• Press Release

  • CCAA Names Local Chambers as Accredited Alabama Chambers of Commerce 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 2, 2019 

    Contact: Jeremy Arthur 334-264-2112 

    CCAA Names Local Chambers as Accredited Alabama Chambers of Commerce 

    MONTGOMERY, AL – The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) announced today that two local chambers of commerce have received the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction (AACC). 

    The chambers of commerce receiving the AACC were Chilton County Chamber of Commerce and South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. 

    The announcement was made at the CCAA’s summer convention in Gulf Shores. 

    One of the most prestigious programs of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama is the Accredited Alabama Chamber program. The Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program sets standards of excellence for chambers in the State of Alabama. It recognizes chambers that have achieved those standards while offering guidelines for those to improve their effectiveness. 

    The Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program is designed to promote public awareness of the intent of the chamber of commerce brand as a not-for-profit community development- based business membership organization by providing a peer review process of generally accepted chamber of commerce organizational benchmarks. 

    The Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program looks at six standard topics: Organization, Mission Focus, Professional Administration, Financial Management, Communications, and, Advocacy. 

    “As one of CCAA’s most prestigious programs, the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program shows that each chamber receiving the distinction is committed to the highest standards of organization management. This distinction recognizes local chambers of commerce in Alabama that strengthen free enterprise by protecting their local business environment,” said Heather Brothers New, President of The Chamber, Gadsden and Etowah County and the CCAA’s 2019 Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. “They most certainly represent the highest standards in our profession.” 

    Jeremy L. Arthur, President and CEO of the CCAA, said this local chamber of commerce is a true testament to the chamber profession. 

    “The accreditation process is very rigorous and highlights that each chamber is truly the ‘best of the best’ across our state,” Arthur said. “The commitment shown by each local chamber that receives the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction shows their continued commitment to the highest professional standards and assures their business members they are investing in an organization working on their behalf for the greater good.” 

    Since its beginning in 1937 as the Alabama Association of Commercial Organizations, what is now known as the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama has remained dedicated to advancing the goal that chambers of commerce are the premier local business advocate in the State of Alabama. In conjunction with the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), a non-partisan organization, the two groups, through the BCA/CCAA Partnership represent the interests and concerns of over 1 million working Alabamians every day. 



  • Travis Valentine of The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Completes Third Year at Institute for Organization Management
    A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Travis Valentine, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Growth & Retention, of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed his third year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Southeast Institute in Athens, Georgia. 

    “Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.” 

    Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. 

    Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.


  • The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce begins its 2019 Chamber Choices Campaign

    Foley, AL

    We are excited to announce the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce will kick off of the 13th annual Chamber Choices Campaign in early September 2019! During this eight week campaign, volunteers called Chamber Champions, offer a wide variety of advertising and promotional opportunities for our South Baldwin Chamber members. With multiple community and networking events, along with print and digital advertisements, and an active social media presence, we are sure to find a marketing opportunity to best fit your business.

    If you participated in the campaign last year, your Chamber Champion will contact you to renew your sponsorship during a special renewal period which will guarantee your purchase for those coveted spots like Business After Hours and Business of the Month. Be sure to take advantage of the renewal period so you don't miss out. Once the renewal period is over, that sponsorship is up for grabs! If you did not participate in the campaign last year and would like for a Chamber Champion to contact you, please contact the chamber office today!

    Are you or someone you know interested in being a Chamber Champion? If you would like to grow both professionally and personally, this is for you! The Chamber Choices Campaign is a great way to meet business leaders and earn incentives! Throughout the eight week campaign, we reward Chamber Champions with breakfast meetings, prizes, and leads to keep the momentum going throughout the campaign. Call the South Baldwin Chamber today at 251.943.3291 with any questions and find out how you can become a Chamber Champion!




  • 2018 Awards

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  • This year’s Small Business of the Year award epitomizes why small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Their growth has been steady, both financially and within their workforce; providing their employee's security over the past 6 years. They are tireless advocates for the Chamber and for Baldwin County. We were excited to announce at the 75th Annual Gala, the Small Business of the Year award went to Tyler Higginbotham and Cindy Higginbotham owners of 5 Star Air Conditioning.

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  • The South Baldwin Chamber Diplomat Program is a group of professionals who wish to serve their local business community while honing their leadership skills and increasing professional networks. The smiling faces of our Diplomats can be seen working the registration table at Business After Hours, the Leadership Series, and welcoming new businesses at Ribbon Cuttings. The 2018 Diplomat of the Year is Jerry “J.R.” Renkenberger, owner of Gulf Coast Virtual Tours. Many thanks to J.R. for going above and beyond the call of duty! The Chamber is fortunate to have him involved. 

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  • Our 2018 Volunteer of the Year, previously serving on the Board of Directors, truly has a strong passion for giving his time and talents to others. His selfless dedication given not only toward the success of the Chamber and South Baldwin Community, but also as a mentor to students in our local schools. We were thrilled to announce this year’s recipient - Tommy Rachel owner of Taking Off Hot Air Balloon rides!

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