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BUSINESS

CONNECTIONS

SERVING:Alabaster Columbiana Wilton

Chelsea

Wilsonville Montevallo Indian Springs Vincent Pelham Harpersville Calera

Helena

Hoover Westover

Shelby County Five-year initiative of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

February 2013

Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce • 1301 County Services Drive • Pelham, AL 35124 • 205-663-4542 • info@shelbychamber.org


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Welcome New Members

Alabama Soccer Association

Tom Condone

4678 Valleydale Rd, Ste 200 Birmingham

Sports Club

Allstate Insurance, Chad Christian

Chad Christian

206 Bowling Lane

Pelham

Insurance

America’s Thrift Store

Scott Batesole

218 2nd Street SW

Alabaster

Shopping & Retail

Bent Brook Golf Course

Wezzie Ezelle

7900 Dickey Springs Rd

Bessemer

Golf Course

By George

Adam George

4290 Highway 52, Ste D

Helena

Alterations/Screen Printing

Champy’s

Sterling Gros

10695 Hwy 119

Alabaster

Restaurant

Dairy Queen - Brook Highland

Cobby Ware

5295 Highway 280

Birmingham

Restaurant

Dairy Queen - Oak Mountain

Cobby Ware

2258 Pelham Pkwy

Pelham

Restaurant

Dairy Queen - Chelsea

Cobby Ware

16857 Highway 280

Chelsea

Restaurant

Evangel Classical Christian School

Sheri Garrett

423 Thompson Rd

Alabaster

Education

Healthsouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital

Jinnie Lacey

3800 Ridgeway Dr

Birmingham

Health & Wellness

Inverness Country Club

Mark Michie

#1 Country Club Dr

Birmingham

Country Club

Kemp & Seagle Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Doug Seagle

436 West College St

Columbiana

Civil Engineers

Springleaf Financial Services

Brian Wilbanks

2709 Pelham Pkwy, Ste C

Pelham

Lending Institution

The GREAT, The GOOD, and The GONE Michael Smith

100 Oldham Cr

Pelham

Consulting

Vintage Interiors

2838 Pelham Pkwy

Pelham

Consignment Furniture

Dean Morris

To find out more about any member listed — or other Chamber members — please visit our online Business Directory at www.shelbychamber.org.


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Greater Shelby Chamber Board of Directors (as of 1/18/13) David Nolen M&F Bank 2013 Chair

Keith Barfield Barfield Murphy, Shank & Smith, PC

Bill Keller Regions Financial 2013 Chair-elect

Keith Brown Jefferson State Community College

Terri Williams AT&T 2013 Immediate Past Chair April Weaver Shelby Baptist Medical Center Charlie Stevens Thompson Tractor Clint Umphrey Texas Roadhouse David Platt Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama James E. “Jim” Purvis A.C. Legg, Inc. Joe Sullivan Sullivan Communications, Inc John Browning Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC

Linda Cencula Alabama Telco Credit Union Lisa McMahon Warren Averett, LLC Paul Rogers Aliant Bank Phillip Heard Alabama Gas Company Richard Olive Saginaw Pipe, Inc. Tim Bowen Alabama Power Company Tim Prince Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. Vivian Johnson Sam’s Club Hoover

2013 Continual Sponsorship Program (CSP) Expands Opportunities Become a participant in the 2013 Continual Sponsorship Program (CSP) and receive premium branding exposure for your organization. This is a popular advertising package that offers multiple opportunities for you to choose the options that would most benefit your organization all year long! The 2013 CSP has been expanded to include additional choices for member businesses to “pick and

choose” the option that aligns with the budget and marketing goals of your organization. There are also standalone opportunities available in addition to the annual sponsorship levels. If you have not received a copy of the 2013 Continual Sponsorship Program, contact the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 663-4542 today or visit the Chamber’s website at www. shelbychamber.org.

2012-13 Chamber Officers Selected The Chamber’s 2013 Officers were recently selected at a meeting of the Board of Directors. The new leadership group began serving in their roles on January 1. “We’re extremely fortunate as an organization and as a community to have outstanding individuals such as these serving in a leadership role for the coming year. Their commitment to the

Chamber and to Shelby County is unparalleled.” Chamber President & CEO Kirk Mancer commented.

Vice Chair, Business Development & Support — Phillip Heard, Alabama Gas Company

Serving as Officers for the 2013 program year will be:

Vice-Chair Communications — Tim Prince, Shelby County Reporter

Chair — David Nolen, M & F Bank Chair-elect — Bill Keller, Regions Bank

Vice-Chair, Community & Workforce Development — April Weaver, Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Vice-Chair, Finance & Administration — Keith Barfield, Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith Vice-Chair, Membership & Marketing — John Browning, Cahaba Valley Computer Services Immediate Past Chair — Terri Williams, AT&T


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2013 Chamber Membership Renewal Reminder

Thank you for your financial support of your Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce during this past year! 2013 offers a variety of new opportunities for our members through new programming in four key areas: Business Support & Development, Community & Workforce Development, Governmental Relations and Marketing & Communications. There are several new Work Groups in each of these areas, and we encourage you and your business associates to consider serving on one! What’s more, members will receive increased visibility through our new “Who’s Who of Shelby County Businesses” (a new printed directory that will run in

The Shelby County Reporter, Alabaster Reporter, and Pelham Reporter with a readership of 30,000+) that will begin in March. All active members will be listed quarterly in this quality publication. Membership renewal invoices were sent via email in December and by mail in January. If you have not received your renewal invoice please contact the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 663-4542. If you joined the Chamber in 2012, you will receive your first year renewal invoice during your anniversary month. Please feel free to contact Melanie Goodwin at (205) 663-4542 or melanie@ shelbychamber.org with any questions

about your 2013 invoice. We look forward to working with you in 2013 to make Shelby County an even better place to live and do business!

February Membership Luncheon To Feature “State of the County” Presentation The Chamber’s February Membership Luncheon will feature a “State of the County” presentation on February 20. The luncheon meeting will be held in the banquet hall at the Pelham Civic Complex. Doors will open at 11:00AM for business networking and the program from 11:50AM-1:00PM.

and includes lunch. Shelby County Members may Commission Chair request a Reserved Lindsey Allison will Corporate Table share comments of Eight for $175. regarding the County Please contact the on behalf of the County Commission. Chamber to request The cost is $17 per a Corporate Table. Allison For more information, person for Chamber or to make a reservation, members and $25 per please contact the Chamber person for “Future” Members

at info@shelbychamber.org, by telephone at 663-4542 or register online at www. shelbychamber.org. Luncheon sponsored by:

Who’s Who of Shelby County Business Quarterly Membership Directory Slated for March! The Greater Shelby Chamber will begin publishing a complimentary quarterly membership directory entitled “Who’s Who of Shelby County Business” beginning March 13th! The publication will be inserted in the Shelby County Reporter, Alabaster Reporter, and Pelham Reporter with a readership of more than

30,000. We encourage you to visit your online business listing today to ensure your information is displaying how you would like it to appear in the quarterly directory. You may use your member login and password to make any updates needed or call the Greater Shelby County Chamber office at 663-4542.

All edits and updates will need to be made by Monday,

February, 25th to be included in the March 13th publication.


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2012 Ambassador of the Year

Lynn Ray

Lynn Ray, Owner and President of Business Telephones Inc., has been named Ambassador of the Year for the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. BTI has been in business for 28 years specializing in meeting communication needs of small to medium-sized businesses by providing telephone systems, unified messaging, off site telephones and phone/data cabling. Lynn provides consulting on local, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), long distance and telecommunication information to aid businesses in making the best decision to increase productivity and income. Lynn resides in Pelham with her husband, Terry, and their daughter Jessyca. She can be reached at (205) 988-8297 or lynn@bticonnect.com.

January Ambassador of the Month

Rob Gerchow

Congratulation to Rob Gerchow for acheiving January Ambassador of the Month. Rob Gerchow is the Assistant Marketing Manager for SERVPRO of Birmingham. Rob has more than 25 years of sales experience with companies such as Hartz Mountain Pet Supplies, Kraft Corporation, & Cook’s Pest Control. Working to build relationships, brand awareness, and education about SERVPRO and the restoration industry, Rob currently helps to manage all sales and marketing functions and personnel for SERVPRO of Birmingham. SERVPRO of Birmingham serves all of Shelby and Jefferson counties. They specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after fire, smoke, or water damage. SERVPRO’s staff is highly trained in property damage restoration - from initial ongoing training at SERVPRO Corporate headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to regular IICRC industry certifications. Backed by a nationwide system of over 1600 qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Birmingham. SERVPRO of Birmingham also provides carpet, upholstery, and HVAC duct system cleaning. For more information, or to schedule services, please call 205-664-6770 today.

Open Enrollment for the 2013 Ambassador Program Want to build business relationships that will impact your business and increase your network? Then being an Ambassador is for you! The purpose of the Ambassador Program is to extend the warmth and hospitality of the Chamber to members and guests while facilitating networking at Chamber functions. Ambassadors serve as an extension of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce by attending Chamber events in which they act as greeters, points of contacts for information, and promoters of networking among event attendees. To determine if the Ambassador Program is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

• Do I have time to commit approximately five hours per month to serve as a volunteer for the Chamber? • Would I like to increase visibility for my company and myself in the Shelby County area? • Am I able to meet people easily and make them feel welcome and comfortable in an unfamiliar setting? • Am I energetic, enthusiastic and someone that thrives on having fun? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then this is the program for you! Contact Aubri McClendon at 663-4542 or aubri@shelbychamber.org. for more details!


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Join in our County’s Progress By Serving On A Chamber Work Group

There are numerous opportunities for involvement by serving on one of the Chamber’s new Work Groups listed below. The first joint organizational meeting was held in January and was met with much enthusiasm as members learned more about the various Work Groups and how it relates to the Chamber’s 2013 Program of Work. If you are interested

is serving on a Work Group, please contact Chamber President Kirk Mancer via e-mail at kirk@ shelbychamber.org or by calling 663-4542. Existing Business & Industry Work Group Small Business Work Group

Education Work Group

Governmental Affairs Work Group

Community Improvement Work Group

Health Services Work Group Ambassadors

ShelbyOne Update -- Five-year Initiative of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce ShelbyOne is a strategic plan that is in place and ready to lead us forward. ShelbyOne intends to help Shelby County play a leading role in the future of our great state. Nothing is more important to us who live in Alabama than to enjoy the true pleasures of our lifestyle and the beauty of our area. Won’t you join the following investors that have pledged toward our ShelbyOne goal to continue building a bright future for Shelby County and for Alabama? Please contact Chamber President Kirk Mancer via email at kirk@ shelbychamber.org or call 6634542 for more information. A.C. Legg, Inc. Alabama Telco Credit Union ALAGASCO/Energen Aliant Bank America’s First Federal Credit Union

AT&T of Alabama Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith, LLC Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc. Barry Davis, Architects, P.C. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Boatright Companies Brookwood Medical Center Brownlee-Morrow Company, Inc. Business Telephones, Inc. Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC Charter Business Children’s of Alabama City of Alabaster City of Chelsea Cox Media Group Day Eye Center EBSCO Industries, Inc. First Commercial Bank Graham and Associates, CPA Hampton Inn & Suites - Hoover Hampton Inn & Suites - Pelham HealthSpring of Alabama

Holiday Inn Express - Pelham iBERIABANK ISSIS & SONS Lhoist North America M&F Bank Noland Health Services Regions Financial Corporation Saginaw Pipe Company, Inc. Sain Associates, Inc. Senator Slade Blackwell Shelby Baptist Medical Center Shelby County

Shelby County Newspapers St. Vincent’s Health System Texas Roadhouse - Pelham The Lemak Group The Wynfrey Hotel Thompson Tractor Company, Inc. Town of Harpersville Trinity Medical Center Vulcan Termite & Pest Control, Inc. Warren Averett, LLC

Contact Us Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham, Alabama 35124 Phone: (205) 663-4542 Fax: (205) 663-4524 Email: info@shelbychamber.org


Snapshots

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Congratulations on the grand opening of the Senior Care Unit at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. Shelby Baptist Medical Center celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house.

Congratulations to Ground Up Coffee and Smoothies, located inside Snider’s Pharmacy, Chelsea on its official grand opening celebration. Mayor Earl Niven, family, and friends joined in support.

Congratulations on the grand opening celebration of Formaggio’s Italian Bistro, Alabaster. General Manger, Max Velijasevic was joined by Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon, city officials, and team members.

Congratulations on the grand opening of Aaron’s Inc., Pelham. Manager Michael Smithers cuts the ribbon and is supported by Pelham Mayor Gary Waters, Aaron’s Inc. Regional Manager Steve Beesch plus team members.

Owners Darlene Brasher and Shane Welch had members of the Montevallo and the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce on hand to celebrate the grand opening of JD’s Furniture Warehouse, Montevallo.

The Calera, Greater Shelby, Montevallo, and South Shelby Chambers of Commerce enjoyed an evening celebration and networking at the recent Business After Hours held at Timberline Golf Club. The event was sponsored by Business Telephones, Inc.


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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: www.shelbychamber.org. Register for events online at www.shelbychamber.org, call the RSVP Line 663-8923, or the Chamber 663-4542.

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Membership Reception 11:30 am - 1 pm - Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham No cost. RSVP required by Thursday, February 7th. Board of Directors Meeting 8:15 am - 9:15 am — Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham State of the County Membership Luncheon Sponsored by AT&T-Alabama Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena 500 Amphitheater Rd., Pelham RSVP required by Monday, February 18th. Note the luncheon is one week earlier this month. Investment: Members $17, future members $25. Reserved Corporate Table of Eight $175. Call the Chamber. ShelbyOne Celebration 5:30 pm - 7 pm - Inverness Country Club #1 Country Club Dr., Birmingham ShelbyOne Investors/ by invitation only. For more information on ShelbyOne contact: Chamber President Kirk Mancer at 663-4542 or kirk@ shelbychamber.org.

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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How Can I Maximize the Return on My Chamber Investment? We encourage you to take some time on Tuesday, February 12th to learn how to maximize your membership investment by attending the Chamber’s Membership Reception. Whether your firm is a new member or, a longtime Chamber member, you’ll want to make plans to join us beginning at 11:30AM so you may take full advantage of your membership investment. A complimentary lunch will be available for all attendees,

so reservations are requested by Thursday, February 7th. The Membership Reception will be held at the Greater Shelby County Chamber, 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham on Tuesday, February 12th from 11:30 am until 1 pm. There is no cost to attend but please RSVP to assist us in preparation for the event. You may RSVP online at www. shelbychamber.org, call the Chamber at 663-4542 or call the RSVP Line at 663-8923.

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