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Five Star Industrial Service Support Center, LLC Five Star Industrial Services, Inc.

Air Med Care Network Ashley Home Store

Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc.

Business Systems & Consultants

Junior League of Huntsville

Civil Axe Throwing, LLC

Materials Sciences Corporation

The Clint McClain Agency

Mr. Big Guns LLC

Fire & Spice Smokehouse

Omega Group LLC

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Park Properties Real Estate, Inc. - Jed Park

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Integrity Services, Inc. Jersey Mike’s Subs (Shekinah Glory)

Queen Bee of Beverly Hills

Klean Tech

Scott Wilson Architect, LLC

Lankford & Battle Allstate Insurance Agency

Scout & Molly’s of Downtown Huntsville

MorganFranklin Consulting, LLC

Shapiro Metals

Oasis Systems, LLC

Soles Dance Center Syndesi Solutions, LLC

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Top Key Market, LLC

Rockaxe City Throwing Club, LLC

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Rousseau Sporting Goods & Awards, Inc.

United Waste Solutions, LLC

SilMan Construction

Urban Cookhouse

SRC, Inc.

Vintage West

Sumo Solutions, LLC

Zoom Indoor Cycling

TestRack, Inc. Texas de Brazil Tutu Cute TVA Energyright Solutions for Business + Industry Program The Wedding Chapel on the Mountain Women4Women OBGYN, LLC

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ADTRAN, Inc. The Boeing Company City of Madison Landers McLarty Corporation Redstone Federal Credit Union Vertiv

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Tennessee Valley Authority

Regions Bank

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BBVA Compass • Crestwood Medical Center • Dynetics, Inc. • General Atomics • Lockheed Martin Corporation PNC Bank • SAIC • SES - Science and Engineering Services, LLC • Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.

CHAMBER TRUSTEES AEgis Technologies Group • Aerojet Rocketdyne • Akima, LLC • All Points Logistics, LLC • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. • First Commercial Bank • Five Stones Research Corporation Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation • Jerry Damson, Inc. • KBRwyle • Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. Northrop Grumman Corporation • PARSONS • Raytheon Company • S3 • Sealy Management Company, Inc. SportsMed Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Center • Torch Technologies

PROGRESS PARTNERS Ability Plus • ASRC Federal Analytical Services • Baron Services, Inc. • BASF Corporation • BB&T • Bill Penney Toyota, Scion & Mitsubishi Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP • Coates Transportation Group • Colliers International • Connected Logistics • Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) Davidson Technologies, Inc. • Google • Huntsville-Madison County Builders Association • IBERIABANK • Hexagon US Federal J Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh McLennan Agency LLC company • Keel Point, LLC • L3 Technologies • LMI • LogiCore • The Orthopaedic Center Progress Bank • Radiance Technologies • Re/Max Alliance • Rosie’s Restaurants, Inc., & Right Way Restaurants, Inc. (DBA Steak Out) • SCI Technology, Inc. SELEX Galileo Inc. • ServisFirst Bank • Turner Construction • Vencore, Inc. • Wells Fargo Bank • Woody Anderson Ford

PROGRESS INVESTORS 4SITE, Inc. • AECOM • Alpha Beta Technologies, Inc. • Amanda Howard Real Estate • Anglin Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong, PC Averbuch Realty Co., Inc. – Scott Averbuch • BancorpSouth • Brown Precision, Inc. • Bryant Bank • CB&S Bank • Century Automotive • CFD Research Corporation CGI Federal • Coast Personnel Services • deciBel Research • Decisive Analytics Corporation • Deloitte LLP • DESE Research, Inc. • Digium, Inc. • Fite Building Company, Inc. Foreign Language Services • Fountain, Parker, Harbarger • Garver • HEMSI • Hiley Cars Huntsville • Huntsville Botanical Garden Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau • Huntsville Tractor & Equipment, Inc. • INTERFUZE Corporation • Investor’s Resource/Raymond James IronMountain Solutions • Legend Realty – Jim Hoekenschneider • LINE-X, LLC • The Lioce Group, Inc. • LSINC Corporation • MSB Analytics, Inc. • National Bank of Commerce nLogic, LLC • North Alabama Multiple Listing Service • PALCO Telecom Service • PHOENIX • PROJECTXYZ, Inc. • Public Financial Management, Inc. • QTEC RE/MAX Distinctive – Sandra Lowrey • Renasant Bank • RJ Young Company • S&ME, Inc. • Sierra Lobo, Inc. • Sigmatech, Inc. • Systems Products and Solutions, Inc. Technicolor • Troy 7, Inc. • U.S. Space & Rocket Center • Venturi, Inc. • West Huntsville Land Co., Inc. • Wilmer & Lee, P.A. • Worxtime, LLC A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

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ON THE COVER: 2017 Annual Outing page 15

WBC Forum page 30


Numbers 10 By the


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About IO


Executive Committee and Board of Directors 2017


Executive Committee

It’s an exciting time to live and work in north Alabama. Businesses are developing and expanding their footprint. There are many, many recent examples of growth and we are fortunate to be part of such a beautiful, vibrant place. Welcome to our November issue of IO (short for Initiatives Online.) This digital publication allows us to capture and provide more business news as it happens. IO publishes every other month and serves as an additional advertising outlet to great companies who advertise in our print magazine, Initiatives. IO and Initiatives are the perfect combination to give advertisers more marketing punch – in print and in the digital world. The squeaky wheel gets the grease! We encourage you to send us your company’s news, ideas and marketing videos. These help us continue to share the positive things happening in our community. Please send your contributions to: Happening in this issue: Strong afternoon thunderstorms didn’t stop the Annual Outing at Ditto Landing. Check out pictures from a beautiful evening of networking on the banks of the Tennessee River. Small businesses need your support all year, especially this upcoming holiday season. Please make plans to #ShopSmall on Saturday, Nov. 25! In our Movers and Shakers section, the Chamber’s Economic Development division makes two critical new hires. We hope you enjoy this issue of IO! Keep reading… Sincerely,

Jeff Gronberg 2017 Vice Chair for Marketing & Communications Chamber Executive Board

IO Staff Chip Cherry, CCE publisher Jeff Gronberg 2017 vice chair, marketing & communications Claire Aiello editor Erin Koshut, Jill Bruton, Amber Bunyea contributors Kristi Sherrard editorial designer Hiroko Sedensky web designer

The mission of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber is to prepare, develop and promote our community for economic growth. Submissions for editorial content are accepted; however, placement is not guaranteed. Information in this and other Chamber publications is at the discretion of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.




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Joe Newberry, Chair, Redstone Federal Credit Union Gary Bolton, Chair-Elect, ADTRAN, Inc. Rose Allen, Immediate Past Chair, InterFuze Corporation Ron Poteat, Chamber Foundation Chair, Regions Bank Cynthia Streams, Secretary/Treasurer, Domino’s (Valley Pizza) Kim Lewis, Vice Chair, Economic Development & Industry Relations, PROJECTXYZ, Inc.

Kevin Byrnes, Vice Chair, Government & Public Affairs, Raytheon Company

Tharon Honeycutt, Vice Chair, Membership, MSB Analytics, Inc. Penny Billings, Vice Chair, Workforce & Education, BancorpSouth

Greg Brown, Vice Chair, Small Business & Events, Brown Precision, Inc.

Jeff Gronberg, Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications, deciBel Research, Inc.

Beth Sippel, Vice Chair, Member Engagement, First Commercial Bank

Mark Curran, Chair-Appointed, L3 Technologies, Inc. Tim Thornton, Chair-Appointed, n Logic, LLC Frank Williams, Chair-Appointed, Landers McLarty Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Mayor Tommy Battle, Ex-Officio Member, City of Huntsville Mayor Paul Finley, Ex-Officio Member, City of Madison Chairman Dale Strong, Ex-Officio Member, Madison County Commission

Tracy Marion, General Counsel, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C. Chip Cherry, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce

Elected Board Mike Alvarez, Venturi, Inc. Bill Bailey, Radiance Technologies, Inc. James Barclay, S3, Inc. Mike Bertoldi, PROJECTXYZ, Inc. Janet Brown, Belk Frank Caprio, Bradley Lynn Collyar, Deloitte LLP Deke Damson, Jerry Damson Honda Acura Dr. Dorothy Davidson, Davidson Technologies, Inc. Bryan Dodson, PHOENIX John Eagan, BB&T Joe Fehrenbach, Mynaric USA Trip Ferguson, U.S. Space & Rocket Center David Fernandes, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. Gene Goldman, Leidos Mike Gullion, SCI Technology – a Sanmina company Jan Hess, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. Steve Hill, AEgis Technologies Group Dr. Pam Hudson, Crestwood Medical Center Hank Isenberg, IronMountain Solutions John Jordan, KBRwyle Sean Kelly, Regions Bank David King, Dynetics, Inc. Bob McCaleb, Northrop Grumman Corporation Janice Migliore, PALCO Telecom Service, Inc. Alana Parker, Rocket City Drywall & Supply, Inc. Leigh Pegues, PNC Bank Jim Rogers, Lockheed Martin Corporation Jeff Samz, Huntsville Hospital Dr. Gurmej Sandhu, Sigmatech, Inc. Charlie Sealy, Sealy Management Company E.J. Sinclair, SES - Science and Engineering Services, LLC Sameer Singhal, CFD Research Corporation Robert “Bob” Smith, Booz Allen Hamilton Nilmini Thompson, Systems Products and Solutions, Inc. Lynn Troy, Troy 7, Inc. Ken Tucker, The Boeing Company Mike Watkins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Danny Windham, Digium, Inc.


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Numbers Kord Technologies awarded $44,824,528 Kord Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $44,824,528 costplus-fixed-fee contract for target system hardware support. The contract supports the Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation’s (PEO STRI) Targets Management Office (TMO) at Redstone Arsenal. Kord Technologies will provide engineering services, data base management, technical administrative support, and target system and component procurement for TMO to support targetry efforts at ranges in both the United States and Allied Nations. The five-year contract will provide realistic, inexpensive targets to Army, other Service, and Allied Nation users to support research and development, test and training tracking, live fire, and simulated live fire engagements at Department of Defense (DoD) ranges and military installations. Kord will also support testing requirements for multiple weapons systems, on-going development efforts and training missions. Allen Beard Young, Kord’s CEO, credited the full and open, competitive contract win to the company’s experienced staff and stated “this contract award validates our

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SAIC awarded $25M for systems & computer resources support Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., has been awarded a $25,535,970 modification (000193) to contract W31P4Q-15-A-0024 for systems and computer resources support for the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center’s Software Engineering Directorate. Work will be performed in McLean, Va., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 11, 2018. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 operations and maintenance (Army); and research, development, test and evaluation funds in the combined amount of $25,535,970 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. continued on page 12

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COLSA awarded $41,146,000 to support ARC COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a $41,146,000 modification to indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract HQ0147-07-D-0002 and extend the ordering period for one year. The ceiling of the contract is increased from $422,997,725 to $464,143,725. Under this modification, COLSA Corp. will continue to provide design, operation, and support to the Advanced Research Center (ARC). The ARC is a major simulation facility supporting the Missile Defense Agency and an important asset in assisting the joint warfighter through analysis, experimentation and exercises. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala. The ordering period for this extension is Sept. 17, 2017 through Sept.16, 2018. Research, development, test and evaluation funds will be used to fund task orders under this contract. The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Camber Corp. awarded $25M contract Camber Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, now doing business as Huntington Ingalls Industries Technical Solutions, is being awarded a $25,195,736 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, multiple award contract to provide training services for tactical afloat shipboard, ashore and submarine command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. Support includes development and implementation of training solutions, scheduling of fleet training, and technical training equipment design and installation. This is one of four multiple-award contracts; all awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This three-year contract includes two one-year option periods which, if exercised, would bring the overall, potential value of this contract to $42,836,537. Work will be performed on ships and land sites worldwide, and work is expected to be completed September 2020.  If options are exercised, work will continue through September 2022.   No funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The types of funding to be obligated include operations and maintenance (Navy); other procurement (Navy); and research, development, test and evaluation (Navy).  This contract was competitively procured via a request for proposal published on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website. Nine offers were received and four were selected for award. Space and Navy Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0214).

BAE Systems, SES, Strata-G Solutions named in joint contract BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland (N0042117-D-0045); Science and Engineering Services LLC, Huntsville, Ala. (N0042112



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17-D-0046); Sierra Nevada Corp., Centennial, Colorado (N0042117-D-0047); Coherent Technical Services Inc., Lexington Park, Maryland (N00421-17-D-0048); Dayton T. Brown Inc., Bohemia, New York (N0042117-D-0049); J.F. Taylor Inc., Lexington Park, Maryland (N00421-17-D-0050); KIHOMAC, Fairborn, Ohio (N00421-17-D-0051); Science and Engineering Services LLC, Huntsville, Ala. (N00421-17-D-0052); and Strata-G Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (N00421-17-D-0054), are each being awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts to provide prototype air vehicle modification, mission systems, aircraft stores and support equipment designs, build-to-print technical data packages, kits and installed systems for test and evaluation of new systems and capabilities as well as fleet introduction. These services are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Aircraft Prototype Systems Division (APSD). The scope of this contract is to cover all phases of APSD projects from feasibility studies and concept development through prototype development, systems integration laboratory standup and testing concluding with production in limited quantities to meet test and evaluation, fleet evaluation or urgent fielding requirements. The estimated aggregate ceiling for all contracts is $486,952,035, with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland; and at contractor facilities, and is expected to be completed in September 2022. Funds are not being obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. These contracts were competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals in two lots: Lot I, competitive unrestricted, and Lot II, competitive small business set-aside. Seven proposals were received for Lot I; 10 proposals were received for Lot II. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

AECOM to share in $172M contract AECOM Technical Services Inc., Los Angeles, California (W912DY-17-D-0031); Conti-Usa Environmental JV, Edison, New Jersey (W912DY-17-D-0032); Global Environmental and Munition Services LLC, Hudson, Massachusetts (W912DY17-D-0033); Janus Global Operations LLC, Lenoir City, Tennessee (W912DY17-D-0034); Parsons-Versar LLC, Wilmington, Delaware (W912DY-17-D-0035); RELYANT Global LLC, Maryville, Tennessee (W912DY-17-D-0036); and Tetra Tech EC Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (W912DY17-D-0037), will share in a $172,731,364 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for services to safely locate, identify, recover, evaluate, manage and make final disposition of munitions and explosives of concern; munitions constituents; chemical warfare material; depleted uranium; and biological warfare material under Military Munitions Response; and safely locate, identify, recover, evaluate, manage, and make final disposition of biological waste and hazardous, toxic and radioactive A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

waste. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 5, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

QuantiTech awarded $39M for services range support QuantiTech, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $39,557,675 modification (P00045) for technical and management advisory services range support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test, evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam, Hawaii; and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, production, operations, and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,416,813 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0034).


Tyonek awarded $12,276,280 contract Tyonek Fabrication Corp., Madison, Ala., has been awarded a maximum $12,276,280 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for pilot display units. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2), only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy requirement. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. The maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. Location of performance is Alabama, with a Sept. 6, 2022, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2022 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. (SPRRA1-17-D-0241).

Trident Technologies awarded $23,534,012 Trident Technologies LLC, Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $23,534,012 modification exercising the fourth option period (P00009) on the indefinite-quantity/ indefinite-delivery contract with firm-fixed-price and labor-hour task orders, HTC71114-D-D003, for enterprise architecture, data, and engineering support to the U.S. continued on page 14

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Transportation Command; Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command; and Air Mobility Command. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $90,868,475 from $67,334,463. Work will be performed onsite at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, as well as at the contractor’s offsite facility, with an expected completion date of Sept. 30 2018. Fiscal 2018 transportation working capital funds will be obligated on individual task orders. The contracting activity is the U.S. Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (Awarded Oct. 1, 2017)

Torch Technologies awarded $34,628,375 Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $34,628,375 modification (P00037) for technical and management advisory services armament support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico; and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, production, operations, and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,165,187 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0030).

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e enjoyed a beautiful evening at Ditto Landing for the 2017 Annual Outing. The weather was perfect, despite some pretty strong thunderstorms hours earlier. Special thanks to Regions Bank, our presenting sponsor! We’re grateful our members support this event year after year as we celebrate our federal partners including the FBI, Army, and Marshall Space Flight Center. Mark your calendar for next year – scheduled for September 18, 2018.


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Chamber’s Economic Development Division Makes Critical New Hires Over the past two years, the Chamber’s workforce efforts have grown by leaps and bounds. Under Lyndsay Ferguson as Workforce Director, was redesigned, the job site was revived, the wage & benefit survey was improved, and the State of the Schools and College and Career Fair events increased in size and scope. Extensive workforce recruitment support was offered to new and expanding companies, and the Chamber Foundation was brought out of hiatus. When Lyndsay accepted the role of President and CEO of Leadership Huntsville/ Madison County, it became apparent that her work had outgrown a single position. Coupled with the Chamber’s desire to improve its business retention and expansion (BRE) program, the need for two distinct positions was clear. The Workforce Director position was modified to Bruton Workforce Development Director to focus on K-12, career awareness and the Chamber Foundation. Jill Bruton, recently relocated from Seattle, WA, was




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Wanna share your news about new hires, promotions, and recognition of talent? Are there any Movers & Shakers in your company? Let us know at: comms@ – and include a photo/headshot! hired in June to lead these initiatives. The workforce recruitment support and BRE goal of 180 existing industry visits per year were reorganized under the Industry Relations Director position. Lydia Pennington, a north Alabama native and longtime Huntsville resident, was hired in September to serve in this role. “Jill and Lydia bring energy and fresh perspectives to the Economic Development Division,” said Lucia Cape, Senior Vice President of Economic Development. “They are terrific assets to our team, and we are thrilled to have them on board.” “Between the incredible Southern hospitality and the exciting workforce efforts already underway, I’m honored to have joined this community,” said Bruton. “I look forward to strengthening Huntsville/Madison County’s position as #ASmartPlace to live, learn Pennington and work.” “It’s an exciting time to live and work in Huntsville,” Pennington added. “I’m thankful to be a part of such an incredible team that is dedicated to enhancing our community.”


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ATTENTION: CHAMBER MEMBERS Want to share your announcements? If you have news or announcements about your company, we want to know! Members have a valuable benefit through our ChamberMaster database. You can use this tool to post news releases and community events you want others to know about. Log in today to update your information and start using these features. This spread shows you the process step by step. Your entries will go into an approval

queue, and we check these daily. Depending on what you mark down, these will go on Upcoming Events, Member News, Hot Deals, or Member-to-Member Deals for other Chamber members to know about. We may also use your announcements on the Chamber’s social media sites and publications such as IO and Initiatives magazine.



2 3 1. Membership listing: Update your listing to ensure everyone has access to complete, up-to-date information. Completing your profile is critical to gaining increased visibility and exposure. Your primary information is listed on both online and printed membership directory. 2. Deals*: Offer coupons and special deals. Fellow members may well be your best customers. You’ll have an option to offer deals to anyone (Hot Deals) or just to our members (Member to Member Deals). 3. Announce your achievements*: Submit your own news releases to be included on Chamber’s Newsroom. Selected news may be published on either printed Initiatives or Initiatives Online (IO). 4. Advertise events*: Add your company’s events to our online event calendar displayed with quick links. After approval, you can copy the link to share on your social media pages.




+ Network with other members: Check out other member listings, and deals. * Chamber will review your

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submissions before posting them on our website on a daily basis Monday through Friday. Once approved, these are available on the Chamber’s website as well as on your ChamberMaster site.

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Updating your profile:


How to update: On ChamberMaster, click “Settings” icon located on the top. Personalize your membership listing page with your detailed description, business hours, logos, photos, map and a video clip. For public: Your company information can be found on the Chamber’s searchable online membership directory. Go to www.HSVChamber. org, Choose “Directory” sub menu from “About Us” pulldown menu, then choose “Membership Directory”.


Posting news releases: How to post: On ChamberMaster, choose “News Releases” from the menu on the left-hand side. Then, click “Add News Release” button. After you fill in the form, click “Submit for Approval”. Make sure to set the date for “Publish End Date” and check multiple categories if desired. For public: Your announcements can be found on the Chamber’s website ( Choose “Member News” from the “News” pulldown menu.

2 Posting deals: How to post: On ChamberMaster, choose “Hot Deals” or “Member to Member Deals” from the menu on the left-hand side. Then, click “Add Deal” button. After you fill in the form, click “Submit for Approval”. Make sure to set the active dates.

Posting events: How to post: On ChamberMaster, click “Events” icon located on the top, click “Add Event” button. You can easily add gallery photos and a link to your YouTube video! After you fill in the form, click “Submit for Approval”.


For public: Your events can be found on the Chamber’s website ( Choose “Events” pulldown menu. In order to see events posted by our members, narrow search by choosing “Member Events”.


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HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology hosts Immunogenomics Conference More than 150 leading researchers from around the world convened at HudsonAlpha for Biotechnology on October 2-4, 2017 for the fifth annual Immunogenomics Conference. Immunogenomics lies at the intersection of immunology and genomics and explores the ways in which the human genome interacts with disease. The conference provided attendees the opportunity to engage in science discussions, network with experts and discover what’s next in the field of immunogenomics and how it will help shape the future of human health. Topics of discussion included the microbiome, autoimmunity, immunotherapy, viral threats and more. Conference speakers included Jian Han, MD, PhD, a HudsonAlpha faculty investigator and founder of associate company and conference sponsor iRepertoire; along with keynote speakers Harlan Robins, PhD, of Adaptive Biotechnologies, and Atul Butte, MD, PhD, of University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. The next Immunogenomics conference will take place October 1-3, 2018. Learn more HERE.

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Torch celebrates Freedom Center opening with large “$15K for 15” gifts Torch Technologies and its employee-owners believe in giving back. They proved it in a big way at the company’s 15th anniversary celebration on September 22. Calling it “15 for 15,” Torch awarded 15 grants each worth $15,000 to local nonprofit organizations (shown above). These were: EarlyWorks Museums, Downtown Rescue Mission, HEALS, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Kids to Love, Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County, Boys & Girls Club, Still Serving Veterans, The ARC, the Community Foundation Cap & Gown Fund, Semper Fi Task Force, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, ALS Association of Alabama, and the American Red Cross. In addition, four other $15,000 grants were given through Torch Helps to 305 8th Street, Community Free Clinic, New Hope Children’s Clinic, and Corpus Christi Hope House. The Community Foundation’s new “256” Fund also received a $15,000 grant from Freedom Real Estate & Capital, Torch’s sister company. That’s a total of $300,000 if you’re about to pull out your calculator! Thank you to Torch Technologies for being such a remarkable community partner. Employees also marked the anniversary by cutting the ribbon on the newly constructed Freedom Center.

After Chamber Board Chair Joe Newberry, Congressman Mo Brooks, State Senator Bill Holtzclaw and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle helped LSINC leadership cut the ceremonial ribbon, LSINC CEO Alicia Ryan offered a toast with blue champagne – a nod to the company’s signature corporate color. The toast was a round of thanks to mentors, business partners, family, and employees. The event featured tours of its engineering product development division and capabilities demonstrations. LSINC is a woman-owned small business specializing in strategy and business analytics; intelligence and security; engineering product development, and engineering services. The company relocated to CRP in April to prepare for anticipated growth. In the short time the company has been in the Park, it has grown by 20 percent.

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INTERFUZE cuts ribbon on headquarters in CRP INTERFUZE Corporation, an innovative small aerospace and defense company officially cut the ribbon on their headquarters in Cummings Research Park on October 18. Walter Batson, former Chairman and CEO of Camber Corporation, founded the company in December 2015 with the vision to be the partner of choice for government services, claiming the status quo can no longer guarantee American security and supremacy. INTERFUZE’s mission is to deliver the innovative solutions and exceptional performance our nation needs to safeguard our freedom and future.

Teledyne Brown Engineering’s 9th expansion Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) began in Huntsville 64 years ago and was the first tenant on the land that is now Cummings Research Park. The company continues to grow. On October 19, TBE held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 22,000 square foot manufacturing facility, making it the ninth building on the company’s main campus. This will help Teledyne grow its current capabilities, which include building and integrating complex hardware and systems for the defense, maritime, energy and space markets. This move will also help the company increase its systems integration floor space, allowing it to offer a total of 132,000 square feet of manufacturing. “Building this facility will allow us to meet growing demands for complex systems across multiple markets,” said Jan Hess, President of Teledyne Brown Engineering.

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November 25: Small Business Saturday



You may have heard of Small Business Saturday, but have you participated in it? It’s simple – make a point to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This single day has grown into a powerful nationwide movement, and more people are joining in than ever before. Please come out and support small businesses on Saturday, Nov. 25! You can also help us by spreading the word through the #ShopSmall  Selfie Event. Here’s what you do: 1. Stop in at your favorite local restaurant or small business on Saturday, Nov. 25 2. Take a Selfie with owners, staff, friends, signs, etc. 3. Post your selfie to show support using hashtag #ShopSmall – please remember to tag the Chamber on your Facebook post to be eligible for prizes. 4. Win a prize: Best photos are eligible to win gift cards to local businesses. Be creative! Winners will be notified on our Facebook page December 1. All winners will need to pick up their gift cards on December 6 from 3–5 p.m. at the Chamber.









Want to participate as a business? The national Small Business Saturday campaign was launched by American Express in 2010 to encourage people to support small, local businesses in their communities on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. On this day, participating businesses promote special offers, events, and in-store promotions to attract holiday shoppers or others who are looking for services. Please click HERE if you’d like to learn more about promoting your business. 24



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Cast Your Vote The special election for U.S. Senate will be held on Tuesday, December 12. Roy Moore, the Republican candidate, and Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate, are competing to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. The winner of this election will serve the remainder of Sessions’ term, which ends in January 2021. Here are important dates to keep in mind: • Deadline to register for this election: November 27 • Last day to request an absentee ballot: December 7 • Deadline to return absentee ballot: December 11 If you’re unsure of your polling site or need to register to vote, visit today.

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Alabama Update Governor Ivey praises strength of Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville’s ability to innovate


overnor Kay Ivey says it’s a new day in Alabama and our state, and the north Alabama region is poised for success. Her remarks came during the 2017 Alabama Update, an event hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber at the Von Braun Center North Hall. About 900 business and community leaders attended the luncheon to hear from Governor Ivey, who touched on many topics of interest to our area. These included the importance of Redstone Arsenal, local business growth, advancements in education and the 2020 Census.

RECENT VISITS Governor Ivey has visited the Huntsville area several times since taking office earlier this year. One of the visits was to present a $10 million grant to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to launch Cyber Camp. For more information, click HERE. “That’s going to be a great asset for this area and to the state,” said Ivey. “This grant will allow for a campus expansion of all of the facilities at Space Camp and help make room for Cyber Camp facilities and increase the capacity for all the young people to come participate in that. By moving forward with this expansion, we’ll be expanding the opportunities for boys and girls to be prepared for the emerging cyber threats that threaten our homeland.” For video footage, click HERE. Ivey’s other visits included Toyota’s recent expansion, the Blue Origin announcement in June, and a stop for her Listen, Learn, Help & Lead Tour in August. On that tour, she visited 11 different cities in Alabama. “As the new Governor of Alabama, I knew it was important to know what the people of Alabama are facing, what they are dealing with, and if you want to know what things are really like, you’ve got to get 50 miles outside of Montgomery,” said Ivey. “You’ve got to get away from the ‘Capitol bubble.’ I wanted to know what was working in each community - I wanted to know what the real people there were facing, the opportunities, what’s working, what’s not working, what they recommend we focus on going forward to bring progress and stability to the state.” “Here in Huntsville I heard all the good things that are going on as far as job recruitment and development and education. You have some 26



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really bright spots in this part of the state. But I also learned about some needs that you have with improved infrastructure, continued workforce development and more state support to attract more businesses. My team and I are already working on some projects and we’re going to address these concerns.”

STRENGTH OF REDSTONE ARSENAL & “INNOVATION” During her August 16 visit here, Ivey delivered a $1.3 million check for the relocation of Redstone Arsenal Gate 9. “The Arsenal is absolutely essential to this area. Alabama has a long history of supporting our armed services in the United States, and I am thankful for the close relationship in this state, in this area, with the Army,” said Ivey. “Success of Redstone is so important to our


state’s economy. We must do all we can to help Redstone achieve its mission of being the testing, development and doctrine center of the U.S. Army’s missile program. With all that’s going on in our world today, Redstone Arsenal is more important than ever to our nation.” Gov. Ivey said she is committed to helping move Alabama forward. “We’ve seen through the years, time and time again, politicians who say they want to help. It seems like every time we told them something, it fell on deaf ears – or it went in one ear and out the other,” said Ivey. “But friends, I’m proud to tell you it’s a new day in Alabama. We have new leadership at the helm that is totally committed to honesty and integrity in government. I am listening, I want you to succeed and I want to do everything I can to make you successful. I want you to achieve your dreams.” Ivey complimented those in the crowd, using a buzzword we hear in Huntsville quite a bit: Innovate. “To innovate is to bring about something new. To innovate is to improve on something, and to innovate is to resolve to make a difference in the whole of society,” said Ivey. “Huntsville is the home of the Saturn V Rocket, and this city, as the titan of innovation, has tackled challenges in science, medicine, technology, transportation and modernization of the military just to name a few. Because of you, because of this city, and because of the ingenuity of our people here, a man walked on the moon. Our future is just as promising because Huntsville is part of the Space Launch System to safely send man to Mars and back.”

STRONG START, STRONG FINISH Gov. Ivey recently announced “Strong Start, Strong Finish” – which is a comprehensive approach to improve education all the way from Pre-K to the workforce. “For too long, different aspects of our educational system have operated alone,” said Ivey. “Under Strong Start, Strong Finish, we will combine our efforts, work collaboratively and bring all stakeholders to the table. Strong Start, Strong Finish addresses three core phases of an individual’s learning journey: early childhood education, beginning high school, and post-high school. All three are focused on the goal of creating a well-trained workforce.” Gov. Ivey also strongly urged those in attendance to look ahead a few years to the 2020 Census, which has a direct, major impact on Alabama. “I want to be frank with you about this. If we don’t have good participation in the census, we will be in danger of losing a Congressional seat. And this doesn’t just mean losing Alabama’s voice in Washington, this also means we are at serious risk of losing federal funding, federal funding that goes a long way in improving the quality of life for Alabamians, and helping us provide essential state government services,” said Ivey. According to a study by George Washington University, every person counted in the Census equates to the state receiving $1,567 in federal funds. “Think about the difference a family of four alone makes. You may be sitting here thinking that 2020 is far off, but we need to be sure it’s on our radar today. Alabama’s participation in the 2020 census, the future of our Congressional seat, the future of our federal funds, the future of Alabama, relies on you.” She encouraged people to take part in the census and encourage your friends and family to do so, too.

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Many Thanks to our ChamberON Volunteers and Sponsors! The Chamber has worked passionately for this community since 1894, making sure that Chamber members and the community have access to outstanding development and professional programs and training, business services, and events. With your support, we are able to provide many of  these resources through membership dues and ChamberON – our annual sponsorship campaign. Increased member participation in Chamber activities such as ChamberON has helped us to prepare, develop and promote our community for economic growth. By supporting the Chamber through ChamberON sponsorships, companies have had a direct impact into the growth and success of our entire community. As the ChamberON campaign season comes to a close, we extend a HUGE thank you to all our wonderful Chamber members who purchased sponsorships. We also extend a heart-felt thank you to our dedicated ChamberON volunteers who gave their time and energy to help build a stronger and more effective Chamber. In 2017, we had a total 211 companies participate in ChamberON. Seventy-eight of these companies are HREGI Investors. The 2017 campaign officially ended July 31 and volunteers sold $931,275 in sponsorships – an incredible 100.68 percent of goal! To top that, as of August 25, a few final contracts came in and the new ChamberOn total was $958,225, or 103.6 percent of goal! For more information about ChamberON, please contact Kristy Drake at 256-5352036, or

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Synapse Best Places to Work® Time Do you love your job? If so, celebrate your company with a nomination for Best Places to Work®. If your company wins, your employees will be proud and it’s also a great recruiting tool for bringing in new talent. Visit today – nominations close December 1, 2017. There are five categories depending on your company’s size: Micro, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. The next step is the survey – we’ll email you when the process opens so you can engage your team. Win or lose, you’ll receive your engagement survey results, plus actionable items for improvement. If you win, recognition will be icing on the cake! Join us for the awards luncheon on April 10, 2018 at the VBC. Last year’s Gold winners were Modern Technology Solutions, Inc., IronMountain Solutions, QTEC, Troy 7, Inc., and R2C Support Services.

This section focuses on local small businesses! We’d love to feature your company in Small Biz Synapse, so please send your press releases, photos, story ideas, etc. to: Small Business Q&A: What’s in the Secret Sauce? In September, winners of the recent Small Business Awards participated in the 2017 WBC Forum to help share some of the tricks of the trade. The audience included local small business employees and owners in fields such as marketing, sales, and nonprofits. What works in small business? What doesn’t? You must be steadfast in your mission and have smart people surrounding you, many said. Sandra Cepeda, CEO of Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, also said it’s a matter of faith. “Without any question – through prayer, God’s Word, trust in God, and by surrounding myself with wise advisors that share our corporate values,” said Cepeda. “In addition, when I was going through chemotherapy nine years ago, one of the blessings of that journey was discovering the power of delegating. God showed me that I don’t face challenges alone, and that He has blessed Cepeda Systems with outstanding employees. During cancer treatment, our wonderful employees took on

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responsibilities I was not able to perform, and they carried out those duties much better than I ever did! It was a huge breakthrough for me as a small business owner.” Other speakers included winners Karen Mockensturm of Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater; Rachel Chapman of Express Employment Professionals; Dr. Joey Shelton of Trivector Services, Inc.; Alicia Ryan of LSINC Corporation; Scott Hill of Practical Energetics Research, LLC; Jessica Smith of Longview Financial Advisors, Inc.; and Bill Pope of Alabama Psychological Services Center. Cepeda Systems won the Woman-Owned Business of the Year at the Small Business Awards in August. This award was designed by the Women’s Business Council to honor a woman-owned business. Sandra Cepeda will speak during an event on December 6 here at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. Register now for the WBC Forum: A Portrait of Success.



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Education is key to our success. That’s why our entire community is invested in high quality education for all ages. Want to give a shout out to an educator? Have cool campus news? Let us know at

Companies: Advertise your Internships on Do you remember the stress and anxiety of your first day of full-time work? Meeting all of your new coworkers, immersing yourself in the company culture, and learning all about the work you’d be doing? What if you could have started your job knowing your coworkers, excited and informed about the company’s culture, and with a good grasp of your role? How much time and stress would that have saved? Young people from all over Huntsville are getting this opportunity through a very simple but powerful tool – internships. Internships are a win-win for students and companies alike. Students put their education to work in real life and enhance their soft skills, making them more employable and better prepared for full-time work. Companies test out potential future hires, provide management training opportunities for current employees, and enhance current work with fresh perspectives and timely support.

Most students find their internships from their schools’ career counselors or other school staff. This means that the availability and awareness of internship opportunities is dependent on knowing the right people. But now, there is a centralized location for local students to search for internships and for their future employers to post internships using the same tool that they already use to post jobs – is Madison County’s local job board. Chamber members can post jobs for free; job and internship seekers can search at no cost. If you know a student interested in getting real-world work experiences, encourage them to look for internships at If your company is interested in hiring a high school or college intern, post your opportunities at Let’s keep making Huntsville/Madison County a smart place to live, work and learn! 32



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Calhoun’s Warhawk Student Ambassadors collect winter items for those in need During the month of October, the Calhoun Warhawk Student Ambassadors held their 3rd Annual Winter Drive. Each year, Calhoun’s Ambassadors team up with the North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (NACH) to collect items for those in need during the winter months. With freezing temperatures during the winter months in north Alabama, keeping warm is a challenge, especially for those who are homeless. The Warhawks collected blankets, gently used winter jackets, gloves, scarves and other items. All items were given to the NACH office in Huntsville. “Words cannot express how proud I feel as a sponsor to these students,” said Sherika Attipoe, Warhawk sponsor. “This is their annual fall charity event, and they absolutely love it. It is so encouraging to see them decorate the boxes and go out into the community to request winter items. These students truly embody selfless service to those less fortunate in our community, and it is encouraging to see our younger generation possess such a positive trait.” A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

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