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  • Hear what’s going on in the legislature at the next Leadership Series luncheon

    Del Marsh

    Hear State Senator Del Marsh, president pro tem of the Senate, at our next South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Leadership Series on Nov. 28. The event is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Foley Civic Center, 407 E. Laurel Ave.

    Marsh represents Alabama’s 12th Senate District, which includes Calhoun and Talladega counties.

    A Republican from Anniston, Marsh has supported expanding legalized gambling in the state, though he knows a measure would face long odds. He told al.com recently that he expects someone within the legislature will introduce lottery bills and sports betting bills when the next session begins in March.

    He has been an outspoken voice for educators, advocating for higher pay for teachers as well as a commitment from colleges to better prepare teachers for the classroom.

    Infrastructure is another top priority for Marsh during the next term, with an emphasis on repairing or replacing bridges and highways.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to get current information on the happenings in Montgomery. Get your ticket online; cost is $18 for South Baldwin Chamber members and $30 for non-members.

  • How doing your holiday shopping locally helps the community

    Time for holiday shopping is just around the corner. Each year you make a commitment to spend less. Stress less. Get it done early. Does it happen?

    We have a suggestion for meeting all those expectations: Shop local this Christmas.

    By shopping, dining and enjoying entertainment at chamber member businesses this season, you are supporting your local community. Spending locally also invests and nurtures entrepreneurship.

    Choosing local goods and services creates more diversity for products offered in the community. These businesses give local artisans or producers a marketplace.

    You’re also helping small businesses stay vital. Studies show that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $68 stays in the community. That same $100 spent at a national chain only leaves $43 in the community. How much does $100 spent at Amazon or other online retailers leave for you and your neighbors? Absolutely nothing.

    Local businesses create the majority of economic growth, and more than 50 percent of workers in the U.S. are employed by small businesses.

    Shop Small Saturday is coming up Nov. 24, the day after Black Friday. On both days - and throughout the entire holiday shopping season – we urge you to show your support for the local economy by keeping your dollars right here in the community.

    Another upside: You’ll enjoy great customer service from folks who know your name. What better way to shop and celebrate?

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