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Non-Profit Board Training Workshop Offered October 28th

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

For anyone who serves on a board, works with boards, or works with a nonprofit organization, a great training opportunity is available this month.

A Nonprofit Board Training will be offered Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at The Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan. The event is hosted by The Newnan-Coweta Chamber, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Coweta Community Foundation. Registration begins at 8am with the session running from 8:30am to Noon.

Topics covered will include the Importance of Nonprofits; Good Governance and Board Roles; Setting Strategic Direction; Committee Dynamics; and Risk Management.

Attendees will learn the importance of serving on a board, understanding duties and developing high performance leadership that can advance the mission and goals of the organization. This workshop is perfect for nonprofit staff members and volunteer leaders seeking to learn about developing strategic direction, roles and responsibilities of the Directors (fiduciary, mission, finances) and the increased scrutiny on Exempt Organizations.

The workshop will feature Robert C. Harris, CAE, a nationally acclaimed speaker and expert on boards of directors and association management.

Believing that nonprofits should be as efficient as any commercial business, Harris has studied thousands of them, authored books on association management and traveled the world to help organizations in countries like Japan and Ukraine.

Having received multiple awards throughout his career and dubbed the “Martha Stewart of association management,” Harris is actively promoting the impact of nonprofits in America and sharing his tips for success.

Registration fee for the Board Training is $15 per person or a flat fee of $225 per group for nonprofits. Deadline to register is Friday, October 24, 2014.

Register online at or for more information call 770-253-2270 or email

2014 Community Expo Makes Great Connections

Monday, September 29th, 2014

This year’s Fayette Chamber Community Expo featured  113 local business exhibitors and hosted approximately 1500 visitors at the 24th annual event.  Allan Vigil Ford promoted its longstanding community partnership with the presenting sponsorship of Fayette’s largest annual tradeshow.  Their signature could be found throughout the event as they gave visitors free oil changes, date night gift packages, and showcased their trucks, cars and even a local band outside.  Contemporary Catering provided visitors with dining experiences of all types—corporate to holiday—in the Expo Café.  No one left hungry!

Exhibitors commented that the Expo attendees brought high energy and interest in their businesses and organizations.  The chamber has already heard about great connections made between exhibitor businesses and their new customers.  Visitors and exhibitors alike commented that this year’s Expo was the best one to date.

For the first time, Expo displayed more than 80 visual art pieces from Fayette County School students, and showcased musical performances by student musicians and choral groups from Starr’s Mill High School, McIntosh High School, Sandy Creek High School, Fayette County High School, Whitewater High School, and Flat Rock Middle School.  The talent of these students blew everyone away.  It was a perfect intersection of business and community in Fayette County.

“This year’s Expo will be hard to top,” said Virginia Gibbs, President & CEO of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, “but, we are already planning exciting things to celebrate Expo’s 25th anniversary in September 2015.  The community will not want to miss it!”

Thank you, Event Sponsors:
Allan Vigil Ford-Fayetteville
Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Canongate Golf Clubs
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Huntington Learning Center
Comcast Cable Communications
Fayette County News
Contemporary Catering
Minuteman Press-PTC
Capital Investment Companies
Fayette County Development Authority
WEKS 92.5 FM The Bear

Thank you, Patron Sponsors
Counterpane Montessori School
Coweta-Fayette EMC
Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree
LegalShield-Albert Marshall
Loggins, Kern & McCombs, CPA
PNC Bank
Regions Bank
Sleep Number
SouthCrest Bank
Trinity Heating & Air
World Financial Group

EXPO Exhibitors’ Guide & Booth Layout Available Here

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Expo Exhibitors – download your copy of the Expo Exhibitor Guide to learn everything you need to know about logistics for Expo day:  Exhibitor Guide

Find out where your booth is located… Click here for your copy of the   Expo 2014 Booth Layout

Who Is Exhibiting at Expo – Fayette County’s Largest Tradeshow?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

More than 100 of the best businesses and organizations you can find in Fayette will be at the 2014 Community Expo.

Tuesday, September 23

3-7 p.m.

New Hope Baptist Church-SOUTH Campus
1563 Joel Cowan Parkway (Corner or GA Hwys. SR74 and SR 85)

Want to see who will be there?  Click here for the 2014 Community Expo Exhibitors List

Come to Expo! Hear Mike Vigil & Adalene Invite You to Join Us Sept. 23rd!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Hear Mike Vigil and Adalene invite you to come to Expo on September 23rd!  Here is the spot currently running on WEKS 92.5 The Bear!

Leadership Fayette Class of 2014 Graduates

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce honored the Leadership Fayette Class of 2014 at a luncheon and graduation ceremony on August 21.  The class was comprised of Fayette County business and community leaders who participated in the eight month leadership program designed to increase their knowledge and awareness of how our community works and build relationships between local leaders.  The program highlighted the inter-dependencies between sectors of the local economy and the interrelationships of local issues, challenges and opportunities.

LF Graduation Press Release

Leadership Fayette Class of 2014 Graduates:

David Barlow, Fayette County Commissioner
Wende Blumberg, Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree
Debbie Britt, Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Richard Buchanan, SouthCrest Bank
Charlie Cave, WEKS 92.5 The Bear
Cheryl Curtis, Merrill Lynch
Lance Hochhauser, Lindsey Law Firm, PC
Victoria Hughes, Comcast Spotlight
Alan Jones, City of Fayetteville Fire Chief
Whitt Jones, Paraclete Realty Inc.
Cindy Kelly, Heritage Bank
Steven Lawrence, Georgia Power
Cindy Manning, Manning, Levine & Marlow, LLP
Michael Mumper, Association for Village PRIDE
Judiffier Pearson, Clayton State University Small Business Development Center
Scott Pitts, City of Fayetteville Police Chief
Emily Poole, Fayette County Development Authority
Tim Price, CPA
Erin Roberson, Peeples Elementary School
Marlin Seay, Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Paul Schultz, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
Peggy Thomas, Club Z! In Home Tutoring Services
Sarah Trowbridge, Fayette County Public Library
Joyce Waits, City of Fayetteville-Main Street

Leadership Fayette Sponsors for 2014:

Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
The Rotary Club of Peachtree City
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Camp Southern Ground
Truett’s Luau
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit-Fayetteville
A Healthy Appetite
SouthCrest Bank
This Is It Bar-B-Q & Seafood Event Center

Five Fayette Chamber Members Make Inc. 5000 List

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Inc. Magazine has named its list of the top 5000 fastest growing private companies in the United States and FIVE Fayette Chamber members have made the list!   CONGRATULATIONS for being named to the Inc. 5000 list:

SAWTST   (2613)

Liberty Technology  (2999)

NAECO  (3184)

Morris/Hardwick/Schneider & Landcastle Title  (3536)

Aventure Aviation  (4098)

A link to the entire INC. 5000 List is available here:  Inc. 5000 List

Small Business Webinar: Google Analytics 101

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Join us at the chamber on August 26th, from 8:30- 9:30 am for Google Analytics 101, an interactive webinar presented by Tim Zack, Interactive Marketing Director at Red Clay Interactive (view bio).  Designed with needs of small businesses in mind, this webinar will provide attendees with understanding of features available in the Google Analytics tool, how to set the tool up, and how to use the information to achieve their business goals.  Attendees will leave the webinar with applicable knowledge they can implement same-day!

This webinar is part of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Webinar Series.

Save at Belk’s Chamber Appreciation Day-Tuesday, August 12!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Belk has long been a champion of the Chamber of Commerce’s pivotal role in the economic vibrancy of our community.  In appreciation of your year-round efforts, Belk would like to recognize your hard work and present an all-day savings pass for all Chamber members.

Plan a visit to Belk in the Fayette Pavilion on Tuesday August 12, and enjoy a special day of savings.  In addition to already GREAT storewide prices, the coupon below allows you to tak an extra 20% off regular and sale-priced items (15% off home and shoes, 10% of Electrics) with LIMITED EXCLUSIONS!  That means you will save on many of your very favorite store brands on this special day just for you!

Belk’s friendly associates are eager to assist you in finding everything you need and want!

Belk Chamber Day - 20% OFF COUPON

Members Invited to Learn How to Do Business with FCBOE

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Ever wondered how your business could become a vendor, supplier, contractor or sub-contractor for the Fayette County School System?  Well, now is the time to find out!  Fayette County Schools are looking to increase school and district purchasing with local businesses.

Learn how YOU can do business with FCBOE and individual schools at this informative training workshop lead by FCBOE purchasing representatives and school bookkeepers.

Topics covered:
Project size & dollar amount
Purchasing authority and decision making
Purchasing volume
Tips to be a successful bidder on a RFP
Important terminology and definitions

All vendor/business categories are invited, including but not limited to:

  • buses/tour services
  • printers
  • janitorial supplies
  • pest control
  • landscaping
  • promotional products
  • t-shirt vendors
  • classroom supplies
  • electrical
  • sports equipment
  • paper
  • plumbing
  • books
  • banking services
  • signs
  • HVAC
  • music instruments
  • office supplies
  • IT equipment and services

SPACE IS LIMITED! Due to the high interest in this event, there is limited space per business category. First come, first served. To attend you must register with Jamie via email or phone 770-461-9983 ext. 203. Once your seat is confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation. At this time, no registration will be taken at the door.

Wednesday, August 20
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The Chamber Meeting Place

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