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Table of Contents 8th Annual Diversity Banquet......... 4 New Members............................... 6 Navigating the Good ’Ole Boy System......................................... 8 Special Events............................ 10 Renewing Members..................... 12 Ribbon Cuttings.......................... 13 Events Calendar.......................... 14 Leadership Events....................... 15 Diversity Development Summit..... 16 Commodore of the Quarter.......... 17 Chamber Chat............................. 18

In this edition of Directions you can get a sense of the many community projects the Chamber is involved in. A meeting with our business leaders and United States Senator Jeff Sessions, leadership development activities, diversity and minority business issues, and some success stories about some of our members. With the outstanding leadership of our Executive Committee, Board of Directors and committee chairs and the guidance of our Chairman of the Board Wade Weaver, we are gradually incorporating the “One Vision, One Voice, One Morgan County” programs into our program of work and inte-

I hope you are starting to get a sense of the subtle changes that are taking place in your chamber. We are trying to change with the patterns and lifestyles of our business community and provide for everyone a better quality of life. We need your help. Come join us!

October 2010

Cover Photo: Coach Herman Boone was keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Diverity Banquet

John Symour President & CEO Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce

grating them with existing Chamber events and programs. Diversity is a good example. This is our eighth annual diversity awards dinner, but this year we have expanded the program to include a world class diversity summit and workshop during the day. Partners In Education has been expanded from the traditional Decatur City Schools to county wide and we have also incorporated private schools. The PIE kick-off event was held at Priceville Elementary and Scott Mayo, Headmaster at Heritage Christian Academy, was a big part of the program. We are now interested in “attainment and availability” of education for all children in every school system in Morgan County.


Main Line – (256) 353-5312, to reach extensions dial 353-0763 John Seymour President & CEO – ext. 103 Charlotte McKelvy Director of Workforce Development and Education – ext. 107 Jim Page Vice President of Public Policy and Business Development – ext. 109 Cory Wilbanks Director of Membership Development – ext. 104 Leissa Hill Chief Financial Officer – ext. 102 Judy Brown Administrative Assistant – ext. 100 Tiffany Brightwell Director of Investor Relations – ext. 101

a word from your chamber leadership

Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce


workforce development

8th Annual Diversity Banquet

The Minority Development committee of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Coalition hosts an annual awards banquet to honor local minority business leaders for their success and contributions to our community. This year’s banquet, held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, featured a keynote address from Coach Herman Boone. In 1971, Herman Boone faced the challenge of a lifetime, and his inspirational story was captured in the Disney film Remember the Titans starring Academy Award-winner

Denzel Washington. At that time, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, VA, as three schools were newly integrated to form the T.C. Williams High School. It was from this union that the Titan football team was created. The former rivalries between the schools coupled with the strain between the black and white players resulted in a team that was far from united. Boone is now retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with presentations on respect, teamwork, community involvement and importance of character, among others. The following people were honored during the 2010 banquet: Jerry Nash (Nash Barbeque/Nash Tax Services), Sandy Ayers (Sandy’s Emporium), Alan Mitchell (Mitchell Industrial Contractors) and Alfredo Chavez (La Estrella). Awards were presented in the categories of Community Involvement, Longevity, Role Model, and Perseverance. For more information about this event, please contact Charlotte McKelvy at 353-5312 or email Presented by

October 2010

Gold Sponsor

Terrell Suggs enjoys the banquet

Perserverance Award winner Alfredo Chavez and wife, Edelia

workforce development

Community Involvement Award winner Jerry Nash and wife, Cynthia


Angela Henderson and Latosha Patterson joined approximately 200 attendees in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn & Suites for the 8th Annual Diversity Banquet.

October 2010

New Members We thank the following businesses and organizations for their commitment to the Decatur-Morgan County area by their investment in the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber during the months of August and September 2010. We look forward to serving you! Accent Staffing Patti Fowler 1902 Central Pkwy Ste D Decatur AL 35601 Alabama Pediatric Dental Associates & Orthodontics Jill Murray 2699 Sandlin Rd Ste B-7 Decatur AL 35601 Goodfellas Pizzeria & Tavern Carolyn Jones 1318 6th Ave SE Decatur AL 35601 Hometown Market Tim Holland 1820 6th Ave SE Unit R Decatur AL 35601

Joyce A. Shafer, CPA 1322 Hwy 31 N Hartselle, AL 35640

Scott Anderson, Attorney 809 6th Ave SE Decatur AL 35601

MC Contracting, LLC Brent Blackmon PO Box 1554 Stevenson AL 35772

Temple, Inc. Blake Temple 305 Bank St Decatur AL 35601

Milestone Pediatrics at Parkway Brenda Jolly 1874 Beltline Rd SW Ste 110 Decatur AL 35601

Tennessee Valley Outreach, Inc. Ed Gray 2117 Old Moulton Heights Rd Decatur AL 35601

River City Fitness Ana Franklin 3110 Hwy 31 S Decatur AL 35603

the right resources

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Navigating the Good ’Ole Boy System According to Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb

October 2010



How do you win a whitewater raft race? According to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, the answer is quite simple: “you stay in the boat.” Cobb joined a crowd of more than 225 during the 2nd Annual Women in Business Celebration, presented by Nucor Steel, and gave those in attendance advice on thriving in “the good ‘ole boy system.” Whether in Supreme Court Chief Justice business or poliSue Bell Cobb tics, Cobb said her simple rules apply to women looking to be successful in the south. Among the tips she gave, citing experiences in her own career, Cobb said women have to cross the gender lines and develop meaningful relationships with both men and women.

“Be someone people like. Be an encourager. People will never help someone they don’t like,” said Cobb. She encouraged the audience, mostly women, to take risks. “Nothing ventured; nothing gained. Don’t be so afraid of failure that you never try,” stated Cobb. She said that women often have to widen their comfort zones, especially in politics. “If you’re easily offended, get over it!” she said. People must also learn the difference between friends and allies in business. She reminded the group that friends are with you, no matter what. This event was held at Burningtree Country Club and was made possible by the following sponsors: Nucor Steel (Presenting Sponsor); Robert Aderholt for Congress and Dunagan, Yates & Allison (Gold Sponsors); BP and Regions Bank (Silver Sponsors); and The Paper Chase, Sam Frank & Moore and Simpson’s Florist (Gift Sponsors). Presented by

Gold Sponsors

Robert Aderholt for Congress Dunagan, Yates & Allison

Danielle Denton is a Child of Children’s. Eight-year-old Danielle Denton of Sheffield loves dancing, playing with her friends and her older brother and going to school --- when her health permits. Four years ago, Danielle was diagnosed with cystic fibrois (CF), an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Fifty years ago, few children with CF lived to attend even elementary school, but today people with CF can expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. With the help of her local pediatrician and her Children’s Hospital of Alabama doctors and caregivers, Danielle enjoys a near-normal life. “These are the things we love most about Children’s Hospitals,” says Danielle’s mom, Carol. “They are totally geared to kids and they enable her to live a normal life.”


Last year, Children’s Hospital of Alabama recorded 23,243 inpatient discharges & outpatient visits by North Alabama children. Now we’re GROWING to serve the needs of Alabama’s children, with opening of our expansion facility set for 2012.

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Coffee and Cards

Sessions Visits Chamber Senator Jeff Sessions paid a special visit to the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce in August, meeting with several community leaders to discuss various federal issues that impact the business community. This meeting, as well as all of the Chamber’s ongoing public policy efforts, are initiatives of the Cornerstone Partnership.


special events

Humana Market Point Insurance hosted a Coffee & Cards event during August 2010. Humana representatives welcomed Chamber members and guests for breakfast and networking at Java Jaay in Decatur. Humana Market Point has invested in the Chamber since 2006 and we appreciate their continued support.

Partners in Education The Partners In Education program kicked off the 2010 school year by matching area schools with local business partners during a breakfast at Priceville Elementary School in September. Morgan County Superintendent Bob Balch welcomed more than 100 guests and Scott Mayo, headmaster of Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, spoke about the new “Principal for a Day” initiative. Remarks were also made by Priceville Elementary Principal Anne Knowlton, Leah Amos of Junior Achievement of North Alabama, Morgan County Career Coaches and Wade Weaver, DMCCC Chairman of the Board.

October 2010

Gold Sponsors


Table Top Sponsors Alabama Farmer’s Co-op J.F. Drake State Technical College

Fall Chamber Golf Classic The 2010 Valley Budweiser Fall Chamber Golf Classic was held at Burningtree Country Club on October 1. Thirty-seven teams filled the course for morning and afternoon tee times and enjoyed a day on the course, as well as great food and drinks. Teams were sold during our 2010 Total Resource Campaign. To find out how your business can participate in one of our 2011 golf tournaments, please email Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsors Allied Waste Services Burningtree Country Club

Valley Budweiser

Beverage Cart Sponsor Cintas

Congratulations to the winners of our 2010 Valley Budweiser Fall Golf Classic! 1st Flight (Afternoon) Burningtree Country Club Team: Bill Murphy Chad Allred Brian Asken Trey Edgil

2nd Flight (Morning) Wiregrass Construction Team: Tommy Pigg Mickey Donahue Mark Petersohn Michael Segars

2nd Flight (Afternoon) Valley Budweiser Team: Wade Weaver John Honeycutt Stewart Roby John Coleman

October 2010

1st Flight (Morning) Fite Building Team: Sammy Dean J. Robert Fite Benji Heidecker Andy Wenzler

Renewing Members The Chamber would like to thank the following members who reinvested in Decatur and Morgan County by renewing their Chamber memberships during the months of August and September 2010.


Advanced Manufacturing Systems, Inc.


City View Estates, LLC

Hummingbird Antiques @ Bennett-McEntire House

RBC Bank - Johnston St Realty Group of Alabama

Container Recycling, Inc.

Innovative Eyecare - Kimberly Ocampo

Redstone Federal Credit Union

Alabama Central Credit Union

Cottage House

ITW Sexton

Rogers Group, Inc.

Ascend Performance Materials

Cracker Barrel

J & M Signs

S. S. Nesbitt & Co., Inc.

Athens State University

Cricket By The Creek

JC Penney Outlet

Servpro of Decatur

Austinville Church of God

Decatur Alabama Kennel Club

JMS Russel Metals

Smarty Plants, Inc.

Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc.

Decatur Engravers & Supply, Inc.

Southern Printing Co., Inc.

Decatur Lions Club

Junior Achievement of North Alabama

Decatur Mall


Sterne Agee StoneRiver, Inc.

Bendall’s Pharmacy, Inc.

Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Labor Finders Lynn Layton Chevrolet, Inc.

Storage Plus

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Decatur Optical Dispensary

Bentley Advertising

Layton Oldsmobile-Cadillac-Nissan, Inc.

Superior Bank

Decatur Rotary Club

Blue Creek Investment Partners, LLC

Decatur Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Lee Wayne Corporation Promotional Product

Tanksley Machine & Tool

BlueCross & BlueShield of Alabama

Del Monte Pet Products

LifeSouth Community Blood Ctr. Morgan Region

Alabama Business College of Cosmetology

BBVA Compass Bank Beltline Church of Christ

Boeing Company, The

Dental Associates of North AL DHS Systems, LLC

The Light House Marx Optical

Southern Staffing

Bernice R. Swain, M.D.

The Tennessee Valley Press, Inc. Thermal Insulation, Inc. Total Hose, Inc. DBA Parker Store

McClinton & Company, Inc.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc.

McWhorter Enterprises, LLC

Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc.

Jack Moores

United Financial Services, Inc.

Morgan County 911

Valley Overhead Door, Inc.

NBC Securities, Inc. Subsidiary of RBC Bank

Wayne Farms Decatur Further Processing E

Candy & The Divas Personal Assistants, LLC

Fish Window Cleaning

North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments

West Morgan-East Lawrence Water & Sewer Authority

Fowler Auction & Real Estate

OCI Chemical

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Caring Strategies, Inc.

Glee Interiors


White Oak Logistics, Inc.

Cash USA, Inc.

Granada Apartments

Parkway Medical Center

Wilks Truck & Auto Service

Cell Pak, Inc.

Greater Morgan County Builders Association

Peck - Glasgow Agency, Inc.

Thomas Willis, D.M.D.

People, Inc.

RJ Young

Pepsi Cola Decatur, LLC

Your Transmission Man, Inc.


Dishman Animal Clinic, PC

BPI Transportation, Inc.

Eaton Hydraulics

Brickyard Landing Marina

Eddy’s Auto Parts

Brooks Lock & Key, Inc.

The Enrichment Center

Bryan Animal Clinic

Express Oil Change - 6th Ave

Byrd, Smalley & Adams, PC

Family Security Credit Union Priceville

Cagle Mini-Storage, LLC

Center for the Developmentally Disabled (CDD)

H & R Block

Central United Methodist Church

Hager Oil Company, Inc.

Ellis B. Chenault, Inc. DBA Chenault Studios

Hardwick & Knight

Church’s Chicken The Church of the Good Shephard, Episcopal October 2010

Cintas Corporation

CIMS Global Technology Solutions

Hardy Chiropractic Heartland ITS Home Pest Control Hubbard & Drake General-Mech. Contractors

Petroleum Sales, Inc./Bud’s Pill Box Pharmacy Price-Denton Endodontics, LLC Pro Air Services, Inc. Raymond James Financial Services

Parkway Women’s Care welcomes Dr. Mistye Taylor 1874 Beltline Rd SW, Decatur, AL • (256) 350-9700

American Family Care

Wilson St, Decatur, AL

2604 Hwy 31S, Decatur, AL • (256) 445-3100

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events calendar

21 Business After Hours: Riverside Senior Living 1009 Line St, Decatur Contact: (256) 353-5312 21 Will Stutts – Journey Through the Mind: Edgar Allan Poe Where: Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts Contact: (256) 340-1778 23 River City Mystery Film Festival Where: Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts Contact: (256) 340-1778 27 State of the Schools Address: Decatur City Schools with Dr. Sam Houston Where: Decatur Country Club Contact: Charlotte McKelvy (256) 353-5312 or 30 Walk Your Paws (Pending) Where: Wilson Morgan Park


NOVEMBER 11 Paul Thorn Where: Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts Contact: (256) 340-1778

11-14 Cotton Cluster Dog Show Where: Celebration Arena, Hwy 67 East, Decatur Contact: Barbara Plaiss (256) 837-7951 or Don Stisher (256) 353-7225 29-Dec. 4 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Where: Jack Allen Recreational Complex Contact: DMCCVB (256) 350-2028

DECEMBER 3 Parade of Lights Where: Riverwalk Marina, viewable from Rhodes Ferry Park Contact: Stan Hyde (256) 3557101 or (256) 227-1531

11 Decatur Christmas Tour of Homes Where: Albany and Old Decatur Historic Districts Contact: DMCCVB (256) 350-2028 or Carolyn Price (256) 353-1312 Decatur’s historic districts are decorated with luminaries, greenery and thousands of lights and several homes are open for tours. Refreshments are served and carriage rides are available.  The tour is from 4 - 8 p.m.  Admission charged. 16 Lights of Love Program Where: Decatur General Medical Plaza  Contact: Ellen Duncan (256) 341-2187 get details online at

6 Decatur Jaycees’ Christmas Parade Where: Downtown Decatur Contact: DMCCVB (256) 350-2028 10 Decatur General Foundation Gala Where: Decatur Country Club Contact: Ellen Duncan (256) 3412187

Decatur-Morgan County The Community of Opportunity

Custom Systems • Hardware Upgrades • Repairs • Networking Service for all makes and models

Avanti Computers 1042 Beltline Road SE, Decatur • 355-9273 tom and dawn owczarzak, owners “You can’t beat hiring a geek”

Edge Student Leadership The Edge Student Leadership program is made up of local 10th and 11th grade students. The program exposes the students to leadership opportunities in a creative and challenging manner, providing the students with the tools necessary to develop individual leadership skills. The program also encourages students to be positive influences in their schools and to serve in the community.

Excellence in Leadership

Sponsored by


The Excellence in Leadership program is designed to identify, orient, develop and network existing and emerging leaders with the goal of enhancing the business community. This year’s Excellence class kicked off with the Ropes Course at Decatur General West on September 14.  Through teambuilding exercises, the group got acquainted with each other.  Thanks to Decatur General West for facilitating.  In addition to the Ropes Course, the class worked on selecting their community project and Michael Tubbs of Community Action Partnership of North Alabama led an introduction to Ken Blanchard’s Leading at a Higher Level. 

leadership events

This year’s Edge Leadership program kicked off with a pizza party on September 21. The students got acquainted, worked on selecting their community projects and learned more about the program. Thanks to this year’s presenting sponsor Nucor Steel Decatur. Thank you to Calhoun Community College for sponsoring the Kick off. Sponsored by

October 2010


workforce development

Diversity Development Summit In conjunction with the 8th Annual Diversity Banquet, the Chamber’s Minority/Diversity Development Committee hosted its first Diversity Summit on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the TurnerSurles Community Resource Center. The event featured panel discussions including Cultural Implications; - Employee Network Best Practices: Recruiting Qualified Female Candidates; and The Many Faces of Diversity: A New Perspective on Diversity in our World Today. The event also featured workshops geared to unemployed and underemployed workers, resume writing, starting your own business and tips for successful job-seeking.

Sponsored by Calhoun Community College City of Decatur Community Development Department/ Turner-Surles Community Resource Center Del Monte Pet Products Family Security Credit Union Simply Delicious Bakery TN Valley Chapter of Society of Human Resource Managers Women’s Business Center of North Alabama

Commodore of the Quarter Each quarter, an outstanding Commodore earns the Commodore of the Quarter award as a dedicated member who serves above and beyond our expectations. This quarter’s Commodore of the Quarter award recipient is Beth Tutwiler with the American Cancer Society.  Beth is an outstanding example of what the Chamber’s Commodore Program represents. Beth is serving her second year as a Commodore. She is enthusiastic in her service to our community. She is quick to volunteer for special community events and participates in ribbon cuttings and Commodore meetings. Beth has worked for the American Cancer Society for 5 years.  The Chamber thanks Beth for her dedication to the Commodore Program and congratulates her for being presented with the “Commodore of the Quarter” award.

Beth Tutwiler American Cancer Society

Operation Santa Claus A Christmas project for adults recovering from a serious mental illness who are clients of the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama or patients at North Alabama Regional Hospital. Please help us by: • Giving a donation of $35 for one person. • Adopting one or more people by calling the Mental Health Association for a name(s). • Donating toiletries and other gifts. Call MHA for a list. For more information, call 353-1160 or email

Mental Health Association in Morgan County


P.O. Box 1502 207 Commerce Circle, SW Decatur, AL 35602 p 256-353-1160 f 256-353-1163

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Several volunteers from the Chamber’s 2010 Total Resource Campaign recently celebrated their accomplishments during a 5-day Mexican cruise. We are currently planning for our sixth Total Resource Campaign, which will take place during Spring 2011. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a TRC volunteer, please call the Chamber at 256-353-5312.

Decatur Contractor Wins Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award

October 2010

Jim Early Sr. of Early Services, Inc. will be honored with the 2010 Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given each year by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). Candidates are nominated by individual secret ballot by the membership & then nominees are voted on by the ABC’s Past Chairmen of the Board. The Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual from our community for their lifetime contribution to the construction industry. The recipient of this prestigious award has enhanced the image of construction, demonstrated the value of the free-enterprise system and has proven to their peers that integrity and business ethics are the true measures of success. There is no greater honor than to be chosen by one’s peers and recognized for a career of distinguished accomplishments and dedication to excellence in construction.

One of the nominations for Early read, “Ask any mechanical engineer, architect or general contractor who has worked with Jim Early if they could have their choice of any mechanical contractor and Jim Early’s name would be at the top of the list. He has dedicated his life to this industry for the past 56 years while supporting his family. When it comes to providing quality workmanship, meeting a fast track schedule, supporting the community or responding to emergency situations, Mr. Early is a leader and problem solver who never gives up. Long term employees who are treated like family know that they can come to him for anything & not be judged. He is a God fearing man who believes in faith, family and putting in a hard day’s work. And there is not a more deserving person for this award than Mr. Early.” Early will be presented this award at the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet which will be held in November at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

Decatur Jeweler Earns Gold Retailer of the Year Award

Wendy works in the family business as does the Smiths’ son, Robby. Smith’s parents, Jimmy D. and Barbara, opened the jewelry store 37 years ago. The store now employs 35. The philosophy at Jimmy Smith Jewelers is to approach each customer with a “servant’s heart.” “We believe that how a customer is treated is more important than the “bottom line,” Wendy Smith said. ARA President Rick Brown said, “Jimmy Ray Smith is a retailer of the year every year to his customers, employees, the Decatur and Morgan County communities and the entire membership of the Alabama Retail Association.”

Pro-Air Services Named to Inc 5000

“Jimmy Ray is able to balance family life, business life and volunteer life while maintaining a positive attitude,” said Terry, who refers to his friend as “Mr. Decatur.” Smith is past president of the Decatur Rotary Club, past chairman of Community Action of Morgan County, and past president of the Morgan County Tourism Bureau. He currently serves as volunteer chairman for the Alabama Retail Association and president of the Decatur General Hospital Foundation.

Pro-Air Services, Inc. was named to the Inc. 5000 for the fourth consecutive year. Pro-Air Services, Inc. is a HVAC Service mechanical contractor that has showed repeated growth on a national level annually. The owner Marshall Putman contributes the continued growth to his employees and the Tennessee Valley area. “The commitment to first rate customer service by our team and our local economy plays a key role in our organization’s growth.” For more information on Pro-Air Services, visit


“When it comes to retailer, father, husband, son, volunteer, leader, citizen or friend of the year, there is no choice other than Jimmy Ray Smith,” Terry wrote in his nomination of Smith.

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The Alabama Retail Association (ARA) in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business recognized 12 outstanding Alabama retailers representing 10 retail businesses as “Retailers of the Year.” The presentations were made at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham during the 2010 Retail Day Luncheon. The event marked the 11th presentation of the Retailer of the Year Awards since 1999. Jimmy Ray Smith, vice president of Jimmy Smith Jewelers, a family-owned Decatur jewelry store and an Alabama Retail Association member since 1984, received the Gold Award in the “Annual Sales $1 Million to $5 Million” sales category. Smith’s father and the store’s owner, Jimmy D. Smith, was the silver winner in a similar category in 1999, the Retailer of the Year awards’ inaugural year. Wally Terry, director of general services for the city of Decatur, nominated Jimmy Ray Smith for this prestigious award.

Smith’s wife, Wendy, says integrity has something to do with it as well. “We did not inflate the price of our merchandise, nor did we bring in outside inventory,” for the inventory reduction sale, she said. “The trust we have established with our customers remains untarnished, which was a priority to our management team.”

“He is who Decatur goes to for advice and help of every imaginable situation,” Terry said. When sales were down in 2009, Jimmy Smith Jewelers began planning for a massive inventory reduction sale, the first large-scale sale the store has held since 1994. “We believe the timing could not have been better,” Smith’s Retailer of the Year entry states. “Sales are up 16 percent for the first two quarters of 2010 as a result of this promotion” in May and June of this year. More than 300 customers were waiting at the front door the morning the sale began. The sale just didn’t benefit the business. Customers were asked to bring canned food, which was donated to Meals on Wheels and the Neighborhood Christian Center.

You can call the Chamber to help you celebrate a Grand Opening, relocation, remodel or change of ownership by requesting a Ribbon Cutting. Call Cory Wilbanks to schedule your Ribbon Cutting.

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“(Jimmy Ray Smith’s) business prospers during bad times due to the service and quality of the relationships that have been built over many years,” Terry said.

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October 2010 Directions Magazine  

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