info@swcountychamber.com
229-776-7718 (phone)
229-776-7719 (fax)

Karen M. Rackley
President / Executive Director


City of Sylvester Mayor and Council Meeting
03/17/2014
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Events Committee Meeting
03/19/2014
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Spring Fling Dance
03/22/2014
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Membership A-Z

1 of A Kind
100 Mile Peanut Pickin Yardsale
3 Squares Diner / Paragon Foods
A & S Quality Construction and Plumbing
A Bag to Go
Ag Georgia Farm Credit
Agri-AFC, LLC Sylvester
American Nails
American Sunbelt Auctioneers, Inc
Artesian Holdings
Ashley's Business Solutions, Inc.
Astro Exterminating Service, Inc
Banks Funeral Home
Barbara Odom
Barnyard Creations
Becky Geer
Best Friends Humane Society
Billie and Vickie Young
Birdsong Peanuts
Bloomers Floral Design
Boy Scout Troup 100
Brooks Auto Parts
Brownlee-Bozeman Agency
Bryan and Jordan Body and Paint Shop
Bryce Johnson
Calhoun Produce
Camille Taylor, Century 21, Smith, Branch
Charlotte Jolley
City of Poulan
City of Sumner
City of Sylvester
City of Warwick
Coastal Plain CASA, Inc.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Colony Bank of Worth
Colquitt Regional Home Care/Worth County
Combined Insurance
ConAgra Foods BSC AP
Conger LP Gas, Inc.
Country Bouquet & Bridal Registry
Countryside Animal Clinic
Crop Production Services
Cumulus Media
Custom Cut Signs & Graphics
Dairy Queen of Sylvester, Inc
David Register
Destiny Fitness
Dialysis Clinic, Inc
Donna King
Dorothy D. McKellar
Doug Hughes Pest Control
Down Town Sylvester Farmer's Market
Dr. Henry Gordon Davis Jr., MD
Dr. Larry D. Daugherty, DMD, PC
Ed Rynders
Elizabeth Mullis
EMC Engineering
Emerald Garden Center
Event Technical Services, Inc.
Factory Connection, LLC
Family Vision Outreach, Inc.
Farm Commodities, Inc.
Farmers Home Furniture
Fat Boy's Backyard BBQ & More
First Baptist Church
Fletcher - Yearta Jewelers
Ford Insurance Agency, Inc
Fred Dent
Free Diagnostics Auto Repair
Fresco Italiano Ristorante
Futrill Auto Parts, Inc
Gail R. Wiles
Garmon’s Tractor & Landscape Service
Georgia Department of Labor
Georgia Peanut Festival
Georgia Pecan Company
Georgia Power Company
Gibbs Pecan & Shelling
Glenn's Corner Pharmacy
Globe Financial Services
Green Oaks Center
Greg Sellars
Gwen Isdell
Hairitage Salon
Hal Carter Construction
Harvest Studio & School of the Arts
HealthPlus Family Practice
Heritage Bank of the South
Herring CPA Group
Highway Deli
Housing Authority of City of Sylvester
Hometown Cleaners
Hudson and NeSmith CPA'S
i luv linens and pearls
J.H. Harvey's Co., LLC
Jackson's Soul Food
Jay Crowe, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jean Brooks
Jeff Hobby
Jefford's Farms
Jenny’s Dress Shop
Jessie's & Salon
Jim Hinton Oil Co. of GA, Inc.
Jimmy Sanders, Inc.
John L Green, Sr.
John McPhaul
Johnson Tax Service
JSA Ag & Lawn, LLC
Jump Start Automotive
Karen McDonald
Kentucky Fried Chicken/ Taco Bell
Kiwanis Club of Sylvester
Langdale Chevrolet
Lawhorne Storage
M & J Farms
M & M Sales, LLC
ManPower
Mary Alice Shipp Community Develop. Corp
Matt Medders
Medders Associates Survey, Inc.
Medders Enterprises, Inc.
Medders Irrigation, LLC
Mediacom
Milan Food Mart
Miss Georgee's Play-Kare
Mitchell EMC
Mobley Gin Company
Montgomery Promotions, Inc
Moultrie Technical College
NAPA
Nell Ford
Nethers Old Fashioned Pork Skins, Inc.
Norman Crowe, Jr.
Norman Park Gin
Olam Edible Nuts/Universal Blanchers
Paradise Estates Apartments
Personal Finance
Phoebe Worth Family Medicine
Phoebe Worth Medical Center
Pine Shadows Manor, Inc.
Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church
Plantation Publishing Company, Inc.
Poulan Pecan Co., Inc.
Powell Contract Services LLC
Powell's Refrigeration
Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc.
Rachael Deriso Country Financial
Radio Shack Dealer
Relwof Farms Trucking, Inc.
Ridley Monk
Ruth's Cottage / The Pancake House
Sarah McCrary
Scales, Systems & Automation
Security Finance
Shelly McPhaul
Shipp Shape Lawn Service
Short & Paulk Supply Company
Snipes Piggly Wiggly (Tom Tom Foods)
Southern Auto Lock / Montgomery
Southern Express Lube, Inc.
Southern Heritage Woodworks
Southern Woods Plantation, Inc.
Southland Chrysler, Inc.
Southland Transportation, Inc.
Specialty Sales Company
Stuart Pate State Farm Agency
Sumner Egg Festival
Summer Palace
Sumner Peanut Co., Inc.
Sunbelt Ford, Inc.
SunTrust Bank
Superior Machine Works
Sylvester Animal Hospital
Sylvester Banking Company
Sylvester Computer Guy
Sylvester Farmers Market
Sylvester Health Care, Inc.
Sylvester Inn
Sylvester Plaza, LTD Partnership
Sylvester-Worth County Rec Dept
Tabatha DuPriest
The Social Butterfly Event Planning
The Sylvester Local News
Timothy Coley
Total Merchant Services of GA
Tyson Steel Building Products, Inc.
Venice Meeks
Virginia Andrews
Visions of Sylvester
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Walgreens
Warwick HealthCare
Warwick Septic Tank, Inc.
WC Rams Baseball Boosters
WCHS Achievement Boosters
WCHS Band Boosters
WCHS Future Business Leaders of America
Well Services
Wendy Kennedy
William C. Rouse, Contracting
Williams Insurance Agency, Inc.
Willie Mae Marlin
Woodmen of the World
Worth Air Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Worth County Elementary School
Worth County Extension Service
Worth County Forestry Queens
Worth County Health Department
Worth County High School Worth County Middle School
Worth County Primary School
Worth Finance Corporation
Worth Gin Company, Inc.
Worth Insurance Agency, Inc.
Worthit2u.net


Newsletter Design By:
"Ask not what your community can do for you, but WHAT can you do for your community"
Welcome New Member: Worth County Touchdown Club
Kyle Tomlinson
P. O. Box 5572, Sylvester GA 31791
229-445-1614
ktomlinson67@yahoo.com
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YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The question of the need for a Chamber of Commerce or of the need to belong is clear. If the Chamber of Commerce did not exist, who would represent the interests of businesses in the community? To say business does not need any representation or involvement ignores the basic principles of business.

In today’s challenging business environment, businesses are burdened with legislative issues, mushrooming regulations, and ever increasing mandated requirements. We are living in exponential times. Science and technology are advancing at an astronomical pace. One business alone cannot stem the tide, especially as we are now living and conducting business in a global marketplace. Because globalization handicaps most rural areas, our local businesses need a support structure which will enhance the chances for success and that will foster the business’ growth. The Chamber of Commerce is that organization. THE SIGN OF A STRONG CHAMBER IS THE SIGN OF A STRONG COMMUNITY.

Membership in the Chamber only takes as much time as one can afford or wishes to take. Equally as important is the financial investment that provides the organization with the resources needed to professionally and effectively represent its business’ interests. The Chamber does all the things one business cannot do or afford to do alone. It is the perfect vehicle that provides the organizational structure to enhance the quality of life in the community and to provide employment opportunities for its citizens.

The need is clear, the financial investment is small, the time commitment is flexible, and the return is substantial.

Our Chamber wants feedback from our Members!!

The Chamber depends on feedback from its members to be an effective organization. Please take a few minutes to respond to the questions below. Once we receive your survey, we will enter your name in a drawing for $100.00 CASH. The survey must be returned by noon, March 30, 2014 to qualify for cash drawing. Drawing will take place on April 10, 2014. Return by mail: Chamber, P.O. Box 768 Sylvester, GA 31791, Email infor@swcountychamber.com or FAX 229-776-7719. You are welcome to return the survey and stay anonymous if you do not want to enter the drawing.

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Statewide Opportunities and Events
GEDA 2014 Public Policy Updates
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Newsworthy - October-December 2013 Issue
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Please read the following for guidelines to submit a business or champion to the State of Georgia. We have several businesses that qualify for submission and what a wonderful way to highlight Sylvester-Worth County!! Deadline is March 15, 2014.
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March 18-19 2014 Georgia Logistics Summit
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From the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection:
IDC Servco to cease doing business in Georgia and pay $150K in restitution
Claims must be postmarked by April 12, 2014 @ 5:00p EDT
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Rural Commerce Outreach Initiative 2014
The Rural Commerce Outreach Initiative is a 2 - day outreach opportunity dedicated to the needs of Southwest Georgia's new and existing businesses operating in USAD's Strike-Force Counties. This regional effort encompasses a multi-county territory seeking to empower entrepreneurs by providing specialized support, technical assistance and access to financial resources needed to strengthen their capacity, and survive & thrive in rural Georgia's competitive economy. Specialized tracks have been developed to focus on the diverse needs of the region and showcase some of their significant accomplishments.

Where: Tifton, GA - UGA Tifton Converence Center
Cost: $50.00 Early Bird Registration
Register Online: www.swgastrong.org or Download the Application
Contact: 229-522-3552
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The Member's Blog is a FREE business member benefit!
This is a great place to make announcements or promote new products and services.
Blog post headlines are pulled from the website and linked in this dedicated section.
If you're ready to start using the Member's Blog, contact us today to get started!


Our Chamber Committees In Action
Education Committee Update:


SYLVESTER WORTH COUNTY ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

The Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce receives a $3,000.00 Mini Grant offered to Chambers of Commerce by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

“This is what networking and working in unison is all about”, states Sylvester-Worth County Exec Director Karen M. Rackley. While attending our GACCE conference at Lake Lanier this summer, the last keynote speakers were stressing the importance of further education and soft skills in our workforce across the State of Georgia. One of the speakers showed how they used the CACG Mini grant to help them get the word out to seniors that College matters. The Chamber is 100% vested in our schools at our Chamber and Karen proposed submitting for the Grant to our Education committee. The Committee agreed and invited WCHS Principal, Dr. Chesser to help with the writing of the Grant.

You might have already seen the Chamber partner with our High School and local Kiwanis Club at sporting events to give out pamphlets encouraging students to further their education after High School and sign up for a GA411 account.

The Sylvester-Worth Chamber has sponsored and participated in College/Career Day at the High School where Colleges, Tech Schools and Businesses throughout the state were invited to talk to our High School Students.

Our Industry / Business Members at the Chamber have been invited to participate the morning of March 10, 2014 at the High School to talk to seniors about further education, what they need to accomplish to further their education and what they look for in a workforce when hiring. The Chamber has also spoken to the students at the Millennium School (a 2nd chance to get a High School Diploma for those who don’t complete high school) about the importance of good work habits and soft skills before entering the workforce or applying for a job.

The Chamber will be holding a Mock Interview session as a follow-up with our seniors and help coordinate a visit to MTC for our 2014 seniors that haven’t had the opportunity to see what a Tech School is like. One of the things we want to emphasize at all of these functions is that 81% of Georgia's jobs require some kind of training/education after high school. The fact that only 36% of Georgia's adults hold a certificate of training and / or a two - four year degree shows that this message is not being taken seriously by our young adults. (*University System of Georgia, College Access Challenge Grant Brochure 2012). The purpose of these events is to let our students know the reality of what is ahead of them and this gives them further opportunities to take a personal responsibility in making upcoming career choices. The Education Committee works hard with our schools in promoting Partners in Education and emphasizing that we have a wonderful community to raise our children in. This is just one more tool in our tool box because our students are WORTH the effort!

We're Looking For You!
Committees are the heartbeat of the Chamber. Contact us to find out what committees are available, and how you can help with your time and talents!
Worth County Schools and Partners

The Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce is a Partner in Education, and We Love Our Schools! Click the Logo to see WCS News, or click the link to find out how to Become A Partner in Education!


Worth County Constitutional Officers Announce State-wide Scholarship Opportunity for GA High School Seniors and College Undergraduates
DEADLINE: April 1st

The Constitutional Officers of Worth County – Sheriff Jeff Hobby, Clerk of Courts Brenda Hicks, Probate Judge Virginia Acord and Tax Commissioner Tabetha DuPriest – are pleased to announce a scholarship contest for Georgia high school seniors and current college undergraduates.

Each year, the Constitutional Officer’s Association of Georgia (COAG) offers Georgia students. This year, the Association will offer three scholarships one each in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. To be eligible for this year’s scholarship, students must graduate high school by the Spring of 2014 or be enrolled in an accredited Georgia college or university. Students must also seek a degree in a field related to government/law enforcement, political science, accounting/finance or business, or pre-law.

To apply, applicants must submit a typed 1,000-word essay that answers the question: “Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?,” provide a letter of acceptance or enrollment from an institution of higher education, a copy of a college application or transcript to provide verification of degree field, and the COAG scholarship application.

All completed applications, documentation and completed essays should be mailed flat in a 9 x 12 envelope to: Suzanne Cross, COAG, P.O. Box 1644, Decatur, GA , 30031.
For more information, visit www.coag.com or contact Suzanne Cross at 404-377-1364 or coagoffice@bellsouth.net

Worth County Press Release | 2014 Application Packet


Interesting Facts And Opportunities For Small Businesses

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