Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce

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The Nominating Committee is accepting recommendations for Chamber Board of Directors members for the 2017 calendar year.
All nominations are due to the Chamber no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. 

After submission, the nominees receiving the most nominations
will be on the ballot for election.

Nominating ballots have been sent out by e-mail and will be
hand delivered to the Chamber members who do not have emails.
Please be on the look out for your ballot. If you did not receive your ballot, please contact the Chamber at 229-423-9357 so we can get one to you.

***Nominees must be a dues paying member in good standing.
Members elected to the Board of Directors
serve a term of three years. 

October 2016

Business of the Month


Fat Daddy's


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Our LAST Treat - Dr. Tom Green & staff

Thank you Bishop's Country Store  & Produce (Delene Bishop)
for the wonderful treat!
In response to Shaw's inevitable closure, the Fitzgerald and Ben Hill Development Authority is working alongside the the GA Department of Economic Development, the GA Department of Labor, and Department of Community Affairs to try and lessen the blow of this news. It is our understanding that there will be assistance with programs such as unemployment, retraining, and possibly mortgage a ssistance for those Shaw employees.

In addition, we are working with our counterparts throug hout the region to assist these employees in finding gainful employment in south Georgia. Within hours of Shaw's announcement, companies from Fitzgerald, Cordele, Douglas, Nashville, and Tifton have contacted our office stating they have opportunities available. In the coming weeks, we anticipate a job fair to be held at which these companies will participate and will be looking to hire qualified people.

As tough as this is, we have to rally together as a community to make ourselves stronger, more marketable, and more competitive to ensure moments such as this are prevented in the future.

For anyone needing further information, please call the Fitzgerald and Ben Hill Development Authority at 229-423-9357.  
A HUGE Thank You!
T-Shirt Friday was a SUCCESS!  
T-Shirt Friday!
T-Shirt Friday!
Please help our Executive Director out!!!!
Let her know you want to help by sending her an email:  

A Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening was held for
Frosty's Bottle Shop on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

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Write it down on your list of fun things to do this month! At Fat Daddy's Bourbon Street Music Company Bar, we're having our 1st Annual MONSTER MASH SMASH HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY on Saturday, October 29th! The BEST COSTUME will win a $100 Fat Daddy's gift certificate!
Second place costume will win a $50 Fat Daddy's gift certificate!

Calling all photographers!
We are looking for current and historical photographs of the
Fitzgerald area to display during an upcoming photography exhibit.
We are collaborating with the Blue and Gray Museum to bring
you an exhibit of photographs to be included in the museum's collection.
Many of these photographs have never been on display.....

Photographs need to be framed or mounted on a mat board. You may begin bringing your photographs Monday, October 24th between 10am - 4pm.
The last day to bring in photographs will be Tuesday, November 1st.

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Dear Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County and surrounding areas,

After many prayers and much consideration, it is with both sadness and excitement that we announce the CLOSING of SPLENDIFEROUS FITZGERALD. We have accepted a long-term lease agreement from FASTENAL. We are not throwing in the towel, but will be further investing in Fitzgerald by expanding and remodeling our building to their specifications. We will continue to own and operate COLONY STORAGE.

We would like to thank our employees, customers and vendors for working with, shopping with and supporting us for the past 4 years and 5 months. From the bottom of our hearts WE THANK YOU and LOVE YOU ALL! Without you, SPLENDIFEROUS would not have been possible. Without you, we would not have had the vision for SPLENDIFEROUS MEXICO BEACH! We will now focus on our new store in Mexico Beach, Florida and continue to focus more on our booth at The French Market in Ashburn, Georgia. With that being said, we will be having a HUGE STOREWIDE CLOSING SALE!!!

Christmas is right around the corner, so NOW is the perfect time to STOCK UP and SAVE like never before! We will have ENORMOUS savings on all inventory, fixtures, shelving, decorations and MORE! Everything is ON SALE and ALL SALES ARE FINAL! As of now, we intend to remain open through close of business Saturday, November 5th, 2016.

With Sincere Thanks,
Jay and Beverly Hall

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Harmony Jubilee Color Run

The Harmony Jubilee Color Run is hosted by the
Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council Junior Board of Directors.
The 5k is $25 and 1 mile is $15.
Registration papers are located at multiple businesses
in the Downtown area, the Chamber of Commerce, 
and at the Carnegie Center!

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Human Foosball

The Junior Board of Directors will help host the Human Foosball event!
The cost is $25 a team comprised of 9 people (or less) and
sign up is welcome the day of.
All ages are welcome!
Come out and support the Junior Board of Directors
at the Harmony Jubilee!


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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Hot Air Balloon Rides

Explore beautiful Fitzgerald and the surrounding area like you've never seen
before and cross "hot air balloon ride" off your bucket list!

Hot air balloonists will be providing untethered early morning (~7:00am Sat)
and mid-afternoon (~3:00pm/Fri & Sat) balloon rides with tethered balloon
rides throughout the day on Saturday (~10:00am-3:00pm) weather permitting.
You can sign up for both tethered ($10) and untethered ($200) balloon rides
at the event (look for the balloonist tent). Or you may book your
untethered balloon flight in advance by completing and submitting
our advance booking form below.

Tethered - the hot air balloon is attached to a rope
and the balloon goes up into the air for 5-10 minutes
that holds 4-5 people per ride.

Untethered - the hot air balloon is not attached to a rope
and is an hour long ride that holds 4-5 people also.

There is no age restriction but children must be able to
stand on their own to enjoy the ride.

Bring your camera and your sense of adventure!


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Women's Business Network Luncheon 
Thursday, November 8, 2016 
12:00 noon 
121 E. Pine Street (chamber's office)

$10 per person

Third Thursday

Save the date!
November 17, 2016 ~ Rhonda & the Relics

Fitz-Ben Hill Arts Council Third Thursday is sponsored by Anna's Garden,
Colony Dental Care, & McIntyre Turf. The Third Thursday Series is also partially funded by The Georgia Department of Economic Development's Georgia Council
for the Arts Vibrant Communities grant.

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Each year the Wiregrass Foundation North honors supporters
of the college and the Foundation by hosting an annual meeting. 
The 31st annual meeting will be November 29 at the
Charles Harris Learning Center on the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus. 
Tickets are $50 per person, which includes prime rib meal and entertainment.
This year's entertainment is Singer and comedian Keenan Carter. 
He's performed worldwide as the featured entertainer on curise ships
and spent two years performing in New York including the
Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center.

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Fitzgerald Annual Christmas Parade
"The Ugly Christmas Sweater"
The annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the
Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce &
Colony Business Association, will be held
Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Santa will arrive on the fire truck throwing tons of candy. Local businesses, churches, individual and civic organizations, are encouraged to participate and to build colorful floats.
The parade's theme is "The Ugly Christmas Sweater".
We are asking everyone who participates and attends the parade to wear their Ugliest Christmas Sweater.
The person selected as wearing the "Ugliest Christmas Sweater" will win a cash prize.
If you don't have an Ugly Christmas Sweater, check out 2nd hand stores to purchase a sweater you can add your own touch to by using Christmas decorations.
We will be judging the person who is wearing the
"Ugliest Christmas Sweater" after the Christmas Parade
in front of the Grand Theatre.
If you would like to participate in the "Ugliest Christmas Sweater" contest all you have to do is wear your sweater and bring a $5.00 toy or a canned food item.
The toys will be given to Toys for Tots and the canned goods will be given to the Christian Kitchen.
The change to the parade theme is one that we think
will be fun and bring a lot of smiles from everyone.
Every year we have a great parade with a lot of participation and this year we want 
onlookers to be part of the parade.
Give the Chamber a call for the application
(229) 423-9357.

"The Party Band of the South"
Friday, February 10, 2017

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The Fitzgerald and Ben Hill Co. Development Authority presented
"Projects & Pecan Pies"
to the GA Dept of Economic Development, and the economic development teams of Electric Cities of GA, GA EMC, and GA Power in Atlanta on Monday, October 24, 2016.

Jason Dunn, Executive Director is working hard to get Fitzgerald on the map!