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Dadeville Chamber discusses banquet, attracting businesses

Published 10:47am Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors took time to discuss the upcoming year at their meeting Wednesday.

The chamber’s annual awards banquet is nearing. Directors discussed a potential date change but did not make any final decisions.

Shannon Bost, new chamber member and board of directors member with Lee Marketing Group, volunteered to line up business participants for the banquet. Chamber member businesses have the opportunity to set up booths at the banquet at no cost.

Tickets for the banquet will be $25 apiece and will include dinner. Directors talked about mailing invitations to the banquet but ended up deciding on a more personal approach.

“In my business, I get bombarded with little mail outs,” said Michael Carter. “They just don’t work anymore. What we need to do is … write a personal letter or make a personal phone call.

“This world is a little more personable. If you don’t ask them personally … you’re probably not going to get an answer.”

The board also discussed organization of informational materials that could be given tourists or potential industries.

“When GE came in, we literally had nothing but old pieces of paper that had old pictures and didn’t even define the right businesses,” said Larry Whitfield. “We threw some things together, but it was just cheesy. We should have some basic information … four or five documents that define us.”

One of those documents will be a brochure executive administrator Betty Litsey has been developing. Another may be the city map that has been a work in progress since early in 2012.

The board voted to change regular meeting dates to the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.

Chamber member businesses interested in setting up a booth at the banquet can call Bost at 256-392-3990.