New business members for 2017 include Chimney Pro, Ole Heritage Realty, Casa Poblano's, Allstate (Kaysie Black Allstate Agency), Law Office of Andrew Hairston, M&N Auto Carriers, Deputy District Attorney Scott Lloyd, Morris Pest Control, Tri-State Appliances, The Rusty Lantern Workshop, DeKalb MD, Tri-State Pools, Lovely Nails, The Pine Rose Florist, Liberty Tax Service, As Close As Family, LLC and Jacksonville State University.
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 dealing with the following small-business topics:
• Reaching Your Ideal Customer
• Marketing to Millennials
• Increase Revenue / Decrease Stress
• Hiring and Managing Employees Well
If you would like to attend, REGISTER ONLINE.
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.
Join the Rainsville Chamber in welcoming the new owner/manager, Adrian Lopez and his staff to the business community during the ribbon cutting ceremony slated for Wednesday, August 30 at 10 a.m.
Casa Poblano's Mexican Cuisine is the new name for the big, recently-improved restaurant located at 462 Main Street East in Rainsville.
The restaurant is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They feature a large menu and a lunch buffet. Visit the restaurant's Facebook page.
Join the Rainsville Chamber in welcoming the Kaysie Black Allstate Agency to the business community. Come check out the beautiful, newly-remodeled building. It is across from Regions at 65 Main Street West in Rainsville.
The ribbon cutting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6.
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.
Our sole fundraiser for our scholarship program, the annual golf tournament, is now less than a week away. It will be Saturday, August 19 at the Rainsville Golf & Country Club. As of Monday morning (August 14) at 9:45 a.m., a couple of slots for three-person teams remained available. If you would like to sign up to play in the tournament, contact the Chamber office immediately at 256-638-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tomorrow may be too late.
The tournament will follow a scramble format with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $150 per team ($50 per player). It includes entry fee, cart, 18 holes of golf, a custom event t-shirt and cap, plus other gifts. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
On behalf of the Rainsville Chamber board of directors, staff and members, allow me to salute Morris Pest Control for serving the community for 30 years.
Founded in August 1987, Morris Pest Control will celebrate its 30th anniversary in August 2017. Kenneth Morris' company located at 1036 Main Street West in Rainsville (the company also has an office at 710 Chastain Blvd in Glencoe) provides pest control services for residential, commercial and industrial clients in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. Think mice, spiders, roaches, termites, etc. Phone the Rainsville office at 256-638-4592.
Thirty years of prevention and solving problems for a wide variety of customers is a big milestone. Learn more about the company at their Facebook page.
Tri-State Appliances recently relocated to 1989 McCurdy Avenue (Alabama Hwy 75) North in Rainsville. Owner Rickey Odom and his staff service all brands of appliances, and carry a good number of parts for refrigerators, washers, dryers and more. Phone them at 256-638-6600. Their business hours are 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, and 8 to 1 on Saturday.
The ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19th.
The second annual Rainsville Summer Shopping Days will span the month of July. Rainsville’s boutiques, gift shops and other specialty retailers–as a whole–have more to offer shoppers than ever before. We believe there is a lot of excellent merchandise available that the majority of shoppers in the area don’t even know about. Summer Shopping Days is an invitation to get out and discover some of the things that are found at these small shops.
Register for a chance to win $250 in Chamber Bucks each time you shop at a participating member retailer during July. The Chamber Bucks are gift certificates that may be redeemed at any of the Summer Shopping Days locations. We will choose the winner by random drawing on or around July 31. DETAILS.