Training Series

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is pleased to offer a range of training suitable for your business, no matter your needs.

Our in-class sessions offer hands-on seminars in a traditional classroom setting led by experts in their field, while our interactive, instructor-led online Ed2Go courses allow you to set your own schedule and train at your convenience.

View both classroom and online training classes below.


November 6, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST

Event Description: 

Cybersecurity is something that cannot be ignored by the business community and current events have shown that even large corporations can be affected. What the majority of business owners do not realize is that small companies are hit more often. This class will focus on the small things that every employee should be doing to reduce the changes of malware and other viruses from holding your company's data hostage.

What You Will Learn:
  • The different layers that are needed for the prevention of cybercrimes
  • How every employee is responsible for cybersecurity
  • Policies and Procedures that need to be implemented to reduce your chances of attack
  • Types of hardware and software systems that are needed
  • And more

Workshop Lead: Dr. Jerry Harper, President of Lodestar Technology, Inc.

Added Benefit: For those who attend, a free Darkweb scan of company domain or individual email.
Alabama ONE Community Room
1000 Jack Warner Parkway
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

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$39 per Chamber member
$49 per non-member
Lunch will be provided

Resolving Workplace Conflict

November 12, 2019
8:30am - 12:00pm
Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $122 per Chamber member; $129 per non-member

Workshop Details:

  • How to Effectively Resolve Workplace Conflict
  • Leading and Managing teams through conflict
  • Taking ownership of YOUR behavior
  • Build confidence in having difficult conversations

Changes in the workplace and workforce require that employees work better together. Cross functional teams, large scale projects, tighter budgets and increased responsibilities solidify the need for employees to effectively resolve conflicts. There is a need to effectively and efficiently collaborate with teammates, co-workers, vendors and customers.

This workshop allows participants to discuss best practices for handling conflict, practice having difficult conversations, and create solutions for common workplace conflicts.

Who Should Attend:  This workshop is designed for employees seeking to work better with their team members, managers desiring to improve their leadership capabilities and anyone who has to work with others in any capacity.

What You Will Learn
  • Recognize your network of relationships at work and your part in it.
  • Positively manage business relationships to avoid unnecessary conflict.
  • Use effective conflict resolution steps when conflict occurs.
  • Deal with difficult team members.

  • Avoid fight or flight behaviors in the face of conflict
  • Determine positive solutions to conflicts
  • Gain the ability to “flex” to other communication styles and see things from the other person’s perspective

Workshop Leader:
Angela Martin, Hunt Refining Company

What New Supervisions and Managers Need to Know

December 3, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CST

Event Description: 

Leadership is an essential skill for all supervisors and managers, especially if you are new to the job. Truly successful supervisors and managers master the art of leading. It's through effective leadership that employees are motivated to perform at their best. It's through effective leadership that companies achieve their goals, and departments meet productivity, quality, service, and safety standards. This course deals with what it means to be an effective leader and provides the information needed to develop first-class leadership skills.

The main objective of this session is to discuss the important supervisory and managerial topic of leadership and explain how to become a more effective leader.

What You Will Learn:
By the time this session is over, participants should be able to:
  • Identify the qualities of effective leaders;
  • Understand different leadership styles;
  • Build credibility and trust;
  • Use leadership techniques to ensure success;
  • Lead teams effectively; and
  • Lead employees skillfully in challenging times of change.

Workshop Lead: Mildred Black Hooks, EMBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Founder and Principal Consultant, People Optimum Consulting, LLC

Chamber of Commerce
2201 Jack Warner Parkway
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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$45 per Chamber member
$55 per non-member

What You Need to Know about the Fair Labor Standards Act

December 10, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Event Description: 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is responsible for administering and enforcing laws that establish minimally acceptable standards for wages and working conditions in this country, regardless of immigration status.

What You Will Learn:
  • Major Provisions of the FLSA
  • Employment Relations
  • Coverage (Enterprise and Individual)
  • Minimum Wage Basic issues
  • Youth Employment
  • Nursing Mothers Act (Under the Affordable Care Act)
  • And, more

Workshop Lead: Christina Coleman-Lovelace, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) for The U.S. Department of Labor-Wage and Hour Division

Chamber of Commerce
2201 Jack Warner Parkway, 2nd Floor
Tuscaloosa AL 35401

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$59 per Chamber member
$69 per non-member

Social Media Marketing

March 5, 2020
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $122 per Chamber member; $129 per non-member

Workshop Overview:

Social media marketing is now a cornerstone of marketing strategy for all types of businesses and organizations. However, it can also be overwhelming and time consuming. Learn how to make social media strategy work best for you and your business by learning the core functions of social media: monitor, amplify, respond and lead. Susan Fant, Instructor of Marketing and Corporate Director of the Masters of Marketing Program at the University of Alabama, will help you develop a strategy that works best for your marketing goals and is conscious of your time and budget. Using a variety of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and LinkedIn, you can create an online presence that tells your business's story, finds new customers, and interacts with a targeted audience online. Attendees will create their own Social Media Strategy Blueprint during the workshop and leave with actionable solutions for social media marketing strategy and content development.

What You Will Learn:

  • Specific social media platforms
  • To create a social media strategy that works for you

    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • Pinterest
    • Snapchat
    • Linked In

  • Analyze results of social media blueprints and make adjustments to content
  • Share results of social media marketing strategy blueprints

Workshop Lead:  Susan Fant

Supervision Part I - Essential Skills

June 3, 2020
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $122 per Chamber member; $129 per non-member

Workshop Overview:

Truly, times have changed for those who lead others, yet the solutions in dealing with such changes can be found in the fundamental principles of basic supervision – the roles, skills and functions required of supervisor. This workshop is designed to help individuals build competencies in basic supervision practices. It works to define supervision, explains the competencies required of supervisors, and describes the supervisor’s position from an operational perspective.

What You Will Learn:

  • Define supervision, describe types of supervisors, and explain the supervisor’s position
  • Discuss supervisory activities, roles, and competencies
  • Focus on and describe supervisors in their roles of planning, directing, controlling, decision-making, communicating, motivating, staffing, budgeting and evaluating performance of the workforce
  • Develop a comprehensive skill set as to modern day supervision of others

 Workshop Outline:

  • The Changing Role of Supervision
  • Plotting the Future: Planning
  • Translating Plans into Actions: Organizing
  • Implementing Plans: Directing
  • Tracking Plans with Actions: Controlling
  • Managing the Critical Intangibles: Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Creativity
  • Helping People Understand: Communicating
  • Encouraging Results: Motivating People
  • Building Human Resources: Staffing
  • Managing Finance and Resources: Budgeting
  • Tracking the Results of Human Efforts: Evaluating

Unique Workshop Offerings:  An overview and in-depth discussion of supervisory techniques for facing modern-day organizational challenges and leading a diverse workforce.

Workshop Lead:  Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Supervision Part II - Modern Day Challenges

June 24, 2020
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $122 per Chamber member; $129 per non-member

Workshop Overview: 

Possessing a capable skill-set is only half of the potential solution. Modern day supervisors must execute relentlessly in producing results for their respective organizations. This workshop moves beyond the attainment of up-to-date supervisory skills to applying such skills while facing the daunting organizational challenges of the 21st century. It provides an overview of today’s organizations, issues affecting organizations, and ways that modern supervisors in organizations are responding strategically. This workshop also focuses on emerging new directions for supervision, the future of supervision, and ways to prepare for and act in the future.

What You Will Learn

  • Describe today’s organizations, issues affecting organizations, and ways to respond
  • Define supervision, describe types of supervisors, and explain the supervisor’s position
  • Review supervisory activities, roles, and competencies
  • Discuss the importance of human relations and team cohesiveness
  • Focus on the use of critical and creative thinking in problem solving
  • Describe ethical dilemmas facing supervisory leaders
  • Describe the challenge of supervisory leadership in introducing and applying new technology
  • Discuss emerging directions in supervision

Workshop Outline

  • Modern Day Supervision
  • Exerting Positive Influence and Leading People
  • The Emerging Role of Facilitator: Working with Groups and Teams
  • Employment Engagement
  • Managing the Critical Process of Problem Solving with Creativity
  • Helping People Work Together: Human Relations
  • Taking Responsibility: Organizational Ethics
  • Planning for Change: Technology and Modern Work Requirements
  • Preparing for the Future: Supervision Tomorrow

Unique Workshop Offerings:  A future-focused and strategic view of the challenge for modern day supervisors

Workshop Lead:  Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Carolyn Tubbs
Director of Education Programs
(205) 391-0556 |