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  • 12 Dec 2016 4:59 PM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)
    The Pike County Chamber of Commerce has a job position open for Vice President. CLICK HERE for a job description. For more information, please call (334) 566-2294 or email careers@pikecoc.com.  Resumes may be sent to PCCOC, PO Box 249, Troy, Al, 36081.  Resumes are due on or before December 29, 2016.

  • 12 Aug 2016 9:09 AM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    Happy Friday!!

    Please see the link below for the Chamber Weekly Digital Edition. 

    Magazine Style: http://issuu.com/pikecoc/docs/cocde081216

    PDF Style:  http://pikecoc.com/resources/Documents/COCDE081216.pdf

    There are a lot of great things happening in Pike County!  Please read, enjoy and take part in the sales, events and activities. 


    Have a good weekend!! Shop Pike County!!

    Thank you for being a member of the Chamber! 

    The Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.


  • 15 Jul 2016 11:26 AM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    Education: Graduated from Troy University 2016 with a BS in Business Marketing

    Background: I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I decided to attend Troy University my senior year of High School, and I must say, it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. While attending Troy University was a member of the Kappa Gamma chapter of Phi Mu, on the executive board of the Marketing Club and a member of the Sorrell College of Business Student Advisory committee.  During my time at Troy I received a summer internship opportunity to intern with the Fashion Office at AmericasMart, located in Atlanta, GA. I was a sales representative for the Therapy with Lisa Adams Showroom and a retail sales employee for E+ME.

    Plans for the future: Throughout the past year I have learned not to plan for the future. God always has a plan for our lives and most of the time they are different from what we have planned for ourselves. As of right now I have never been happier than I am today. I am blessed with a beautiful home, a wonderful job, a fiancé that loves me with his whole heart, an amazing church, CrossFit gym and great friends. As a young professional I hope to implement new and effective ideas to help our  community engagement, growth and prosperity. I am looking forward to seeing what Big Man upstairs has in store for me.

    Personal Interests: I thrive off living a healthy life style and meeting new people. I am an active member of a CrossFit gym, and I love to run. I recently got engaged and wedding planning has become a new hobby. I enjoy grilling out with my fiancé, soaking up the sun, and spending time with family and friends. 


    What skill sets have you learned throughout your past work experiences that benefit your position with the Chamber of Commerce? I am a firm believer in constant communication. Throughout my past work experiences in the sales industry, I have found that effective engagement and communication can make relationships flourish. Whether it is in outside sales or within the team members within your firm, communication is a vital aspect when it comes to building, maintaining and retaining effective relationships outside and inside the company.  As Vice President, I will strive to actively engage with the Pike county community throughout every aspect of my position.  I believe in Pike County and I am excited to bring my personal enthusiasm to our community and help businesses flourish in many different ways.

    What is your career objective for this position? My career objective for 2016 is centered on self-development, growth and to  continuously learn different aspects of the business sector. Pike County has so many things to offer, and this year I want to focus on learning different aspects of each business while maintaining constant engagement to help serve the community and build prosperity.

    How would you like to help the committees and the Pike county community during your time with the chamber? Being a new young profession in Pike County I want to bring enthusiasm, passion and fresh ideas to each committee I am a part of. I am excited to work with such great committees and learn from their organization, communication and efficiency. 

    What is your favorite thing to do in Pike County? Honestly, I couldn’t narrow it down to simply one thing. One of my favorite things about Pike County is the community. There is not a day that goes I don’t run into someone I know or meet someone new. I have enjoyed the transition from a student at the University to a young professional in the community. Over the past few months God has opened so many doors in my life that I am very thankful for. I also have the pleasure of being engaged to Goshen High Schools Boys head Basketball coach, Ethan Carroll. Throughout the past year I have been able to watch a team grow in so many ways. During Basketball season you will catch me in the stands cheering on my favorite coach and team!

  • 15 Jul 2016 11:23 AM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    Education: Pike Liberal Arts School 2014 Graduate, Auburn University junior majoring in Public Relations with a Minor in Marketing

    Background: I lived in Troy my entire life before moving to Auburn. Since starting  college, I have interned at Congressman Gary Palmer’s District Office in Birmingham and have recently worked on Jonathan McConnell’s U.S. Senate campaign.

    Plans for the future: To get experience in all types of Public Relations and Marketing, I want to try different aspects such as a marketing agency, an entertainment company or an event planning group. Luckily, time is a little bit on my side because I have two years to figure out where I want to go. 

    Personal Interests: At college, I became interested in culinary arts and started cooking, so now I love to cook dinner for my friends. I also love reading and attending concerts, and when I have extra down time, I enjoy playing the piano.


    What skill sets have you learned throughout your past work experiences that benefit your position with the Chamber of  Commerce? In the past, I have learned and executed communication strategies within an organization and among its customers. Because of that, I now have the basic knowledge of how to help people get the services they need. Along with helping others, I have also learned the basics of campaigning which has helped when marketing the Chamber, its members, and various events.

    What is your career objective for this position? My career objective as an intern is to learn and execute what I learn. I want to learn more about marketing an organization, how to communicate and write about such concisely and effectively, and network myself as well as the Chamber.

    How would you like to help the committees and the Pike county community during your time with the chamber? Since I am only interning for another month, I will not be able to continuously help the committees, but I have and will continue to learn from each one until then. It’s amazing to see the leadership behind all of the activities that the Chamber puts on. I now understand how committees are supposed to be run, and I respect their drive to accomplish a common goal.

    What is your favorite thing to do in Pike County? Many people say that there is nothing to do in Pike County; however, I beg to differ. When you run out of the obvious activities like going the movies or out to eat, you have to get creative and do a little research. Find fun activities that the city puts on regularly or grab some friends to go fishing at the Pike County Lake. As far as my personal favorites, I have two. First, when I am in a shopping mood, I love to go downtown and around Pike County to shop, whether I buy something or not. Looking around can be just as fun. Second, being a pilot’s daughter is especially fun. I love watching planes come and go when I am at the airport, but most of all, I love to ride along. 

  • 20 May 2016 11:15 AM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    The Health and Human Services Committee of the Chamber, is excited to have been a part of the HOME Magazine publication. It gives us great pride to know we helped produce the magazine that will enhance the knowledge of the residents of Pike County concerning their health care options in Troy, Pike County and the Wiregrass.

    When the idea first came up to work on a health care publication for Troy and Pike County, all I could envision was the old school Physician Directories that have been around forever. You see, before I was in health care administration, I was in nursing. Yes, I am a registered nurse and in the old days before the internet and smart phones, we actually used the physician directories to “look up” physician phone numbers, specialties and their office address. So even though that information is included in our HOME Magazine, we wanted it to include so much more.

    The vision we had was to include information about the physicians in our area but in greater     detail and with pictures. It seems we live in a visual world, so why not be able to recognize your physician when you meet him or her? And be able to ask them about their training and their                 specialty. Just be more comfortable during your office visit. After all, the physician has a chart or an I Pad to know your history! Now you know a little more about theirs.

    We also wanted to introduce you to some very special people in our community. Some people who have chosen to dedicate their lives to helping others. We call these people “home grown” and we are so very proud to have them return to Troy and Pike County. With the current crisis in rural medicine for many counties in Alabama, what a comfort to know we have these extremely talented young professionals who returned home to take care of neighbors, family and friends. I hope you enjoy getting to know them through their stories here in Home Magazine.

    It is my hope that you not only learn more about the health care options that are available to you right here in Troy and the Wiregrass, but you also learn more about the dedicated professionals who care for you and your family. After all, isn’t that what being from the South is all about? Taking care of neighbors and friends who call this area…HOME.

    By: Teresa Grimes, CEO, Troy Regional Medical Center

  • 13 May 2016 11:16 AM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassadors of Pike Liberal Arts School, Madison Brown, Chloe Dorrill, Savannah Hollis and Susie Stell, created a new project with a modern twist to honor leaders in the community.  “Appreciation Week is a week where people who have important roles in the community are  appreciated,” Stell says.

    The days are as follows: Teacher Appreciation Day, Military Appreciation Day, Parent Appreciation Day, First Response Appreciation Day and School Appreciation Day.

    The ambassadors encouraged their peers and the community to post a picture on social media with someone or something affiliated with the category for that day.  “Social media is easier to get people’s attention, and it doesn’t cost money,” Hollis says.

    Each ambassador did something special for the ones being appreciated.  “On Teacher Appreciation Day, I made a cake for the teachers, and they were very appreciative,” she says. “I feel like teachers are not appreciated enough.”

    Stell and the other ambassadors made sure their parents felt appreciated on Parent Appreciation Day. “I tried to find pictures of my dad when he was in the National Guard, but we couldn’t find any,” Dorrill says. “I called my grandmother afterwards, and she told me stories of her dad when he was in the war. It was really fun to hear more about him.”

    On First Response Appreciation Day, Brown took cakes to the police department, Haynes Life Flight, Haynes Ambulance and the fire department.  “That was definitely my favorite day,” Brown says. “I really enjoyed getting to meet the first responders.”

    For School Appreciation Day, the entire high school signed a banner stating their love for their school. “We learned more about being a leader and taking initiative through this project,” Chloe Dorrill says. “We all had to plan and manage it ourselves.” 

    The four girls considered appreciation week a successful week. Many people were aware of Appreciation Week through social media, and their individual posts were shared by several people on Facebook.  “I hope that we can continue projects similar to what these girls have created,” Kathleen Sauer, Pike County Chamber of Commerce President, says. 

    Each year, the selected Junior Ambassadors are assigned to create and manage a volunteer project. In the past, Junior Ambassadors from each school have managed projects ranging from fundraisers for local charities to teddy bear drives for local first responders.

    Junior Ambassadors are high school juniors from Charles Henderson High School, Goshen High School, Pike County High School and Pike Liberal Arts School who act as ambassadors between their school and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.

    By: Robbie Calk

  • 08 Apr 2016 11:28 AM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    Pike County Chamber Business Development Week will be May 9-13.During this week, there will be many opportunities to attend several seminars and special events just for business. The Chamber Business Development Breakfast will be Wednesday, May 11, 7:30am at the Troy Country Club.  Our guest speaker will be Jim Byard, Jr., Director of Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).  Prior to being named the Director of ADECA, Director Byard served as the Mayor of Prattville. 


  • 08 Apr 2016 11:27 AM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    TroyFest, held in honor of Jean Lake, is the premier fine art & craft festival for the central Alabama region. The weekend long show draws upwards of 10,000 people to downtown Troy to celebrate the arts. As always, a wonderful selection of art, food, entertainment and activities will be offered for people of all ages. Come and join us in being a part of this year’s festivities on April 23 & 24 in Downtown Troy!


  • 08 Apr 2016 11:27 AM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    Come to Downtown Troy and grab a bite before you step out on the Square to enjoy one of our favorite local bands, The Park Band, on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 7 pm to 10 pm.


  • 19 Feb 2016 3:30 PM | Kathleen Sauer (Administrator)

    Pike County Chamber of Commerce seeks Vice-President. 

    Information: 334-566-2294 

    Resumes: PCCOC, PO Box 249, Troy, AL 36081. 

    Resumes due March 11.

    Click Here to View Job Description/Announcement

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