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Member2Member Seminar: Trends in Small Group Healthplans

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
NEW PROGRAM! Member 2 Member SeminarJoin us for our Inaugural Member 2 Member Seminar-an opportunity for members to receive information and resources about a business topic from another member with expertise in that area. June’s topic is Health & Wellness.

What’s Trending in Small Group Healthplans?

Thursday, June 5

11:30 – 1 p.m.

The Chamber Meeting Place

Free for members.

Lunch will be provided

REGISTER (by June 2)

Now that the Affordable Care Act has rolled out, small businesses have new problems, new opportunities. United Healthcare is among the first to offer partial self-insurance for businesses with more than 5 employees.  With a wellness component, United Healthcare’s All Savers plan has guaranteed multi-year premiums. Learn about how this can work for your business at this presentation and networking lunch sponsored by BeneTrend Advisors, LLC.

Speakers:        Lisa Edmond, United Healthcare

Jack Curtis, Corporate Health Partners

Member2Member Seminars are an opportunity for Fayette Chamber members to showcase their business expertise in a particular industry, field or business topic.  It is not intended as a sales pitch for that member’s products or services.  The Fayette Chamber does not endorse any individual member business or verify the accuracy of the content shared during the seminar.

FREE Webinar: Establish, Protect and Improve Your Business Credit

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Webinar: Establish, Protect and Improve Your Business Credit

Time: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Registration: Click here to register

Cost: Free, but registration is required

 Business Credit Scores: Do You Have One? Do You Need One? You May Be Surprised!
Find out by joining us for our May 20 webinar, “Establish, Protect and Improve Your Business Credit”, presented by Lara O’Connor Hodgson, CEO of NOWaccount.  This webinar is free, but registration is required to attend.

This webinar will cover:

  • The difference between your personal and business credit scores
  • What lenders look at now to approve your business for credit
  • How to establish credit for your small business (and protect your personal credit!)
  • How to build and maintain a strong business credit score
  • How to use your business credit to access cost-effective growth capital of all types
  • How to identify the right type, or types, of capital to meet your business objectives
  • How to quickly improve cash flow to effectively fund increased commercial sales
  • Ways to access your capital when your customers take 30, 60, or even 90 days to pay.

This business development opportunity is brought to you by KBO Payment Processing.


FREE SEMINAR: Deceptive Employment: Fraud in Our Community

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Chamber members, the public  and all Fayette County business owners are invited to attend a seminar at the chamber titled: Deceptive Employment:  Fraud in Our Community

The seminar will focus on current fraud trends in the Fayetteville/ Fayette County area and will provide people and businesses with information about how to combat fraud.

Fayetteville Police Lieutenant Mike Whitlow will be presenting the information and Special Agent Daryl Greenberg of the United States Postal Inspection Service will be a guest speaker.

RSVP is requested.  For more information, please contact the Chamber at (770) 461-9983 or Lieutenant Mike Whitlow at (770) 719-4222.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

FREE Webinar! How to Hire, Train & Retain Top Talent

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

FREE SMALL BUSINESS WEBINAR at the Chamber!*made possible through the Georgia Chamber

Thursday, April 24
8:30-9:30 a.m
The Chamber Meeting Place

FREE for members

It is essential that businesses of all sizes, especially those relying on customer service and quality strategies, hire and retain a highly talented staff.  But how does a small business, often without the resources that the big guys have, select the right team?

This small business focused webinar will be presented by Dr. Jody Bradham, Executive Consultant with TalentQuest, a talent management firm.

  • Understand ways to fine-tune your selection process to make most effective use of limited resources
  • Stock your tool kit: available resources to support your candidate evaluation efforts
  • Now you’ve got them, how do you keep them?  Building employee loyalty

Bring your breakfast and spend the morning at the chamber learning how to build one of your business’ most important assets!

Take Fayette Civic Health Survey Conducted by Leadership Fayette

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Leadership Fayette Class of 2014 is working on a class project regarding the civic health of Fayette County.  To gather information for this project, they are conducting a brief survey of Fayette County citizens. This survey is intended to gauge levels of civic engagement in the county and to help identify potential ways to increase civic engagement.

Although this survey is also sponsored by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Fayette 2014 class, it is separate from the “Fayette Visioning Survey” recently conducted by Market Street.

Responses are completely anonymous and will help the Leadership Fayette class evaluate Fayette County in comparison to the results of the Georgia Civic Health Index study.


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.

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