August 2016
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Message from the Chairman 

By the time you read this newsletter, the Farmer's Market will have completed another successful summer run. July 30th was the final day of this year's market, and we had a great time despite the unrelenting heat! Many thanks to our wonderful vendors, the Chamber of Commerce representatives who volunteered their time to make the market run smoothly, the patrons who supported the market, and the City of Thomson for again allowing us to use the Depot and assisting in the logistics to get the market up and running.
I'd like to extend a special "Thank You!" to Scoutmaster Bill Hopkins & the Boy Scouts of Troop #125. This year the scouts (& parents) volunteered to setup and take down the tables for the market each Saturday. In addition, they also churned ice cream, provided breakfast biscuits, and helped in every way possible to make the market an even bigger success.
We have the Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday, September 23rd at Belle Meade. Please mark your calendars & plan to participate!
Mark Your Calendars

Faith, Hope and Love Christian Gifts and More
 Tuesday, August 2nd
Noon - 1:30 pm
654 Main St. Suite 2 
(Carriage Lane) 
America's Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, August 2nd
210 Railroad Street
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Human Resource
Tuesday, August 16th
One Stop Career Center
7:45 am - 9:00 am

Family Care Group
Wednesday, August 17th
Opening of Additional Office
2508 University Dr.
Noon - 1:30 pm

Golf Tournament
Friday, September 23rd
Registration: 11:00 am
Belle Meade Country Club
Click Here to sign up

University Hospital McDuffie
Thursday, September 15th
2460 Washington Rd.
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thomson Farmers Market Comes to a Close

The Thomson Farmers Market came to a close this past Saturday.  Even though it was an unusually hot Summer, the community came out consistently to support our local growers.  This was no doubt a success and a positive for Thomson. 

Several have asked for information on some of the vendors that were at the market, and we want you to know that they will be posting to the Thomson Farmers Market Facebook page.  Even though the market is closed until next Summer, we want you to still have access to these vendors and also help support them in their endeavors.  

Again, THANK YOU McDuffie County for supporting your Chamber and the Thomson Farmers Market!
Get Ready for the Camellia City Festival! 

Plans are in place to hold the Camellia City Festival (formerly known as the Festival Off Main) December 3rd.  Invitations have been sent out to vendors of all types, and we're already receiving applications back to attend!  We are also reaching out to local businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations to participate in this event to create a fun-filled day for the citizens of McDuffie County and surrounding counties.

We will continue to have the Tree Lighting Ceremony the Thursday before the festival at the Thomson Depot.  Also, we'll have the Breakfast with Santa, Tour of Homes and the Christmas Parade.  So go ahead and make your plans for the 1st weekend in December to create Christmas magic in downtown Thomson.

Please contact the Chamber to find out how to get involved or click here for more information
Ribbon Cuttings
Welcome Priss Pots and Tots Children's Boutique!

Tourism Update

The Thomson-McDuffie County Tourism Board has placed an audio interpretation box at the Wrightsboro Church. The next time you are in the area, stop by and learn about the migration of the settlers to the area, William Bartram's travels through the area, the Creek Indians and frontier life, and what happened to the area after the Quakers left. Look for more of these boxes coming in the future!
White Hills Farm's Farm Friday events have become so popular, they will continue year round. Demonstrations are held at 10am in the Lavender Barn and you can stop by to purchase products anytime between 10am and 6pm on Fridays. Proprietor, Lisa Kessler was recently the featured artisan at William Sonoma in Augusta. Come out and learn a little (or a lot) about herbs!  

Thomson-McDuffie Tourism Advisory Board
We're looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen the Thomson-McDuffie Tourism Advisory Board. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership one day a month, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please send a brief biography that includes relevant experience and how that experience will benefit Thomson-McDuffie and the local tourism community. Submissions must be suitable for distribution to the Thomson-McDuffie Tourism Board.
We're especially looking for folks who have a positive outlook on the community and a desire to create awareness within our community of the value of tourism and the products and services that we offer to our visitors.
Time Commitment: Board terms are for 3 years. Directors are required to attend nine regular scheduled Board meetings within a 12 month period.

Send your submissions to:
Elizabeth Vance
Thomson-McDuffie Tourism
149 Main St. Thomson, GA 30824

Georgia Chamber of Commerce News
Thursday, August 25, 2016   |   9:00-10:00 a.m.

The outcome of the upcoming elections will undoubtedly have repercussions on Georgia's business community. Are you aware of which candidates are for, or against the issues that matter to your business?

Join Eileen Braden, vice president of the Political Affairs and Federation Relations Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as she shares her observations on the current national political environment. She will identify some of the key issues of concern in races across the country, and provide an overview of candidates, the issues they're advocating for, and what implications they have for your business. A Q&A will follow, so you'll have a chance to learn more about the issues you're most concerned about.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce News

On  Wednesday, August 3rd , please join us on a  conference call to discuss the 2016 Elections and the business community's collective efforts to maintain pro-business majorities in t he House and Senate. During this completely unprecedented election cycle, the support of the Federation will be critical. We invite you to join us for this call to learn more about the Chamber's voter education program, preview our Get-Out-The-Vote Civic Center, and learn how your community can take part in ensuring jobs and growth are on the ballot this November.
Conference Call: 2016 Election Update 
Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, August 3, at 2 p.m. ET
Register Here >
2016 will be a pivotal year not just for politics, but for charting the course of our nation's economic growth for years to come. With your input we can make sure that the collective voice of business is heard in support of leaders who value free enterprise and policies that will grow the American economy.
Please join us next Wednesday. We look forward to speaking with you.

Click here to register >
Thank you.


Rob Engstrom SVP
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Economic Developers Association

Small Business ROCK STAR Awards Applications Open: August 1-October 31, 2016

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) have once again teamed together to recognize the outstanding, unique and impacting small businesses in the state of Georgia.

This unique endeavor for Georgia is a huge success only because of the small businesses that impact Georgia every day...the risks, the innovation, the outreach, the impact, the reasons why...all of these qualities abound in Georgia and we want to recognize them at the March 20, 2017, GEDA Luncheon.

Click  here for past winners. 

Any type of Georgia-based small business is invited to apply. Nominate your own company or another great Georgia small business

You must employ under 100.

If you have been assisted by your local or state resources, you will receive bonus points (see nomination form for further explanation).

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION FORM NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 31, 2016. ONLY THE WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY JANUARY 1, 2017. Winners will be expected to attend the March 20, 2017, luncheon.
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