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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.

Download the 2017 Professional Development Calendar

2017 Douglas County Chamber Networking Calendar-Seminars Capture

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.

Executive Mentorship Program

Download the Executive Mentorship Program Handbook

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 four 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 ten 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. Applications for the Executive Mentorship Program are available in January.

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.

“My chamber membership provides so many benefits for my company. One of the benefits utilized by all members of my organization are the informative seminars presented and facilitated by the chamber. The staff does a great job of selecting a wide array of topics that are of interest to every aspect of my business. I am often amazed at the quality and detail of information presented in these seminars. I realize comparable training sources would be an additional expense in my budget. However, I am able to gain much of the same information and knowledge included in my chamber membership! I also appreciate that the chamber pulls resources and experts directly from their membership to present many of the topics offered. It is an added benefit to make contacts with these professionals who are my fellow chamber members. It is truly an example of the many ways the Douglas Chamber supports their membership.”

Samantha Glass, ALL Print Marketing & Media Solutions

“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

“My Chamber Connections Group has been an invaluable experience to me! Not only do people have the opportunity to learn more about me and my business, but I have gained so many (probably lifelong) connections for both personal and business purposes. I love it!”

Lindsay Patton, Chamber Connections Member

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