Chamber Connection
Advocating for the economic vitality of Hartselle:
"We build community through business."
December 18, 2020
Chamber News:
HACC Ambassador Emeriti Recognition
Our hearts and tables were full as we celebrated and served our Ambassadors at our annual Christmas luncheon. Although it looked a little different this year, the fellowship and camaraderie were just the same. We inducted our first 4 Ambassador Emeriti members. Sandy Johnson, Bettye English, Nancy Busby-Solberg, and Larry Murphree will remain on the Ambassador roster as honorary Ambassadors and continue to serve at-will indefinitely. While the awards notate 2006 as their original Ambassador date, these 4 Ambassadors have carried the HACC message for more than 30 years through their membership and service. They regaled us with stories from the very beginning of our Ambassador roots as we laughed, even through a few tears. We look forward to many more years of their awesome spirit and carry their original Ambassador mission forward.

We are still recruiting our 2021 Ambassadors. Please join us Friday, January 8th, for an informational meeting. Click here to register for one of our lunch session on Friday, January 8th, at 7:30am or 11:30am!
Ambassador Christmas Luncheon
Hindsight is 2020…Reset, Recover, Reimagine!!
Announcing… the 2021 HACC Total Resource Campaign

Each year, the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce executes their TRC with the mission of developing the leadership and financial resources of the Chamber through a 6-week all-volunteer campaign focused on securing business sponsors for the Chamber's comprehensive program of work and attracting new members.

The Purpose of the TRC is to generate revenue for the Chamber to carry out its mission of building a healthy economy and improving the quality of life in the Hartselle area. Many member businesses find that being identified with the Chamber is a positive opportunity for their business. The Chamber’s programs, newsletters, and events are excellent ways for businesses to promote the products and services they provide to the community while also sponsoring the Chamber. Be on the lookout for some of the familiar favorites along with some brand new opportunities for the growth of our community.

Come be a part of one of our capable and responsible volunteer team to increase your personal business development by growing your relationships with your current clients, meeting new contacts, and spending more time with leaders in the business community.

2021 Total Resource Campaign Key Dates
January 20, 1 pm – 2 pm Return Volunteer Training (Renewals)     
January 20, 2 pm – 3 pm Team Captain Training                               
February 1, 1 pm – 3 pm Volunteer Training                                      
February 3, 12 pm Kick-off Luncheon                                   
February 10, 12 pm 1st Rally Luncheon                                    
February 17, 12 pm 2nd Rally Luncheon                                     
February 24, 12 pm 3rd Rally Luncheon                                      
March 3, 12 pm 4th Rally Luncheon                                      
March 10, 12 pm Victory Celebration                                  
October 10-13, 2021, Awards trip to Dollywood and the DreamMore Resort!!
HYP Wine Night
On Monday, December 14, Jenny Greer with United-Johnson Brothers of Alabama led us in a wine tasting for our HACC Wine Night, hosted by the HACC Young Professionals, at the Freight House Restaurant in Hartselle. Following the wine tasting, we enjoyed a wonderful pasta dinner and dessert along with networking and great conversations in an intimate setting.

Be on the lookout for more social networking events like this as well as professional development opportunities and community-wide events, all hosted by our HACC Young Professionals!

If you are a young professional (aged 21-40) and are interested in learning more about this group and how to join, please click below:


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Caffeinated Conversations
(formerly known as Networking @ Nine)

Chamber members are invited to grab a cup of joe and join the Hartselle Area Chamber for "Caffeinated Conversations" each 4th Thursday of the month at 9:00 am.

On December 17th, The Something Blue Shoppe hosted the community with a short opening and then we engaged in conversations of importance to the attendees and community. This setting provided us with a great opportunity to network with other business-minded people.

Our next Caffeinated Conversations will be hosted by
Main Street West Gallery on Thursday, January 28th at 9am
Main Street West Gallery Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

HACC helped celebrate with Main Street West Gallery for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 pm on Thursday, December 17th. Attendees stayed for the after-party grand opening celebration and experienced many expressions of art and unique treasures. Be sure to visit them this holiday season for items that are sure to enhance your home and life!

123 Main Street W, Hartselle, AL 35640
Hartselle 101 Tours
Introducing Hartselle 101 Tours, presented by Peck-Glasgow Insurance. This tour will highlight our community for residents - new and old! The tour starts and ends at The Station (the Hartselle Depot) location at 110 Railroad Street. Informative segments include: Get Outside & Get Moving ~ Be a Tourist in Your Own Town ~ Get Involved ~ and Shop Local. The bus will tour different Hartselle areas and provide some Hartselle/Morgan County history. Tours offered quarterly throughout the year.

2nd tour: January 15, 2021
Registration details coming soon

Hartselle Tigers Athletic Director Pat Smith has shared a warning to our local businesses and community members. He wanted us to share that any authorized apparel or sports gear that is sponsored by a local business will only be solicited through the Athletic Department or team members. There are companies that are not local preying on our community to make a profit, none of which benefits our schools, our teams, or our local community. Please be aware that these solicitations are widespread and not supported by our local school district. Please contact the Hartselle City Schools district office or Hartselle High School athletic department if you have questions about any questionable solicitations.
Upcoming Events:
Caffeinated Conversations @ Main Street West Gallery
Workforce and Education Committee Community Meeting
The purpose of the Workforce and Education committee is to enhance the development of our existing and future workforce through local and regional partnerships to provide a globally competitive business environment for the Hartselle area. The workforce and education taskforce works to help expand public and private workforce training efforts for the emerging, unemployed, and underemployed workers in the Hartselle area. The focus is to provide a well-trained workforce to meet the needs of area businesses and industries.

The next committee community meeting will be Monday, January 18th, at 9am. This meeting is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the committee and its objectives.

Meeting will be via Zoom.

Email admin@hartsellechamber.com for assistance with Zoom link if needed.
Resources and Reminders:

JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO KEEP ALABAMA OPEN


BCA has launched the grassroots movement to “Keep Alabama Open." This initiative strives to unite Alabama business owners and workers who have diligently worked throughout the pandemic to follow State Health Orders and best practices when it comes to keeping customers and themselves safe while continuing to earn a living and support their families.

Governor Kay Ivey’s administration has proven that the State is perfectly capable and willing to make the tough decisions needed to save lives and livelihoods, utilizing Alabama solutions tailored specifically for our unique situation and needs.


Associations and Chambers throughout the state have already signed on, including the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, NFIB, Alabama Retail Association, Alabama Restaurant, and Hospitality Association, Alabama Truckers Association, Alabama Road Builders Association, and the Alabama Beverage Licensees Association, just to name a few.

Members of the public wanting to Keep Alabama Open can join the movement on social media, as well as with new window signs and bumper stickers. For more information and to sign onto the initiative, visit keepalabamaopen.com.
Emergency Blood Appeal Results in Multiple LifeSouth Community
Blood Drives
 During an emergency blood appeal, some cancer patients have had their treatments postponed due to a low blood supply. Motor vehicle crash victims and trauma patients will have to go untreated if there is not enough blood stocked in hospitals.
 
“There is not an artificial substance created in a lab to make blood,” Kelley McPhail, district director at LifeSouth said. “It has to come directly from a human body. That is why it is so important we have donors.”
 
LifeSouth has come up with a temporary solution that may assist with the shortage of blood, Community Blood Drives. In North Alabama, LifeSouth has six community blood centers in four different regions. All four regions are participating in their own community drive.
 
Community drives will allow people in the community to gather for one common cause and have a little fun in the process. LifeSouth will be following all CDC, state, and city regulations as it pertains to COVID-19.
 
“We are wiping down beds between donors, everyone on our busses and in our centers are required to wear masks, and we have limited the number of donors allowed to give at one time,” McPhail said. “It has never been a better time to give blood.”

Every donor receives a free COVID-19 antibodies test and a free cholesterol screening Please visit www.lifesouth.org to find the closest blood center or blood drive near you. Call LifeSouth’s toll-free number, 1-888-795-2707 for more information on giving and to schedule an appointment 
‘Tis the season to share joy – and show love for our favorite small businesses.
Let’s #ShopSmall all season long as we #KeeptheCheerHere!
Visit ShopSmall.com to learn more.
NEW! Save Small Business Resource Center Connecting Main Street to Available Funding Programs, Advice and Tools for Survival
Earlier today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of its comprehensive new Save Small Business resource center—including federal, state, and local financial assistance programs, emergency financial relief resources, grant programs and more—to help provide the assistance and guidance small businesses need right now amid Congressional inaction to provide additional, much-needed financial relief to Main Street. Click here to view the new Save Small Business resource center.
It is a federal law for virtually all males living in the US, both citizens and immigrants (documented and undocumented) 18-25 years old to register with the Selective Service. Failure to do so is a violation of the law and individuals can lose the benefits and jobs associated with registration. By not registering, young men lose access to job training and certification programs, student financial aid, Pell grants, federal job training and federal jobs--including employment with the US Postal Service--and delayed citizenship for immigrants. Our communities are negatively affected when young men fail to register because we lose significant federal dollars that would have otherwise been granted for more education and a better trained workforce. Please help remind every young man that he needs to register in order to retain his benefits.


Dr. Jones does an excellent job keeping us informed on all the great things taking place at Hartselle City Schools. We encourage you to take a look at her newsletter each week.  
 

For information on the latest resolutions from the Hartselle City Council, click HERE to check out their meeting minutes posted on their website.
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(256)773-4370