As Athens navigates the returned increase of COVID cases, it is vitally important that businesses understand the necessary guidelines for operation. Our goal is to streamline information and help businesses make educated decisions. The economic impact of COVID-19 will be mitigated by a group effort to practice masking in cooperation with CDC guidelines and the ACC mask mandate as well as increasing our local percentage of vaccinated residents.
Help us Spread the Word - Posters for Member Businesses!
In our recent member survey, we received many responses asking for resources to aid in showing support for vaccinations. In conjunction with our 'Athens, We Deserve a Shot campaign', we have created a poster for our business members to display. Our goal is to provide resources to our members while also increasing the reach of our vaccination campaign for the overall economic health of Athens. Please indicate if you would like to receive a copy of the poster by completing the form linked below.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Leads Group 3 is Launching!
League of Leads and Classic City Leads are well under way. A third Leads Group will be launching on September 22nd! Joining a Leads Group is a unique opportunity to network and exchange leads in an industry-exclusive environment.
Athens Area Humane Society Ribbon Cutting

Join the Chamber on September 7th as we celebrate with the Athens Area Humane Society at their new facility on Mitchell Bridge Rd! This August, after more than 15 years in a converted daycare center on Mars Hill Road, AAHS will open Athens newest community pet destination. The new space will have a shelter for pets recuperating and available for adoption, and an affordable spay/neuter and wellness center. They will have space dedicated to being used as an education center for dog trainers, community cat caretakers, and public humane education workshops.
Andy's Frozen Custard Ribbon Cutting
Join us as we welcome Athens' newest spot for a cold treat, Andy's Frozen Custard. The Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting will be held on September 10th at 11:30. We look forward to seeing you there! 
Special Greetings to our New Members of the Week!
Welcome to the AACOC, Bear's Tree Service!
Bear's Insured Tree Service has served Athens and surrounding counties since 1995. They are dedicated to providing customers with professional service at competitive prices!
Their team will determine if your trees are candidates for preservation, pruning or removal. Quality customer service is a top priority and your satisfaction with every aspect of the job is guaranteed.
Welcome to the AACOC, Jinya Ramen Bar!
JINYA is known for its slow-cooked approach to ramen, made from broths simmered for 18 hours in-house. From its customizable menu to sleek interiors, JINYA Ramen Bar presents a contemporary Japanese dining ideal for lively social gatherings for all ages. 

Welcome to the AACOC, ACC Economic Development!
The Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department was established by the Mayor and Commission in 2013. Whether you’re relocating, expanding, or starting with a new business idea, their staff and partner agencies will help. They offer assistance with site selection, detailed area maps, financial incentives, grant & loans, workforce development, public infrastructure improvements, supplier sourcing, international trade consulting, research, entrepreneur resource referrals, permit assistance and much more.
Community Announcements
“We are really indebted to UGA students for their impact on our local economy,” said David Bradley, president and CEO of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. “UGA students have a substantial impact on businesses in downtown Athens. They also bring a creativity to the area that then attracts other people to Athens.”
For close to a year now, the Inclusion Office has been part of an interdepartmental team focused on expanding Minority Recruitment and Retention within ACCGov. Their HR department is leading this effort, and they are currently hiring for a DEI HR Generalist position.
The time has come! Envision Athens is now accepting nominations for the third annual Good Neighbor Awards. Please nominate your Athens-Clarke County neighbor who leads with love, and embodies our core values: unity, equity, prosperity, and compassion. Enter Good Neighbor Award submissions here!
This event will be held Saturday, August 28, from 2:30 to 6:00 PM at Hotel Indigo. Classic City Brew Fest will feature 50+ unique, one-off cask ales with special ingredients, draft beer booths with local Athens breweries, food stands, live music, and more! Click the image to purchase tickets.
Small Business Development Center Offering Training Webinars
Join the UGA SBDC for an overview of the current state of the SBA COVID relief funding programs for small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). During this virtual webinar, they will provide information on the current status of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness portal, the COVID-19 EIDL and the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance, changes to the SBA Debt Relief Program, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program (SVOG), among others. They will also provide updates on the existing SBA loan programs, to include 7A and the 504.
 The Classic Center Cultural Foundation presented its annual Celebration of the Arts event on Thursday, July 29, 2021, where it acknowledged the scholarship recipients in the performing, visual, and culinary arts as well as in hospitality workforce development. One of the goals of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is to support the youth in the local community in their continuous study of the arts, and it is thrilled to be able to award $30,000 in scholarships annually in pursuit of this goal. Beth Bryant, Director of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, said, “We were pleased to still be able to provide these scholarships this year, and to such talented students! We can’t thank the students, teachers, and judges enough for their participation.”

Madison Bannister
Clarke Central High School
James Neves recently received the firm’s Edward Jones Sr. Founders Award for his exceptional achievement in building client relationships. "It’s truly an honor to be recognized for building relationships with those clients we serve," said Neves. "And it is also quite inspirational to receive an award named after a firm legend such as Edward Jones Sr. who was so innovative and recognized the need for quality financial advice for long−term individual investors."
Thank you to all of our 2021 Chamber Champions!
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