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the gauge spring 2019 a publication of the opelika chamber of commerce

the gauge spring 2019 a publication of the opelika chamber of commerce the gauge boardofdirectors Brooke Kastner, Chair Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National spring 2019 Carlton Hunley,
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the gauge spring 2019 a publication of the opelika chamber of commerce the gauge boardofdirectors Brooke Kastner, Chair Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National spring 2019 Carlton Hunley, IV, Chair - Elect Lambert Transfer & Storage Bill Loosier, Vice - Chair Edward Jones Investments John Story, Treasurer S & S Termite & Pest Control, LLC Sheriff Jay Jones, Secretary Lee County Sheriff s Department Shey Knight, Past Chairman Autosport Robyn Bridges Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau James Bros. Bikes Jeff Jerkins Bubba s Medicine Shop Malcolm Marshall staff Amanda James McDonald s Restaurants Vivian Anthony Dinah Motley Mackenzie Kayler Pam Powers-Smith Jill Robinson Office Manager Marketing & Communications Programs & Events President Membership Brandon Morgan Shenetra Moses Baxter International Dr. Mark Neighbors Opelika City Schools Dr. Linda North Southern Union State Community College Jerry Ray Southern Insurance Consultants Jon Thompson Auburn University Ronnie Wilson The Brown Agency tableofcontents KBK Writing Essentials Letter from the Chamber President & Board Chair Business Over Breakfast (winter & spring) Small Business of the Quarter (winter & spring) Women s Business Council Here We Grow Again Small Business Workshop State of the City with Mayor Gary Fuller US Chamber News Calendar of Events boardofdirectors Ex-Officio welcome Mayor Gary Fuller City of Opelika Spring has sprung! And Opelika looks great! Lori Huguley Every spring season is a busy one for everyone, and we City of Opelika here at the Chamber are excited to be keeping up with Economic Development all of our businesses and all the community Billy Plummer happenings. Don t forget to check our community S & S Termite & Pest Control LLC calendar in addition to our Chamber calendar on our website at OpelikaChamber.com. Go visit it today, and you might just find some new helpful things on there for your business or your family. Speaking of being busy, our ribbon cuttings for new businesses are at an all-time high, and what we hope is that citizens are enjoying all of their options when it comes to business and services in our community. For many, they re realizing that they have everything they need at their fingertips within just a couple miles of their homes. We encourage everyone to get out and shop local and support those that have chosen to locate here and invest in our community. And we invite you to attend our ribbon cuttings. They re a great place to meet new people and make connections all while supporting a new business owner. We will also be saying goodbye and graduating our students of Lee County Young Leaders and 20 Under 40. These two leadership programs reside within the Chamber, and we strive to provide great programming, learning and relationship building. Young Leaders is for high school juniors, and this program not only exposes them to many different community entities and the wonderful people that lead them, but it also teaches practical leadership skills to carry them throughout the rest of their lives. 20 Under 40 is for city of Opelika citizens under the age of 40 and gives participants the opportunity to see first hand how the city operates. They make connections with each city department as well as go through leadership training. We d love to tell you more about both these programs if you re interested. So as we get ready to go into summer, we hope you ll enjoy your spring and keep up with us on all of our social media platforms so that we can keep you informed of fun events happening right now. And if you follow us, then we ll get you all the information you need throughout all the seasons of the year! If the Chamber can be a resource for you or your business, please don t hesitate to call on us any time. President Board Chair businessoverbreakfast Presenting Dr. Mark Neighbors was the keynote speaker at the winter Business Over Breakfast. A graduate of Auburn University, Neighbors has been in the Opelika City School (OCS) system since He began as principal of the Opelika Middle School for 10 years before becoming Assistant Superintendent under Dr. Phil Raley. In 2007, Neighbors took over the reigns of Supertendent for OCS. Education runs deep in Neighbor s family. His dad spent 42 years in education and his mother worked with special needs children, so he knows the importance of a good education foundation that leads to success. Neighbors covered several topics that are of interest in the community such as finances, teaching, educating, ACT scores, career paths, achievements and property tax renewal. Dr. Mark Neighbors Superintendent Opelika City Schools If you have any questions about OCS, please call or visit A native of Harpersville, Alabama, Dr. Joe Sumners has almost 30 years of outreach experience working with communities and local governments in Alabama, with extensive experience assisting communities with strategic planning and civic engagement initiatives. He is considered an expert in this field and has authored numerous publications on the topic of rural economic and community development, and specifically the link between civic engagement and community economic prosperity. He served as a technical advisor to the Alabama Commission on Tax and Fiscal Policy Reform, the Alabama Task Force on Economically Distressed Counties, Alabama s Black Belt Action Commission, Alabama Rural Action Commission, and Alabama Small Business Task Force. He is a founding Board member of the Alabama Communities of Excellence Program and is on the Board of Directors for Main Street Alabama and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. Dr. Joe Sumners Executive Director Government & Economic Development Institute at Auburn University smallbusinessofthequarter Sponsor Mrs. Story s Dairy Bar 1900 Pepperell Parkway Opelika, AL Mrs. Story s Dairy Bar This charming restaurant has remained in a single family for 66 years. Their chili hotdogs and milkshakes are both listed in the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama! Left to Right: Pam Powers-Smith, Chamber President; Brent Poteet, Opelika Power Services; sponsor of the award, Amber and Blake Boothe, Owners; Carlton Hunley, IV, Chamber Recognition Chair; and Brooke Kastner, Chamber Chair Chick-fil-A 2052 Tiger Town Parkway Opelika, AL Chick-fil-A is well known for their community involvement and charitable giving. The Tiger Town location is the second-highest Chick-fil-A in Alabama for sales volume. Left to Right: Carlton Hunley, IV, Chamber Chair - Elect; Derek Lee, Opelika Power Services; Andrew Barnes, Chick-fil-A; and Pam Powers-Smith, Chamber President Chick-fil-A in Tiger Town women sbusinesscouncil Sponsor Keynote Luncheon with Dominique Love Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink especially the Southern variety Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working with IWSC Group North America to community, and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. A passion for community and giving back led Love to a career in philanthropy, which included work as a fundraising consultant generating more than 70M for nonprofit organizations, leading corporate contributions and employee engagement for The Coca-Cola Company, and creating Corporate Community Outsourcing (CCO), a philanthropic consultancy that helped corporations and nonprofits maximize their community impact. CCO counted, among others, American Express Publishing, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, NASCAR, Newell Rubbermaid, and Time Warner as clients. Love and her business partner, Elizabeth Feichter, founded the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The Festival debuted in 2011 as the first culinary weekend in the nation dedicated to shining an international spotlight on the rich food and beverage traditions of the South from Texas to D.C. Sports Series: Biking Amanda James James Bros. Bikes John F. Kennedy said, Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. How long has it been since you rode a bike? Well, biking isn t just for young people anymore. Amanda James spoke to a group of women over breakfast about riding bikes. Whether for pleasure or exercise, biking offers a sense of freedom and mobility that has made a popular comeback today. Amanda discussed the many different bikes and their usage, the proper way to ride a bike, the safety issues, and biking clubs. This ladies group even got to try out their bicycle skills. James Bros. Bikes is a full service bicycle shop specializing in sales, service and rentals. They work with several entities including the Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Morris Avenue School program called bikology. Get Healthy in Ride a Bike! For more information about the Women s Business Council, visit OpelikaChamber.com or call herewegrowagain WELCOME new members... January - April 2019 BETTER BODIES MASSAGE INSTITUTE THERAPYSOUTH DYNA-LIFT RESTING PULSE BREWING COMPANY Big Blue Crawfish 2611 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika East University Veterinary Hospital 1675 E. University Drive, Auburn MIRACLE EAR CRAFTMASTER PRINTERS, INC. BETHESDA LEARNING ACADEMY J. DEAN INSURANCE Borland Benefield 6749 Society Hill Road, Opelika TherapySouth 2701 Frederick Road, Opelika THE WAREHOUSE BISTRO HUGHSTON HOMES EXPRESSIONS DESIGN GALLERY GROOME TRANSPORTATION OF ALABAMA OGLETREE DEAKINS El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant 814 Geneva Street, Opelika Warehouse Bistro 105 Rocket Avenue, Opelika FIRING PIN SHOOTING SPORTS SMG LAKE HARDING TRU BY HILTON AUBURN GREAT WOLF LODGE GEORGIA HUGHSTON HOMES SANDY WAGER HOMES, LLC TOLAND REALTY Onin Staffing Staffing Connections 2805 Frederick Road, Opelika 2107 Pepperell Parkway, Suite C, Opelika First South Farm Credit Southern Union State Community College PATSY EDGE WHITE HOMELINK REALTY CAKEITECTURE BAKERY LEDGER GREEN SOLUTIONS EUROPEAN WAS CENTER 1613 Frederick Road, Opelika 1701 Lafayette Parkway, Opelika herewegrowagain WELCOME new members... January - April 2019 O TOWN ICE CREAM GRIFF GOODS WHISTLE STOP BREW SHOP HOMETOWN FURNITURE & APPLIANCE FETCH ME DELIVERY Stone Martin Builders Auburn Opelika Lifestyle Group Rocky Brook Road, Opelika Carswell Agency Group 2352 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika CENTER FOR VEIN RESTORATION SIGN ESSENTIALS Firing Pin Shooting Sports 2195 First Avenue, Opelika Griff Goods 719 First Avenue, Opelika O Town Ice Cream 700 Second Avenue, Opelika Fetch Me Delivery 1500 Pumphrey Avenue, Auburn Resting Pulse Brewing Company 714 First Avenue, Opelika smallbusinessworkshop MAXIMIZE YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP Wouldn t you like to know how to make the most out of your Chamber members? Apparently many did, so the Opelika Chamber staff hosted a Small Business Workshop, Maximize Your Chamber Membership on March 19 at the Opelika-Auburn News Community Room. The Chamber has more resources, opportunities, and benefits available to its members than ever before. This valuable workshop covered many topics including registration, paying online, marketing opportunities, committees sponsorships, publications, leadership programs and all the events that can help your business. Contact the Chamber today and let us help you up your game in your business! stateofthecity Sponsors Over 300 were in attendence to hear Opelika s Mayor Gary Fuller speak at the Chamber s State of the City luncheon in February. Fuller, who has been mayor for 14 years, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to those who years ago had the foresight to make decisions that would greatly impact our city today. The economic forecast for Opelika looks bright. He was happy to report that Opelika has flourished to become one with cutting edge technologies, amazing downtown amenities, a vibrant workforce and good job opportunities. Prosperity is evidenced by our upward trend over the past five years. The City has seen a growth in world class companies that have invested more than $700 million and created an additional 710 good paying jobs. New retail developments are currently underway in Tiger Town, Pepperell Parkway, USA Town Center, Saugahatchee Square and more. Downtown Opelika, which is the heartbeat of our City, has become a destination location for shopping, dining and entertainment, said Fuller. Two additional hotels opened in 2018, as well as the grand addition of the Spa at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort and Spa. New jobs bring new residents to Opelika which means new home construction which is at an all time high. While there is a lot of good news, there are challenges. One notable initiative that has been set in motion is a Commission on Crime and Violence. The committee is focused on families, youth, education and resources. The future is bright, but we cannot rest on our laurels. Our city council, department heads and city employees have worked tirelessly to bring positive improvements to you and our community. And 2019, we plan to continue to work together for the greater good for all, said Fuller. bythenumbers $700 Million Investment from Industry 710 Additional Jobs $32 Million Total Sales Tax Revenue 250 New Homes 115 Single Family Lots Ready for Contruction 250 New Homes 115 Single Family Lots Ready for Contruction 700 Lots Under Review for Development 204 Additonal Apartment Units 590 Building Permits ($127.6 Million) New Police Department & Municipal Court Completed Fall ,000 Calls in 2018 Fire Department Pickle Ball Stadium Sportsplex Renovations to Parks Lots of Road Construction uschambernews The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (COC) is the world s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. For more information on the following articles and others (topics below), visit Pictures in articles are from the U.S. Chamber website. Agriculture & Food Safety Debt & Deficit Education Energy Environment Financial Regulation Free Speech Federal Contracting Health Contracting Immigration Infrastructure Intellectual Property International Trade & Investment Labor Legal Reform Nat l & Cyber Security Regulatory Reform Retirement Taxes Technology Transportation Travel & Tourism INTERNATIONAL TRADE: 5 Reasons We Support the U.S.- Mexico-Canada Agreement It s no secret that the Chamber has long supported the benefits of free and open trade. Selling more of our goods and services to the 95% of the world s consumers who live outside our borders is crucial to creating American jobs, helping small businesses, and keeping our edge in a fiercely competitive world economy. That s why we support trade agreements such as the United-States- Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Supports 11 Million Jobs The USMCA allows Americans to trade more than $3.5 billion in goods and services with our North American neighbors every day, or roughly $1.3 trillion annually, which supports more than 11 million American jobs. In fact, 49 U.S. states count Canada or Mexico as one of their top three merchandise export markets. As the USMCA Coalition launches, we and our partners from all across the business and agriculture community are rolling up our sleeves to make sure this agreement gets the seal of approval from Congress and soon. Tom Donohue Essential to U.S. Manufacturers and Farmers U.S.-manufactured goods exports to Canada and Mexico support the jobs of more than 2 million men and women at more than 43,000 manufacturing firms across the United States. Most U.S. manufacturing sectors (38 out of 42) and most states (46 out of 50) count Canada or Mexico as their first or second-largest foreign purchasers. U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico quadrupled from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $39 billion in 2017, and the two countries are top markets for U.S. grains, dairy products, meats, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Nearly one-third of U.S. agricultural exports went to our North American neighbors in Brings trade into the 21st Century The USMCA includes some of the most innovative rules ever achieved in a U.S. trade agreement. When NAFTA was negotiated a quarter century ago, there was no e-commerce, but thetal trade chapter in the USMCA is the best ever negotiated, by any country. Similarly, the new agreement protects classes of intellectual property, such as biologics, that the old NAFTA did not for the simple reason that they had not yet been invented. Boosts American Small Businesses Canada and Mexico are the top two export destinations for U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises, more than 120,000 of which sell their goods and services in our two North American neighbors. When an American small business starts exporting, it s almost always to Canada or Mexico. Powers the Service Economy U.S. services exports to Canada and Mexico tripled from $27 billion in 1993 to $91 billion in 2017, but America s highly competitive business services sector continues to enjoy exceptional export growth. INFRASTRUCTURE: Small Businesses Still Optimistic but Poor Infrastructure is a Road Block Small business confidence took a hit in the first quarter of the year, according to the MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index, but confidence is still strong. The Index, this quarter, focused on infrastructure issues. Like most Americans, small businesses rely on infrastructure to get work done and have concerns with the quality of the roads. Sixty-two percent rated local roads and bridges as average, poor, or very poor quality. U.S. highways didn t rate much better. Fifty-two percent had the same opinion of them. Our long-term competitiveness and lasting prosperity require us to bring our infrastructure system into the 21st century. And the businesses that the U.S. Chamber represents are depending on it, said Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber President and CEO. The Index also noted how much small business owners consider communications technologies to be critical infrastructure pieces. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed said high-speed internet is important or very important to their success. That s a higher percentage than those who said the same about local roads and bridges. The Index results add to a mountain of evidence that America s infrastructure isn t meeting the demands of today s business owners and today s economy. This should be a wake-up call to leaders in Washington: It s time to invest in modernizing our nation s infrastructure. U.S. Chamber s Infrasture Modernization Plan A Modest Increase in the Federal Fuel Fee Expand Financing Options, like Public/Private Partnerships, for Local Communities Streamline the Permitting Process to Get Projects Off the Ground Develop a Skilled Workforce to Build these Projects HEALTH CARE: Medicare for All isn t the Health Care Reform Americans Want Medicare for All is the hot talk in health care policy. Bills have been introduced in Congress and presidential candidates have jumped into the fray weighing in on the proposal on the campaign trail. When asked, most voters believe it is a system that ensures that all Americans have access to health care services and insurance through a mix of private health care and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Fewer than one-in-five voters polled could identify it as a government-run health care system, financed by taxpayers that provides essential healthcare to all Americans and eliminates private health insurance plans, including those provided by employers. The poll found 76% would rather see Congress focus on lowering health care costs for all Americans than create a new government-run health care system, financed by taxpayers that provides essential health care to all Americans and eliminates private health insurance plans, including those provided by employers. While voters want all Americans to have access to health care, they don t see a one-size-fits all, big government system as the answer. calendarofevents May CHAMBER 7 Annual Member Golf Tournament 9 First South Farm Credit Business After Hours 14,28 20 Under 40 Session 17 Hometown Furnitu
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