Where do more than 800 local businesses turn for leadership, education, networking and partnerships with the community? Savvy business people know the answer: The Fayette Chamber of Commerce, “Where Business and Community Connect.”
The Chamber provides tools and resources to help local businesses succeed while also facilitating collaboration among business leaders, government, non-profits and educators to address the needs of the community. A varied array of opportunities for involvement are available to members at every stage of their careers.
For members who want to use their talents to serve the community, Leadership Fayette offers existing and emerging leaders the opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge of Fayette County, hone their leadership skills, and network with leaders across the community. Participants in the 10-month program complete a project that becomes the signature of their particular class.
Last fall, the Chamber began facilitating a county-wide “visioning” initiative, which will result in a coordinated “road-map” for the county’s future. Hundreds of people have volunteered their time and given input into this project.
The Chamber’s Community Expo held annually in the fall is the largest trade show in the county. Other annual events include an awards luncheon and “always sold-out” golf tournament.
For new and seasoned members, the Chamber offers a “Maximize your Membership Breakfast” to uncover leadership, networking, marketing and influence opportunities. Monthly networking events include Breakfast Before Hours, B2B luncheons, Business After Hours, and Speed Networking. Each of these gatherings offers a unique flavor and program.
For Chamber members ages 21-39, YP Fayette is a dynamic up-and-coming group that connects energetic, motivated young professionals. Monthly social mixers, networking breakfasts, philanthropic activities, sports leagues and more are on the YP Fayette agenda. In addition, a Young Proteges mentoring program partners YP members with business leaders who help them meet career-focused goals.
Workshops and seminars are offered regularly, including a bi-monthly series for small businesses offered through the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Advisory Council. The Chamber also provides a platform for non-profits through a monthly “Tea & Talk” as well as Chamber For Good, a website dedicated to promoting information about these local organizations. The Partnership in Education program brings members together with the community and educators to create opportunities to foster the success of Fayette County Schools. A vibrant group of volunteer “Ambassadors” wearing signature red coats will likely welcome you to all Chamber events.
And if that’s not enough, the Chamber’s sparkling new facility in the Waterfall complex is available for rent to businesses and organizations for appropriate activities when it is not in use by the Chamber.
When Fayette Woman’s community manager Maggie Zerkus began building her social media business, she engaged deeply with the Chamber and credits the connections and relationships built there with generating 95% of her business.
“My membership in the Chamber enabled me to work and meet the leaders in the community, both small business and large,” Maggie says. “Like any relationship, you get out of it what you put into it. I tried to take advantage of everything they offered and I tried to give back too.”
“It was always a pleasure to work with the Chamber ladies,” Maggie says. “I felt like they took a personal interest in helping business owners connect. I also felt like they took a personal interest in helping me succeed.”
Are you ready to connect?
If so, you’ll find the Fayette Chamber’s door standing wide open.