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The Hoover Alabama Chamber of Commerce, its staff, members, officers and board members extend a warm welcome to you. We pride ourselves on being one of the South's fastest growing communities, offering new and progressive opportunities every day. Hoover spans almost 50 square miles of territory, involving much of Jefferson County and Shelby County. We promote a healthy business environment, and feature great restaurants, lodging facilities, sporting events, and vacation areas. Click here to read more.

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Charter Member on the Board of Trustees

Charter Member on the Board of Trustees

The Hoover Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in the past year established a new organization, the Board of Trustees. This newly established group is a highly recognized and prestigious group that carries several benefits. Charter Membership is open only during the next few months. Click "go" to view a list of ways to become a Charter Member of the Chamber Board of Trustees and how this will benefit you and your business.




12-14RC-NewksA ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the new location of Newk's Eatery at 950 Inverness Corners in Hoover, for their Open House. Shown about to cut the ribbon is owner Sonya Jackson as her husband Todd (center) looks on, and Director of Sales and Marketing Paige Robinson Gilliland holds the bow. They are joined by several Newk's associates, Hoover Chamber Ambassadors, friends, and Alabama State Representative Paul DeMarco (3rd from right on front row).

12-14RC-LouLousA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Lou Lou's at 160 Main Street in the Patton Creek Shopping Center in Hoover, across the street from Zoƫ's Kitchen, near the Rave Theaters. Shown cutting the ribbon is owner Mary Lou Kunka, as Jessica Zillman holds the bow. Mary Lou's daughter, Allison Kunka is to the right of Jessica, while employees Reata Nix and Lauren Dailey are to the left of Mary Lou. They are joined by several Hoover Chamber ambassadors and guests. They can be reached at 982-5117 or info@shopatloulous.com.

12-14RC-WinonahA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the new location of Winonah International School of Cosmetology in Hoover, 1870 Chace Drive, just south of the Riverchase Galleria. Shown cutting the ribbon is Manijeh Etminani, as her daughter, Mondonna Movahed, owner/director of the school, holds the bow. Mondonna's husband, Hansen is behind them, holding their granddaughter, Leila. The school Administrator Rebecca Elder is behind Manijeh, next to the previous owner Mitra Partain Thorpe (Mondonna's sister) in the red shirt, and Marketing Director Sheri Partain Gallyot in the black dress. They were joined by the School instructors Jimmy Hutchins, Precious Baker, Tiffany Jones, students, dozens of associates, family members, and Chamber ambassadors. Owner Mondonna Movahed can be reached at (205) 703-8070 or info@winonah.net, or through their website at www.winonah.net.

12-14RC-KumonA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the new Kumon of Birmingham-Greystone at 270 Doug Baker Boulevard, Suite 400 at the Village at Lee Branch Shopping Center. Shown cutting the ribbon is owner Animeeta Patel, as her husband, Payden, holds the bow. They are joined by several Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Animeeta can be reached at (205) 994-7200 or animeetapatel@ikumon.com or through the website at www.kumon.com.

11-14RC-HealthSourceA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, November 18 at HealthSource of Greystone, a new chiropractic office located at 1401 Doug Baker Boulevard in the Village at Lee Branch in Hoover. Shown cutting the ribbon is Dr. Krystal Drwencke, as Andrew Morris holds the bow. They are joined on the front row by Andrew's wife, Maggie, and young son, Jackson, as well as his parents (behind him), other friends and family, and many Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Dr. Krystal can be reached at (205) 980-0407 or kdrwencke@healthsourcechiro.com. www.healthsourcechiro.com

10-14-Gala-CommitteeThe volunteer committee who organized the October 11 Inaugural Forks & Corks Gala, that raised some $25,000.00 for the Chamber and the new Scholarship Funds gathered for a photo op after the Gala was over. Shown Left to right are Mary Perry of Strickland Companies; Kristen Walters of Aveda Institute; Glenn Lewis of Redshift Creative; Tara Vice of Any Reason To Plan; Nicole Loggins of Hoover's Magazine; Angela Finley of Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall; and Verona Petite of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce. Committee members not show are Suzanne White of Headway Marketing; Angela Leigh of Aveda Institute; Carol Martin and Kim Young of Lefleur Florists and Gifts; Stacy Larkin of Dex Imaging, Kathleen Spencer of Spencer Consulting Group; and Lisa Dunbar of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce.

10-14GalaAuctionGene Hallman of the Bruno Event Team served as the official Auctioneer at the October 11, 2014 Inaugural Forks & Corks Gala, raising over $8,000.00 in the Live Auction, with an additional $5,000.00 in the Silent Auction. The event was attended by over 140 guests and sponsors, with several restaurants and vendors providing food and drink at no charge, including Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Jesse's Steaks & Seafood, Outback Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Tre Luna catering, Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato, The Villaggio Restaurant & Bar, Alabama Crown, Buffalo Rock, good People Brewing Company, and Vineyard Brands.

11-14CubScoutsDuring Veterans Week, a different group of scouts - Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownie Scouts - is given the opportunity to lower the American Flag at the Hoover Public Library during the Flag-Lowering Ceremony, and present the flag to retired Navy Captain Bob Beaty, chairman of Hoover's Veterans Committee. In turn, this particular flag was presented to 2010 Hoover Freedom Award winner Hollis Hayes, a WWII B-17 Bomber pilot.

11-14VeteransWeekThe Sunday before Veterans Day, The City of Hoover starts a week-long celebration of Veterans Week with a reception at the Hoover Public Library, inviting all citizens and particularly all veterans to attend. This is a particularly moving ceremony featuring the Army Band playing patriotic music. Show here is Veterans Committee Chairman U.S. Navy Captain Bob Beaty (Ret.) giving a welcome to the audience of over 100.

11-14-School-WinnersAt the November 20, 2014 Chamber Luncheon four outstanding employees of the Hoover City School System were recognized as 2013-14 Employees of the Year by Superintendent Andy Craig, with three Finalists, and one employee taking the top award. Shown left-to-right are Stevie Yanko, Brian Fancher, 2013-14 Employee of the Year Dee Forem and Bobbie Fancher. Bobbie and Brian are mother and son, and Bobbie's husband also works in the Hoover City School system as an outstanding employee. These awards as well as the luncheon, are sponsored by Cadence Bank.


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Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year To Be Recognized

At our February 19 Chamber Luncheon, we will recognize and award the Hoover Firefighter of the Year and the Hoover Police Officer of the Year awards, for the calendar year 2014. For the 20th year, the Hoover Area Chamber will recognize these most outstanding community servants for their on-the-job performance. Turner Batson Architects will sponsor of the Firefighter of the Year Award, Paramedic of the Year, and the 911 Operator of the Year. Hendrick Automotive will sponsor the Police Officer of the Year Award and the Jailer of the Year award. The 911 Operator and the Jailer of the Year awards will be predetermined by the Fire and Police Departments, respectively. The Fire and Police Award winners will be selected by committees within their own departments, and will not be made public until the February Chamber Luncheon. Supervisors nominating members of their departments were asked to answer basic questions regarding the nominee and provide any additional information they feel will be helpful in determining which individual will be best qualified as the most outstanding department member for the year.


U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Damon Holditch presented with Freedom Award

U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Damon Holditch, left, was recognized by the Hoover Veterans Committee as the recipient of the 2014 Freedom Award at the July 17 Hoover Chamber Luncheon for his outstanding contributions to the Ideals of Freedom, including his military service and his service to the community. Shown left-to-right are, Lt. Colonel Holditch, his son, Justin, daughter Sarah Corrine, wife Leslie, and Hoover Veterans Committee Chairman, U.S. Navy Captain Robert (Bob) Beaty (Ret). Lt. Colonel Holditch is the twelfth recipient of the Hoover Chamber Freedom Award, and a perpetual plaque naming all twelve recipients was later presented to Hoover City Council President Jack Wright by Executive Director Bill Powell for display at Hoover City Hall.



Chamber Golf Tournament Winners '14

The overall winners of the 19th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament came from the Cooks Pest Control Team of Robby Cole, Mark Barron, Charlie Angel, and Andrew Benson. Pictured left to right are, Robby Cole, Committee Chair Kathleen Spencer, Angela Finley - representing Luncheon and Breakfast Sponsor Hendrick Auto Mall, and Charlie Angel. They had a team score of 52.



$21,000.00 in 2015-2016 Lila Parks and Forks & Corks Scholarship Applications Available

The Hoover Area Chamber's 2015-2016 Lila Parks Scholarships, started in 1997, will be awarded in May of this year, with a total of $6,000.00 available. Applications are available in the Chamber office, or on the Chamber web site home page here. The Scholarship Program is named after Lila Parks, the long-time volunteer who ran the Applied Career Education Program (A.C.E.) for high school students for the ten years of its existence virtually by herself. Lila is still active in the Hoover Chamber, often volunteering to help at the Chamber luncheon, and still serves on the Chamber Education and Scholarship Committee. She retired in 2004 after a long and successful career as an Allstate Insurance agent. In addition, the chamber's Inaugural Forks & Corks Gala last October produced enough revenue that the Chamber can offer $15,000.00 in Gala Scholarships, in the name of the sponsoring company that provided the scholarship.

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Lila Parks Scholarships Winners

Five $1,500.00 Lila Parks Scholarships were presented at the May 2014 Chamber Luncheon for the 2014-2015 School Year. Shown, left to right, Benjamin Hartmann and Francie Harris, of the 2012 Hoover High School Class; Taylor Massey of McAdory High School Class of 2014; Patricia Shoultz of Hueytown High School Class of 2014; Sarah Singleterry of Thompson High School Class of 2014; and Lila Parks, for whom the Chamber Scholarship Program is named. She had run the Applied Career Education (A.C.E.) Program as a volunteer for the Chamber from its inception for the ten years of its existence - until Spain Park High School was opened.



Health Care Listings

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Thinking of moving to Hoover, or visiting?

Thinking of moving to Hoover, or visiting? Click here for information on the dozens of churches that belong to the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce! Click here for a list of Churches that are members.


Job Listings

As a limited service to our Chamber members and to the public, our members now can post job openings on our website for 30-60 days. Professional Staffing Services can do so with limitations explained on the page. Click here for a list of the jobs available on this page!


Restaurant Listings

Looking for a great place to eat? The Hoover Chamber has over 60 restaurants as member, ranging from the finest dining experience to the fastest burgers and the best ice cream you'll ever find! Click here for a list of restaurants recommended by the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce!


Hotel Listings

Are you thinking of visiting the Hoover or Birmingham Area? We have Hoover Area Hotels near the Barber MotorSports Park; the Talladega SuperSpeedway; the Hoover Met, and other sports venues. Click here for a list of hotels recommended by the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce!


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