Latest Chamber Blog News

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.

Maximize Your Membership on Wednesday May 6

Monday, April 20th, 2015

All new and longtime Chamber members are invited to the chamber’s quarterly Maximize Your Membership breakfast Wednesday, May 6 from 8:00 – 9 :30 a.m.m at The Chamber Meeting Place.

During this breakfast, attendees will learn details about the benefits of chamber membership as well as walk away with a chamber marketing plan that will be tailor made for their business.

New member can learn and long-time members can be reminded  about your chamber opportunities and benefits that can be used to build:

  • business relationships;
  • business connections;
  • business resources;
  • business knowledge;
  • our Fayette County business community;
  • and YOUR business’s bottom line!

Register online:  http://members.fayettechamber.org/events/details/maximize-your-membership-breakfast-5775

FREE for members.  Non-members please call Adalene at 770-461-9983 ext. 206

April B2B Presentation Slides Available

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The slides from March 11th B2B luncheon are available here:  GROW B2B Slides April

or you can access by visiting Grow Counseling’s dedicated webpage here:  www.growcounseling.com/b2b/ 

We look forward to our May 13 B2B Luncheon, topic to be announced at a later date!

Chamber members may register for May B2B here:  http://members.fayettechamber.org/events/details/b2b-luncheon-5794

2015 Business on the Green Golf Tournament a HUGE Success!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The 2015 Business on the Green Golf Tournament presented by Piedmont Fayette Hospital was held at ClubCorp Braelinn Golf Club on Wednesday, April 1st.  The sun came out on and the day was a huge success for sponsors, volunteers and golfers alike.  144 golfers played 18 holes, 49 sponsors had a presence in and around the course and clubhouse.  And more than 60 chamber volunteers helped make the day fun and enjoyable for all.

Winners of the tournament and other contests included:

1st place gross:   Mark Gray State Farm Insurance  (Mark Gray, John Lloyd, David Mosgrove, Nic Greco)
2nd place gross:  Accounting Resources  (Bob Reeves, Jack Smith, Ken Steele, Jim Hanche)

1st place net:  Southern Crescent Mortgage (Ron Hannah, Robert Hannah, Rusty Schuler, Dick Powell)
2nd place net:  The Paletta Group (Carl Ryals, Joe Paletta, Sean Rogin, Jake Allen)

Closest to the Pin (kayak):  Kevin Chilvers, GYMGUYZ Team

Longest Drive (Go Pro Camera):  Jody Hand, Coweta-Fayette EMC Team

Putting Contest (Kamado Joe Grill): Robby Pearson, 1-800-GOT-JUNK Team

50/50 Drawing Prize ($1500):  Rich Marino, Sr., M&R Print Solutions

Click here to see PHOTOS from the tournament!

Thank you, Volunteers!  See some your pictures HERE!

Thank you, Sponsors!  You made it a great day on the links!

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Allan Vigil Ford

Arbor Terrace Peachtree City

Atlanta Bread Company-Fayetteville

BB&T

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More

Brook Furniture Rental

Buffalo Rock

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Central Michigan University

Classic Canopies

ClubCorp

CMIT Solutions

Commemorative Air Force-Dixie Wing

Contemporary Catering

Coweta-Fayette EMC

Dogwood Auto Sales

Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree

Edward Jones – Brain Chustz

Farmers Insurance Deberry Agency

Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts

Georgia Power

GYMGUYZ

Integrated Waste Solutions

M&R Print Solutions

Mamma Fannie’s

Midwest Food Bank

NCR

Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Popcorn Divine

Progressive Heating & Air

Progressive Medical Center

Selective Designs

Shane’s Rib Shack-Peachtree City

SouthCrest Bank

Southern Conservation Trust

State Bank of Georgia

State Farm Mark Gray

TCIS-The Complete Insurance Solution

The Mosquito Authority

The Southern Credit Union

Turner Photo Design

WEKS 92.5 FM The Bear

Wingard Urgent Care & Wellness

 

The 2016 Business on the Green Golf Tournament will be Monday April 4, 2016.  Lock in your sponsorship or your foursome by Friday, April 10th at 2015 pricing!  CLICK HERE for details

 

 

How to Handle Difficult People Webinar: Free for Members

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Fayette Chamber’s membership with GACCE offers our members a free 60 minute webinar:  How to Deal with Difficult People.  Led by Glenn Shepard.

Wednesday, April 1
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Access is limited – register before the webinar is full!

Email Paige@FayetteChamber.org for registration information.

B2B Media Morsel: Value of a Facebook Check-In

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Visit Maggie Laton’s blog to learn the value of a Facebook check-in and step-by-step instructions how to do it – iPhone & Android!

www.MaggieLaton.com/ChamberCheckIn

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