Chamber Connection
Advocating for the economic vitality of Hartselle:
"We build community through business."
November 24, 2020
Chamber News:
Welcome New Members! Ellen Bean-Remax Platinum
Alabama’s October Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.8%
 
MONTGOMERY – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate is 5.8%, down from September’s revised rate of 6.7%, and above October 2019’s rate of 2.7%. 

HACC Ambassador Spotlight Jennifer Williams
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!

2021 HACC Ambassador applications now open!

Do you LOVE Hartselle and desire to promote our city to businesses and individuals? Do you enjoy meeting and interacting with new people? Do you enjoying hosting others and sharing "Hartselle Hospitality"? Are you able to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects?

2021 HACC Ambassador Applications are now open and we would LOVE to talk to you. Join us on Friday, December 4th, for an opportunity to learn more. Please click below to register online and we look forward to seeing you!

If you can't make it in person and would like more information or have questions, please feel free to reach out to us at 256-773-4370 or visit our website here for more information.

Click below to register for one of our sessions:
AM Session 7:30am-8:30am
Lunch Session 11:30am-12:30pm
PM Session 5:30pm-6:30pm

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:
Thriving in the New Normal--Free classes begin Monday, November 23rd

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

For more information or to register, click here.
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, November 30th, 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.
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
Resources and Reminders:
IMPORTANT information regarding a COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Provides cash grants of up to $20,000 to Alabama-based businesses, non-profits, and faith-based organizations. Application opens THIS COMING TUESDAY, 11/24 at 12noon.

First come, first serve.

‘Tis the season to share joy – and show love for our favorite small businesses.
Let’s #ShopSmall on #SmallBizSat, Nov. 28 and 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