March 2015



Help us welcome Matt Cochran to the Pierce County Chamber Board of Directors. After graduating from PCHS in 1992, he attended Georgia Southern University where he earned his BBA in finance. Matt went on to get a MBA from Georgia State University in 2001. Since 2003, he has worked full-time in the management and expansion of the family business, Farmers & Builders Ace Hardware. 


Matt is married to Leslie Fleming Cochran, and they have three beautiful children, Mary Mac, 5, Fleming, 5, and Kate, 3. In his "free time", Matt enjoys saltwater fishing, hunting and running. When asked why he is eager to serve on the Chamber Board, Matt had this to say, "I think Pierce County is the best county in the region. Given the right leadership, we have the potential for greatness." 


Matt's practical experience and his background in finance and management will be assets to the board. We are excited to have him on our team!



The Pierce County Chamber of Commerce members and guests will celebrate the 60th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, April 9 from 7-9 p.m. Our Diamond Jubilee will be held at Okefenokee Country Club and will feature musical entertainment, a silent auction, and an array of splendid cuisine samplings, tapas, and Chef's tastings. During this 60th Anniversary Celebration, we will honor past and present Chamber Award Recipients with a reception in the main dining room from 7-7:30 p.m. Be on the lookout for your invitation. Non-members may attend by calling the Chamber for an invitation. You do not want to miss the festivities!


Help us identify this year's SUPERSTARS! Who deserves to be recognized for outstanding leadership and community service? Citizen of the Year, Bright Spot, and Business Leader of the Year nominations must be received by March 16. We can't wait to read your nominations! Click here for award descriptions.


If you would like to make a donation for the Silent Auction, let us know. All proceeds from the auction go toward scholarships for Pierce County High School students. 

Click here for silent auction ideas.

Business After Hours March 12


This is a twist on the Chamber's mospopular networking event, BAH! The Block Party is a Business After Hours event hosted by multiple chamber members within close proximity of one another. By working in conjunction with each other, a wide range of business and community leaders are brought together in this great networking environment. The member businesses located in the Cotton Exchange, Hwy 84, Blackshear, will host the March 12 Block Party from 5-7 p.m. Join us for discounts, tours, refreshments, networking, and door prizes!


Cotton Exchange Merchants, call us today with your specials and promotions, 

and we will get the word out! 

Lunch & Learn March 18


Are you having trouble staying on top of all the new emergencies in the workplace? Let the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Pines Technical College help! Jason Rubenbauer, Director of Business and Community Services for Coastal Pines, is conducting a Lunch & Learn designed to help managers and employees be more efficient in daily operations. Learn to better organize your office space, create priority lists, and organize your email. Learn to use Outlook calendars, rules, task manager and other features to maximize your time. 


The registration fee of $20 includes all class materials and lunch. The workshop will be held on March 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Board of Education. Register Here

Most Impressive

One of the largest providers of rail and transit products and service in North America is located right here in Pierce County, and on Thursday, February 26, our community leaders had the opportunity to tour this impressive operation. 


Progress Rail has become an industry leader by delivering quality materials, providing experienced and reliable service, and offering unprecedented convenience through a network of integrated, strategically located facilities, including here, in Patterson, Georgia. Progress Rail hosted approximately 25 quests during this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at one of Pierce County's largest employers. Thank you, Billy Thompson and crew!


We hope you will join us for the next Opportunity Tour to be announced soon.

March 3 & 17


A representative with UGA's Small Business Development Center will be back in Pierce County on Tuesday, Marach 3 and March 17. If you are thinking about starting a new business or need assistance for an existing enterprise, let these trained SBDC consultants guide you through the process. 


We want your business to get off to a good start! The SBDC will give you sound advice on financial management, record-keeping, marketing tactics, strategic planning, customer service policies, and capital campaigns. These consultations are free and confidential. Call for an appointment.

The vision of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is to provide for a competitive and business friendly climate for all of Pierce County. 


The mission of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is to foster partnerships for the advancement of Pierce County.