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Winner 2013 Sustaining Small Business of the Year The Oxford Lumber family of stores invites all area residents and visitors to visit one of our locations for your home improvement needs. OxfOrd Lumber 1400 Barry Street Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-0540

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JaCksOnviLLe HOme Center 200 Coffee St SW Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 435-1966 Visit our family of stores and experience what it means to “Get in, get help, and get on with your life”! We will pay attention to you and listen to you so we get you the right items for your project. Whether you are building a new home, have a commecial project, or needing to remodel or repair, we can get you what you need.

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From the chairman Dear Readers, Welcome to our inaugural edition of Chamber Connections, the Calhoun County Chamber’s new periodic magazine on Chamber and member happenings and our progress toward our annual and long-term goals for the positive development of our region. We selected the name, Chamber Connections, as fitting for everything we do – because we are a member-focused, relationship organization committed to furthering our connections with businesses, community leaders and citizens across the county – and the East Alabama Region. Shop local -- support our schools, our This publication is one more tool in our communication efforts to economy, and all the “Miss Ruths” reach members in the ways they want to get information, and to give who’ve made it their life’s passion to some permanence to the messages often lost in email and other venues. serve their customers and better their Inside this issue, you’ll find a host of valuable information, community. including board and new member listings, seminar and other business offerings we’re planning, recaps of tips gleaned from previous training you may have missed, photos of chamber members at different functions, and most notably, our small business award winners and our feature story on shopping local. As our feature story illustrates, shopping local not only benefits the area economically, but also benefits customers in very personal ways that are hard to duplicate when you shop in another area or online. Shop local -- support our schools, our economy, and all the “Miss Ruths” who’ve made it their life’s passion to serve their customers and better their community. When I think of shopping local, my first thoughts always go back to an experience I had before I moved to Anniston. I had taken my daughter Emily shoe shopping at a family-owned store, known for its customer service and quality products. An older woman helped us, running back and forth to the stockroom with the energy of a two-year-old. She was a natural salesperson, as evidenced by the boxes we hauled home. Her accent was European; Emily recognized it as German. Just making conversation, I asked her if she was from Germany. She answered that she was, originally, but had lived for many years in Switzerland, before immigrating to the United States. “I am an Auschwitz survivor,” she noted casually as she kneeled one more time to help us sample her wares. That floored me. I had never met a survivor of the Nazi death camps. “You must have been very young,” I said, given that she was still sharp, energetic and employed. She said she was a teenager during the Holocaust years, 81 when we met her. As we went to the payment counter, she rolled up her left sleeve and showed us the camp registration number tattooed on her forearm as a permanent reminder of that unimaginable horror. The woman, Miss Ruth, told us she was widowed in the 1960s and raised her three children by herself in the United States. Again, she was just chatting, not complaining. Soon afterward, Miss Ruth sent me a note, thanking me for my business. “If I may be of any help in the near future, do not hesitate to call on me,” she wrote. I did. She also called me when a shoe came in that she thought I would like. Miss Ruth was a giver at heart – wanting to know and please her customers. She and her employer were exceptions in that bigger city, where personal service was a scarce commodity. She didn’t own the store, but you couldn’t tell it by her service. The beauty of Calhoun County is that the spirit of customer service and customer knowledge is the norm here. In most places I go, local merchants know me by name, know my preferences, and often follow up by ordering something if they don’t have it in stock. They are friendly and focused on their customers’ needs. Shop local -- support our schools, our economy, and all the “Miss Ruths” who’ve made it their life’s passion to serve their customers and better their community. That’s the definition of Chamber Connections. Enjoy the read!

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ChamberConnections Volume 1 • Number 1

RIBBON CUTTINGS IMPACT: YOUR DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE

EDITOR:

SMALL BUSINESS MONTH RECAP

Julia H. Segars CONTRIBUTING WRITER:

SAY YES TO OUR FUTURE

Emily Duncan L AY O U T & D E S I G N :

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Benita G. Duff GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Heather Anthony • Les Johnson Patrick Stokesberry

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Calhoun County Chamber ©2013 PO Box 1087, Anniston, AL 36202

2013 PLAN OF ACTION ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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ribbon cuttings Ribbon Cuttings are a celebration at the Chamber! Check out these images from our ribbon cuttings held April through June of this year!

Wednesday, April 10, Public Library of Anniston & Calhoun County’s new teen section 108 East 10th Street, Anniston

Friday, April 12, Jacksonville Auto Sales 1628 Pelham Road South, Jacksonville

Tuesday, April 16, Thai One On 911 Noble Street, Anniston

Tuesday, May 14, Red Pepper Mexican Restaurant 700 Quintard Dr. STE 69, Oxford

Thursday, May 16, Anniston Storage 3100 Red Morris Drive, Oxford

Saturday, May 25, Hobson City Playground Park

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Friday, June 7, United Rentals, 1214 Hamric Drive W, Oxford

Thursday, June 13, Priceless IGA 802 Pelham Road S, Jacksonville

Thursday, May 9, Stringfellow Memorial Hospital celebrated an open house for its new surgical suite.

Wednesday, June 19, Kris Posey State Farm 1202 Pelham Road S, Jacksonville

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Impact: F e at u r e

Your Dollar Makes A Difference B Y E M I LY D U N C A N

Most things we need can be found locally. Shopping local not only provides local jobs, but it also provides funding for our local schools, police, emergency agencies, and area roads. To put this in perspective, when you purchase your groceries locally, you contribute an estimated $312 in sales tax each year. Think of the funds generated if we switched just 5 percent of the money we spent elsewhere and bought locally. It would generate more than $2 million each year in new sales tax revenue. Dr. William H. Fielding, Dean of JSU’s College of Commerce & Business Administration, has conducted a study on the economic impact. “Instead of spending money elsewhere, putting it into the local economy has a substantial impact on the local economy, not only with an increase in sales, but also in employment. There are jobs for every dollar spent, at least 15 jobs for every million. It’s important for us to keep here what we can, as much as we can. We have a multiplier, where every $20 spent has an impact of $40.” Our local businesses generally support our community groups, clubs, teams and charities, so it’s a win-win for everyone. The benefits don’t stop there. Local owners often

add a personal touch. “I sell what I know my customers are going to buy,” says Tyson Fine Wines and Things Owner Janet Tyson-Prosser. “You have someone you can go to and find that specific thing you are looking for. You can come to a local business, say, ‘I’m looking for this,’ and know that business owner is going to find that item for you.” The money we keep here circulates again and again through our local economy, garnering business growth, job creation, lower taxes and improved public services- making a better life for everyone! “Shopping local keeps the money in your own community, and it helps bring people to our area, who are looking for the specific products we have to offer,” says Janet. Shopping local is easy and convenient. Invest in and promote our community development. You can call small-business owners with your special or immediate needs, and because they know their customers so well and know their family, friends and neighbors, they cater to their interests. Make a difference and keep our local economy strong. Shop Local! At the Chamber, we meet many small business owners. These businessmen and women are both creative and courageous, and so long as there are entrepreneurs, we will continue to be successful at “Connecting our Greater Communities” and making Calhoun County a great place to work, live, and visit.•

There are jobs for every dollar spent, at least 15 jobs for every million. — Dr. William H. Fielding, Dean of JSU’s College of Commerce & Business Administration

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Small business month Each year, the Chamber celebrates small businesses and their advocates during small business month. In years’ past, the events stretched over a week, but with added programs and events, the Chamber decided to spotlight small businesses over the entire month of May.

Breakfast of Champions The Chamber kicked off the month with our annual Breakfast of Champions, featuring a fabulous panel consisting of representatives from Anniston EMS, Buster Miles Chevy, Carmin Industries, Morris Building Constructors and Nunnally’s Art & Framing. This event allowed the five panelists to share their successes and challenges with fellow business men and women in attendance and to answer questions asked by those in attendance.

For the 2013 Small Business Awards, the Chamber saw its greatest number of nominees with a total of 17. The Small Business Gala was held on May 30 at the Anniston Country Club.

“Small businesses are what keep our local communities robust - in more than dollar terms. Yes, more of each dollar spent on local businesses stays local, but there are immeasurable positives they add to our quality of life.  As our annual Small Business Awards competition illustrates, many of our small businesses are very active in the community beyond the operations of their businesses. They might be the sponsors of your child’s baseball team, or active board members of local non-profits. They care about about our community, because, you know what? - it’s their community too!” -Donna Fathke, East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission 10 << ChamberConnections………………………………………………………………………………………………………• Chamber Connections.indd 10

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2 0 1 3 S m a l l B u s i n e s s A d v o c at e : J o h n W h e e l e r

The Larry K. Sylvester Small Business Advocate Award recognizes an individual or group who provides assistance and support to small businesses. Through their dedication to the growth of small business in Calhoun County, these individuals have demonstrated their awareness of how important small business is to our local economy. The Chamber presented this year’s advocate award to John Wheeler. John grew up in Calhoun County, attending local schools, and going on to the Ivy League college of Amherst, where he earned his degree in economics. After college, he came back to Anniston, entering the banking industry, and eventually became the president of Anniston National Bank. Mr. Wheeler is an innovator. His bank had the first drive-through in town and was the first to found a bank branch in another city. He is also a believer in the economic power of small business. Some of the recognizable projects he has worked on are as follows: He raised $1 million to kick off the Spirit of Anniston to renovate Anniston’s downtown. He was an invaluable partner in launching Forward Calhoun County to bring new industry to our community. He was persuasive in convincing naysayers of the value of a small business incubator, which is now the Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial Center in Golden Springs. Then, with his good friend and fellow banker Guice Potter, he was instrumental in founding the 3E Association at JSU in 1994. That’s Education, Economics & Entrepreneurship, which encourages teaching fundamental economics to students from K through 12th grades. For all of this and more, the Anniston Star recognized Mr. Wheeler as the Citizen of the Year in 1996, just after he retired. After retirement, Mr. Wheeler has not slowed down. Upon an idea of Mr. Wheeler, a group of Calhoun County banks and private investors have created the Advantage

Capital Enterprise System, pooling more than $1 million to lend to new small businesses. Entrepreneurs successfully completing the competition will receive up to $100,000 to help start their business ventures. The initial applications round landed more than 20 applicants, of which five have been selected to move further through the process.

Thank you Mr. Wheeler!

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2 0 1 3 S m a l l B u s i n e s s l i f e t i m e a c h i e v e m e n t: w e b b c o n c r e t e

The Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a business which has set the precedent for our area small businesses. This business has made significant contributions to its industry and to Calhoun County. Lifetime Achievement is based on Years of Service, commitment to the county’s business community, vitality, stewardship and leadership. Past recipients have included Sunny King Automotive, Wakefield’s/Martin’s, Couch’s Jewelers, and F&M Bank. The Chamber presented this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Webb Concrete and Building Materials. Webb Concrete, as it is known today, was started by Phil Webb’s grandfather, Garth Webb, more than 60 years ago. The business started as Farmer’s Supply, which had hardware, garden equipment, seed, etc. With help from Col. John B. LaGarde, Garth started the Ready Mix business in 1957. Bobby Webb, Phil’s Dad, took over the business when he finished school, and Phil and his brother Ricky bought out their father in the early 1980s. Today, Webb Concrete is one of the leading concrete companies in the area with Ready Mix plants in Heflin, Oxford, Pell City and Roanoke. With “dedication to the customer’s needs” as a guiding principle, Webb is proud to serve East Central Alabama and parts of West Georgia. Their showrooms give customers the opportunity to experience their products firsthand. “We have everything you need to build or remodel,” says Phil. “That’s why we say Webb Concrete and Building Materials is your complete source... From the foundation up!” Phil, a native of Heflin, serves on the Board of Directors for many organizations, including the Calhoun County Homebuilders Association, Calhoun County Habitat for Humanity, JSU Foundation, Anniston Museum Board, chair-elect of YMCA of Calhoun County, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Anniston Rotary Club, the Anniston Country Club, and Noble Bank & Trust. He is Chairman of Knox Concert Series and the McClellan Development Authority, and he is also a member of the Calhoun County Quarterback Club. On the state level, Phil is a member of the Governor’s Circle, Alabama Concrete Industries Association, and Alabama General Contractors Association. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts of America. Phil is also a director for the Business Council of Alabama. Phil notes that, “Small business is the key to job creation in America. It’s the engine for growth.” Webb Concrete & Building Materials is a member of many of our regional Chambers of Commerce and a member of several Home Builders Associations.

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2 0 1 3 s u s ta i n i n g s m a l l b u s i n e s s o f t h e y e a r : O x f o r d L u m b e r This business has 75 or fewer employees and has been in business for more than five years.

Oxford Lumber Company Since its founding in 1958, this locally owned hardware, lumber and building material retailer has continued to expand over the years. Despite the bad economy, Oxford Lumber recently expanded to include a 40,000-squarefoot drive through lumberyard and plans to construct a greenhouse to better lawn and garden offerings. They’ve also received their Federal Firearms License to begin selling guns and ammunition. Oxford Lumber offers total customer satisfaction in a self-fulfilling employee relations environment. By continuous training and evaluating employee performance, Oxford Lumber is able to grow and evolve, responding to and meeting the needs of their customers. With involvement in numerous area organizations, Oxford Lumber continuously shows their dedication to the community around them. Hiring based on character, skills set and fit for the company, Oxford Lumber’s dedication is evident in the tenure of their management team, ranging from seven to 23 years.

Oxford Lumber representatives, Stephen Reeves, Greg Reaves, Bill Newman and Danny Jones accepted their award at the 2013 Small Business Gala on May 30.

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2013 e m e r g in g s m a l l bu s in e s s o f t h e y e a r : Ch r is t ia n Co r n e r m e a t s

This business has 75 or fewer employees and has been in business fewer than five years.

Christian Corner Meats Founded in 2009 by owners David and Debbie Young, Christian Corner Meats is now a 5,000-square-foot shop for great food products. Employing three full-time butchers to cut special cuts, Christian Corner Meats can provide items in bulk for any occasion. From their experience as small-business owners for more than 20 years, The Youngs know customer service is key and are generally onsite and easily accessible. They’ve also opened a division to cook smoked meats called Holy Smoked Meats. “We are always open to new ideas to make us a better place to shop,” says Debbie. Christian Corner Meats provides the community quality food at a reasonable price. “This business was started with our neighbor in mind. David and I did not start this business for extra income or as a hobby… We felt led to open the business to be a help to people in this unsure environment.” Each year, Christian Corner Meats even goes so far as to provide a gospel singing and barbecue free of charge, with everyone welcome to attend.

Owners Debbie and David Young accept their award at the 2013 Small business Gala on may 30.

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2 0 1 3 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Abbey Carpet & Flooring From its founding with two employees in 1997, Abbey Carpet and Flooring has now grown to 15 employees with 20 subcontracted installers. This retail floor covering store professionally installs all types of flooring and has ventured to the granite counter top business. To make flooring more affordable, Abbey purchases material by the truckload, instead of the pallet.

Anniston EMS Founded in 1999, Anniston Emergency Medical Services is an ambulance service providing emergency, non-emergency and wheelchair accessible transportation. Beginning with 17 employees, Anniston EMS has grown to 56 full-time employees. With substations throughout the county, Anniston EMS is able to meet the needs of the surrounding communities. Through upgrades to the most technologically advanced equipment and the integration of a cloudbased system, Anniston EMS is able to provide faster, more efficient service, of the highest quality, to our community.

Anniston Eye Clinic This family-owned optometric practice, founded in 1978, has two doctors of optometry, father and daughter, Ron Dachelet and Dawn Wilczek. Anniston Eye Clinic has continued to see growth and an increase in revenue, staying up to date with the latest advances in eye care, eye wear, equipment and technology. Anniston Eye Clinic knows it is important to communicate with patients and take the time to explain tests, results and the “why” behind each.

CD Cellar Since its founding in 1997, CD Cellar now offers the area’s biggest selection of music and has expanded to include apparel and formal wear at its location on Noble Street. Starting out with a small business loan, CD Cellar has expanded and grown its inventory to withstand the impact of the internet on the music industry. With a passion for music, CD Cellar’s owner, Larry May, has been instrumental in starting a concert series for the City of Anniston with interest also growing to the citizens of surrounding communities.

Family Value Video Since its founding in 2008, Family Value Video’s sales have doubled, with customers coming from throughout this region. Family Value Video transfers home movies to DVD format, videos special events, and produces a variety TV show. Family Value Video thrives with its passion for preserving memories for customers.

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2 0 1 3 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Freestyle Graphix Since its opening in 2012, Freestyle Graphix, a vehicle wrap, t-shirt, banner, signs, business card and logo design business, has seen growth in sales and expanded its space. Providing quality goods and services, Freestyle Graphix contributes its success to social media and word of mouth marketing. Starting with a personal loan and a dream, Freestyle Graphix has advanced from one garment printer to six.

Lighting Showroom Since 1981, Lighting Showroom has been a retail seller of lighting fixtures, lamps, ceiling fans and accessories in Calhoun County. Lighting Showroom has used technology and training to provide the strongest level of service and knowledge to their customers, especially with their revamped Lightshowbama.com. Lighting Showroom proudly focuses on giving the same level of attention and service, whether selling a light bulb or chandelier.

Mark Lee Insurance Agency This agency, founded in 2008, specializes in the sales and service of business, farm, auto and life insurance. Building upon the tactic of knocking on doors and shaking hands, community involvement aids the Mark Lee Insurance Agency in building relationships and provides ample opportunities to create networks, client bases and revenue.

Monet Salon & Day Spa Since 2010, Monet Salon & Day Spa has been innovating and changing when necessary to provide unique spa services for this area. Offering everything from pedicures to permanent makeup, Monet is proud to offer a diverse menu of services. Focused on customer satisfaction, their licensed-specialist employees promise great value to each customer and truly enjoy what they do.

Randy Jones & Associates, Inc. Founded in 1978, this agency has thrived through integrity, ethical practices and hard work. By including agribusiness and having exceptional customer care, the Randy Jones Agency has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years. Going above and beyond to provide outstanding service and dealing with each client on a personal basis, the agency keeps customers coming back.

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2 0 1 3 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Remodeler’s Outlet Since their founding in 1997 in West Anniston, Remodeler’s Outlet has relocated to a 45,000-square-foot warehouse to hold their topof-the-line showroom, retail products and inventory. With customers ranging from the do-it-yourself guy to the homebuilder, Remodeler’s Outlet customizes to meet their customers’ needs.

Signature In Home Care Established in 2003, Signature In Home Care strives to provide the very best service to seniors and the chronically disabled, who aren’t ready to leave their homes for an institution or to live with relatives, but need support to remain at home. Signature’s highly qualified and trained caregivers make it possible for their clients to maintain as much independence as possible by providing the appropriate in-home assistance and companionship.

Sweet Peas Boutique Founded in 2009, after designing t-shirts for schools, businesses and small organizations, Valerie Winfrey’s dream is now a reality with her very own boutique in Oxford, selling stylish yet affordable accessories and clothing. This sparkling business centers on keeping the costs down for customers and constantly keeping their customers in mind. Daring to be different, Sweet Peas keeps up with the latest trends and orders new lines and items weekly.

Too Nice to Slice Too Nice to Slice Bakery, founded in 2012, provides old-fashioned retail in fresh baked goods and custom desserts. Since its conception, the bakery has grown, doubling the number of items they provide, and busting at the seams with custom orders. Too Nice to Slice has done weddings from Birmingham to Georgia, and plans for expansion are in the works.

Founded in 2000, Top Notch Events & Rentals is proud to customize events for their customers, creating endless possibilities for each event. Boasting a full service linen room and a 17,000-square-foot warehouse and various certifications, Top Notch is able to offer customers quality products at great prices, making sure the customer’s experience is “top notch” every time.

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Say YES to Our Future Chamber Partners with City of Anniston to provide summer opportunities for students While some students are spending their summers working fast food or struggling to find a job, Anniston students have been given an opportunity to work in area businesses, thanks to a unique partnership between government, business and education. The City of Anniston, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State Community College embarked on a collaborative effort this summer to initiate a program geared toward empowering youth ages 16 - 19 by introducing them to the workforce. The group came to a unanimous decision to name the program “Youth Empowered for Success (YES),” with the hope that this endeavor would positively impact our youth and will reach far into the future. The vision for this program is to solicit local businesses/non-profit organizations to gainfully employ local high school youth during their summer vacation. The City of Anniston conducted a selection process and budgeted for 38 youth to work 20 hours per week for a period of 10 weeks. This selection process targeted students attending Anniston High School, The Donoho School, Sacred Heart Catholic School and Faith Christian School. These students were required to participate in an interview process conducted by City of Anniston staff and volunteers. Once the students were selected, a background check was conducted, and students were required to attend an orientation. After asking local businesses to say ‘YES’ to helping us empower our youth by employing one or more of these deserving and eager young people, we had 30 employers accept students. For students Brittney Stansil and Jasmine Whitson, it started out nerve wracking, but has evolved into an experience they love.

Jasmine Whitson

Intern: ERA King Real Estate School: Alabama A&M University Major: Business Management Age: 19 Jasmine, who found out about the YES Program from her step brother, who works at the City’s Summer Day Camps, said she started her first day scared. “Am I dressed right? What do I say? I promised Mr. Folks, of the Parks & Recreation Department, I wouldn’t let him down,” says Jasmine. “The people at ERA King Real Estate are so friendly, and so high class. They motivate me to succeed,” she says. Day to day, Jasmine has learned to develop and upload web content, file papers, and she has even had the opportunity to shadow the agents on occasion. “I walked in not knowing anything, but now, I’ve learned how to hold a conversation with people, learned to use the computer better, and learned how to manage my money.” When asked what she has enjoyed most, Jasmine says, “ERA has welcomed me, made me feel comfortable. They know me, and I know them. It’s cool. They’ve showed me how to multi-task and to find something to laugh about while getting the job done. I want to be ready for the future, love my job, and enjoy going to work every day. They always tell me ‘Stay in school, and get a job you really want. Work hard, and you’ll go far.’ I feel like I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve met people I never would have and become close to my co-workers. If given the opportunity, I’d love to come back.” 28 << ChamberConnections………………………………………………………………………………………………………• Chamber Connections.indd 28

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Brittney Stansil

Intern: Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce School: Alabama A&M University Major: Biology Age: 19 Brittney, who was approached by her former track coach, Steven Folks, about the YES Program, is now serving as the Chamber’s summer worker. “Mr. Folks asked me what I was doing this summer, and I responded ‘Trying to find a job.’ He said, ‘Be at the Chamber tomorrow at 3,’” says Brittney. Brittney arrives promptly at the Chamber every morning before 8:00 am and eagerly asks what tasks she can help with that day. Brittney says her favorite part of the summer has been answering phones when needed, calling on members, organizing files, stuffing visitor and welcome packets, and going to events like Ribbon Cuttings. “It’s fun!” she says. “The first day, I was shy and scared, thinking, ‘Am I going to mess up and say the wrong thing?’ Now, it’s nowhere near what I thought. I love it, and it’s making me think about changing my major to business. The people are so friendly. This is my first job. While everyone else is working fast food, I get to be here. When I came in the first time, I didn’t talk. I’ve come out of my shell, and I’m no longer afraid to greet people or carry on a conversation with them. The Chamber’s opened my eyes to area small businesses and shown me where to shop and eat locally, not going out of town for everything. They’re so happy-go-lucky. They love their job, and you can see it.” Brittney says she’ll most remember the reception she has received. “My first day, they told me, ‘There’s no such thing as a bad question,’ and they continuously tell me to just do my best. I don’t feel like I’m an intern, but like I’ve been here forever. I almost dread going back to school because I want to come back here.” Brittney’s words of wisdom to future students are, “I would advise more people to do this. It’s only four hours every day, but it gives you the opportunity to meet those who can help you with your future career.”

“My first day, they told me, ‘There’s no such thing as a bad question,’ and they continuously tell me to just do my best. I would advise more people to do this.” –Brittany

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In ca s e y o u m is s e d it … Business & Biscuits Business and Biscuits is the Chamber’s monthly, morning networking opportunity for members, held on the first Thursday of each month at various Chamber member locations. This Chamber event often includes ice-breakers like Getting-to-Know-You Questions, Elevator Speeches, and Speed Networking. Come join in the fun, and see why some members regard this event as their favorite. Thursday, April 4, Business & Biscuits was held at the Webb Showroom at 1021 Snow Street in Oxford.

Business & Biscuits allows members to meet and mingle over a cup of coffee and breakfast.

Pictured Left to Right: Gudrun Van Dyke, Andrea Miller, Rachel Applegate, and Danny Shears

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N ew & N o t es The Chamber has a Green Business

Stay tuned for more information, as the time nears. During Salute to Industry week’s festivities, the Chamber recognizes local industries and their contributions to Calhoun County, and fellow Chamber members have the opportunity to tour and learn about local industries.

Congratulations! Do you have good news stories that you’d like to share about expansion, recognition and more? Please submit your good news stories to info@calhounchamber.com for future publication consideration.

Upcoming Events Mark your calendars! 2013 Salute to Industry Week will be September 16th-20th. Events will include our Annual Golf Outing, Industry Tours, and a Salute to Industry Luncheon.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 Business EXPO on Tuesday, October 15th, at the Anniston City Meeting Center. More details are still to come! At the Business Expo, more than 100 exhibitors, businesses and organizations display their goods and services each year. Attendees have a wonderful time meeting and mingling with their current customers and potential new clients, while perusing all the wonderful exhibits and booths.

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Pictured are representatives from Crème Dela Crème Cleaning, Dillard’s, Anniston Community Education Foundation, Talladega Superspeedway, and Anniston Country Club.

Thursday, June 6, Business & Biscuits was hosted at the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Abbey Carpet & Flooring.

This event featured the speed networking challenge to see how many contacts each attendee could make within the hour.

Thank you Abbey Carpet & Floor for being the Chamber’s Member of the Month for June!

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From Birth to Adolescence

Naresh S. Purohit MD Gary M. Ray MD Andrea F. Branch MD Nikiesha Forbes MD Amy Matson CRNP

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c o m m u n it y Calhoun County is home to excellent educational institutions, accredited healthcare institutions, recreational programs for the whole family, one-of-a-kind dining experiences, specialty shops and more – all of which make Calhoun County a great place to live, work and visit.

Wednesday, May 1, the Chamber held its first annual Chamber Night at JSU baseball game, cheering the Gamecocks on to a win!

Whirlwind of Color

Chamber Members Manju and Naresh Purohit are pictured here with the Zaxby’s Mascot along the 5K route.

Saturday, April 27, the Chamber held its first Whirlwind of Color 5K, beginning and ending at the Jacksonville Community Center.

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S e m in a r s , w o r k s h o ps & pr e s e n t a t io n s Every month the Chamber has several presentations on hot topics of interest to the membership. Keep an eye out and mark your calendars for these networking and learning opportunities.

Thursday, May 30, the Chamber partnered with Verizon, the Small Business Development Center and the NE AL Entrepreneurial System to present a program on Business Apps. This seminar touched on how technology can improve business efficiencies and how applications allow us to stay at the forefront of that change.

Wednesday, June 12, the Chamber’s Connect @ Lunch covered Email and Text Marketing for Business, discussing trends and musts that catch a reader’s attention. This seminar is also a part of the Chamber’s second Wednesday presentations on social media.

TECH TIPS: Did you know there are spam words that can catch even the friendliest of emails in a spam filter? If you don’t believe us, Google it! About 25 percent of our work day is spent sifting through emails. If you are sending an e-newsletter, make sure you know the audience and provide useful information and a call to action. Most of all, keep it simple. Your audience is looking at emails for more than two hours every day. How are you going to stand out?

The small business committee’s basics of business breakfast for May focused on Facebook

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Dr. Beatrous, Dr. Sycheva and Dr. Lattuada are accepting new patients and referrals can be made by calling (256) 847-3369.

Providing Radiation Treatments and Chemotherapy Treatments in one convenient location. Thomas E. Beatrous MD Radiation Oncologist

Thomas E. Beatrous, MD received his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine and completed an internship at Tulane Medical Center. He completed his residency at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. He is board certified in radiation oncology. Dr. Beatrous is a fellow of the American Board of Radiology and the American

Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Southern Medical Association, the Southern Oncology Association, and the Alabama Medical Association.

Tatyana Sycheva, MD

Medical Oncologist/ Hematologist

Dr. Sycheva obtained her medical degree from Minsk State Medical Institute, Minsk Belarus. She completed a fellowship in Hematology from Byelorussian State Institute of Advancement for Physicians, Minsk, Belarus. A native of Belarus, Dr. Sycheva immigrated to the US in 1996. After moving to the USA she completed a Residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology from Tufts University School of

Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Sycheva has practiced Hematology/Oncology in San Francisco, California prior to relocating to Alabama. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. Dr. Sycheva is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology.

Charles P. Lattuada, Jr., MD, FACP Medical Oncologist

Charles Lattuada, Jr, MD, FACP obtained his medical degree from Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed an Internship and first year Residency in Family Practice at Carswell Air Force BaseRegional Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He also completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. He completed his Fellowship in Medical Oncology and Infectious Disease at Wilford Hall Medical Center Lackland AFB. A native of Wisconsin, after a 20 year career in the United States Air Force, Dr. Lattuada has practiced Oncology and

Infectious Disease in Louisiana and Arkansas prior to relocating to Alabama. Dr. Lattuada is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Infectious Disease. He holds licensure in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. Dr. Lattuada is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Fellow of American College of Physicians. He has several published articles and has presented at several national meetings.

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c h a mber mo b The Small Business Committee wanted to raise awareness about all the great small businesses we have and show our support by selecting a small business chamber member at random to be mobbed. Keep an eye out and join the Chamber Mob to show your support!

Members of the Chamber Staff are pictured here with Larry May of CD Cellar during Chamber Mob at his location on Noble Street.

May’s Chamber Mob visited the Jacksonville Bookstore. Go visit this great business and find you some apparel that screams, “GO GAMECOCKS!”

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Partners with 86 Years of Experience The partners of Animal Medical Center, Drs. Tom Nelson, Susan LeCoq and Barry Nicholls, have been practicing veterinary medicine for a combined total of more than 86 years. They are committed to providing our area with the highest standard of veterinary healthcare, but their commitment does not end there, as all three are involved in a diverse variety of extracurricular activities enhancing the rich fabric that is Calhoun County. These doctors support the efforts of the following organizations to make our community a better place to live: Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association, Dancing With Our Stars, Anniston Runners Club, Rotary of Anniston, Boys and Girls Clubs, Relay for Life, Boy Scouts, Anniston Museum of Natural History, Calhoun County Chamber Adopt-A-School Program and individual church affiliations. Drs. Nelson, LeCoq and Nicholls’ roots run deep, and their commitment to the pets and people of Calhoun County runs deeper.

Committed to Our Community 719 Quintard Avenue, Anniston 24 Hour Emergency Service (256) 236-8387 www.amcvets.com

Independently Owned and Operated

FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY (256) 231-2334 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207

(256) 435-7042 322 Nisbet Street N.W. Jacksonville, AL 36265

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Here in Calhoun County, we have invigorating outdoors, amazing cultural sites, mouthwatering food and Southern hospitality all wrapped into one amazing destination. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to relax or for a one-of-a-kind escapade, Calhoun County is a natural attraction with plenty of fun memories waiting to be made, right in your backyard. Wednesday, May 22, the Chamber invited members to participate in its first annual Familiarization Tour, visiting sites across the county. Sites included Cider Ridge Gold Club, Berman Museum, the Museum at Janney Furnace, the Centennial Memorial Park, Weaver’s BMX Park and more.

 

In December of 2012, the Chamber’s Tourism Division launched www.VisitCalhounCounty.com and premiered its new “Natural Attraction” logo.

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Monday, May 6, the Tourism Division held its first Tourism Luncheon, celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week while also highlighting and thanking the businesses in Calhoun County that are responsible for the great reputation we have with tourists. The luncheon also connected us with our regional chamber partners from Clay County, welcoming Mary Patchunka-Smith to join us. Mary is pictured here with Sherri Rollins of Congressman Mike Rogers’ office.

The Tourism Celebration, held at the newly opened Oxford Civic Center, also featured Alabama Tourism Department’s Welcome Center Director, Frances Smiley, who spoke on the trends, highlights and state of tourism in Alabama.

The luncheon also featured an awards presentation for local employees, who work in the hospitality/tourism industry and were nominated by their employers for having displayed dynamic service. Here, Marketing & Tourism Director Ebonee Thompson presents Casey Walker of the Hampton Inn in Jacksonville with the Shining Star Award.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS FACILITY AND THE MANY OTHER PARD PROGRAMS CALL (256)236-8221

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bu s in e s s a f te r h o u r s Business After Hours events are for Chamber members only and are held the third Tuesday of every month. Regarded as the area’s best networking opportunity, these events offer guests the chance to meet people representing products and services in a relaxed, social setting. People do business with people they know, so come meet and mingle with fellow members at Business After Hours each month.

Pictured left to right: Allen Roberts, Eric Stringer, Seyram Selase

Tuesday, April 16, Business After Hours was sponsored and hosted by Webb Concrete & Building Materials at their Showroom on Snow Street in Oxford.

Pictured left to right: Naresh Purohit, Phil Webb & Craig Waldron Tuesday, May 21, Business after Hours was sponsored by the JSU College of Commerce and Business Administration and held at JSU’s Stadium Towers.

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Independent Living State Licensed in both Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Locally and Veteran Owned

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bu s in e s s a f te r h o u r s Tuesday, June 18, Business After Hours was sponsored and hosted by Abbey Carpet & Floor.

Pictured Left to Right: Jay Howard, Jaylon Ellison and Danny Shears

Pictured left to right: Audrey Tinkey, Julie Hansek, Dawn Wilczek and Hope Miles

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No two deaths are alike. Nor two lives alike. We know that losing a loved one is the most difficult time in a family’s life. We are here to help in the days and months and years to come. And we are pledged to do just that. The Remembrance Process™ is a personalized, time-tested approach that can help individuals and families like you through the grief to achieve acceptance and remembrance. We will help you plan the memorial or service that captures the spirit and personality of someone who meant so much to you. Give us a call. Because everyone deserves to be remembered.

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Miller Funeral Home & Crematory Authorized Brown Service Funeral Provider millerfuneral@bellsouth.net www.millerfuneralhomeoxford.com

“The Perfect Tribute”

Highway 78 East at Barry Street P.O. Box 3346 Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-4611

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in c a se yo u misse d it Public Affairs

Tuesday, June 4, the Public Affairs Committee met with Alabama House Representative Randy Wood and State Senator Del Marsh to discuss the latest happenings in the state legislature. This committee researches and develops a local business platform, and shares it with elected and appointed officials.

Leadership Calhoun County

Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) is a program of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce that strives to prepare and build upon leadership resources within our entire county. Since its founding in 1985, LCC has graduated 802 participants, and for 2013, LCC graduated 31 area leaders and emerging leaders. Providing training that will prepare participants to be more effective professionals and leaders, LCC provides the opportunity for participants to come to know, respect and establish a rapport with fellow leaders.

Pictured is LCC’s Quality of Life Day Champions, who won the scavenger hunt competition.

Pictured are LCC, alongside Youth Leadership CC participants, for their Law and Justice Day tours.

LCC Roy Crow Award recipient for 2013, Mike Poe, addresses those attending the 2013 LCC graduation.

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Youth Leadership Calhoun County (YLCC) strives to prepare students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of the community.

“From Leadership Calhoun County to Ambassadors, even if you’ve lived here all your life, with the Chamber you learn more. Businesses and citizens learn more.”

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Grizzard LivinG aids Terry Grizzard - Owner Brenton Young - Service Manager

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1227 Noble Street • Anniston, AL 36201 Office: 256.237.2006

Dollie Robinson Anniston Star

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• Interior corridor • FREE full breakfast • Free wireless internet • Microwave & fridge in all rooms • 32” LCD TV’s in all rooms • Exercise room & guest laundry room on-site • Free local calls 88 Colonial Drive Oxford, AL 36203 Phone: (256) 831-2191 Fax: (256) 831-1415 I-20 Exit 188

Fort Mcclellan credit Union

Membership in Fort McClellan Credit Union is available for anyone who lives, works or attends school in the following counties: Calhoun, Cleburne, Etowah, Cherokee, St. Clair, Talladega, Clay, Randolph and Chambers.

Apply At A Nearby Fort McClellan Credit Union Office.

Anniston 1731 Noble St. (256) 237-2113

Jacksonville

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Indian Village (256) 892-7129

500 Cedar Bluff Rd. (256) 927-4203

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Come see the 2013 line up! at Sunny King Honda. Winner of the prestigious President’s Award

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M e e t OU r N e w M e m b e r s Check out this list of New Chamber Members since January. Get to know them and welcome them to the Chamber! Bobby Dillon Sport Clips 210 Oxford Exchange Boulevard Oxford, AL 36203 256-831-6444 Barber Shop Nakia Street Divine Help In-Home Care 333 Choccolocco Street, Suite C Oxford, AL 36203 256-391-6987 Personal Service Chuck Ward Billy Isom Real Estate 1707-E Hillyer Robinson Parkway S Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-2055 Realtors Charlotte Hubbard Hubbard House Antiques 8 Choccolocco Street Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 283-8033 Antique Shops Charlotte Hubbard Hubbard’s Off Main 20 Choccolocco Street Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 283-8033 Event Venue Scott Skinner STS Decorating Consultant    816 East 9th Street Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 591-7148 Interior Design/Furnishings Joey Hutto Sound Solutions 81 Hamric Drive West Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-3731 Audio, Video, Lighting Kim Johnson All Saints Interfaith Center of Concern 1029 W. 15th Street Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-7793 Non-Profit Organization Mark Proper Pleasant Valley High School 4141 Pleasant Valley Road Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-741-6700 Public School

Joel Ross 1414 Golden Springs Road, # 137 Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 770-4522 Individual Member Malcolm Street 311 West 55th Street Anniston, AL 36206 (256) 283-5615 Individual Member Susan Shipman Second Chance PO Box 2714 Anniston, AL 36202 (256) 236-7381 Non-Profit Organization Charlene Gossett WDNG 1115 Leighton Avenue Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 236-8291 Radio Station Rose Munford Cheaha Creative Arts 1201 Woodstock Avenue Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 473-7707 After School Fine Arts Program Johnny Smith City of Jacksonville 320 Church Avenue, SE Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 435-7611 Mayors Earl Glass Glass House Catering 21 Ashley Lane Munford, AL 36268 (256) 358-0093 Catering Service Bill Williamson Ivan Leonard Chevrolet 1620 Montgomery Highway Hoover, AL 35216 205-823-5120 Trucking Fleet Sales Wayne Tucker The UPS Store 1414 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 835-8884 Packaging & Shipping Service Eric Prichard Alexandria Foodland 85 Big Valley Drive Alexandria, AL 36250 (256) 847-8466 Grocers

Shayne Pace Lowes 4901 McClellan Boulevard Anniston, AL 36205 (256) 499-9030 Home Improvement

Kevin Jenkins Alabama Regional Communication System 507 Francis Street West Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 435-0550 Distributor

Freddy Rimpsey Rimpsey Agency Foundation 1619 Christine Avenue Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 405-4058 Clubs & Organizations

Sandra Swinford Curves of Saks 1021 Hwy 431 N Suite 9 Anniston, AL 36206 (256) 238-1739 Fitness Center

Scott Andrews Motel 6 202 Grace Street Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-5463 Hotel

Julian Jenkins P. O. Box 5310 Anniston, AL 36205 (256) 499-1593 Individual Member

Terry Alexander Alexander Construction 1421 Henderson Lake Road Munford, AL 36268 (256) 310-8010 Construction Chandra Huguley Harmony’s General Merchandise 1714 Hillyer Industrial Boulevard Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-9171 General Merchandise Jeff Fink Word Alive International Outreach 122 Allendale Road Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-5280 Church Jason Mayes Doncasters Southern Tool 508 Hamric Drive West Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-2811 Manufacturing Teddy Paudrups Artisanal Baked Goods 1702 Quintard Avenue Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 770-7269 Bakery Daryl McCarver AT&T Small Business Services 1277 Lenox Park Boulevard NE Atlanta, GA 30319 404-499-3877 Phone Services Margie Winnie Women in God’s Service (256) 454-5381 Non-Profit Organization

David Dawoud Domino’s Pizza 1720 Harmic Drive East Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-9696 Restaurants Kathy Grier Asberry Baptist Church 3682 Roy Webb Road Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 435-2730 Church Adrianne King Curvin & King 601 Pelham Road S, Suite B Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 782-1120 Accountants   Kevin Williams Kingdom Nation Church Anniston Meeting Center Anniston, AL 36201 (305) 807-0095 Church   Jason Edwards Cutting Edge Landscapes 33 Pine Hill Drive Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 294-4430 Landscaping Greg Kantorovis Creedmoor Sports, Inc. 167 Creedmoor Way Anniston, AL 36205 (760) 580-8977 Shooting Supplies Ken Bishop Gray Brown Service 1329 Wilmer Avenue Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-3441 Funeral Home

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Ken Bishop Chapel Hill Funeral Home 542 West 52nd Street Anniston, AL 36206 (256) 820-5151 Funeral Home

Mike Poe Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association P.O. Box 2414 Anniston, AL 36202 (256) 435-5710 Non-Profit Organization

Geromy Ledbetter Office Max 900 Oxford Exchange Boulevard Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-1944 Office Supplies

Maria Dresser Calhoun County Department of Human Resources 415 West 11th Street Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 240-2100 Social Services

Nathan Young Geek Alabama 1400 Greenbrier-Dear Road, Apt F3 Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 452-1565 Publishing, Graphics Eli Henderson 515 Tillman Avenue Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-4928 Individual Member Warren Spector IMGForge 6734 McClellan Boulevard Anniston, AL 36206 (256) 294-1965 Website Design Bill Young Bill’s BBQ 916 West 10th Street Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 770-7175 Restaurant Sam Sutchaleo Thai One On 911 Noble Street Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 770-7256 Restaurant Gerald G. Pentecost, Jr., CPA 5686 U.S. Hwy 278E Hokes Bluff, AL 35903 (256) 492-4818 Accountant Ryan Perret Panera Bread 21 Commons Way Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-6725 Restaurant Martha Vandervoort Interfaith Ministries 1431 Gurnee Avenue, Suite A Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 237-1472 Non-Profit Organization Gerwin Wallace Silverton Mortgage Specialists 1805-A Hillyer Robinson Pkwy Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 689-2849 Mortgage Company

Randy Halm Walgreens of Jacksonville 311 Pelham Road, South Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 782-1502 Pharmacy Sheryl Moncrief Acceptance Loan Company 1225 East Snow Street Suite 6 Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 831-2458 Loan Company Luis Goyer Red Pepper Mexican Restaurant 700 Quintard Dr. Suite 69 Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-7781 Restaurant Jacqueline Thompson Crème Dela Crème Domestic Housekeeping 1412 McCall Drive Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 452-9986 Cleaning Service Kim McCarson 95 Oakleaf Drive Eastaboga, AL 36260 (256) 231-1759 Individual Member Rita Flegel The Right Place 105 West 15th Steet Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 238-6231 Non-Profit Organization Brooke Comfort Cpt. Kyle Comfort Memorial Foundation P. O. Box 192 Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 499-4309 Non-Profit Organization Anthony Stokes Stoked Cross Fitness 3216 Alabama Hwy 21 South Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 390-6581 Fitness Center Brian Camp Trane Building Systems 1030 London Drive, Suite 100 Birmingham, AL 35211 (205) 790-3196 Building Materials & Supplies

901 Leighton Avenue, Suite 501 • Anniston, Alabama 36207 (256) 237-6755

NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS FOR OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY J. Patrick Stewart, MD, F.A.C.O.G. Lucy K. Ballard, MD, F.A.C.O.G. Cynthia Cater, MD F.A.C.O.G Jacquline Tessen, MD, F.A.C.O.G. Larry Jones, MD, F.A.C.O.G.

Full Digital Diagnostics Suite to Include: •Digital Mammography - First in Calhoun County since August 2007 with computer aided detection capability. •Bone Densitometry - Osteoporosis screening and monitoring. •4D Ultrasound - Incredible real-time images of your baby.

ANNISTON WATER WORKS & SEWER BOARD NOW OPEN AT

WATERMARK TOWER 931 NOBLE STREET

OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm 256-241-2000 After Hours Depository Open 24/7

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M e e t OU r N e w M e m b e r s Ted Turgeon Ted Turgeon’s Martial Arts 203 Pelham Road South Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-310-0718 Martial Arts Ronda Robertson Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure 270 Third Street Lincoln, AL 35096 (888) 467-2231 Recreation/Attraction Elizabeth Stewart Dillard’s 700 Quintard Drive Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-2819 Department Store Don Walton Family Services Center of Calhoun Co. 105 W. 15th Street Anniston, AL 36202 256-231-2240 Non-Profit Organization

Janella Long Publix 115 Commons Way Oxford Commons Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-4075 Grocery Todd Wachs United Rentals 1214 Hamric Drive W Oxford, AL 36203 256-831-0140 Equipment Rental Larry McCormick McCormick Refrigeration 1600 Front Street Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 831-2271 Refrigeration- Grocery & Restaurant Peggy Miller Miller & Walton 2120 Leighton Avenue Anniston, AL 36207 256-237-6671 Attorneys

Doug Rosser Piedmont Outdoor 613 N. Main Street Piedmont, AL 36272 (256) 447-9048 Lawn & Garden Equipment Steve Templeton PO Box 68 Heflin, AL 36264 (256) 463-2260 Individual Member

Casey Wynn Mateo 312 B Bennett Street Heflin, AL 36264 (256) 201-1299 Individual Member Gudrun Van Dyke Alternative Health & Wellness 1401 Woodstock Avenue Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 454-2214 Medical Services

Mike Crosby Alabama Insurance Agency 309 E. 11th Street Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 294-7474 Insurance Agency Tim Franklin Priceless IGA 802 Pelham Road S Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 435-9765 Grocery

Hannah Byers Kris Posey State Farm 1202 Pelham Road S Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-782-3243 Insurance

2013 B o a r d o f d i r e c to r s THE CABINET

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Julia Segars 2013 Chamber Chairman Alabama Power Company

Lynn Burgess-Smith Board Class of 2013 Five Star Food Services

Jack Swift Board Class of 2013 Southern States Bank

Jason Alderman 2013 Chamber Chair-Elect BB&T

John Connell Board Class of 2013 Kronospan

Jack Brim Board Class of 2013 B.R. Williams Trucking & Logistics

Brian Woodfin 2013 Chamber Treasurer ABS Business Systems

Kerry Holt Board Class of 2013 NobleBank & Trust

Larry Deason Board Class of 2013 F&M Bank

John E. Blue, II 2013 Immediate Past Chair Vice Chair for Organizational Development East Alabama EMS

Rich Simonton Board Class of 2013 AOD Federal Credit Union

Phil Webb Board Class of 2013 Webb Concrete & Building Materials

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2013 B o a r d o f d i r e c to r s Reiber Heath Board Class of 2013 Lee Brass

Wayne Sisk Board Class of 2014 Alagasco

Alberta McCrory Board Class of 2015 Hobson City

Dick Anderson Board Class of 2013 Vice Chair for Public Affairs Huron Valley Steel Corporation

Manju Purohit Board Class of 2014 Courtyard by Marriott & Fairfield Inn & Suites

Ricky Freeman Board Class of 2015 City of Piedmont

Hope Miles Board Class of 2013 Buster Miles Auto Group

K.L. Brown Board Class of 2014 K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Crematory State Representative

Bill Jones Board Class of 2015 Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

Seyram Selase Board Class of 2013 City of Anniston

Wayne Willis Board Class of 2014 City of Weaver

Barry Robertson Board Class of 2013 Commissioner of Licenses

Dee Douthit Board Class of 2014 Goodson Funeral Home

Jay Lloyd Board Class of 2013 Cheaha Bank

Mark Johnson Board Class of 2015 Civilian Marksmanship Program

Charles Lewis Board Class of 2014 Jacksonville State University

Greg Kernion Board Class of 2015 New Leaf Marketing

Steve Hildebrant Board Class of 2014 Vice Chair for Marketing Alabama Power Company

David McCormack Board Class of 2015 Regional Medical Center

Bud Owsley Board Class of 2014 Boozer Laminated Beam Everett King Board Class of 2014 Vice Chair for Program Development ERA King Real Estate Brian Young Board Class of 2014 Young Oil Inc. Linda Jenkins Board Class of 2014 Regions Bank Sonde Coleman Board Class of 2014 BBVA Compass Bank Angela Kemp Board Class of 2014 Vice Chair for Business Development BB&T

Marc Jones Board Class of 2015 City of Jacksonville Brian McCauley Board Class of 2015 Stringfellow Hospital

Rodney Owens Board Class of 2015 Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board Deidre Mundy Board Class of 2015 2013 Ambassador Chair Anniston Star Sam Phillips Board Class of 2015 Anniston EMS Steve Baswell Board Class of 2015 Town of Ohatchee Victor Williams Board Class of 2015 REAL Men Tim Hodges Board Class of 2015 County Commission

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2013 pl a n o f a c tio n A c c o m pl is h m e n ts Business Development I.

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Quarterly Training Seminars · January- Emergency Preparedness for Business- 45 in attendance · May- Apps for Business- 20 in Attendance · June- Healthcare Reform Presentation- 21 in Attendance Empower Businesses and Revisit Social Media Presentations · Connect Series for 2013 Feb. 13, 12:00-1:00 pm – Apple How to- 35 in attendance March 13, 8:00-9:00 am – Blogs for Business- 23 in attendance April 10, 12:00-1:00 pm – How to use Moviemaker- 10 in attendance May 8, 8:00-9:00 am – Facebook for Business- 15 in attendance June 12, 12:00-1:00 pm – Email & Text Marketing- 20 in attendance July 10, 8:00-9:00 am – Instagram August 14, 12:00-1:00 pm – Quickbooks September 11, 8:00-9:00 am – Pinterest October 9, 12:00-1:00 pm – Microsoft Office Q&A November 13, 8:00-9:00 am – LinkedIn

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Operation 1st Rate Continues and has placed more 400 workers Develop Mayors’ Roundtable · Have held two Mayors’ Roundtable Meeting, February & May Schedule and Conduct Quarterly Meetings with Legislative Representatives · Held Luncheon with Senator Shelby on February 19 · Held Breakfast with Congressman Mike Rogers on February 11 · Held Public Affairs Meeting with State Senator Del Marsh and State Representative Randy Wood on June 4 Continue to Monitor Federal & State Legislation Visit Montgomery & Washington · Conducted Monthly visits to State Capital with Chamber Members · Chamber Representatives visited Washington in February Continued to conduct monthly meetings with Congressional Staffers to review effects of sequestration and funding issues Supported Creation of “Bold Vision” Program- Destination Calhoun County to accelerate Economic Development, with presentations to Congressmen, Mayors and Legislatures

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Set Communication Schedule to Assure Constant Interaction with Members · Submit Daily Social Media Posts on Facebook & Twitter, also posting to blog as needed · Weekly E-Newsletter distributed, including Monthly Calendar of Events · Monthly Newspaper Wraps with the Anniston Star to highlight events and programs · Monthly Business After Hours Postcards distributed for marketing · Monthly Ambassador meetings held with monthly membership campaigns · Quarterly Mark-Your-Calendar Mail-Outs distributed to inform in advance · Weekly and Monthly inserts in the Anniston Star, Piedmont Journal and Jacksonville News · Launched New Chamber Website, April 1, 2013 · Set Monthly Membership Retention Invoice Schedule Recruit · We have grown to 974 members. · We engaged Board in Membership Recruitment with March Madness Event. Retain · Tell Story and Encourage Board Involvement o Making new member visits monthly or more frequently o Conducting Exit Membership Surveys o Continuously developing new offerings, programs and events § Formed Restaurant Committee § Chamber Mob shopping at local small businesses

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2013 pl a n o f a c t io n A c c o m pl is h m e n t s Tourism/Marketing I.

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Promote Our Brand· Developed Sponsorship outlines and criteria for 2013, for local and regional events seeking assistance from Visit Calhoun County. The 2014 Sponsorship application and criteria will be released in late fall 2013. Spend the Money· Secured two (2) I-20 billboards (East and West-bound) promoting Visit Calhoun County’s website and contact information. · Held full marketing campaign with ABC 33/40 in February 2013 with online, on-air and interview exposure for Visit Calhoun County and upcoming events. · Located banner ads for placement in early/mid-summer on bicycling, cultural and tourist-related websites. Tell Our Story· First tourism-related promotion to start in July 2013 centered on local travel (aka “stay-cations”) with residual promotions secured in mid-to-late summer, partnering with television and radio to promote out-of-town travel. · Familiarization Tour hosted in May 2013 where Visit Calhoun County took 20+ hoteliers, restaurateurs, local community members and attraction partners on a tour of what Calhoun County has to offer visitors. The next FAM tour is now in its planning phase. · Sent 10 press releases out since January 2013, promoting Calhoun County, The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, programs, events and partnerships. Develop Mobile App· Find Mobile App program, which allows flexibility in content and potential non-dues revenue by Fall 2013. Develop Complete Events Calendar· Create an outreach system with potential tourism intern to contact local and regional organizations and event planners for event calendar to be placed on website.

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Current Programs· Leadership Calhoun County o Graduated 31 in May of 2013. o Have begun to recruit candidates for LCC’s 2014 class and nomination forms are available on the Chamber website and pending print. o Created a Facebook Group for LCC Alumni to join and share in events and conversation. o Held Leadership Luncheon for LCC Alumni and Participants, featuring Joe Webster of Monarch Windows at the Civilian Marksmanship Program. o Youth Leadership graduated 32 in May 2013. · Adopt-A-School o Continue to recruit Adopters. o Continue to promote Adopting. · Green Business o Continue to promote green business certification. o Held Green Business EXPO and Seminar on Tuesday, May 28, with 10 in attendance. o Had presence at Earth Day event for all Calhoun County 6th Graders, serving as volunteer for recycling and composting station. o Participating in Renew Our Rivers campaign for region. Youth Career Development · Jacksonville State University & Gadsden State Community College o Partnered to provide soft skills and resume training for students participating in the YES program o Connecting § Partnered with City of Anniston for Youth Summer Job Program, YES Program, and identified more than 30 businesses that accepted student workers for this summer.

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Talladega Cycle Sales Serving the local community since 1974 Nice Selection of Parts and Accesories Financing Available We Service Most Major Brands

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2013 pl a n o f a c t io n a c c o m pl is h m e n t s leveraging Jsu I. · · · ·

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Emergency Management Established an Emergency Management Coalition for Northeast Alabama. Received a $50,000 grant from Serve Alabama for the development of the Emergency Management volunteer registry. The JSU Emergency Management Department at Fort McClellan was picked by the State of Alabama to be the Regional Emergency Operations Center for Eastern Alabama. Announced FEMA/Emergency Management Regional Training set for September 19th and October 27th at the JSU Mountain Conference Center, which will cover training on FEMA ICS 300 and 400. (60+ attendees are expected)

Marketing · Filming for a capabilities video for the Emergency Management Department is set for this fall and will incorporate a mock disaster scene with local emergency responders at the MAP site on McClellan along with film shoot equipment from the State of Alabama. · 11 companies and 338 applicants within 50 miles are now registered on Interships.com · Held 2nd Get Linked Event for JSU Students on February 26 Technology · 15 companies have been identified to be involved in an engagement luncheon this fall at JSU, which will help to build a stronger business partnership between JSU and local industry. Business · Enhanced the Economic Development Forum by developing economic materials for the attendees. · Completed Small Business Training in May on the subject of “Business Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets” at the chamber, hosted by the Service Corps of Retired Executives(SCORE), the JSU Small Business Development Center, and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.(20+ attendees)

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Develop Cross-Promotional Efforts in Marketing & Tourism · Invited regional partners to attend Tourism Celebration Luncheon · Formed Connecting Our Greater Communities Facebook Group to aid in cross promoting events in whole region · Attended the Welcome Center’s Tourism Day to showcase Calhoun County alongside our regional partners Regional Campaign to promote shopping locally and regionally · Formed Regional Shop Local Committee to share best practices and ideas from each shop local campaign in the region. · Key businesses within each region have been identified and visited by area representatives, as a part of the regional shop local campaign and for promotion on the Connecting Our Greater Communities Facebook Page. · Held two meetings, one in person and one via conference call, to discuss existing campaigns. · Attended Regional Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and Business Council of Alabama conference in Decatur with regional partners · Working with Media on Shop Local Campaign o TV 24 airing commercials, Consolidated Publishing Promoting and Billboard promotion. Support workforce readiness throughout the region · Our goal is to insure that every county/chamber has representation within this group and that quarterly the representation will brief their chamber boards on the efforts and progress occurring in workforce development. The representatives will also meet quarterly outside of the workforce meetings to discuss reactions from their memberships and to look for ways to work together. · Some of the groups we are working closely with on workforce development are Region IV and V Workforce Development Councils and Clear Plan 2030. · Our region’s, Region V, Workforce Development Council will be reviewing and approving requests seeking workforce development funding on July 25th at 10:00 am at the Oxford Civic Center. · Region V is looking for more business and industry participation in monthly meetings to better meet the needs of our area industries and businesses. If interested, please contact the Chamber at 256-237-3536.

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Our goal is to serve our patients and families by going above and beyond improving the life of those touched by terminal illness. We consider it an honor to be chosen to help families at the end of life. Service Area

Lawley Premier Hospice Care currently provides services in the following counties: Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, and St. Clair. Care is provided anywhere the patient resides, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals.

Hospice Care

Hospice is specialized care and services provided to patients and families facing an incurable illness or disease. Hospice care should begin when the focus of care changes from finding a cure to keeping the patient comfortable and pain free.

Our Physicians

Although patients may continue care with their own physician while on hospice, your care may also be managed by one of our medical directors who are experienced in pain and symptom management.

Jason Ayres, MD & James Robinson, MD

Home Owned & Operated

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VisitCalhounCounty.com Our BRAND new visitor’s website www.VisitCalhounCounty.com is ready to explore! Boasting of an event calendar, lodging, restaurant and attraction listings and dynamic photos of our area, www. VisitCalhounCounty.com is the one-stop online shop for everything Calhoun County! Also, the website includes capabilities for visitors to plan their entire stays out via the iMap feature. If a guest is staying in a local hotel, wants to visit an attraction and then finish the day off with shopping and dinner, they can map out their entire trip, name it and print it out. This will eliminate our guests having to go anywhere else but www.VisitCalhounCounty.com to plan their getaway!

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Dedicated Internet Access

Reliable, robust connectivity with guaranteed assigned bandwidth From small offices to national enterprises and government agencies, today’s organizations depend on reliable access to people, real-time information and advanced web-based Internet applications. Dedicated Internet Access from M2 Connections provides businesses of all sizes the security, speed, flexibility and enormous reach of facilities-based services – M2 CONNECTIONS COVERAGE AREA giving you the confidence to run the applications you need to maximize success. M2 Connections fully owns and operates our own high-speed, fiber-optic network, so there’s no relying on third parties. By connecting directly to our advanced network via a dedicated point-to-point circuit, your business gets reliable connectivity and the best possible Internet speed and throughput. Delivering speeds from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps, we offer the highest level of enterprise-class service for businesses requiring guaranteed bandwidth to meet heavy demand. And symmetrical upload and download speeds to ensure the highest level of business-grade service, empowering you to take advantage of today’s bandwidth-intensive applications.

POWERFUL BENEFITS

· Simple, manageable and scalable high-capacity bandwidth · Reliable access to the Internet, intranet and extranet sites · Delivering speeds from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps · Symmetrical upload and download speeds - quickly send and receive even the largest data files · Power to drive applications such as video conferencing, VoIP or web-hosting services · Flexibility to choose the optimum bandwidth for your location or locations, with room to grow as your business grows · Useful web-based monitoring, management and reporting tools · Supports Border-Gateway Protocol (BGP)

GUARANTEED RELIABILTY

· Redundant, reliable IP network infrastructure ensures availability and service quality · Network design maximizes redundancy with no single IP point of failure · Supported by our fiber-optic backbone, dynamic architecture and 24/7 monitoring by our Network Operations Center · Robust Service Level Agreements ensure service is always-on and ready to empower your business

LEARN MORE

Contact Jason Green at 256-405-4311 or jgreen@m2connections.com to discover how reliable, fast dedicated Internet Access from M2 Connections can help you accomplish more.

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· Includes IP addresses, a pre-configured switch, DNS registration and IP number allocation

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Month to Month Membership Includes ALL of this: Indoor Climate Controlled Pool Indoor Walking Track Gymnasium Racquetball Courts Free Weights Cardio Theatre Wi-Fi Whirlpools Sauna Steam Room Youth and Adult Locker Rooms Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Largest Variety of Fitness Classes

NO CONTRACTS Anniston YMCA 29 West 14th Street Anniston AL 36201 256-238-YMCA

Visit us at www.ymcacalhoun.org

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MONEY-SAVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IDEAS

MAKE YOUR HOME MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THESE ENERGY SAVING IDEAS.

For over 50 years Alabama Power’s rates have been below the national average, but there are still some easy things you can do to save money and energy, and make your home more comfortable.

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Replace a dirty air filter in your furnace. They hamper airflow, making your system work harder to keep you comfortable.

Proper insulation can save you up to 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs. Add more insulation if you are finding cool spots around your home.

Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or above in the summer and 68 degrees or below in the winter.

Turn the temperature down on your water heater if it’s over 140 degrees. Don’t go below 120 degrees to keep bacteria from forming in the dishwasher.

Get more energy saving ideas for every room in your home. Scan the code with your phone or visit AlabamaPower.com/save.

© 2013 Alabama Power Company

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OUR COMMUNITY Benefits

More Than $25 Million In Employee Wages And Benefits $27.7 Million In Uncompensated Care Paid In Excess Of $1.2 Million In Taxes OUR PEOPLE t 321 Associates t 174 Physicians on Medical Staff t 16 Volunteers

OUR FACILITY Invested $10.2 Million for facility and service improvements over the past five years These benefits highlight some of the many ways that Stringfellow Memorial Hospital positively impacts our community. Our associates, physicians and hospital volunteers work hard to provide the highest quality care available to our patients. We are proud to have served Northeast Alabama since 1938.

QUALITY t Chest Pain Accreditation t American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Silver Award

GIVING BACK t Raised $6,750 in Fundraising in 2011 t Donated $14,061 in Sponsorships in 2011

STRINGFELLOW memorial hospital

301 East 18th St. Anniston, AL 36207 Phone: 256.235.8900 This Hospital is owned or invested in by physicians.

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Chamber Connections: Summer 2013  

Chamber Connections: Issue 1 Published August 2013

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