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February 9, 2018

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Taking the +One Challenge means you are committed to helping your Chamber grow! Chamber members who recruit a new member will receive a $25 gift card from a Chamber member business for each membership obtained * .  Each month, one lucky recruiter will be promoted on the homepage of for having taken the +One Challenge.  This could be you!
Help your Chamber grow by taking the +ONE CHALLENGE...Recruit a member TODAY!

*Your name must be listed as the recruiter when the completed membership application and payment are submitted.


Tuesday, february 13th
4:30 - 6:00 PM

200 Parkway 575,  Woodstock

Standing Reservation: $40
Save time & money!
This standing reservation covers all
10 Business After Hours networking events in 2018.
Register in advance or pay at the door.


RSVPS due by 5 PM, Friday, February 9th to 
770-345-0400 or

Join us for an hour of lunch & networking with fellow business leaders and your  Chamber President & CEO, Pam Carnes! 
Tuesday, February 27th
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Taqueria Tsunami
915 Ridgewalk Pkwy,  Suite 470
Woodstock,  GA  30188

This networking opportunity will get you out in the community to visit a Chamber Member restaurant while enjoying the company of fellow Chamber Members! 
 $20 (includes lunch)
Reservations are required, and space is limited. 
Only one representative per Chamber Member may attend.
Deadline to register: Noon on Wednesday, 2/26
Refunds are not provided for this event.
Email for more information!

Meet & Eat registration is open to all Chamber Members. 

FRIDAY, March 9th
8:00 - 9:30 AM

The Chambers at City Center 
8534 Main Street, Woodstock 

Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Project Update

Jill Goldberg, Communications Program Manager
Georgia Department of Transportation

Jill Goldberg serves as the department's liaison for all Georgia Express Lanes projects around metro Atlanta as well as the larger Major Mobility Projects. The presentation/Q&A will focus on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, slated to open in late Summer 2018, and the positive regional impact the lanes will bring to Cherokee.  

Breakfast provided. No charge to attend.

RSVP to 770-345-0400 or


Wage & Hour Compliance in the 21st Century

Brad Adler, Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
Tuesday, march 20th
9:00 AM - 11:00 am
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
Terrace Level    
Employers face challenges every day in complying with the web of wage and hour laws that govern their treatment of employees.  As running afoul of wage and hour regulations can be very costly, even for those employers with the best intentions, employers must ensure that their wage and hour policies and procedures are compliant with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as well as state wage/hour statutes.  
Please join us for this workshop as we discuss some common mistakes employers make in paying their employees, including:
  • The misclassification of an individual as an exempt employee
  • Taking improper deductions from an exempt employee's salary 
  • Failing to pay hourly employees for all hours worked
  • Reducing the hourly wage of hourly employees below minimum wage
  •  Failing to implement a comprehensive Wage and Hour Policy

Members: $25; after 3/13 : $30
Future Members: $45
or 770-345-0040.  

  Register Online!

To be the premier comprehensive resource for the Cherokee County business community.
To promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life.

Digital Marketing Conference Brings Amazon, Facebook to Kennesaw State

Amazon, Facebook, Yelp, MailChimp, ReachLocal, WorldPay and other high-profile companies are sending experts to the 2018 Digital Marketing Conference at the UGA Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University (UGA SBDC at KSU) to teach small business owners how they can use digital marketing strategies to better connect with new and existing customers.

The 2018 Digital Marketing Conference on Friday, April 6 at the KSU Center features speakers from some of the largest and most influential players in the digital marketing space. Co-hosted with the UGA SBDC International Trade Center, the full-day conference will show attendees how social media, email marketing platforms, online payment systems, and other technologies can help grow their businesses at home and abroad.

Keynote speaker Cynthia Williams, Vice-President of Fulfillment for Amazon, will discuss how her company's fulfillment services give small businesses the freedom to market their products to a wider audience, with Amazon managing all of the warehousing and shipping. Amazon is also sending a representative of their international fulfillment team to talk about putting international customers within reach.

"It's exciting to have two people from Amazon speaking at the conference, especially with Atlanta being on the top 20 list of potential cities for Amazon's new headquarters," says Drew Tonsmeire, area director for the UGA SBDC at KSU.  Other speakers at the 2018 Digital Marketing Conference include:
  • Marjory Laymon, Amazon Global Selling
  • Kevin Gottlieb, Facebook
  • Genna Gold, Yelp
  • Ariana Hargrave, MailChimp
  • Zac Ebrams, Worldpay
  • Kristin Carlbom, ReachLocal
  • Kim Joyce, ReachLocal
  • Jessica Ludolph, Owner, Ludolph Social, and Digital Marketing Instructor, Emory University
  • Manu Muraro, Founder, DIY Social - Your Social Team, and Former Marketing Director, King of Pops
  • Zach Allen,
Conference sessions will cover a wide range of digital marketing concepts, including using Instagram to engage with customers, growing a business with positive Yelp reviews, implementing an effective email marketing campaign, accepting international payments, reaching clients on social media, and adapting marketing copy to appeal to customers around the world.

The conference is open to everyone.

Friday, April 6, 2018

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

KSU Center
Room 400
3333 Busbee Dr.
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Cost:  $149
Just $99 if you register by March 15 - a $50 savings!
After March 15th, $149

Hosted by the UGA SBDC at Kennesaw State University and the UGA SBDC International Trade Center. 

For more information, contact Carole Arnold at or 470.578.6450.

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Ned Castleberry's Office & Kelly Geiken's Office
7:00 AM 

Advanced Registration: $17 
On-Site Registration : $22
Future-Member Registration: $30  
NH-C Conference Center 
located in the 
Cherokee Co. Administration Bldg 
1130 Bluffs Parkway 
Canton, GA 30114  
 RSVPS due by 3 PM, Tuesday, February 27th to 
770-345-0400 or

Join us for an hour of fast paced networking with fellow business leaders as well as the Chamber's 2018 Chair, Julianne Rivera, and Chamber President/CEO, Pam Carnes! Before the hour ends, you will have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear!

Don't forget to bring items for the share table!

Thursday, March 15th
10:00 - 11:00 am

Chamber Members:  $5
Future Members: $10
Payable at the door.  No reservation required.

Chamber of Commerce Board Room
3605 Marietta Highway, Canton 

You are invited to attend a

Candidate Forum

Sponsored by:
Cherokee County Farm Bureau
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
& Cagle's Family Farm

Tuesday, May 1st
6:00 PM

Cagle's Family Farm at Conns Creek
5267 Conns Creek Rd, Ball Ground

All local, state and national candidates running for office in 2018 are invited to attend. Each candidate will have the opportunity to speak if they have opposition. Those candidates with no op-position will be introduced. Questions from the audience will follow. Current elected officials will also be introduced. Everyone will have time to meet & greet the candidates before and after the event. Homemade ice cream will be served by Boy Scout Troop #465. Soft drinks, water and peanuts will be provided by Cherokee County Farm Bureau.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 27th
to the Cherokee County Farm Bureau Office
770-479-1481, Ext 0 or
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce | 770-345-0400 | |
3605 Marietta Highway
Canton, GA 30114