Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 3121 7
T he Chamber Insider

Monthly Newsletter:  August 2017
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  2017 Legislative Priorities


2017 Strategic Plan


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2017 Workforce Summit
Thursday, August 17,  7:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Anderson Conference Center
5171 Eisenhower Parkway
Click here to register.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Information Session
Monday, August 21,  6:00-7:00 PM
Chamber of Commerce
All are welcome to learn more about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Program. 

Featuring: Pat Wilson, Commissioner
GA Department of Economic Development
Wednesday, August 23,  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Douglass Theatre
355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Click here to register.

Five Employment Issues to Watch
Webinar: HR Compliance Webinar Series
Wednesday, August 23, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
FREE to first 5 members to register!
$ 55 Members
For more information, contact rpatterson@maconchamber.com

Tuesday, August 29 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
"Exclaim Your Expertise"
Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
Infinity Network Solutions Board Room
$10.00 per person - Includes Lunch

For more information about any of our upcoming events, please call 478-621-2000
Save the Date!

Presented by

Macon Occupational

Monday, September 18
Healy Point Country Club
New Members!
AAA South
Ackerman Wrecker Service, Inc.
Anthony McEver - State Farm

Chichester's Healthwise Pharmacy

Community Development System, Inc.
Eisenhower Business Improvement District

Little India

Macon Baseball 2018

Otis Redding Foundation

Paul Anderson Youth Home

PP&A Corporation

Sherwin Williams Paint Store
U-Save-It Pharmacy

Verizon Wireless - Riverside Drive

Wells Fargo Bank

Chairman's Club
Cornerstone Level Members

Answer to Last Month's Chamber Trivia Question
Who was the first Chamber
Chairman in 1861, and what is he
most commonly known for today?

Answer:  William Butler Johnston was the "Chairman" of Macon's first Chamber of Commerce in 1861.  He is most commonly known today as the man who built and first lived in Macon's Hay House.  

A Message from the President
Mike Dyer
In a society facing complex business, political, scientific, technological, and environmental challenges, the skills of our workforce are crucial to our region's and our state's competitiveness.  
Our emerging workforce must get the education and training to prepare them to compete in today's workplace and prepare for the future. This issue is front and center with communities all across Georgia and the entire country.  Economic Development professionals tell us that a community's "workforce readiness" has become one of the top considerations for companies looking to relocate or expand their business.  

To assist the business community with their hiring and training, we invite you to attend our 2017 Workforce Summit which will be held tomorrow, Thursday, August 17th.  This event will provide dynamic speakers from various professional backgrounds who will present information and resources for businesses of all sizes.  

Workforce Development and Readiness is an ongoing and evolving process. Come and see how other companies and organizations are tackling these issues and learn about resources that are available locally that could benefit your business or organization. 

I would also like to invite you to join us for Good Morning Macon on August 23rd as we hear from Commissioner Pat Wilson regarding Economic Development in Macon and Middle Georgia.

Mike Dyer
President & CEO

Thursday, August 17

Anderson Conference Center
5171 Eisenhower Parkway

7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Good Morning Macon
Good Morning Macon
Wednesday, August 23

The Douglass Theatre
355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

8:00 AM:  Registration & 
Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 AM:  Program
Featured Speaker:  Pat Wilson
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development


Event Sponsors

Free for Members        $10 Future Members

Young Entrepreneurs Academy!
The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce is excited to offer the second year of Macon-Bibb County's Young Entrepreneurs Academy, which transforms middle and high school students into business owners through weekly entrepreneurship classes.

During YEA!, students ages 11 to 18 are led through the process of developing business ideas and plans, pitching to investors and launching their own companies. The hands-on curriculum is enhanced by local business and community members, across a variety of industries, who volunteer as mentors, field trip hosts and guest speakers. The program also develops the local workforce by teaching students both professional and personal skills that can apply to any field they choose to enter and serve as their foundation to becoming future business leaders.

 Classes for YEA! Macon will be held each Tuesday, at Mercer University's Innovation Center, from October 2017 through May 2018, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

An  information session will be hosted for all interested students, parents and community members on Monday, August 21, 2017, from  6 to 7 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce located at 305 Coliseum Drive.

Applications for YEA! Macon will be accepted until August 31, 2017. To learn more about applying or volunteering for the program, please visit our website .

Member Good News and Events

We Care Heating & Air celebrated the Grand Opening of their Macon location at 6344 Zebulon Road with a barbecue lunch and fun giveaways.

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Greg Caples has been named CEO of Coliseum Northside Hospital! Click here for more information.

Navicent CEO, Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, has been elected to Georgia Hospital Association Board of Trustees! Click here for more information.

Rebuilding Macon will be holding a warehouse sale August 24-26 featuring items such as tools, appliances, doors, windows and more!  Click here for more information. 

iHeart Media is offering special pricing to Macon Chamber members on their Sports Promotion Packages.  Click here for more info.

James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is excited to announce that Robert "Rob" L. Swartwood ll has joined the firm's Corporate and Transactional practice group.

SERVPRO of Macon is hosting their Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 11th with proceeds benefitting The Methodist Children's Home.  For sponsorship info or to sign up to play, click  here for more information.

Macon-Bibb County is looking for a new County Manager. Click here for more information!

Navicent Health Named 2017 Most Wired Advanced!

James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is excited to announce that Christoper Conley
has joined the firm.  
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Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217 
  Telephone: (478) 621-2000 
 Fax: (478) 621-2021

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