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The Buy Local campaign is a true community collaborative, not just a Chamber program. The Douglas County Sentinel was a tremendous partner in last year’s Buy Local initiative and will once again be involved in every step of the program. Additionally, Citi TV and DCTV23 stations have committed to making sure residents understand how important their tax dollars are to this community.
“Many residents in our community don’t realize that it is their neighbors who are the small business owners here. They chose to open their business here because they love this community and want to contribute to its success as they succeed,” said Valerie Howell, Chair of the Chamber’s Small Business Committee. “If we shop outside of our own town, what message does that send?”
As a local resident, consider where you spend your dollars each day, whether they are for gas, groceries or goods and services. When you buy local, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more community services through sales tax, and invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
Top 10 Reasons to BUY Local
The Chamber is proud to recognize the important role that small businesses play in Douglas County and its economy. They recognize the work of our Small Business Committee who created the Small Businesses of Excellence designation from what was previously our Small Business of the Quarter Awards.
After being nominated by the community and their peers, each company completed a thorough application covering company information, growth, community involvement and adversity among other criteria. An independent panel of judges composed of Small Business Development Center, professionals, business and community leaders reviewed the applications, met to discuss their findings and make their selections.
Congratulations to the 2015 Small Businesses of Excellence:
Ameriprise Financial – Patti H. Puckett
AutoBuffs Express Car Wash
Chick-fil-A Arbor Place
Harkins & Silliman Family Dentistry
Hawkinson, Muchnick & Associates
T. Dennis Connally, P.C., CPA
TransAmerican Computer Consulting, LLC
Workout Anytime Douglasville
Principal 4 A Day and Teacher 4 A Day are programs adopted by Chamber President & CEO, Kali Boatright and DC School Superintendent, Dr. Gordon Pritz. Principal 4 A Day allows members of the business community to visit one of the 35 schools in Douglas County and shadow the principal for either a half day or a full day. Each school principal will be paired with a local member of the business community who will experience a typical day in the principal’s shoes. Teacher 4 A Day is a similar concept but is open to the entire community – anyone can participate and walk in the shoes of a DCSS teacher for a half day. Guest principals and teachers are exposed to the many exciting programs offered in the schools as well as gaining first-hand insight into the challenges that schools face on a daily basis.
“We feel it is highly important for our business leaders to see what goes on in our schools,” commented Boatright, “many of our members, like myself, have children in the school system, and this is a great way to see what happens after the first bell, but from the other side of the desk. The Chamber is proud to present these programs and is looking forward to sending our businesses and community back to school!”
For more information on these programs or to apply, contact Sara Ray at 770.942.5022.
A total of 350 tickets will be sold at $100 each – giving each ticket holder better than a 1 in 40 chance of winning.
Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office at 6658 Church Street in Douglasville or from Chamber Board members. Drawings will take place in a reverse raffle format at the Centre at Arbor Connection during the Chamber’s monthly Comcast Business After Hours in May. You do not have to be present to win.
In a reverse raffle, the first ticket drawn is not the winner, but will be worth $100 to the ticket holder. The top prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the lucky person holding the 350th, or last ticket drawn, but that’s not all. The 349th ticket drawn is worth $2,000, and the 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th, 250th and 300th tickets drawn will bring ticket holders $500. Tickets may be purchased individually or by groups who want to go together to purchase a lucky ticket.
The mission of the Douglas County Chamber is to support, promote and attract business for the advancement of our community. The Douglas County Chamber currently serves more than 700 member businesses. For more information please contact the Chamber at 770-942-5022 or come by to purchase a ticket.