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8     Workforce Development Council | 8:30 am | Chamber
9     Business Development Council | 8:30 am | Chamber
       Business of the Month | 10:00 am | Little Vine Vineyards
13   New Board Member Orientation | 12:00 noon | Chamber
Chamber Travel:  The Best of Eastern Canada | 5:30 pm | Chamber
BSS:  Grow Your Business with Google  | 8:00 am - 12 noon | The Burson Center
23   Marketing & Communications Council | 8:30 am | Chamber
28    Government Affairs Council | 8:00 am | Chamber
30    Chamber 101  | 8:30 am | Chamber

5     The Ambassadors | 8:30 am | Chamber
10   Board Meeting 
11   BSS:  Glenn Shephard Seminar | TBA
       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 | TBA
20   Annual Dinner | TBA 
26   Sunrise Seminar: Digital Well-Being | 9:00 am | Chamber
27   Membership Breakfast | 7:30 am | C C Schools Performing Arts Center

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. The renovation is expected to continue until the second week of January.  We appreciate the time and effort Lee Layton has put in on this project on behalf of the Chamber.  Thank you, Lee!
7    SCORE:  Move your Business Beyond Its Competition: Recognize Non-obvious trends
      BizLaunch:  Growing Your Business in 2020 Seven Steps to Success
8    NFIB:  New Laws for 2020
21  BizLaunch:  Creating a Business Plan That Gets Results 
23  SCORE:  How to Take Your Business Global in the Digital Age
28  SCORE:  Smart Credit Card Strategies for Entrepreneurs
30  SCORE:  Trademarks & Copyrights- Is Your Brand Protected?

11   SCORE:  Ask the CPA:  Tax Advice for Small Businesses

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

My Own Business Institute - free online education for entrepreneurs
Starting a Business
Business Expansion
Business Podcasts 2020
University of Adversity                                  How Are You Helping?
The Smart Woman Show                              Stupid Wise Girl
The Authentic Audience                                SuperHero Academy
Being Motherhustler
More than excited to have Milestone's Christmas Open House and Gumbo Event back on the Chamber calendar.  Michael and Andrea Stone and the staff of Milestone Investment Management put on a great event every year.  Great food, good fellowship and something that provided some Christmas cheer on a dreary rainy day in December.  

Milestone Investment offers experienced, highly personalized financial advice that helps clients define goals with confidence, gain clarity on financial matters, and put a long-term plan in place that seeks to help clients build wealth one milestone at a time. 

The Chamber Board did vote at their retreat this past October to put networking events back into the schedule of events for 2020.  Keep a watch on the Chamber calendar for future events.  
More Pictures from Networking Event
WBA held its December Coffee Break at the new Tanner Health Pavilion, in the Blue Bike Bistro.  Attendees were given a bright overview of the facilities from Tanner staff including Kelly Meigs, our 2020 Marketing and Communications Co-Chair.

The Women's Business Alliance goal each year is to promote the balanced interests and lifestyles of the community's professional women.  This committee sponsors quarterly networking coffee breaks with the mission to connect women of all career levels, strengthen their professional networks, and engage them in the Carroll County business community.  Denise Martin with Georgia Vision Institue is the WBA chair. 
Pictures from 2019 WBA EVENTS
The Chamber expressed its thanks to the individuals and business participants in the 2019 Forward Carroll Investor program at the annual steak breakfast held at Longhorn Steakhouse. Thank you Lenny Longo and Longhorn for allowing us to do this each year.  Chairman Bill Stone (Systems & Methods, Inc) did a fantastic job in 2019 and speaking at this event was no exception.

FC is a year-round sponsorship campaign with levels ranging from $500 to $3000 that supports Chamber activities and events above and beyond membership investment dues. We are still seeking FC investors for 2020.  If interested, please let us know!

More pictures from FC Breakfast
The Marketing and Communications Council will be reviewing the results of the recent communications survey to see if anything needs to be adjusted with how the Chamber communicates with its members.  Thank you to all who participated!
Some results from the survey were: 
  • 76% of Chamber members that participated said they preferred receiving communications by email.
  • Chamber members did not visit our website often, but when they did 43% said it was to review or register for Chamber events.
  • 85% felt they received adequate notice of upcoming events and meetings
  • 86% of those surveyed said they read the newsletter
  • Only 33% personally engage with the Chamber via social media
  • Members surveyed were most interested in receiving event and meeting information (62%)  from the Chamber followed by the chamber and local business news (23.8%)
A new program of work for the upcoming year is the end result of discussions at the staff and board retreat each October.   As part of the new changes for 2020 is a name change.  Many of our committees will now be called Councils as well as the addition of a new council for 2020 -- the Industry Leaders Council.  This new council will be led by JR Charles.  A chair has not been announced at this time. The new program of work can be found on our website here
2020 Council/Committee Chairs
Agribusiness Council - Sam Duke (Agrimerica Farm & Construction, LLC)
Business Development Council - Amy Brown (State Farm Insurance) and Gary Hewitt (Southland Insurance Agency)
Government Affairs Council- Brian Dill (Tanner)
Industry Leaders Council - TBA
The Ambassadors - Deadra Gamble (CenterState Bank) and Debra Land (O2 Plus)
Marketing & Communications Council - Ben Chambers (WGTC) and Kelly Meigs (Tanner)
Women's Business Alliance - Denise Martin (Georgia Vision Institute)
Workforce Development Council - Cindy Clanton (Carroll County Schools) and Jill Duncan (State Farm Insurance)
Annual Meeting Committee - Jay Gill (Carroll EMC)
2020 Golf Tournament Committee- Wayne Payne (OmniCall)

Thank you all for your time and efforts in making this Chamber be the best for our members and this community!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2020 standard mileage rates. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (down from 58 cents in 2019)
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (down from 20 cents in 2019)
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (currently fixed by Congress)
NEW DOL Overtime Rule Effective January 1, 2020

Key features of the final rule are:

  • Raises the salary threshold necessary for a white-collar employee to qualify as exempt to $684 per week or $35,568 annually, which is set at the 20th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers in the lowest income census region (currently the South);
  • Does not change the duties tests, which also must be met for a white-collar employee to qualify as exempt;
  • Provides that up to 10 percent of the standard salary level may come from non-discretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid at least annually;
  • Raises the salary threshold necessary to qualify for the highly compensated employee exemption from $100,000 to $107,432 annually, which is the equivalent of the 80th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationwide. To qualify as a highly compensated employee, an employee must also receive at least $684 per week on a salary or fee basis exclusive of bonuses and incentive payments; and
  • Sets forth no automatic updates to the salary thresholds. The final rule provides that the thresholds will be updated more regularly (but not on any set fixed interval) in the future after notice and an opportunity to comment on any proposed changes before they are implemented. 

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Evan's Barbeque Company as the business of the month for December 2019. 

Evan's Barbeque Company in Villa Rica opened its doors five years ago. Locally owned and operated by Michael and Alicia White, the duo have a combined 40+ years experience in the culinary industry. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Michael honed his culinary skills for nine years at the world-renowned 21 Club in New York City, followed by four years at The Capital City Club in Atlanta.  Alicia worked under acclaimed restaurateur Danny Meyer and several celebrity chefs, including Bobby Flay and Rocco DiSpirito in New York City. Their 13 years spent in New York City provided them immeasurable experience within the culinary field. The duo remained in NYC for a little over a year and a half following the birth of their son, eventually deciding to return to their Southern roots more spacious surroundings and closer proximity to family members.  Evan's voted "Best Barbeque in Villa Rica," has a wide variety of menu items and takes pride in offering upscale barbeque with a twist.  | 770.459.5543


The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting for Vision Source- Signature Eye Care located in Villa Rica.  
Vision Source is a family of over 3,200 locally owned practices and more than 4,500 doctors collaborating to provide quality professional eye care and to support the long-term success of independent optometry. Dr. Michael Rothschild and his staff are dedicated to providing highly personalized services delivered through a unique heritage of shared expertise.  In addition to eye examines and a great selection of eyewear, Vision Source provides disease detection and management of chronic conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension, and macular degeneration. For additional information, please visit their website at or by phone at 678-460-0498.


The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting for Home Sweet Home Interior Furnishings & Design located in Carrollton, GA. 

Locally owned by Karen Burgess and Amber Pollard, the Home Sweet Home showroom offers a huge selection of exclusive home furnishings and decor plus the area's only interior design consulting, custom upholstery, custom window coverings, and faux wall painting. For additional information, please visit their website at or by phone at 770-832-7720.


The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting for the
Vicki Maxwell Roberts Hand Center at Southern Therapy Services located in Carrollton, GA. 

The Center is a newly renovated, state-of-the-art hand clinic.  The new space allows staff to provide the highest standard of care for hand and upper extremity services.  Vicki has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for over 40 years.  She is the Director of Occupational Therapy at Southern Therapy and has been a practicing Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) for 28 years.   

Founded in 1978, Southern Therapy Services has become a leader in the rehabilitation field in the West Georgia and East Alabama area.  With nearly 100 staff members, which include physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, contract speech therapists, athletic trainers, financial professionals, reimbursement specialists, and outstanding support personnel.  The highly skilled and compassionate team of therapists assist patients to overcome any type of muscle, joint or nerve pain, restore range of motion and increase strength.

For additional information, please visit their website at or by phone at 678-390-6166.


Welcome New Member!
Please extend a warm Chamber welcome to the following new member 
and remember them when you do business!
Salon Renew
Contact:  Eva Adams
2000 Mirror Lake Blvd., Villa Rica, GA 30180
Phone:  (770) 783-9283
Category:  Hair Salon

West Georgia Produce, LLC
Contact:  Brianna Schroeder
2199 Roosterville Road, Roopville, GA 30170
Phone:  (470) 722-0388
Category:  Agriculture and Farms
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
Ben Chambers 
Winner of our 
Power of Positive

Congratulations Ben!

Thank you everyone who participated.  We read many good POSITIVE things about the community and will expand on this idea to keep the good vibes going in 2020.  Stay tuned!
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 Water Authority
J. Smith Lanier & Company | Auto Owners Insurance Company
Southland Insurance Agency
State Farm Insurance - Amy Brown
Synovus Bank
Yachiyo Manufacturing of America

AgSouth Farm Credit ACA / AgSouth Mortgages
C.M. Tanner Grocery Company
Southern States Bank 
State Farm Insurance - Jill Duncan
John Thornton Cadillac Buick GMC

Auto Supply Company
Carrollton Emergency Physicians
Combined Worksite Solutions
Garrett, Thomas & Fazio PC
GLA Roofing
Lewis Fire Protection
Oak Mountain Academy
Rushton & Company, LLC
SunSouth, LLC
Tisinger Vance PC - Attorneys at Law 

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200 Northside Drive 
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 770-832-2446
Fax: 770-832-1300

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