Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce

Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce
April 2016

Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce aims to serve the needs of its membership in order to advance the economic development and enhance the quality of life for Thomson-McDuffie County.

2016 Board of Directors
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Message from the Chairman 

This is an exciting time for Thomson & McDuffie County! With new leadership in Debbie Jones at the Chamber of Commerce & Matt Morris at Forward McDuffie joining Elizabeth Vance at the Convention & Visitors Bureau, we are preparing for a great year in 2016.

Upcoming events include our Administrative Professionals Luncheon on April 27, several Masters Week events April 4-10, the 23rd annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival May 7 & the Farmers Market which will open the first week in June. Mark your calendars now & plan to attend!

I'd like to thank all of our Chamber members for their continued support. With your help, we will continue our mission to make Thomson & McDuffie County a thriving place to live & do business!

Skip Griffin
2016 Chairman
Welcome New Chamber Members
Sizzling Signs Phoenix Printing
Augusta Coca-Cola Priscilla Callaway
Jared Mitchell, MD
University General Surgery 
Journal on the Green Antiques & Arts
Mark Your Calendars

Ribbon Cutting for Healing Hands Physical Therapy Centers, Inc.

Wednesday, April 13th @ 10:00 a.m.

Administrative Professionals Luncheon
Wednesday, April 27th  @ 11:45 a.m.
Thomson First United Methodist Church
Chamber Ambassadors
Our primary vision as the Co-Chairpersons for the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce's Ambassadors Program is to lead the Ambassadors as goodwill representatives of the Chamber at a variety of Chamber functions. This energetic group helps maintain contact with other Chamber members while promoting the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce and its purpose.

In some instances, Ambassadors are the first contact that new members have upon joining The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.  Ambassadors integrate members into the Chamber's programs and services by meeting and greeting members at Business After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings and other events. They help with membership retention through personal contact and keeping new members as informed and involved as possible. They promote attendance and participation at Chamber Events. Only with this kind of commitment can the group achieve its goals and maintain its standard of excellence and service to the Chamber.

We hold monthly Ambassador Luncheons on the first Wednesday of each month.  If you or someone in your organization is interested in participating in the program please contact me at 706-975-2118.
Martie Ewest & Wayne Parham
Board of Directors &
Co-Chairpersons of the Chamber Ambassadors

Leadership McDuffie

The 2016 session of Leadership McDuffie is in progress and has been going strong since January. This year's class consists of 19 motivated members from our community, who are passionate about learning the challenges and opportunities in Thomson and McDuffie County. This class started their journey in January as the Leadership McDuffie Board of Directors hosted a weekend retreat in Helen, GA. During the retreat Dr. John Coleman, a team building expert, and Mr. Matt Forshee, East Georgia Community & Economic Development Manager of Georgia Power, led sessions that educated and strengthened the team's core. Since that time the class has participated in State Government and Local Education sessions.   
In February the class toured the State Capital where they had a question/ answer session with Representative Barry Fleming, and were able to get a photo opp with Governor Nathan Deal. They also visited the Georgia Power resource center for economic development where Mr. Matt Forshee and his crew educated the class on community statistics and procedures dealing with local area development. During the March session the class visited Thomson- McDuffie Middle School, Briarwood Academy and the aviation department of Augusta Tech. Leaders from our community educated the class on facility and program highlights along with current statistics dealing with their areas of expertise.

The class will continue to hold monthly sessions until the June graduation date. During the graduation ceremony, the current class will give a professional presentation for the Leadership McDuffie Board of Directors and special guests on the official 2016 Class Project. The class project is currently underway in our community. Keep an eye out for the new Norris and downtown areas to catch a glimpse of what is developing. 
Did you know...
 All Chamber Members have access to the Member Center located on the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber website.  We would like you all to utilize this site to network with other businesses as well as promote yours.  You will have access to the membership directory, post job openings and advertise hot deals you have going on at your business.  This is a great way for you to advertise and communicate with other chamber members. If you have any questions on how to access the Member Center, please contact Debbie Jones, Executive Director.