Veterans Appreciation Day

The Chamber’s Veterans Affairs Committee is sponsoring a Veterans Appreciation & Information Day, to show appreciation and conduct a “meet and greet” for local area military veterans. With over 80,000 veterans in West Alabama and specifically 4000 plus enrolled at the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College, a large turnout is expected due to the support of Chamber members.

Additionally, attending veterans may fill out information sheets that will provide skills and qualifications to be made available for Chamber members to analyze for potential job requirements. 

 The event is Saturday February 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atrium at Shelton State Community College.  For more information or would like to reserve a space, please contact Stacey Gann at the Chamber 391.0559.

Montgomery Drive-In Set for March

The Chamber’s 2014 Montgomery Drive-In will be Wed., Mar. 19 – Thurs., Mar. 20. This is an opportunity to spend time with our state’s elected leadership, advocate for important issues and network with other local business leaders. This year’s trip will once again include our participation in the Business Council of Alabama’s Annual Legislative Reception, which we will help sponsor on the Wednesday evening of the trip. This will be a valuable opportunity to interact with most of the members of the Alabama State Legislature and statewide officials, as well as Chamber/business leaders from across the state.

 Cost is $200/person, which includes transportation and several meals. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. If interested, contact Stacey at 391.0559 or Registration form must be received by March 12.

Winter-Spring Training Series

Our Professional Development Training Schedule is now available for Winter/Spring 2014. We’re proud to once again, along with our Chamber member partners, offer you and your employees professional development training at a price that is budget friendly. Please review the new schedule at  You’ll find subject matters that are timely and relevant for any company or organization: Social Media, Technology Training (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Workforce and Employment Law, Customer Service, Sales and Leadership.  Surely we have a topic to fit you and your co-workers! All classes are limited in seating so if you see something you’re interested in, make the reservation today!  Don’t wait until it’s too late.  A “deadline to register” does not guarantee a seat.  All reservations must be made by e-mail at or phone, 391.0559.

Check Out The Avenue Pub

We celebrated this great new restaurant in Downtown Tuscaloosa’s Temerson Square. The address is 405 23rd Ave.  Congrats to Craig Williams and crew! to see the menu and get more info.

T.E.M.P. is Now Open

Kentuck’s T.E.M.P. Gallery, located in the Clarke Building in Historic Downtown Northport, is now open to the public with an inaugural exhibition, Over the AM. We held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the gallery on Feb. 6., which was Art Night. There was a lovely reception, live music in the courtyard, cob oven pizza and open artist studios. Visit for more info.

YP(t) Speed Networking at Mercedes

The Young Professionals of Tuscaloosa or YP(t) invite all young professionals under 40 to attend a free Speed Networking event Feb. 27 from 9a.m. to 11a.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Training Center in Vance.  Visit for details.

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