About the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

Vision

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is the essential business champion for Athens –the premier community for creativity, innovation and economic development.

Mission

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business. By connecting, innovating and growing opportunity for all, the Chamber is laying the foundation for tomorrow’s workforce and economy.

Values

Integrity: Trusted to do the right things in the right way
Leadership: Empowering ourselves and others to lead with confidence
Inclusiveness: Listening to and learning from others
Collaboration: Seeking partners to accomplish big ideas – together
Innovation: Embracing fresh, new ideas

Under the leadership of President/CEO, David Bradley, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is Lighting the Way for Athens!

Chamber members are active participants in the community; providing leadership on non-profit boards, sponsoring events and allowing their employees time to volunteer. Future and present leaders of the community benefit from the Chamber’s LEAD Athens program, formerly Leadership Athens. LEAD/Leadership of Athens Alumni include Judge Steve Jones, Cardee Kilpatrick, former Mayors Heidi Davison and Doc Eldridge, State Representatives Spencer Frye and Houston Gaines, Michael Thurmond, Barbara Dooley and former ACC Police Chief Jack Lumpkin. Founded in 1982, LEAD Athens stands for: Leadership, Education, Awareness and Development.

Education and workforce development is a strong focus of the Chamber. The Clarke County Mentor Program, which began in March 1991 as a joint initiative of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and the Clarke County School District. The Chamber partners with the Clarke County School District to present the Teacher of the Year award at the Annual Meeting each year, and sponsors the STAR student and teacher from each of the local high schools. The Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development Committee is deeply engaged with local schools to develop a workforce for today and tomorrow. This committee meets monthly in conjunction with Envision Athens' Educate Athens and Serve Athens committees.

From luncheons to small business seminars, there are countless ways to get involved with the Chamber.

Members take advantage of effective networking at monthly functions including NetWORK Lunch and Business After Hours. In addition, we have the Women in Business Committee, which meets the second Tuesday of the month and focuses on areas of interest for women. The Small Business Committee, which started in 2014, hosts a monthly Small Business Breakfast Club on the third Thursday of each month, and focuses on topics from corporate culture to managing millennials. The Chamber has seven active, vibrant committees that exist to provide meaningful opportunities for Chamber Members. Additionally, the Chamber hosts several major fundraisers each year and collaborates with other Chambers of Commerce to host legislative events and special events with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

By joining the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce you are lending your voice to a thriving business community. Members have access to insurance programs that can offer substantial savings each year. Membership starts at just $349 per year. We hope you will make this critical investment in your business, yourself and your community!