What's New?
Listen to David Bradley provide an update for this week!
Chamber Champion Spotlight
First American Bank & Trust strives to provide the absolute best service to our customers as we adapt to an ever changing world. Our FAB family of employees continue to work, teach, parent, support, and even dance “together” , even when circumstances keep us apart. Assisting local businesses through the PPP loan process and reinvesting money back into our Community through the Athens Area Community Foundation COVID 19 Relief fund are a few of the ways we are working to keep Athens Strong. We are proud of our community and look forward to being together again.
Did You Know?
The Athens Area Chamber is always looking for new ways to bring value to our members and we think we have found a new sales tool that you are going to love! It’s an e-gift card solution called Giftfly , which will be a new way to boost sales and bring in additional dollars NOW , when you need it most.

Click here to learn more about how using Giftfly can be beneficial to your business!

Upcoming Chamber Chats

Join us every Wednesday as we get Business/Community Updates with:

More details about this call can be found here .
Join in on Thursday, June 4th at 10:00 AM for a conversation for nonprofit leaders to share best practices, provide support, and map out the future together!

More details about this call can be found here .
During these historic times, more people in your target audience are actively using LinkedIn than ever before. Using a combination of on-platform live demonstrations and clear recommendations, this high-impact webinar lead by Peter Williams will show you what you need to be doing to make yourself stand out as the solution to their problems.

More details about this call can be found here .
Join the Georgia Chamber and Georgia Hispanic Chamber on June 4, 2020 as they host  Morning Consult  Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer  Kyle Dropp   and Economist John Leer . They will discuss COVID-19 and consumer confidence in this post-COVID economy. Morning Consult will also offer insights and key data points around consumer spending and highlight factors that all businesses should consider when reopening and adjusting their business plans for the future. 

More details about this call can be found here .
Join Athens leaders to watch the film No Small Matter online and learn how you can be involved with early care and learning in Athens. This is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

Presented by the Athens Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Northeast GA Business Alliance and the Early Care and Learning Strategic Action Team of Clarke County (Family Connection - Communities in Schools).

More details about this call can be found here .
The Cancer Foundation (TCF) recently announced that they will now offer financial assistance to cancer patients living in Jasper, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union and White counties. They now serve 25 counties in an effort to further their mission to help alleviate the financial burden of cancer for eligible patients. You can register for their annual Tri to Beat Cancer event at Sandy Creek Park on Sunday, August 30, 2020 if conditions will allow it take place. If not, an alternate event will take its place.

Click here to register.
Bethel Haven, Inc. shared this video explaining the Covid-19 crisis from a counseling perspective. Learn more about how to maintain your well-being and quality of life amid the pandemic and all of the stress it brings.
To address the stress and emotional fatigue many business owners are experiencing at this time, the  UGA School of Social Work  has partnered with the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance to provide online support groups. Solidarity Support Groups offer weekly online groups, facilitated by UGA faculty and master's -level students, for small business owners to connect with other business owners while addressing topics of stress, self-care, resilience, mindfulness, and coping.

Solidarity Support Groups are free of charge. The only requirement is that each member is able to commit to attending each meeting during the 6-week series.  

The next series begins the week of June 15th. Please register before June 8th .

Check out this series of webinars that will identify key milestones & prerequisites in preparation for pursuing GDOT state funded project opportunities. Crossing “Mile Marker 2” on the “Pathway to Success” will provide you with step by step instructions on how to register your business as a Vendor with GDOT’s Office of Construction. This Mile Marker is pivotal because only Prequalified or Registered Vendors can submit bids on GDOT work with federal funding. Even if you are DBE certified, a prime contractor cannot receive credit toward the DBE goal, unless you are a registered vendor. You don’t want to miss this. Learn the why, who, what, where, when and how of Form 478!

Click here to register.
The  Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services  has a fun opportunity for a local Athens-area artist to design their new bus! This is part of the “Athens Pop Up Park” initiative in which they will deliver fun directly to the people. The winning design is awarded $800 and will be seen by thousands of people as the bus drives around town and is present at events and festivals in the future. The deadline for submissions is June 5!

Click here to apply.
The Orchard is opening on July 7th, 2020! Click here to learn more about what makes this new senior living facility so special.
Be sure to continue checking our  Covid-19 Resources  page for all of our upcoming calls, recordings of previous calls, and important resources relating to Covid-19 in Athens.
Thank you to all of our 2020 Chamber Champions!
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