What does the Chamber do?
The Chamber provides many services to our community including business referrals, Small Business Association, exposure through advertising and newsletters, proposal listings, educational opportunities, legislative news, and economic materials. Along with the Economic Development Authority, we sponsor and annual countywide Awards and Appreciation banquet for all Chamber members, business and industry. We sponsor the Franklin County Junior Leadership program for all high school juniors in our county. We enjoy doing Easter Egg hunts each Easter for our little ones in Russellville and Red Bay. The Chamber always has a presence at The Relay for Life and conducts at least one annual county wide anti-litter campaign. Each year we give two $500.00 scholarships to a Franklin County graduate in memory of Jim Webb of Russellville and Matt Hester of Red Bay.
Just recently, we have published a Franklin County Guide that we distribute to both local citizens and also to visitors from all over the country. In this Guide, all chamber members are offered the opportunity to advertise and all are listed with their contact information. This is especially popular for folks moving into out area who are seeking out what is available in Franklin County. If you join the Chamber, we will insert your information in our existing Chamber Guides.
The Chamber is also involved with the Founders Fest in Red Bay and the Hoe Down Festival in Phil Campbell. We assist with Farm Days for school children at Johnny Mac Morrows farms. Last but not least, the Chamber sponsors the extremely popular Watermelon Festival. This festival brings thousands of visitors to our area each year along with many activities such as the Watermelon Beauty pageant, the Billboard contest, local talent in the historic, air-conditioned Roxy Theatre, and free outdoor concerts. As you can see the Chamber is a busy place and hopefully you feel we are an important asset to our community.