Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 3121 7
T he Chamber Insider

Monthly Newsletter:  November 2016
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Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 9
8:15 - 9:30 AM
Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive
This event is at capacity.  Please call
478-621-2010 for the wait list.

Wednesday, November 9
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive

Ribbon Cutting
Friday, November 11, 4:00 PM
Ebenezer Stone Gifts & Boutique
5080 Riverside Drive, Suite 408

Ribbon Cutting
Monday, November 14, 4:00 PM
Planters First Bank
4361 Rivoli Drive

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, November 15, 11:00 AM
TownePlace Suites
1550 Mercer University Drive

Tuesday, November 15
5:30 - 7:00 PM
First Presbyterian Day School
Clark Fine Arts Center
5671 Calvin Drive

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, November 17, 11:45 AM
The Jones Center for Diabetes 
& Endocrine Wellness
265 Sheraton Blvd

Ribbon Cutting
Friday, November 18, 10:00 AM
Macon Swirls
5451 Bowman Road
Suite 230

Ribbon Cutting
Friday, November 18, 3:00 PM
Macon Dentist Office
205 Tom Hill, Sr. Blvd., Suite B

Leadership Macon Family Fun Day
Saturday, November 19
12:00 PM
Mercer University 
Five Star Football Stadium

Thursday, December 1
5:30 - 7:00 PM
State Bank
4219 Forsyth Road

Ribbon Cutting
Friday, December 2, 4:00 PM
Skyblue Entertainment
Macon City Auditorium
415 First Street

Thursday, December 8
4:00 - 7:00 PM
Middle Georgia State University
Professional Sciences Conference Center
100 University Parkway

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, December 15, 2:00 PM
Macon Mayhem Hockey Team
Macon Centreplex
200 Coliseum Drive

For more information about any of our upcoming events, please call 478-621-2000
 Save the Date

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Thursday, December 1
5:30 - 7:00 PM

State Bank
4219 Forsyth Road

Leadership Macon Alumni
Family Fun Day
Mercer Football Tailgate

Saturday, November 19
12:00 Noon

Five Star Stadium

Chamber Member Renewals
Bolingreen Health & Rehab
Bright Ideas Group
Colony Furniture Leasing
Eye Center of Central Georgia, PC
Federalgraphics, LLC
Genesee & Wyoming, Inc.
Georgia Farm Bureau
GHC Mechanical Services INC.
Larger Than Life Chiropractic
Lighthouse Coffee Company
Lintech International
Mercedes Benz/Volvo of Macon
MGTS Lawn Service, LLC
Parish on Cherry Street
Resource Development Systems, LLC
Sears Garage Solutions
Three Rivers Home Health Services, Inc
Total Comfort Cooling & Heating Systems
Truck and Trailer of Macon, Inc.
Virginia College
Walthall Oil Company
It's Election Day
Don't forget to vote Today!
Polls are open from 7AM - 7PM

Click here for a Sample Ballot.
Career Fest 2016
100 BMMG
Career Fest 2016 will be held November 15-16 at the Centreplex. 

Click here for more information.
Georgia Gives Day
GA Gives Day Georgia Gives Day is 
Thursday, November 17!

Make the most of your donations to local nonprofits by giving on this special day.  
Learn more by visiting their website.
Family-2-Family Donations
The Chamber is once again partnering with the Family-2-Family Foundation 
to provide Christmas assistance to military families in need.  We will also be serving as a drop-off location for anyone interested in participating.

Click here to find out all the ways you can help!
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A Message from the President
Mike Dyer
It's hard to believe it is already November and the holiday season is right around the corner.   As we head into this time of  celebration and giving  thanks, I would like to encourage you to support local businesses as well as the organizations in our community that give back throughout the year.  
One of the easiest ways to support local businesses is by
participating in Small Business Saturday November 26 . This initiative was launched by American Express in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop the small, local stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Last year, an estimated $16.2 billion dollars was spent at small, independent businesses on this day!  For every dollar spent with an  independent, local business, 68 cents  remains in the community.  Imagine the  impact we could make if we all committed  to shopping small and shopping locally this holiday season! 
In the spirit of giving, I would like to encourage you to also support the local organizations that do so much good in our community.  This is often a time when they receive many requests and their supplies may be running low.   Georgia Gives Day is an easy and great way to give back.  This year's event will be Thursday, November 17, and all you have to do to participate is make an online donation to the organization(s) of your choice.  

As we strive to make Macon the Best Place For Business, I hope you will consider supporting our small businesses and organizations.  I also hope you will make your voice heard and be sure to VOTE TODAY!  There are many important items on the ballot, including a continuation of the local SPLOST, which the Chamber's Board of Directors unanimously supports.  

Thank you for your support of Macon and for being a valued Chamber member.  

Mike Dyer
President & CEO
Join us for October Business After Hours 

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In partnership with
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Enjoy a presentation by FPD Chamber Musicians,  art displays, 
campus tours, and a Thanksgiving-themed spread from Sage Dining Services.

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for a canned food drive to benefit Daybreak and Storehouse Ministry .

Tuesday, November 15
5:30 - 7:00 PM
First Presbyterian Day School
Clark Fine Arts Center
5671 Calvin Drive

The Chamber of Commerce is grateful for our members and as a special  "Thank You" we invite our members to join us for this special networking event at no charge.* 
However, we ask that you please register in advance.
*An optional $5 donation may be made at the door with all funds benefiting the 
Leadership Macon Scholarship Fund.
Future members are also welcome!  Tickets pay be purchased at the door for $20.00.

Federal Overtime Rule Lunch & Learn
Lunch _ Learn Overtime Rule Changes

Do you know changes to the  Federal Overtime Rule go into
effect on December 1, 2016
Make sure you are prepared!

Join us for this informative  Lunch & Learn presented by Alyssa Peters of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP !
Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive

Wednesday, November 9

12:00 - 1:00 PM

$10 for Members          $20 for Future Members
Price includes lunch
Shop Small
Small Business Saturday is November 26.  
The Chamber encourages you to #ShopSmall and support local businesses this holiday season.

Small businesses can find great (and free) marketing material for the day here!

We want to promote your business!  
If you are planning a special event for 
Small Business Saturday, send the info to spiland@maconchamber.com .
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Please join us for a celebration of our successes at our 156th Annual Meeting.

Thursday, December 8
4:00 PM-Welcome Cocktails
4:30 PM-Annual Meeting
5:45 PM-Cocktail Reception
Middle Georgia State University
Professional Sciences Conference Center
100 University Parkway

Gold Sponsors


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Celebration Sponsors
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Silver Sponsors
BB&T Insurance Services
B&D Industrial
Kumho Tire
L.E. Schwartz
Macon-Bibb County
Navicent Health

$50 Chamber Members                $100 Future Members

Please  RSVP by December 1!
Welcome New Members

Ben Granitz - State Farm
Gentiva Hospice
Kelley, Lovett, Blakey & Sanders
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Macon Dentist Office

Please welcome and support our newest members!
2016 Business & Industry Awards
And the winners are . . .

B_I Awards

. . . going to be announced Wednesday, November 9th!

Like MEDC's Facebook page for all the latest information, including winners and celebration details.
Member Good News & Events
PG Wireless, a Sprint Preferred Retailer, held a ribbon cutting to celebrate their move to a new location at 5005 Riverside Drive, Suite B.  
[Click links for full release]

William S. Hutchings College & Career Academy invites you to learn more about Bibb County Schools' internship program at a complimentary Lunch & Learn with their CTAE Director and Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator, Tuesday, December 6. RSVP by November 14.

Career Fest 2016, presented by 100 Black Men of Macon-Middle Georgia, will be held at the Centreplex November 15-16.

March of Dimes is seeking players and sponsors for their Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament being held Thursday, November 17.

Skyblue Entertainment presents Festival of Praise Tour 2016 Friday, December 2.

Buca di Beppo invites all Chamber members to a free Holiday Mixer, Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Attendees are asked to RSVP.

Magnolia Manor invites you to Mocktails and Music, Thursday, January 12 from 3:30 - 5:00.

The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce is once again partnering with the Family-2-Family Foundation to provide Christmas assistance to military families in need.  Click here for all the ways you can help!

Bibb County District High Schools see gains in graduation rates; Howard High exceeds state graduation rate!

Gary Wheat has been selected as the new President and CEO of the Macon-Bibb Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Congratulations to Bibb County School District Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones! He was recently awarded the Bill Barr Leadership Award by the Georgia School Superintendents Association.

Stacy Campbell has been named the new Vice President of The Cherry Blossom Festival.

TownePlace Suites is pleased to announce the opening of their new Macon location!  Join them for a Ribbon Cutting ceremony, Tuesday, November 15 at 11 AM.
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Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217 
  Telephone: (478) 621-2000 
 Fax: (478) 621-2021

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