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DATE:  February 20, 2020
TIME:   Reception  5:30 pm  | Dinner 6:30 pm
LOCATION:  UWG Campus Center Ballroom
COST:  $65.00 for individuals | $500 for table of 8
At the Annual Award Dinner, the Chamber will reflect on 2019 accomplishments and review its 2020 program of work, welcoming The Honorable Brian P. Kemp, Governor of the State of Georgia as our keynote speaker and honored guest.  RSVP is required.  No registration at the door on the 20th. Space is limited.
Click links below to register
5    The Ambassadors meeting  | TBA
       RedCube Conference  | 8:30 am - 2 pm | City Station
10   Board Meeting 
11   BSS:  Glenn Shephard Seminar | 8:30 am | The Burson Center 
       (As part of the agreement with Glenn Shepard, he sends out mailers on our
        behalf. Unfortunately, a glitch in his system may have caused some members to
        receive more than one copy.)

       Leadership Academy Kickoff | 9:00 am  | Chamber
12   Workforce Development Council | 8:30 am | Chamber
13   Business Development Council | 8:30 am | Chamber
        Business of the Month | 10:00 am | Willie A Watkins Funeral Home
20   Annual Dinner | 5:30 pm Reception & 6:30 pm Dinner | UWG Ballroom 
25   Government Affairs Council | 8:00 am | Chamber  
26   Sunrise Seminar: Digital Well-Being | 9:00 am | Chamber
27   Membership Breakfast | 7:30 am | Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center

February 19  | 5 pm - 8 pm
SBDC Starting a Business - Cost is $69.  Registration is required.  The link to registration is

4    The Ambassadors  | 8:30 am  | Chamber
10  Business of the Month  | 10 am | TBA
24   Government Affairs Council | 8:00 am | Chamber
25   Sunrise Seminar  | 9:00 am | Chamber

Additional Info:

No-shows will be billed; 24-hour notice is required for all cancellations.  If you have special requirements, please contact us 2 weeks prior to the event.  Questions?  Contact Director of Programs and Events Suzy McCorkel at 678.890.2360 or

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available - contact our office at 770.832.2446 for more information. 

Special Note:  The Chamber lobby renovation continues. The Carroll Tomorrow building, which is located directly behind the Chamber office, will be open for walk-in traffic.
What Will You Do with your Extra Day?
What will you do with the extra day we all get this leap year on Saturday, February 29?  The Chamber invites you to take part in "Leap of Kindness Day" and do something kind for someone else.  Locally- based chambers of commerce across the US are encouraging businesses and individuals to come together for the benefit of others.  Some examples?  Collecting and delivering warm clothes to a shelter, visiting someone in a nursing home, or simply a kind gesture to your staff.  On Leap of Kindness Day, the possibilities are endless and this is the perfect segue way from our Power of Positive Posting held over the holidays.

Initiated by the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce in 2016, the #LeapofKindnessDay movement is expanding to include more than 100 chambers nationwide.  Leap of Kindness Day can motivate individuals of any age to connect with charities, build team spirit among employees who work towards a kindness goal and give nonprofits a new avenue to thank their donors or sponsors.  Share your kindness stories with our Chamber by tagging us on social media and using the two hashtags:  #ThinkCarrollFirst and  #LeapofKindnessDay.
11   SCORE:  Ask the CPA:  Tax Advice for Small Businesses
13   SCORE:  7 Steps to Starting a Business on a Shoestring Budget
19   BizLaunch:  How to Cost and Price Your Products and Services Profitably

4      BizLaunch:  Templates, Tools and Systems you can use to grow your business
10    SCORE:  Why Diversity and Inclusion Need to Be Small Business Priorities

SCORE:  The StartUp Roadmap - sponsored by FedEx - guides you step-by-step from planning to launch. The Roadmap includes 12 chapters on various business topics and each contains steps to success, mentor tips, and resources.  More information can be found here. 

Recorded Webinars|Videos

BizLaunch:  Low Cost Marketing Tools- Small Business Experts
BizLaunch:  How to Create a Business Plan
BizLaunch:  Improve Your Presentation Skills and Grow Your Business
SBA:  Customer Service
SBA:  Legal Requirements for Small Business
Presenting & Public Speaking Tips: How to Improve Skills and Confidence
US Chamber: Messages that Work to Build Stronger Partnerships
Speaking Up Without Freaking Out | Matt Abrams |TedXTalks

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative working since 2008 to offer free and open online courses. 
Business Administrations    |   Human Resource Management   | Professional Development 

MITOPENCOURSEWARE - Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans

Business Podcasts 2020
University of Adversity                                  How Are You Helping?
The Smart Woman Show                              Stupid Wise Girl
The Authentic Audience                                SuperHero Academy
Being Motherhustler
The Chamber extends a warm welcome to the newest members of its board of directors, elected at the end of 2019.  Each has a three-year term, beginning in January 2020. For a full listing of the Chamber's board of directors, scroll down to the end of this newsletter or find them here on our website.  We look forward to working with these talented professionals as we continue to grow the Chamber and serve our membership.
Chris Bell
(Roopville Mayor)
Ashley Bush
Paula Burke
(UGA Cooperative Extension)
Janet Chumley
(VR Mainstreet Director)
Betty Cason
(Carrollton City Mayor)
Vincent Dortch
(Antioch Missionary Baptist Church)

Jon Hardesty
(Superior International Industries)
Marie Jenson
(Off-Road Innovations, Inc)
Debra Land 
(02 Plus, Inc)
Howard Ray
John Sammon
(Georgia West Realty)

Welcome New Member!
Please join us in welcoming our newest members by stopping by to
say hello and patronizing their businesses.

You can invite businesses to join our growing Chamber by contacting our office at 770.832.2446 or
Adrian Smith Realtor
354 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan, Georgia 30265
Phone:  (404) 902-7722
Category:  Individual

Joey Martin Auctioneers
Contact:  Joey Martin
3500 N. Highway 27, Carrollton, Georgia 30117
Phone:  (678) 673-9194
Category:  Auctioneers of heavy equipment/land

Metal Roofing Manufacturered by Arrow, LLC
Contact:  Sherri Olvey
400 Cottage Hill Road, Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone:  (678) 890-1184
Category:  Roofing and Siding

Sonja Davidson State Farm Insurance
Contact:  Sonja Davidson
941 S. Carroll Road, Ste. E, Villa Rica, Georgia 30180
Phone:  (678) 952-3326
Category:  Insurance

TPI Engineered Systems, Inc.
Contact:  Morgan Berry
4045 Orchard Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Phone:  (700) 485-7400
Category:  Manufacturing

Triple R Real Estate
Contact:  Robin R. Rogers
128 Newnan Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30117
Phone:  (678) 890-1274
Category:  Real Estate
Thank you Renewing Members!
Your membership is a symbol of confidence in the work of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. We sincerely thank renewing members for their ongoing support. Please remember these partners when you do business.
List of Renewing Members
Grow with Google Speaker and Trainer Demming Bass entertained an audience of about 70 local business professionals last month as he worked his way through best practices for engine optimization, content marketing, and social media marketing. AND yes he did say Google searches DID favor Chamber online directories IF we have responsive sites and we do.

Many attendees walked away with new tools and a new To-Do list for their website.  Test My Site is one he touched on that measures your website's performance across devices, from mobile to desktop, providing you with a list of specific fixes that can help connect more quickly with people online. Evidently, anything under 5 is okay, but 3 is optimum.  Below are some resources discussed during the seminar.   
Google My Business -
Google Accounts -
Google Search Console -
Google Trends -
Mobile Friendly test-
Google Ads-
Google Analytics-
More Pictures from Google Seminar
Great way to end the month of January of this New Year with a Chamber 101 session. A crowded room full of new and existing members with a couple of prospective members thrown into the mix all getting the 411 on the Carroll Chamber!
The Carroll County Junior Chamber participants recently participated in a "mock" commission meeting with Carroll County Commission Chair Michelle Morgan and several county commissioners and county leaders. 

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Little Vine Vineyards and Winery as the business of the month for January 2020. 

Little Vine Vineyards and Winery in Villa Rica, is bringing back a tradition of fine wines once produced in Western Georgia in the 1890s. This area of the state at one time was a major vineyard and winery center with some 20,000 acres planted in bunch grapes before prohibition. The grapes at Little Vine Vineyards and Winery are the first commercial wine grapes planted in West Central Georgia since 1907 and the winery is the first constructed here in over 100 years. Just as Villa Rica was home to the nation's first gold rush in 1826, Little Vine is striving to reestablish the golden era of winemaking here after a century-long absence.    Owners, Jerry and Sherrie Culver invite you to stop by to see, and taste, for yourself. 
Little Vine Vineyards and Winery is located at 665 North Hulett Road in Villa Rica.  For more information, please visit their website by phone at (770) 851-4454.

To nominate a local business, please submit the completed nomination form located on our website and send it to our office via one of these options:  Fax:  770.832.1300; Email:; or  Mail:  200 Northside Drive, Carrollton, GA 30117. 


The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting for City MedSpa
City MedSpa specializes in cosmetic dermatology offering medical aesthetic treatments in a convenient manner. City MedSpa was created to help improve customers’ lives and experiences by offering individualized treatment plans that have proven results. City Medspa is owned and operated by a board-certified physician and nurse practitioners who pride themselves on continuing their aesthetic education.
City MedSpa is located at 309 Bankhead Highway in Carrollton, Georgia.  For more information, please visit the website at or by phone at (404) 301-2324.



The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting for Pizza Hut located at 664 W Bankhead Highway, Suite 3F in Villa Rica.  For more information, please contact them at 770.459.1041.

Spring is a busy time for our local non profits.  Check out some fundraisers and community events coming up from some of your fellow Chamber members below and show them some support!  Have a fundraiser coming up?  Submit a 600 x 200 pixel advertisement for this section by the 21st of each month to get listed in this section. Can link to Facebook page or website if link is provided. 
Mission Statement:
Building a Stronger Business Community by Engaging Progressive Leadership and Diverse Resources
2020 Executive Committee
Chairperson: Kirby Butler, United Community Bank
Chairperson-Elect: Jay Gill, Carroll EMC 
Vice-Chairman: Dr. Mark Albertus, Carrollton City Schools
Treasurer: Jill Duncan, State Farm Insurance
Past Chairperson:  Bill Stone, Systems & Methods, Inc. 
List of 2020 Board of Directors
Your Chamber and Carroll Tomorrow Staff
Daniel Jackson, President & CEO -
JR Charles,  Vice President of Economic Development -
Suzy Montalto, Director of Operations -
Suzy McCorkel, Director of Program and Events -
Rhyne Owenby, Director of Member Engagement -
Katlyn Bradshaw, Incubator Manager at Burson Center -
Joan Finch, Information Specialist & DFW Coordinator -

Bank OZK
Carroll County Sheriff's Office
Carroll County Water Authority
J. Smith Lanier & Company | Auto Owners Insurance Company
Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Southland Insurance Agency
State Farm Insurance - Amy Brown
Synovus Bank
Trident Seafoods Corporation

AgSouth Farm Credit ACA / AgSouth Mortgages
C.M. Tanner Grocery Company
Crane Industry Services
Fairfield Plantation Golf & Country Club
John Thornton Cadillac Buick GMC
Southern States Bank 
State Farm Insurance - Jill Duncan

Auto Supply Company
Carrollton Emergency Physicians
Combined Worksite Solutions
Dollar Heating & Air
Edward Jones/ Fred O'Neal, Financial Advisor
Garrett, Thomas & Fazio PC
GLA Roofing
Lewis Fire Protection
Oak Mountain Academy
Rushton & Company, LLC
SunSouth, LLC
Tisinger Vance PC - Attorneys at Law
The Times-Georgian

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Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 770-832-2446
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