August 1, 2016
New Overtime Laws
How do they affect you?

O n May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a major change to the law governing overtime pay. The new overtime pay law significantly increases the number of people who qualify for time-and-a-half pay for any hours they work beyond 40 in a week. 

Under the new law, salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year must be paid overtime. This new protection applies to almost anyone making less than $47,476, including salaried managers or professionals. The new overtime pay law will go into effect on December 1, 2016.

For details, visit the Department of Labor's website.
Opportunity Tour
Global Partnership for TeleHealth

Global Partnership for TeleHealth will host the Chamber's next Opportunity Tour on Wednesday, August 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited for these popular, behind-the-scene tours. 
In order to gain first-hand knowledge of the types of careers and resources available in our community, we encourage all elected officials, business leaders, school personnel, and economic development professionals to attend. Participants will learn about future job trends in healthcare and witness simulations and real-time demonstrations.
Opportunity Tours give community leaders a chance to better represent and promote local business and industry partners. These in-depth tours provide participants the opportunity to learn more about the incredible products, services, and workforce development efforts available right in our own back yard.

Bryan White
Meet & Greet

For those folks who weren't able to obtain tickets to the sold-out Bryan White concert, or for those who want a little more time with the Grammy, CMA, and ACM Award winner, the Eagle Station Advisory Board is hosting a Meet & Greet in downtown Blackshear. For selfies with Bryan, merchandise sales, and autographs, stop by Shutterly Perfect Portraiture & Gallery located at 113 SW Central Avenue in Blackshear. The event will be held Thursday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bryan has charted seventeen singles on Billboard's Country Charts, had six number one singles, two platinum records, and two gold records. He joined forces with Shania Twain, and together they took "From This Moment On" all the way up to number four on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. He has garnered several awards for himself, including a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award, and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award among them. 
Satilla River Water Trail
See you Tuesday.

The next Satilla River Water Trail meeting will be held at the Pierce County Chamber at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. We will be discussing upcoming SRWT events and also sharing updates on our summer projects. Lastly, we are going to pick a date for our ribbon cutting ceremony that will designate the SRWT as an OFFICIAL Georgia Water Trail! 

For more information go  here and here!
Continuing Education
Let us hear from you.

We want to hear from you! Is your organization looking for training opportunities dealing with leadership, decision making, management, effective communication, marketing, customer service, or financial planning? 

We are reviewing our education and professional development plan and need to know what types of classes and training you and your staff would like the Chamber to offer. Here's a quick survey - if will only take a minute. 
Grow Your Business
Help from the SBDC

If a small business has a problem with growth, it's usually one of two issues: Either the business isn't growing fast enough, or the growth is uncontrolled. The Small Business Development Center has experienced consultants who can help small businesses create a strategy and action plan for growth that includes attention to each of the major areas of a small business: operations, finance, marketing, and human resources.

As part of the SBDC's assistance, consultants will help a small business owner and key team members assess the business's current situation and needs, create goals for the future direction of the business, and formulate plans for each area of the business to reach those goals. For more information, give us a call.
Angela Manders, Executive Director
200 SW Central Avenue, Blackshear, GA