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Are you curious about the trips to China that your chamber peers keep talking about? Find out what all the fuss is about by attending the next Chamber Professional Free Inspection Trip! There are 2 dates scheduled for this trip in 2017 - April 1 or October 5. Click here for your registration form, and contact your GACCE Executive Director, Tiffany Fulmer Ott, for more information.
Fundability
FundAbility is a 20-year old technology company that began by simply matching business owners with financing sources. Today, we provide free to every business owner across the country, a powerful Business Finance and Credit Education System with full customer supportWe give away access to the System through private label partnerships with organizations like Chambers of Commerce, Small Business Development Centers, Urban Leagues, and even businesses that primarily serve other businesses. We call these groups of organizations, Contributors, because they are contributing to the success of their local business communities by ensuring the business has access to affordable capital. We don't charge Contributors for their private label. It's all free!
For more information on this program, please click here.
Georgia CEO - Logo
President and CEO of the Greater Macon Chamber Mike Dyer talks about one of the main focuses of the Chamber in 2016 - strengthening workforce development in the region.
CLICK HERE to watch the video.
Georgia DCA
The annual rankings for the Job Tax Credit Program have been designated under the provisions of Georgia Code sections 48-7-40(b) and 48-7-40.1(b). Areas adjacent to a Military installation have been reviewed for potential eligibility based on updated detail under the provision of Georgia Code section 48-7-40.1(c)(2). A detailed memo of the County Rankings and Less Developed Census Tract Listing, including Military Zones, is now available and may be accessed here.

DCA ranking criteria for 2017 used data based on the 2010 Census Tract boundaries for the 2017 Census Tract designations. Please read the memo carefully for additional information on the Census Tract designations.
 
A map of the 2017 County Tier map may be accessed directly here.

Additional information on the Job Tax Credit Program, including regulations and forms, may be found on DCA's Job Tax Credit webpage
JW Fanning Institute
Don't miss the opportunity to transform your community - and save $40. Early Bird Registration available for the Fanning Institute's Community Leadership Conference through January 4th.

The Community Leadership Conference is for professionals and volunteers who work with youth, adults or non-profits. Participants will learn the latest trends and best practices from industry experts and local practitioners. Plan to join us for the  2nd Annual Community Leadership Conference - Transforming Leaders, Transforming Communities to be held February 2-3, 2017 at the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel.   REGISTER TODAY 
Leadership Institute at CSU
National best-selling author and speaker John O'Leary was expected to die. He will inspire attendees and teach them how to truly live at the 2017  Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum (JBLF),  August 28-29, 2017. The two-day event, hosted by the  Leadership Institute at Columbus State University , brings the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus. 

The Leadership Institute will host "
How Deep is Your Bench? Leadership Excellence Certification for Rookie Leaders ," a series of programs for front-line managers and emerging leaders in both Columbus and Middle Georgia, beginning January 2017. For more information,  click here.
POWER 10
Does your Chamber have big ideas that sit on a shelf due to lack of funding or plans? POWER 10 is hosting a free webinar titled " The Strategic Initiative " on Friday, January 13 at 11:00am Eastern that will give you a  push in the right direction. Join us to learn how to expand program, increase funding, and produce results that matter. Click here for more information and to register.
Microsoft
Introducing the MCC Affiliate Program 
As a Chamber of Commerce, you are invited to participate in the new Microsoft Community Connections (MCC) Affiliate Program! When you sign up and qualify for this free program, you earn a commission when your members purchase Microsoft software. Please contact Bruce Marshall at bruce.marshall@microsoft.com for more information.
GACCE MEMBER UPDATES  
Blairsville-Union County Chamber
Linda Lawrence in our office went from Membership Coordinator to Director-Member Services.
Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber
The Chamber is pleased to announce the hire of Marianne Wood as our Public Relations Director. Marianne is a native of Taylorsville, GA and a 2001 graduate of Excel Christian Academy in Cartersville. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Shorter University.
Fayette Chamber
The Chamber will be presenting at the 2017 J.W. Fanning Community Leadership Conference on their explorative community-based learning model. Their leadership team will share lessons learned in empowering leadership participants to navigate group dynamics, managing ambiguity, and using the Georgia Civic Health Index to put learning to practice in a leadership program projects.  The conference is February 2-3 in Athens.
Amanda Rivard
White County Chamber
The Chamber is pleased to introduce Amanda Rivard, our new Administrative Assistant & Information Specialist. Amanda joined the Chamber staff on October 31. Amanda has a strong customer service background and comes to us from KIK Custom Products in Hall County.