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Shelby County ViewPoints

July 2012

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

Edward Jones - Russ Hamlin

Russ Hamlin

6919 Highway 119, Ste 300

Alabaster

Financial Investments

Farmers Insurance Agency

Mittie Brown

9330 Highway 119, Ste 300

Alabaster

Insurance

Hampton Inn Colonnade

Margaret Soberano

3400 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham

Lodging

JSE Media, LLC - Tidbits Weekly

Jason Steward

P.O. Box 36141

Hoover

Advertising & Media

KW Commercial

Phil Taylor

3535 Grandview Pkwy., Suite 350

Birmingham

Real Estate Commercial

Nuyella

Lee Long

4274 Cahaba Heights Court, Ste 210

Birmingham

Internet Marketing

Pleasure is All Wine

Anna Shanks

2152-A Pelham Parkway

Pelham

Specialty Retail

SouthWest Water Company

Craig Sorensen

728 Volare Drive

Birmingham

Specialty Retail

Switch Audio Video

Andrew Evans

2780 BM Montgomery Street, Ste 110

Birmingham

Audio/Visual Packages & Install

Tire Engineers @ Hwy 280

Steve Davidson

4750 Highway 280

Birmingham

Full Service Car Care

Tire Engineers of Pelham

Jimmy Lavvorn

3428 Highway 31

Pelham

Full Service Car Care

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

Contact Us

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

Letter from the President Members of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce: Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the President & CEO of this outstanding organization. My family and I are very excited about moving to Shelby County, and I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work with everyone! Shelby County is the “jewel” of our state, and your Chamber is committed to working with all its partners to help the community continue to be the most attractive place to live and do business as we grow. What’s more, the Chamber’s most important resource is you. The rest of the Chamber staff team join me in thanking you for your investment and volunteer support, and pledge to make your decision to be a member of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce worthwhile and beneficial for you and your business. Thank you, again, for this tremendous opportunity. I look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks. Kirk R. Mancer, IOM, CCE President & CEO Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Kirk@ShelbyChamber.org

The Best is Yet to Come!


Ambassador Spotlight

Business-to-Business and Person-to-Person Online Networking Continues to Rapidly Increase Online networking has quickly become the way to promote your business and form relationships. The Greater Shelby Chamber recognized 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 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 www.shelbychamber.org and click on the Online Networking icons to login or sign up today. Together, we are building a Network of Opportunity.

June Ambassador of the Month

Lynn Ray

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Lynn Ray, Owner and President of Business Telephones Inc., has been named Ambassador of the Month in June 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.


David Nolen M&F Bank Chair

Lisa McMahon Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC

April Weaver Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Paul Rogers Aliant Bank

Bill Keller Regions Financial

Phillip Heard Alabama Gas Company

Clint Umphrey Texas Roadhouse

Silvia Hoyos Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

Dave Davis Legacy Community Federal Credit Union Howard Bailey Neil Bailey Insurance & Investments Joe Sullivan Sullivan Communications, Inc John Browning Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC Keith Barfield Barfield Murphy, Shank & Smith, PC

Terri Williams AT&T Tim Bowen Alabama Power Company Tim Prince Shelby County Reporter Vivian Johnson Sam’s Club Hoover Kirk Mancer Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

Keith Brown Jefferson State Community College

It seems everyone is coupon-clipping, searching for sales, and seeking “Hot Deals” when purchasing products or services. What is a Hot Deal? It’s a coupon, discount, incentive, or savings on products or services that is posted online by Greater Shelby County Chamber members only ... for FREE! When searching for products or services think of your Greater Shelby Chamber family first. Being a member of the Greater Shelby Chamber means you have access to like-minded business professionals at your fingertips. Visit the online Business Directory on the Chamber’s website first at www. shelbychamber.org and add your sales items today. Are you having a sale? Do you have discounted items? Are you currently offering special savings on services? Heat up your business “deals” for FREE by adding a Hot Deal. Use your Member Login and password to add a Hot Deal today. Need your Member Login and password? Call or email the Chamber: 663-4542 or info@shelbychamber.org.

2012 Continual Sponsors A.C. Legg, Inc.

FastSigns

Alabama Power

First Commercial Bank

Alabama Telco Credit Union

Graham and Associates, CPA

ALAGASCO

iBERIABANK

Aliant Bank

Legacy Community Federal Credit Union

America’s First Federal Credit Union

Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

AT&T

M&F Bank

AT&T Advertising Solutions

Minuteman Press Alabaster

Brookwood Medical Center

Regions Financial

Business Telephones, Inc.

Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Cahaba Grand Conference Center

Shelby County Reporter

Cahaba Valley Computer Services

St. Vincent’s Health System

Charter Business

Member Tip of the Month

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2012 Greater Shelby Chamber Board of Directors

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July luncheon The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon is scheduled for July 25th from 11 am until 1 pm at the Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Dr., Pelham. RSVP required by noon, Monday, July 23rd. Investment: Members $17, non-members $25. No Showcase City Feature.

Sponsor:


Snapshots The Alabaster YMCA and the Developing Alabama Youth (DAY) Program celebrated the construction of a new pool and a facility that will house yearround youth programs. The Alabaster YMCA is serving 900 members through health and wellness programs.

Congratulations to Sav-A-Life Shelby, Inc. on its move to an expanded facility located on Pelham Parkway.

Owner Russ Hamlin celebrated the opening of its new Edward Jones office in Alabaster with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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American Red Cross Blood Services moved its regional headquarters to one location in Shelby County! Everyone enjoyed an open house after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Thank you to Bruster’s Ice Cream, Caldwell Mill Road, for a holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the beginning of summer!

Congratulations to our flight winners of the Greater Shelby Chamber’s 23rd annual golf classic:

1st Flight Winner: LEMAK Sports Medicine

2nd Flight Winner: SERVPRO of Birmingham

3rd Flight Winner: ALAGASCO

Thank you to the following Greater Shelby Chamber members for sponsoring our 23rd Annual Golf Classic! Our tournament was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without our sponsors and volunteers! Charter Business University of Montevallo Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. America’s First Federal Credit Union Paychex, Inc. Paul’s Diamond Center Goodson Health & Wellness Scott Richards Insurance Kari Bartlett DMD, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

1 Stop Promos Homewood Suites Texas Roadhouse Pelham Warren Averett, LLC Brooklere Pharmacy Walker Backflow and Fire Protection Services, LLC Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club Cahaba Wellness Sports & Family Chiropractic CVS Pharmacy

Hampton Inn & Suites Eagle Point CGS Events Johnny Ray’s Hwy. 52 Bellini’s Ristorante Eagle Point Golf Club iCantina Fastsigns Golden Flake Full Moon BBQ


Grow & Go The Seven Levels of Communication Register for the July 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, July 12, 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 July 10th to be guaranteed a seat and lunch.

Sponsor:

Update Your Online Business Listing Have you viewed your online business listing lately? Visit www.shelbychamber.org and click on “Business Directory” from the home page. Search for your business by name or by using the category search. Are you utilizing all of your online benefits? Use your Member Login and take advantage of your complimentary online benefits! With the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce implementation of Search Engine Optimization with our online business directory, member listings are showing up in online search engines, i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, that links them directly to the members website.

Here’s a brief list of what you can do by using your Member Login: Add to Your Online business Directory Listing • 200 character Business description • Hours of operation • Driving directions • Personalized keywords

FREE Advertising

• Hot Deals - Enter ads or coupons that display prominently on the Chamber’s website • Job Postings - Post job openings for those actively seeking employment • Events - Submit events for consideration on the Chamber and Community Calendar Once you’ve received your member login and password follow these simple steps to open the door to your online benefits: • From the Chamber’s website, www. shelbychamber.org, select Member Login at the top right of the home page • Enter your login name • Enter your password • Use navigation on left sidebar to access your online benefits • Always remember to click SAVE if you make any changes!


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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 Shelbychamber.org. Register for events online at Shelbychamber.org, 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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11 am - 1 pm ~ Grow & Go “The Seven Levels of Communication” Presented by Russ Morgan, CFP Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Cost $10. RSVP required by noon, Tuesday, July 10th. 4 pm - 6 pm ~ Social 280 Renaissance Consignment Boutique, Cadence 6801 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham No RSVP required. No cost.

Announcing three affinity programs to benefit members It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce! We are continually creating new ways to help our members grow and prosper during these challenging economic times. Our Affinity Programs are progressing forward — we’ve partnered with Office Depot for an exciting program that offers our members special discounts on office supplies, while allowing the Chamber a percentage of the sales when you (or any of your employees, family, etc.) use your member card! Any of your employees or family members may also have an additional card to use. Call the Chamber for additional cards! Payscape Advisors is the official merchant provider for the Greater Shelby Chamber and has partnered with our Chamber 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. The Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce and MyMarketStreet.com have teamed up to Get Your Business Connected! MyMarketStreet 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 to register! More information on these programs can be found on our website under the Benefits link.

11 am - 1 pm ~ Monthly Membership Luncheon Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Dr., Pelham RSVP required by noon, Monday, July 23rd. Investment: Members $17, non-members $25.

Happy Independence Day!

Let Freedom Forever Ring!

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