Monday, July 28, 2014

Small Business & Events

 

We Are Here For You

The Chamber’s Small Business programs are carefully designed to provide assistance, information, networking opportunities and educational opportunities for growing and sustaining small businesses.

The following services and networking opportunities are intended especially for the Chamber’s small business members. Every aspect of the Chamber’s work supports the primary objective of growing and improving our local economy. If you have further questions about the Chamber’s offerings, please contact Pammie Jimmar, Small Business & Events Director at pjimmar@hsvchamber.org or (256) 535-2043.

 

Programs

 

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Small Business Council

 

The Small Business Council brings together small business owners to discuss common issues, as well as, help identify how the Chamber of Commerce can develop innovative programs to meet the needs of its members. The council exchanges experiences and solutions, all while networking.

 

Join Small Business Council (PDF) »

 


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Small Business Training Series

The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County will partners with local experts to provide training for our members on a wide range of topics and emerging trends affecting businesses today. The Small Business Training Series is designed to afford small businesses the opportunity to engage in educational and informational sessions at little or no charge.

 

 

 


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Total Resource Campaign (TRC)
Sponsorship Opportunities for Chamber Member

 

The Annual Total Resource Campaign is the Chamber's sponsorship drive to raise revenue essential to fund its programs and events.

 

During the campaign, volunteers introduce businesses to the value of Chamber membership and encourage current members to utilize the multiple benefits membership provides. This annual effort provides leadership and financial resources to equip the Chamber for the future and finances new and existing programs.

 

 

For information, email Pammie Jimmar at  pjimmar@hsvchamber.org

 


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Chamber Roundtables

All of the Chamber's Roundtables are designed to provide participants outside perspectives from their peers about business challenges and recommended solutions.


The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County Roundtable program provides an excellent forum for member company representatives to meet to build trust among peers, exchange new ideas, share information and thoughts, obtain problem--‐solving advice, and generally learn from peers in the business and industrial community. Company representatives benefit from conveniently scheduled interactive discussions that afford them the opportunity to dialog with their counterparts on matters of common interest and concern.

 

The power of peer learning
Based on the principles of peer learning, PeerSpectives is a CEO roundtable system that the Edward Lowe Foundation designed particularly for leaders of second-stage companies (companies that have moved beyond the startup phase and are focused on steady, sustainable growth).

 

Program Details /Application Form (PDF) »

 


For information, email Pammie Jimmar at pjimmar@hsvchamber.org


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Celebration Assistance - Ribbon Cuttings, Groundbreakings, Expansions and Anniversaries

 

The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County is always eager to welcome new businesses to Huntsville/Madison County or to celebrate the expansion of existing businesses.

 

The Chamber is here to serve you in a supporting role for the event – this celebration is the time to showcase what your business has to offer our community.

 

To make the most of this special celebration, assure availability of the Chamber staff, and avoid conflicts with other Chamber programs or functions, please schedule your event with the Chamber as early as possible. Remember: the earlier you contact us, the better.

 

The event can be as simple or elaborate as you choose. Contact Pammie Jimmar at pjimmar@hsvchamber.org for more information.

 

Ribbon Cutting Gallery »

 

Special Ceremony Informaiton »

 

Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Events »

 


 

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The Women’s Business Council

 

The Women’s Business Council is the advocate for women-owned businesses with the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. Our vision is to be the leader in developing and sustaining a fertile, creative environment in which diverse women-owned businesses realize a high level of success and make a significant contribution to the economic well-being of our community.

 

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For information, email Pammie Jimmar at  pjimmar@hsvchamber.org

 


 

 

 

 

Member News

This service offers small businesses an opportunity to promote special events or major announcements regarding their organization and is located on the Chamber website. All submissions must be directed to Patricia McCarter, Communications Director at pmccarter@hsvchamber.org

 

Chamber member news »

 

ChamberLink newsletter »

 

Business News »

 

Events
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Annual Membership Meeting

 

The Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting is the largest corporate event of the year. This event is the changing of the guard for Chamber leadership and features a review of the Chamber’s previous year’s successes and milestones. The meeting serves as a platform to review the past and look toward the future of Chamber initiatives. A well-known speaker will provide the luncheon’s keynote address. With over 1,100 attendees, the Annual Membership Meeting provides your company with the opportunity to network with community leaders as well as business leaders.

 

Past Distinguished Service Award Winners »

 

photo annaul mtg Presentation slide by John N. Doggett, keynote speaker of the Annual Membership Meeting, Jan. 16, 2014 (PDF) »

 

 


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Annual Small Business Awards

 

The Small Business Awards Celebration is held yearly and celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of local small businesses, nonprofits and young professionals. The awards currently have seven categories and is one of the Chamber’s largest member events.

 

2013

List of Winners / finalists / contenders »

Video of the winners »

Event photos »

2012

Winners / finalists / Contenders / Sponsors »

Event Photos »

2011

Winners and finalists »

2010

Finalists and Winners »

2009

Finalists and Winners »

2008

Finalists and Winners »

 


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Annual Business EXPO

The Business Expo is the Chamber's premiere annual event designed for members to showcase their products and services both locally and regionally to other businesses as well as consumers. The Expo provides exhibitors the opportunity for business to business networking and marketing while showcasing the diverse business base of the Huntsville/Madison County community.

 

 

 


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Best Places to Work Awards Luncheon

 

Starting with the 2013 event, Best Places to Work will be open to companies who employ 10 or more full time employees. Employee count categories will be reorganized in order to recognize companies with 10 – 1000 employees allowing for a broader representation of “best” company recognition. Companies will still be recognized in 4 – 5 categories (based on employee count) as Best Places to Work in Huntsville, and individuals from the contender companies will be eligible to compete as Most Valuable Employees. There will be three (3) winners in each category. Winners will not be announced until the luncheon event.

 


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Women's Business Council Event Series

 

The Women’s Business Council is best known for its Quarterly Forum Luncheons, however, 2014 is a new year with new events planned. While the WBC still plans to host Forum Luncheons, the plan will extend beyond that to encompass new and exciting events that will bring the top executives of women-owned businesses to the table. Attendance for WBC events has skyrocketed in the last 12 months with an average attendance of near 100 at each luncheon. Attendees are a diverse group of small business owners, executives, community leaders and key employees of women-owned small businesses. The 2014 event series will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, discussion forums and women-only networking opportunities. Topics of interest and importance will be presented and discussed that will help the woman-owned business sustain, grow and strengthen. Show your support for women-owned businesses by attending an event this year.

 

 

For information, email Pammie Jimmar at  pjimmar@hsvchamber.org

 


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Business after Hours

 

Meet business people and leaders in your area by attending a Business After Hours! This networking event allows you to meet new people and build business relationships. You can sponsor a Business After Hours or just come to one and enjoy good company and great food from one of our many Chamber Member Restaurants. Each Business After Hours is held from 5 - 7 p.m. For more information contact Pammie Jimmar at  pjimmar@hsvchamber.org

 

 


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Breakfast & Biz

 

Breakfast & Biz is a speed networking event. Participants will be given the opportunity to meet other business individuals, one-on-one, resulting in a fast-paced, exciting, and extremely effective networking experience. In these crucial minutes, attendees can describe their respective business, product and/0r services, exchange business cards, and/or pass on referrals. When the event facilitator rings the bell, it is time for attendees to move to another seat and meet someone new. Speed networking is the most efficient way to network! Take advantage of this unique networking paradigm designed to help build relationships and generate revenue. Build your client base! And don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards.

 

Breakfast & Biz events are held bi-monthly at the Chamber of Commerce from 7 - 9 a.m.

 

 


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Annual Chamber Golf Classic

 

Held each spring and fall this event gives participants the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf and networking at one of Huntsville/Madison County's beautiful golf courses. The Chamber's Classics are excellent opportunities for networking in a relaxed atmosphere with fellow Chamber members and potential business associates.

 

 

 


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Fabulous Foods

 

The Small Business Division of The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County invites you to join in a special event designed for our members who are caterers and restaurateurs. There is no cost for you to participate. The chamber will provide the guests and in return requests that you bring tasty sample items to facilitate a tasty event for 60 of our most valued volunteers and business leaders.

 


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Holiday Open House

 

The Chamber’s annual holiday open house welcomes the holiday season with fabulous food, wonderful entertainment, festive decorations and the perfect opportunity to greet and meet other Chamber members. The holiday event boasts an annual attendance of more than 400 Chamber members, community leaders and elected officials and is the place to celebrate the season.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Connect For Lunch

 

Connect for Lunch offers what every businessperson is hoping to achieve: up-close, personal, relationship-building opportunities on a regular basis that let you connect more intimately. Each week, you’ll have the opportunity to go to lunch with two or three different Chamber members. You’ll be the only one in your industry or profession at the table. The Connect for Lunch program takes care of everything for you: Connect for Lunch selects your lunch partners, selects the restaurant, provides you with a map to the restaurant, and even makes the reservations for you…all for a nominal fee of only $9.95 for two lunches per month or $17.95 for four lunches per month (you pay for your meal). Coming Soon!!!

For information, email Pammie Jimmar at  pjimmar@hsvchamber.org