News and Updates
April 7, 2017
The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is planning a First Responders Breakfast in May. The event will be the first of its kind in the Greater Valley Area and we would love the opportunity to work with our Chamber members to make this event a huge success. The Greater Valley Area has determined there are roughly 1,500 First Responders throughout our service area. Invitations were mailed out at the end of March. We are currently awaiting them to RSVP to determine how many of the roughly 1,500 responders will be able to attend this event.

The Greater Valley Area includes Chambers County, Alabama, Troup County, Georgia, and Harris County Georgia. We will extend invitations to our local municipalities including Police, Fire, and EMS, volunteer Fire and EMS, Sheriffs and Deputies, Alabama State Troopers, Coroner, U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, EMA/911, military, EAMC-Lanier, Life Flight, and more!

The Chamber is working with local area restaurants to provide food for this event. If you are interested in being a sponsor you may click the link below and select the level of sponsorship for your organization.  

The Chamber has our next monthly seminar for the month of April on April 20th. Please join us as we learn how to Build Our Marketing Toolkit with our speaker Mike Coleman from Constant Contact.  Please register online below at the link provided.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to the coming months. 

Ashley M. Crane

Executive Director  

GROWTH ~ VALUE ~ ADVOCATE ~ COMMUNICATE ~ COMMUNITY
 A MONTH IN REVIEW
Upcoming Events
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CHAMBER MEMBERS
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To see all of our Chamber members,  log onto the  Chamber Directory.

To download an electronic version of the Chamber Directory please  click here.

  CHAMBER HAPPENINGS!
2017 Monthly Seminar Schedule
Click here for complete list of seminars for 2017.
CHAMBER SEMINAR 
APRIL 20, 2017
BUILD YOUR MARKETING TOOLKIT

HOSTED BY 
RIBBON CUTTING
CLICK HERE FOR FLYER
SPECIAL WORKSHOP 

The Chamber is partnering with Alabama State University, Small Business Development Center to offer an Introduction Workshop to Government Contracting.

May 3rd at the Hampton Inn and Suites from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm EDT.

Whether you are new to government contracting or you have sought contracts in the past, this workshop can help! The workshop will introduce existing commercial businesses to the world of government contracting. Topics covered during the workshop will include:

Getting Registered for Contracting
Finding Government Opportunities
Government Small Business Certifications
Emergency Response contracting in Alabama Program
Capability Statements
... and More!  

At the conclusion of the workshop, interested businesses can sign up for individual counseling sessions on Thursday morning from 9 am to 12 noon. Client services are FREE.

Click here to register!

  COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS!
SBA Disaster News
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Alabama as a result of the drought that began on December 15, 2016. 

Chambers County is a county that qualifies.


  East Alabama Workforce Investment Network, Inc.,
dba Central AlabamaWorks, Region 5 Workforce Council is hosting its  third annual 
Career Discovery Expo ,
an industry-led initiative that targets eighth graders in
13 counties: 
Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Russell, and Tallapoosa counties. The event will be held on September 14 and 15 at
Southern Union State Community College.

Click Here for Additional Information and Sponsorship Levels
City of Valley Clean Up Week
The City of Valley is hosting a Clean Up week beginning April 3rd to April 8th. Each day there will be different opportunities to get involved and help clean up Valley.

20th Annual LaFayette Day
Please join Valley Haven as they celebrate the 20th Annual LaFayette Day on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT/ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Located on the square in downtown LaFayette. Family fun and entertainment throughout the day.
 
National Donate Life Month Event

  Please join EAMC-Lanier Hospital by the flagpole on the front lawn of the hospital to celebrate National Donate Life month.  Our hospital Administrator, Greg Nichols, will welcome the crowd. 

Next you will hear a few brief words from an organ donor and an organ recipient.  Balloons will be released after the closing prayer.

 EAMC-Lanier Hospital

April 13

10:00 am EST

 The public is welcome, and we hope to see you there!

Spring 2017 Job Fair
Hosted by Congressman Drew Ferguson on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Businesses interested in setting up a booth need to register. Registration form available through link provided below.

Don't Drop it in Alabama
The Chambers County Sheriff's Department along with the Chambers County Solid Waste Office and PALS (People Against a Littered State) are making plans for its 2017 Spring Clean-Up.

The Chamber is asking that our businesses get involvedto help cleanup Chambers County and the Greater Valley Area.

Cheer Chicks Color Fun Run
Valley High School Fun Run/ Walk Fundraiser for the Valley High/ Middle School Cheerleaders!
Click on each flyer for full details and registration!
Child Advocacy Month
Tri-County Children's Advocacy Event
Click the flyer below to view.
Valley Haven HIKE-BIKE-RUN
Valley Haven School 41st
Annual HIKE-BIKE-RUN 

May 6, 2017
8:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M. EDT

1 Mile, 5K, 10.5K Run, 10 and 20 Mile Bike Ride, 5 and 7 Mile Walk, Kid Games, Activities and Food!


Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail Photo Contest
Submit your best photos for the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail Photo Contest. 

Click here for complete details.
Ashley M. Crane
Executive Director

Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce
2102 South Broad Avenue |  PO BOX 205  | Lanett, Alabama 36863

334-642-1411

chamber@greatervalleyarea.com