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October 9, 2020
Essential Education for Entrepreneurs

In order to help small businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is currently offering all of its continuing education programming at no direct charge to small business owners, employees and prospective business owners for calendar year 2020, thanks to special funding from the CARES Act. Check out all of the available training programs on their Facebook events or training page.

no cost
registration is required

October 14th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Five Methods to Conflict Resolution Webinar

Conflict occurs in our workplace almost daily with clients, coworkers and other stakeholders. Often it is a simple answer to resolve the issue, but there are times when conflict can cause productivity to suffer, cause emotional stress, employees to leave or possibly worse.

Conflict resolution is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to a disagreement among them. When a dispute arises, often the best course of action is negotiation to resolve the disagreement.

This webinar examines the tools you can use to understand conflict and improve as a Conflict Resolution Negotiator. Discussion includes five methods of dealing with conflict and the six steps to take in the conflict resolution process.

Presented by Daniel McCoy, UGA SBDC at KSU Business Consultant; SHRM Certified Professional.

October 28th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

From co-founding the Great American Cookie Company, recovering from a near-fatal motorcycle accident and setting three trans-continental world bicycling records, making two bids for U.S. Congress, and writing legislation for Georgia’s film tax credit that changed an industry, Michael Coles’ story is one of true grit and perseverance. The first 50 to register will receive a free copy of Michael's book, Time To Get Tough.

Presented by Michael J. Coles, Co-founder of Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee.
To be the premier comprehensive resource for the Cherokee County business community.
To promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life.
As you will see on the Chamber’s calendar, some events have returned to face-to-face formats while others are being presented via virtual platforms or could be rescheduled or cancelled. 
In case you’ve missed it, the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, in partnership with Cherokee County, has a small business grant opportunity available! If your business employs 50 or fewer employees with salaries below $46,350.00 annually (full or part time), your business may be eligible for up to $10,000 in grant funding to help you retain/rehire/create those positions.

Funding is still available, but ACT FAST! Applications are being accepted now through October 14, 2020. See the Cherokee Office of Economic Development’s website for full eligibility details and to apply: www.cherokeega.org/grants. Please direct questions to 770-528-4912 or email grantinfo@cherokeega.org
Will the Chamber Team be late for the
virtual Walk to End Alzheimer’s? 
Oh no! The ladies are all online. Wrong virtual!   

The Alzheimer's Association’s Walk To End Alzheimer's
is coming to Cherokee County for the first time ever!

Saturday, October 24th

Opening Ceremony 9 AM (online)
The Walk is Everywhere in Cherokee County

The Walk To End Alzheimer's is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Even though this year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering, we are still walking and calling on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is ‘virtually’ everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail. On event day, we invite you to participate in small, safe teams while others in your community do the same.

While there is no fee to register for the Walk, all participants are encouraged to raise funds that will advance the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association by enabling critical care and support services and advancing research toward methods of prevention, treatment, and ultimately a cure.

How to Participate in 3 Easy Steps:

Register for your local Walk:
Sign up as a Team Captain, team member or individual. Register at www.georgiawalk.org then choose Canton. For more information email dphillips@alz.org or call 706.408.6669

Start fundraising and spread the word:
We can provide tips and coaching every step of the way, including easy ways to raise funds online.

Join us on Walk day:
Take part in an interactive online experience, then walk in your community. 

Cherokee County Candidate Forum
Thank you to 11th Congressional District candidates Dana Barrett (D) Atlanta and Barry Loudermilk (R) Cassville for participating in our Virtual Candidate Forum sponsored by Cherokee County Farm Bureau​ and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

Watch Session One to learn more about these candidates and their thoughts on issues of importance to you and your business.

Session Two will be held later today with Georgia’s US Senate candidates. The video link of this session will be emailed to Chamber members and posted to the Chamber's Facebook page and CherokeeChamber.com.
Amicalola EMC Supports Local Communities
A special thank you to Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) for their generous donation to the Chamber as part of their $390,000 contribution to local communities.  Amicalola EMC Chief Executive Officer, Todd Payne, and EMC Board Members John Bennett and Travis Cline presented the check in the amount of $10,000 to Chamber Vice President Vicky Tucker. 

Courtney Lott
Faithful Adoption Consultants

Dan Phillips
Alzheimer's Association
Nonprofit Organizations

Char J. Cerden
Results Inc. Weight Loss Centers
Weight Loss & Spa

Savannah Harper 
Northside Thoracic Surgery

Elizabeth McMullen

Chamber Chatter
Chamber Chatters!

No cost!
(The meeting link will be emailed to you.)

October 12th
11:00 AM - Noon

November 4th
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The first eight Members to register will join our Chamber President & CEO, Pam Carnes, for a chat online via Zoom. Attendees will have a chance to share what is going on in their business with Pam and seven other Chamber Members!
with any questions!
This is a great networking opportunity!

Tuesday, October 13th
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Northside Holly Springs
Medical Office Building - Lobby
684 Sixes Road, Holly Springs 

Due to COVID-19 and limiting the number of attendees,
advanced registration is required and limited to 50 attendees.

Standing Reservations:
Standing reservation holders should RSVP through October 9th as availability allows. 

Single Registrations:
You may register as availability allows through October 9th. 

Chamber Members: $5
Future Members: $10

*Based on social distancing requirements outlined in the State of Georgia's latest Executive Order (9/30/2020), you are aware that at this time groups of 50 or less may gather without separation. Please note that we are being intentionally cautious, so distancing measures will be in place. 

Face masks are required at this location.

This online leadership series will offer two sessions, featuring two speakers per session who will share thought provoking information to be used both on the job and in life!
October 14th
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

October 28th
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Dean and Professor of Law
Mercer University

President & CEO
Goodwill of North Georgia

Associate Professor
Reinhardt University

Founder & CEO
Southern Baked Pie Company

Presenters will speak for 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.
$40/ Chamber Member - one session
$60 / Chamber Member - both sessions

$60 / Future Member - one session
$80 / Future Member - both sessions
A link for joining the session(s) online will be emailed to all attendees prior.

Contact Gini Mizelle at 770-345-0400 or
Gini@CherokeeChamber.com with any questions.

Meet & Eat

Thursday, October 15th
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for an hour of lunch & networking with fellow business leaders and your Chamber President & CEO, Pam Carnes!

This networking opportunity will allow you to enjoy lunch from a Chamber Member restaurant while enjoying the company of fellow Chamber Members! 

*Please note that we will have these Meet & Eat events at the Chamber - in our Terrace Level, so that there will be plenty of space for social distancing.
North Georgia Angel House

Chamber Terrace Level
3605 Marietta Highway, Canton

 $20 (includes lunch)
Reservations are required,
& space is limited.

Deadline to register:
Noon on Wednesday, 10/14.

Refunds are not provided for this event.

IHOP - Woodstock

Meet & Eat registration is open to all Chamber Members. 

Contact Gini Mizelle at 770-345-0400 or
Gini@CherokeeChamber.com for more information. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
10:00 - 11:30 AM

3 C's of Effective Account Management
Customer Acquisition, Customer Cultivation, and Customer Retention

Loretta Daniels,
KSU College of Professional Education

This 90-minute webinar will focus on the three most effective account management strategies required to acquire, cultivate, and retain customers. 

Customer Acquisition: A plan for customer acquisitions is essential to the success of any company at any stage. Companies prefer to focus on marketing at the bottom of the funnel but need to supply the top of the funnel in a structured way for continuous development.

Customer Cultivation: Organizations are investing substantial amounts of their budgets in engaging with new customers and maintaining connections with existing customers. Client development is significant for any company to have a stable and prosperous future.

Customer Retention: Customer retention is influenced by the number of new customers gained and the number of current customers churning - by discontinuing their service, not continuing to purchase, or ending a contract. 

Cost: $15

Payment Policy: Payment must be made prior to the event date in order to hold your seat. Refunds are not offered. If you cancel 48 hours in advance, a credit for a future workshop will be issued.
Contact Brandy DeBord at 770-345-0400 or
Brandy@CherokeeChamber.com for more information. 
Thursday, November 5th

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Check-in & Networking

7:45 AM - 7:55 AM
Breakfast Distribution

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM


Chamber Member Pay in Advance Registration: $17
Future Members: $30

Woodstock First Baptist Church - Chapel
11905 Highway 92
Woodstock, 30188

Attendees will be able to network prior to the program both inside in the pre-function area adjacent to the chapel as well as outside. There will be ample space to maintain social distance.

When we go into the chapel for the program where social distancing will be observed, attendees will receive a bottle of water and boxed breakfast.

In keeping with traditional GMC registration guidelines, if you do not have a GMC standing reservation, you must register in advance by 3 PM on Friday, October 30th in order to attend. 

We will NOT be able to register attendees on-site.

Everyone who registers to attend, along with all GMC standing reservation seat holders, will receive an email with event details by noon on November 4th. 
Power Hour
Join us for an hour of fast paced networking with fellow business leaders as well as the Chamber Board Chair, David Simmons, and Chamber President/CEO, Pam Carnes! Before the hour ends, you will have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear!


Tuesday, November 17th

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chamber Terrace Level*
3605 Marietta Highway
Canton, GA 30114

$5 for Members / $10 for Future Members

Due to COVID-19 and limiting the number of attendees,
advanced registration is required and due by 5 PM on 11/16.

*Based on social distancing requirements outlined in the State of Georgia's latest Executive Order (9/30/2020), you are aware that at this time groups of 50 or less may gather without separation. Please note that we are being intentionally cautious, so distancing measures will be in place. Face masks are not required, yet we understand some attendees will be more comfortable wearing them. This is both understandable and appreciated. (This information is subject to change based upon modifications to the State of Georgia's Executive Order.)
Contact Gini Mizelle at 770-345-0400 or
Gini@CherokeeChamber.com for more information. 
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