By KATHRYN ACREE
Jennifer Whisenant is all about promoting the county she loves, Shelby County. As president and CEO of the non-profit Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, she spends her days working to showcase all that businesses in our area have to offer.
“Simply put, we are in business for business,” Whisenant said. “This is such a great place to live, and we have so much to offer. The chamber is here to create the great business connections that are key to a thriving business economy.”
Mirroring the growth enjoyed by Shelby County, the Greater Shelby Chamber has added over 100 new members year-to-date. The organization hosts networking events such as Speed Networking, Business After Hours and Network 280.
Born in Gadsden, Whisenant has lived in Shelby County for 37 years. An Indian Springs resident, her son, Cameron Bice, is a student at Oak Mountain High School, and her daughter, Ashley Bice, attends Birmingham-Southern College.
After graduating from the University of Alabama in public relations and journalism, Whisenant first worked for the City of Birmingham’s public library system. She then went to work for South Central Bell, which later became Bellsouth. Her position at Bellsouth led to joining the Board of Directors of the Greater Shelby County Chamber. When the former president of the chamber retired five years ago, Whisenant stepped in to her current role as president/CEO.
Whisenant feels Shelby County offers a tremendous business climate. “Our county is a huge draw,” Whisenant said. “We have great public and private schools, a positive government atmosphere, the lowest unemployment in the state and leaders with vision.”
The Greater Shelby County Chamber is one of five chambers that serve Shelby County. Also working to promote businesses are the Calera Chamber, the Montevallo Chamber, the South Shelby Chamber and the Hoover Chamber.