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B2B Luncheon WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

This week’s Chamber News incorrectly listed the date for next week’s B2B Luncheon.

The actual luncheon date is WEDNESDAY, April 9, 201411:30 a.m.
The Chamber Meeting Place


New Format!

B2B Luncheons provide amped up strategic networking over lunch. Only have time for a quick bite? Make the most of your lunch break by dining with us.

Wendy Kinney joins us for the FIRST month of a 6 month series covering “Bulls-Eye Networking” where you will learn how to turn business cards into money.

Bulls-Eye Networking:
-Learn how to make first conversations memorable
-Identify systems to move from hand-shake to recognition
-Determine ways to encourage acquaintances to think about you
-Find out why associates don’t refer you
-See how easy it is to make yourself credible
-Acquire new clients from advocate endorsements
-Ramp up networking skills, not just activity
…….and MORE!

Online registration: $10
At the Door: $15

*(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)

Wanted: April Business After Hours Sponsor

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The chamber’s monthly Business After Hours is networking at its best in a casual, relaxed environment at the host sponsor’s location.

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.

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 be the April Business After Hours sponsor, send an email to Jamie at ASAP!  This opportunity won’t last long!

Chamber For Good – Link to Local Non-Profits!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Connect Local Needs with Local Donors at Chamber For Good!

Fayette Visioning Initiative Public Meeting & Online Forum

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Chamber members and Fayette citizens are invited to attend a PUBLIC meeting for the Fayette Visioning Initiative:

Wednesday,  March 5, 2014
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sandy Creek High School Auditorium

The evening time frame is designed to allow commuters and working residents the ability to participate in the process while still encouraging citizens from all sectors of Fayette County to attend

Market Street Services, Inc. will present some of the key findings of the Competitive Assessment that show “where Fayette is now” as well as discussions about where citizens would like to see Fayette in the future.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their smart phones, tablets, etc. to participate in electronic polling during the meeting.

An online forum has been created which can be accessed at to gather specific ideas and suggestions of what the community would like to see moving forward.

  • Give comments
  • Rate ideas
  • Engage in discussion and dialogue with other participants.

Content and questions are added to MindMixer every two to three weeks, so participants are encouraged to visit the site regularly.

The chamber encourages all members and Fayette citizens to engage and give input in this important process.  The success of the vision plan depends on the input of all citizens.

Additional information about the Fayette Visioning Initiative can be found at or by emailing

FREE Small Business Webinar Thursday @ Chamber

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Georgia Chamber Small Business Webinar Series Launches THIS THURSDAY!
As part of new chamber programming in 2014, we are excited to offer a FREE bi-monthly Webinar series presented by the Georgia Chamber and the Small Business Advisory Council.  These webinars are designed to provide small businesses with tools and information to grow their business.

Join us for the first webinar:

Thursday, February 20
8:30-9:30 a.m.
The Chamber Meeting Place

FREE for members only


Learn how small businesses can utilize the right digital marketing channels to grow their reach and revenue.  Topics include:

  • Identifying digital channels based on your business goals
  • How to build business relationships in a digital space
  • Steps to being successful online & using metrics to measure that success
  • Free online resources

Future webinars will cover such topics as:  how to hire and retain top talent, how to obtain capital and funding growth and healthcare updates for Georgia small businesses.

Bring your breakfast!  We’ll provide the coffee!  Take advantage of this educational investment in your small business.

Golf Tournament-Registration OPEN!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Join us for the chamber’s annual Business on the Green Golf Tournament, Wednesday, March 26 at Braelinn Golf Club, Peachtree City, GA.


Great Sponsorships Available!  Email Adalene

Champion’s Package $850
4 players in tournament
8 mulligans – 2 per player
4 ball tosses – 1 per player
4 tournament golf shirts – 1 per player (Only available in this package!)
4 FREE future rounds of golf at Canongate – 1 per player

A’ La Carte
Standard Foursome Registration Fee: $600
Standard Individual Golfer:  $150
Sweet Shot Extras – $30/pack (2 mulligans & 1 ball toss)

Chance to Win Big $$ 50/50 Drawing:  $50/ticket
Buy 2 tickets & get complimentary round of golf courtesy of Canongate Golf Clubs

Fayette Vision: Still Needs Your Input!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Public input and comments are still needed in the Fayette Visioning Initiative.  The online forum MindMixer is up and waiting for your comments about facts and opinions uncovered in the Competitive Assessment report, released last week.

On MindMixer, depending on the topic,  you can provide feedback in multiple ways:

  • Add ideas
  • Pin your idea to a map
  • Leave a comment or rate an idea
  • Vote in a poll
  • Submit a photo
  • Give opinions about how you would allocate funds for different projects

Questions and topics are updated every two weeks, so participants should visit regularly.  This week’s topics are about


Engage today and make your voice heard in this important process!

View the entire Competitive Assessment report at under the Documents tab.

South Metro Development Outlook Conference

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Now in its 12th year, the South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) conference convenes professionals with an interest in fostering smart growth in the southern crescent and highlights the City of Atlanta and the following seven counties: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton. SMDO consistently features highly acclaimed speakers providing invaluable information relevant to South Metro’s continued growth and today’s ever changing economy. Other program participants include elected officials from the seven-county region.

The 2014 SMDO Conference will be held on Wednesday, February 19, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in College Park, Georgia.  Registration is currently open, and sponsorships are available. For information regarding registration, visit their website at or call 404.684.7031.

Fayette Visioning Initiative Online Survey and Information

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Chamber members are encouraged to participate in the Fayette Visioning Initiative online survey and process.  Full details can be found HERE.

Upcoming Important Dates for Fayette Visioning Initiative:

December 2-31, 2013:  Online Community Survey  (
January, May 2014:  Mind Mixer online engagement  (stay tuned to learn more about this!)
March 4, 2014:  Community Leadership Meeting  (Location and time TBD)




The Great Give: How YOU Can Help Fayette County Students In Need

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

*A Fayette Chamber Gift Card Drive*

During the season of giving, the chamber invites members and the community to join together to support Fayette County School students who are at risk and in need.

WHAT AM I DONATING?Gift cards in any amount or denomination from local stores.  Monetary donations will also happily be accepted.

Children At Risk in Education (CARE) is an FCBOE student assistance-based program dedicated to reach out to students who need a helping hand.  Each school in Fayette County has a CARE team comprised of administrators, counselors, staff and teachers who identify and address the needs of students in need of support.  Donations to CARE provide non-traditional item needs to student identified by the CARE team as “at risk” or “in need.”

All gift cards or monetary donations will be given directly to the CARE program.  CARE leaders/volunteers will use those donations to purchase specifically identified  items needed by students in the program (all ages and grade levels).  Though some gift items may be purchased, the majority of the donations will be used to purchase non-traditional items such as shoes, socks, underwear, wellness supplies, toiletry items, groceries, clothing, school supplies.   **NO gift card or monetary donation will be given directly to students or their families.  All donations will be used by CARE volunteers to purchase CARE approved items.

Gift cards or monetary donations will be collected at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce through Wednesday, December 11th – The Great Give Celebration Day.  Karen Spangler, CARE program leader will speak about CARE at the December 11th B2B Luncheon and further explain the mission of the program and how donated gift cards will be used this holiday season.  Items purchased by CARE will be distributed to students prior to the December 20th semester break.

Contact Jamie Knox 770-461-9983 or email

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