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Let local businesses add ‘fireworks’ to your Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is upon us and Charleston Area Alliance member businesses are ready to help with your summertime holiday needs.

From restaurants to clothing and family activities, the Alliance represents a broad range of vendors and professional service providers who can assist you, your company and your family with all facets of summer.

We encourage you to support the businesses that are supporting Charleston and our region through their membership in the Alliance.

Our 600 members represent 40,000 employees who are collectively creating jobs, enhancing our community, investing in people – and making a wide investment in their own success!

Turn to them first for your Fourth of July needs. (For a complete member directory, go to: www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.org)

TRAVEL AND TOURISM NEEDS:

Appalachian Tire Products
Bert Wolfe Ford Porsche Audi & Toyota
Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Marty’s Tire Store
Moses Cadillac Buick, GMC
Moses Ford BMW
National Travel
One Stop
South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Yeager Airport

SUMMER STYLE:

Delfine’s
House of Luxe
Ivor’s Trunk
Kelley’s Mens Shop
Turner Medical Spa
Visions Day Spa

RECREATION AND SUMMER CAMPS:

Berry Hills Country Club
Charleston Marine, Inc.
Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
Edgewood Country Club
Kanawha County Public Library
Girl Scouts of Black Diamond
Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreational Authority
Mountaineer Montessori School
Trojan Landing Marine
West Virginia Power
YMCA of Kanawha Valley, Inc.
YWCA of Charleston

FOOD AND BEVERAGE:

AVI Food Systems Inc.
Bar 101
Bridge Road Bistro
Buffalo Wild Wings
Buzz Products
Charleston Marriott Town Center
Chick-Fil-A Southridge Centre
Corey Brothers, Inc.
Distinctive Gourmet
Embassy Suites
Fifth Quarter
First Watch Restaurant/Chelken, Inc.
Golden Corral Restaurant
Hardings Family Restaurant
Honeybaked Ham Company & Cafe
Joe Fazio’s Restaurant
Kroger
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Longhorn Steakhouse
Meticulous Pies & Pints
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Quaker Steak & Lube
Ramada Plaza Hotel
Red Carpet Lounge
Summit Conference Center, Inc
The Chop House
The Liquor Company
Tidewater Grill
Tyler Mountain Water Company
United Valley Bell

LODGING:

Allied Hosts
Best Western Charleston Plaza
Brass Pineapple Bed & Breakfast
Charleston Marriott Hotel
Comfort Inn
Country Inn & Suites – Charleston
Country Inn & Suites – Elkview
Embassy Suites Hotel
Fairfield Inn – Charleston
Hampton Inn – Southridge
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Hospitality Ventures
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
Motel 6 – Kanawha City
Ramada Charleston Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott
Sleep Inn
Snowshoe Resort
The Resort at Glade Springs
Waterfront Plaza Hotel

AROUND THE HOME:

Art Emporium
Charleston Cut Flower
Chet Lowther Studios
Contemporary Galleries
Gallery Eleven
Green’s Feed & Seed
Peerless Block & Brick Company
Purple Moon
Stray Dog Antiques
Taylor Books and Annex Gallery
TerraCare Valley Gardens
Winter Floral & Antiques
Young Floral

To see a full list of Charleston Area Alliance members, alphabetically or by category, click HERE.

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admin in Announcements on June 28 2012 » 0 comments

A Message From Our President & CEO: We’ve got – and get- energy at the Alliance

At the Charleston Area Alliance, we’ve got – and get – energy.

As an economic, business and community development organization, and the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia, we know that a strong energy sector is fundamental to our economy and communities.

Here are just a few of the ways we’re working to fuel our future:

• Promoting an innovative, economically viable and environmentally sustainable energy sector through Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year regional economic development initative; • Advocating for policies that support economic growth, job creation, and community enhancement through the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce;

• Serving as one of the lead organizations working with global businesses that are conducting due diligence on the placement and development of a world scale ethane cracking facility in West Virginia;

• Funding a study to identify underground natural gas case storage areas in the Kanawha Valley region;

• Serving as the lead private entity in the “Kanawha Converts Consortium,” which is spearheading initiatives to research and implement new natural gas transportation fuel usage in the region, including compressed natural gas and propane;

• Actively marketing several industrial sites throughout the Kanawha Valley in an effort to stimulate new jobs through the downstream opportunities derived from the new shale discoveries and to maximize the value of the shale gas for the benefit of West Virginia citizens;

• Playing key leadership role in promoting the West Virginia Regional Technology Park where research and development benefiting the natural gas and coal industries is underway;

• Actively supporting and participating in industry initiatives including the “Marcellus to Manufacturing” and the Just Beneath the Surface Working Group;

• Educating business, community and government leaders about the benefits of West Virginia’s abundant energy resources through high profile programs and events. These include a SUCCESStrategies forum on “Marcellus Shale: “What’s Up Down Under,” and annual “Women with Energy” luncheon panels presented by Elevations, the Alliance’s Professional Women’s Network;

• Funding and producing a fast-paced educational video on the Marcellus Shale and what the development of an ethane cracking facility would mean to the Kanawha Valley and state;

• Helping area businesses and consumers reduce energy expenditures through workshops and programs developed in partnership with area providers;

• Showcasing best practices and demonstrating by example through innovative energy efficiency upgrades, such as the installation of an energy efficient, solar water heating system at our Small Business Incubator. Your Alliance membership fuels these efforts to promote a strong energy sector, as well as a wide range of innovative programs and services that helps businesses, their employees and their community succeed.

We invite you to join visionary businesses that are energizing our future – and making a wise investment in their own success – through their participation in the Alliance.

Come to a program. Become a member. Join a committee.

When you plug into the Alliance, things get a whole lot brighter!

Until next time,

 

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admin in Announcements on June 26 2012 » 0 comments

Social media tricks offer treats at the next SUCCESStrategies

SUCCESStrategies:
‘What’s App With That?’
Thursday, July 12
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street

New tricks to boost your marketing ROI will be the focus of the next SUCCESStrategies luncheon on Thursday, July 12.

At “What’s App With That?,” a panel of experts will update attendees on new social media techniques to build brand awareness and promote their businesses.

The panel will also discuss using new media, such as blogs, picture and video sharing, as a powerful and cost-effective supplement to traditional marketing.

Speakers for the SUCCESStrategies session include:

• Naomi Bays, Chair/CEO for the Arts Council of Kanawha Valley

• Christa Hamra, Director of Sales & Marketing at MotionMasters

• Mark Wolfe, Owner of Mark Wolfe Design

Individual registrations, which include lunch, are $25 Alliance members/$35 future members. Prices go up $10 each  after July 6.

To register for the event, click HERE.

SUCCESStrategies is a professional development initiative of the Alliance and Dixon Hughes Goodman.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you. 

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Security America celebrates 30 years with staff promotions

Contact: Mike Mclaughlin, CPP
Security America Marketing Contractor
1-304-300-6453 or 1-888-832-6732 x. 202

For immediate release: June 22, 2012

SECURITY AMERICA ANNOUNCES STAFF ADVANCEMENTS & PROMOTIONS COMPANY CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY THIS MONTH

(Charleston, W. Va.) –June 22, 2012 – Security America is a leading loss-prevention company serving the security and safety needs of various types of industry and businesses in a multi-state area. The company was founded in Charleston, W.Va. in 1982 by CEO/President T. William Signorelli who is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Now in its 30th year of operation, Security America is growing, adding staff and promoting existing staff.

• Larry K. Stanley has been appointed Vice President of Service Operations to oversee the quality delivery of all Security America services. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), board-certified in Security Management through the American Society for Industrial Security; Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Certified Homeland Security (CHS Level III) through the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS). His experience includes employment with both the Huntington, W. Va. Fire and Police departments. Also, as a railroad police officer for a U.S. Class I railroad, he held the positions of patrol officer, special agent, sergeant, lieutenant and deputy-inspector-headquarters.

• Lynn M. Williams is Security America’s Recruiting Coordinator and brings a broad range of experience in security and safety to his position. As a Lieutenant Officer in the security department of a Charleston, W. Va.-based hospital, he reviewed and trained new officers and responded to and resolved security-risk situations. He served as a Public Safety Officer for a university in Charleston and assisted in the development of the university’s emergency response plan. As an employee of the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Services, he assisted in developing plans for disaster preparedness. He is a volunteer firefighter, an EMT and a health services instructor for the American Red Cross.

• Arnold Jarrell has been promoted to Director of Field Operations for Security America. In addition to overseeing all of the company’s field managers, he is responsible for quality control in staffing and the provision of services for all field operations. As a former uniformed officer for the company at large coal mining sites, he earned the rank of Captain and was responsible for recruiting, hiring and retention of officers. He also served as a site inspector and has been honored as Security America’s 2009 Supervisor of the Year.

(About Security America)

Security America, Inc. Security America provides uniformed officers and other security and safety personnel and services to a wide range of clients throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. The company also specializes in security and safety consulting, training and investigative services.

Security America’s mission is to provide clients with the best protection for the best value to help them increase profitability with a comprehensive and cost-efficient security program designed to ensure loss prevention, increase productivity and reduce property damage.

With Corporate Headquarters in Charleston, W.Va., Security America also has four regional offices in West Virginia and Ohio. A fifth regional office is scheduled to open soon.

• Security America Corporate HQ 5407 McCorkle Ave. SE Charleston, WV 25304 (304) 925-4747 888-832-6732 www.SecurityAmerica.com

• Security America Regional Offices

Columbus, Ohio (614) 367-9252

Madison, WV (304) 307-6010

Parkersburg, WV 888-832-6732   Steubenville, Ohio (740) 314-5117

www.SecurityAmerica.com

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admin in Announcements on June 25 2012 » 0 comments

Member Market: Use Holiday Inn for your vacation needs this summer

Member Market: By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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Public Art Guide released for FestivALL

A new guide, featuring the locations of more than 50 pieces of public art located throughout Charleston, has been released in time for FestivALL Charleston. The guide is part of a public art plan initiated through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant program.   “We are excited to provide this piece highlighting our outdoor public art collection and the artists for our citizens and visitors to enjoy,” said Susie Salisbury, vice president of community development for the Charleston Area Alliance and project director for the effort. “Art plays such an important role in our community and we are honored to celebrate it through this publication.”

The guide is a collaborative project of Charleston Area Alliance, City of Charleston, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, Arts Council of Kanawha Valley and FestivALL Charleston.

“Public art contributes to the city’s character and artists find our city an inviting place that promotes creativity,” said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones. “We are blessed to have many people who have a passion for public art and who have contributed their talents, resources and resourcefulness to improving Charleston’s artist landscape.”

Currently, a website is being developed that will have the guide available electronically and will serve as a source for future updates to the piece.

“There will be several new pieces of public art as a result of the 2012 FestivALL Charleston, such as the trash receptacles along Kanawha Boulevard and the expansion of the “Peer to Pier” mural project,” Salisbury said. “The website we are developing will host these additional pieces and provide more information on each of the pieces of public art.”

The public art guides are currently available at the following locations: Charleston Area Alliance, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston City Hall, Kanawha County Library, Taylor Books, West Virginia Capitol Complex Culture Center, Charleston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the FestivALL Charleston merchandise booths.

For more information on the guide please contact Susie Salisbury at 304-340-4253 or through email at SSalisbury@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

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Share YOUR vision for downtown Charleston tomorrow

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admin in Announcements,Events on June 13 2012 » 0 comments

Register now for Business After Hours this Thursday at Appalachian Power Park

West Virginia Power
Business After Hours
Thursday, June 14
Appalachian Power Park
5 p.m.

Register now for Business After Hours at Appalachian Power Park, which will be held this Thursday, June 14, starting at 5 p.m.

Experience America’s pastime while networking with the region’s business leaders. The June Business After Hours will be held on the Budweiser Party Deck at the beautiful Appalachian Power Park.

Enjoy food, drinks and networking as the West Virginia Power take on the Hagerstown Suns. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

A buffet will be offered consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwursts and chicken breasts. Assorted chips, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, soft pretzels and popcorn will also be included.

Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are also included until the middle of 7th inning.

After the game, stay for Thursday Post Game Concert Nights. 1980’s tribute band Mighty McFly will entertain fans immediately following the game.

The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members, who register early online.

Register here

Online registration ends at noon on June 14.

Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

Business After Hours events are fantastic opportunities to network and meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.   

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Speaker panel finalized for ‘Women with Energy’ on June 21

‘Women with Energy’
Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon
Thursday, June 21
11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Charleston Marriott Town Center

Women leaders in the natural gas, coal and related industries will share their insights on opportunities and challenges facing West Virginia’s energy sector and how they will shape the future of the Mountain State at a special Elevations luncheon, to be held Thursday, June 21, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center Ballroom.

The full speaker panel has been finalized for the second annual “Women with Energy” luncheon will be held Thursday, June 21, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center Ballroom.

Elevations is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor DOW.

This program has been submitted for continuing education credit for attorneys and CPAs.

Sharon O. Flanery, a petroleum engineer and attorney who leads the Steptoe & Johnson Energy Team, will moderate the second annual “Women with Energy,” a roundtable discussion with women business executives, lawyers, engineers and other professionals from the natural gas, coal and renewable energy sectors.

Confirmed speakers to date include:
• Shannon Ames, Director of Government Relations (US Operations), Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, Marlborough, Mass.
• Maribeth Anderson, Senior Director of Corporate Development and Government Relations, Chesapeake Energy
• Katharine Fredriksen, senior vice president, Environmental Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for CONSOL, Pittsburgh.
• Tania Hotmer, External Affairs Manager, AEP  • Denise Starkey, Assistant General Counsel, NiSource, Columbus, Ohio.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with informal networking (optional), followed by a luncheon and program at noon. An invitation-only VIP reception for sponsors and dignitaries is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Click here to register

Registration is $40 for Alliance members/$50 future members through this Wednesday, June 13. Prices increase to $50 Alliance members/$60 future members after that date.

This event is presented by Steptoe & Johnson. Co-sponsors to date are AEP an NiSource. Table sponsors to date are Chesapeake Energy and Jackson Kelly, PLLC.

Sponsorships, which include admission to a VIP pre-event, Meet & Greet with speakers and state leaders along with other benefits, start at $750. For more information, contact Leigh Anne Stickland, lstrickland@charlestonareaalliance.org.

Click HERE for sponsorship details.

The mission of the 1,700-member Elevations Professional Women’s Network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”

Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

 

 

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admin in Announcements,Elevations on June 11 2012 » 0 comments

Member Market: Save During Yeager Airport’s Backlit Sign Sale

Member Market
By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

 

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