November Membership Luncheon PhotosRyan Mahoney with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce spoke to the attendees of the November Membership Luncheon concerning Health Care Reform. Local business leaders learned how the new laws will affect their businesses.
‘Christmas Clause for a Cause’ - December Membership LuncheonThe Walker County Chamber of Commerce is excited to present the first ever ‘Christmas Clause for a Cause’ benefiting Al Millard Memorial Stocking Full of Love of Walker County at the December 10 Membership Luncheon featuring Christmas music by members of the Gordon Lee Marching Trojan Band, photos with Santa by Vince Stalling Photography, and a delicious traditional Christmas meal catered by No Small Affair.
FREE Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Business After Hours Events!Are you celebrating the opening of a new business or the expansion/relocation of an existing business in Walker County or the surrounding area? Maybe you’ve been in business for years and would like to reintroduce your organization to the community? Chamber Members are encouraged to celebrate these great milestones with ribbon cuttings, ground breakings or business after hours events. What are these events? They are ceremonial events of new, expanding, newly-renovated or relocated businesses. They can launch a business’s first day of business or can take place after the businesses’ opening. Because these events mark a very important moment in the businesses’ history, it is also a great photo opportunity. One that is later shared by the Chamber with local media, members and is also shared on the Chamber’s website for all to see! Why hold one of these events? They are great to begin or increase your customer base, they familiarize the public with your physical location and your products/services, help to generate possible sales from attendees and more. What does your organization need to do to prepare for an event? Download a copy of the event form from the Chamber’s website and pick your date and time, choose who will speak, decide on other event details to enhance your event, invite your customers, friends and family, and then host a successful event. Who attends ribbon cuttings? The Chamber will automatically invite the Chamber’s membership, media and elected officials by sending them a notice two weeks before the event and a reminder one week before. The event will be listed on the Chamber’s website calendar and will announce at Chamber functions leading up to the event. Those hosting events should also consider inviting business partners, financers, contractors, employees, customers, friends, and family to be with them as they celebrate this momentous occasion in your business’s history. What have other businesses done to make their events unique? Many conduct separate PR campaigns to obtain media attention, provide door prizes, have samples of products available, invite corporate staff from out of town, as well as offer complimentary appetizers and beverages. We are excited for your business’s success and value the opportunity to help you mark important occasions! Members of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce are offered all of these exiting opportunities for FREE. For complete information on each of these offerings please visit http://www.walkercochamber.com/2013-chamber-ribbon-cutting.pdf Not a member of the Chamber and would like more information on the benefits of being a member? Please visit www.walkercochamber.com or call 706-375-7702. We look forward to hearing from you.
2014 Annual Membership Dinner: A Stockholder’s MeetingThe Walker County Chamber of Commerce will host the 2014 Annual Membership Dinner: A Stockholder's Meeting beginning at 6:30pm on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Walker County Civic Center, The program will include the recognition of retiring directors, presentation of the 2013 Chamber Member and Ambassador of the Year awards, naming of the 2013 Small Businesses of the Year, recognition of 2013 Patron Sponsors, as well as the official passing of the gavel from 2013 Chair Sherry Foster of the City of Rossville to Incoming Chair Gary Woods of the Bank of Chickamauga. The evening will also include a ‘State of the Chamber Address’ given by 2013 Committee Chairs and Board Members. Included in this address will be information concerning the completion of the 2013 Business Plan and additional initiatives to which the Chamber took part. After reviewing the past year, 2014 Chair Gary Woods will give remarks concerning the Chamber’s goals and direction for 2014 which will focus on ‘return on investment.’ The cost to attend is $60 per person or $575 for a reserved corporate table of eight; early bird discounts making the registration costs $50 per person or $500 for corporate table of eight are available to those who register on or before December 31, 2013. Registration includes a wonderful meal provided by No Small Affair. Those wishing to attend must register online by visiting http://business.walkercochamber.com/events/details/annual-membership-dinner-559; registration will end on Friday, January 17 at midnight and no walk-ins will be accepted. Non-Chamber members are required to pay online by Visa or MasterCard at the time of registration.