To partner with community stakeholders to support stability and foster economic vitality throughout Shelby County.
To be a champion for Shelby County as the premier place to live and do business.
Core Values & Belief
We base our values on the belief that…
- Serving our investors´ needs is the primary reason for the existence of the Chamber.
- Volunteers are a key resource through which we accomplish our objectives.
- Trust, open communication, integrity, personal accountability and initiative are critical to our organization’s success.
- The free market economy is the primary means to achieve a prosperous and well-balanced community.
- Governments and publicly funded entities must be accountable, responsible, effective and efficient.
- Business has an obligation to act in an environmentally responsible manner and to support necessary social, cultural, health and educational systems.
We put our values & beliefs into action by working on…
- Fostering and supporting private enterprise, economic vitality and stability.
- Providing a forum for idea exchange.
- Advocating for business with government.
- Developing and increasing the investor base.
- Financial responsibility.
- Creating a climate conducive to developing individual volunteers through participation and interaction.
- Communicating effectively with members and solicit their opinions and feedback.
- Providing challenging and stimulating employment that is productive and personally rewarding for staff.
- Creating an enthusiastic working partnership between staff and investors/ volunteers built on trust and mutual respect.
2022 OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers (Executive Committee)
Mr. Brain Massey
Ascension St. Vincent’s
Vice Chair, Business Development & Support
Kelly Thrasher Fox
Hand Arendall, Harrison, Sale LLC
Vice Chair, Communications & Marketing
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Vice Chair, Community & Career Development
America’s First Federal Credit Union
Vice Chair, Finance & Administration
Ms. April Harry
Warren, Averett, LLC
Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs
Spire Alabama, Inc.
Vice Chair, Investor Relations
BBH / Shelby Baptist Medical Center
Vice Chair, Tourism & Recreation
Immediate Past Chair
Barge Design Solutions, Inc
Rux Carter Insurance
Jefferson State Community College
A. C. Legg, Inc.
SouthWest Water Company
University of Montevallo
Charles Dixon Industries
Shelby County Newspapers, Inc.
Edward Jones Investments – Kyle Mims Agency
Specification Rubber Products
Candlewood Suites – Alabaster
T Fox SalonSpa
Kimberly L. Jackson
Alabama Power Company
Sawyer Solutions, LLC
City of Pelham
Express Employment Professionals
Taziki’s Mediterranean Café
The Hon. Brian Puckett (Ex-Officio, SCMA)
City of Helena
Amy Sturdivant (Ex-Officio)
Director, Community & Career Development:
Manager, Investor Development:
Vice President, Investor Relations & Support:
President & CEO:
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The Shelby County Chamber is located in the County Services Building, Pelham, AL. Office hours are 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Call before you visit and we can arrange to have any information request ready for you. On occasion, there are events that require the attendance of the entire staff to manage so be sure to give us a call ahead of time!
The first meeting of the Alabaster Chamber of Commerce.
Incorporation of the Pelham Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mary Sue McClurkin served as Executive Representative from 1980-1984.
The City of Pelham provided the Chamber with office space in the attic of City Hall.
Gail Bailey served as Director of the Pelham Area Chamber from 1984-1990.
Montevallo Chamber of Commerce incorporated.
CSX Transportation donates Train Depot to the Pelham Area Chamber. The City of Pelham moves the building to city property and renovates the Depot, which becomes the new home of the Chamber.
Tammy Raymard served as Director of the Pelham Area Chamber from 1990-1991.
Pelham Area Chamber and Alabaster Chamber of Commerce merge;
the North Shelby Chamber of Commerce is incorporated to represent the tri-communities of Alabaster, Helena, and Pelham.
Karen Ream begins her role as Executive Director for the North Shelby Chamber. She served in this role
South Shelby Chamber of Commerce incorporated.
Calera Chamber of Commerce filed for 501 (c) 6 status.
North Shelby Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to change its name to Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce to encompass a more county-wide representation.
Incorporation of the Greater Shelby County Community Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 public charity, for the purpose of earmarked funding for education & workforce development initiatives.
GSCC announces The Partnership, a 5-year collaborative business-driven initiative.
The Partnership – Phase 1: 2003-2007
The Partnership – Phase 2: 2008-2012
The Greater Shelby Chamber leases office space from the County and begins operations at the Shelby County Services Building in Pelham.
Jennifer Trammell was hired as Chamber President. She served in this role through January 2012.
50+ Business and Community Leaders interviewed by First Community Development on questions pertaining to “where we want Shelby County to be in five years?” These conversations were the basis for the four new program areas – Business Support & Development, Community Development, Governmental Relations, and Marketing & Communications.
Paul Rogers and David Wilson accept roles as Campaign Co-Chairs for the ShelbyOne initiative.
Kirk Mancer was hired as President & CEO of the GSCC.
GSCC announces ShelbyOne, a 5-year collaborative business-driven initiative, with a Campaign goal of $1.7 million. ShelbyOne – Phase 1: 2012-2017
GSCC announces it exceeded its $1.7 million ShelbyOne Campaign goal by raising $1,913,600.
GSCC announces collaborative partnership with the Calera Chamber of Commerce.
GSCC announces collaborative partnership with the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce.
Shelby County approaches GSCC and Shelby County Economic & Industrial Development Authority (SCEIDA) to develop and implement a collective economic development effort for the purpose of recruiting new jobs to Shelby County.
The task force made up of Volunteer leadership from GSCC and SCEIDA was formed to undertake discussions.
GSCC announces collaborative partnership with the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce.
Calera Chamber of Commerce suspends operations.
GSCC named one of seven chambers of commerce to achieve the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction (AACC). Joining the Greater Shelby County Chamber in receiving this inaugural accreditation were the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce, Opelika Chamber of Commerce, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.
Volunteer leadership and executives from GSCC, Montevallo, and South Shelby Chambers begin expanded collaborative discussions.
December 2016 / January 2017
GSCC Volunteer leadership engages Funding Solutions for phase two of ShelbyOne.
Announcement of the formation of a new economic development entity Shelby County with the goal of bringing more jobs to the county by bringing new employers to the area and helping existing businesses grow.
This economic development partnership is a result of efforts between Shelby County and the GSCC. The purpose of the entity is to recruit, retain and develop commercial, retail and industrial businesses.
February – March 2017
60+ Business and Community Leaders interviewed by the Funding Solutions team.
Funding Solutions team presents “Leadership Consensus Building Report” to Chamber’s Board of Directors and business and community leaders.
Recommendations on a potential campaign are presented to launch a $1.75 million five-year campaign to fund the Chamber’s “Next Level Up” role in delivering new county-wide economic development programs and initiatives.
Mike Thompson and Alex Dudchock accept roles as Campaign Co-Chairs for ShelbyOne – Next Level Up! initiatives.
GSCC announces ShelbyOne – Next Level Up! goal of $1.75 to fund a five-year path that builds on the foundation of growing our existing companies while embracing change and expanding our business economy by:
– Increasing quality job growth throughout Shelby County by helping our existing businesses compete in an ever-changing marketplace, and to grow and thrive here.
– Establishing a business-driven workforce readiness approach via a partnership between businesses, the community, our schools, and our training providers to ensure Shelby County companies can recruit and retain the employees and managers they need.
– Operating as a full public-private growth partner with 58 INC, the new countywide economic development organization was established to recruit a smart mix of retail, commercial, and targeted industrial firms.
– Serving as the leading voice for our Shelby County business community at all levels of government in order to sustain and enhance a pro-business climate.
Volunteer leadership (Current Chair, Immediate Past Chair, and Chair-elect) and executives from GSCC and SSCC undertake expanded collaborative discussions.
Yvonne Murray was hired as Managing Director and Melody Whitten was hired as Development Director for 58 INC., the Chamber’s new collaborative economic development partner.
GSCC announces it exceeded its $1.75 million ShelbyOne – Next Level Up! Campaign goal by raising $2,106,670.
Next Level Up! funding reaches $2,247,170 (128% of goal) from 70 investors to date. Ad Hoc Committee chaired by Paul Rogers, NobleBank & Trust and made up of representatives from both
Boards of Directors from the GSCC and SSCC is formed. The purpose of the Ad Hoc Committee is to explore the possibility of more closely aligning the two organizations due to the similarities and overlap in purpose and membership.
Following the resignation of their Executive Director, the SSCC Board of Directors contracts with the GSCC to provide staffing support for their operations and events. GSCC staffers Melanie Goodwin and Keyla Handley oversee day-to-day operations of the SSCC.
Ad Hoc Committee reports back to GSCC and SSCC Board of Directors the recommending consolidation vote to bring two groups together to form a new organization effective in 2019.
Both GSCC and SSCC Board of Directors vote unanimously to consolidate the two organizations in to one new organization
GSCC and SSCC announce the formation of a new organization: The Shelby County Chamber effective January 2019.
The Shelby County Chamber’s inaugural event – the January “Chamber Connections Luncheon” – is held in Columbiana.