Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce

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January 2017
Business of the Month
Quality Muffler & Repair Shop

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One of the many gifts that will be available at our
91st Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 26, 2017
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Building from the ground up!

Building from the ground up is what we're doing. The collaboration between the school system and Development Authority is strong. WELD really has the potential to be a game changer in our community. Be on the lookout for our young people wearing their WELD t-shirts, and when you see them, acknowledge them for stepping up and entering the workforce. I could say a lot of great things about these kids, yet I believe the words of one of our students is much more compelling:

Mr. Dunn,

I am among the many talented, hard-working Work Based Learning students that is fortunate enough to be apart of the WELD program. The WELD t-shirt that you crafted is a gift that cannot be defined, due to the positive connotation associated with it that will have a long-lasting impact. Your motivation to integrate students into the competitive work force, allows our current youth to gain knowledge of how labor operates and significantly rises our confidence to be independent. Having the opportunity to wear the WELD t-shirt, not only gives students reassurance that beginning a career is worth it but lets community members see it too.

Thank you again for allowing me to be apart of the movement. 

Congratulations to Al & JoAnna Johnson on the  
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting of the  
The Harris House!

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New Hire Solutions is looking for a Branch Manager for our Fitzgerald office. The ideal candidate will be detailed, organized, and able to multitask in a fast paced environment. Previous office management experience is preferred, but not required. Anyone interest can contact Sara Heady, Recruiter for New Hire Solutions at 229-289-2678 or


The Cabinet Warehouse
229 Benjamin Hill DR.
Fitzgerald, GA  31750

A beautiful island addition using Matrix Uptown White cabinets
with a quartz counter top.

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Swingin' Medallions
Friday, February 10, 2017
Grand Theatre
8:00 - 12 midnight

$30.00 per ticket


Saturday, February 18, 2017
Downtown Fitzgerald
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

How Important Are Small Businesses to Local Economies?
by J. Mariah Brown

While small businesses may not generate as much money as large corporations, they are a critical component of and major contributor to the strength of local economies. Small businesses present new employment opportunities and serve as the building blocks of the United States' largest corporations.

A small business is defined as a business (corporation, limited liability company or proprietorship) with 500 employees or less. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Since 1995, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs, and paid 44 percent of the total United States private payroll, according to the SBA.

Economic Growth
Small businesses contribute to local economies by bringing growth and innovation to the community in which the business is established. Small businesses also help stimulate economic growth by providing employment opportunities to people who may not be employable by larger corporations. Small businesses tend to attract talent who invent new products or implement new solutions for existing ideas. Larger businesses also often benefit from small businesses within the same local community, as many large corporations depend on small businesses for the completion of various business functions through outsourcing.

Adaptability to Changing Climates
Many small businesses also possess the ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing economic climates. This is due to the fact that small businesses are often very customer-oriented. Many local customers will remain loyal to their favorite small businesses in the midst of an economic crisis. This loyalty means that small businesses are often able to stay afloat during tough times, which can further strengthen local economies. Small businesses also accumulate less revenue than larger corporations, meaning they may have less to lose in times of economic crisis.

Schools and Local Government Offices
When consumers patronize local small businesses, they are essentially giving money back to their local community. A thriving local business will generate high levels of revenue, which means that the business will pay higher taxes, including local taxes. This money is then used for local police and fire departments as well as schools.

Future Growth
Small businesses do not always stay small. Large corporations, such as Nike and Ben and Jerry's, started off as small businesses that grew to become major players in the national and international marketplace. Many computer-industry leaders began as "tinkerers," working on hand-assembled machines out of their garages. Microsoft is a prime example of how a small business idea can change the world. Small businesses that grow into large businesses often remain in the community in which the business was first established. Having a large corporation headquartered in a community can further help provide employment and stimulate the local economy.

Special Announcement! Tanner Strickland and Joel Jones will be the opening act for the John Anderson Concert at the Historic Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald Georgia on March 16th!

That's not all ..... Megan Fowler will be performing from 5 - 7 in front of the Grand Theatre for the Fitz-Ben Hill Arts Council Street Party!

Holy Cow! What a lineup! Don't miss it!
Tickets are on sale now at and at The Chamber of Commerce in Fitzgerald!

"Seminole Wind"
John Anderson
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