Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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May 2016
Business of the Month

Garrett Nelms - Manager
Happy Memorial Day!  Please be aware that our offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th, for the Holiday. 
We will reopen on Tuesday and will return any messages then. 
Thank you for your understanding and we hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Please join our Community on Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park on Central Avenue to honor those who have given their lives in service to their country.

Our job at the Chamber is to be the voice of our members.  We're not here for politics; however we are very interested in your views concerning governmental actions that may impact you, our members. There has been a good deal of discussion lately about studying City and County Government Consolidation, and we want to know how our members feel.
Please take a few minutes to answer these questions.  Your responses are anonymous and will help us gauge how the business community views consolidation. Although we are not a government agency, we are the voice of our members and will share your concerns accordingly.  
Please complete the survey by clicking on the following link: 

Please complete the survey by May 31, 2016.

Thank you for your membership support and for allowing us to serve your Chamber needs.

The Chamber is proud to have Fitzgerald Utilities as a
Gold Sponsor of the Chamber!

Check out the YouTube video Holley, Membership Support Service Coordinator
did to showcase Fitzgerald Utilities.

Fitzgerald Utilities
Fitzgerald Utilities

Contact Holley to find out how to get your business a YouTube Video...

Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County has a historical treasure in our Grand Theatre.  Todd Damato and I had the idea to add to its many current uses by putting on "The Grand Concert Series".  We are looking for sponsors to help launch this concert series.  We are offering businesses an advertising opportunity to be on the ground floor of something that could possibly turn into a huge event for our town.  The long term goal is a weekend-long music festival, but we feel that starting small and working our way to the ultimate goal is the best move for several reasons. 

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Look who had to try on the Top Hat from Engelmann Men's Store....
our own Steve O'Neal.

The Chamber's staff and membership wish Steve a speedy recovery!


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 - May 27, 2016 - Planters First Bank 
Thank you Planters First Bank - Debra Weil
 for providing the Chamber with T-Shirts
& for allowing us to Showcase your Business!

Promoting the success and profitability of our members through involvement, education, advocacy, and marketing of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County area business community.

Have you visited a Business lately give your review...

If you had a problem with a business, please tell us!
If you enjoyed your visit with a business, please tell us! 

The Grand Theatre now has official tumblers to take drinks into the auditorium which will allow us to start serving coffee and hot chocolate (seasonally). The 16 oz tumblers have the theatre logo on them and sell for $10.00 each. The first group are stainless with black accents. The money raised by the sale of these items will go for the retirement of the debt on Big Bart. Buy your tumbler today and bring it to the theatre every time you attend an event. Buy some as gifts, graduates, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Birthdays!
Jon Durkovic, MM, DPO
The Grand Theatre

Your historic gateway to imagination. 
Celebrating 80/105 years of entertainment!

The Chamber is running low on the "Welcome Goodies" that we include in our new member's welcome bag.  
We would love to include your business!
A HUGE thank you to our members that supply "Welcome Goodies" to be included in the Welcome packets I send out.

Thursday - Monday. Swimsuits, Coverups, T-Shirts and Tank all 30% off. All items outside 50%!!

They have four large racks packed with boutique clothing. Includes Tween, Women and Plus sizes. Everything 50% outdoors. Swimsuits, cover-ups, tanks and t-shirts including Lily Grace T-shirts 30% off. You don't want to miss this sale.
Sale starts Thursday, May 26 thru Monday May 30th.

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The Ben Hill Superior Court nor the Sheriff's office DOES NOT call you about missing jury duty nor do we ask you to pay a fine over the phone or send money in any way! This is a scam! Please contact our office if you have a questions about your jury service. 229.426.5135

12th Annual Summer Arts Camp -
"Our Milky Way Solar System"

June 6-10, 2016

Fitz-Ben Hill County
Arts Council presents

June 13-17
Let's Make a
Movie Camp

    June 27-July 1
    Youth Theater
Registration forms may be picked up at The Grand.

Summer Reading Programs for

Children and Teens 

Business Women's Network
THURSDAY, June 2, 2016
12:00 noon - Chamber's Office

Our first family program at the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library will be Storyteller Josie Bailey! Josie's program will bring children into a world of imagination and emphasize a love of language and literature. This program will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 2pm.
The Library is also excited to host a special appearance by the Mobile Dairy Classroom, a fun and educational program operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk. The 30 ft Mobile Dairy Classroom features a fully operational milking parlor containing a live cow used for milking and feeding demonstrations. The goal of the program is to provide children with a better understanding of where milk comes from, how it is processed, the healthy benefits of consuming dairy products and dairy farmers' management of natural resources. This dynamic program will be held on Tuesday, June 7th at 10am.

A new study by financial technology company SmartAsset that looks at where Social Security goes furthest in the America includes the company's picks for the top 10 counties in Georgia.

The study analyzes Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security.

The 10 places in Georgia are:
  1. Greene
  2. Rabun
  3. Catoosa
  4. McIntosh
  5. Dade
  6. White
  7. Oconee
  8. Ben Hill
  9. Monroe
  10. Towns

Article: Atlanta Business Chronicle

 Free summer resource for teachers, students & parents! Free access to PebbleGo's four databases (PebbleGo Animals, PebbleGo Science, PebbleGo Biographies and PebbleGo Social Studies) through August 31!

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