SMALL BUSINESS


The Small Business Office supports small businesses through shop local campaigns, networking events, professional development presentations, and celebrations honoring the achievements of businesses in our community!

 

BEST PLACES TO WORK® AWARDS  



The Chamber’s annual Best Places to Work® awards honors outstanding companies in Huntsville/Madison County whose benefits, policies and practices are among the area’s best. Along with full bragging rights, Best Places to Work® gives businesses a unique tool that cultivates employee engagement in the workplace.

Rankings are based on an Employee Engagement Survey that asks employees to rate their company on a variety of workplace issues and topics. Surveys are administered and tabulated by Quantum Workplace—a third party research firm—and results are exclusively based on survey response participation. All companies are guaranteed anonymity regarding participating and results.

  • Save the Date for Awards Luncheon: May 14, 2024

Best Places to Work® Award Winners

|     2023       |     2022      |      2021      |     2020      |      2019      |      2018      |      2017    |


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050923 Best Places to Work® Awards (Jeff White Photographer)

SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS GALA



For over 30 years the Chamber has been supporting and recognizing individuals and businesses that make a positive impact on our community through their products, services, and outstanding attributes. Our annual Small Business Awards Gala honors the best of the best small business entrepreneurs, young professionals, nonprofits, and executive leadership.

The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber honored local small businesses and individuals during the 38th Annual Small Business Awards Gala, held at the Von Braun Center Saturn Ballroom on September 28, 2023. Congratulations to all the winners!


Small Business Award Winners

|     2023      |     2022      |      2021      |     2020      |      2019      |      2018      |      2017    |


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092823 38th Small Business Awards Gala (Jeff White - Part 1)


 NETWORKING EVENTS



Networking is essential in helping to develop and improve interpersonal skill sets, stay on top of industry trends, keep a pulse on the job market, meet prospective mentors, partners, and customers. This is why the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber offers monthly (6 in a calendar year) networking opportunities at alternating times of day to accommodate busy professionals.


Breakfast & Biz


Breakfast & Biz is a fast-paced networking event designed for members of the business community to connect and promote their products or services in a time-saving and effective way. Attendees arrive at work after a light breakfast and plenty of coffee with a handful of business cards, and follow-up calls to be made!

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010924 Breakfast & Biz January



Business After Hours


People do business with people they know, and there’s no better way to get to know other professionals than by attending a Business After Hours! Attendees have the opportunity to build a network, share common challenges, ideas and solutions, and connect with other local business professionals over a drink and lite hors d’oeuvres. With one of the greatest draws to these networking events being the opportunity to meet new professionals, attendees are always encouraged to bring someone new, as well as plenty of business cards!

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021524 Business After Hours @ The Venue at Oak Place

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES



The professional world is becoming increasingly competitive and is constantly changing, so professional development and continual learning is more important than ever to be successful and achieve business and career goals. Technologies and best practices are evolving and progressing in every industry, making it crucial for both new and experienced professionals to continue developing their skills and honing their knowledge.

To give professionals the opportunity to learn and apply new knowledge and skills that can help them in their job the Chamber offers monthly programming that further develops computer skills on a variety of platforms (Word, Excel, Google), as well as informative programming on topics like cyber security, human resource management, how to do business with local and federal government entities, trends in marketing, and more.

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021524 The Power of AI for Business Success

C-SUITE SPEAKER SERIES



The path to entrepreneurship or company leadership is not for the weak. It is a long and arduous process that is filled with moments of success and failure, and feelings of self-doubt and personal satisfaction. Those who find success embrace these trials and tribulations and use them as fuel to move further along the path and to find even greater success. It is from these people that we can learn some of the most powerful lessons to finding success!

The Chamber’s C-Suite Speaker Series, 4 presentations offered once a quarter, brings CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other C-Suite level executives from leading companies/organizations to the podium to share their experiences with success and failure as they made their journey to the C-Suite. These programs build awareness, foster understanding and spark conversation among attendees as they network with these key decision makers in the community.

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020823 C-Suite with LTG Neil Thurgood (Ret.)

SMALL BUSINESS WEEK



April 29 –May 6 is 2023 Small Business Week! We encourage you to support local businesses throughout the week, and we offer these suggestions on different ways to do just that: @Mention Monday, Takeout Tuesday, Welcome Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, Friendly Friday, and Self-Care Saturday.

Watch the videos we made for the Small Business Week!

WOMEN'S BUSINESS COUNCIL



The Women’s Business Council supports the mission and vision of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber by providing a platform to network, mentor, and develop leaders among the women in business in the North Alabama region. This is accomplished by hosting dynamic programming and unique networking opportunities throughout the year.


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UPCOMING EVENTS



Thursday, March 14, 5 p.m.
Business After Hours with CUSA Basketball

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Thursday, March 7, 2 p.m.
QuickBooks Online Essential Skills

Tuesday, March 19, 9 a.m.
Fostering an Inclusive Business Climate

Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Basic Excel for Small Businesses: Part 1

Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Basic Excel for Small Businesses: Part 2

Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Basic Excel for Small Businesses: Part 3

Thursday, April 4, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Entrepreneur Pop-Up Workshop

 

QUESTIONS? CONTACT:

Ashley Engles-Ross
Vice President, Small Business
256-535-2043

Contact Small Business Team

 

America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are the largest most comprehensive network supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem with over 1,000 SBDCs nationwide and 10 in the state of Alabama.

The APEX Accelerator serves as the bridge between small businesses and government contracting (city, state and federal). We are results-driven and offer confidential business advising and professional development services at no cost to our clients, funded in part by the SBA and DoD. We work closely with the area economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and are affiliated with UAH.

The UAH SBDC/APEX Accelerator is a regional office serving the 7 counties (Madison, Marshall, Morgan, Limestone, DeKalb Cullman and Jackson Counties) in the northeast part of Alabama. Our offices are located in the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. And, we continue to work in a hybrid fashion due to client demand. We assist small business owners through all phases of the business lifecycle, Growing our Economy, one Business at a Time!