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Chamber honors newcomers

Becky Youngblood and Gale Bedgood were among those who attended Tuesday’s Selma Showcase, held at the Carneal ArtsRevive Building. -- Desiree Taylor

Tuesday’s Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours not only united some familiar faces but it also welcomed some new faces.

Sponsored by Selma Showcase, the event, which was held inside the Carneal ArtsRevive Building, showcased new businesses and professionals who came to Selma in 2011.

Chamber executive director Sheryl Smedley said it was an “exciting time” for the Selma community.

“We’re just excited about our friends and our neighbors investing in the community,” Smedley said. “The mission of the Selma Showcase is to assist in the recruitment and retention of business professionals, leaders and investors to the Selma-Dallas County region in an effort to promote economic and community development.”

Mike Reyonolds of Broadsouth Communication’s WDXX and WHBB, who emceed the event, took time to acknowledge newcomers in business, dentistry, law and the medical field.

“The main reason is to honor folks who’ve come into town to open new businesses,” Reynolds said. “Hats off to you.”

Miracle Hands Styling Salon, ArtsRevive, Bradmoore Southern Grill, Nicole’s Boutique, The Coffee Shoppe, New Orleans Bar and Grill, Goodies, Sarrell Dental Center and Pettway’s Party Stop, were just some of the newly opened businesses mentioned.

Ann Thomas of ArtsRevive said hosting Tuesday’s event was a good way of showing newcomers what is happening in Selma. “It was a good way to promote Selma and welcome newcomers into the community,” Thomas said.

“We want them to feel welcome and a part of the community.”
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