bank in Oxford.

The AOD Cash Catchers’ Jenny Phillips, of the Home Builders Association, won a gift card to The Willow Tree during one of our Friday Member Challenges.

Week’s one’s real MVP was Phil Webb of Webb Concrete & Building Materials! Thank you, Phil, for your unwavering support of the Chamber!

Congratulations to the Moneyballers team at F&M Bank for being the first to reach third base in the Chamber’s World Series Membership Drive!

Thank you Maryann Gendron with F&M Bank for being week three’s MVP during the Chamber’s World Series Membership Drive!

Jill Tice of the Alabama PowerHitters turned in new members totaling more than $500 on April 25 and took home a 30 minute massage certificate.

Week two, the F&M Moneyballers won the Prize Patrol’s gift card and the Louisville Slugger Award for rounding second first in the Member Drive!

The World Series Member Drive Pennant Race crowned the F&M Bank Moneyballers as early leaders!

Corey McWhorter of Regions Bank won the Ice Cream World Series Member Drive Contest and week three’s drawing! Congrats and thank you!

Congratulations to our World Series Member Drive giveaway winners Matt Clonts with F&M Bank & Barry E. Robertson Commissioner of Licenses!

Our first Chamber World Series Homerun Award went to the F&M Moneyballers!

Congratulations to Amanda Kirkland with WISE Environmental and the Alabama Power Hitters for winning the Chamber World Series giveaway!


Recap of APRIL Chamber Happenings

April 6,The Main Olive hosted Business & Biscuits at their location on Main Street in Historic Downtown Oxford.

April 11,Youth Leadership Calhoun County had the opportunity to tour Gadsden State and hear from several departments.

Thank you to C.A.R.E.S. for sponsoring the Ambassadors’ Meeting for April!

April 6, Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County hosted a ribbon cutting for their relocation of the Habitat for Humanity warehouse and a dedication service in honor of businesses and volunteers who made the move possible. April 12, C.A.R.E.S. hosted Lunch and Leads at Olive Garden in Oxford.

April 13, McDonald’s in Golden Springs celebrated the completion of their major remodel with a ribbon cutting celebration.

April 7, J. MAEB Boutique celebrated a ribbon cutting for their new location at 1931 Noble Street in Anniston. April 13, the JSU SBDC, the Entrepreneurial Center and SBA presented information to the Leadership Calhoun County for Small Business & Community Service Day, and Wig’s Wheels, Downing & Sons and Oxford Lumber hosted small business tours. The day also featured Tommie Goggans as the leadership speaker, connecting business and community service. Then, the United Way hosted a poverty April 10, Southern Immediate Care simulation at the Oxford Civic Center for LCC celebrated the ribbon cutting for their grand opening at 4100 McClellan Boulevard in Anniston. to learn of the resources and agencies that serve our area. 10

April 18,Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor hosted Business After Hours at their 1008 U.S. Hwy. 431 North location in Anniston.

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Calhoun County COMMUNITY CALENDAR MAY 2017 For more information, check out

The Men Who Could Have Been King Tuesday, May 2, 2:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

Manga Book Club Thursday, May 11, 4:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

2017 US Canine Biathlon May 20 & May 21, 8:00 A.M. AMK9 Anniston

OVC Baseball Tournament May 22-May 28 Choccolocco Park

Book Club Wednesday, May 3, 12:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

Alzheimer’s Charity Golf Tournament Friday, May 12, 8:00 A.M. RTJ Silver Lakes

What is inside of that Bee Hive? Saturday, May 20, 9:30 A.M. Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Historic Anniston Churches Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

Creative Writing Thursday, May 4, 10:00 A.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

Legend of Lickskillet Music & Heritage Festival Saturday, May 13, 10:00 A.M. Oxford Historic Downtown Main Street

JAM Fest (Jacksonville Arts & Music) Saturday, May 20, 10:00 A.M. JSU

Lego League Saturday, May 13, 10:00 A.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

Knox Outdoors Music Festival Saturday, May 20, 11:30 A.M. Noble Street, Anniston

Saturday Alive! Saturday, May 13, 11:00 A.M. Anniston Museum of Natural History

JSU Baseball vs. SIU Edwardsville Saturday, May 20, 1:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park

Freedom Riders National Monument Community Celebration Saturday, May 13, 3:00 P.M. 11th & Gurnee Avenue, Anniston

25th Annual Cheaha Challenge & Ladiga Cruise Sunday, May 21, Jacksonville State to Cheaha State Park

Golden Girls Trivia Night Thursday, May 4, 6:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County ERA King Real Estate UCP Charity Golf Scramble Friday, May 5, Anniston Country Club JSU Baseball vs Morehead State Friday, May 5, 6:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park, Oxford The Ugly Duckling Presented by Lightwire Theatre Friday, May 5, 7:00 P.M. Oxford Performing Arts Center Talladega Weekend Friday, May 5-Sunday, May 7 Cops for a Cause 5K Saturday, May 6, 8:00 A.M. East Central AL UCP Friends Spring Book Sale Saturday, May 6, 10:00 A.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County Tenth Annual “Skirmish in the Valley” Civil War Reenactment May 6 & 7, 10:00 A.M. Fiddler’s Green, Jacksonville JSU Baseball vs Morehead State Saturday, May 6, 1:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park, Oxford JSU Baseball vs Morehead State Sunday, May 7, 1:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park, Oxford OVC Softball Tournament May 8-May 14 Choccolocco Park OVC Track & Field Tournament May 8-May 14 12 Choccolocco Park

Coffee House Book Chat Thursday, May 25, 3:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County Game Night Thursday, May 25, 6:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County Makers Market Friday, May 26, 6:00 P.M. Downtown Noble Street, Anniston Library Bingo Tuesday, May 30, 2:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County Kids’ Craft Day Wednesday, May 31, 8:30 A.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

Great Strides Walk Cystic Fibrosis Saturday, May 13, 6:00 P.M. Oxford Lake Park

Third Thursday in the Gardens Thursday, May 18, 5:00 P.M. Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Who’s got Who’s got your back– your back– Who’s got and your Who’s got Who’s got and your back– back pocket? your back– your back– your and your and youryour and back pocket? back pocket?

JSU Baseball vs. SIU Edwardsville Thursday, May 18, 6:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park

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Think Inside the Box: Container Gardening with Sherry Blanton Tuesday, May 16, 2:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County DIY Stress Balls Thursday, May 18, 4:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

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Weekly Events: Monday Movie at Noon Mondays, 12:00 Noon Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun Co.

Thursday Night Tastings at Tyson’s Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 P.M. 3326 Henry Road, Anniston

We Can! 6 Weeks of Free Zumba Through May 11, 6:00 P.M. Carver Community Center

Friday Wine Tastings at White Oak Fridays, 1:00-6:00 P.M. 1484 Dry Hollow Road, Anniston

Storytime! Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County Civilian Marksmanship Program Open to Public Tuesdays, from 4-7 P.M. 1470 Sentinel Drive, Anniston

To submit an event to this community calendar, visit www.CalhounChamber. com and search the news and events tab for the Event Calendar. There, find “Submit an Event,” complete the form and submit for publication approval.


APRIL 2017 chamber CALENDAR Tuesday, May 2, Youth Leadership Calhoun County Graduation YLCC is a program designed to prepare students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of the community. Tuesday, May 2, 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. Ready Business Workshop Series: Part 4 Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Ln, Oxford, AL This eight hour course is divided among four days: March 23, April 4, April 20 & May 2. Cost is $50 per person. For more information, call (256) 237-3536. Wednesday, May 3, 9:00 A.M. Hotel/Motel Meeting Jacksonville Train Depot, 650 Mountain Street NW, Jacksonville The Chamber also serves as the Visitors Center, and this meeting is for Hoteliers and their staff to attend. Thursday, May 4, 7:30 A.M. Business & Biscuits Sponsored & Hosted by: Cider Ridge Golf Club, 200 Apple Blossom Way, Oxford Business and Biscuits, our monthly morning networking opportunity, is on the first Thursday of each month. Thursday, May 4, LCC Quality of Life Day Sponsored by: Civilian Marksmanship Program Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) 14

is a yearlong class designed to prepare and build upon leadership resources within our entire county. Applications for each year’s class are accepted during the summer. Tuesday, May 9, Ambassador Meeting Sponsored by: Webb Concrete & Building Materials The Chamber’s Ambassadors consist of enthusiastic volunteers, representing the Chamber Membership, who donate their time to help build member awareness and commitment. These meetings are open to Ambassadors and invited guests only.

Thursday, May 11, Dinner begins at 5:30 P.M. Night of Laughter & Business Awards Presented by: Abbey Carpet & Floor. Featuring Reception presented by ERA King Real Estate & Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson presented by Cheaha Bank Anniston. City Meeting Center, 1615 Noble Street, Anniston. Tickets are $35 per person may be purchased at the Chamber, by calling (256)237-3536 or through

Thursday, May 18, 12:00 Noon Ribbon Cutting for Data Storage Solutions 1809 Hillyer Robinson Pkwy, Bldg B, Anniston Join us to celebrate this new business in our community! Tours of the facility and appetizers will be available. Friday, May 19, 11:00 A.M. Ribbon Cutting for Escape Zone 1945 Barry Street, Oxford Join us to celebrate, get an explanation of the escape games available and a sneak peel of the game rooms! A complimentary mini-pop-up game will be offered, and refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, May 16, 5:30-7:00 P.M. Business After Hours Sponsored & hosted by: Jacksonville State University Tuesday, May 9, School of Business & Industry Thursday, May 25, 8:00 A.M. LCC Graduation At Meehan Hall at Burgess Snow Chamber Board Meeting Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) Field, 214 Mountain St NW, Chamber of Commerce, 1330 is a yearlong class designed to Jacksonville Quintard Avenue, Anniston prepare and build upon leadership Regarded as the area’s best The Board of Directors are a group resources within our entire county. networking opportunity, these of individuals chosen to make Applications for each year’s class evening events offer guests strategic decisions, providing financial are accepted during the summer. the chance to meet people oversight, while ensuring and representing products and services monitoring the strength of services Wednesday, May 10, 12:00 (Noon) in a relaxed, social setting, held the and supporting the staff to ensure Lunch and Leads adequate resources and planning. third Tuesday of every month. Hosted by: Webb Concrete & Building Materials at Yume, 301 Colonial Drive, Oxford Connect with us for lunch and When you need a professional cleaning job done call the technicians build relationships with other Stacey & Larry Johnson, Cleaning Technician professionals. These events are held the second Wednesday of We specialize in commercial cleaning each month. The only cost is the (carpet cleaning and stripping and waxing floors). lunch you would already take, so No residential cleaning. join us!

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