Chamber Connection
Advocating for the economic vitality of Hartselle:
"We build community through business."
October 30, 2020
Chamber News:
Welcome New Members! The Kayak Store, Hulse Chiropractic, The Littlest Christmas Tree Farm
HACC Ambassador Spotlight Debra Watson
Each week we highlight one of 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 4th, to learn more about our program!

2020 HCS State of the Schools Centerpiece Winners
Each year, Hartselle City schools and clubs participate in a centerpiece competition for the HCS State of the Schools Breakfast. Prizes and certificates were awarded on Friday, October 23rd.

The winners are chosen by the breakfast attendees.

This year the winners are:

1st place FE Burleson Elementary School
2nd place HHS Athletics
3rd place Hartselle Junior High School
Honorable Mentions went to HHS Band and Hartselle High School
HACC Young Professionals
The HACC Young Professionals met on October 21st at Warehouse Coffee.

Next meeting: November 18th

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 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 October 22nd, Monty Vest of the Hartselle City School Board 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.

Next Caffeinated Conversations: November 19th @ Shoefisticated

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.
Thank you to RAW Images and Marco's Pizza for hosting the October 2020 Board Meeting!
Upcoming Events:
Christmas Open House Sunday, November 8th, 1p-4p
Join us on Sunday, November 8th, 1pm-4pm, as we welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Hartselle! We will have hot chocolate and sweet treats, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and other fun, holiday-inspired activities at the Depot. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor-Mutual of Omaha Mortgage, our Santa Sponsor-Jamie Bates & Associates Allstate of Hartselle, our Snowflake Sponsor-Widner Family Dentistry, and our Sweet Treats Sponsors-Sugar Mama's Bakery, Redstone Federal Credit Union, and Columbia Cottage Assisted Living. Our local area merchants will also be open for business and showcasing great ideas for holiday gifts. Social distancing protocols will be exercised as necessary. Let's kick off the holiday season with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Hartselle Tigers Football Lunch & Learn
Come Join Coach Moore as he recaps last weeks game and shares strategies for Friday night! Every Thursday at lunch @ Warehouse coffee!

Resources and Reminders:
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.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3!

The deadline has passed to apply for an absentee ballot in the 2020 General Election taking place on November 3. Anyone who did not apply for an absentee ballot by October 29th will need to prepare to vote in person on Tuesday, November 3rd. If you are returning an absentee ballot, please note the deadlines listed below:
· Monday, November 2: deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager
· Monday, November 2: last day to postmark an absentee ballot
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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Post Office Box 817 110 Railroad Street, Hartselle, AL 35640