Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
April Newsletter
Getting to Know the Chamber

Wow! I have spent three wonderfully crazy weeks getting acclimated to the inner workings of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Before I started this new position, people asked me what I would be doing, and I wasn't exactly sure how to answer that question. I still do not have a clear, concise answer, but here are a few roles I have played over the last few weeks: tour guide, secretary, event planner, phone book, recruiter, consultant, financial planner, promoter, student, volunteer coordinator, and counselor.


I believe the beauty of the Chamber of Commerce lies in this inability to succinctly define it. The Chamber is not the Administrative Director, nor is it the Board of Directors. The Chamber, and its function, is defined by the membership; therefore, we are nothing without member support and input. When the Board and I approach folks about joining the Chamber, we are often asked, "What is the Chamber going to do for me?" My first response is, "What do you need us to do for you, and how can we partner together to meet this need?"


The overall goal of a Chamber of Commerce is to promote a healthy business environment throughout the community. Through advocacy, promotion, education, networking and facilitation, the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping members accomplish this goal. However, members must be involved and must be willing to communicate these needs. Terri DeLoach, one of the most effective leaders I have ever had the privilege of working with, would tell her staff, "You can come to me with a problem any time, but you better have at least two solutions on how we can go about solving the issue." In other words, let's not just complain about a problem and say, "this is wrong" and "that needs to be fixed" and "you need to do something about this."  Let's brainstorm possible resolutions and be willing to put forth the resources to bring about the change. We ask the Chamber members to come to the table with this spirit of cooperation and teamwork so that together we can achieve common community goals.


In learning my way around the Chamber office over the past 15 days, I occasionally run across old photographs of past Chamber board members and directors and newspaper clippings from past Chamber events. These mementos ground me and remind me of the awesome legacy and the great responsibility the Board of the Directors, the Chamber members, and I have to carry on this important work which began six decades ago.  


     Angela B. Manders
     Administrative Director
     Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
Fifty-Ninth Annual Meeting & Banquet

Dr. Howard E. Wasdin, former US Navy SEAL Team Six Sniper, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Chamber Banquet. For more information about Dr. Wasdin, visit his website  




As you make plans to attend the 59th Annual Pierce County Chamber Dinner, please know that you will have the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of Dr. Wasdin's best-selling book "SEAL Team Six:  Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper." 


We are blessed to have such a dynamic speaker coming to share his message and story with our community leaders.


Banquet Details:

59th Annual Meeting & Banquet

April 10, 2014

Okefenokee Country Club

1204 S. River Oaks Drive

Blackshear, GA 31516

6:00 p.m. - social hour/cash bar

7:00 p.m. - dinner

R.S.V.P April 1


 If you plan to attend this year's Chamber Banquet, you must call or come by the office today, April 1st!

Brought to you by: 
The City of Blackshear's 
Main Street Program

Make plans to attend this year's festivities May 9th & 10th in the Blackshear City Park


The City of Blackshear's Main Street Program - City Hall - 449-0847
Get Ready for Spirit of Liberty!

Spirit of Liberty Celebration

* Thursday, June 26 *

* Friday June 27 * 

* Saturday June 28 *

Patterson Lion's Park


Food - Fireworks - Fun

For Additional Information Contact:

Patterson City Hall - 3507 Williams Street - Patterson, GA 31557

Business Hours 8:00 - 5:00 Monday-Friday

(912) 647-5776 Fax (912) 647-5157

Please, share our newsletter and membership with your business associates as we attempt to keep you informed regarding Pierce County Chamber networking events, volunteer needs, initiatives, and training opportunities. If you have constructive input and feedback or are interested in membership or volunteer positions, contact me or one of the dedicated board members: Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, located in the historical train depot, 200 SW Central Ave., 912-449-7044 , piercechamberofcommerce@gmail.com

Meet Your
 Chamber Directors

Dana Larson Bowen is the President of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Dana, Owner and CEO of Management South Agency, Inc., is a well-respected business woman with a reputation for getting the job done. The recent rejuvenation and transformation of the Chamber is due in part to Dana's enthusiasm and drive. She will work tirelessly for, and with, our Chamber members to help create a healthy and sustainable business environment in Pierce County. Dana is married to Brantley Bowen and has two daughters, Rayna and Stryker. 

Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors


President, Dana L. Bowen

Vice President, Jon Tindall, Secretary/Treasurer, Chris Sinclair, Dr. Joy Williams, Richard Highsmith, Jonathan Coleman, Stephen James.

Medicare 2014
 In partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System, the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce will host a FREE, Medicare 2014 information session April 29th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Emmanuel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 217 W. Carter Ave., Blackshear. 
This meeting is geared toward seniors and caregivers who have questions and concerns regarding recent and upcoming changes in Medicare benefits. Please, help spread the word about this important and timely community service. For more information, call the Chamber office 912.449.7044.
Welcome Our
 New Neighbors

We will be conducting several ribbon cuttings for new Pierce County businesses over the next few weeks. Be on the lookout for these announcements, and come out and support the hard-working entrepreneurs who are investing their resources in our community. If your new enterprise has not yet scheduled a Ribbon Cutting, call the Chamber office today.

Host the Next Business After Hours

Do you have a new business, product, service or upgrade you would like to share with our members? 


By hosting a 

Business After Hours, 

you have the chance

to do just that! 


Call the Chamber for details on these member-only networking opportunities.