The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

     June 2016

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News & Information
Don't Forget: July 26 DeKalb Runoff Elections
Don't forget to vote in your local elections. July 26 is the runoff elections in DeKalb County. 

Advanced voting begins July 5 until July 22. Location and more information can be found here.

DeKalb sample ballots can be found here.

Breakfast Club & New Membership Orientation
Wednesday, July 27
@ City of Pine Lake (Location TBA)

Industry Council Training
August 10-11
@ AT&T 

T he DeKalb Chamber is pleased to welcome  ten  new investor and business partners to our membership community! Please visit the  Online Membership Directory  or their websites to learn more about your new business partners! 
  • Culinary Kiss Catering 
  • Elite Executive Center 
  • HealthMarkets Insurance Agency 
  • Ignite Within Transformative Coaching & Consulting 
  • Jake's Fireworks
  • Jampson Consulting 
  • LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc. 
  • Simply Self Storage 
  • Smart Money Network 
  • Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia (YE Georgia)
Upcoming Community Events
5170 Stone Mountain Highway, Stone Mountain
June 29 - 10:30 a.m.

8200 Mall Parkway Suite 180, Lithonia
June 30 - 6:00 p.m.

2636 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur
July 9 - 11:30 a.m.

3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way, Atlanta
July 16 - 8:00 p.m.

755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta
July 28 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

115 Sycamore Street, Decatur
August 1  - 7:00 p.m.

2296 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta
August 12 - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New Business Opens in DeKalb
Sunrise Urgent Care Center
celebrated its grand reopening earlier this month. Visit the location at 4500 Hugh Howell Rd in Tucker.
DeKalb County Forms Film & Entertainment Commission

Georgia is No. 3 in worldwide film production. In 2015 alone, the film industry contributed $6 billion to Georgia's economy.


Named a "Camera Ready Community" by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, DeKalb County is supporting this economic effort to keep films produced in the state by forming the new film and entertainment commission. The film commission will have a sole mission of bringing film and production crews to DeKalb as a way to create jobs and revenues for our tax digest.


For more information, click here.

How to participate:


1. Print out the  #ThisIsMyDeKalb  page. Download  here .
2. Take a photo at work or your favorite location in DeKalb County with the #ThisIsMyDeKalb page.

3. Tweet us  @DeKalbChamber

Advertise Here
Let us help you market your business!

A dvertise with the Chamber through our e-newsletter that is circulated  monthly to approximately 2,000+ subscribers!

Contact Rachea Brooks or our office at  404-378-8000 for details.
Join the Chamber
How Can We Help?
Visit us on the web or  email  us to find out the benefits of joining the DeKalb Chamber! 

Member Spotlight: Jake's Fireworks
Fireworks are synonymous with 4th of July celebrations. This month, we recognize our new member: Jake's Fireworks. 

Tell us a little bit about Jake's Fireworks
Jake's Fireworks is the world's largest importer of fireworks in the world, family-owned and operated since the Marietta family started selling fireworks in their general store in the late 1930's. Our main brand of fireworks that we sell is World Class brand fireworks that is known for quality and innovation in consumer fireworks.

What safety tips can you offer to first-time/new fireworks users?
Couple of tips for Georgians that may be new to the bigger fireworks - never stand over a firework while lighting and ABC - a lways brace cakes.  Multi-shot aerial fireworks are called cakes and it is a good idea to place on a hard surface and brace the sides with bricks or cinder blocks to ensure stability.

For more safety tips, please click here.

What fireworks will "wow" the family and friends?
We have a lot of customer favorites, but the first two that come to mind are: 
1) Excalibur Artillery Shells. These are the number one selling artillery shell fireworks of all time. These patented maximum charge shells offer the loudest biggest breaks in consumer fireworks. Watch the video and see for yourself. 

2) One Bad Mother. This is a 16-shot aerial firework that has been a top seller for a decade. The breaks are huge gold willows that cover the sky. 

For a list of the customer-picked top 10 fireworks from last season, click here.

For a special time, Jake's Fireworks is graciously offering DeKalb Chamber members with a discount for their fireworks. 

Join Jake's Fireworks for their ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 29 at 5170 Stone Mountain Highway, Stone Mountain, GA 30087. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.
12th Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, August 29 |  8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   
Druid Hills Golf Club,  740 Clifton Road NE,  Atlanta
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce returns with its 12th Annual Golf Tournament. Players will gather to enjoy a day of relaxation and golf along with the lovely amenities that make being on the green a great day of fun. 

Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, contact Rick Young at or 404-378-8000.

Georgia Power

DeKalb Chamber in the Community
Mr. Barry Barber and his boys came from South Georgia to help support this clean up effort at McNair High.

DeKalb Chamber partnered with Phoenix Leadership Foundation and T.R. Stegall Education Foundation to host the " McNair Mustang Round Up and Clean Up." More than 150 volunteers came out for this beautification effort. Special thanks to Chick-fil-A, Decide DeKalb and Reliable Restoration for their donations.

DeKalb Chamber President Katerina Taylor served as a guest judge at Ron Clark Academy's Spirit Day.

DeKalb Chamber hosted the students from 21st Century Leaders in Decatur and informed them about the Chamber's role in the community. The students got to meet our partners from the DeKalb County CEO's, District Attorney's and Solicitor-General's office, and Decide DeKalb Development Authority.

More than 100 DeKalb Chamber members and guests were at Smoke Rise Country Club for our June Business-After-Hours. If you missed your chance to visit Smoke Rise, we will be back in the fall.

DeKalb Chamber partnered with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to host the Georgia 2030 Town Hall Meeting. More than 250 guests participated in the interactive presentation that informed guests on the projected growth coming to Georgia. For more information on Georgia 2030, click here.

The DeKalb Business Report is a publication of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

125 Clairemont Avenue,  Suite 235  Decatur  GA 30030 
Telephone:  404-378-8000  |   FAX: 404-378-3397