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Enter 2016 BAH Host Lottery Today!

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The chamber’s monthly Business After Hours is networking at its best in a casual, relaxed environment at the host sponsor’s location.  Because of the high demand to be a BAH host sponsor, a lottery will be held to determine the 2016 host sponsors.


What are the benefits of hosting a Business After Hours?

The Business After Hours event will bring approximately 100 chamber members to your business for this prime networking opportunity.  The host sponsor is recognized in pre and post-event promotions and has the opportunity to present a 2-3 minute business promo at the event.  Other promotional opportunities include: opportunity to give away promotional items, display company banner, display promotional materials, and have access to the attendee list.

How do I become a host sponsor?

We invite any member who is interested to participate in the lottery drawing to be held at the October Business After Hours that will take place at State Bank of Georgia on October 22.  Interested members must register for the drawing by Monday, October 19 and a representative from your organization must attend the October Business After Hours in order to be selected.   Winners will have an opportunity to select the month of their Business After Hours based on the order in which they were drawn (i.e. the first winner will have the first selection).

What are the requirements of a Business After Hours host sponsor?

The cost for a Business After Hours Host Sponsorship is $500.  The host sponsor also must provide the location that can accommodate up to 120 people, as well as food and beverage for the event.

If you’d like to participate in the lottery drawing, send an email to by Monday, October 19th.

2016 Board Slate Available for Member Review

Monday, August 17th, 2015

According to the Fayette Chamber of Commerce by-laws, the process by which the board is selected requires the Chamber membership an opportunity to review the proposed board slate.  This e-mail serves as the notification that the board slate is now available for review.  The Fayette Chamber by-laws also provide the membership the right of petition.  That means any member can be nominated by petition by at least five members in good standing with the Fayette Chamber no later than 5 p.m. on August 28.

Below is the proposed slate.  Members with any questions, please contact the Chamber at 770-461-9983.

Nominating Committee 

Debbie Britt (Chamber Chair-elect), Piedmont Fayette Hospital; Peggy Thomas, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring; Linda Pirog, Senior Helpers; Joseph Rheaves, SouthCrest Bank; Sherri Davis, Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts; Kyle Hood, Town of Tyrone.

New Directors (term – January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018)

David Bergmann NAECO
Will Garner Midwest Food Bank
Chris Stephens Coweta-Fayette EMC
Ken Takekawa TDK

2016 Officers

Board chair: Debbie Britt Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Chair-elect: Kim Schnoes Peachtree Planning Corporation
Vice-chair: Stephen Childs Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
Vice-chair: Rob Parker Zac Brown’s Southern Ground
Secretary: Dawn Oparah AVPRIDE
Treasurer: Lee Whetstone FutureStaff Staffing Services
Immediate past chair: Greg Detwiler Georgia Power

Current Directors

Sherri Davis Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts
Sheila Dusseau NCR
Malcolm Hughes Fayette NAACP
Tim Hynes, Ph.D. Clayton State University
Sal Longo ClubCorp
Al Mead New Hope Baptist Church
Melissa Orme Orme Law Firm
Brent Ragsdale Chick-fil-A
Trey Ragsdale Kaiser Permanente
Joseph Rheaves SouthCrest Bank
Sheryl Watford YEP – Your Events and Promotions

Recommended Ex-Officio Board members (appointed for one-year term ending December 31, 2016)

Joseph Barrow, Ph.D. Fayette County Public Schools
Ray Gibson City of Fayetteville
Kyle Hood Town of Tyrone
Emily Poole Fayette County Development Authority

The by-laws do not require a response to this slate of candidates. If no additional nominations are made at the end of this period, the nominations will be closed and the slate of candidates listed above will be elected by the Board of Directors.

Issues Forum: Economic Development Presentations Available

Friday, July 31st, 2015

At the July 30 Issues Forum held at the Chamber, Dr. Alfie Meek of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech gave a presentation about the impact of economic development on communities. Kevin Shea of Georgia Economic Developers Association gave a presentation about what companies and corporations look for when selecting a community in which to expand or locate operations.  Slides from these presentations are available by clicking the links below.  Further questions regarding this Issues Forum may be directed to

Meek – Impact of EcD

Shea – Why EcD

The next Issues Forum will be about the state of our schools – in Fayette and in Georgia and will be held September 18.  Time and location to be announced.

REGISTER TODAY! Impact of Ec Development Issues Forum

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Chamber is pleased to provide an opportunity for members and all Fayette citizens and stakeholders to hear from two highly-regarded economic development leaders in our state.  On Thursday, July 30 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber, Dr. Alfie Meek of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech and Kevin Shea of the Georgia Economic Developers Association will participate in a panel discussion about “The Impact of Economic Development on Communities.”

Continental breakfast will be served.

Chamber members and public are invited.
$10 for members; $20 for non-members
Thursday, July 30
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
The Fayette Chamber of Commerce
600 West Lanier Avenue, Suite 205
Fayetteville, Ga  30214

CLICK HERE to register


Free Webinar: Secret Tech Weapons for Small Business

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Join Author Beth Ziesenis, on Tuesday, July 28 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. to discover how to use free and bargain technology tools you never knew existed to work more efficiently with your teams, create professional level graphics and wow your colleagues. This high-energy session will give you 30+ tools that will leave people asking, “How DO they do that?”

What if you could reach your customers with a multimedia video that you created on your phone in minutes? Or schedule a staff meeting without having to send three dozen emails to find a time everyone could meet? Or automate your little tasks that keep you from your real work? And what if you could pull all this off straight from your mobile device – without an IT degree?

Join us to discover how to use free and bargain technology tools you never knew existed to work more efficiently with your teams, create professional level graphics and wow your colleagues. This high-energy session will give you 30+ tools that will leave people asking, “How DO they do that?

Tuesday, July 28

9:00-10:00 a.m.
The Chamber Meeting Place


Business After Hours Thursday at Dynamic Spine Center

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The chamber’s monthly Business After Hours is networking at its best in a casual, relaxed environment.  Enjoy appetizers and a cool beverage while you mix & mingle with fellow chamber members.  Attending this event on a regular basis offers many opportunities to generate leads and build a powerful network.  So, don’t miss it and bring plenty of business cards!


Sponsored by: Dynamic Spine Center

It is our goal to improve the health of as many individuals in our community as possible, through a combination of spinal rehabilitation and posture correction. Healthcare is constantly changing, and so is chiropractic. We use the most up-to-date techniques possible to give you the results you desire. We do the research necessary to make sure we can take great care of you!

Chamber Closed July 3 for Holiday Observance

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Fayette Chamber will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of the July 4th holiday.

How to Build a Business that Lasts – July & August B2B Series

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Kingdom Quest: How to Build a Business that Lasts

Kingdom Quest is a two-part B2B series that explores the stages of successful journey management for any size organization and what it takes to build businesses that last.  Led by Judiffier Pearson of the Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University, these sessions will explore just what it takes to have business staying power.

Whether you are a business owner or have decision making power in your current job or not, this is critical information you need in anticipation of the time when you do!

Part I (July 8):
 Calculating the Cost of the Adventure That Calls You

• The future worth fighting for.

• How to assess feasibility.

• How to “cast” vision for your organization.

• How to translate strategy into specific missions and measurable outcomes.

• The dangers of setting out on your own and where to find mentors and allies.


Part II (August 12):  Journey Management and Corporate Dragon-Slaying

•How to identify your dragons and prepare your team(s) for battle.

• How to overcome internal weaknesses and external threats.

• How to navigate ambiguity and manage risk.

• Who should realign fragmented units toward corporate objectives.

• How to develop accountability systems that work.

• What happens after you’ve slayed your dragons?

June B2B Luncheon: The Ins & Outs of Business Communications

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Join us for the June B2B Luncheon presented by Allan Vigil Ford and hosted by Buffalo Rock Company.

TOPIC:           The Ins and Outs of Business Communications
SPEAKER:    Harry Vander Krabben, Toastmasters International

Business communication or the art of presenting is the easiest skill to learn.  It’s the hardest skill to master.  Unfortunately, it is the most neglected and forgotten skill in a business person’s arsenal.
You will learn:

  • The power of communication and why we must use it wisely.
  • The three necessary elements to any presentation. Why and how!
  • The greatest visual aid you should be using.
  • Intended message versus your actual message.
  • The power of a story!

Wednesday, June 10
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Online registration: $10
*(Reimbursement of online registration will be given with 48 hour notice of cancelation. With less than 48 hour notice: Seats are transferrable but not refundable)

B2Bs provide amped up business education and strategic networking over lunch. Only have time for a quick bite? Make the most of your lunch break by dining with us. 2nd Wednesday of the month (No B2B in January or September)Want additional visibility at this event? Donate an item for a door prize and get instant name recognition!!

Community Expo Early Bird Registration NOW OPEN!

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The 25th annual Community Expo is Tuesday, September 22 at New Hope Baptist Church-South Campus.  Early bird registration for exhibitor booths is NOW OPEN!  Save $25 on booth registrations until June 26.  Booth locations are assigned on a first come-first serve basis, so register soon to get your preferred locations!

Click here to register for Expo! 

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