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Shelby County ViewPoints June 2011

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


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Welcome New Members

Bedzzz Express

Jeff Brewer

100 South Colonial Drive, Ste. 1000

Alabaster

Mattress Retail

Cheeriodicals, LLC

Mary Martha Parisher

244 Highland View Drive

Birmingham

Internet Communications

Hoar Construction, LLC

Russ Hale

P.O. Box 660400

Birmingham

Construction Contractors

Hoar Program Management

Robert White

Two Metroplex Drive, Ste. 300

Birmingham

Construction Consulting

INKS 2 YOU

Michael Gaines

5206 Cedar Trace Circle

Hoover

Printer Ink & Toner Services

LeFleur Florist and Gifts

Carol Martin

81 A Weatherly Club Drive, Ste. A

Alabaster

Florist & Gifts

Lucia’s Italian

Michael Bertolone

100 Brook Drive

Helena

Restaurants

Meeki’s Special Occasions, LLC

Tamika Reynolds

123 Somersby Circle

Pelham

Event Planning

North Shelby Baptist Church

Cassie Burchell

4100 Belcher Drive

Birmingham

Churches

Peritus

Jim Bakken

2101 Magnolia Avenue, Ste 501

Birmingham

Advertising & Marketing

WASTE PRO

George Nicholson

300 Fleming Road

Birmingham

Waste Management

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

Teacher Internship Program (TIPs) THE PARTNERSHIP is offering a Teacher Internship Program (TIPs) for Shelby County educators to participate in this summer. There is no cost for you to participate. Our TIPs teachers will be honored at the June Chamber Luncheon. TIPs allows teachers a three-day experience in the world of business to incorporate into lesson plans for their students. As a business leader, this is your opportunity to strengthen

relationships between the education and business communities. To receive additional information, contact Heather Stripling at 663-4542 or via email, heather@shelbychamber.org.

The Shelby County Legislative Delegation will also speak at the June luncheon. The June luncheon will be held from 11 am until 1 pm on June 29th at the Pelham Civic Complex. Investment is $17 for Greater Shelby Chamber members, $25 for non-members. RSVP required by Monday, June 27th. The Showcase City Feature will be businesses from Helena and Westover during networking.

Interested in advertising in ViewPoints? Contact Steven Kilpatrick, 669-3131, at the Shelby County Reporter for exclusive member pricing.


Ambassador Spotlight

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Ambassador of the Month

Alabama Adventure Tickets are at the Chamber! Alabama Adventure Season and Fun Day Passes are now available for purchase at the Chamber office! Two great parks, one low price. Make plans for the whole family to have loads of fun at Splash Beach Water Park and Magic City USA. Children three and under are free. Be sure to ride the new ride, Buzzsaw Falls and check out the concert series from June 11 through August 27. Season Passes can be purchased at the Chamber for $50, which includes tax, and/or Fun Day Passes for $24. Get yours while they last!

Rhett McCreight Congratulations to May 2011 Ambassador of the Month, Rhett McCreight. Rhett has been an Ambassador for one month and is already an asset to this organization! Rhett is employed with Business Electronics, a copier sales company that specializes in the Toshiba and Lanier brands. It’s 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 contact Rhett at rmccreight@businesselectronics.com or call him at (205) 942-6007. If you are interested in the Ambassador Program, please contact April Stone at the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, (205) 663-4542 or april@shelbychamber.org.


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22nd Annual Golf Classic a Success

Every year the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to hosting an outstanding golf tournament. This, being our 22nd Annual Golf Classic, was not only outstanding ... it was a TEE-TOTAL Success! The weather was beautiful, Timberline Golf Club was a fantastic course, and the day flew by as everyone enjoyed themselves. Congratulations to our 1st place winning team, ITT Technical Institute, and our 2nd place winning team, Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. Our gratitude goes out to our title sponsors, AT&T, Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, and the Shelby County Reporter. Thank you to our 2011 Continual Sponsors, members that sponsored the golf tournament, and those that donated door prizes to ensure this year’s tournament would be a huge success. We also appreciate the number of volunteers that donated their time and talents to help us stay organized. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!


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Snapshots

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Thank you to Belk, Colonial Promenade, for hosting the recent Focus Alabaster and to Mayor David Frings (middle) for providing an update on the area.

Thank you to SERVPRO of Shelby County for hosting the recent Focus Westover and to Mayor Mark McLaughlin and Westover city officials for joining us and providing an update on the area.

The Greater Shelby Chamber had the privilege of participating in Pelham Youth Government Day and welcomed Caroline Doughty from Valley Intermediate as our Chamber President for the day.

The Business After Hours at Regions Tradition was a huge success! Thank you to our sponsors; Yeager & Boyd, LLC; LEMAK Sports Medicine; Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC, and Business Telephones, Inc.

Thank you to Gamin’ Ride for bringing the indoor/outdoor rockin’ gaming truck for members and guests to play video games at the Annual Picnic. Thank you to Charter Business for sponsoring the picnic!

Congratulations to Hampton Inn & Suites of Pelham on its recent state-of-art lobby renovation. They held a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception for guests.

Members enjoyed learning how to maximize membership benefits at the recent Chamber Works sponsored by Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC.

Thank you to Gavin, Tracy, and Sarah with City Vineyard for being perfect hosts for Social 280. Members were treated to light appetizers and a variety of wines, specialty beers, and cool beverages.

LeFleur Florist and Gifts, which celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony, is a member of the Alabama State Floral Association and affiliated with FTD, Telafloral and 1(800)Flowers.


Have you looked at your online business listing lately? Visit shelbychamber.org and click on “Business Directory” from the home page. Search for your business by name or by using the category search. Use your Member Login and take advantage of your complimentary online benefits! The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has implemented 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. Refresh your business listing: • Add information to your your online business listing • FREE Advertising with Hot Deals • Job Postings • Submit Events for consideration 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 the menu on the left hand side to access your online benefits • Always remember to click SAVE if you make any changes!

2011 Continual Sponsors A.C. Legg, Inc. Alabama Power Company Alabama Telco Credit Union America’s First Federal Credit Union AT&T Business Telephones, Inc. Cahaba Valley Computer Services Carr & Associates Engineers, Inc. Charter Business FastSigns First Commercial Bank ITT Technical Institute Jefferson State Community College Legacy Community Federal Credit Union

Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics M&F Bank  Minuteman Press of Alabaster  Neil Bailey Insurance & Investments PAETEC RBC Bank Regions Financial Shelby Baptist Medical Center Shelby County Reporter Sirote & Permutt, PC St. Vincent’s Health System Stewart Organization Susan Schein Automotive

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

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I wanted to let you know how amazing I think you and your staff are. What a job of putting together the 4th Annual Taste of Shelby County event last night and it has grown so much. Wow! We had a great time and everyone has been very complimentary. Shelby County is very lucky to have an such outstanding Chamber.

Phillip Heard, ALAGASCO


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2011 Greater Shelby Chamber Board of Directors Keith Brown Jefferson State Community College

Lisa McMahon Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino

Keith Barfield Finance Chair Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith

Trent Cotton BBVA Compass Bank

David Nolen M&F Bank

Phillip Heard Development Chair Alabama Gas Elizabeth Roland Governance Chair Attorney at Law Chris Bottcher Sirote & Permutt Tim Bowen Alabama Power

Dave Davis Legacy Community Federal Credit Union

Tim Prince Shelby County Newspapers, Inc.

Jim Garner The Insurance Store

Joe Sullivan Sullivan Communications

Silvia Hoyos Hispanic Interest Coalition of AL

April Weaver Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Vivian Johnson Sam’s Club

Jennifer Trammell Greater Shelby Chamber

Bill Keller Regions Financial

Member Tip of the Month

“Hot D eals”

Terri Gualano Chair AT&T

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 do you think of your Greater Shelby Chamber family first? You should. Being a member of the Greater Shelby Chamber means you have access to like-minded business professionals at your fingertips. This is the time people are looking for deals so get your name out there! Visit shelbychamber.org and add your sales items today. Are you having a sale? Do you have discounted items? Heat up your business “deals” for FREE by adding a Hot Deal. Need your Member Login and password? Call or email the Chamber: 663-4542 or info@shelbychamber.org.


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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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8:30 am – 9:30 am ~ Focus Columbiana Shelby County Reporter, 115 North Main St., Columbiana No RSVP required. No cost.

8:30 am – 10 am ~ Chamber Works (formerly New Member Orientation) Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham No cost. RSVP required by noon, Monday, June 13th.

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4 pm – 6 pm ~ Social 280 Greystone Smile Design, 140 Village St., Ste. 203, Birmingham No RSVP required. No cost.

5 pm – 7 pm ~ Business After Hours Birmingham Barons, 100 Ben Chapman Dr., Birmingham RSVP required by noon, Tuesday, June 21st.

11 am – 1 pm ~ Membership Luncheon Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Dr., Pelham RSVP required by noon, Monday, June 27th. Investment: Members $17, non-members $25. NOTE: Notice price change for non-members. Showcase City Feature: Helena and Westover

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8:30 am – 9:30 am ~ Focus Helena Buck Creek Stained Glass, 4114 Helena Rd., Helena No RSVP required. No cost

8:30 am – 9:30 am ~ Network 280 McAlister’s Greystone, 5406 Highway 280 Ste., E101, Hoover No RSVP required. No cost

11 am – 1 pm ~ Membership Luncheon Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Dr., Pelham RSVP required by noon, Monday, July 25th. Investment: Members $17, non-members $25. NOTE: Notice price change for non-members. Showcase City Feature: Hoover and Indian Springs

CANCELLATION POLICY REMINDER If a reservation is made for the luncheon and you are unable to attend, you will be charged for the luncheon unless a cancellation request is made at least TWO business days prior to the event.

Business-to-Business Online Networking Continues to Rapidly Increase Online networking has quickly become the way 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 created a Facebook or Twitter page yet, 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 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 2011 Viewpoints