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Get involved with the Chamber and our Community by joining a Volunteer Committee:
The Douglas County Chamber 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.
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Patty & Stan Wenck, Wenck Travel – Wenck Travel is a full service travel agency which focuses on the clients’ vision of their vacation whether within the US or outside of the country. We relieve the stress of searching the internet; offer choices within the clients’ guidelines; and make sure that all questions are answered as well as all payment deadlines are met. We are your ‘forever memories’ travel consultants. Contact: Patty & Stan Wenck, 770.852.1925, email@example.com
Kerry Rigdon, WSA Board of Directors – Since its inception in 1985, The Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority has provided Douglas County residents with award winning water, wastewater, and stormwater services. WSA provides clean, abundant drinking water to over 130,000 residents each day and has received a multitude of awards including the 2013 Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce E3 Award, 13 EPA National Awards, 4 EPA Director’s Awards, 2 Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Awards, and 2 Georgia Association of Floodplain Management Awards. You can learn more about water resources in Douglas County by visiting our website at www.ddcwsa.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.