January 2018
Annual Business EXPO is March 8
Join us at the 35th Annual Business EXPO ! Glynn County's largest B2B/B2C tradeshow takes place on March 8, from 5:15-7:45 PM at the beautiful Jekyll Island Convention Center. "Local Is Best" will be the theme at the upcoming EXPO, highlighting the importance of local business in our community.

In addition to the new theme, EXPO will feature exciting new additions: live musical entertainment by Coco & His Nillaz, "pop up" small business counseling by SCORE, and educational sessions sponsored by the UGA Small Business Development Center.

Business EXPO is an excellent opportunity for Chamber members and the general public to view product demonstrations, learn relevant business skills, sample delicious food, and speak face-to-face with industry professionals in a relaxed atmosphere.
Become a sponsor at Business EXPO: Event sponsorships are currently open! Click the above button to learn more about the different sponsorship benefits and current availability. And mark your calendars to attend the 2018 Business EXPO!
January Business Education Series:
Time Management

NOTE: New Morning Time ! Join us for coffee and donuts as we learn tips on:

Tuesday, January 16
8:30 AM
Chamber of Commerce

$5 Members / $10 Non-Members

Personal time management skills are essential for professional success in any workplace. Those able to successfully implement time management strategies are able to control their workload rather than spend each day in a frenzy of activity reacting to crisis after crisis - stress declines and personal productivity soars! These highly effective individuals are able to focus on the tasks with the greatest impact to them and their organization. Don't miss this important workshop! Objectives include:
  • Prioritizing Your Time     
The 80/20 Rule      
The Urgent/Important Matrix       
Being Assertive       
  • Tackling Procrastination   
Why We Procrastinate      
Nine Ways to Overcome Procrastination
Eat That Frog!
Georgia Chamber's Eggs & Issues Breakfast
Brunswick and Golden Isles will be well-represented as over 40 members of our Chamber travel to Atlanta next week for the Georgia Chamber's annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast and Grand Gavel Reception. Eggs & Issues will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center and kicks off the 2018 Georgia legislative session, convening 2,000 of Georgia's foremost business leaders, chamber investors and top elected officials.
State Leadership Recognition Luncheon
You are invited to join the Chamber and fellow chamber members as we head to Atlanta on February 4-5 to host our 6th annual State Leadership Recognition Luncheon for key members of the Georgia General Assembly and officials of Georgia’s State agencies, to recognize and express our appreciation for their efforts on behalf of the citizens of the Golden Isles. For more information including cost and travel details, and how to sign up, Click Here .

The Chamber thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 2018 State Leadership Recognition Luncheon: 

Ameris Bank
Brunswick Cellulose, LLC
Georgia Ports Authority
Georgia Power Company
Gulfstream Aerospace
Hurt, Norton & Associates, Inc.
International Auto Processing, Inc.
McGinty-Gordon & Associates
Pinova, Inc.
South Coast Bank and Trust
SunTrust Bank
Don't Miss the 2018 Economic Outlook
The 2018 Georgia Economic Outlook series brings the expertise of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business to Glynn County on February 8 to offer specific and reliable insights into the coming year’s economy. Learn about the nation’s economic trajectory, the trends shaping our state’s fiscal outlook, and what to expect in our local coastal area for the upcoming year from forecasts based on accurate, reliable data from the Selig Center for Economic Growth. Click here for more information.

2018 Economic Outlook Luncheon
Thursday, February 8
Jekyll Island Convention Center
Cost: $65 per ticket or $600 per 10-person table

SCORE Educational Opportunities
Financing Your Small Business (Webinar)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. EST
You are ready to start or grow your small business, but don't know where to look for financing. Small business loans can be critical to your success as a business owner. 

A small business loan can be instrumental in helping start or grow your business. On Tuesday, January 9 at 10:00 am, learn how the SBA can help you take your business to the next growth stage and assist you with one of the hardest decisions facing small business owners; how to obtain financing for your small business. 

You will learn:
  • Uses of proceeds allowed
  • Who qualifies
  • Resources to help you prepare for the application process
  • How to apply
  • The participating lenders

Business Launchpad 2018: Start or Grow Your Own Business TODAY!
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. EST
The sky is NOT the limit! Your possibilities are endless! Allow SCORE to help launch you toward success with the Business Launchpad! Led by a team of Savannah SCORE business mentors with extensive experience in all facets of starting and operating a business, and many different industries, the Business Launchpad will give you the tools, knowledge, and insights you need to start, operate, and grow a successful business. 

During this unique 1-day workshop, you will learn:
  • How to tell if you have a viable business concept.
  • Secrets of why businesses succeed…and fail.
  • Legal, regulatory and tax-related aspects of setting up and running your business.
  • Tools to help you manage the financial health and profitability of your business
  • Possible sources of outside funding and how to get their support.
  • How to create effective sales, marketing, and social media strategies.
  • The key elements of a solid business plan that will help guide your business to success.

Previous attendees have said... "The Business Launchpad is Excellent." “A reality check for what’s involved in starting and owning a business” "…highly relevant. I would definitely recommend it to others" "The presenters are highly knowledgeable, engaged and honest… "

"SCORE’s Business Launchpad 2018" Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Savannah SCORE 111 E. Liberty Street, Savannah, GA Cost: $49.00 - includes all workshop materials, lunch, and beverages. Class size is limited.

SBA 504 Loan Rates
The purpose of the Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program (commercial real estate and capital equipment) is to provide long-term below market rate financing to businesses that will retain jobs and create new employment opportunities. Each month, SBA 504 Loan Rates fluctuate. Rates for December 2017 are as follows:
20-Year Commercial Real Estate Rate: 4.49%*
10-Year Commercial Real Estate Rate: 4.47%*
*effective rate, inclusive of all service fees
For more information on the SBA 504 Loan Program, click here:  www.cadda-sba.org
January Ribbon Cuttings - Join Us!
SGHS Senior Care Center - Brunswick Rehabilitation Services
2611 Wildwood Dr., Brunswick

Tuesday, January 23
4:30 PM
Yoder Metals
Hampton Inn & Suites
128 Venture Dr., Brunswick

Wednesday, January 24
4:30 PM
January Business After Hours:
Tortuga Jack's!
WHO SAYS BUSINESS CAN'T BE FUN?? Join us as we kick off 2018 with a night of mixing & mingling and plenty of door prizes to win! Bring all your friends and co-workers, and don't forget your business cards...See you there!
Tortuga Jack's Restaurant

Thursday, January 25
201 North Beachview Dr.
Jekyll Island

5:30 - 7:30 PM
$7 Members
$10 Non-members

New Chamber Members
Click on the names below to learn more!

Please take a moment to welcome our newest Chamber members. 
   And  THANK YOU to all our member renewals!
Coming Soon: The Chamber's website is getting a face lift, with better content, easier navigation, and more features for our members.

Keep your eyes open for our new look...we think you'll like what you see!

Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin
PrimeSouth Bank
Rich Products
Seaboard Construction
United Community Bank
Woodmen Life
Ameris Bank
Georgia Power Company
Hurt, Norton & Associates
McGinty-Gordon & Associates
South Coast Bank & Trust
Suntrust Bank
AdvantaClean of Brunswick
Coastal CPA's
Edward Jones - Jeff Jones, Advisor
First Coast Benefits Solutions
First Glynn Bank
GEM Cars
White Electrical Construction
The Last Word: Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. -- Benjamin Franklin