Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce

by Beth Rogers
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Paycheck Protection Program First Draw Loans


The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, is opening the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 9 am ET. When the PPP loan portal system opens on Monday morning, it will initially accept First Draw PPP loan applications from participating CFIs, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs) and Microloan Intermediaries.

 The opening of the SBA loan system is designed to efficiently and effectively implement the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and to ensure increased access to the PPP for minority-, underserved-, veteran- and women-owned small business concerns. SBA also is calling upon its lending partners to redouble their efforts to assist eligible borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

 SBA will continue to provide updates on operations during the week of January 11, 2021. Additionally, SBA plans to dedicate specific times to process and assist the smallest PPP lenders with loan applications from eligible small businesses.

Eddie F. Postell

Manager, Office of Small Business Advocacy

Alabama Department of Commerce

401 Adams Avenue, Suite 610

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Office:  (334) 242-0485

Fax: (334) 242-0415

Toll Free: (800) 248-0033


by Beth Rogers
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January 2021 Newsletter 2

from LBWCC:

LBWCC Launches New Volleyball Program

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College announces the addition of women’s volleyball to its intercollegiate athletic program. The program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021.

 “We are extremely excited to announce the addition of a volleyball program at LBW,” said President, Dr. Brock Kelley.“ This will not only allow student-athletes to have an opportunity to extend their playing career after high school but will allow these students to take part in our ever-growing academic programs.”   LBWCC will join 10 other colleges in the Alabama Community College Conference that currently offer the program.

 “Our goal at LBW with the addition of this program is to bridge the gap of opportunity for Alabama high school volleyball players, especially in South Alabama,” Kelley added.

 “Our hope is to continue to remove barriers for individuals in all aspects. With the lack of a community college volleyball program in our area, this is one more barrier we are able to remove.”  With the addition of women’s volleyball, LBWCC will offer 5 athletic programs including, two men’s and three women’s programs.

 The search for the program’s head coach will begin in the near future, according to Kelley.

 “This is a great opportunity to grow the athletic department at LBW and expand our reach to more student athletes,” said Athletic Director, Steve Helms.  “Adding women’s volleyball will enhance the traditions already established in our athletic program which focuses on developing young men and women for life after sports.”

 For more information on the new volleyball program contact Athletic Director, Steve Helms at

by Beth Rogers
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December 2020 Newsletter

The Board of Directors

of the

Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce


You, Your Families and Your Employees


Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 


We sincerely thank you for your continued support despite the most 

unusual year and we are looking forward to a year of peace, joy and 

productivity in 2021………

Don  *  Ruth  *   Martha  *   Beth *   Carol   *   Jackie

*  Sal.Lee   *   Steve   *   Emily  *   Jimmy*   Heath   *   Kay  *   Foster  *  **************
As you finish your shopping, please remember SHOP LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL.

by Beth Rogers
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November 2020 Newsletter 8

The Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce will once again host it’s annual Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 10th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Pictures with Santa will be taken at 4th St. and S. Forest beginning at 4:30 p.m. with Mr. and Mrs. Mara who come each year.  Santa pictures are $5 each.  If you want to participate in the parade, be sure to call the Chamber office at 335-4468 to register your float, car, 4-wheeler, etc.  There is no fee for parade entry except a toy for the DHR Toy Drive as usual.  We encourage parade contestants and parade spectators to all wear masks for the protection and consideration of others……we will be providing more information as days go by, but we hope you can join us on that very special night, December 10th.
It’s not too late – the LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be there until 4 p.m. – sponsored by Crenshaw Community Hospital – make a significant contribution – Give Blood!  101 Hospital Drive, Luverne, AL 36049….                                                                                ******************
from Luverne Public Library: The Luverne Public Library will host their annual “Visit with Santa” on Thursday, December 3rd from 3 – 6 p.m.   This free event offers families the opportunity for  their children  to visit with Santa.  We encourage parents to bring their camera or phone and take as many pictures as they like.  Each child will receive a small prize from Santa and refreshments will be available. 
As the shopping season begins in earnest, we encourage everyone to think of your local businesses ….give gift certificates or purchase items sold locally….Crenshaw County is very fortunate to have creative businesses who do their best to provide a shopping atmosphere for you.  We will be reminding you of what stores have to offer as the season progresses……so keep your list handy to take notes – and remember to SHOP LOCAL….SHOP LOCAL….SHOP LOCAL.

by Beth Rogers
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December 2020 Newsletter 3

Christmas Parade – We want to thank everyone who put in lots of hard work and time decorating floats, stringing lights on vehicles and organizing to participate in the 2020 Annual Christmas Parade.  The event was a rousing success and hopefully all who watched or participated feel the same.  The winners of the float contest are:  1st Place – Crenshaw County Queens; 2nd Place – Highland Home Elementary; 3rd Place – Chapel Hill Baptist Church.  Santa and Mrs. Claus were here for pictures and the 2020 Citizen of the Year, Bernie Sullivan, Mayor of Brantley, led the parade and lighted the tree to begin the Christmas season.  Thanks also to Danny Rolling for bringing a spiritual message, so good to hear in these strange times.  Mayor Beasley and Donna and Probate Judge Will Tate and family sat with us on the grandstand and a special thank you to Don Nix for emceeing the parade. ISt was a beautiful night under the Luverne downtown lights. Again, the Chamber thanks everyone!!

from L & L Glass:
A little Elf told us that there is only 9 days left until Christmas!! We know many of you will be traveling for the holidays, and finding damage to your windshield is definitely a “ba humbug” moment. But, don’t let a cracked or chipped windshield put a damper on your Christmas plans, come by and see us for all your replacements and repairs! Let us help make your Christmas a little more merry and bright! Call us at: 334-304-2668Or come by: 842 West 3rd Street Luverne AL 36049

from The Chamber:
Attached is a reminder of how fortunate we are to have so many places to shop in Crenshaw County. Please print this reminder list and keep it with you while shopping and share with others. We may have missed someone, we hope not……if so we sincerely apologize! We hope this helps you to SHOP LOCAL whenever possible.

by Beth Rogers
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December 2020 Newsletter 1

The Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is ON!  The parade will begin at the corner of Franklin and 3rd at 6:00 P.M.  The procession will then follow the traditional route to So Forest Ave. and end at the corner of So Forest and West 6th St.   Entry is free and as always, each participant is encouraged to bring a new toy to be donated to the DHR at the end of the parade route.
Participants are urged to begin lining up as necessary, or 4:30 PM, at the old armory building.  Chamber Board members will be on hand to assist with the lineup.   Ample flood lighting will be provided in the general staging area.  Troy Cable will provide video coverage of the event to be replayed later.   And the top three floats  will be awarded trophies.
The “World’s Longest Small Town Christmas Parade” and the Chamber also ask for your help.  The Chamber is asking everyone – EVERYONE – to participate in a  “Crenshaw Countywide Coverup“.  To be a part of the “Coverup”, we encourage all participants, including observers lining the parade route,  to wear a mask and “Cover Up!”  Regardless of personal feelings or opinions, we encourage everyone to consider others during this Wonderful Christmas Season, and make the “Crenshaw Countywide Coverup” as successful as our county deserves.
See you Thursday…

Donald Nix
President, Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce


from The Carriage House:
                                                                           Shop Local and Win!                 Downtown Luverne, Shop, Treats and contribute to Carriage House Toy Drive.                                                          Friday, December 11th….3:30 – 6:30 p.m.                                          Extended Retail Hours…Flyer attached with details…….

and from LBWCC:
For Immediate Release..December 3, 2020


 LBW Community College has updated the Ability to Benefit requirements to allow an individual without a high school diploma or GED to enroll in a qualifying degree or certificate program.

 “This change in LBW’s policy will not only benefit those who qualify but will also increase the population who holds industry-recognized credentials; therefore, moving toward an increase in our region’s labor force participation rate,” said LBWCC President, Dr. Brock Kelley.

 Ability to Benefit details include:

  • Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be dually enrolled in our Adult Ed program and a CTE program

Career and technical education programs that currently qualify:

  • Advanced EMT
  • Emergency Medical Basic
  • Emergency Medical Associate Degree
  • Welding
  • Associate Degree of Nursing
  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Computer Science
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Office Administration
  • Must take the Accuplacer Ability to Benefit test and score Reading Test (233), Writing Test (235), Arithmetic Test (230)

 “Ultimately, our goal is to help our students gain technical skills, giving them an opportunity to earn sustainable wages within our region,” stated Kelley.

 Students who meet the Ability to Benefit requirements can apply for Federal Pell Grant and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tuition assistance. The LBWCC Adult Education and Workforce Development office is available to help students register for a career pathway program and enroll in courses.  Anyone interested in enrolling can contact Instructional Coordinator, Kelsi Scruggs at (334) 881-2231 or
Thank you,

Maggie JonesPublic Information Officer/Director of MarketingLurleen B. Wallace Community Collegep:334.881.2221  c: 334.804.4191a:P.O. Drawer 1418, Andalusia, AL  e:

by Beth Rogers
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November 2020 Newsletter 7

HAPPY THANKSGIVING      From all of us – Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are able to celebrate with the ones you love!
from Crenshaw Community Hospital:It’s Never Been So Simple to be So Significant ! Give Local. Save Local Blood Drive Monday, November 30th – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the bloodmobile – LifeSouth 101 Hospital Circle, Luverne                                                          ***********************And if you are shopping this week-end, please remember the friends and family who have businesses in your town and who depend on you for support….. SHOP LOCAL SHOP LOCAL SHOP LOCAL
HAPPY HOLIDAY from THE CHAMBER STAFF                                    

by Carol
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March 2020 Newsletter 6

TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND FELLOW MERCHANTS:  Thank you for your efforts during these trying times.  Please let us know if you are open, if even on a limited basis, so that we can remind our other members and citizenry that your services are available.  Let us know what we can do to help you.  We are all in this together……anything we can do to promote you, please send us information.
Merchants who may be suffering due to the virus shut downs and limitations, we urge you to apply for any of the programs that are available to you during this difficult time.  We have sent several newsletters with SBA information,  and as you receive these newsletters, please review them for any pertinent information we may be privileged to pass along to you.  
Here’s an online application for assistance.
Let’s keep Crenshaw County growing.  Let’s keep Crenshaw County Strong.  Let’s keep Crenshaw County focused.  And let’s keep Crenshaw County SAFE !! 

New Business in Town – Plum Crazy Boutique, owned by Lisa Smith, Regina Gorey and Nikki Gorey.  While they had a Grand Opening planned for this week, the State shut down has interrupted their plans.  They will be open as soon as the shut down is lifted.  In the meantime, here is a snapshot of what they will carry:  Women’s clothing of all sizes; Men’s shirts, socks and hats;Children’s clothing and baby gift items,; Candles, bath bombs and skin products; Bags and purses; household items; Jewelry, Gift items and Gift Wrapping; brand names Burlebo, Lake is Good and Cello; coming Tyler Candles and Tidewater sandals and flip flops.  What a great addition to local shopping.  We can’t wait ’til they open.  Keep watching for the news!!  
 And as always, please stay home as much as possible, but if you must shop, SHOP LOCAL !!!

by Carol
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March 2020 Newsletter 5

From Allen’s Dry Creek Market

Ferns, Geraniums, Sunpatiens, Hibiscus,  New Guinea Impatiens, Petunia, Chenille. 5617 Brantley Hwy between Brantley and Luverne. Open 8 am – 6 pm. Quantities limited.+3$15 · Luverne, ALHanging Baskets for sale       5617 Brantley Hwy between Brantley and Luverne.Message

Luverne Public Library – Special Services Offered17 hrs · 

To allow patrons to keep using the Luverne Public Library as a resource and for entertainment purposes during this time of uncertainty, we will be offering curbside service to those with compromised immune systems as well as those that need to take extra precautions.

Feel free to give us a call or PM us via Facebook if you would like us to pull specific holdings (books and DVDs) for you to pick up without coming into the library. We do ask for your patience since this will spread us a bit thinner in regard to the speed in which we can operate.

Please contact us in advance as much as possible to let us know what you would like. We can look up items for you but that may take extra time. You can access our physical catalog here (…) and reserve what you would like us to pull for you, as well as using either of the two options I listed above.

Also check out Camellia Net for access to thousands of eBooks, digital audio-books, digital movies, as well as some popular magazines. You do have access as a patron of LPL . Here is the link for there (……. If you need help with your account do not hesitate to reach out to us.We are glad to offer this service to our community as it is important to help each other during this time.                                                                                            ****************************
And From Alabama Department of Commerce – just received…….link to webinar that will take place today after lunch……
Below is a link provided by Adams and Reese for business in these trying times.  It appears to be a free webinar if you would like to share it with your small business and/or business and industries:

Brenda Tuck

Rural Development Manager

Alabama Department of Commerce

401 Adams Avenue, Suite 610

Montgomery, AL. 36130-4106

334.462.0322 (c)    334.242.4073 (o)


by Carol
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March 2020 Newsletter 4

From Allen’s Dry Creek Market – 5617 Brantley Hwy – OPEN FOR SEASON – John and Evelyn work hard to provide you with beautiful plants, flowers, veggies and so much more….pecans, jams and jellies, syrups……follow them on Facebook……Evelyn has great ideas for recipes and crafts and more.  
Come join us this week and have a cup of coffee on us. Register to win a self watering Bromeliad. New hours!8 am – 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday.                                                                                *********************
CHAMBER AFTER HOURS – we hope you have been saving your time tomorrow night for a really unique and informational time – PUTTING YOU ON THE MAP……creative ways to increase your business exposure by connecting with many different Social Media venues…….come join us at 5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m.. – tomorrow night,  Wednesday, March 11th – at the John D. Harrison Cultural Center, 3 S. Forest Ave., Luverne.  Bring friends and family and join Beth Rogers as she  e x p a n d s  your advertising horizons…….call the Chamber office at 335-4468 to let us know you are coming!!.   Bring your Wi-Fi compatible computer or SMART phone and load a couple of pictures of your business.