New Membership Benefit - Register Today!Succeeding in business is about making smart decisions. That's why the Chamber has partnered with COS Business Products & Interiors to create the BrilliantBuys Program. This program will provide all Chamber members with an exclusive menu of products, process and services to fit any size business.
JAMES SMITH NAMED 2014 WALKER COUNTY CITIZEN OF THE YEARJames Smith was named the 2014 Walker County Citizen of the Year by the Walker County Chamber of Commerce at the 32nd Annual Walker County Gala on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Fairyland Club, Lookout Mountain, GA. The 2013 Walker County Citizen of the Year Mr. Tom Harrison presented the award in honor of Smithís dedication to many community, civic and religious organizations. Mr. Smith has a very strong community spirit and has contributed his time and talents to making a difference in Walker County. Mr. Smith has spent his entire professional career dedicating himself to learning and assisting others to always strive to be their best. The person who nominated this yearís recipient said she noticed as a young student that he was a dedicated educator in the Walker County school system and truly had his studentsí best interests at heart. Even in retirement, he and his wife continue to work, uncompensated, at the planetarium named in his honor. He has not only given of his time with this effort, he has purchased and donated many items and helped install the dome. He has helped to establish a non-profit travel organization to take students not financially able to pay on educational adventures, even accompanying a group to Honduras one year to assist in rebuilding in an impoverished area. He and his wife unselfishly opened up their hearts and home to two young boys, now grown and stating, ďThey are the reason we are the men we are today; they saved us.Ē He is a truly humble man who has done what heís done, not for recognition or to be in the spotlight, but because he loves this community and its people! For more information on the Walker County Chamber of Commerce please visit www.walkercochamber.com or contact the Chamber at 706-375-7702.
FREE Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Business After Hours Events!Are you celebrating the opening of a new business or the expansion/relocation of an existing business in Walker County or the surrounding area? Maybe youíve been in business for years and would like to reintroduce your organization to the community? Chamber Members are encouraged to celebrate these great milestones with ribbon cuttings, ground breakings or business after hours events. What are these events? They are ceremonial events of new, expanding, newly-renovated or relocated businesses. They can launch a businessís first day of business or can take place after the businessesí opening. Because these events mark a very important moment in the businessesí history, it is also a great photo opportunity. One that is later shared by the Chamber with local media, members and is also shared on the Chamberís website for all to see! Why hold one of these events? They are great to begin or increase your customer base, they familiarize the public with your physical location and your products/services, help to generate possible sales from attendees and more. What does your organization need to do to prepare for an event? Download a copy of the event form from the Chamberís website and pick your date and time, choose who will speak, decide on other event details to enhance your event, invite your customers, friends and family, and then host a successful event. Who attends ribbon cuttings? The Chamber will automatically invite the Chamberís membership, media and elected officials by sending them a notice two weeks before the event and a reminder one week before. The event will be listed on the Chamberís website calendar and will announce at Chamber functions leading up to the event. Those hosting events should also consider inviting business partners, financers, contractors, employees, customers, friends, and family to be with them as they celebrate this momentous occasion in your businessís history. What have other businesses done to make their events unique? Many conduct separate PR campaigns to obtain media attention, provide door prizes, have samples of products available, invite corporate staff from out of town, as well as offer complimentary appetizers and beverages. We are excited for your businessís success and value the opportunity to help you mark important occasions! Members of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce are offered all of these exiting opportunities for FREE. For complete information on each of these offerings please visit http://www.walkercochamber.com/2013-chamber-ribbon-cutting.pdf Not a member of the Chamber and would like more information on the benefits of being a member? Please visit www.walkercochamber.com or call 706-375-7702. We look forward to hearing from you.
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