Monday, May 11, 2020
Chamber News and Events
Our Chamber Staff continues working remotely. We are still operating under normal business hours and are available to answer calls and emails daily 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m, M-TH and 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m on Friday. Please let us know how we can help you.

Contact us at (706) 769-7947 or you can reach us by email anytime!

Courtney Bernardi

Julia Estess

Andrea Reese
Time: May 14, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 831 8126 7071

Please join us for our May Women in Business Lunch & Learn. We invite you to enjoy your lunch and listen to our speakers for this event who will let us know how they have had to think outside the box during this time. 
Moving Past Covid19
Informaiton for Business Relief and Reopening
Presented by the UGA Small Business Development Center in Athens:
Zoom Webinar
You Received the PPP, Now What?
Thursday, May 14 at 11am-Noon  
Ask The Experts - Q&A with SBDC Consultants
Your questions on what to do with your PPP Loan answered by the Athens SBDC Consultants. Questions submitted in advance will receive priority in being answered during the webinar. Submit PPP questions by Wednesday to with the subject line: PPP Webinar Question .
Register at no-cost at:
Registration is Required and closes the day before at 5pm. Zoom link will be emailed the night before. This webinar will not be recorded.

Coronavirus Impact on Your Business
We are collecting information on this page with the survey below of how your business has been directly impacted by the Coronavirus so we can advocate for additional financial relief for your business through the appropriate state and federal channels. If you feel comfortable, please share how you have been affected by filling out the form on our website. You can reach the link by clicking on the photo below. Your specific, individual information will be kept confidential and we will share the total impact of the Coronavirus with the Oconee Chamber of Commerce and with our elected board.

Small Business Recovery Link Available On Our Website or Click Below

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives  (ACCE) has also created a  resource library  to help Chambers and businesses prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 transmission in the United States. Learn more about implementing a series of actions that minimize the impact on local communities and support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) containment strategy. Click on the Links Below.

The Georgia Chamber is encouraging businesses and communities to make fact-based decisions and stay informed on COVID19. We will continually update this page with resources pertaining to COVID19. Click on the Links Below.

Chamber Partner News and Events
Come have Lunch (Legally) with Laura! Register in advance for this webinar:

Upcoming Virtual Town Hall
EPA Administrator, Andrew R. Wheeler

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
@ 10:00 AM EST
Please join us for a virtual call with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released updated guidance to help facility operators and families properly clean and disinfect spaces. Developed in concert with the White House, the guidance provides step-by-step instructions for public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes, and falls in line with the Opening up America Again guidelines.
To view the guidance, click here
Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Webinar ID: 870 0083 3749
Join the Virtual Volunteer Open House on Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. ET to learn what opportunities are available in Georgia.
We have many open volunteer positions. During this virtual event we’ll be sharing the job descriptions and time requirements. If you have any questions please email: .
Board of Directors

Amanda Davis, OARC
Amy Parrish, Highland Trust Partners
Andrew Wallace, Chops & Hops
Brad Tucker, Look Ahead Business Consulting
Cristi Donahue, Oconee State Bank
David Walton, Fox's Pizza
Jessica Roberts, Oconee State Bank
Kevin Price, Kevin Price Construction
Laura French, French Law Group, LLC
Lorie Petersen, BankSouth
Michael Gill, Michael Gill State Farm
Paige Fuller, Mary Kay
Robert Griffith, Golden Pantry
Stuart Cofer, Cofer's Home & Garden
Tammy Gilland, Piedmont Athens Regional
William Rennie, Law Office of Russell W. Wall, LLC

Chamber Executive Board

Chairman of the Board
Cristi Donahue, Oconee State Bank

Chair Elect
Stuart Cofer, Cofer's Home and Garden Showplace

Amy Parrish, Highland Trust Partners

Brad Tucker, Look Ahead Business Consulting

Paige Fuller, Mary Kay Cosmetics

Immediate Past Chair
Tammy Gilland, Piedmont Athens Regional

Chamber President
Courtney Bernardi
Oconee Chamber of Commerce
55 Nancy Drive
Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706) 769-7947
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