Membership Drive Rocks - Enterprise Chamber of Commerce by wuzhenguang


									                                                   Volume 3 Issue 7                                     July, 2009

                                                   Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

                                                    The New
                                                   Boll Weevil Bulletin
                           “To promote the business and economic environment; thereby, providing for the welfare of the citizens of the
                                               Enterprise area and furthering the competitive free enterprise system”.

    Upcoming events:
                                                     Membership Drive Rocks
                                           This year’s membership drive will have a driving rhythm. Chairperson/”Talent Scout” Anita Caw-
•     7/3 Ft Rucker                      ley has set the theme for this year’s drive as “Rockin’ In Enterprise”. This year’s membership drive
                                                                  will run from July 6th through August 28th.
      Freedom Fest
                                                                    Six ten-person teams, or “bands” will compete to sign up new members
•     7/6 Member-                                                and get their name on a gold, platinum or double platinum award. Each
                                                                 band’s goal will be to sign up at least one new chamber member each. The
      ship Drive                                                 more new members each band signs, the higher they “climb the chart”.
      begins                                                        Membership recruiting “bands” include: The Socialites, lead by Lori
                                                                 Sellers, The Eagles with front man Bill Ammons, The Flamingos featuring
•     7/28                                                       Lisa Fenner, Mary Merritt’s Gap Band, The B-52’s starring Allisha Harri-
      Recruiting/                                                son, and The Producers made up of the Chamber staff.
      Employment                                                    As an incentive, each new member who joins during the membership
      law Seminar                                                drive will receive a 25% discount on their first year’s dues when paid in
                                    Certified Gold               advance.
                                                                   New members will be invited to meet the other members at the Annual
                                                                 Membership Appreciation Cookout, August 28th at the Chamber.

                                    Free Birds
Inside this
                                  The Chamber was proud to present a
issue:                         check to purchase a new aviary for the resi-
Downtown Summer Fest 2         dents of Enterprise Health & Rehabilitation.
                               The Board of Directors donated a portion of
BamaJam Bags           2       the proceeds from the 2009 Golf Classic to
Ribbon Cuttings        3       fund the purchase of the new aviary.
                                   On June 12th, Chairman of the Board
Ambassador Luncheon    4
                               Robbin Thompson and others presented the
                               donation to Enterprise Health & Rehabilita-
Good News Website      4
                               tion Director Barbara Stinson. The funds
Employer Seminar       5       were used to purchase a new aviary which
                               was due to arrive on June 13th. The new        (l-r) Mary Merritt, Vicky Tonn, Robbin Thompson, Doug
Calendar of Events     6       aviary will be placed on the third hall for    Allgood, Barbara Stinson, Vicki Davis, Laurielee Mixson, Bill
                               residents who cannot go to the lobby.          Ammons, Pat Leggett, and Jamie Godwin at the check pres-
                                   The lobby already has an aviary, which entation for the new aviary at Enterprise Health & Rehab
                               has been a big hit with the residents. The
                               beautiful, custom-made glass enclosure is decorated with natural-looking greenery and flowers and is stocked
                               with colorful finches. The residents spend hours on end enjoying these tiny creatures. The caretakers occasion-
                               ally find eggs in the birds nests, which are left to hatch into tiny chicks, which are removed and cared for until
                               they are old enough to return to the aviary.

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                 Volume 3 Issue 7                                                                                              Page 2

                              First Summer Fest Sizzles
                                                                       The Downtown Unlimited Committee, several merchants, and spon-
                                                                   sors presented the first annual Downtown Summer Fest, May 28-30th in
                                                                   downtown Enterprise.
                                                                       The 3-day event featured many special offerings and sales by mer-
                                                                   chants, several of whom brought their wares out on the sidewalks and
                                                                   streets for the event. Shoppers registered to win their share of a dozen
                                                                   tickets to BamaJam, courtesy of Goolsby Plumbing and Electric and
                                                                   Ronnie Gilley Productions.
                                                                       The festival culminated with live entertainment on College Avenue
                                                                   Saturday. Local bands Pure & Simple, J.O.E., Half Past Ten, and North-
                                                                   ern Front performed on the outdoor stage from 10AM-3PM. Downtown
                                                                   radio station WVVL held a remote broadcast live from the event.
                                                                       The committee plans to make the Summer Fest an annual event, like
                                                                   the Boll Weevil Fall Festival held each October.
  Bluegrass band Pure & Simple kicked off the show that
  featured lots of local talent

           Chamber Welcomes BamaJam VIPs
     As BamaJam welcomed hundreds of thousands of music fans to
  Enterprise, the Chamber welcomed the people who made it possi-
     This year, the Chamber was called upon to create custom-made
  gift bags for festival sponsors and other VIPs. Chamber staff mem-
  bers presented many of the 100 bags personally, which contained
  Enterprise souvenirs, custom-made soaps, lotions, and BamaJam
      BamaJam 2009 was an even bigger event than the inaugural
  festival held in 2008. Reports indicate this year’s crowds may have
  been as much as 50% larger than last year’s festival which boasted
  total attendance figures of about 200,000.
     Total revenue figures have not been released, but are sure to far
  exceed last year’s totals. According to Ronnie Gilley Entertainment
  which produces the festival, sales tax revenues from the 2008 event
  exceeded $300,000 with total economic impact well into the mil-
                                                                          Lisa Pair and Natalie Sumrall carefully create 100 welcome
                                                                         gift bags for VIPs at BamaJam

                 Nomination Committee Appointed
   As per the Chamber by-laws, Board of Directors Chairman Robbin Thompson has appointed a Nomination Committee to select the
2009~2012 slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors for the 2009~2010 Chamber year. The Committee is charged with
submitting a slate of eight (8) nominees to serve a 3-year term, and two (2) nominees to fill vacancies on the Board. The Committee ap-
pointees are: Al Klang, Gwen Gilley, Will Searcy , Adam Carter, Steve Cape, Joan Newman, Barbara Mozo, Pete Jackson, Lisa Miller,
John McLean, Ron Jones, John L. Mitchell, and Robbin Thompson.
   Letters have been sent to all members inviting suggestions of nominees to the Committee. Deadline for submissions was June 27th,
2009. The Committee will review these submissions and compile a list of selected candidates for submission to the current Board of Di-
rectors and the membership at large after the July 20, 2009 monthly Board of Directors meeting.

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            Volume 3 Issue 7                                                                          Page 3

                                         RIBBON CUTTINGS

                Shell Service Center                             Almost Home Christian Daycare

   Business of the Month                                     LTC Hutson Honored

                                                   LTC Rob Hutson receives a plaque and best wishes from Mili-
         Enterprise Health & Rehabilitation        tary Affairs Chairman Sam MacMaster and Board Chairman
                                                   Robbin Thompson

                                                      Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Hutson was recognized and
                                                   honored by the Board of Directors with a token of appreciation for
                        CITY HALL &                his service as Ex Officio Director and for his outstanding service
                         CHAMBER OFFICE            to Enterprise as Commander of the 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation
                            CLOSED JULY 3RD        Regiment, 110 Aviation Brigade.
                            Fridays garbage           LTC Hutson will be retiring from the Army in July, but plans to
                                                   make his home in Enterprise.
                     pickup will be Thursday          Incoming Commander LTC Michael F. Burns will assume
              July 2nd. Thursday pickup will be    command of the 1st of the 212th on July 9th at a ceremony at
              Wednesday July 1st. All other        Howze Field.
                                                      Enterprise is the “sister city” of the 1st of the 212th, and works
              curbside pickup as time permits      closely with the community on several projects.

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              Volume 3 Issue 7                                                                                                   Page 4

                     Ambassadors Appreciation Luncheon
                                                                             One of the Chamber’s hardest working groups was honored at a
                                                                          special appreciation luncheon on June 24th at the Enterprise Country
                                                                             The Ambassadors were recognized by members of the Board, staff
                                                                          and others for the spirit and dedication the Ambassadors bring to our
                                                                             Organizational Development Vice Chairman Doug Allgood, First
                                                                          Vice Chairman Neal Brown and President Phil Thomas presented
                                                                          certificates of appreciation and thanked the group for all their efforts.
                                                                             The Ambassadors visit each Chamber member at least once per
                                                                          year, attend ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, and other events. They
                                                                          are a vital link with membership and the public.

Ambassadors with 1st Vice Chairman Neal Brown, Organizational Vice President Doug Allgood, and President Phil Thomas

            Good News Site Launched
      Thanks to the efforts of 5th Gear Advertising, WTVY-TV, and Durden Outdoor, area
  residents now have a news outlet that features only good news. The website allows
  local chambers, business owners, and any one else to post stories about the positive
  things that are happening in the tri-state area.
      The site has no subscription fee, no advertising, and will not collect personal in-
  formation for marketing purposes, it’s just to give area residents a chance to read
  about the good things that are happening every day in our area.
      Why? As WTVY-TV General Manager Roger Burchett said, “most of the news
  you see or hear every day is bad news”. With only a about 22 minutes of actual time in a
  TV news cast that also has weather and sports, there just isn’t time to cover much, other
  than so-called “hard news”.
      WTVY TV Channel 4 will air a segment each Thursday on their news cast featuring one
  of the stories from the website. Durden Outdoor will also promote the site on their panels as
  well. Several area chambers, including the Enterprise Chamber, have agreed
  to link to the site.

                                                            CEP Finalist for State Award
                                                                Communication and Ear Protection was recently honored as a finalist
                                                            for the 2009 Alabama Manufacturer of the Year Award given by the Busi-
                                                            ness Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network.
                                                                The announcement was made on June 3rd at the annual awards banquet
                                                            at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery. Guest speakers included Gov-
                                                            ernor Bob Riley.
                                                                CEP, located in the North Industrial Park, was founded by Barbara and
                                                            Ben Mozo to manufacture specialized communication equipment for mili-
                                                            tary and other applications.

                                                       CEP owners Barbara and Ben Mozo look over their certificate with son Scott

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             Volume 3 Issue 7                                                                                           Page 5

Altrusa Stuffs the Bus                                             Getting to Know Enterprise
                                         Altrusa International,
                                      Inc of Enterprise and
                                     New Brockton are
                                     “stuffing the bus’’ with
                                      school supplies again
                                       this year.
                                          You can help by
                                       donating school sup-
                                       plies. The bus will be
                                       at Wal Mart July 11,                Vendors and visitors at the 2008 Retiree Fair
                                  18, 25, August 1, and 8th
from 10:00AM till 4:00PM each Saturday.
   For more information, contact Nancy Garner at 334-300-            The Retiree Committee will be presenting the 2009 “Getting to
0208 or Tanya Williams at 334 408-4734                            Know Enterprise Retiree Fair”, August 13th, from 8:00AM till 12:00
                                                                  Noon at the Enterprise Recreation Center.
                                                                     Limited vendor space is available. For information, call 334-347-

   Doing It The Right Way
                                                                                                   President’s Perspective
                                                                                           Stay connected to your chamber
                                                                                                 with our new blog

                                                                                           NEW MEMBERS
                                                                                             Alabama Technology Network
                                                                                             3223 South Eufaula Ave
   The Workforce Development Council together with the Wire-                                 Eufaula, AL 36027
grass Incubator Alliance will be presenting a seminar entitled,                              Keith Phillips
“Doing it the Right Way: Recruiting and Employment Law”,                                     334-687-9405
Tuesday, July 28th from 8:00AM till 12:00Noon at Po Folks
Restaurant on the Boll Weevil Circle.
   Mary Beth Maddox and Dan Sinas of Personnel Resources
                                                                                             Almost Home Christian Daycare
will cover topics of interest to employers, including:                                       1117 Rucker Blvd
• Wage laws and changes made by the new administration                                       Enterprise, AL 36330
                                                                                             Diann Wiggins/Inge Stallworth
• How to navigate today’s applicant pool like a pro
• How to screen applicants
          —Background checks
          —Drug screens                                                                      Enterprise Magic
          —Physicals                                                                         621 Boll Weevil Cr
• Job descriptions, interviewing and offering the job                                        Enterprise, AL 36330
   The cost is $10 per person. For tickets, call 334-347-0581.                               Peter W. Barber
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                 Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Inc.                                                                            Page 6

                                                 The Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a voluntary organization of
                                                 business and professional men and women who have joined together for the
                                                 purpose of promoting the civic and commercial progress of our community
                                                                                  MISSION STATEMENT
                                                 The mission of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Inc. shall be to promote
                                                 the business and economic environment; thereby, providing for the welfare of
The Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Inc,         the citizens of the Enterprise area and furthering the competitive free enter-
P.O. Box 310577                                  prise system.
553 Glover Ave
Enterprise, AL. 36331-0577                        Phil Thomas, President          
334—347-0581                                      Lisa Pair, Office Manager       
Fax: 334-393-8204                                 Natalie Sumrall, Administrative Assistant

July 2009
       Sun             Mon                   Tue                Wed                     Thu                     Fri                   Sat
                                                          1 8:30AM               2  10:00AM            3  4:00-10:00PM           4
                                                          Workforce Develop-     Ribbon Cutting        Freedom Fest
                                                          ment Council           Storyteller’s Book-   Festival Grounds
                                                          Chamber Conf.          shelf                 Ft Rucker
                                                                                 721 Glover Ave        CITY HALL &
                                                                                                       CHAMBER CLOSED

   5             6                    7  6:00pm           8 9:00AM               9  3:00PM             10 7:30AM Downtown 11
                 MEMBERSHIP           City Council        Board of Directors     Ribbon Cutting        Comm. Chamber Conf.
                 DRIVE BEGINS         City Hall           Nomination Comm.       Glamorous Gather-     10:00AM
                                      1:00PM Officer                             ings                  Business/Month
                                      Nomination Comm.                           Chamber Conf.         David’s Westgate Beauty
                                      2:00PM Exec Board                                                Salon

   12            13  9:00AM           14   8:00AM         15 2:00PM              16   9:30AM-12PM      17   8:00AM               18
                 County Commission    Executive Board     Tourism Committee      Troy SBDC             Newcomer’s Brief
                 County Complex       Chamber Conf.       Hampton Inn            Chamber Conf.         Aviator’s Landing
                                      9:30AM              9:30AM Ribbon          5:30PM                9:00AM Healthcare
                                      Social Security     Cutting Airport Well   Christmas Parade      Comm Chamber Conf.
                                      City Hall           House                  Chamber Conf.

   19            20  11:45AM          21   6:00PM City    22   8:00AM            23  12:00PM           24                        25
                 Board of Directors   Council City Hall   Military Affairs       Ambassadors
                 Chamber Conf.        10:00AM Banquet     Chamber Conf.          TBD
                                      Comm. Conf.         9:30AM
                                      11:00AM Member-     CC Troy Alumni
                                      ship Dr. Conf.      Chamber Conf.

   26            27  9:00AM           28   7:45AM         29                     30                    31
                 County Commission    Retiree Committee
                 County Complex       Chamber Conf.
                                      8:00AM-12 Noon                     For the latest events, view the
                                      Employment Law
                                                                         calendar at
                                      Po Folks

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