Welcome New Members!
Burton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
212 GA Highway 49 - Suite 1200
Byron, Georgia 31008
(478) 391-1541
Lunsford Plumbing 
1104 E Wesley Chapel Rd
Byron, Georgia 31008
(478) 550-4919
Peavy Properties
301 Main Street 
Byron, Georgia 31008
(478) 919-0171
Prime One Supplements, LLC 
212 Highway 49 N - Suite 2000
Byron, Georgia 31008
(307) 421-4115
Signature Cabling Services, Inc.
305 Greenbriar Drive
Byron, Georgia 31008
(844) 622-8749
July's Featured Business
News Around Town
Peach County Schools
2021-2022 Opening Session
"What Matters Most!"
Mrs. Deborah Faulkner named
Peach County Schools' 2021-2022
District Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations, Mrs. Faulkner!
Recognition of Peach County Schools' 2021-2022 Teachers of the Year
Whitney Knight, Byron Elementary School, Courtney Jackson, Hunt Elementary School
Deborah Faulkner, Kay Road Elementary - District Teacher of the Year
Kristen Wang, Byron Middle School
Russell Coleman, Peach County High School
Exceptional teachers from each school in the Peach County district were recognized at the Opening Session held at the new Peach County High School on Highway 49 on July 27, 2021. Chuck Miller, Peach County High School Class of 1988 gave a commentary on the subject of "Then" and reviewed some of his fond memories of growing up in Peach County and attending its schools. The "Now" review was given by Ms. Courtney Smith, a student who will be part of the first graduating class at the new high school in 2022. She spoke about her goals and dreams and encouraged those in attendance to look ahead to a bright future. Other guest speakers included Mr. Steven Franklin, Owner, Chick-fil-A, in Byron.
List of Broadband Ready Communities Grows with Addition of Peach County
Similar to small towns across Georgia, Peach County was not immune from the struggles of COVID-19, and as an interstate community, travel reductions greatly impacted local revenues and job prospects. Broadband access, another issue highlighted by the pandemic, became a necessity for many individuals to stay employed given the changes within the rapid service sector. 

With the Broadband designation, Peach County is now recognized as a Broadband Ready city/and or county whose local government has completed the application and demonstrated compliance with the adoption of a local comprehensive plan inclusive of the deployment of broadband services and a Broadband Model Ordinance. 
Robins Air Force Base Small Business Outreach and First Look Workshop
The Air Force First Look Program's Goal is to give local small businesses the "First Look" to compete!

The First Look Workshop is focused on educating various Government procurement officials as well as the local community small businesses about the opportunities presented by First Look. The First Look Program was created by the United States Air Force in an effort to put a spotlight on small businesses around the country that are local to an Air Force base.

As Government officials search sites to fulfill requirements, the sites will highlight local small businesses that offer that product first. The United States Air Force has partnered with Amazon, Grainger, and others in providing an eCommerce approach to this program.

This workshop will be kicked off by Maj. General Cameron G. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Washington, D.C. Following the First Look Workshop, there will be various units from Robins Air Force Base set up at booths to discuss their missions with small businesses and answer any questions from industry on how they could help support the mission.

When: August 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Century Of Flight Hanger at The Museum of Aviation
1942 Heritage Blvd
Robins AFB, GA 31098
Data and Strategies for Reaching Unemployed and Underemployed Individuals Webinar
Following an unprecedented and challenging year, Georgia’s employers are looking for employees with a variety of skills and talent to fill vacancies. One potential strategy to meet the needs of employers is to utilize programs and strategies to recruit, train, and support unemployed or underemployed workers.

This webinar will provide labor market data context for this topic, explore success models from across Georgia to reach unemployed/underemployed individuals and integrate them into the workforce, and share best practices.

When: Aug 26, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Where: Webinar - on your computer
Georgia Chamber Presents:
Future of Georgia Summit & Reimagined NGE Tour
Join the Georgia Chamber in Columbus Georgia on August 10-11, 2021, as we unpack the current state of our economy. This event will host expert leaders to highlight key factors impacting growth while offering up foundations and foci that the business community must consider as we reimagine a new, more inclusive and resilient future, together. During this program, the Georgia Chamber will conduct a Reimagined New Georgia Economy (NGE) Tour polling session for region 8 of the state.

WHEN: August 10, 2021
WHERE: Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center
801 Front Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901

For a copy of the latest agenda, please CLICK HERE.
Business Resources: Potential Tax Credits
If your business was and continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and you continued to pay your employees, then you may be eligible for the Employee Retention Tax Credit. Both for-profit and non-profit entities are eligible for this refundable credit if you’ve experienced either:

  1. the full or partial suspension of the operation of your trade or business during any calendar quarter because of governmental orders limiting commerce, travel or group meetings due to COVID-19, or
  2. a significant decline in gross receipts.

If eligible, this could mean refundable credits up to $5,000 per employee for 2020 and $7,000 per employee, per quarter for 2021

Contact Nick Bruner, CPA, CFE, CVA at nbruner@rushtonandcompany.com or (770) 287-7800 to learn more and find out if you are eligible for this credit.

Disclaimer: The Peach Regional Chamber seeks to provide access to recommendations, regulations, services, and expertise to its members. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this mission remains constant. Prior to acting, members should consult their own professional advisors for information and counsel specific to the individual and unique situations faced by organizations, individuals, and corporations. The opinions, interpretations and recommendations of the Peach Regional Chamber Of Commerce are informational only and should not be relied upon by the recipient as legal or professional advice. The Peach Regional Chamber Of Commerce makes no representations as to the accuracy or reliability of the content contained herein. Users of this information accept all risks associated with the use of such information and agree that the Peach Regional Chamber Of Commerce has no liability to user.
Community Engagement & Announcements
Burton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Thursday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m. 
212 Ga Highway 49 - Suite 1200
Peavy Properties
Tuesday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. 
104 West Heritage Blvd. South Byron 
Upcoming Events!
Community Meeting - You're Invited!
2021 Boy Scouts of America
Golden Eagle Award Dinner
The 2021 Boy Scouts of America Golden Eagle Award Dinner will be held on August 12, 2021 at Valley View Barn in Byron, GA.

Ms. Minnie R. Booker, will be honored at the event.

If you would like to purchase tickets to the event or if your business would like to sponsor a table, please contact Garrett Williams at (478) 235-1689 or via email at Garrett.Williams@scouting.org.
Grants & Funding Programs
Each month, our economic development partner Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) puts out a comprehensive list of grants and funding opportunities for businesses, etc. In an effort to help serve our business community, we pass this valuable information along to our members! If you are interested in reading about what is available, click here for the July list. For more information, you can visit ECG's website here. All sorts of opportunities so check it out!
Business Services & Announcements
2021 Board of Directors
Executive Committee:
Chair - Lisa Martin
Vice-Chair - Bobby Barnes
Treasurer - Wade Yoder
Secretary - Jennifer Cox
President - Jillian Bowen

Board Members:
Sylvia Jones
Wallace Keese
James Lassetter
Tim Wilson
Andrew Taunton