Did You Know?
UGA reclaims No. 1 spot for new products to market!
The University of Georgia has returned to the top of AUTM’s, national rankings for the number of products developed by industry partners based on UGA research discoveries, marking the seventh straight year UGA has placed among the top five schools in the country for this metric.

AUTM, formerly known as the Association of University Technology Managers, conducts an annual survey of intellectual property licensing and startup activities by universities and research centers, and then turns the survey data into a report that can be used to rank those institutions along a number of tech-transfer categories. This latest survey is based on data from fiscal year 2019. With 53 products reaching the market, UGA is once again the No. 1 institution in the country for new research-based products brought to market by industry partners.

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Upcoming Chamber Events!
Women in Business: Hindsight really is 2020 – The world is waiting...
The Women in Business Committee is excited to launch our first in-person Lunch 'n Learn event in quite a while and hope you can join us! 

We are excited to have as our speaker, Tiffany Hines, CEO of Global Escapes, who will share updates from the travel industry, as it begins to recover after the pandemic.

This event will be held on March 30 from noon to 1:00pm and will be an in-person, socially distanced meeting in the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board Room on 246 W. Hancock Ave. Athens GA 30601. Pre-registration and advance payment will be required for this event. Payment will be $15 for members and $25
for non-members. With payment, Box Lunch will be included and choices from Em's Kitchen include:
  • Italian Panini
  • Turkey-Bacon Avocado
  • Turkey Reuben
  • Veggie Lover's
(will also come with chips, cookie + drink)
Hear from Tiffany Hines:

In early 2020, were you one of those people that wished the world would slow down just for a minute?
I know, me too. 
I have a whole new perspective from this past 12 months. Join me as we talk about the lessons of 2020, travel options available now, Travel Tips for 2021 and why now is a good time to talk about the next 3-5 years of vacation plans. I'll share what I know and will be happy to answer as many travel questions as we have time for!
Join us for Business After Hours at Athentic Brewing Company!
We are so excited to hold our 2nd Business After Hours in quite some time! Come join us for socially distanced networking and enjoy a beer and some nibbles! This event will be held on Thursday, April 1st from 5:00pm-7:00pm on 108 Park Ave Athens GA. As a special treat, Athentic Brewing has live jazz on Thursday's so come on out!

This is a free event, but does require registrations to maintain a safe number of attendees (maximum 50); so confirm your attendance by clicking below!
Jackson EMC and Walton Gas will be hosting the Inaugural Swing into Spring Charity Golf Tournament
at the Athens Country Club in Support of
the Clarke County Mentor Program and the AACOC!
Make plans to join us at this inaugural Charity Golf Tournament! 30 teams have already signed up, and we only have space for 3 more teams! Register today so you don't miss out!

Event Details:
  • Location: Athens Country Club, 2700 Jefferson Rd Athens GA 30607
  • Date: Monday, April 12, 2021
  • Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
  • 10:00am: Arrival/Registration Opens
  • 11:30am: Chick-fil-A boxed lunches distributed
  • Noon: Shotgun Start
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm: Golf Clinic
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm: Reception and Awards

Click below to learn more and register today!
You Don't Want to Miss This!
Secure your position in the Official 2021 Athens Area Chamber Guide!
The Athens Area Chamber Community Guide is a great resource for businesses and townies alike! Those who advertise in the Chamber Guide will enjoy numerous benefits and the ability to reach various members of the Athens community.
If you would like to be featured in this guide, please reach out to Nelson Smith, Regional Marketing Executive at (404) 625-4153 or at the email address below!
Reports brought to you from the Gold Dome!
The Public Policy Division at the Chamber will be scheduling morning wrap up conversations with individuals in our local delegation from the Georgia House and Senate! These wrap ups will focus on important issues encountered during the week. Brief reports will be introduced each Friday through the end of the 2021 General Assembly Session! For this Friday, March 26th at 8:30am, the virtual meeting will focus on a talk with Senators Cowsert and Ginn over what as transpired in Atlanta in the past few weeks.

If you have questions you'd like us to consider asking Representative Frye, please email David Bradley, David.Bradley@athensga.com!

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Grab your UPS discount as a Chamber Member!
The Georgia Chamber is pleased to announce a new partnership with UPS, which gives Chamber investors & members some of the most competitive rates available on UPS shipping services, including domestic air, ground, and international.

By enrolling in the UPS program, or adding the discount to your existing UPS account, you will save up to 34% on a broad portfolio of UPS shipping services. It takes just minutes to create a new account, or add the discount to your existing UPS account, and start
saving today!

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Members in the News!
March for Meals Virtual 5k with Meals on Wheels and ACCA!
Each year, the entire month of March is designated as March for Meals! Sponsored nationally by Meals on Wheels America and locally by the Athens Community Council on Aging, the month is celebrated with a variety of opportunities to learn more about and experience the efforts at filling the plates of the older adults within our own community who are homebound or without the resources to prepare a healthy meal for themselves.

Join the ACCA’s 11th annual March for Meals Virtual 5K from March 21st-March 27th! Register for the March for Meals Virtual 5K today and then head outside and run your 5K in your neighborhood, at your local park or on your treadmill before noon on Saturday, March 27. Don’t forget! Please share your virtual race pictures with us on social media with the hashtag #m4mVR2021

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Want to be featured in the Members in the News Section?
To be featured in the Members in the News Section, submit your content to our 'Members in the News' section (events, press releases, employee recognitions, etc) through the Member Portal!

Feel free to contact
kim@athensga.com with questions!
Member Testimonials!
Rena Harris, Executive Director of GA Options, talks about her organization and how being a member of the AACOC has helped them make important connections.

If you would like to send in a testimonial to the Chamber, use the link below! If you have any questions, please email victoria@athensga.com
Special greetings to our new member of the week! Welcome!
Welcome to the AACOC, Jackson & Brubaker Law PC! We are so happy to have you on board!
A criminal charge can make you feel like your life is over. Jackson & Brubaker Law PC is here to tell you that it is not. You do not need to feel hopeless. When you turn to Jackson & Brubaker Law PC you will receive skilled legal guidance that will help to protect your future and your freedom.

When you work with Jackson & Brubaker Law PC, they will explain the process every step of the way. They will hear your story, listen to your concerns and determine your goals. From there, they will develop a sound, skilled and aggressive legal strategy.
Learn more about our newest member below!
Welcome to the AACOC, Bubolo Medical! We are so happy to have you on board!
Bubolo's medical team consists of more than 30 professionals who are highly trained and qualified to serve your needs.

They pride themselves on the success of their patients and guarantee that everyone will leave their office satisfied. Giving you an exceptional visit and the highest quality of care is always their main goal. Their services include medical weight loss, hair restoration, men's health, women's health, and more!

Learn more about our newest member below!
Get Involved with Athens!
Ben & Jerry's Welcomes Back Old Company Under New Ownership!
Ben & Jerry’s Athens is an independently owned and operated location! In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Ben & Jerry’s Athens wants to celebrate their diverse team! Not only are they a Black owned business, but they give 1 percent of revenue back to racial social and gender equity.

If you want to request Ben & Jerry’s support at your nonprofit or university event you may contact them here. In honor of Women’s History Month Ben & Jerry’s Athens also wants to celebrate their regional manager Alexa Jett, who presides over two locations.

Alexa is a young woman who is making great strides in the business community and also helping push their robust social mission platform forward. If you want to support a Black owned business that is giving back to the community, head to 105 College Avenue today!

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Donate to the Teacher Reuse Store!
The Teacher Reuse Store provides a variety of school supplies, materials, and other items to local educators for FREE! 

The store is a unique collaboration of business, industry, education, and government. It provides an innovative approach to the recovery and reuse of business and industry discards and by-products, as well as community donations. Through this program, items are also kept out of the landfills and put in the hands of our communities’ education systems.

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Celebrate with United Way of Northeast Georgia during their Annual Celebration Event!
United Way of Northeast Georgia is excited to celebrate the work they have done together at their Annual Celebration event!

Join United Way of Northeast Georgia as they honor the work of our community members, the generosity of donors, and the dedication of everyone serving the region. This past year emphasized that we are truly BETTER UNITED. Let's all celebrate that together! This free, virtual event will be on Thursday, March 25 from 11:30am-12:15pm.

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Join the St. Joseph Catholic Parish School Family!
St. Joseph Catholic Parish School is a family of learners who model Christ in all they do. Founded in 1949, St. Joseph is a fully accredited private school that offers a well-rounded education for your children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade! They are conveniently located on the Athens/Oconee border for easy access from many surrounding counties. 

To top things off, they are currently offering scheduled tours! Read below for more information on some of the benefits you can receive with St. Joseph:
  • Excellence in academics
  • Integrated faith information
  • Competitive athletic program
  • Financial aid available
  • On-site after school program
  • and much more!

Click below for more information!
Thank you to all of our 2021 Chamber Champions!
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