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January 2018
Business of the Month

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A new face at the
Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co.
Chamber of Commerce

The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its recent hire of Maleny Avila. Maleny will be at the Chamber on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. She will be answering phone calls, general office work and working for our members.  
 
She is currently attending Fitzgerald High school as a junior! She practically grew up in Fitzgerald and is in love with this small town and its community. She used to be an active member in FFA attending the meetings and helping with some of the fundraisers.

Though the school doesn't have a volleyball team it's still one of her favorite sports to make time for. Also, she has a huge passion for drawing and designing! It's one of her main hobbies to do during her free time. She is the eldest daughter of Jose Luis Avila and Fabiola Avila.

The Chamber looks forward to working with Maleny!
 
 



Job Opportunity for Escrow & Appraisal Specialist in  
Fitzgerald at Operations Center.

Colony Bank, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender

The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Chamber of Commerce will hold their 92nd Annual Meeting, January 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at Wiregrass GA Technical College.

This is the meeting where the Lifetime Achievement /Citizen of the Year award will be giving to a very deserving person.

The chamber is asking that if you have someone you would like to nominate please submit the name of the individual that you would like to see receive this honor and why you think this person deserves this hon or.
 
You can mail your nomination at P.O. Box 218 or fax to 229-423-1052 or drop it by to the office at 121 E. Pine Street, Fitzgerald, GA 31750. Or e-mail neesawilliams@mediacombb.net
For more information call 423-9357

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 and reminds taxpayers claiming certain tax credits that refunds won't be available before late February.

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Jan. 29, with nearly 155 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2018. The nation's tax deadline will be April 17 this year - so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15.
 
Taxpayers can visit www.IRS.gov/GetReady for more tips on preparing to file their 2017 tax return. 
 
 

Grand Theatre
Saturday, January 13, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 
Children(4 - 12) and Senior(65 and up) is $6 a Ticket
Teen and Adult (13 - 64) is $7 a ticket
$2 for candy, $2 for drinks, and 4 different sizes of popcorn ranging from $1 to $4
 


Colony Bank for sponsoring the place mats for the  
92nd Annual Meeting.

Get your tickets now we only have a limited number available.

Be part of naming the "Restaurant of the Year"

92nd Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40 each
 
 
 

The Pickin Post is now accepting payments over the phone via debit or credit to those who can't get out to shop. After payment we will hold your item until pick up. Large items can be delivered for an additional $25.

412 S. Grant Street
(229) 457-4552
 
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First tickets was sold for the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce"Taste of Fitzgerald" The annual meeting will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. This is going to be a fun event with several of our local restaurants competing for "Restaurant of the Year" Awards will also be gave to "Business of the Year", "Industry of the Year" & "Lifetime Achievement" Get your tickets today! Tickets are $40 each available at the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce located at 121 E. Pine Street.

 
Our Daily Bread is now serving breakfast! The new breakfast menu is now available Monday-Friday, 7:00am-10:30am! Stop by and see them, or give them a call to pick yours up on the go. (229)622-0141
 




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The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce would like to share with our members about other members. It could be good news in your business or personal life that you want to share with everyone!

Let us help you get your message out for you!

Send it to us by email
neesawilliams@mediacombb.net
derindalewis@mchsi.com

Helping our members be informed!
American Body Works has changed their name back to Family Fitness Center, LLC. They can be followed on Facebook at FFCFitz 
 
299 Benjamin H. Hill DR. W
Fitzgerald, GA  31750
(229) 423-4957
The General Assembly is considering HB61, legislation which would require online retailers with at least $250,000 or 200 retail sales a year in Georgia to collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases. Without this requirement in place, state and local governments are losing millions of dollars in tax revenues every year - a state fiscal analysis estimates that collecting those taxes could mean an extra $274 million in revenue for the state and $200 million for loc
al governments. Just as importantly, the lack of e-Fairness can have a devastating impact on small brick and mortar businesses in Georgia's cities. These businesses, the backbone of our cities, are often the victim of "show rooming," a practice where customers shop at a local store but buy online to avoid paying sales taxes. This practice results in approximately a 7 percent competitive price disadvantage to the online retailers who don't collect sales taxes.  
 
Throughout the state, examples exist of local businesses being impacted by the tax disparity as a result of the e-Fairness issue. To support state legislative efforts to level the playing field for local retailers, GMA is seeking stories about or directly from business owners in in cities where this issue has been a factor in the decision to shutter their businesses. Your feedback and stories are critical to help GMA tell the story of how e-Fairness legislation can help your local shop owners.

If you have any questions or need more information contact.

Becky Taylor
Director of Federal Relations and Research
Office: 678-686-6276 Fax: 678-686-6376
www.gmanet.com



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Mini apple and blueberry pies available at Cafe Budapest!

293 W. Benjamin Hill DR.
Fitzgerald, GA  31750
(229) 635-1004
 
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The Southeastern Chapter of the National Safety Council will be offering two OSHA training courses in our GA Chamber of Commerce Tifton Office February 6-9 and March 13-16. Each course last four days, which is the equivalent to 30 instructional hours.   
 
 
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