Fall, 2009 - Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

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Fall, 2009 - Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
A Publication of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
FALL 2009
GREETINGS COLUMBIA COUNTY
BUSINESS COMMUNITY
It has been a pleasure serving as the
Chamber’s Executive Director since mid
April. There are three things, I believe,
that make a Chamber successful: 1) a
professional and friendly staff, 2) a highly
focused and member connected board of
directors and 3) a community minded
and active membership. We are fortunate
to have all three. We are also fortunate to
have a remarkable history that has given
the Chamber a positive momentum. It is
awesome to stand in our conference room
and see the pictures of our prior Chairmen
who are responsible for where we are today.
For those of you who are active with the
Chamber, you have seen the energy at our
SuCCess Columbia County Style events,
Hot Topics/Hot Coffee, the Professional
Development Luncheons and the
numerous Ribbon Cuttings with excited
business owners opening new businesses
or celebrating anniversaries. If you have
not been involved, may I recommend to
you, traditional storefront and home
based businesses, to call and get involved
in our Professional Development
Luncheon/Business Expo/Job Fair
coming up on October 20th. The
Chamber office offers a monthly New
Member Orientation that explains the
many benefits and details of membership.
Other Chamber events and offerings
include trips to China and Greece, our
new “Kay Bucks” coupon program,
generating over 2,500 referrals to
Chamber businesses every month, the
Blue Cross Blue Shield Group Discount
Jim Tingen, President & CEO
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
Plan, the Chairman’s Circle and many
more. Please contact the Chamber office
for details about these and other programs.
My wish is that every business owner and
key employee will join the Chamber. I
have had the privilege to meet many of
our active members and community
leaders and this has been an honor for me.
I look forward to meeting many more of
you in the days to come. I appreciate the
people of Columbia County and our
dedicated staff and I look forward to
effectively serving you this year.
Please call or visit us. Here’s wishing you
SuCCess, Columbia County Style!
Jim Tingen, President & CEO
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
706-860-4735
Actively serving our members as a resource, advocate, and catalyst for business success in the C.S.R.A.
COLUMBIA COUNTY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
2009 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Chair
JOHN T. Y. SMITH
Towsley’s Promotional Products
Catch the Wave to Member Benefits!
Go to www.columbiacountychamber.com for membership
information and cost or call the Chamber office and we
will come to you to discuss Chamber membership.
Immediate Past Chair
DON LAWRENCE
DC Lawrence Commercial Real Estate, LLC
Chair Elect
YVONNE MEEKS
SRP Federal Credit Union
Treasurer
KEN WICKER
Doctors Hospital
Secretary
TOM WERNER
Pierwood Construction
Program Chair
MICHELE THOMPSON
Dan Cook Associates
Membership Chair
CHRISTINE SIMMONS
Advanced Technology Group
2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barry Barth
WFXG Fox 54
Dave Belkoski
University Hospital
Tom Blanchard
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate
Bobby Christine
Attorney at Law
William Cleveland
The Cleveland Group, CPAs
Rick Crawford
Security Federal Bank
Wayne Crosby
AT&T
Jason Manley
Georgia Power
Chris McLaughlin
Georgia Bank and Trust
Cary Rivers
Augusta Christian Schools
Ken Shah
Quality Inn
Melody Thompson
MCG Medical Associates
Richard Yzaguirre
Club Car
RIBBON
CUTTING
This is a great way
to celebrate an upcoming special
anniversary of your
business or for a new business just opening. Call the Chamber office at least
two weeks in advance to schedule your Ribbon Cut.
P A S T
Party at the Pavilion
April 7, 2009
E V E N T S
Professional Development
Luncheon
July 14, 2009
Sponsored by:
SUCCESS!
Presenting Sponsor:
Columbia County Style
May 18, 2009
Sponsored by:
SuCCess Columbia County Style
Interested in Hosting SuCCess Columbia County Style
at your Business or sponsoring an Event in 2010?
Contact Tammy Shepherd at the Chamber office at
(706) 651-0018 for sponsorship opportunities.
Premier Sponsors:
Welcome New Members March-August 2009
1-800 Radiator of Augusta
AAA Sign Company, Inc.
Access Marketing Services
Advanced Pain Management
Angel Island Restaurant
Ansley at Town Center
Augsburg Haus, LLC.
Augusta Cheer Academy
Broome Family Eye Care
Carter Orthodontics
Champions Made From
Adversity
Cleve Edmunds’ Bar-B-Que
Colver Construction Services
Citrusolution Carpet Cleaning
Columbia County Exchange
Club
Contac Unlimited, Inc.
Covenant United Methodist
Church
Creative Solutions By Kim
CSRA Camperland
DC Healthcare Consulting
Dermatology Specialists of
Augusta
Elmcroft of Martinez
Evans Lions Club
F&M Bank
Fast-Tek On-Site Computer
Services
First Class Transportation
Food Lion – Grovetown
Food Lion – Columbia Road
Food Lion –Evans to Locks Rd.
Food Lion – S. Belair Rd.
Gateway Storage, LLC.
Girl Scouts of Historic
Georgia
Gleam Team Cleaning Service
Great Deals on Furniture
Heath Telephone & Data, Inc.
Hydro One, LLC.
John M. Carney
Keep Columbia County
Beautiful
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Luciana’s Taste of Italy
Local Edge
Luna Bug Soaps
M. Welsh, Co.
Major Business Machines
Malibu Jack’s
Mark C. Pope
Maryland Fried Chicken
Mass Mutal – Daniel Hayes
Medical Bariatric Associates of
Augusta
MedNow Urgent Care
Meybohm Commercial
Properties
Meybohm/Crown
Milsco Manufacturing Co.
Monkey Joe’s
Morris Museum of Art
New York Life
Optimist Club Martinez-Evans
Original Image, Inc.
Patrick Clayton
Paul M. Thaxton
PowerServe
R. W. Allen, LLC
RAI – Crossroads
Right at Home of the CSRA
Salsa’s Bar & Grill- Evans
Salsa’s Bar & Grill – Martinez
2009 Chamber Committees & Purpose
Ambassador: To support the Chamber’s
effort to welcome new members and to
encourage participation and involvement.
of class, planning and implementation of
each leadership day and evaluation of
program results.
Diplomat: Continues the work of the
ambassadors beginning the 2nd year of
Chamber membership. Maintains regular
contact and delivers packet to renewing
member.
Leadership Columbia County: Steering
committee responsible for planning,
executing, and evaluating each leadership
day, along with securing sponsorships for
the day’s activities.
Small Business Development: To
maintain the Entrepreneur Friendly
designation by implementing new
initiatives designed to benefit potential
and existing small businesses.
Hospitality Council: To address the
specific needs and advocate for the
Chamber hotel and restaurant members.
Government Affairs: Advocate for
Chamber Members regarding government
related concerns or legislative issues and
address or take action where needed in
education of members and community.
Industrial Council: Industrial
partnership and Quality of life focus plus
sharing of best practices and resources.
Youth Leadership: Directs Youth
Leadership program including selection
Home Based Business Committee:
Starting in October. Share best practices in
a round table format and discover the
resources available to promote your home
based business.
Focus and Standing Committees:
Annual Meeting, Annual Golf
Tournament, Past Chairs Committee,
Executive Committee, Finance
Committee, By-laws and Constitution
Committee, and Nominating
Committee.
Savannah Lakes Village &
Golf
Simply Sweet Bakery
Sorpresas Moments of
Celebration
Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc.
Sparkle Car Wash 2
Stevens Park Health &
Rehabilitation
Stevenson & Palmer
Engineering
Sunbelt Website Marketing
Susan Salisbury
Taurus Lawn Care
Think Tank Tech
Two Men and a Truck
United Technology Group
Verizon Wireless
VIP Realty Services, Inc.
Wal-Mart Grovetown
When HELP Can’t Wait
WMW Insurance Services
Xerox Corporation
Young Professionals of
Augusta
Membership
Benefits
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION:
Whether you have just joined the
Chamber or want a reminder of how to
get the most out of your benefits, join
us for New Member Orientation.
Orientation focuses on how to use the
Chamber website to grow your
business and how to take advantage of
posting a Hot Deal, Job posting or an
upcoming event. Learn how to become
involved with a committee and about
which upcoming event would best
benefit you! Orientation is a one hour
session held in the Chamber Conference
room with alternating 8:30 a.m. and
4:00 p.m. monthly sessions. Check the
Chamber Calendar for the schedule
and make your reservation today. Next
two sessions: October 6th at 8:30 a.m.
and November 4th at 4:00 p.m.
U P CO M I N G E V E N T S
5th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament
September 14, 2009
Bartram Trail Golf Club
11:30 a.m. Registration and box lunch
12:30 p.m. Shot Gun start
Presenting Sponsor:
Premier Sponsors:
Executive Sponsors:
SRP Federal Credit Union
MCG Medical Associates
Georgia Bank and Trust
Wachovia Bank
Health & Education Credit Union
Professional Development Luncheon /
Business Expo / Job Fair
October 20, 2009
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce cordially
invites you to participate in a day filled with Networking,
Professional Development and Business Resources – the
Columbia County Chamber Way! The Professional Development Luncheon / Business Expo / Job
Fair begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and
a keynote speaker Kim Marcille with
the message of “5 Secrets from Science
for Skyrocketing Results.” Her book
entitled The Science of Making Things
Happen: How to Turn Any Possibility into
Reality will be released in April, 2010.
Area business exhibitors and
Kim Marcille
employment service companies are
invited to have a booth. In addition to the expo, afternoon
workshops on a variety of business topics will be presented by
experts in their fields. Booth prices: $250 for Chamber
members including two lunch tickets, and $325 for nonchamber members including 2 lunch tickets. Reservations and
payment are required in advance for the luncheon -$20 per
person. Open to the general public free of charge at 1:30 p.m.
Presenting Sponsor:
Hot Topic / Hot Coffee + Speed Networking
October 1, 2009
Premier Sponsors:
Columbia County Government Center – Building A - Auditorium
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Program: Plant Vogtle Update and
how to do business with Plant Vogtle.
Sponsored By:
RSVP: Chamber office at (706) 651-0018
Free for members / $10 for first time visitors.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Speed Networking - Members Only.
Expo / Workshop Sponsors:
2010 LEADERSHIP CLASS
Trey Allen
Stacie Adkins
Craig Archer
Tina Baggott
David Bagwell
Rhonda Banks
Charles Bennett
Darrell Byrd
Bobby Christine
Casey Cliatt
John DeFoor
Leah Eldridge
Sean Frantom
Jesse Hughes
Deborah Humphrey
Scott Johnson
Stephen Kendrick
Kanta Kondur
Debbie McCord
Sonny McDowell
Chris McLaughlin
Lee Ann Meyer
Troy Post
Jenny Stanley
Karen Swim
Tommy Vigneri
Learning Express Toys
Columbia Cty. Board of Commissioners
SRP Federal Credit Union
Comcast Cable
Bagwell Insurance
Keystone Homes
Queensborough National Bank
Regions Bank
Attorney at Law
Augusta Telephone
DeFoor Realty
CSRA Federal Credit Union
Spherion Staffing
Hughes Business Services
MCG Health, Inc.
Columbia Cty. Board of Commissioners
Kendrick Paint and Body
Best Western Hotel
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Grayco Detention Equipment
Georgia Bank and Trust
Red Oak Manor
Development Authority of Columbia Cty.
The Stanley Group
Doctors Hospital
Serotta, Maddocks, Evans & Co. CPA’s
Title
Sponsor:
2010
YOUTH
LEADERSHIP
CLASS
Title Sponsor:
Front row (left to right): Garrett Sisson, Maddy Elledge, Ben Bissell, Elizabeth Valerio,
Charmaine Marshall, Brendon Palowitch, Caroline Stanley, Macy McNair, Haleigh
Newman, Kendyl Pennington. 2nd row (left to right): Wesley Colston, Ben Stewart,
Rebecca Beaird, Jacob Walker, Rachel Scaffe, Tommy Coleman, Marie Jolly, Brandon
Black, Keith Sellers, Jonathan Baker, Daniel Horuzsko, Sebastian Gray, David Gibbs,
Matthew Keskula, Michael Moore, Johnny Leonard, Jonathan Hartman, Lauren Noto.
Meet the Chamber Staff
Seated: Tammy Shepherd, Vice President of Business
Development, Jim Tingen, President/CEO
Standing: Lauren M. Smith, Programs Coordinator,
Nancy Peyser, Administrative Assistant, and
Ami Smith, Bookkeeper.
JIM TINGEN
President & CEO
706-860-4735
[email protected]
TAMMY SHEPHERD
Vice President of Business Development
706-364-0425
[email protected]biacountychamber.com
LAUREN M. SMITH
Programs Coordinator
706-860-2146
[email protected]
NANCY PEYSER
Administrative Assistant
706-651-0018
[email protected]
AMI SMITH
Bookkeeper
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