Sunday, February 07, 2016

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 800 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. Join us for the changing of the guard for Chamber leadership, and 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

This year the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County will celebrate 31 years of supporting and recognizing individuals and businesses that make a positive impact on our community through their products, services, and outstanding attributes.

One of the most popular Chamber events of the year is the Small Business Awards. The 2016 awards celebration will be held in August 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. Sponsorship of the Small Business Awards is a great way to market your company to local small businesses while networking and supporting your small business peers.



2015 Winners »


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 that are the best places to work in the Tennessee Valley area. Best Places to Work® offers a business building tool that cultivates the quintessential employee relations in the workplace. Results are strictly based on employee participation in answering the surveys and are scored by a third party research firm.

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 entrepreneurs on their path.


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Networking Events

Breakfast & BizBreakfast and Biz

2016 and 2017 will feature bi-monthly Breakfast and Biz events. This fast paced networking event is for business owners and new employees of existing businesses. This event will put members face to face with prime business contacts in a unique and entertaining format. Breakfast and Biz will be held at a member’s location or the Chamber of Commerce; it attracts approximately 80 business professionals.

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. Generally held at a member’s location or the Chamber of Commerce, it attracts approximately 200 guests and features giveaways, hors d’oeuvres, beverages (beer, wine, water & soft drinks). Sponsors and event participants have the opportunity to meet and network with business leaders from the community.

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.


Holiday Open HouseHoliday Open House

The Chamber’s annual Holiday Open House will ring in the 2016 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 500 Chamber members, community leaders and elected officials and is the perfect holiday event to market your company’s products and services.

Peerspective RoundtablesSchmoozaPalooza

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.



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 and 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 specifically developed to meet HR membership needs.

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.

Peerspective RoundtablesChamber Insight

Chamber Insight is a new, low cost series of informational updates hosted by the Chamber with senior Chamber staff and key Tennessee Valley leaders. Sessions will cover topics such as Economic and Workforce Development, Industrial Technology, Cummings Research Park, Government & Public Affairs and Redstone Arsenal updates. The target market for this series is the small business owner and local entrepreneurs.

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

The Women’s Business Council is an advocate for women-owned businesses with the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. The Council strives 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. The Women’s Business Council develops themed Breakfast and Lunch Forums that are offered quarterly in an effort to support women in business.




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.


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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.



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