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Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Community

C o m m e rc e


October 2013

SERVING:Alabaster Columbiana Wilton


Wilsonville Montevallo Indian Springs Vincent Pelham Harpersville Calera


Hoover Westover

Shelby County

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


Welcome New Members Burch Corporation

Robert Bouchillon

P.O. Box 610566


HVAC Commercial

Cheeriodicals LLC

Mary Martha Parisher

244 Highland View Dr


Specialty Gifts

Dixie Fish Company

Dedra Miele

101 Resouce Center Pkwy



Fox 6 WBRC

Robyn Holm

1720 Valley View Dr



Gone for Good Secure Document Destruction Caroline Lowery

100 Oslo Circle


Document Management Services

Hoover Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, P.C.

Debbie Snow

2116 Data Park


Medical Specialized

Jeremiah Castille Foundation

Barbara Blomeyer

P.O. Box 7697

Spanish Fort

Community/Service Organization

K&S Done Right, LLC

Pat Shugrue

P.O. Box 907


Fire & Water Restoration

Mathnasium of Inverness Corners

Gayle Davison

146 Highland Lakes Trail


After School Learning Program

Modern Chiropractic

Michael Talley

377 Huntley Pkwy


Chiropractic Care

To find out more about these businesses — and all of our other Chamber members — please visit our online Business Directory at

Greater Shelby Chamber Board of Directors David Nolen Renasant Bank (formerly M&F Bank) 2013 Chair Bill Keller Regions Financial Corporation 2013 Chair-elect Terri Williams AT&T - Alabama Immediate Past Chair Phillip Heard Alabama Gas Corporation Vice Chair, Business Development & Support Tim Prince Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. Vice Chair, Communications April Weaver Shelby Baptist Medical Center Vice Chair, Community & Workforce Development Keith Barfield Barfield Murphy, Shank & Smith, PC Vice Chair, Finance & Administration John D. Browning Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC Vice Chair, Membership & Marketing Lisa McMahon Warren Averett, LLC Paul Rogers Aliant Bank Joe Sullivan Sullivan Communications, Inc

September Ambassador of the Month

Casey Bentley


Congratulations to Casey Bentley for earning the honor of September Ambassador of the Month. Casey is Vice President at the Rux Carter Insurance Agency. He was born and raised in Columbiana, AL. In 2000, he graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he spent seven years working as an Account Executive for a National IT Services company in Birmingham, AL and then in St. Louis, MO. He returned “home” in the summer of 2007 and began working in the family business. Rux Carter Insurance has been serving the insurance needs of families and business in the Shelby County area since 1906! They specialize in writing insurance for both personal and commercial needs. Casey is an active member of the Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Association having served on several committees and is currently the President of the Alabama Young Agents Association. In 2011 he was selected as the Alabama Young Agent of the Year. Since he started with the agency he has received multiple insurance designations including CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist) in addition to completing the nationally recognized State Auto Insurance Pacesetters program. He and his wife, Danette, have 2 children and are active members at Riverchase United Methodist Church.

Keith Brown Jefferson State Community College Tim Bowen Alabama Power Company David Platt Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Charlie Stevens Thompson Tractor, Inc. Linda Cencula Alabama Telco Credit Union Gregg Maercker First Commercial Bank James E. “Jim” Purvis A.C. Legg, Inc. Tim Benefield Buffalo Rock

How My Chamber Works for Me “The Chamber is more than just people it is relationships and friends. The Greater Shelby Chamber, to me, is my family and has helped me reach people that ordinarily I would not be able to meet. I was welcomed with warmth and hospitality and I have grown my business exponentially with the Chamber’s help. The Chamber is a great investment for any business!” Vicki Everett, Juice Plus + Birmingham, AL 332-5255

4 Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Green Business Program Recognizes Certified Green Business Companies The Greater Shelby Chamber recently launched the Green Business Program and is excited to congratulate the following companies on being approved as a Certified Green Business: FlexDigital, Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Trash Taxi of Alabama, and Vital Records Control of Alabama. The Chamber’s Existing Business & Industry Work Group reviewed the applicants and collectively approved these companies at their September meeting. The Green Business application is based on a point system in the categories of Waste Prevention,

Recycling, Purchasing, Energy Conservation, Transportation, Water Conservation, and Pollution. Each applicant has to receive a minimum of 20 total points to be designated as a “Certified Chamber Green Business”. The purpose of this program is to recognize

Shelby County businesses that are committed and engaged in environmentally responsible operations and practices, also known as “green” business practices. What’s more, the program will recognize environmentally safe and sustainable business practices and operations

businesses undertake to ensure that Shelby County is environmentally healthy and viable. We will be recognizing all certified companies at the annual Industry Appreciation Event. If your company is engaged in green practices and is interested in applying for the Chamber’s Green Program Certification, the application can be found on the Chamber’s website home page, www. For further questions please contact Brooke Story, brooke@ or call the Chamber at 205-663-4542.

Tee It Up “Fore!” Education at the Chamber’s Annual Golf Scramble on November 1 The Chamber’s Annual Golf Scramble is scheduled for Friday, November 1 at Eagle Point Golf Club. This year’s tournament will help fund vital education and workforce development programs in the coming year. Registration begins at 7:15AM (with breakfast at 7:30AM) and the scramble tees off with a Shotgun Start at 8:00AM. Lots of prize opportunities will be available for participants including

longest drive, closest to the pin and a putting contest. The entry fee is $600 for a four-person team or $150 for each individual. This fee covers a light breakfast, lunch (provided at the completion of the tournament), greens fees, cart and two drink tickets per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available, so please contact the Chamber at 663-4542 or e-mail info@ for more information.

Sponsored by:

Health Focus of the Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. Breast cancer knows no boundaries - be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location. But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before. What began 30 years ago as a promise between two sisters, is now Susan G. Komen 速, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having 2013 Health Focus Sponsor

invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. The Komen Promise is to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures and in Alabama this promise is put into action every day through the work of dedicated volunteers, a small four-person staff and a volunteer board of directors. The Komen Community Office, located in Homewood, AL, provides a gathering place for supporters to engage in a wide variety of programs, events, volunteer activities and discussions about breast cancer issues in our region. Affiliate - sponsored educational and outreach programs, along with our community grants program, put the Komen Promise into action every day. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the North Central Alabama Affiliate of Susan G. Komen invites you to become involved in many of our wonderful community programs. You might be interested in joining

us as a volunteer and assisting at health fairs or various community events; or maybe you would like to join us for our free Yoga class every Monday night at 6pm or one of our ever popular Lunch and Learn sessions that are held every month and discuss a different health-related topic. We also welcome you to join us for our

22nd Annual Race for the Cure on October 12th, 2013 at Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, AL. The Race for the Cure is an event that has changed the way the world views breast cancer. Gather with your family and friends, co-workers, and other Alabamians to celebrate survivorship, honor those we have lost, and most importantly raise funds and awareness for this life threatening disease. For more information please contact us at: (205) 263.1700 or visit One in eight women in their lifetime could be diagnosed with breast cancer so please take a moment to be aware of your risks and know what is normal for you. Submitted by: Mandy Heard, Development and Communications Manager, North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Article submitted by: Mandy Heard, Development and Communications Manager North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Annual Safety Awards Scheduled for the October Membership Luncheon Join us on October 30 for the Annual Safety Awards luncheon, sponsored by First Commercial Bank, as we honor public safety officials from throughout Shelby County. Each year we are privileged to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in public safety. This is a time when we can personally give

thanks to the fire, police and sheriff personnel, and honor them for the outstanding service and sacrifices they

make each day in keeping our respective communities a safe place to live, work, and play.

The luncheon will be held at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena, 500 Amphitheater Drive, Pelham. RSVP required by noon, Monday, October 28. Investment: Greater Shelby Chamber members $17, Future members $25. Register online at www., call the RSVP line at 663-8923 or the Chamber office at 663-4542.

6 4th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot November 13 at Selwood Farm The Greater Shelby Chamber is holding its 4th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot on November 13th at Selwood Farm in Alpine. We are calling all Sporting Clay enthusiasts, beginners and experts, to test your skills on the course, designed for pleasure and enjoyment in the great outdoors. Selwood’s fully automated

Sporting Clays course, both challenging and fun, meets the needs of all levels of shooters. Selwood’s comprehensive shooting facility includes a covered 5-stand for warm-up and training and a 100-target course. Sponsorships available: Title, lunch, beverage cart. For more information call the Chamber at 663-4542.

“Keeping It Real” Program Launched in Shelby County Schools in September In September, the Greater Shelby Chamber’s Education Work Group, volunteers, and educators began conducting the Keeping It Real Program in the Shelby County Schools. This program is geared toward ninth grade students to increase their awareness of the relationship between educational achievement, cost of living, and responsibilities. The program also teaches students how to budget and manage real world expenses (housing, utilities, transportation, insurance, groceries, childcare, etc.).

Caldwell Mill Location

5184 Caldwell Mill Rd. Suite 204 Hoover, Alabama 35244

In essence, this is a “Game of Life” program where participating students will be given a “life situation” (single, married, married with children/ some schooling, high school education, two-year degree, college degree, four-


year college degree, post-graduate/ career, salary/ expenses, etc.). At the conclusion of program the students will be able to discuss and compare the decisions that were made based on the “life situation” they were assigned.

Chamber Members Invited To Dixie Fish Company For October Business After Hours! Be sure to mark your calendar for Tuesdsay, October 29 and join your fellow Chamber members at the newly opened Dixie Fish Company from from 5:30PM until 7:00PM for Shelby County’s biggest and best business networking event! The Chamber’s quarterly Business After Hours events are a great way to make new business contacts - and have a little fun while you’re doing it! The

cost to attend is affordable - only $10 for Chamber members ($20 for “Future” members) - and that includes hot, heavy hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary beverages of your choice. Reservations are requested by noon, October 28, so please contact the Chamber by phone at 663-4542, via e-mail at or register online at www.shelbychamber. org.



The Arc of Shelby County held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its move to an expanded facility in Pelham. The Arc of Shelby County is recognized as the foremost partner with families and people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to support and enhance the quality of their lives. Congratulations to Ameriprise Financial on expanding its practice of services offered by acquiring Michael McEachern. Ameriprise Financial celebrated at its Liberty Park location with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Members took advantage of the informational and affordable Go & Grow Workshop, “Coaching Your Team to Greatness”, presented by Michael Smith with TheGREATtheGOODandtheGONE. Attendees advised they received management techniques that could be applied immediately in the workplace.

New and existing members attended the Chamber Member Reception (held each quarter) to find out about the many benefits, resources, and information available through their membership Thank you to our sponsor, RX Catering!

“Making Sense of Social Media” Seminar Make plans to attend the Greater Shelby Chamber’s “Making Sense of Social Media” seminar co-sponsored by Charter Business and Johnny Ray’s on October 29 from 11:30AM until 1:00PM at the Chamber office, 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham. The seminar will be a panel discussion led by Chris Davis; Fi-Plan Partners, Donna Gilliland; Jefferson State

Community College, and Glyna Humm; Fusion Marketing. Join these professionals as

they tackle ways to market and promote your business through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more! Learn how to make the most of your social media circle of influence. Investment is $5 for Greater Shelby Chamber members, $20 for Future members and includes lunch. Register online at www. or call the Chamber at 663-4542.


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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 663-8923, or the Chamber 663-4542.

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October Ambassadors Work Group 11:30AM - 1:00PM Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Small Business Work Group 4:00PM - 5:00PM — Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham

Education Work Group 8:30AM - 9:30AM — Shelby County Instructional Services Center, 601 First Street South, Alabaster Existing Business & Industry Work Group 9:00AM - 10:00AM — Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc., 3535 Grandview Parkway, Suite 500, Birmingham “Keeping it Real” Vincent High School. See page 6. Health Services Work Group 8:30AM - 9:30AM — Cardiovascular Associates, 3890 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham Quarterly Industry Tour 11:30AM - 1:00PM — Morgan Creek Vineyards, 181 Morgan Creek Lane, Harpersville RSVP required by October 11. No cost.

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.

Business After Hours 5:30PM - 7:00PM — Dixie Fish Co. 101 Resouce Center Parkway RSVP required Monday, September 28. Investment: $10 members, $20 future-members.

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“Making Sense of Social Media” Seminar 11:30AM - 1:00PM — Greater Shelby Chamber 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham RSVP required by October 25. Includes lunch. Investment: $5 members, $20 future-members. Membership Luncheon 11:00AM - 1:00PM — Sponsored by: First Commercial Bank Program: Annual Safety Awards Showcase Feature: All Greater Shelby Chamber Members. Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena, 500 Amphitheater Rd., Pelham RSVP required by noon, Monday, October 28. Investment: Members $17, future-members $25. Golf FORE! Education 7:15AM — Registration & Breakfast ; 8:00AM — Shotgun Start Eagle Point Golf Club, 4500 Eagle Point Drive Sponsorships & Teams Available - See page 4.

Board of Directors Meeting 8:15AM - 9:30AM — Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Governmental Affairs Work Group 9:00AM - 10:00AM — Sain Associates, Inc. Two Perimeter Park South, Suite 500 East, Birmingham


“Keeping it Real” Vincent High School. See page 6. Brandon Boggan, DMD, MS

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October 2013 Business Connections  
October 2013 Business Connections  

The October 2013 issue of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce's newsletter known as Business Connections