The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has standing councils and committees that help address the needs of the Chamber and our members. Each is chaired by a current Chamber member and has a staff member who serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors for reporting purposes. The 2023 chairs for each standing council have been named.
The Chamber of Commerce hosts the following councils:
▪ Agribusiness – This group is tasked with supporting and stimulating growth of agribusiness and agritourism to build awareness within the Chamber and surrounding area; concerning related issues including the effects on the quality of life and economic and scope of the area’s agriculture industry.
▪ Ambassadors – This group of members welcome new businesses to the community and celebrate major milestones at ground breakings, ribbon cuttings, and grand opening ceremonies. They also plan Lunch on the Chamber each year. It is their goal to increase the retention rate of new and existing members by conducting a program of goodwill calls, reinforcing the benefits of Chamber membership and increasing members’ knowledge about program, services and benefits of the Chamber.
▪ Business Development – This council focuses their efforts on key initiatives to support all forms of business in the community. They develop and implement seminars that help businesses enhance operations through educational and informative sessions. This council works to create a strong local economy by giving member businesses the tools they need to succeed.
▪ Government Affairs – This group educates and motivates membership to support local and state legislative policies that enhance the business climate, discusses state and local issues, and hosts decision makers. They provide a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal government issues, works to create a favorable business climate, reviews city, county, state and federal legislation for board positions.
▪ Women’s Business Alliance – WBA provides educational and networking opportunities to the Chamber’s members in order to assist in their success and growth.
▪ Workforce Development / Industry Leaders – This council aims to encourage workforce preparedness through collaboration with strategic partnerships, and advocating for adequate school infrastructure at every level of education. The goal of the Chamber is not to create additional programs, but to support those efforts already underway in the community by providing a strong tie into the business community.
The following individuals were named Chairmen of each respective council:
▪ Paula Burke – Agribusiness
▪ Mary Lewis – Ambassadors
▪ Tim Brewer, Sheryl Williams – Business Development
▪ John Jackson – Government Affairs
▪ Bekki Farish Smith – Women’s Business Alliance
▪ Jill Duncan, Jerome Johnston, Ian Lyle – Workforce Development / Industry Leaders
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is Carroll County’s largest business organization with over 650 members. The Chamber is the leading voice of business and provides broad range of member opportunities including its signature Annual Gala, Golf Tournament, and Harvest Dinner, along with monthly membership breakfasts with prominent guest speakers, Business After Hours, and Coffee & Conversation. For more information, visit www.Carroll-ga.org or call 770-832-2446.