BBQ for Building

Habitat BBQ logoThe 7th Annual BBQ for Building will take place on Saturday, April 11, at 11:00 AM at the Habitat ReStore in Irondale.  Join Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham as amateur teams compete in a barbecue cook-off for the title of Grand Champion and People's Choice!

Attendees will have a chance to sample each team's fares and cast their vote for the People's Choice category.  And all can enjoy live music from the Stephen McCullough Band and fun for the entire family, with a moon bounce, face painting, and Home Depot Kids Workshop for the youth.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, and all proceeds go to fund Habitat Birmingham's housing programs. Children 12 and under are free. BBQ sampling and sodas from the Coca-Cola trailer are included in the ticket price.

Rain or Shine! The festival will be held outdoors at the Habitat ReStore.  For more information about BBQ for Building, click here.  Tickets may be purchased online or at the ReStore.

Team-Magic Brings Whistlestop Duathlon to Irondale!

Team-Magic will host the Whistlestop Duathlon on Saturday, March 28 in Irondale! This world- class biking and running event is part of the 2015 USAT Duathlon Race Series and this year will also serve as the Southeast USAT Duathlon Regional Championship. They've already received registrations from nine different states, including California!

whistlestop duathlon logoDespite its championship status, however, Irondale and Birmingham area amateur athletes of all ages are encouraged to participate as well!  Here is a schedule of events.  You can register here. Although they accept registrations on race day if the race isn't full, you'll want to pre-register to save a little money and to get a t-shirt!

The Whistlestop Duathlon will attract athletes from across the country, so we want to help supply the event with plenty of help.  Click here for more information about volunteering.  The GICC challenges its members to support the race as a volunteer on the "Irondale Chamber Crew" if you aren't participating in an event.  Just indicate you're volunteering as part of our group, unless you represent another organization.
Sponsorships for the race are still available.  If you're interested, contact Therese Bynam.

Team-Magic was started by Therese Bynam in the 1980s. To read more about this amazing story, click here.

Get in Gear to Stop Diabetes

Tom Williams Porsche and the American Diabetes Association invite you to a Tour de Cure Kickoff and Benefit THIS Thursday, March 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Tom Williams Porsche.
Those in attendance can register for valuable door prizes (must be present to win) and enjoy elegant hors d'oeuvres by Kathy G & Co.  Complimentary spirits and live entertainment also will be provided.  And attendees can participate in a "Flashing Ring Raffle" for a chance to win a beautiful pair of diamond hoops from Diamonds Direct (14K white gold, 1.12 carat total weight; retail $1800)!
Don't forget, while you're there, to make an appointment to test drive the 911 Targa 4S!
The Tour de Cure is a bike race fund raiser that will take place June 13, 2015 at the University of Montevallo.  For more information, click here.

Chamber Members Get First Look at what Irondale's Comprehensive Plan May Do

At the March Membership Luncheon of the Greater Irondale Chamber of Commerce, Lindsay Puckett and Darrell Howard of the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) introduced the Irondale business community to the potential of what a comprehensive plan could do for the City of Irondale and its future. (Check out photos from the luncheon here.)

comprehensive plan2After an overview of what a comprehensive plan is, Lindsay and Darrell used interactive polling keypads to allow everyone in attendance to respond to questions such as, "What types of businesses would you like to see more in Irondale?"  See if you would have agreed with the answers here.

The important thing is for Irondale businesses and residents to understand that, as "stakeholders" in our City, everyone's thoughts and ideas are wanted.  In the coming weeks, the City of Irondale and the RPCGB team will conduct public meetings to invite input.

To see the entire presentation from the luncheon, including all the interactive questions and answers, click here.

ServiceMaster OneCall Gives Back

ServiceMaster OneCall, one of the Chamber's new members, was recently recognized in this Fox6 News Report for their efforts helping adults gain employment through WorkFaith Birmingham.

WorkFaith - begun servicemastertruckjust 11 months ago - works with adults who have been incarcerated at some point and helps them "develop confidence and life skills needed to become employable." The program provides nine full-day training sessions that give instruction on composing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, and presenting themselves well in a successful job interview.  According to at least one participant, the program not only helped him gain employment, it also instilled him with a much-needed sense of confidence and hope.

ServiceMaster currently employs one graduate of the program, but has worked successfully with several others by mentoring them and providing part- and full-time stable employment and references for their resume.

If you are interested in learning more about WorkFaith Birmingham, or would like to get involved, click here.

Upcoming Events

February Membership Luncheon
Thu Feb 08 @11:30AM - 01:00PM

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