Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce

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Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce August 2016 Membership Directory

If you need a change made to your listing, please let the Chamber know...(229) 423-9357
A ribbon cutting was held for PruittHealth on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
PruittHealth is a new member of the Chamber of Commerce and we look forward
to working with them.

The Bellamy Brothers at the Historic Grand Theatre in
Fitzgerald, GA on August 25th!

Anyone want to win a Grand Concert Promotions T-Shirt!?!?

All you have to do is post yourself or your group playing/singing your favorite Bellamy Brothers song and a T-Shirt is yours
(while supplies last)!

Ready .... Set ..... Go!

The Chamber and Development Authority accepted the challenge!

 The link below is to a blog post detailing the Max Service  class we will be holding in Fitzgerald.   

Thank you Robert & Timothy for being part of the Chamber family!

The Chamber is proud to have Tift Regional Center  
as a Silver Sponsor!

Why Buying Local Is Worth Every Cent

Over 12,000 professional artisans (we call them Makers) use CustomMade to connect with Buyers and grow their business. These Makers are true small business owners that can offer custom Creations - from cabinets, to engagement rings, to upholstery and more - completely bespoke to a Buyer's need or dream. But with the option of big box retail saturating our markets, why go custom and support local, small business? Well, when thinking of our economy and environment, here's something to consider.


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If you truly want to become involved, we suggest you join various Chamber of Commerce committees. Committees need your input. You probably talk to one hundred business owners and residential customers per week.

They know you, they trust you and they generally speak their mind to you. When these associates, business customers and business people talk to politicians, it's a more tactful type conversation. When they talk to Chamber of Commerce staff, they tend to also choose their words more carefully. When they talk to you, it's more point blank, to the point, blunt and the reality of the way they really feel. You'll never get a sugar coated answer to a small business dilemma from an actual owner. They'll tell you how they feel. Whether they are happy or mad about an issue. You also are the eyes and ears of the community with its residences.

When you come to these committees you bring knowledge. You will soon find your ideas, observations and personal opinion are paramount. You are the most valuable tool a chamber committee could ever hope to have.

However, you need to ask yourself, "Do you have the extra time?" If you don't, don't volunteer. There is nothing worse than a committee member who volunteers and then doesn't pull through when he or she is needed. If you have the time you will be repaid in new business contacts and customers and the feeling of knowing you made the difference.
As always the Chamber is here to support our businesses and community. We understand from time to time we experience events in our community that may cause us alarm.  A few such events have occurred and we would like to take this opportunity to share a few helpful hints with you.

A popular song lyric from the 1960s proclaims, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone." That situation could indeed be the case for many owners of obsolete but still widely used T12 fluorescent lighting systems. As part of its ongoing quest to improve energy efficiency in the United States, the Department of Energy's rule making of 2009 will eliminate most of the remaining commonly used types of T12 linear fluorescent lamps by July 14, 2012.

The reason is those lamps' relative inefficiency compared to their more energy-efficient alternatives.

The Chamber wants to make it easy for our members to
change out the old bulbs with the new ones!

Pick up the new bulbs at the Chamber's office....FREE for our Chamber members!

For applications, please email or you can leave your email on our FACEBOOK page and we will send it right to you!  
Thanks for your support!!

The welcome mat is always out in Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County, and especially at your Chamber of Commerce. The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome you to Fitzgerald! We are pleased that you have chosen to visit our community.

Please contact us at (229) 423-9357 or browse our web site for information on our facilities, parks, services, and local & regional links.

Fitzgerald is a friendly town, and we hope you enjoy your visit!

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Danny & the Jets
Concert in the Park
(Downtown Fitzgerald)
September 15, 2016
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It is with much excitement and great anticipation that we announce the Fitzgerald Harmony Jubilee! The fifth annual Harmony Jubilee will take place on November 11-12, 2016 at Paulk Park. The Harmony Jubilee is an event comprised of many facets. This year will include Hot Air Balloon events, an Outdoor Concert, and an Artisans Market.

November 11, 2016 
Wine & Cheese Tasting and Balloon Glow Event 
Turkey Creek | 330 Ocilla Hwy | Fitzgerald, Ga 

You are invited to attend a very special evening of wine & cheese tasting, live music, and a private balloon glow at Turkey Creek. The wine & cheese tasting will be accompanied by live music and a display featuring some of the items available on Saturday at the Harmony Jubilee Artisan Market. The private hot air balloon glow will take place out on the golf course. This is a sight you do not want to miss! Turkey Creek is planning a special menu for this evening to be available at an additional cost. This will truly be a memorable evening! Tickets are $15/person and will be available at Turkey Creek, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Arts Council beginning October 28th.

The Harmony Jubilee committee is proud to announce there will be several entertainers to perform for this event on Saturday.

The Artisans Market will feature artisans from various locations and will be open throughout the course of the weekend. Everyone is welcome to explore this market and discover what special talents and items the artisans have to offer.

Children are encouraged to come participate in the Kids Zone activities that are sure to make memories for children of all ages.

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