Hills win state award
by Jim Smothers
Dell and Carolyn Hill are presented with the Alabama Small Business Champions award by Rosemary Elebash, right, state director of NFIB/Alabama. The presentation was made at the monthly coffee of the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce, held this month at Munford High School.
TALLADEGA — Carolyn and Dell Hill, owners of Selwood Farm and Hunting Preserve in Alpine, are this year’s NFIB/Alabama Small Business Champions.

A news release from the NFIB said the award honors National Federation of Independent Business members in each state who go the extra mile to help the small business community.

“Carolyn and Dell’s activism speaks for itself,” said Rosemary Elebash, state director of NFIB/Alabama, a non-profit organization that represents small and independent businesses.

“The Hills believe in free enterprise and in promoting the concerns of small business owners statewide,” Elebash said. “They are generous donors to NFIB/Young Entrepreneur Foundation Scholarship fund, which recognizes graduating high school seniors who have started their own businesses. The Hills have hosted NFIB events at their business, and they are always willing to talk to their local legislators about the issues and challenges facing small businesses, not just in Talladega County, but across the state.”

Carolyn Hill has been active in the Talladega Junior Welfare League and the Marble City Study Club and published the cookbook “Beyond Selwood’s Door.”

Dell Hill is a former state senator and an active member of the Talladega Kiwanis Club and the Alabama Wildlife Federation. He is president of the Talladega County Farmers Federation and a member of the state board.

“NFIB is the one organization that listens to, understands and speaks for small business,” Dell Hill said. “Increasingly, we must be represented in the political arena, and NFIB is that representation for small business.” Elebash said. “NFIB/Alabama is successful only because of the support of members like the Hills. This award is our way of thanking the Hills for their years of hard work promoting and protecting free enterprise.”

The award was presented at the monthly coffee of the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce, which was held this month at the Munford High School library. Attendees were greeted by high school students who introduced themselves and escorted them to the meeting, where middle school students served as hosts and hostesses.

Putting students in positions of responsibility in representing the school is part of the 21st Century curriculum being used at Munford to help students develop interpersonal and leadership skills in addition to their academic programs.

Principal Anthony Wilkinson said the program is so successful, he has had visitors from other schools coming to Munford to learn how to implement the program in their schools.

Attendees at the coffee were also entertained by middle school guitar students under the direction of Mike Sims.

Contact Jim Smothers at jsmothers@dailyhome.com.

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