United Way hosts largest Business Alliance Breakfast to date 

United Way of Cullman County Executive Director Stephanie Childers, left, and Resource Development and Outreach Manager Taylor Johnson, right, address the crowd at the United Way Business Alliance Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024. (Cayla Grace Murphy)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The scene was buzzing on Thursday morning at East Side Baptist Church as people poured into the fellowship hall for the United Way of Cullman County’s Business Alliance Breakfast. Guests shared a meal, learned about the United Way’s community impact and heard from a few United Way partner agencies. 

The Business Alliance Breakfast is a fresh partnership idea set forth by the United Way to anchor its position in the community as a nonprofit worth investing in. Dozens of business owners and entrepreneurs settled in to munch on buttery, flaky biscuits, warm sausage gravy and scrambled eggs and learn how partnering with the United Way can benefit the community at large. 

Executive Director Stephanie Childers said the meeting was the biggest so far, exclaiming, “There were over 60 businessmen and women in attendance to show support for United Way of Cullman County, proving that our small businesses truly know the value of a strong and supportive community!”  

Taylor Johnson, resource development and community outreach manager, said for her first United Way event, the turnout was impressive, and she hopes to see it continue to grow as local entrepreneurs continue to invest back in the community that serves them. 

“It’s such an amazing experience to see everyone having a heart for our community all while wanting to uplift each other’s businesses and see them flourish to their full potential,” she smiled. “I cannot thank this community enough!” 

Childers said the turnout is indicative of a community that cares, saying she hopes the Business Alliance Breakfast inspires other local businesses to join in and be boots on the ground for the fight for financial stability, health and education for all. 

“We are so appreciative of their giving hearts and hope this inspires other local businesses to join in. When you support United Way of Cullman County through your gift, you are helping the most vulnerable among us…the young, the old, the sick and the poor, as well as those impacted by emergencies.” 

To learn more about the United Way of Cullman County, visit www.uwaycc.org.  

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