Be sure to make your seat reservations by calling the Chamber at 229-924-2646 or by email at by March 17th.

The 97th Annual Awards Celebration and Dinner
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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

6:00 PM - Reception
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7:00 PM - Dinner

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jackie G. Cushman
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Jackie G. Cushman
Known for her ability to synthesize major news events and ordinary life happenings into a unique perspective that rings with authenticity, Jackie Gingrich Cushman connects with her audience through both hearts and minds. 

Cushman is passionate about improving the world her two children will inherit and endeavors to inspire others to learn, love and live their lives successfully.

As a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, Jackie presents an authentic, bold, conservative view that extracts simplicity from complexity, genuineness from aloofness, and presents true, vivid and comprehensive images of situations.

Noted by the Washington Times for her "considerable talent" in writing, Jackie's outlook and opinions are highly entertaining, inspirational and thought-provoking. Audiences of community leaders, educators, entrepreneurs and executives are captured by her fresh ideas, friendly style and quick wit.

Jackie's new book "5 Principles for a Successful Life: From our Family to Yours," (Crown Forum) was co-authored with her father, Newt Gingrich. Their book focuses on the principles that Jackie follows in her daily life: Dream Big, Work Hard, Learn Every Day, Enjoy Life and Be True to Yourself. 

Jackie's work has been cited on the Today Show, New York Magazine, USA Today, and the Washington Times. She has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," CNN's "Campbell Brown," "The 700 Club," Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends," "The O'Reilly Factor," "The Sean Hannity Show," "The Strategy Room," "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," "Geraldo at Large," "The Huckabee Show" and "Squeeze Play" on Canada's Business News Network.

Cushman's non-profit activities include serving on The Georgia Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land and on the board of Genesis: A New Life. She is founder and chairman of the board of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation.

Jackie lives in Atlanta with her husband Jimmy Cushman, Jr., and their children.

Jackie graduated cum laude from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. She received her MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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$55 - Non-Members
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Making Facebook Strategic
In Albany, GA
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Key Takeaways will include:
* Build your business presence on Facebook.
* Understand how to use your Insights Dashboard and Ad Reporting tool.
* Learn how to use Facebook Targeting.
* Learn how to use visuals to get customers engaged.
* Learn how to use Facebook's powerful advertising tools.
* Develop content and posting strategies to build customer relationships and loyalty.

$49 for this session or sign up for entire Spring Marketing Series
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You can attend the whole Spring Marketing Series or choose just one class. Boost the strength of your marketing campaign by signing up for the class that fits your business needs. Making Facebook Strategic is March 23. All classes are in Albany GA. Sign up now to ensure your spot.
Develop successful marketing strategies to build relationships with customers and grow your business now.  
Not only do businesses need a strong online presence, it is important to know what to say to customers in addition to where to say it. The goal of this series is to learn new trends and tactics to implement successful marketing strategies you can use  in 2017 and beyond with measurable results. You can join us for individual sessions or SAVE by signing up for the entire series. Take a look at the schedule below and see what works best for you. Sign up quickly, seats limited!
  • March 23 - Making Facebook Strategic
  • April 13 - Mobile Marketing and Online Strategy
  • April 27 - Pinterest/Instagram/Video for Business
  • May 11 - Digital Strategies for Your Marketing Plan
  • May 25 - Using LinkedIn to Build Influence
Location: 125 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA. 
Read more and Register  HERE. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 21   |   9:00-10:00 AM

$6.7 billion in sales and 18% year-over-year growth in 2016 shows that Chick-fil-A has a leg up on the competition- and not just because of their signature chicken sandwiches. Consistently taking top honors in industry customer service benchmarking, Chick-fil-A's triumph is certainly tied to their unwavering focus on the guest experience.

Join Chick-fil-A Hospitality Strategy Leader, Katie Stanford, for a deep dive into how top-notch customer service and hospitality has led to Chick-fil-A's success- and how you can apply these lessons to your own business. We'll look at Chick-fil-A as a case study, and review the historical guiding principles and standards set by the Cathy Family, and learn how the distinctive "second mile service" philosophy is applied today. Attendees will explore techniques and tools for applying customer service standards to all aspects of their business, regardless of size or industry, covering concepts such as:
  • Creating Culture
  • Selection & Training
  • Execution of the Timeless Basics and the Above & Beyond Opportunities
  • Measurement
Don't miss this opportunity to learn directly from a company whose investment in customer service has revolutionized an industry.

As a Federation Member, the cost of your registration is at the discounted rate of 
$35. You can also view the webinar series at participating local chambers. Event details vary by location, so please click on the Chamber name for more information, or contact the Sumter County Chamber at 229-924-2646 if you have any questions.


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