New business members for 2017 include Sweet Magnolias, Lydia's ACE Hardware, Dove Family Health, 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.
DeKalb 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
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
A ribbon cutting ceremony will
be held at 10 a.m.
Follow the Co-op on Facebook.
The 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.
the Chamber at a
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or by regular mail to PO Box 396, Rainsville, AL 35986.
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
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
3:30 Increase Revenue / Decrease Stress
4:15 Hiring and Managing Employees Well
If you would like to attend, REGISTER
For more information:
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.
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.