Opelika Chamber of Commerce Awards Grants




The Opelika Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception and press conference to announce and honor this year’s Small Business Grant recipients on Nov. 7, 2022.

Eight local small businesses received grants at this year’s recipient press conference. 

“Our partnership with the city of Opelika and the Economic Development Department are what makes these grants possible,” said Opelika Chamber CEO and President Ali Rauch. “I want to thank and applaud them for investing in small businesses in our community, to make such a big impact.”

 The Small Business Grant recipients were as follows: 

• Allison Johnson

Emerald Cove Learning Center. 108 N. 8th St. 

• Rod Welch

Out Tha Mudd. 1051 S. Fox Run Pkwy. 

• Chris Thompson

Twice Baked. 909 S. Railroad Ave.

 • Jim Bryson

Market Street Paint. 116 S. 8th St.

• Nancy Lockhart

Six Dollar Café. 1300 McCoy St. 

• Lisa Ditchkoff

Bottling Plant Event Center. 614 N. Railroad Ave. 

• Lakiesha Young Hicks

Hair Loss Center for Alabama. 209 Samford Ave. 

• Whit Heath

Whit Works. 401 Twin Lakes Ave. 

“We are so elated to be able to give businesses the resources they need to grow to the next level,” said Director of Economic Development from the city of Opelika Lori Huguley. “I cannot wait to see what they can accomplish in their future endeavors.” 

For more information about the Small Business Grant Program, contact Rauch at ali@opelikachamber.com.


For more than 80 years, the Opelika Chamber has worked to strengthen the community as the champion of business by building bridges, cultivating community, and elevating business in order to achieve excellence. Representing more than 900 businesses and over 20,000 employees in the region, the Opelika Chamber has been recognized for its operational best practices among 501(c)6 not-for-profit Chambers of Commerce. The Opelika Chamber is one of only three 5-star accredited chambers in the state of Alabama. You can learn more at www.opelikachamber.com. 


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