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Get involved with the Chamber and our Community by joining a Volunteer Committee:
The Douglas County Chamber of Commerce is a member led organization. We encourage you to become involved in any of our programs or committees simply by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 770-942-5022 to let us know of your interest. You will be contacted by Chamber leaders with more specific information and meeting times.
These volunteer leaders representing member businesses help promote a positive community image, assist in welcoming new Chamber members through ribbon cuttings and provide leadership for Chamber events and retention efforts. The committee is limited to 25 members, but a waiting list is available at all times.
Meet the AUGUST Diplomat Spotlights!
Rocky Clay, Edward Jones Investments – Rocky is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, a financial-services firm dedicated to serving the needs of individual investors. With nearly 12,000 financial advisors serving nearly 7 million investors, their firm has been built on the belief that the only way to do business is on a one-on-one, personal basis. Edward Jones does that by getting to know their clients, understanding their goals, and developing individualized strategies to help reach them. Rocky and his branch office administrator, Janice Gilmore, work as a team to give the personal service clients deserve when it comes to planning for your financial future. Please call 770-947-5890, stop by his office, or visit https://www.edwardjones.com/cgi/getHTML.cgi?page=/en_US/fa/index.html for more information.
Athena Bryant, Bank of North Georgia – Athena is the Assistant Vice-President and Branch Manager for Bank of North Georgia on Chapel Hill Road. Athena has 37 years of banking experience and 21 of those years, have been in the Douglas County community. She has a wonderful reputation for giving superior customer service, having competitive rates and consistently exceeding customers’ expectations. Bank of North Georgia, a division of Synovus Bank, operates 40 branches in 16 metro Atlanta counties and is dedicated to the local community. This division offers diverse lines of business and personal financial services including Business Banking, Investment Services and Mortgage Lending. For more information, visit www.bankofnorthgeorgia.com. Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services with 258 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. See Synovus on the web at synovus.com. For all your banking needs, call or email Athena Bryant at 678-715-2422 or AthenaBryant@BankofNorthGeorgia.com
Government Affairs Committee
The Chamber is the unparalleled voice of business in Douglas County. Whether working at the local, state, or federal level, the Chamber works for businesses advancement by building relationships with local officials, legislators and congressmen. Our focus on regional issues like water and transportation will positively impact our community long into its future. The committee establishes the Chamber’s legislative agenda each year and organizes participation in the Washington DC Fly In, the Douglas County Day at the State Capitol and the Eggs and Issues Breakfast.
Workforce Development Committee
One of Douglas County’s most valuable assets is its strong industry base and success in economic development lies substantially in a trained, skilled workforce. Since we have achieved the Work Ready Community status, we will continue to work towards building a strong workforce. With Georgia’s BEST (Business Ethics Student Training) Program, we will provide assistance to the Georgia Department of Labor and the School System to recognize students who have achieved certification for training and, we will work with businesses to provide opportunities for internships and interviews. Our Existing Industry Sub-committee will provide on-going training to HR Managers and staff for which they can receive credit hours for HR certification or re-certification and will work to build open communication with industry leaders to address any issues or training needs they may have.
The Human Resources Roundtable is a sub-committee that seeks to bring HR professionals together to help address the needs our member businesses’ HR Needs as well as to serve as to provide a place for HR professionals to network and share ideas with each other.
Small Business Committee
Douglas County was named the 20th Entrepreneur Friendly Community in the State of Georgia and an increasing number of small businesses are calling Douglas County home. The Online Business Start-Up Kit and training opportunities with the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and the SBA are just part of this committee’s initiatives. Programs of the Small Business Committee include the Buy Local Program, the Small Businesses of Excellence, Entrepreneur Expo and Chamber Connections.
Chamber Connections (a leads generation group)
Get connected with Chamber Connections, two unique networking leads groups! Good Morning Connections meet the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 8-9:30 a.m. All Chamber members are invited to join Chamber Connections, which focuses on members connecting with each other for leads generation and business enhancement. Only one business per industry is allowed in each of the groups.
The Douglas County Chamber Connections Group has been strong and members have received a number of qualified referrals. Personal referrals have the highest odds of doing business with your business. A “use my name” type of referral has an average closing rate of around 40%. If you give or receive an “expecting your call” type of referral, these have a 60-90% chance that you’ll do business.
You can also sign up to be part of one of our major event committees: