Friday, August 28, 2015

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 or (256) 535-2043.


Signature Events/Program

Annual Membership MeetingAnnual Membership Meeting

The Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting celebrates the many accomplishments of previous year and sets the standard for a successful new year! Attended by nearly 1,000 of Madison County’s finest, this event serves as an opportunity to honor those that have made significant contributions to enhance our quality of life, make Madison County a better place to live, work and play. A well-known speaker will provide the keynote address. A highlight of the meeting includes the Chamber’s presentations of the annual Distinguished Service Award, the highest individual honor given by the Chamber. Held at the Von Braun Center North Hall, this event is the Chamber’s largest corporate event of the year. Annual Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to network with community leaders as well as business leaders.


Past Distinguished Service Award Winners »


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Annual Small Business Awards CelebrationAnnual Small Business Awards Celebration

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.


This year the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County will celebrate 30 years of supporting and recognizing individuals and businesses that make a positive impact on our community through their products, services, and outstanding attributes. The 2015 awards celebration will be held on Sept. 11, 2015 at the VBC North Hall. This celebration brings together over 800 of the community’s leading small businesses, entrepreneurs, young professionals and non-profits, as well as the leadership of Huntsville/Madison County.


For information, contact Beverly Pike at or (256) 535-2089.


Past Winners / Finalists / Videos / Photos »

Best Places to Work Awards LuncheonBest Places to Work Awards Luncheon

Best Places to Work® is an annual signature event that showcases the “best of the best” businesses who are the best places to work in the Tennessee Valley. Best Places to Work® offers a business building tool that cultivates the quintessential employee relations in the workplace. Results are strictly based on the employee’s participation in answering the surveys and are scored by a third party research firm.


For information, contact Beverly Pike at or (256) 535-2089.

Pathways to SuccessPathways to Success

Pathways to Success is a multidimensional support initiative designed to provide assistance to small businesses. The initiative has three platforms that operate independently: Chamber U, Strategic Innovations, and Business Coaching. When used as a suite of services, these three platforms provide solid business planning and development to help guide you on your path.


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Networking Events

Breakfast & BizBreakfast & Biz

2015 and 2016 will feature bi-monthly Breakfast and Biz events. A fast-paced networking event will put members face to face with prime business contacts in a unique and entertaining format. Breakfast and Biz will be held at the Chamber of Commerce from 7 - 9 a.m. and each event attracts approximately 80 business professionals


For more information, contact Alexandra Gonzalez at or (256) 535-2051

Business after HoursBusiness after Hours

Business After Hours is a bi-monthly, 2-hour networking event for business professionals and small business owners. As one of our premier networking opportunities, Business After Hours attendees benefit from open dialogue, ideas sharing, and cultivating new business relationships - all in a relaxed atmosphere. This event format not only benefits the individual, but also their company through added contacts and resources. Attendees receive complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and opportunity to build their business provided by the host. Hosting Business After Hours offers companies increased marketing opportunities through Chamber assets, company brand visibility, and a promotional showcase for your services, products, and facility.


For more information, contact Alexandra Gonzalez at or (256) 535-2051

Chamber Golf ClassicChamber Golf Classic

Held each spring and fall at one of Huntsville/Madison County's beautiful golf courses, the Chamber's Golf Classic provides members the opportunity to enjoy a day with business friends, clients or prospects, and network with fellow Chamber members and potential business associates.


For more information, contact Alexandra Gonzalez at or (256) 535-2051

Holiday Open HouseHoliday Open House

The Chamber’s annual Holiday Open House will ring in the 2015 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 perfect holiday event to market your company’s products and services.


For more information, contact Alexandra Gonzalez at or (256) 535-2051

SchmoozaPalooza SchmoozaPalooza

SCHMOOZE \’shmüz\ (verb) : to converse casually, especially for social and business connections, and PALOOZA \’pa•lü•zah\ (noun) : a large scale party! The Chamber’s most anticipated networking event will be hosted twice a year to provide a casual and lively atmosphere for business professionals to network.


Schmoozapalooza also provides an opportunity for members to showcase their products or services in a tabletop format. From promoting your company, making new contacts, and generating sales leads to winding down after work with a drink and tasty treats from the area’s best restaurants and caterers, the SchmoozaPalooza experience is all about business in action and making connections.


For more information, contact Alexandra Gonzalez at or (256) 535-2051



HR Forum SeriesHR Forum Series

Cultural shifts and economic development strategies are changing the world of managing human capital. The Chamber HR Forum Series was designed to bring HR subject matter experts together with HR members to share information and trending HR topics such as Establishing a Sustaining a Work Culture, Employee Value vs. Fair Wages, and Investing in Your Employees. The Chamber HR Forum Series is a high-level, advanced training that was specifically developed to meet HR membership needs. The series runs August 2015 through June 2016.

For information, contact Beverly Pike at or (256) 535-2089.

Ignite - An Entrepreneur ForumIgnite - An Entrepreneur Forum

This forum features local entrepreneurs who candidly share their experiences and insight into starting and growing a business. These interactive presentations include open Q&A and excellent opportunities to network with fellow entrepreneurs and business owners. Each forum showcases different business concepts that will ignite your entrepreneurial imagination. Held quarterly.


For more information, contact Alexandra Gonzalez at or (256) 535-2051

Peerspective RoundtablesPeerspective Roundtables

The Chamber is committed to providing members with valuable and timely learning opportunities that help grow your business and make it more successful.

  • Are you a business leader struggling with the unique challenges of a fast-growing company, and looking for a high value/low cost way to learn how to run your business more successfully in order to take it to the next level of achievement?

  • Are you encountering decisions that you have never had to face before?

  • Do you sometimes feel isolated as you have no one to discuss the challenges of growing your business?


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For information, contact Beverly Pike at or (256) 535-2089.

Strategy in Partnership with Our Valley EventsStrategy in Partnership with Our Valley Events

The Chamber will partner with local experts to present Strategy 2016, a digital/social media conference, in Spring of 2016. Participants will learn about social media marketing best practices and find out what tools and techniques professionals use to achieve success for their businesses. This third annual event will be marketed throughout the North Alabama region as the trending social/digital media event of the year.


For more information, contact Alexandra Gonzalez at or (256) 535-2051

Women’s Business Council Forum SeriesWomen’s Business Council Forum Series

The Women’s Business Council is an advocate for womenowned businesses with the Chamber. The Council strives to be the leader in developing and sustaining a 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. The Women’s Business Council develops themed Breakfast and Lunch Forums that are offered quarterly in an effort to support women in business.


For information, contact Beverly Pike at or (256) 535-2089.




Speaker Portal


Speaker Portal receives submissions from applicants who would like to serve as speaker for Chamber programs. The Speaker Portal is open to Chamber Members in good standing that would like to help the Chamber enhance our programs, and who have something of value to say and present to our audience.


More information »


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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 Alexandra Gonzalez at or (256) 535-2051 for more information.


Upcoming Events/Photo Gallery »


Special Ceremony Informaiton »


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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-wned businesses realize a high level of success and make a significant contribution to the economic well-being of our community.


For information, contact Beverly Pike at or (256) 535-2089.



What You Need to Know About Changes to the National Defense Authorization Act


The U.S. Small Business Administration recently published a proposed rule to implement Section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), proposing to change several key areas. If you’re a small business doing business with the government, the proposed rule includes a number of provisions that could impact you. Read more »



Key Provisions of the
Affordable Care Act


The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of measures specifically for small businesses that help lower premium cost growth and increase access to quality, affordable health insurance. Depending on whether you are a self-employed individual with no employees or an employer with fewer than 25 employees, up to 50 employees, or 50 or more employees, different provisions of the Affordable Care Act may apply to you. Learn about the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act based on the size of your business below.


The Health Insurance Marketplace
in Your State


The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help self-employed individuals and small business owners if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options. States have the option of running their own Marketplace, partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to partially run the Marketplace, or opting for a Marketplace run by HHS.


Insurance plans in the Marketplace are offered by private companies. They all cover the same essential health benefits. No plan can turn you away or charge you more because you or your employees have an illness or medical condition. They must cover treatments for these conditions. Plans also can't charge women more than men for the same plan, and many preventive services are covered at no cost to you.


Small employer? Enrollment in the small employer Marketplace, known as “SHOP”, is year-round. Learn more about the SHOP Marketplace in your state by visiting For questions about SHOP, call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY: 711) Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. EST.


Self Employed? If you’re self-employed and looking for coverage, the 2014 open enrollment period is closed. You can now get Marketplace coverage only if you qualify for a special enrollment period or are applying for Medicaid and CHIP. If you think you qualify, choose your state to get started.


5 Things Small Business Entrepreneurs Should Know About Alabama’s New CrowdFunding Law


Huntsville, Alabama, Aug. 13, 2014 – The auditorium at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County was packed this afternoon as startup companies, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations gathered to learn about Alabama’s new crowdfunding law. Republican Sen. Arthur Orr, who drafted the bill with help from the Alabama Securities Commission, emceed the event, which included a presentation from ASC Deputy Director Ed Reed. Continue »


More on how We’re Improving


Over the last few days, we’ve shared updates with you on our tech surge and the steps we’re taking to ensure that gets better. We will also provide updates through regular blogs and CMS press telebriefings. Weknow how critical affordable health coverage is, and as I’ve committed, we won’t stop improving the site until every American who wants it gains access to these new options for care. Continue »