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November 2, 2018

Grab Your Running Shoes...It's Time for the Gobble Jog!

The MUST Ministries Gobble Jog is celebrating 16 years of raising money to stop poverty in our community. More than 9,000 runners and walkers gather on the Marietta Square each Thanksgiving morning to show their gratitude for their blessings by being a blessing to those in need.

The event features a 10K, 5K, 5K untimed, 1K and Tot Trot. Every runner can come to packet pick up at the Cobb Civic Center on Wednesday, November 21 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and receive race numbers and t-shirts. The free kickoff event also features bounce houses, BBQ food truck, sponsor exhibits, Big Peach On Wheels, pictures with the Col. MUSTard turkey mascot and family activities.

MUST serves over 33,000 clients each year.  The Gobble Jog is a major source of support for the extensive services offered by MUST. Event participants help provide resources for the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen, veteran's housing, food pantries, Summer Lunches, Toy Shops, emergency shelter, housing for the disabled who have been homeless, employment computer labs, school food pantries, clothes closets and more.

To register online for this year's race, visit

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(L to R) Viktoriya Dubovis, Chart Industries and Leadership Cherokee Class of 2018, accepts the Golden Can Award for her classmates; Lori Flink, owner of Allegro Business Products and graduate of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2017, was a key coordinator of the Leading by Feeding Campaign; Todd Hayes, Cherokee County Solicitor's Office and Buster Cushing, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, were both members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2017 and accepted the Golden Can Award on behalf of their classmates.

The Chamber shared highlights of the Leadership Cherokee Alumni community food drive during their Thursday, November 1st Good Morning Cherokee networking event. Attendees were reminded that earlier this fall the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2018 learned there was a food shortage in area community pantries, so they challenged the Class of 2017 to see who could collect the most food. The Class of 2017 quickly responded, we can do better than this! The Class of 2017 encouraged graduates of Leadership Cherokee from 2012-2016 to take the challenge as well.

The Leadership Cherokee Leading by Feeding campaign generated 3,100 donated items ranging from fruits and vegetables to diapers and paper products. "Leading by Feeding supported those in our community who need a helping hand by filling the pantries of both the organizations who coordinate the pantries and the families in need," shared Pam Carnes, President & CEO of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. The Leadership Cherokee Class of 2018 tied with the Class of 2017 in collecting 1,111 items. These two classes received the 'Golden Can Award' signifying their commitment to the community and volunteerism. The local Chamber member food pantries supported through the Leading by Feeding initiative included: MUST Cherokee, Never Alone and Papa's Pantry.


11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center
Cherokee County Administration Bldg
1130 Bluffs Pkwy
Canton, GA 30114

FREE Admission
FREE Visit with Santa!
Vendor Giveaways - Registration at Event Entry
Holiday Shopping
Santa's Workshop:  Children's Crafts
Santa's Sweet Shop
Restaurant Raffle

Conference Center Holiday Tasting.
(5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)  


Contact Jessica Porter for vendor information.
Contact   Gini Mizelle for sponsor information.


This raffle drawing for a collection of Chamber Member restaurant gift cards will be given away at the "Jingle Bell $hop" holiday shopping extravaganza on Friday, November 9th at the Cherokee County Conference Center. 

Cost: $10 ~ Value: Over $800

You do not have to be present to win.
The winner will be contacted by phone or email at the conclusion of the Jingle Bell $hop

THURSDAY, December 6th
7:00 AM 



Advanced Registration: $17 
Future-Member Rate: $30
On-Site Registration: $22

NH-C Conference Center 
located in the 
Cherokee Co. Administration Bldg 
1130 Bluffs Parkway 
Canton, GA 30114 


Don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a Cherokee County child!

RSVPS due by 3 PM, Tuesday, December 4th
770-345-0400 or 


Pictured from left to right: fifth grade teacher of the winning homeroom and Junior Beta Club sponsor Mrs. Covington, Assistant Principal Ethridge, Principal Roulier, and second grade teacher and Junior Beta Club sponsor Mrs. Hartman, receiving the school's new bench.

The Chamber of Commerce Going Green & Education Committees co-sponsored a two-day Plastic Bag Recycling Competition in partnership with Waste Management between nine of Cherokee County's Elementary Schools who collected over 105,000 plastic bags. This year's competition was altered to award the school with the highest average of plastic bags per student. This alteration was due to the large variance of enrollment across our Cherokee County Elementary Schools, with some varying by nearly 1,000 students. Mountain Road ES collected an amazing 25,073 bags during the two-day event which brought them to a phenomenal 57.38 bags/student. Congratulations to the students at Mountain Road. Indian Knoll ES should also be commended for an excellent job as they came in second with a higher total of plastic bags at 27,925, but a lower per student average at 30.03 bags/student.

Through a grant from Waste Management, the Chamber was able to fund this elementary school recycling initiative. The grant monies were used to purchase a bench for the winning school made from recycled plastics. The bench, which will be proudly displayed on the Mountain Road ES special education playground, includes a plaque which recognizes the school as the winner of the 2018 ES Recycling Competition sponsored by Waste Management and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

Through further partnership, the plastic bags collected were donated to MUST Ministries, Never Alone, and Papa's Pantry who will use them to support their ongoing projects. R & D Mechanical Services, Inc., as well as Papa's Pantry, Inc., volunteered their time and cargo vehicles to collect plastic bags and deliver them to their respective final destinations.

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For over 30 years, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University has helped small businesses in Cobb and Cherokee Counties with no cost one-on-one consulting. Let us help you with your business!
  • Google Certified instructor and SEO/SEM expert
  • CPA and commercial real estate investor
  • Former SBA Lender and SHRM Certified
  • Growth strategy specialist
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  • Growth Strategy
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Financial Score Card
  • Quickbooks Assistance
  • Buying/Selling a Business
  • Search Engine Optimization
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The Chamber's Education Committee is holding a School Supply Drive. The supplies collected at Good Morning Cherokee on December 6th will be given to Title I Elementary Schools in the Cherokee County School District.

Donations will also be accepted at the Chamber throughout the month of November. You may also make a monetary donation and the supplies will be purchased for you.

Items Needed:
Colored Pencils
Magic Markers
Notebook Paper
Composition Notebooks
Pencil Pouches
Three-Ring Binders
Construction Paper
Glue Sticks
Hand Sanitizer

Contact for more information!

Join us for an hour of fast paced networking with fellow business leaders as well as the Chamber's 2018 Chair, Julianne Rivera, 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!

Don't forget to bring items for the share table!

Thursday,  November 8th
10:00 - 11:00 am

Chamber Members:  $5
Future-Members  $10
Payable at the door.  No reservation required.

Chamber of Commerce Board Room
3605 Marietta Highway, Canton 

TUESDAY, November 13th
4:30 - 6:00 PM
The Children's Haven
1083 Marietta Hwy
Canton, GA 30114

Register in advance or pay at the door.


RSVPS due by 5 PM, Friday, November 9th
770-345-0400 or  

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Thursday, November 15th
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
Terrace Level 
Lunch Provided

Metrics - can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools - and give you tips on how to use it.
You'll learn:
  • How email open- and click-through reports can help you know:
    • Which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best results
    • Out of a field of everyone, who is interested in what topics - so you can focus your precious time, efforts & energy
    • The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK
    • Best times, days and ways to get the response you want
  • How evaluating event registration and survey response patterns can help improve your next campaign by leaps and bounds
  • How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, and frequency your connections really want
  • How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results!

Howard Flint , Ghost Partner

Members: $30; after 11/8: $35
Future Members: $55

RSVP to or 770-345-0040. 

Register Online!

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

Thursday, November 29th
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Williamson Bros. BAR-B-Q
1600 Marietta Highway
Canton, GA 30114

This members-only networking opportunity will get you out in the community to visit a  Chamber Member restaurant while enjoying the company of fellow Chamber Members! 

$20 (includes lunch)
Reservations are required, and space is limited.
Deadline to register: Noon on Monday, November 28th

Email for more information!

Meet & Eat registration is open to all Chamber Members.

A special "Thank You" to the following members who celebrated their first year of Chamber membership in October.

112 Events
Accounting Connections, LLC
Cool Contour Products
Garage Floor Coating of Atlanta
Holly Springs Chiropractic & Massage
In Their Honor Transports
Midgard Self Storage - Woodstock
The Bradford Team With Keller Williams Realty


The Chamber is pleased to announce that nominees are currently being sought for the prestigious First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. The 44th Annual First Citizen will be announced during the 48th Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center.

The distinct title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon a man or woman who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his or her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges carefully reviews the accomplishments of each applicant and the winner is chosen based upon merit

All applications must be submitted by
 NOON, Friday, December 7, 2018.

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce | 770-345-0400 | |
3605 Marietta Highway
Canton, GA 30114