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Fullscreen capture 192015 101429 AMThe 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.


BL Bingo adWant to do something to support the local economy that is simple and fun while helping Douglas County’s future? It’s easy – play Chamber Buy Local Bingo presented by Bank of the Ozarks this holiday season!

While there are abstract solutions to the recovery of the economy such as government spending programs, severe cutbacks in public services, or massive loans to large corporations, the DC Chamber is looking at a simple way to bring a boost to our local economy. Chapel Hill News & Views is partnering with the Chamber to “challenge” its members to BUY LOCAL from November 19 – December 17 and in return, participants can win big!

24 local businesses are featured on a Buy Local Bingo Card and invite locals to visit their businesses. Each business, in addition to the Douglas County Chamber and Douglas County Courthouse, will have Buy Local Bingo cards available. When a patron visits a business, they will receive a sticker on their Bingo card. Once a participant has 18 of the 24 squares covered, they are eligible to be entered to win one of 24 door prizes and ultimately a $250 cash prize from Bank of the Ozarks.

Here’s how you play:
1-Pick up your Bingo card in the December issue of Chapel Hill News & Views, DC Chamber, Douglas County Courthouse, Bank of the Ozarks, or one of the 24 participating businesses.

2- Visit 18 out of 24 businesses between November 19th and December 17th and receive a sticker validating your visit to each location. No purchase is necessary, but please consider shopping locally this holiday season.

3-Turn in the completed Bingo card at the DC Chamber or Douglas County Courthouse by noon on December 17th. The drawing for all 25 prizes will take place at the Comcast Business After Hours held at the Hilton Garden Inn & Suites in Lithia Springs on December 17th at 5 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. One entry per person. You must be 18 years or older to play Buy Local Bingo.

Top 10 Reasons to BUY Local

  1. In today’s economy, local businesses are struggling and your local purchase could make the difference for that business owner to stay open.
  2. Create and Keep Jobs! Unemployment is nearly 10% locally. Keeping your dollars local, keeps jobs locally.
  3. Sales tax dollars generated each time you spend money inside our community help fund schools, police officers, fire fighters, parks, libraries, recreation programs and street maintenance.
  4. Local small businesses are constantly asked to support local charities, athletics, fundraisers and school activities. In return, we need to support them. Spending your money in your community gives business owners the ability to donate to you or your child’s school or nonprofit group.
  5. Reduce Environmental Impact. We’re all paying too much for gas! Shopping local generally means saving money on gas, contributing less to congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  6. Local businesses re-invest in their communities. Local businesses tend to bank locally, dine locally, hire local accountants, attorneys and other service providers, and advertise in local media.
  7. Encourage Economic Development. Something wonderful happens when local businesses thrive… it attracts more businesses, creating an excellent business culture and enhancing our position as an Entrepreneur Friendly Community!
  8. Better jobs and wages. Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and in turn, provide better wages and benefits than most chains do. Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally.
  9. Local Decision Making. Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. We can’t forget that local business owners are our neighbors, who have a personal, vested interest in the long-term success of this area.
  10. Just Imagine: According to the US Census Bureau estimate, there are 90,000 people over the age of 18 in Douglas County. If each one of us spends an additional $50 locally per year, it would generate $4.5 MILLION more into our local economy!

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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
Burke’s Grill
Chick-fil-A Arbor Place
Harkins & Silliman Family Dentistry
Hawkinson, Muchnick & Associates
Hughes-Ray Company
T. Dennis Connally, P.C., CPA
TransAmerican Computer Consulting, LLC
Wenck Travel
Workout Anytime Douglasville

Principal 4 A Day & Teacher 4 A Day

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Download Principal 4 A Day Application Here

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.

Chamber Raffle
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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.DSCF1672

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.

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