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August 2012

Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce • 1301 County Services Drive • Pelham, AL 35124 • 205-663-4542 •

Welcome New Members

2 Amwaste LLC

Nick Hill

1400 Porter Rd

Sylvan Springs

Waste Management

Black Tie Media Group

Dan Little

506 Creekview Cir



O’Neil Business Coaching, LLC

Steve O’Neil

1044 Eagle Hollow Dr


Business Consulting

Regional Paramedical Services

Kyle McDonnell

86 Longview Cr


Emergency Transportation

Trustmark Mortgage Services

Rodney Hart

One Chase Corporate Dr, St 105


Mortgage Lending

Village Dermatology

Ashley Moss

2901 Cahaba Rd

Mountain Brook

Medical Specialized

To find out more about any member listed or other Chamber members, visit the online Business Directory at

Contact Us

Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce • 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham, Alabama 35124 • (205) 663-4542 • Fax: (205) 663-4524 •

August Membership Luncheon: ShelbyOne, A Five-Year Initiative of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerace Join us for the August 29th membership luncheon as we unveil ShelbyOne. The ShelbyOne program is a community-wide program developed by forty-five key community and corporate leaders, with input from other concerned groups. This comprehensive plan is a bold effort that brings our private corporate leadership together with our cities and county elected officials for the good of Shelby County. The mission of ShelbyOne is for Shelby County to be the economic hub and governmental leader in Central Alabama by the year 2016. Through collaborative partnerships, public and private sector leaders will work together to provide excellence in education, offer quality employment, retain existing business, attract new business and development, and enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Shelby County.

Shelby One 1 Community • Commerce • Collaboration

The luncheon will be held at the Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Drive, Pelham on August 29th from 11 am until 1 pm. RSVP is required by Monday, August 27th. Investment for members is $17 and future members is $25. The Showcase City Feature will be the businesses from the cities of Hoover, Westover, and Wilton which is held from 11 am until just before noon during networking. Seated program begins at noon and concludes at 1 pm.

Business-to-Business and Person-to-Person Online Networking Continues to Rapidly Increase Online networking has become a useful tool to promote your business and form relationships. The Greater Shelby Chamber recognizes this communication medium as innovative, creative, and one more way for our Chamber family to connect with one another. If you haven’t connected with us on Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter, we encourage you to do so. We share Chamber updates, community events/needs, and cross-promote posts from our members. Online networking is an invaluable tool to build an expanded audience for products or services. Integrate online networking into your existing marketing plan. Embrace it by connecting with the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. We’re excited to share your news too! Visit us on the web at and click on the Online Networking icons to login or sign up today. Together, we are building a Network of Opportunity.

Ambassador Spotlight


July Ambassador of the Month

Rhett McCreight Congratulations to the July 2012 Ambassador of the Month, Rhett McCreight! Rhett is employed with Business Electronics, a copier sales company that specializes in the Toshiba and Lanier brands. They are a locally owned company that has been in the area for more than 20 years. In his free time, Rhett enjoys coaching his nephew’s little league team and spending time with family at the lake. For more information about Business Electronics you can contact Rhett at (205) 942-6007 or you can email him at If you are interested in the Ambassador Program, please contact April Stone at the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, (205) 663-4542 or


2012 Greater Shelby Chamber Board of Directors

David Nolen M&F Bank Chair

Keith Brown Jefferson State Community College

April Weaver Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Lisa McMahon Warren Averett, LLC

Bill Keller Regions Financial

Paul Rogers Aliant Bank

Clint Umphrey Texas Roadhouse

Phillip Heard Alabama Gas Company

Dave Davis Legacy Community Federal Credit Union

Silvia Hoyos Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

Howard Bailey Neil Bailey Insurance & Investments

Terri Williams AT&T

Joe Sullivan Sullivan Communications, Inc John Browning Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC Keith Barfield Barfield Murphy, Shank & Smith, PC

Tim Bowen Alabama Power Company Tim Prince Shelby County Reporter Vivian Johnson Sam’s Club Hoover Kirk Mancer Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

2012 Continual Sponsors A.C. Legg, Inc. Alabama Power Alabama Telco Credit Union ALAGASCO Aliant Bank America’s First Federal Credit Union AT&T AT&T Advertising Solutions Brookwood Medical Center Business Telephones, Inc. Cahaba Grand Conference Center Cahaba Valley Computer Services Charter Business FastSigns

First Commercial Bank Graham and Associates, CPA iBERIABANK Legacy Community Federal Credit Union Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics M&F Bank Minuteman Press Alabaster Regions Financial Shelby Baptist Medical Center Shelby County Reporter St. Vincent’s Health System

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Contact our software partner, ChamberMaster, and talk with Suzanne Johnson, Internet Marketing Consultant at 1-800-825-1785 x314 or email suzanne.johnson@ to learn more about how you can participate in these and other marketing opportunities.

Banner Ad & Enhanced Listing Opportunities

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Enhanced Listing Details

Search Results Listing Priority Placement over Standard Members Logo/Image next to listing Your Website link above phone number on Search Results 200 character description under company name on Search Results


Logo/Image next to company info Expanded Description of 1600 characters (standard 200) 2 additional Website links Slideshow of additional photos



Thank you to Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham for hosting the recent Business After Hours. And a huge thank you to everyone that participated in the Shelby County Special Olympics fundraiser; $180 was raised for the organization!

New and existing members came together at Chamber Works to learn how to maximize the many benefits of Chamber membership. Thank you to our sponsors: Cahaba Valley Computer Services, Charter Business, and Minuteman Press of Alabaster.

Thank you to Helena Hometown Pharmacy for hosting the recent City Focus meeting. Members enjoyed refreshments, networking, an update from Helena Mayor Sonny Penhale and meeting the Helena Honey Belles.

Congratulations to Farmer’s Insurance Agent Mittie Brown on the grand opening of her new Farmer’s Insurance branch in Alabaster. She was supported by Alabaster Mayor David Frings, city officials, and Greater Shelby Chamber Ambassadors at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Stephen Black, President and Founder of Impact Alabama, was the keynote speaker for the June membership luncheon and presented the Future of Moral Progress in Alabama. Mr. Black is shown at right with David Nolen, M&F Bank, Greater Shelby Chamber board chair.

Thank you to Dr. Jenni Goodson (L), Goodson Health & Wellness for sharing her expertise at the recent Grow & Go workshop. Shown with Eunice Loveless (M), and Jane Ann Mueller (R), Renaissance Consignment Boutique.

Thank you to Jefferson State Community College Shelby Campus for hosting the recent Business After Hours. During networking attendees were invited to tour the ACT Testing Center at the Shelby Campus.

Congratulations to Marcia Russell, owner of Russell Realty & Associates, LLC, on the expansion of her office in Alabaster. She was joined by Alabaster Mayor David Frings, city officials, and Greater Shelby Chamber Ambassadors at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

SpeedNetworking for Professionals will be held on August 16th from 8:30 am until 10 am at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 232 Cahaba Valley Rd., Pelham. RSVP online today!

Grow & Go The Seven Levels of Communication Register for the August Grow & Go workshop to learn about The Seven Levels of Communication, presented by Russ Morgan, CFP. This workshop will provide details on how to grow your business without advertising or promotion. The main ingredient of this concept is generosity. Generosity is love in action. Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering thoughts, talk, talent, treasure or time to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait and a current trend in business is that those who give are receiving more readily and more quickly than ever before. The Grow & Go Workshops are made possible by the 2012 Continual Sponsorship of Business Telephones, Inc. The programs and events we offer wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors!

When: Thursday, August 9, 2012 Time: 11 am until 1 pm Where: Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham Investment: $10 per person. Includes lunch and materials. Registration: Register and prepay by credit card online (Discover, M/C, or Visa) by clicking the link on the seminar you wish to attend on our Chamber Event Calendar. Registration required by August 7 to be guaranteed a seat and lunch.


SpeedNetworking for Professionals Fun & Fast Networking with a Twist! What is SpeedNetworking for Professionals? It’s a fast-paced event that is fun for everyone that participates. SpeedNetworking for Professionals is designed for maximum networking in an hour and a half time frame. The Chamber facilitates this event to encourage Chamber members to share and learn from one another on a professional and personal level. Bring at least 50-75 business cards, any promotional materials / items that can be easily handled and held onto when moving around and a big smile.

Be prepared to share the following information within 60 seconds: • Who you are • The company you own or are employed by • Who would be your ideal customer or client • Something personal (hobbies, interests, family...EMBELLISH!) Develop a catchy phrase to associate your name, company name and product or service. This is a perfect time to try several different 60 second scenarios and you may find one works better than the others! Remember, marketing yourself successfully requires developing lasting relationships over time.

SpeedNetworking for Professionals will be held on August 16th from 8:30 am until 10 am at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 232 Cahaba Valley Rd., Pelham. There is no cost to attend but you must RSVP by noon, Tuesday, August 14th to be guaranteed a seat. Register online at, call the RSVP Line at 663-8923, or call the Chamber office at 663-4542.


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Upcoming Events Find more details of what you can expect about any event listed by visiting the Greater Shelby County Chamber’s website at Register for events online at, call the RSVP Line at 663-8923 or the Chamber at 663-4542. CANCELLATION POLICY REMINDER: If a reservation is made for a pay event and you are unable to attend, you will be charged unless a cancellation request is made at least TWO business days prior to the event.


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8:30 am - 9:30 am ~ Focus Harpersville Harpersville Town Hall, 83 Town Hall Ln No cost. No RSVP required. 11 am - 1 pm ~ Grow & Go “The Seven Levels of Communication” Presented by Russ Morgan, CFP Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr, Pelham Investment $10. RSVP required by noon, Tuesday, August 7th. Sponsored by Business Telephones, Inc. 8:30 am - 10 am ~ Chamber Works Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr, Pelham No cost. RSVP required by noon, Monday, August 13th. Sponsored by: Cahaba Valley Computer Services, Charter Business, and Minuteman Press Alabaster 8:30 am - 10 am ~ SpeedNetworking for Professionals Hampton Inn & Suites, 232 Cahaba Valley Rd, Pelham. No cost. RSVP required by noon, Tuesday, August 14th. 11 am - 1 pm ~ Monthly Membership Luncheon ShelbyOne A Five-Year Initiative of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Dr, Pelham RSVP required by noon, Monday, August 27th. Investment: Members $17, future-members $25. Showcase City Feature: Hoover, Westover, and Wilton.

Announcing Three Affinity Programs to Benefit Members The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is continually seeking new ways to help our members grow and prosper during these challenging economic times. Our primary purpose is to serve our members! We have several members that have partnered with us to offer our members discounts on their products and services. A quick highlight offered by these Affinity Programs: Office Depot: This program offers our members special discounts on office supplies. Have you received your Office Depot card? Did you know any of your employees or family members may also have an additional card to use. You may even set up an online account to place orders! To take advantage of these great savings, please contact your Office Depot Reps: Mickie Manning at / 205-945-2650 x:210 or Kenyatta Driver at Kenyatta. / 334-652-2877. Payscape Advisors is the official merchant provider for the Greater Shelby Chamber and has partnered with us to provide discounted rates to members for merchant processing services. They offer a full suite of merchant processing products to your business’s specific needs. Contact Tony Dichiara at (205) 566-6227 today for a free rate analysis and to discuss your business needs. has teamed up with us to Get Your Business Connected! offers an additional online presence, with an emphasis on being found and buying local, for small to medium sized businesses. And the best part, it’s free! Visit and complete your FREE online profile today! More information on these programs can be found on our website under the Benefits link.