Are you thinking of starting your own business or searching for assistance with your existing business? We are here to help! The Sumer County Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with Americus Main Street and South Georgia Technical College, to help make your entrepreneurial dream a reality. Join us on July 20th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm as our Business Development team hosts a ‘Start your own Business’ Seminar.

Participants will hear from South Georgia Tech’s own Wally Summers, Vice President of Economic Development, and Paul Farr, Director of Business and Industry Services. The SGTC Team will share their expertise and walk participants through the ‘Business Basics’. Topics include: writing a comprehensive business plan, proper permitting and marketing.  

The seminar will be held on the campus of South Georgia Technical College at the John H. Pope Center Weyerhaeuser Room. Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, contact Carolyn at the Sumter County Chamber at (229) 924.2646 or via e-mail at Interested parties can also visit to register online. 
It's not too late!
Apply for Locate South GeorgiaLEADS today!

Application deadline is TOMORROW, July 14th!
Locate South Georgia is actively recruiting for participants to join their efforts in developing a strong leadership pipeline across South Georgia.  With Locate South GeorgiaLEADS, presented by Electric Cities of Georgia, recruiting the class for the 2017-2018 program, Locate South Georgia seeks to link business and civic leaders, as well as elected and public officials, to the region’s economic development agenda and efforts.

Locate South GeorgiaLEADS (LSGL) is a 21-county regional leadership development program for South Georgia designed in 2015 as a partnership of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia, and the region’s economic development professionals and affiliates that make up Locate South Georgia.

LSGL is particularly timely this year as the Georgia Chamber recently opened its regional office focused on rural Georgia in Tifton this past May and launched its Rural Prosperity Council to focus on the issues and priorities of rural communities around our State.  Additionally, the General Assembly continues the efforts of the Georgia Rural Development Council who are simultaneously evaluatint policy and legislative issues that will be taken up during the upcoming legislative session.

As the largest regional leadership program in the State, South Georgia is raising the bar for leadership, economic development and civic engagement for existing leaders.  LSGL is an eight-month leadership experience for leaders throughout South Georgia designed to facilitate awareness of issues that are essential to the future success of the region by giving participants the necessary skills and training needed to effectively lead South Georgia in the 21st Century economy.

With applications currently available, the program will start in August 2017 and run through March 2018.  This year’s class will join the alumni of LSGL at a kick-off retreat in Sylvester-Worth County on August 17-18.  

LSGL links regional site visits and issue awareness to relevant leadership development content within the framework of the Locate South GeorgiaLEADS priorities.  Emphasizing regional priorities throughout the program, each session directly links leadership skills training to issues of critical importance to South Georgia:

  • Regional Identity & Influence

  • Workforce Development
  • Collective Visioning & Planning
  • Political Influence & Regional Partnerships

Tuition is $1,250 per participant, with scholarships available through Electric Cities of Georgia and the One Sumter Economic Development Foundation. Deadline for applications is Friday, July 14th. Applications should be submitted electronically to Mary Beth Bass at or original copies can be mailed to 409 Elm Avenue Americus, GA 31709.

For more information about Locate South Georgia, please visit their website at .  

For more information about Locate South GeorgiaLEADS, please contact Mary Beth Bass, Executive Director, One Sumter Economic Development Foundation, Inc., at 229.815.1669; or at . Interested candidates may also contact their local economic development team for further information.
Check out our members doing BOLD things!
Tepuy Activewear is hosting an Open House from 9 AM to 5 PM July 19th and 20th at 502 West Forsyth Street. Plan to come out, meet their team and check out their shop. They are excited to share their new collection featuring a variety of gorgeous prints and tops that were just presented at the Belk Southern Designer Showcase . 

Everyone that shows up on these select dates will receive  10% off their purchase! Refreshments will also be provided. Take time to check out one of our very own entrepreneurs making big strides in the world of athletic apparel!  
Southwest Georgia Employer Committee Meeting Notice

A joint Southwest Georgia Employer Committee meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. on the South Georgia Technical College - Americus Campus in the SB&T Room of the Pope Center.


Employer Committees are groups of local business representatives who establish and maintain a working relationship between the employer community and the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL).  The committees provide input and guidance in the development of policy and legislation by the Department of Labor as it impacts Georgia employers and employees.  They promote GDOL services amount the employment community and identify and recommend ways to meet local and state employment-related needs.


Please RSVP by emailing Cynthia Carter at no later than July 17th, as refreshments will be provided for this meeting.