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Ribbon cutting set for November 17 at Sweet Magnolias

Posted by Tim Eberhart, November 14, 2017
Sweet Magnolias JPGSweet Magnolias Marketplace recently moved to 140 Main Street (Alabama Hwy 35) West in Rainsville. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 17. Join us in welcoming Annette Little and her store to the city. Visit Sweet Magnolias at magnoliasstore.com and facebook.com/SweetMagnoliasMarketplace.

Rainsville Holiday Open House guide ready for shoppers

Posted by Tim Eberhart, November 3, 2017
The annual city-wide Holiday Open House will be Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11 at 20 or more specialty retailers. See the Chamber's open house page for links to participating members' Facebook pages, a Google map-based list, and more. Use the Facebook links to find out about each shop's Christmas merchandise and open house special activities. Use the Google map to scout your open house route ahead of time.

New location for Massage Therapy by Emily Centers

Posted by Tim Eberhart, November 3, 2017
Emily Centers has relocated her business to 27 Parker Avenue, Suite B in Rainsville. That is behind Merle Norman near where the one-way portion of Parker Avenue begins. Follow Massage Therapy by Emily Centers on Facebook.

Grand opening celebration for Mahindra product line at DeKalb Farmers Co-op will be October 28

Posted by Tim Eberhart, October 25, 2017

Tractor JPGDeKalb Farmers Cooperative recently became a dealer for Mahindra tractors and utility vehicles. A large inventory is on display at the store located at 1090 McCurdy Avenue South in Rainsville.


The Co-op will host a product introduction/celebration on Saturday, October 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop by to enjoy free hotdogs and soft drinks, door prize drawings and other activities.


A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.


Follow the Co-op on Facebook.

New ACE Hardware store grand opening set for November 4

Posted by Tim Eberhart, October 23, 2017

ACE JPGThe owners and staff at Lydia's ACE Hardware, the recently constructed store located at 698 Main Street East in Rainsville, will celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, November 4th. Make plans to stop by to enjoy a cruise-in, free hotdogs, door prizes and other activities.


A soft grand opening will take place as early as October 31st.


The store will feature a garden center, a paint center, and, of course, an excellent selection of hardware, tools, and much more. Visit their Facebook page to learn more about grand opening activities.

Dove Family Health ribbon cutting ceremony planned for October 25 at 10 a.m.

Posted by Tim Eberhart, October 17, 2017

Dove Family Health JPGJoin the Chamber at a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of Dove Family Health located at 124 McCurdy Avenue South in the Body Vision complex. The days leading up to November 1 would be a good time to talk to the Dove Family Health staff about their patient-centered services, extended office visits, osteopathic manipulative treatment, and more.


Go to their open house now through October 31, call 256-638-3766, follow them on Facebook or visit dovefamilyhealth.com.

Ribbon cuttings for the week of October 17

Updated by Tim Eberhart, October 13, 2017


ACAF JPG Join the Chamber at ribbon cuttings at three member businesses between October 17 and 20. The first will be at Thomas & Son Furniture at 3 p.m. on the 17th to mark the occasion of new ownership by Akins Furniture.


On October 18 at 12:00 noon, a ribbon cutting will be held at Chimney Pro in Pine Ridge to commemorate the business' new name and owners.


On October 20 at 1 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to mark the grand opening of As Close As Family's new location: 200 Main Street West, Suite 104 in Rainsville. As Close As Family, LLC is a state licensed, non-medical home care agency. Find out more about them at ascloseasfamily.com or on their Facebook page.

Chamber fall and winter event dates announced


Nominations sought for Rainsville Person of the Year award


Posted by Tim Eberhart, September 28, 2017

Dates for the Rainsville Chamber's upcoming events include the Rainsville Holiday Open House on November 10-11, Christmas at the Crossroads featuring the 58th annual Rainsville Christmas Parade on December 9, and the Chamber's annual banquet on January 18.


The Rainsville Holiday Open House will feature about two dozen participating retailers. Shoppers may enjoy Christmas-gift displays, expanded seasonal inventory, seasonal music and refreshments, door prize drawings, and special event discounts or other similar offers at select locations.


Christmas at the Crossroads featuring the 58th annual Rainsville Christmas Parade on December 9 will feature marching bands, Christmas floats, fire and rescue vehicles, pageant winners, horses and more. Santa Claus will be on hand. The parade will start at 4 p.m. with lineup starting at 3 p.m. There will a float contest with cash prizes for non-commercial floats.


On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the Chamber's annual banquet will feature live entertainment, a catered dinner and the Rainsville Person of the Year award presentation. Nominations for the award are now being accepted from the public. The deadline is Monday, December 4. The Chamber's board of directors will make the selection in December. If you would like to nominate someone, your nomination letter should express in some specific detail why your nominee should be honored. Submit your letter to the Chamber office in person, by email to chamber@farmerstel.com or by regular mail to PO Box 396, Rainsville, AL 35986.

Rainsville Chamber to host Small Business Opportunity Day

Updated by Tim Eberhart, September 21, 2017

Professional business learning opportunities and networking is coming to Rainsville in the form of a Small Business Opportunity Day (SBOD). Current and potential small business owners will have an opportunity to connect with some of the most valuable small business resources in our region.


This fall, the Huntsville-based Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship will be carrying out several SBODs intended to foster small business growth across the north Alabama region.


The Rainsville Chamber will be hosting one of the Small Business Opportunity Days on Thursday, September 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center.


All entrepreneurs, whether seasoned or fledgling, in DeKalb County and on the edges of the county are invited to attend. Engage in some face-to-face networking and enjoy some work sessions presented by marketing and management specialists. The work session schedule has been set:

1:00    Event kick-off
1:30    Reaching Your Ideal Customer
2:15    Marketing to Millennials
3:00    Intermission
3:30    Increase Revenue / Decrease Stress
4:15    Hiring and Managing Employees Well

If you would like to attend, REGISTER ONLINE.


For more information:

256-638-7800 or chamber@farmerstel.com

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PLEASE NOTE. The Jackson County Small Business Opportunity Day is September 27. Hosted by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce it will be held at the Impact Learning Center in Scottsboro from 8 a.m. to noon. Their topics will include:


- How to Fund Your New Business
- Overview of the SBA Loan Process
- Social Media Marketing and
- Better Networking & Resourcing.


Learn more about the Jackson County event on Eventbrite.


Community support soared high for scholarship golf tournament

Posted by Tim Eberhart, August 22, 2017

Another successful fundraiser is in the books. This summer, community support soared to a new high for the Rainsville Chamber's scholarship program. Through various sponsorships and other contributions associated with our sixth annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, over $14,000 was raised for next year's scholarship program.


The tournament was held on Saturday, August 19 at the Rainsville Golf & Country Club.


A big "thank you" goes out to the sponsors, golfers, volunteers, staff, food providers, door prize donors and others who helped make the tournament the most fruitful fundraiser the Chamber has carried out since the 1990s.


The positive response to our solicitations for sponsorships was fantastic. At least 105 businesses, elected officials, candidates, organizations or other entities supported the event in some way.


We were fortunate to have four apparel sponsors, three corporate sponsors, three team sponsors, two businesses that sponsored both a hole and a team, and 64 additional hole sponsors. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks were provided by four separate generous businesses. Over two dozen businesses donated door prizes. The folks at the Rainsville Golf & Country Club went above and beyond what would be expected to help make the tournament a big day.


All proceeds raised at the tournament will fund the Rainsville Chamber's scholarship program. In May of 2017, the Chamber awarded $9,000 in scholarships in the form of five $1,500 scholarships at Plainview High School and one $1,500 scholarship at Cornerstone Christian Academy. That amount represented a new standard for the program -- only $6,000 in total scholarships was awarded in both 2016 and 2015, and $4,500 was the total each year from 2012 to 2014. Thanks to all those supporters above, that new standard will be exceeded, and the scholarship total could be $14,000 or more in May of 2018.


In tournament action, the Sparks brothers won first place in the top flight in a close contest.  See the tournament page for complete coverage of golf results.