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Professional Development

Chamber Seminar Series

The DC Chamber is proud to present monthly professional development opportunities for Chamber Members at no charge. We survey our members annually to determine what topics they would like to focus on and use those results to create the Chamber Seminar Series.

 

Chamber Connections Leads Groups

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All Chamber members are invited to join Chamber Connections, which focuses on members connecting with each other for leads generation and business enhancement. Members of both Connections Groups consistently receive a number of qualified referrals. Only one business per industry is allowed in each of the groups. There is no charge to participate in this group for Chamber Members.

Chamber Connections is compiled of two unique networking leads groups that both meet the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 8-9:30 a.m.

Good Morning Connections meets at the Douglas County Chamber.

B.I.G. (Business Improvement Group) meets at West Georgia Technical College

For more information on joining a Chamber Connections Leads Group, contact Sara Ray at 770.942.5022.

Small Business Sustainability Program

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The Douglas County Chamber sees the value in helping businesses through all phases of their growth. We successfully provide resources for businesses looking to open their doors and have decided to take the next step in helping those who are looking to take their business to the next level.

The Chamber recently launched the Small Business Sustainability Program – a program designed for businesses that have been in operation for more than two years and are looking to create a plan for sustaining their organization.

Program Structure
Participants in the Small Business Sustainability Program will complete an application and interview process. Upon selection, an orientation is held to assist companies in identifying their specific goal for the program. Each business will be paired with a “coach” who will meet with them monthly throughout the program to guide them to their end goal.

All participants will be required to attend monthly Sustainability workshops (held at the Chamber) with high quality experts who will focus on sustaining an organization from financial, operations, marketing and customer service perspectives. In addition to the monthly meetings, participants will be required to meet with Sustainability Coaches monthly to solicit feedback/guidance on completing their Capstone project.

Program Completion
Completion of the program will be based on the following criteria:

  • Participant attends orientation and all five sustainability workshops.
  • Capstone project completion and presentation – based on the goal identified by each business, a Capstone portfolio will be created outlining the plan for sustaining your organization in a certain area (ex. E-commerce site for increasing sales). The Capstone will feature a step-by-step plan of action in regards to all areas of sustainability covered in the workshops. The project will be presented to the Advisory Council at the end of the program.

Sustainability Center
The Chamber will also be opening a Small Business Sustainability Center in conjunction with the program launch. The Center will be located in the Chamber office and will be available to Sustainability Program participants for meetings, consultations, or for any other purpose. The Center will feature a workspace, meeting space, resources, and audio visual materials.

“The Small Business Sustainability Program was a great program to be a part of – as we have tried to build our business into full-time operations, the SBSP made sure that we focused on the “big picture”. The capstone project was a really great resource that we needed to build and has been a tool that we have been able to utilize over and over again. This program was of great value and I was thrilled that the Chamber offered this opportunity to their small business members.”

Elaine Jones, G and E Studios, Small Business Sustainability Program Participant

Executive Mentorship Program

photo 41-001Program Overview
The Executive Mentorship Program is a program from the Young Professionals Connection that connects ambitious young professionals with seasoned, high-level business leaders to support their professional and personal development.

Mentor/mentee matches meet at an Orientation, Mid-Point Meeting, and at an End of Program Recognition. They are required to meet three times throughout the program and meetings are initiated by the mentee. One meeting must be a Chamber event and the content of the meetings is left up to each pair.

 

Selection Process
Applicants for the Executive Mentorship Program complete an application that details their work history as well as the characteristics they seek in a mentor.  Participants are matched based on those needs by the Program Coordinator and volunteer leaders.

Program Fee
Cost for the mentees is $100 for the five month program. 100% attendance is mandatory at three meetings and the recognition ceremony at the end of the program. There is no charge to be a mentor.

Are you an executive interested in mentoring a young professional? Contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022 for information.

“I have been participating in the Chamber Connections group for several years. The leads I have received and the business I can attribute to the leads group more than pay for my Chamber membership! This small group within the Chamber allows us to get to know each other more personally and allows us to develop closer friendships within the Chamber.

Terri Ingram, One Divine Design

“The Executive Mentor Program was a great experience for me, both professionally and personally. I was able to get solid advice and perspective from a proven leader in the community. I definitely recommend the program.”

Alicia Doherty, 2015 Executive Mentorship Program Participant

“I have been a member of the Good Morning Connections Leads Group fir the last two years. This opportunity has afforded me the benefit of building important relationships through getting to know a select group of business owners, that are experts in their own fields on a more personal level. The understanding of these companies through the Chamber Connections meetings has allowed me to expand my business. The end result for my business is many new clients and the ability to service established much more effectively.”

Richard Block, AMG Business Solutions

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