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  • Chamber Events & Programs

  • EVENTS

    Annual Events

    Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

    The Chamber’s most prestigious event, the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon is a gathering of some of Fayette County's most influential business and community leaders. The meeting includes a review of the Chamber's work over the past year and sets the vision for the year ahead. Outgoing Board members are honored and prestigious annual awards are presented including

    • Outstanding Business Person of the Year
    • Small Business of the Year
    • Dreambuilder Award
    • Chet Wells Award
    • Young Professional of the Year
    • Ambassador of the Year

    The meeting concludes with the “Exchange of the Gavel” to the incoming Board Chair.

    In 2017 we will celebrate Chamber’s 50th anniversary. Stay tuned for details on an extra-special Annual Meeting event to recognize and honor this milestone occasion.

    Business on the Green Golf Tournament

    This premier golf tournament is a favorite Chamber event and provides an opportunity for members to build relationships with other golfers, clients and prospects. Usually held the last week of March, the Business on the Green Golf Tournament raises funds to support the Chamber’s strategic mission throughout the year.

    Community Expo

    The largest tradeshow in the county, the Expo routinely draws thousands of Fayette area consumers to visit 100+ exhibitors showing off the best products and services that can be found in Fayette. Expo is traditionally held the third week of September.

    Advocacy Events

    Dome Roam

    The Chamber’s Government Affairs committee invites members to spend a half day at the Georgia State Capitol to observe first-hand the inner workings of the current legislative session. Dome Roam traditionally takes place in February.

    Huie and Bea Bray Elected Officials Appreciation Dinner

    The Chamber is proud of its long standing tradition of recognizing and thanking our elected officials for their service to the community. Huie and Bea Bray hosted the"fish fry" at their home for many years. Hundreds of fish later, the Chamber continues to honor our local, state and national leaders by hosting a dinner in June to show appreciation for the work they do to keep our community strong and healthy.

    Issues Forums

    Issues forums are quarterly events where members can learn about issues and public policy that impact Fayette County on a local, regional, state and national level. Topics include education, economic development, community building, etc.

    Pancakes & Policy

    Pancakes & Policy is a bi-annual event that brings local, state, regional and federal policy leaders to the Chamber to discuss issues that affect Fayette County. Held twice a year, the January event is held concurrently with the convening of the Georgia General Assembly and focuses on state and federal policy issues. The August event focuses on local policy issue updates from County and municipal leaders. All Chamber members are invited to attend. (This event was formerly known as the Government Liaison Meeting.)

     

    Business Education and Networking Events

    Business After Hours: Networking at its best in a casual, relaxed environment. Gather with new and old Chamber friends at a member’s location on the fourth Thursday of each month.

    Business to Business Luncheons: Held the second Wednesday of each month, B2B luncheons provide both networking and educational opportunities. Each month a speaker presents information on a relevant small business topic.

    Coffee and Connections: Connections are crucial for building business. Attendees of this working meeting will have an opportunity to learn best practices for HOW to connect with other businesses and also brainstorm connections for others.

    Small Business Webinars: Periodic webinars held in conjunction with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, webinars will provide information on relevant topics that should help to improve operational efficiency, grow networks and help compliance.

    New Member Boot Camp: The benefits of Chamber membership are many! Meet Chamber staff, learn about the Chamber’s mission and advocacy efforts and learn how you can leverage your member benefits. Attendance during the first year of membership qualifies for $25 credit off 1st year renewal.

     

  • PROGRAMS

    The Fayette Chamber strives to be the leader and catalyst for creating a vibrant business climate and building a premiere Fayette community. To foster community engagement and leadership development, the Chamber provides rich programming for members and the community at large.

    Catalyst

    Catalyst creates meaningful connections with and between chamber members who seek to expand their individual, community and business leadership development opportunities. Participants in the Catalyst program will learn about their role in sustaining the vibrancy and high quality of life in a thriving Fayette County, Georgia. Participants (mentees) will be paired with established industry and community advisors (mentors) whose focus is on encouraging and developing leaders and to support one another in professional and personal growth.

    Leadership Fayette

    Leadership Fayette provides existing and emerging leaders with opportunities to enhance their civic knowledge of Fayette County, hone their leadership skills and network with community leaders. Participants will better understand how their community works and be inspired to use their talents to serve the community. Leadership Fayette is an eight month program. The next class is scheduled to begin in September 2017.  Application process will begin in late spring 2017. For more information, email Paige@FayetteChamber.org.


    Class of 2016 graduated August 25, 2016

    Leadership Fayette Alumni

    For more than 30 years, the Leadership Fayette program has provided a unique opportunity for citizens to grow leadership skills, build relationships with local and regional leaders, and gain deeper understanding about how our community works.  Alumni of this highly respected program make up an outstanding group of business and community leaders truly invested in Fayette County. Alumni receive regular informational newsletters and invited to events that further the successes of Fayette County.    

    YP Fayette

    YP Fayette brings together energetic, motivated young professionals who live, work or have an interest in Fayette County. With a focus is on networking, community involvement and leadership development, participants can plug into the community while developing important relationships and leadership skills. This program is an asset for rising business and community leaders ages 21-39 to be involved at the Chamber, providing an avenue for young professionals to connect with seasoned leaders of the business community and to engage with the community as a whole.

    Tea & Talk: Nonprofit Networking

    Tea & Talk is a collaboration of Chamber non-profit organizations who meet bi-monthly to discuss important topics geared towards non-profits. The meeting includes presentations from various speakers, networking, and sharing upcoming events and best practices.

  • Mark Your Calendar

     

  • Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon


    Business on the Green Golf Tournament


    Community Expo


    Dome Roam


    Networking & Connections

     

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