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

Inside This Issue Renewals...........................................2 New Members.................................3 ROSE (Recognition of Service Excellence)........................................4 Celebrating Longevity....................7 March Recap.....................................8 World Series Membership Drive.............................................. 11 Community Calendar.................. 12

March 2017

Legislative Agenda Focus to Build Economy

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he Chamber’s tagline is the “Voice of Business,” representing the voice our membership has in local, state and federal government, taking on even the toughest of issues. The Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee’s purpose is to represent and be a proactive voice for the members and the overall business community with all levels of government in order to improve and sustain a positive business climate.

Each year, this committee, along with the Board of Directors and Military & Security Affairs Committee, evaluates the Legislative Agendas for state and federal levels, updating with new issues or remaining relevant to legislation passed or pending. The Public Affairs Committee’s 2017 State Legislative Agenda includes Education and Workforce Preparedness, Economic Development and Infrastructure, Small Business, and Healthcare. Education/Workplace Preparedness The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce supports the adoption of policies and processes that ensure sound, sustainable funding for public education and policies that promote access to quality education at all levels, strengthening public awareness and understanding of, and encouraging, educational investment. Such is essential to ensure long term personal income growth and economic opportunity for all Alabamians. The Chamber encourages its members to provide financial support for business education and to actively participate in regional workforce councils, workforce

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investment boards and technical education advisory boards. In doing so, we will ensure that such bodies are responsive to the training needs of local employers. The Chamber advocates for 100% funding of Pre-K classes in Calhoun County, encourages Summer Literacy Programs, supports creative methods for schools to recruit Math Teachers, and continues to advocate for studentscentered policies that expand parental options for the education of all children in Calhoun County. Economic Development/ Infrastructure The Chamber also advocates for an increase in Alabama’s investment in local transportation infrastructure to sustain and promote economic growth, job creation, quality of life, and public safety. The Chamber also supports the authorization and extension of proven economic development incentives and tax credits, including the Historic Tax Credit, the New Markets Tax Credits, and the Small Business Investment Company Tax Credit. Small Business The Chamber promotes Workforce and Business Training sessions as requested by the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. Healthcare The Chamber supports providing adequate Healthcare funding necessary to support Calhoun County Hospitals and the Healthcare Industry. At the Federal Level, the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda includes Anniston Army Depot, the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the Alabama Army National Guard, the Federal Courthouse continued on page 5

Members of The Public Affairs Committee 2017


Renewals

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Says Thanks to our Renewing Members EC Waste – 1 Year Kenneth Vandervoort – 3 Years Hayes Video & Voice – 2 Years R&R Consulting-Speaking With A Purpose – 3 Years Stephen D. Madeley CPA, LLC – 5 Years Ellen Bass – 3 Years Gray Brown Funeral Home – 4 Years Chapel Hill Funeral Home – 4 Years Insurance Planning Services, Inc. – 33 Years Thompson Tractor Company – 28 Years State Farm Insurance – Charlotte Alford – 33 Years Dr. Blane Bateman – 3 Years Anniston Eye Clinic – 10 Years Eli Henderson – 4 Years East Alabama EMS, Inc. – 8 Years Pete Pelham – 3 Years Gerald G. Pentecost, Jr., CPA – 4 Years Burger King Anniston – 1 Year Burger King Oxford – 15 Years Warren Averett, LLC – 28 Years Alexandria Foodland, Inc. – 4 Years Brad’s Bar BQ – 5 Years Modern Day Knights, LLC – 2 Years Bradshaw & Pitts, LLC – 6 Years Nature’s Own Lawn Maintenance – 3 Years Waldrop Group – 3 Years Waldrop Manufacturing – 3 Years Domino’s Pizza – 4 Years Brown Roofing Company, Inc. – 19 Years Alexander Construction, LLC – 4 Years FabArc Steel Supply, Inc. – 37 Years Webb Concrete & Building Materials – 29 Years Pokey Brimer Auto Sales – 3 Years Nixon Spine and Sport – 1 Year Fite Law Firm – 2 Years WIGS/Women in God’s Service – 4 Years Art Moore – 3 Years Dr. William A. Meehan – 1 Year B.R. Williams Trucking Warehousing Logistics – 28 Years Talladega Clay Randolph Child Care Corp. – 14 Years

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Bama Power Sports – 17 Years Elwood Staffing – 20 Years Oxford Secure Storage – 2 Years Anniston Army Depot-FMWR – 17 Years YP Marketing Solutions– 1 Year Calhoun County Society for HR Management – 3 Years Betty’s Bar-B-Q, Inc. – 3 Years Chip Howell – 4 Years Widenet Consulting – 12 Years NHC Healthcare, Anniston – 28 Years Cellular Sales-Jacksonville – 6 Years Southern Pipe & Supply Company, Inc. – 6 Years Triplett Paint & Decorating Center, Inc. – 22 Years Dynamic Staffing – 16 Years Classic Customs – 3 Years Edward Jones- Anniston – 3 Years Maxi-Store Self Storage– 26 Years City of Anniston – 23 Years Thomas C. Coleman – 1 Year TV-24 WEAC – 15 Years Young, Wollstein, Jackson, & Whittington – 20 Years Blastcrete Equipment Co. – 29 Years Floors to Go – 5 Years RMC Occupational Medicine – 3 Years Save Your Data, LLC – 1 Year J. Shan Young, M.D. – 3 Years Eastman – 28 Years Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association – 4 Years Taylor’s Accounting – 21 Years Oxford City Schools Education Foundation – 7 Years US Lawns - 5 Years Cecelia Martin – 1 Year Arthur C. Murray, Judge (Ret.) – 29 Years V.I.S. Management Solutions – 12 Years CD Covenant Distributors International – 15 Years J Supply Company of Alabama – 31 Years Home Builders Assoc. of Greater Cal. County, Inc. – 27 Years BB&T- Main Office – 28 Years Calhoun County 911 District – 28 Years Greg Skinner – 3 Years

Calhoun County Dept. of Human Resources – 24 Years Tom Roberts – 3 Years Curt Sasser – 1 Year Asberry Baptist Church – 4 Years Miller Sand & Landscape Supply – 3 Years John D. Robertson – 2 Years Shooter’s Alley LLC – 3 Years Farmers & Merchants Bank-Jacksonville – 16 Years Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama – 19 Years Lehigh Cement Company – 3 Years Erin Woodruff Wells – 5 Years Animal Medical Center-Anniston – 29 Years Patricia K. Smith – 3 Years Gem Shoe Repair – 5 Years John Hearn Plumbing Company -2 Years Jeff Christopher – 3 Years Personnel Staffing, Inc. – 26 Years Unifirst – 3 Years Interfaith Ministries, Inc. – 4 Years White Oak Vineyards, LLC – 10 Years Coosa Valley Youth Services – 27 Years Momma Goldberg’s Deli – 36 Years Zoe’s On The Lake – 3 Years Classic on Noble – 20 Years Greenbrier Animal Clinic – 3 Years Copland Law, LLC – 3 Years Jackson Mortgage Company Inc. – 4 Years Don Ledford Associates, LLC – 2 Years Rainbow Omega, Inc. – 17 Years The Right Place – 4 Years Kirk & Associates – 2 Years Carolyn Hurley – 2 Years Junior League of Anniston-Calhoun, Inc. – 25 Years New Leaf Marketing – 21 Years Lee Patterson – 3 Years Wal-Mart Jacksonville – 12 Years Fairfield Inn & Suites – 20 Years J. Timothy Mitchell, Attorney at Law – 8 Years Oxford Family Practice – 20 Years * Teal lettering denotes Chamber Partner Investors


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

Brianna Junkins Southern Immediate Care 41 McClellan Boulevard Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 235-2273 Physician/Healthcare Dawn Vaughn Anniston CarePlus, LLC 700 Quintard Avenue Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-9400 Physician/Healthcare Amy Angel Amy Angel Team with Keller Williams Realty Group 11 Public Square E Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 225-3286 Realtors Josh Stanfield Local Joe’s at Alexandria 8314 Alabama Highway 144 Alexandria, AL 36250 (256) 241-6796 Catering Services/Restaurant Gwen Cherwaty Panera Bread Oxford 21 Commons Way Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 835-6725 Restaurant, Bakery & Catering Christopher O’Leary LaShaunte Wade The High Pointe 801 Noble St. 11th Floor Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 294-1574 Restaurant/Catering David Seals Foothills Tractor 7590 US Hwy 431 Alexandria, AL 35250 (256) 403-2046 Farm Supply, Lawn & Garden Equipment

Stacey & Larry Johnson S & L Cleaning Services Anniston, AL 36207 (804) 586-8558 Commercial Janitorial Services Gina Conway Justin Otte Insperity 300 Galleria Parkway Suite 1630 Atlanta, GA 303393 Small Business Solutions Jean Smilie Noble Investments/Lagarde Properties 1525 E. 9th Street Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 419-6755 Apartments

2017 Partnership Investors Presidential Partners

Regional Medical Center Webb Concrete & Building Materials Alabama Power Company

Chairman Partners AOD Federal Credit Union EASTMAN

Executive Partners

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

Visionary Partners

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

Jim Johnson Lance Johnson Studio 1213 Noble St. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-9999 Photography

Classic Partners

Jessica Ray American Family Care 20 Holmes Drive Oxford, AL 36203 (256) 403-3534 Healthcare/Physician

Corporate Partners

Ted Whitten Ted’s Plumbing 500 Noble St. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 236-6737 Plumbing Vernon Marable Kia Store Anniston 1401 S. Quintard Ave. Anniston, AL 36201 (256) 624-9600 Auto Sales

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

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

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Chamber & Visitors Center Honors Hospitality Industry ROSE is an acronym for Recognition of Service Excellence, and on March 14, the Chamber & Visitors Center honored those who go beyond expectations and their job description to make everyone feel welcome in Calhoun County. From Hotels and Attractions to Restaurants, these individuals work in the hospitality industry and provide direct support to visitors and customers. Those honored were nominated by their bosses, their public and their co-workers. Hunter Gentry receives hundreds of positive comments regarding his professional and welcoming manner representing our region. This key player at the Oxford Performing Arts Center is responsible for all patron services, including box office management, concessions operations, volunteer program management, art gallery operations, charitable outreach and serving as an area historian.

As an excellent ambassador and face of the community and museum, Linda Pittman serves as the receptionist at the Anniston Museum of Natural History. Always responding politely to questions or complaints, she is also helpful to refer visitors to local restaurants, attractions and resources. While she has only lived in Calhoun County for 12 years, Liz Hutchison of the Courtyard by Marriott is always looking for ways to exceed expectations to make sure visitors receive the level of service they deserve. As Guest Services Lead, she does an excellent job of extending her well-refined southern hospitality and local knowledge to our guests. Since the day the next honoree became a part of the community, Olga Banuelos of the Fairfield Inn & Suites has served guests and made every effort to know what is happening in her

community. She also goes out of her way to cater to guests and make sure their special requests are met, with a level of service and quality cuisine that keeps them coming back. From promoting and volunteering at area events to working as an Ambassador, Kim Crowe is a huge supporter of the Chamber and Visitors Center. There is no task too great, and she goes above and beyond to make sure guests are pleased during their visit. In his current role for 5 years Matthew Haisten, Assistant Golf Pro at Cider Rider, has received many compliments for making visitors and locals feel welcome. He handles everything from events for families, businesses and charities. From local restaurants to upcoming events, Heather Kemp from the

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Eddie Baldwin of the Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont greets visitors from around the world and guarantees they are welcomed to a clean and organized center, sometimes going above and beyond to provide his own energy snacks to those who may need it. This gentleman knows history and is eager to share with those who pass through on the Ladiga Trail.

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Also from the Hotel Finial, Ginger Marsh serves as a gracious host and event planner for guests. Ginger wears many hats, entertaining guests and representing a great work ethic. A shop local enthusiast and advocate, she loves showcasing local businesses to guests and visitors.

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Continued from Page 1 and Healthcare. The Chamber also includes Anniston Army Depot, the Center for Domestic Preparedness and the Alabama Army National Guard in the Military and Security Affairs Committee. Anniston Army Depot The Chamber supports the Depot’s mission of “Providing superior industrial expertise, products, and services to support America’s Warfighters, Allies and commercial customers.” The Chamber also supports the Depot’s assignment as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) by the Secretary of the Army for Combat Vehicles (wheeled and tracked) (except Bradley) including Assault Bridging, Artillery, Stryker Family of Vehicles, Small Caliber Weapons and Locomotive and large generators. The Chamber will work with Congressional Representatives and the Depot to ensure the current and ensuing fiscal year’s workload is at or above levels to maintain permanent and a contingent of temporary employees. The Chamber will also provide assistance to increase the Depots future workload through other military services and Foreign Military Sales work. The Chamber will work to ensure the Department of Defense and the Army assigns the Armored MultiPurpose Vehicle (AMPV) (replacement for the M113 Personnel Carrier) to the Depot as the “Depot Source of Repair.” The Chamber will support the Depot

and local Defense Contractors by encouraging and facilitating Public/Private Partnerships and work with Congressional Representatives on the movement of the Depot Generation and Rail Repair facility from Hill Air Force Base to the Depot. Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) The Chamber recognizes the CDP as an essential training organization under the Department of Homeland Security with significant growth potential and positive economic impact for the county. Therefore, the Chamber will work to ensure the CDP’s budget never falls below $65 million and to grow the CDP via Economy Act Agreements with the Center for Disease Control, the VA and other organizations. The Chamber supports increased training at the CDP and additional funding to grow the capabilities necessary. The Chamber will assist partnering with the FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Centercurrently located in GA) to consolidate federal related training at the FLETC and local, state and foreign training at the CDP. The Chamber will also encourage Congressional Representatives to authorize the CDP to operate under a Working Capital Fund accounting system as opposed to an annual appropriation. Alabama Army National Guard The Chamber will work with 167th Theater Sustainment Command, the McClellan Army National

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Guard Training Center and the State to ensure the Army National Guard’s mission is sustained and grows. Healthcare The Chamber supports efforts to reach an equitable resolution on the Medicare Wage Index Issue so that hospitals in the regions will be fairly reimbursed for the services provided to the Medicare population. The current wage index calculation penalizes Alabama hospitals, which are already some of the most efficient in the country in terms of costs, by paying hospitals in other states almost double what is paid in Alabama for the same care. Federal Courthouse The Chamber also supports the proposal and funding to replace or update the Federal Court House in Anniston. We advocate for business, our members and our community from D.C. to Montgomery. Advocating includes meetings and updates in the community and taking trips to the federal and state capitols. One of those trips includes Leadership Calhoun County’s annual trip to the state capitol in Montgomery, and this year, the Public Affairs committee accompanied the class to provide insight and introductions to elected officials, as well as background information on pending issues affecting our communities directly.

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celebrating longevity Recognizing Chamber Members of 30+ Years

Thank you to Calderys USA, formerly SPAR, for their support and involvement in the Chamber for 34 years!

Thank you Knox Concert Series, for supporting the Chamber for 36 years! Here Knox Chairman Phil Webb is presented the Longevity Award.

Thank you to the Anniston City Board of Education for their support and involvement in the Chamber for 31 years!

Thank you to Amedisys Home Health Care Services, Inc. for their support and involvement in the Chamber for 34 years!

Thank you to The Anniston Star, for supporting the Chamber for 38 years! Here VP of Operations Robert Jackson is presented the Longevity Award. 7


Recap of March Chamber Happenings

March 21, RMC hosted Business After Hours at the brand new, soon to be open Mediplex in Oxford. March 24, Golden Springs Elementary celebrated a ribbon cutting for their school gardens.

March 23, the Chamber partnered with the Calhoun County EMA for the first of a four part Ready Business Series at the Oxford Civic Center.

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On March 22, Chamber 101 showcased how members can make the most of Chamber Membership by engaging in events, committees and member only resources.

March 21, in partnership with the City of Anniston, JSU Small Business Development Center, SCORE and East Alabama Regional Planning, the Chamber presented “Business Basics,” an opportunity for future or current entrepreneurs to learn about municipal and regional resources and information to create and grow a business.

March 16, Leadership Calhoun County was accompanied to Montgomery by the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee.

March 15, the Military & Security Affairs Committee met to receive updates from local Military and Security organizations

March 9, the Chamber Board met for their monthly meeting at the Chamber office, providing updates from Vice-Chairs on 2017 thus far.

March 8, Lunch & Leads was hosted by TCI at Western Sizzlin Oxford, with 35 members in attendance.


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March Recap continued

March 7-9, volunteers, businesses and industries volunteered at Worlds of Work 8th Grade Career EXPO, with more than 3,250 students experiencing career fields with hands on activities.

March 2, Regional Dental Center hosted Business & Biscuits at the Chamber office.

February 24, the Chamber hosted the 15th Annual Economic Forum, presenting an Economic Update from Jacksonville State University’s School of Business & Industry and the Center for Economic Development & Business Research, the Economic Development Council, the Federal Reserve and the State’s Department of Commerce.

February 28, Youth Leadership Calhoun County spent the day touring Jacksonville State University.

March 3rd and 4th, Leadership Calhoun County Class of 2017 worked on their class service project with 2nd Chance, painting and repairing rooms for their clients.

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February 23, Leadership Calhoun County and Alumni met at the Oxford Civic Center for their Spring Leadership Connection, featuring guest speaker and author Liz Huntley.

February 24, the Amy Angel Team with Keller Williams Realty celebrated the ribbon cutting for their new office at 11 Public Square East in Jacksonville.


Chamber World Series Membership Drive During the month of April, over 60 Chamber volunteers will be out in the community recruiting new members. If you have some leads for the volunteers on draft picks, please call the referees, a.k.a. the Chamber staff. We are still in need of prizes and promotions for our baseball-themed membership drive. If your business would like to participate by offering a promotion for new members, has a prize to donate, or can refer a new member, please call the Chamber at (256) 237-3536.

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Calhoun County COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 2017 For more information, check out www.visitcalhouncounty.com

Cheaha Challenge Training Rides Saturday, April 1, 8:00 A.M. Golden Springs Baptist Church Journey For Hope Walk Saturday, April 1, 9:00 A.M. Choccolocco Park, Oxford Janney Furnace Civil War Reenactment Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 2 Janney Furnace, Ohatchee JSU Softball vs. Murray State Saturday, April 1, 1 & 3 P.M. JSU University Field www.jsugamecocksports.com Lonestar Saturday, April 1, 7:30 P.M. Oxford Performing Arts Center www.oxfordpac.org JSU Baseball vs UAB Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com Eat A Peach Cycliad Friday, April 7, 10:00 A.M. Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center cycliad.org Spring Bunny Hop Friday, April 7, 4:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

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Alabama Cycling Classic Sunny King Crit & Noble Street Festival Saturday, April 8, 12:00 -9:00 P.M. Noble Street, Anniston www.annistoncycling.com JSU Baseball vs Tennessee Tech Saturday, April 8, 1:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com Alabama Cycling Classic McClellan Road Race Sunday, April 9 Buckner Circle, Bain Gap, Choccolocco Road, & the Bypass www.annistoncycling.com JSU Baseball vs Tennessee Tech Sunday, April 9, 1:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com Veritas in Concert Sunday, April 9, 6:00 P.M. Oxford Performing Arts Center www.oxfordpac.org Soldiers in Hoop Skirts Tuesday, April 11, 2:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County Longleaf Botanical’s Garden Party Thursday, April 13, 6:00-9:00 P.M. Longleaf Botanical Gardens

JSU Tennis vs.Tennessee State Saturday, April 15, 11:00 A.M. Pete Mathews Coliseum Tennis Courts www.jsugamecocksports.com JSU Baseball vs Alabama State Tuesday, April 18, 6:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com Oxford Community Chorus Spring Concert Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 P.M. Oxford Performing Arts Center JSU Baseball vs Troy Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com Third Thursday in the Gardens Program Thursday, April 20, 5:00-6:00 P.M. Longleaf Botanical Gardens JSU Baseball vs Belmont Friday, April 21, 6:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com Disney’s Aladdin Jr. April 21-April 22 at 7:00 P.M. Oxford Performing Arts Center www.oxfordpac.org Iron Mountain Challenge April 22, 7:30 A.M. Anniston Aquatics Center 2nd Annual Fish & Loaves 5K Saturday, April 22, 8:00 A.M. Elwell Park, Weaver

JSU Baseball vs Tennessee Tech Friday, April 7, 6:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com

“J-Day” Spring Game Thursday, April 13, 7:00 P.M. JSU Burgess Snow Field

Dorothy Meets Alice or the Wizard of Wonderland Friday, April 7, 7:00 P.M. Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center

JSU Tennis vs. Belmont Friday, April 14, 9:00 A.M. Pete Mathews Coliseum Tennis Courts www.jsugamecocksports.com

An Evening with Vanessa Williams Friday, April 7, 7:30 P.M. Oxford Performing Arts Center www.oxfordpac.org

JSU Softball vs. Austin Peay Friday, April 14, 1 & 3 P.M. JSU University Field www.jsugamecocksports.com

The Donoho School Color Run Saturday, April 8, 8:00 A.M. McClellan Park Medical Mall

Eye Dash for T-Nash Saturday, April 15, 7:30 A.M. JSU Wallace Hall Nursing Facility

JSU Softball vs. SIU Edwardsville Saturday, April 22, 1 & 3 P.M. JSU University Field www.jsugamecocksports.com

Batty about Bats Saturday, April 8, 9:30 A.M. Anniston Museum of Natural History www.annistonmuseum.org

Run for Kids’ Sake Saturday, April 15, 8:00 A.M. Anniston Aquatics Center

JSU Baseball vs Belmont Saturday, April 22, 1:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com

Making Tracks 5K/ Fun Run Saturday, April 22, 8:00 A.M. Anniston Army Depot Basket Weaving Saturday, April 22, 9:00 A.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County Earth Day & Saturday Alive Saturday, April 22, 10:00 A.M. Anniston Museum of Natural History www.annistonmuseum.org


Patti LaBelle Saturday, April 22, 7:30 P.M. Anniston Performing Arts Center www.knoxconcertseries.org Coldwater Mountain Enduro Sunday, April 23, 9:00 A.M. Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail JSU Softball vs. Eastern Illinois Sunday, April 23, 1 & 3 P.M. JSU University Field www.jsugamecocksports.com JSU Baseball vs Belmont Sunday, April 23, 1:00 P.M. Choccolocco Park www.jsugamecocksports.com Historic Anniston with Tom Mullins Tuesday, April 25, 2:00 P.M. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County Mamma Mia! The Smash Hit Broadway Musical Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 P.M. & Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 P.M. Oxford Performing Arts Center www.oxfordpac.org

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APRIL 2017 chamber CALENDAR Chamber World Series Membership Drive “Spring Training” Monday, April 3 This year’s member drive invites you to participate in a friendly competition, working together toward a common goal and growing our membership. The drive is divided into teams, coached by chamber leaders and supported by the Chamber staff. Ready Business Workshop Series: Part 2 Tuesday, April 4, 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Ln, Oxford. Is your business prepared for all emergencies? This eight hour course is divided among four days: March 23, April 4, April 20 & May 2. Cost is $50 per person. Call (256) 237-3536 to register. Business & Biscuits Thursday, April 6, 7:30 A.M. Sponsored & Hosted by: The Main Olive, 508 Main Street, Oxford Business and Biscuits, our monthly morning networking opportunity, is on the first Thursday of each month. Ribbon Cutting for Habitat for Humanity Warehouse Thursday, April 6, 11:00 A.M. 500 West 18th Street, Anniston Join us for a ribbon cutting for the new warehouse location and a dedication service honoring businesses and volunteers who made this possible. Ribbon Cutting for Southern Immediate Care Monday, April 10, 3:00 P.M. 4100 McClellan Blvd., Anniston Join us to celebrate this new business! 14

Youth Leadership Calhoun County Gadsden State Day Tuesday, April 11 YLCC is a program designed to prepare students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of the community. Ambassador Meeting Tuesday, April 11, 12:00 (Noon) Sponsored by: C.A.R.E.S. & hosted at the Chamber, 1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston The Chamber’s Ambassador Program consists 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. Small Business Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 12, 8:00 A.M. Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston The Chamber’s Small Business Committee works with the mission “to promote the growth, success and recognition of small businesses by promoting training, networking opportunities, and engaging public awareness.” Lunch and Leads Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 (Noon) Hosted by: C.A.R.E.S. at Olive Garden, 401 Oxford Exchange Boulevard, Oxford Connect with us for lunch and build relationships with other professionals. These events are held the second Wednesday of each month. The only cost is the lunch you would already take, so join us!

Ribbon Cutting for McDonald’s Golden Springs Thursday, April 13, 2:30 P.M. 3424 Greenbrier Dear Road, Anniston Join us to celebrate the newly remodeled McDonald’s! LCC Community Service & Small Business Day Thursday, April 13 Sponsored by: Webb Concrete & Building Materials Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) 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. Area Attractions Tourism Meeting Monday, April 17, 1:00 P.M. Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston The Chamber also serves as the Visitors Center, and this meeting is for area tourist attractions to attend. LCC Advisory Committee Monday, April 17, 4:00 P.M. Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) Advisory Committee assigns Day Chairs and assist with the planning and agendas for each LCC and YLCC day and requirements. Business After Hours Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-7:00 P.M. Sponsored by: Abbey Carpet & Floor Hosted at 1008 U.S. Hwy. 431 N. Anniston Regarded as the area’s best networking opportunity, these evening events offer guests the chance to meet people representing products and services in a relaxed, social setting, held the third Tuesday of every month.


Ready Business Workshop Series: Part 3 Thursday, April 20, 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Ln, Oxford. Is your business prepared for all emergencies? This eight hour course is divided among four days: March 23, April 4, April 20 & May 2. Cost is $50 per person. Call (256) 237-3536 to register.

Public Affairs Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 26, 2:30 P.M. Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston The Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee’s purpose is to represent and be a proactive voice for the members and the overall business community with all levels of government in order to improve and sustain a positive business climate.

Procurement Workshop Thursday, April 26, 9:00 A.M. Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston This is a SBA 8 (a) Certification Program presented the Chamber and JSU Small Business Development Center on doing business with the government. It’s RSVP for FREE to (256)237-3536.

Chamber Board Meeting Thursday, April 27, 8:00 A.M. Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Avenue, Anniston The Board of Directors are a group of individuals chosen to make strategic decisions, providing financial oversight, while ensuring and monitoring the strength of services and supporting the staff to ensure adequate resources and planning.

Legacy ViLLage of JacksonViLLe 1st Annual Alzheimer’s Charity Golf Tournament Team Fee: $400 Individual Fee: $125 Registration 8:00 am Shot Gun 9:00 am

Join us for our first annual golf tournament in benefit of the Alzheimer’s Association. The tournament will be a Scramble Format. We have will have course games, prizes, lunch, and much more! All proceeds with be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes Anniston/Gadsden, AL

For more information, contact: Nicole Smith 256-782-0960 nsmith@legacyjacksonville.net www.legacyjacksonville.net


March 2017 Local Loop  

Each month, the Anniston Star publishes this monthly recap and upcoming calendar of events.

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