October 1, 2015

Call for Nominations: 2016 ATHENA Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 ATHENA Award, presented annually to celebrate the accomplishments of female leaders in the Athens area. The ATHENA Award is presented annually to an individual who has been nominated for embodying the highest level of professional excellence in her business or profession, dedicating time and energy to better the quality of life for others in the community, and helping women reach their full potential. Last year’s ATHENA Award recipient was Andree Terry, owner of Andree’s Essential Soaps. Nominees will be recognized at the Athena Luncheon, hosted by the Women in Business Council on...

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September 30, 2015

Preview: October Chamber Events

Football is now in full swing, as the temperatures and leaves begin to fall. At the Chamber, we aren’t slowing down either! We have plenty of great events planned for the first full month of fall. Visit our events calendar to see everything that’s going on in Athens in October. October 13: NetWORK Lunch Carrabba’s, 11:30am NetWORK Lunch meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM at Carrabba’s in Athens. The cost is $15.00 per person, and RSVP’s are required to attend. NetWORK Lunch offers Chamber Members an opportunity to network and fellowship in a casual environment....

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September 25, 2015

Featured Member: Walden Merger & Acquisition Services

Name Alexander Sams, Walden Merger & Acquisition Services   What inspired you to start your business in Athens? Athens is my native hometown. The people and businesses often need “big city” services like Walden offers, but with a local connection. Plus, Athens is where I want to live and work, so why not serve here?   What made you decide to become a Chamber member? I’ve been watching the Chamber over the years, and I’ve seen that the leadership has an understanding of the community it serves. Businesses are people weight loss tablets that work fast. People need people. Our...

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September 23, 2015

Featured Member: Georgia Square Collision

Name Brad Tucker, Georgia Square Collision What inspired you to start your business in Athens? Southern towns with universities provide a unique blend of hospitality, culture, climate and opportunity. My family has lived in Athens for the last 15 years, and when the possibility of owning the collision center presented itself, I jumped at the chance. What made you decide to become a Chamber member? Georgia Square Collision is a Chamber member for several reasons. We believe in active participation in the business community and feel that the Chamber is the best option for being involved with businesses in a...

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September 15, 2015

Become a Small Business Rock Star!

The Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association is again planning to recognize small business owners of note across the state. Past winners include Athens-based TSAV, which was recognized for its work to fill a niche in the education marketplace not being served by its competitors, among other accolades. The Small Business Rock Stars program is accepting nominations until September 30. If you have fewer than 100 employees, are a Georgia-based, for-profit company and have been assisted by either your local or state economic development team, you’re eligible! Nominate yourself or another great Georgia small business....

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September 8, 2015

Spend a night at the movies for the 2015 Mid-Year

Mid-Year is not only one of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s largest fundraisers, it might also be our favorite. Each September, hundreds of Chamber members, friends from the community and local elected officials gather at this business casual event to give back to the business community and have a great time. There are no awards or speeches, just a night of fun. This year’s event, on Sept. 22 from 5:30-7 p.m., the Chamber and presenting sponsor the Georgia Theatre Company will welcome more than 300 guests with a bit of cinematic flair. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at University...

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September 3, 2015

September Chamber Events

September is here and we’re busy getting ready to kick off football season, but the Chamber and our members have plenty of great events planned to pass the time between each Saturday. Visit our events calendar to see everything that’s going on in Athens in September. September 8: NetWork Lunch Carrabba’s, 11:30 a.m. NetWORK Lunch meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM at Carrabba’s in Athens. The cost is $15.00 per person, and RSVP’s are required to attend. NetWORK Lunch offers Chamber Members an opportunity to network and fellowship in a casual environment. RSVP September 15:...

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August 19, 2015

Guest Post: The 10 best productivity apps for your team

Athens Chamber member Richie Knight, a senior partner at HW Creative Marketing, spoke at this month’s Small Business Breakfast Club to share how his team uses cloud-based apps to power their business. Below, read some of Richie’s tips and flip through his presentation, in case you couldn’t attend the breakfast. Check the calendar to register for the September Small Business Breakfast Club, where another speaker will share some of their best tips for success. This post first appeared on the HW blog. As business owners, we wear a lot of hats. With poor organization, it’s only a matter of time...

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August 18, 2015

What is NetWORK Lunch?

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce hosts several events each month, but a favorite among members is our monthly NetWORK Lunch, held on the second Tuesday of each month. We meet at the restaurant of our choice at 11:30, order lunch and mingle while we get ready to hear about what local businesses are up to. Here are some answers to the questions we’re asked most often about NetWORK Lunch. Where is NetWORK Lunch? We’ll meet at Carrabba’s Italian Grill on Atlanta Highway for September and October NetWORK Lunches, and at the Graduate Athens in November, December and January. Check...

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