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Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Community

C o m m e rc e

Collaboration

July 2013

SERVING:Alabaster Columbiana Wilton

Chelsea

Wilsonville Montevallo Indian Springs Vincent Pelham Harpersville Calera

Helena

Hoover Westover

Shelby County

BUSINESS CONNECTIONS 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 (As of June 4, 2013)

Alabaster First United Methodist Church

Mike Densmore

10903 Hwy 119

Alabaster

Church

Alabama Oral & Facial Surgery

Gina Adams

2290 Valleydale Road, Ste 100

Birmingham

Dental/Oral Surgery

Alabama Telco Credit Union

Wendy Blasyzk

420 Old Hwy 280

Birmingham

Financial Institution

DLD Business Solutions, Inc.

Dennis Day

300 Cahaba Park Cir, Ste 110

Birmingham

Computer Services & Solutions

Farmers Insurance - Kai Smith Agency

Kai Smith

2976 Pelham Parkway, Ste B1

Pelham

Insurance

Fusion One Marketing

Glyna Humm

261 Woodbury Drive

Sterrett

Business Marketing Services

High Noon ‘’Stressbuster’’

Crystal Neville

P.O. Box 1091

Alabaster

Community Service / Event

J. Allen’s Gifts

Michelle Goodner

37 Buck Creek Plaza, Ste. 100

Alabaster

Specialty Gift Store

J. Timothy Smith P.C.

Tim Smith

3225 Lorna Road

Hoover

Attorney

Joanne Fogle Art

Joanne Fogle

1857 Massey Road

Alabaster

Artist & Painting Classes

K&J’s Elegant Pastries

Kristal Bryant

1614 Kent Dairy Road, #206

Alabaster

Bakery

Mutual of Omaha

Thomas Davis

1920 Valleydale Road, Suite 115

Pelham

Insurance & Financial Services

Royal Restoration

Jason Richardson

P.O. Box 492

Helena

Fire & Water Restoration

Snap Fitness

Walter Bradford

208 West College Street

Columbiana

Health & Fitness

ThoughtJet Media

Tim Senft

1500 1st Avenue North, Unit 91

Birmingham

Web Marketing/Social Media

Trash Taxi of Alabama LLC

Roberto Rodriguez

656 Stuart Lane

Pelham

Waste Management Services

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


Greater Shelby Chamber Board of Directors David Nolen 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 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

Ambassador of the Month

Lynn Ray

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Lynn Ray, Owner and President of Business Telephones, Inc. (BTI), has been named Ambassador of the Month in June for the GSCCC. BTI has been in business for 30 years specializing in meeting the in-house communication needs of small to medium sized businesses by providing traditional or VoIP solutions, wireless solutions, surveillance solutions, local, VoIP or Internet solutions and Cat 5 to fiber cabling. Lynn resides in Pelham with her husband, Terry and their daughter Jessyca. She can be reached at (205) 988-8297 or lynn@bticonnect.com.

John D. Browning Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC Vice Chair, Membership & Marketing Vivian Johnson Sam’s Club Hoover Lisa McMahon Warren Averett, LLC Paul Rogers Aliant Bank Joe Sullivan Sullivan Communications, Inc 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

The Greater Shelby Chamber To Announce Green Business Program at July Luncheon The Existing Business & Industry Work Group is excited to announce the development of a Green Business Program for the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of this program will be to celebrate 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. The Chamber’s Existing Business & Industry Work Group will be hosting the July membership luncheon and explaining more about this program and how to get involved. If you are interested in serving on the Existing Business & Industry Work Group, contact Brooke Story, brooke@shelbychamber.org or call the Chamber at (205) 663-4542.


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Industry Tour Set for July 23 at A. C. Legg, Incorporated

The Chamber’s Existing Business & Industry Work Group is inviting Chamber members to its next Industry Tour scheduled for July 23 at 8:30 a.m. onsite at A. C. Legg, Incorporated. A. C. Legg has enjoyed more than 80 years of success in the food seasoning business. Their success has been built on Quality, Consistency, Innovation, and Service. The company was founded on these ideals in 1923 and has been an integral part of its continued growth. NOTE: Industry Tour is limited to 15 participants and an RSVP is required by Friday, July 19. Registrants will meet onsite on July 23 and begin the tour at 8:30AM. If you are interested in touring the A. C. Legg facility, contact Brooke Story, Director of Business Development & Support: 663-4542 or brooke@shelbychamber.org.

What is the Existing Business & Industry Work Group? The Existing Industry & Business Work Group recognizes and supports local industries through tours, legislative actions, seminars and other appropriate means. The Work Group organized the annual Industry Appreciation Event held in May. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 9:00AM @ Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc. If you are interested in serving on this Chamber Work Group, contact Brooke Story, Director of Business Support and Development: brooke@shelbychamber.org or 663-4542.

July Membership Luncheon Featuring Jeff Rosenthal, President & CEO, Hibbett Sporting Goods The Chamber’s Existing Business & Industry Work Group will host the July Membership Luncheon as we welcome Jeff Rosenthal, President & CEO, Hibbett Sporting Goods. Mr. Rosenthal will share with attendees the multistate search process that Hibbett Sporting Goods went through to find a new location. The final result was choosing Shelby County, specifically a 59-acre site at Shelby West Corporate Park in Alabaster, for its new 360,000 square foot

distribution center. The Showcase Feature will be Existing Business & Industry located in Shelby County and the surrounding areas. The membership luncheon will be held on July 31 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena, 500 Amphitheater Road, Pelham. Investment for members is $17 and future members $25. Reservations are requested by noon, Monday, July 29.

Door Prize Guideline for Luncheons The Chamber appreciates members providing door prizes at its monthly luncheons. This is an optional benefit to members, Showcase Feature participants, and future members. In the interest of the program concluding on time, the Chamber accepts up to 15 door prizes for each luncheon. If the limit has been reached, the provider will be asked if they would like for the door prize to be drawn for at a future luncheon or Chamber event (Business After Hours, Membership Reception, etc.).

Contact Us

Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham, Alabama 35124 Phone: (205) 663-4542 • RSVP Line: (205) 663-8923 Email: info@shelbychamber.org • www.shelbychamber.org


Go & Grow Workshop

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Becoming a Strategic Thinker

Health Focus of the Month Sponsor

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summer months. UV levels increase nearer the equator so individuals in the southern U.S. are at a greater risk than other parts of the Country. UV levels are also greater at higher altitudes. Protection from sunlight can be obtained by using a brimmed hat or cap and UV absorbing eyewear. For outdoor use in the bright sun, sunglasses that absorb 99-100% of the full UV spectrum are recommended. Individuals who also wear clear prescription eyewear outdoors should consider using lenses that absorb the same spectrum. Labels should be examined carefully on over the counter sunglasses to ensure they absorb at least 99-100% of both UV-B and UV-A. Consumers beware of claims that sunglasses “block harmful UV” without saying how much. Dr. Stancil Handley (Mayor of Columbiana) has practiced optometry in Alabaster and Columbiana for 34 years. Information provided by Dr. Stancil Handley (Mayor of Columbiana) has practiced optometry in Alabaster and Columbiana for 34 years.

There is a saying in business “People don’t plan to fail--they fail to plan.” Developing strategies and making plans that enable you and your team to reach your goals on time is an essential skill of leadership. In this workshop, facilitated by Michael Smith, TheGREATtheGOODandtheGONE, you will learn simple techniques that enable you to do just that. Learn how to create an environment powered by mindsets that revolve around “How you and your team will become GREAT” — not choked by excuses and why not’s. Key Skills Developed • Creating Destinations that Matter • Making Road Maps to Success • Learn to Anticipate and Proactively Control your Success The Go & Grow workshop will be held from 7:45AM until 1:30PM. at the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce on July 16. Investment includes lunch, refreshments, workbook & action plan. Individual coaching available for participants’ implementation plan after workshop. Investment is $50 for members, $75 for future members. RSVP required by July 12. Contact the Chamber at call 663-4542 or info@shelbychamber.org, register online at www.shelbychamber.org.


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Greater Shelby Chamber Recognizes

2013 Small Business Persons

The Chamber’s 2013 Small Business Persons of the Year were announced at the recent “Saluting Small Business” membership luncheon. Thank you to our Small Business Week sponsor Regions Bank and also Jeff Brown, CEMO of Brownstone Marketing and Chair of the Chamber’s Small Business Work Group for their support and involvement in the Small Business Week Celebration! The Chamber proudly announced the 2013 Business Persons of the Year in three categories: Below: Bill Keller, Regions Bank at left, recipient(s) center, and David Nolen, M&F Bank and Chamber Board Chair shown at right in each photo.

Travis Walker & Scot Bruce, Walker Backflow and Fire Protection Services, LLC (1-10 employees)

Richard Byrd, Donut Joe’s (11-20 employees)

Bill Davis, Sav Mor Food Outlet (21+ employees).

SpeedNetworking for Professionals Times Four Chambers! The Greater Shelby, Hoover Area, Mountain Brook, and Vestavia Hills Chambers of Commerce are joining together to host a four-Chamber SpeedNetworking for Professionals event for members to expand the opportunity to connect! Participants are encouraged to bring a minimum 200+ business cards and

be ready for a morning of fun, fast and free networking! Thank you to the sponsor and host of this huge networking opportunity, Hyatt Regency Birmingham The Wynfrey Hotel. SpeedNetworking Times Four Chambers will be held on Tuesday, July 30th, from 8:30AM until 10:00AM at Hyatt

Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel. There is no cost to attend however an RSVP is requested by July 26 to assist us in preparation for the event. Contact the Greater Shelby Chamber at 663-4542 or register online at www.shelbychamber.org.

Chamber Members Invited To Inverness Country Club For July Business After Hours! Be sure to mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 16 and join your fellow Chamber members at Inverness Country Club 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, July 12, so please contact the Chamber via e-mail at info@shelbychamber.org or by phone at 663-4542, or register online at www.shelbychamber.org.

Watch for the “Who’s Who of Shelby County Businesses” Quarterly Membership Directory on July 10! The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has completed its first quarterly membership directory “Who’s Who of Shelby County Businesses” which will be inserted in the Shelby County Reporter on July 10 — a readership of more than 16,000!

The complimentary membership directory lists current Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce members

(as of June 25, 2013) by category, organization name, telephone number, and website address. We are proud of our member businesses and thank you for your investment and involvement in the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce!


Snapshots

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Members of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce attended a Capital Access seminar presented by Roderick Perkins, Lender Relations Specialist with the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Mr. Perkins shared his expertise on lending and how the SBA can assist with funding for start-up or small business expansion.

Congratulations to Alabama Oral & Facial Surgery on the grand opening of its new location on Valleydale. Drs. Rothman & McKay practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery.

The Greater Shelby Chamber held a reception for the Small Business Persons of the Year nominees at Ballantrae Golf Club. Another event during the Small Business Week Celebration sponsored by Regions Bank. Shown L-R: John Collier, Regions; Brooke Story, Greater Shelby Chamber; Butch Byrd, Ballantrae Golf Club; and Jeff Brown, Brownstone Marketing.

Attendees of the recent Go & Grow workshop, “Sell Yourself, Your Ideas, Your Agenda” Workshop” presented by Michael Smith, TheGREATtheGOODandtheGONE learned management techniques that could be applied immediately upon completion of class.

Hairway to Heaven, Alabaster, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening. They specialize in haircuts, color, highlights, perms, waxing, and make-up. Additional services : Awaphui Wild Ginger Keratin Treatments, Color and Clear Glossings. Air brush make-up also available. They have more than 60 years collective experience.

New and existing members attended the Chamber Membership 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!

The Chamber’s Existing Business & Industry Work Group held an Appreciation Event at Timberline Golf Club. Elected officials, ShelbyOne Investors, Shelby County Economic Industrial & Development Authority, and Shelby County industries came together to network and celebrate the positive growth in Shelby County. Thank you to our sponsor Regions Bank!


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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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July Existing Business & Industry Work Group 9 a.m. — Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc., 3535 Grandview Parkway, Suite 500, Birmingham

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Ambassadors Work Group 11:30 a.m. — Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Small Business Work Group 4 p.m. — Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Health Services Work Group 8:30 a.m. — Cardiovascular Associates, 3890 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham Go & Grow Workshop “Becoming a Strategic Thinker” 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. — Presented by Michael T. Smith, TheGREATtheGOODandtheGONE. Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham. RSVP required by Friday, July 12. Investment, Members $50, future-members $75.

Existing Business & Industry Tour 8:30 a.m. — A.C. Legg, Incorporated, 6330 Highway 31 South, Calera. Registrants will meet onsite. NOTE: Registration is required by July 19. Limited to first 15 registrants. RSVP to Brooke Story, Director of Business Development & Support. No cost to attend.

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Governmental Affairs Work Group 9 a.m. — Sain Associates, Two Perimeter Park South, Ste 500 East, Birmingham SpeedNetworking Times Four Chambers! 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. — Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel, 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham. RSVP required by July 26. No cost to attend. See page 6. Membership Luncheon Workforce Development 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Program: Jeff Rosenthal, President & CEO, Hibbett Sporting Goods. Showcase Feature: Existing Business & Industry. Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Rd., Pelham. RSVP required by noon, Monday, July 29. Investment: Members $17, future-members $25.

Education Work Group 8:30 a.m. — Shelby County Instructional Services Center, 601 First Street South, Alabaster Business After Hours 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. — Inverness Country Club, #1 Country Club Dr., Birmingham. RSVP required by Friday, July 12. Investment: Members $10, Future Members $20.

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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Business Connections July 2013