Did You Know?
We have raised over $1,500 for local restaurants!
When you register for Pancakes & Policy, you receive a $15 gift card to the restaurant of your choice on the registration page. This money helps support our local restaurants during these difficult and uncertain times. If you haven't registered for Pancakes & Policy yet, please do it soon! Registration will close at 8:00 AM tomorrow morning and is required to receive the Zoom call information.
Members in the News
We have had several members add press releases to our Members in the News feature on our website. Be sure to check it out and read all of the great things our members have been doing!
Upcoming Chamber Chats
Pancakes & Policy
Our popular “Pancakes and Policy” breakfast meeting series will resume on Wednesday, July 29th with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr as our featured guest for this virtual event. He will discuss current legal issues faced by the State of Georgia, with particular emphasis on matters impacting economic development. The cost to participate on the Zoom call is $25.00, which includes a $15.00 gift card to any Chamber member restaurant recognized on the registration page to help support them during these difficult times. 
Business Liability Concerns for Covid-19 Claims
Most of us have changed our business practices over the last several months. The likelihood of extraordinary liability issues/claims is imminent. Our hope is to shed some light as to how you might protect yourself and your business.  Kevin Lang, attorney with Fortson, Bentley and Griffin, P.A. , will discuss the pending '  “Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act” and what protection this bill might offer on July 30th at 3:30.
Public Safety in Athens-Clarke County
Join us for a special Chamber Chat with Athens-Clarke County Chief of Police, Cleveland Spruill on August 4th at 9:00 AM. We expect to talk about the current status of the ACC Police Department, current challenges, and hopes for the future.
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Team During Covid-19
Join us for a Regional Chamber Member event, organized in collaboration with the Athens Area, Barrow, Elbert, Jackson, Madison and Walton County Chambers. COVID-19 has significantly impacted us all in so many ways. In this Chamber Chat, Anissa Starnes, IOM, President of Swingbridge Partners, LLC ., introduces tips and tools to identify, manage, and reduce stress, strategies to balance home and work life, and resources to help you and your team navigate this stressful time. This is a serious topic, but laughter is important, so we will do some of that too! 
Business & Community Update
Join us on August 5th at 9:00 as we get Business/Community Updates with:
College and University Dialogue: Re-entry into the Classroom
Leadership from our post-secondary partners ( University of Georgia Athens Technical College , University of North Georgia , and Piedmont College ) will discuss what students, and the community, can expect when their respective schools start.  The question of when/how schools will reopen if multi-layered. Join us to discover the challenges these schools face and the steps they will take/have taken to overcome those challenges.
Announcements
Economic Development is Searching for Local Creatives
Athens-Clarke County Economic Development  has teamed up with CREATE Athens and a variety of other local organizations to bring you the Athens Creatives Directory! ACD is a place for creatives to share their work and connect with patrons. Before we release the directory to the public, we are looking for Athens creatives to "populate" the directory with listings of their work. If you or someone you know is a local creative, please email athenscreatives@gmail.com with your name and contact information.
A Good Story Foods has Masks!
A Good Story Foods , a product of Epting Events , is now selling masks online with their food! Buy dinner and PPE for your whole family.
Provisions of Hope Baskets
Lydia's Place is collecting Provisions of Hope Baskets July 20-August 30. These baskets help welcome a student who has overcome all obstacles to pursue secondary education. You can drop off baskets here at the AACOC or other locations listed on the flyer.
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