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Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 3121 7
478-621-2000
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Monthly Newsletter:  April 2017
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Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 18
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Free member slots available!
Earn one hour of SHRM/HRCI credit!

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 AM
LegalShield - Lisa Streeter
305 Coliseum Drive (The Chamber)

Tuesday, April 18
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Reboot Retrocade & Bar
566 Cherry Street

Thursday, April 20
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Greene & Associates
2670 Roff Avenue

Ribbon Cutting
Friday, April 28, 11:00 AM
Rescom Cabinets, Inc.
3283 Vineville Avenue

Ribbon Cutting
Monday, May 1,  10:30 AM
Sang's Thai Isaan Restaurant
401 Cherry Street

Industrial Park Series Luncheon
Thursday, May 4
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Panaprint
7979 NE Industrial Blvd
This is a private event for Industrial Park Members.  

Leadership Macon Alumni 
Spring Luncheon
Tuesday, May 9
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Events at Travis Jean
530 Cherry Street

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, May 11, 2:30 PM
Mathnasium of Macon
5451 Bowman Road, Suite 240

For more information about any of our upcoming events, please call 478-621-2000
Don't put your pink away just yet!  

Join us for the Spring Alumni Luncheon with guest speakers Stacy Campbell and Carolyn Crayton from the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Tuesday, May 9
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Events at Travis Jean
530 Cherry Street

Sponsored by


This is a free alumni event, but space is limited!   Please RSVP by May 4!
2017 Total Resource Campaign


It's that time again!
The renewal period for our Total Resource Campaign is happening now, and the full campaign opens April 26.  Our volunteers would love to talk to you about all of the sponsorship opportunities available!  
If you would like more information, please email lmcmaster@maconchamber.com.
Small Business Summit


Score Middle Georgia invites you to the 
State of Small Business Summit

Wednesday, May 3
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Middle Georgia State University
100 University Parkway
Professional Sciences Conference Center

Chamber Member Renewals 
41 WMGT-TV/NBC
A & D Environmental Services
ABC Supply Co. Inc.
The Academy For Classical Education
All Wired Up
Ambassador Personnel, Inc.
Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
BB & T Bank
Bibb Distributing Company
Boy Scouts of America, Central Georgia Council
Bright Ideas Group
Buca di Beppo
Buzzell Plumbing, Heating & AC, Inc.
Candlewood Suites
Chambless Eye Care, LLC
Cherry Blossom Health and Rehabilitation
Clark Nexsen
Colony Furniture Leasing
Eberhardt & Barry, Inc.
Economy Rent - A - Car Sales Inc.
Family Counseling Center of Central Ga, Inc.
Fort Valley State University
Fresh Air Bar-B-Que
GEICO
Georgia Academy for the Blind
Girl Scouts of Historic GA, Inc.
Glen Haven Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum
Graves Pharmacy
I.V. Care of Middle Georgia, Inc.
Ken's
King Management Solutions, LLC
Middle Georgia Consortium, Inc.
MidSouth Community FCU - Bass Road
MidSouth Community FCU - Hartley Bridge Road
Midtowne Mortgage, LLC
Miller-Motte Technical College
Morris Bank
Ole Times Country Buffet
Overlook Gardens Apartments
Red Carpet Inn - East Macon
Residence Inn by Marriott
Right Start
Riverside Cemetery
Sanco Products Company
SourceOne Insurance and Benefits Group
Trace Staffing Solutions
Travelodge - Riverside
Turnerboone
United Community Bank
Value Place
Warner Robins Building Supply Co.
Wilson Bryant Air Conditioning
YGM Total Resource Campaigns
Chairman's Club
Cornerstone Level Members







A Message from the President
It's hard to believe in just a few short weeks schools will be out for summer vacation.  This has been an incredible year for the Bibb County School system, and the future is looking even brighter.  Our community has really come together to support our students, and in turn lay the groundwork for a stronger future workforce and increased economic development.  Some of the recent highlights in education include:
 
We were recently honored with a visit from New York Times Best-Selling Author Sean Covey.  Mr. Covey was in town to help kick off the "We Need the Leader in Me" campaign.  This joint venture of the Business Education Partnership (BEP) and Bibb County School District aims to implement The Leader in Me program in every Bibb County elementary and middle school.  The Chamber was proud to partner with the BEP to launch the first two The Leader in Me programs in our school district.  To date, four Bibb County elementary schools are participating in the program, with approximately 40 more to go to reach 100%.  The campaign is gaining momentum and recently announced a $250,000 contribution.  More information, including how you can support this effort, can be found at MacontheLeaderinMe.com.

The Chamber is so excited to sponsor Georgia's first Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) right here in Macon.  The 23 student participants of the inaugural YEA recently held their Investor Panel Presentations.  These students have been working on developing business ideas since October, and this event gave them the opportunity to pitch their ideas to actual investors from our community.  The students were also judged during the presentation and the winners, brothers Dabney and William Peters, will now advance to the Semi Finals.  We are so proud of each of these students and we are so excited to see where their futures take them.  Click here for photos from the recent event.

Congratulations also goes out to the district robotics team, Team RoboBibb, for their recent State win!  This is still a relatively young program and our students are doing exceptional work!   They are heading to the World Championships in Houston this week.  If you would like to support their program and their upcoming trip, check out their GoFundMe page. 

The work these students and their educators put in is crucial to our community, and we are so proud of all their hard work and extra effort.  The Peyton Anderson Foundation recently announced the Teach to Inspire Project.  " The Project is designed to empower Bibb County educators to bring their best ideas forward, with the ultimate goal of realizing potential and expanding opportunities."  Applications are now available for micro-grants to assist educators and benefit students.  This is going to make an incredible impact on our community!  Thanks to the support of community partners, we know that our students will continue to meet new challenges head on and accomplish incredible things.

Mike Dyer
President & CEO
Join us for April Business After Hours
sponsored by




with food and drinks from


Thursday, April 20
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Greene & Associates
2670 Roff Avenue


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Silver Sponsors

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2016-2017 Young Professionals Network Presenting Sponsor

Welcome New Members

Archway Transitional Care Center
Caduceus Occupational Medicine
Daphne's 525
FITTEAM GLOBAL
Georgia Aquarium, Inc
Hayiya Dance Theatre
LegalShield - Lisa A. Streeter
Mathnasium of Macon
Motel 6 - Macon North
Qwest Group, LLC
Shadow Sound Studio
Tall Paul's Campers

Please welcome and support our newest members!
Member Spotlight:  Pactiv
When Pactiv's facility in Macon burned down in 2013, many wondered how they would ever recover. With a strong leadership team in place both at the plant and in Lake Forest, the decision to re-build Macon was unanimous. In May of 2014, Macon
re-opened its doors proving to be an unstoppable force.

This past February, Pactiv hosted the 2016 EHS, Warehousing and Manufacturing Awards. These awards represent the extraordinary efforts taken toward achieving our world-class Safety and Environmental goals as well as Warehousing and Manufacturing achievements in 2016. Macon received the 2016 Manufacturing Plant 
of the Year award (out of a possible 51 Pactiv facilities) showcasing their efforts and accomplishments over the past two years. Congratulations to Plant Manager James Burr (pictured below with the award) and the entire Macon team!!
Member Good News and Events

The Red Rooster recently celebrated their move downtown to 470 First Street.

[Click the links for full release]

Congratulations to the Bibb County School Distric Robotics Team! They recently won the State Championship and are heading to the World Championship in Texas April 19-22.  Want to help them get to Texas?  Check out their GoFundMe page.   

CGTC presents "OSHA 10 Hour for General Industry" April 20-21.

Dr. Ulrica Jones of SCORE Middle Georgia will be teaching "Conflict Resolution" at CGTC Friday, April 21.

The Better Business Bureau is hosting a Community Shredding Event Saturday, April 22 from 10-12 at Wal*Mart Zebulon Road.

The Annual Pet Show, a fun family event hosted every year by the Museum of Arts and Sciences' Museum Guild and Coliseum Northside Hospital, is set to take place on April 23, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Macon Occupational Medicine is hosting a free Drug-Free Workplace Seminar Tuesday, April 25.

CGTC is offering American Sign Language (ASL) Level One beginning April 25.  The continuing education course will have two sessions a week through June 27.

41 NBC invites you to a Free 30 Minute Marketing Session.  Dates for the event are April 25-27.

Infinity Network Solutions is hosting a free "Make I.T. Work for Small Business" lunch and learn Thursday, April 27.

Karats & Keepsakes presents Cocktails and Cupcakes benefiting Central Georgia Autism, LTD will be Thursday, April 27.

The Delta Saints will kick off Mount de Sales' Third Annual Music at the Mount Friday, April 28.

Taylor Family Companies invite you to an Art Show & Reception benefitting Jay's Hope, Friday, April 28

Rebuilding Macon is seeking volunteers for their 25th Annual Macon Rebuilding Day Saturday, April 29.

OrthoGeorgia Day will be Saturday, April 29.  See demonstrations, take a tour, meet the staff and enjoy food, fun, music and prizes!

Real IMPACT's  Girls will be Women in STEAM Conference , happening Saturday, April 29, is open for registration!  Volunteer opportunities are also available.

The Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America cordially invites you to the 2017 Character Counts Friends of Scouting Dinner Thursday, May 4.

Employers are invited to the "Better. Faster. Stronger. Medical and Legal Symposium on Workers Compensation" Friday, May 5.  Space is limited!

The 2017 A Journey for Autism, benefiting Central Georgia Autism, LTD. will be Saturday, May 6.

The 2017 Dancing Stars of Central Georgia, benefiting the Alzheimer's Association, will be Saturday, May 6.

Virginia College is hosting a Career Expo Wedneday, May 24.

Surplus Warehouse expands into Georgia market, opens first store in Macon.

Coliseum Northside Hospital  Earns an 'A' Grade For Patient Safety in Leapfrog's Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Score.

United Way of Central Georgia reveals Top 100 Most Generous Workplaces.

James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce John McMichael, Hays McQueen, Lauren CareyWalker Kinney, Jacqueline Kennedy-Dvorak, and Marshall Sims have joined the firm.

United Way of Central Georgia campaign raises over $4.9 Million!

Macon Realtor Lucy Allen Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Real Estate.

Do you have an upcoming event, anniversary, or grand-opening?  Let us know!
Mission:
Advance regional business success
Vision:
Creating the best place for business

Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217 
  Telephone: (478) 621-2000 
 Fax: (478) 621-2021

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