Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce
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Hometown Hardware
Business of the Month
May 2015

                Hometown Hardware, owned and operated by Steve Mixon, opened in its current location, 144 Jacksonville Highway, in 1992. They serve many purposes other than carrying general hardware. They also are a UPS drop-off point. They carry live plants and garden seed as well as live fishing bait. They also have many different kinds of rental equipment. Not pictured is employee Amanda Hasty.


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Stop by and visit Steve and his staff, tell him the Chamber sent you!

Ribbon Cutting 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

You are invited to attend a Ribbon Cutting for Jenn & Jades on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

They are located at 608 S. Grant Street, beside Holt's Bakery. Please make every effort to attend and welcome Jennifer and her staff to our community. Jenn & Jade's is the newest member of the Chamber!

The Chamber is excited to have Jennifer Fletcher and her new business as part of the Chamber!

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Over the past year, I have been asked often, "Are y'all bringing in any new jobs yet?" I always have to reply, "We are working hard to get them here though you may not be able to see the results yet!" When new jobs are not readily evident, the conclusion could be drawn that the Chamber and the Development Authority are not doing their jobs properly. May I take a minute to clarify?

I am beginning to think that there are many similarities between economic development and speed dating; though please let me assure you that I have not had experience in speed dating. From what I understand, in speed dating, all interested parties put on their best clothes, showcase their best features, and make themselves as attractive as possible for a quick preliminary meeting.


They do this throughout the evening with many potential suitors. At the end of the evening, they are then able to choose several suitors that they would like to get to know better based on the impression they gained from the first interview.

As they develop the relationship a bit more, either suitor may discover that there are characteristics about the other person that makes the match less compatible, and maybe the relationship goes no further. In some cases, however, they begin dating seriously and entertain the hope of a bright future together. Sometimes the dating will end with a diamond ring on the finger and a trip down the aisle; however, a commitment is not always guaranteed to follow even after a wonderful relationship.

Economic development happens the same way.  Often companies will be looking at many different communities to "settle down with." The company and the prospective community both put their best feet forward, and sometimes they progress toward a promising relationship. No matter how promising the relationship seems, situations can arise that make the match incompatible, or other communities may just look better to the prospect.


Does the fact that a company does not settle in a community mean that the Chamber or the Development Authority did not do its job? No! We are still working diligently to make ourselves as attractive as possible to new businesses. We are continually putting Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County's assets out there. We just have to keep at it until a company considers us to be its "Perfect Match."

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Over half of our revenue each year comes from member contributions. We could not exist without your help. Thank you for your continued support in our mission and your economic future.


Our focus is first and foremost to further the business interest of our members. We are committed to you.


Fitzgerald Pig Pickin'


BBQ Cook-off


June 13, 2015

9:00 a.m. Start Time

KCBS sanctioned cooking competition


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Did you know that there are children in our own community who leave school on Friday and do not have a good meal until they return to school on Monday? Yes, there are children who are hungry right here in Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County.


Backpack Blessings, a ministry of Arbor Baptist Church, is a local charity serving these local children. You can get more information on how to donate to this very worthy cause by calling Janice Guy at 468-0985. All money is spent on our community's children!  


You can also drop donations off at the Chamber's office - 121 E. Pine Street


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Custom Made Grill
by: Colonial Ironworks

Drawing to be held
June 13, 2015
at the Fitzgerald Pig Pickin'

Do Not Have To Be Present To Win

$5.00 Donation
5 for $20.00

All Proceeds to benefit
Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce

Tickets are available at the Chamber's office
121 E. Pine Street, Fitzgerald, GA  31750

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