Chamber Connection
Advocating for the economic vitality of Hartselle:
"We build community through business."
December 4, 2020
Chamber News:
Welcome New Members! Main Street West
HACC Ambassador Spotlight Jimmy and Donna Watson
Each week we highlight our outstanding Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are a group of volunteers who help members get the most out of their membership. They are enthusiastic, articulate, and motivated business people. Ambassadors contact recently joined members to be sure they know all about Chamber benefits and services, and they look for opportunities to get existing members more involved. Ambassadors attend ribbon cuttings and other Chamber events, recruit new members and new ambassadors, and participate in Chamber projects. The Ambassadors make possible many activities that the Chamber staff could not do otherwise.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador or want to sponsor an Ambassador, plan to attend our community information meeting on Friday, December 11th, to learn more about our program!

Hindsight is 2020…Renew, Reset, 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 Chambers 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, by meeting new contacts, and by spending more time with leaders in the business community.

2021 Total Resource Campaign Key Dates
January 20   1pm – 2pm                Return Volunteer Training (Renewals)      Depot
January 20   2pm – 3pm                Team Captain Training                                Depot
February 1   1pm – 3pm                 Volunteer Training                                       Depot
February 3   12pm                         Kick-off Luncheon                                    The Venue
February 10 12pm                         1st Rally Luncheon                                     Depot
February 17 12pm                         2nd Rally Luncheon                                     Depot
February 24 12pm                         3rd Rally Luncheon                                      Depot
March 3        12pm                          4th Rally Luncheon                                      Depot
March 10      12pm                          Victory Celebration                                  The Venue
October 10-13, 2021                     Awards trip to Dollywood and the DreamMore Resort!!
HACC Young Professionals
The HACC Young Professionals purpose is to engage individuals who want to develop and advance their careers, to make a positive impact on the community, and to boost their leadership potential.

The HACC Young Professionals facilitate growth opportunities by hosting:
  • Quarterly Organized Young Professional Functions
  • Monthly informal networking gatherings
  • Regular Professional Development Offerings

Membership Criteria and Membership Options
  • Age Range – 21 to 40 years of age
  • Affiliation: Employee of a chamber member, business owner or representative in the area
  • Chamber Member Fee: $50.00 billed annually on January 1
  • Non-chamber Member Fee: $80.00, billed annually on January 1

The 2021 HYP applications are now being accepted. Click here for more information.
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 November 19th, Shoefisticated 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
The Something Blue Shoppe on Thursday, December 17th at 9am
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:
Emergency Blood Appeal Results in Multiple LifeSouth Community
Blood Drives
 
By November, many minds are in full holiday mode. Some early achievers may have even finished their Christmas shopping, but for others the holidays could be a stressful time.
 
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.”
 
Madison/Huntsville Community Drive:
December 5 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
LifeSouth Madison Blood Center Madison, AL
 
The Madison/Huntsville drive will be called, Joy of Giving. The event is to highlight that giving blood is a joy! Every donor will be able to spin our giant prize wheel that will have prizes that range from oil changes and car washes to food vouchers, spa certificates, and cold hard cash! This day will also offer free gift wrapping for donors and free food too!
 
Every donors 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 
Alabama Legislative Session Preview (via Zoom)

Thursday, December 10th at 1:30pm

Join your fellow Alabama chamber of commerce executives for a preview of the upcoming Legislative Session, presented by David Cole, Business Council of Alabama, and Jim Proctor, McWane.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Dec 10, 2020 01:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thriving in the New Normal--Free classes through Monday, December 14th

We've been in pandemic mode for the better part of year, and now we are moving into flu season on top of that. According to the CDC, “Fear and anxiety about [Covid-19] can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.” 
 
HPI is offering a series of 4 online workshops addressing the “New Normal.” We will use games, role plays, and scenarios to help people engage with each other and the material. These workshops are designed to be accessible and relatable for everyone dealing with the challenges of the New Normal.  
This class is a gratitude offering to our community. A certificate of completion is available for those who complete all four classes.

Classes begin Monday, November 23, and run through Monday, December 14.

It’s 100 percent virtual so location is no barrier to participation.

For more information or to register, click here.
Everyone 21+ is invited to Wine Night on Monday, December 14th, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

This is a fun community event to support our HACC Young Professionals. Tickets cost $35 per person. The price of the ticket includes dinner and a wine flight.

Dinner will be a pasta bar with choice of pasta, bread, and salad. There will also be a cash beverage and dessert bar.

There is limited seating. Reserve your ticket today by registering online.

Caffeinated Conversations @ The Something Blue Shoppe
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, December 21st, 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:
‘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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Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce
Post Office Box 817 110 Railroad Street, Hartselle, AL 35640
(256)773-4370