Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce

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March 2016

Business of the Month

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A ribbon cutting/grand opening was held Thursday, March 31 at
The Central Market located at 105 E. Central Ave.

If you have not visited The Central Market you are missing out...Cindy has everything you would need for your home decoration and more!
Tell her the Chamber sent you!



The 2016 Fitzgerald Lions Club Scholarship is ready for applicants! We encourage all seniors to contact counselor Karen Hewitt at Fitzgerald High School to apply! All applications submitted must be the current 2016 application and are due by April 14, 2016. The scholarship will be presented to the winner at the FHS Honor's Night. 
The Kiwanis Club of Fitzgerald provides two (2) scholarships each year. Applications may be obtained from Karen Hewatt at Fitzgerald High School and the deadline is April 15th. The scholarships will be presented at the Honors Night Banquet on May 16th. For information, please see or contact Karen Hewatt, Fitzgerald High School Counselor at 229-409-5530.

The Fitzgerald - Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce
is like a chair because:

* a chair has a back and the chamber has your back
* a chair has legs and the chamber takes a stand for you
* a chair has arms and the chamber is your extended reach

T-Shirt Friday @ the Chamber!


The staff at the Chamber would love to advertise your business on Fridays by wearing your business T-Shirt...we will post the pictures of the staff with your t-shirts on all our social media and feature it in the Friday News.
Let the Chamber know if you would like to participate in
T-Shirt Friday!
T-Shirt Friday - April 8, 2016 -  Turkey Creek Dining & Golf  

 Helping Light the Way 2016 Relay For Life of Ben Hill County

This year, remember or honor loved ones, friends, coworkers, parents, children... anyone who has lost the battle or who is fighting the hardest battle of all- the one to CANCER. It will touch each of us at sometime. For many, it will become our battle.
The American Cancer Society holds Relay For Life for just that very reason:
we want to
celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to cancer, and fight back against the disease . The Luminaria Ceremony helps us to do all of those things.
As darkness falls on April 15, 2016 spectators will stand in silence and in peace. The glow of hundreds of luminaria candles will circle the Relay track at the Fitzgerald High School. Each luminaria will reflect light for the names of those we have lost and shine for cancer survivors.
This year, light a Candle of Hope or Remembrance, and join us at the Relay For Life on April 15, 2016.

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We have been very busy. We have added 11 new members. Thus far we have 24 renewals. We have had ribbon cuttings, celebrated the business of the month and have a number of after hours/ribbon cuttings coming up within the next month.

The week of March 7th we attended the celebration for the STAR student and teacher in Valdosta. STAR student is Ross Wynn and STAR teacher is Derrick Smith.

I have been granted the privilege to attend the Georgia Academy for Economic Development over the next few months. This academy will enable me to better identify and proactively address pressing issues in our community.

The Women's Business Network met Thursday, April 7, 2016.
Sandra Chaney, Walker Printing Company
was the guest speaker.

Twenty women came and enjoyed lunch, wonderful speaker and fellowship.

The next meeting will be Thursday, May 5, 2016, if you are interested in attending give the Chamber a call 229-423-9357.

Turkey Creek salutes America and we salute our chamber member
Turkey Creek!

Have you ever arrived at your hotel room and thought, where do I go to get a good meal,shop & find enterainment? Well the Chamber has the answer for anyone that is visiting our community and staying in one of our Hotels, Bed & Breakfast & etc.

Holley has worked hard on getting the Hotel Information Sheet to all of our members that operate any overnight stay.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
9:00 am-10:00 am

Learn about new labor regulations and rules going into effect, including a look at exempt vs.  non-exempt employees, independent contractor classification, federal changes and more as we arm employers with the information they need to navigate the ever changing rules.

Small Business QuickFacts

Georgia is the place for small business. Did you know that there are 865,649 registered establishments in Georgia (SOS: 4/1/16)? See more QuickFacts, download the PDF file , and get the latest emailed directly to your inbox.
  • There are 865,649 registered establishments in Georgia (SOS: 4/1/16)
  • According to the GA Dept. of Labor, 287,850 business establishments represented GA employment in the first quarter of 2015; of those:
    • 99.8% are categorized as small (fewer than 500 employees)
    • 97.6% employed fewer than 100
    • 94.6% employed fewer than 50
    • 77.7% employed fewer than 10
Promoting the success and profitability of our members through involvement, education, advocacy, and marketing of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County area business community.

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Community Banking Company of Fitzgerald has been proudly serving Fitzgerald and the surrounding area for 20 years! Come celebrate with them at the main office on Friday, April 15th, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with fun, food, fellowship, and GREAT PRIZES!

Serenity's Day Spa

This hot pink monogram is POPPING on the white corkcicle tumbler! Call them to place your order today!! 229-426-0020

806 S. Main Street
Fitzgerald, GA  31750

(229) 426-0020

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Since Fitzgerald/Ben Hill County has been featured in Georgia Trend Magazine

July 2016 our community will be featured!

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