Latest Chamber Blog News

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.

REGISTER

MEMBERS ONLY
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! 

Chamber Closed for Memorial Day

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Internships Impact Future Workforce

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Fayette County School system works hard to provide real-world opportunities for its students.  Businesses can participate in a variety of ways but the most impactful is providing internships.  Finding the workforce is often a concern for businesses so here is your chance to make a difference while also having one of Fayette County’s best and brightest working for you.  The Chamber has already signed up and you can too by filling out this simple form.  The school also has additional ways for businesses to get involved, including but not limited to, job shadowing, facility tours or speaking to classes.  Click here to fill out the easy form that lists the variety of connection opportunities.   For those who sign up, thank you for making a difference.

Chamber Launching Consultants on Demand

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Fayette Chamber is looking to launch a new program called Consultants on Demand.  It is a program that provides a few hours of consulting service from our members with expertise in a variety of fields to members seeking assistance or looking to try out a new idea and want to run it by experts.  We are currently seeking those who are willing to offer their time and business acumen as a “consultant.”  Common areas of expertise requested are marketing, advertising, finance, business planning, leadership, accounting, human resources, organization processes and legal.  If you are interested in paying it forward by serving as a consultant in this program, please COMPLETE THIS FORM and submit it to the Chamber . Email to info@FayetteChamber.org

From our president – The Importance of Providing Internships

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Greetings!

 Thirty-three years ago, I had an opportunity that changed the course of my career.  I thought I wanted to be a teacher like my sister.  Thankfully, our school offered an opportunity to “try out” a career and after spending two weeks with first graders, I realized that I did not have the gift of teaching.  Instead of majoring in teaching and realizing three or four years later that it wasn’t for me, I entered college majoring in business.

 The Fayette County School system works hard to provide real-world opportunities for its students.  Businesses can participate in a variety of ways but the most impactful is providing internships.  Finding the workforce is often a concern for businesses so here is your chance to make a difference while also having one of Fayette County’s best and brightest working for you.  The Chamber has already signed up and you can too by filling out this simple form.  The school also has additional ways for businesses to get involved, including but not limited to, job shadowing, facility tours or speaking to classes.  Click here to fill out the easy form that lists the variety of connection opportunities.   For those who sign up, thank you for making a difference.

 Next Wednesday is our B2B luncheon.  The topic is one of our most requested - time and organizational management. We hope to see you there!

 Have a great week!

Carlotta

A message from Carlotta Ungaro, president & CEO

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Carlotta Ungaro, President & CEO

Greetings!

It is hard to believe I have been with the Fayette Chamber nearly three months.  I’ve spent my time getting to know people in the community, the Chamber and, of course, the staff.  Fayette County is blessed to have so many passionate people with great ideas.

Last year, the Chamber led a visioning initiative that brought the community together to identify projects and ideas that will take the community to the next level.  This community vision has many stakeholders and the Chamber is one.  To ensure the Chamber is doing its part to move the vision forward, the Board held a retreat last week to review its vision, mission and goals and to identify priorities listed in the visioning process that it could take on.

The vision of an organization tells where it wants to go.  The Chamber’s updated vision is “The Fayette Chamber of Commerce will be the leader and catalyst for creating a vibrant business climate and building a premiere community.”

The mission of an organization is how it will become its vision.  The Chamber’s updated mission is “To promote business, enhance economic and community development through leadership, service and advocacy for Fayette County.”

The Board also identified six goals.  Goal 1 is how do we deliver value to our members? This is the very reason for chambers of commerce and the Fayette Chamber will deliver by focusing on building a better business climate in Fayette County, connecting members to potential new business and educating our members on how to operate more effectively.

The next three goals and the strategies affiliated with them come from the visioning implementation plan.

Goal 2 for the Chamber is how do we build economic prosperity?  The Chamber will focus on workforce programs particularly with our high schools.  The Chamber will also work with the Fayette County Development Authority to foster and attract to Fayette County initial startup businesses that have the potential for high-growth, high-impact jobs and capital investment as well as the county and municipal economic development efforts to attract, retain and expand businesses.

Goal 3 is how do we build a sense of community?  Again from the visioning process, the Chamber will work on fostering impactful, community engagement and take the lead through Leadership Fayette to develop future leaders.

Goal 4 also comes out of the visioning initiative and focuses on how do we create a desirable place?

The Chamber will focus on working with local government to encourage housing and development that appeal to a broad population of all ages, expand transportation infrastructure and mobility options and work with the Fayette County Development Authority to create a brand for Fayette County.

Goals 5 and 6 focus on operations and are, respectively, how do we have the funds to execute the mission and to satisfy our customers, what processes do we need to excel?  Strategies for these two sections include increasing membership and retention as well as professional development and updating policies.

The board and staff are excited about the vision, mission and goals laid out in the strategic plan.  If you’d like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to call me, any of the board or staff.  As we roll out the plan, you will see new ideas announcements and calls for participation.  We look forward to working with you and to continue the tradition of excellence not only with the Chamber but in the community.

Carlotta

April Advocacy Update

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

April 30, 2015

At the board retreat last Wednesday, the Fayette Chamber board took a position asking Fayette County Commission to remove residency requirements currently in place for the parks managed by the Fayette Water Committee.  Numerous businesses located near Lake McIntosh had asked the Chamber to help get the restriction lifted so that their employees could enjoy the park during lunch and break periods.  While the Fayette Commission did not remove the residency requirements they did make it more accessible for workers by creating a pass that local businesses could purchase at cost.  Employers could then distribute the passes to their workers.  The passes are effective on weekdays starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.  The County will monitor how the new system works and may make changes again in the future.

The expenses affiliated with the parks adjacent to Lake McIntosh and Lake Horton are paid out of the water usage fees collected from local residents and businesses.

At the April 23 Fayette Commission meeting, Greg Detwiler delivered the Fayette Chamber’s position asking the commissioners to remove all residency requirements and eliminating all fees required for the use of the two parks.  Detwiler stated, “This isn’t about the cost but that we want our County viewed as welcoming.”

While the Chamber’s full position was not adopted by the Commission, the new system does provide employees in the area a way to enjoy the parks more easily.  The Chamber thanks the Fayette County Commission for their hard work on this issue.

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