229-776-7718 (phone)
229-776-7719 (fax)

Karen M. Rackley
President / Executive Director

Events Committee Meeting
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Spring Fling Dance
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

5k Ram Mud Run
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Luminary Sunday
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
Larry Johnson
Lawhorne Storage
M & J Farms
M & M Sales, LLC
Mary Alice Shipp Community Develop. Corp
Matt Medders
Medders Associates Survey, Inc.
Medders Enterprises, Inc.
Medders Irrigation, LLC
Milan Food Mart
Miss Georgee's Play-Kare
Mitchell EMC
Mobley Gin Company
Montgomery Promotions, Inc
Moultrie Technical College
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.
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.

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"Ask not what your community can do for you, but WHAT can you do for your community"
Welcome New Member: Larry Johnson


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 or FAX 229-776-7719. You are welcome to return the survey and stay anonymous if you do not want to enter the drawing.

Statewide Opportunities and Events
GEDA 2014 Public Policy Updates
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Newsworthy - October-December 2013 Issue
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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: or Download the Application
Contact: 229-522-3552
New Headlines From The Member's Blog
BFHS 50/50 Raffle Tickets On Sale

2014 Sumner Egg Festival Apps Updated

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:

Education Matters !! We would like to take the time to thank Dr. Chesser and Elizabeth Brand at the High School for allowing us to talk to the Seniors and we want to send a special shout out to all our participants of our Education Matters Event at the High School on March 10. We had some very inspiring stories from business owners, industry and community leaders. Thank you for telling your own story and giving our Seniors an opportunity to hear what you are looking for in a workforce!

Tony Bell - Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
Debbie Bridges - City Manager - City of Sylvester
Stuart Pate - State Farm Insurance - Owner Operator/Agent
Jennifer Calhoun – Walmart Manager Sylvester
Gilbert Robinson - McDonalds - Director of Operations
Chris Shipp - Shipp Shape Lawn Service
Camille Taylor - Realtor, Century 21 Smith, Branch & Pope LLC
Wendy Kennedy Dean of Business and Social Science - Darton
Lisa Cosper – Heritage Bank of the South- Bank – Human Resources Department

Remember, no matter what path you take working hard and having a good work ethic is the key to your success. The fact that 81% of all jobs today in Georgia require further education after High School should inspire each and everyone of you to look for a career path that suits you whether it is a certificate of some kind, 2 year, 4 year or masters. We think each and everyone of you are WORTH our efforts. So remember to ask yourselves WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MAKE YOURSELF EMPLOYABLE IN TODAY'S WORKFORCE!!

Leadership Worth Update:

We had an awesome day at the Board of Education for our 3rd Leadership Worth Class!

Great message and great participation. We would like to thank several people and entities that made our day special. Our Guest Speaker Judge Melanie Cross, the Worth County Board of Education for hosting the event, Dr. Babs Thomas for talking to our group about how the Board of Education communicates with different entities and giving us a tour of the Worth County Board of Education, Clerk of Court Brenda Hicks for coordinating our tour of the Courthouse and City of Sylvester City Manager Debbie Bridges for talking to us about City Governance upcoming city events and what all the City does for it's community. Sylvester-Worth County has great leadership in place and we were excited to see them in action today. Our three facilitators today were Karon Willis, Brenda Hicks and Karen Rackley. We ended the class with some role playing and our class participants did an excellent job showing their listening and dialogue skills.

We would like to say thank you to Phoebe Worth Medical Center whom sponsored our lunch today and we cannot forget those who have made our 1st Leadership Class possible. Chair Karon Willis whom has put many hours into seeing our program come to fruit. The City of Sylvester, Worth County Economic Development, Sylvester Worth County Chamber and City of Poulan for helping to fund the class, our facilitators and Committee members that see the potential of our community and invested their time and efforts. We make a great team !!

Looking forward to our next class on April 15 in Poulan.

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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 or contact Suzanne Cross at 404-377-1364 or

Worth County Press Release | 2014 Application Packet

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