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Cherokee County, Georgia

“Where Metro Meets the Mountains”

Chamber of Commerce Volume 12

E-News

February/March 2012

A Message From the 2012 Chairman The Cherokee County Chamber is celebrating its 41st Anniversary in 2012, and I am thrilled to serve as Chairman of the Board during this exciting year! Following in the footsteps of the Chamber’s 2011 Chair, Ben Looper with Southeast Restoration Group, has provided me the foundation from which Chairman Tom Heard (r) accepts the gavel to lead the Chamber. The from Ben Looper, 2011 Chair, at the Cham- growth of Cherokee County ber’s 41st Annual Meeting. has positioned our Chamber as the leading business organization in the community, and I vow to lead the organization forward with the utmost integrity. The mission of the Chamber, which serves Canton, Woodstock, Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska, is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life. Through enhanced programs and services we will continue to achieve our mission in 2012. From small business & entrepreneurial collaboration to leadership development, shopping local promotion, educational initiatives, governmental affairs, networking and environmentally friendly efforts such as Going Green, the Cherokee County Chamber prides itself on being a member services driven organization. Be sure to visit www.CherokeeChamber.com to learn of the array of opportunities available to members and residents alike. I look forward to working with you as we strive to improve upon the phenomenal legacy that the Chamber has established here in Cherokee County over the past 41 years. Don’t hesitate to contact me, or the Chamber, if we can ever assist you. Tom Heard Chairman of the Board

Issue 1

OFFICERS Chair..............................................................................................Tom Heard Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority Chair-Elect............................................................................Randy Gravley WLJA – 101.1 FM / WPGY – 1580 AM Vice-Chair Community Relations............................................................ Lewis Cline Bank of North Georgia Vice-Chair Economic & Small Business Dev........................................Rick Ingram Community and Southern Bank Vice-Chair Chamber Services.......................................................... David Simmons Chattahoochee Technical College Past Chair....................................................................................Ben Looper Southeast Restoration Group

DIRECTORS Renee Cavan............................................................. SunTrust Banks, Inc. Earl Darby................................................................ Darby Funeral Home Rod Drake........................................................Georgia Power Company Phil Eberly............................................................W.K. Dickson & Co. Inc. Susan Filiberto................................................................ MUST Ministries Shelia Garrison............................................................................Individual Steve Garrison, Jr................................................... Canton Tire & Wheel Billy Hayes.............................................. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Rick Kononen................................................First Cherokee State Bank Joan McFather............................................................... Retired Educator Jason Nelms..................................... Everlast Synthetic Products, LLC Michael Owen.................................................... Lusk Construction, Inc. Jeff Rusbridge......................................................Dyer & Rusbridge, P.C. John West................................................................. Express Impressions Rick Whiteside.................... Wetland & Ecological Consultants, LLC JoEllen Wilson.........................................................Reinhardt University Jay Wright........................................................ It’s A Grind Coffee House

STAFF Pamela W. Carnes, GCCE............................................. President & CEO Vicky Tucker............................................ Vice-President of Operations Kelly Berryhill................. Business & Consumer Services Specialist Amy Blanton..................................Education & Workforce Specialist Gini Mizelle...................................................................... Events Manager Nichole Parks....................................................... Membership Manager Paula Willliams........................................... Communications Manager


JoEllen Wilson Honored as 2012 First Citizen

JoEllen Wilson was named the 2012 First Citizen of Chero- Recognitions: kee County at the Chamber’s 41st Annual Meeting held • Canton/Cherokee Business & Professional Women on Thursday, January 26th. The First Citizen of Cherokee Woman of Achievement County is a prestigious award designed to honor a Cherokee • Service League Member of the Year County resident for outstanding and significant service to the • Rotary Club - Rotarian of the Year, Vocational Excelcommunity. The award is presented each year during the lence Award Recipient, Guardian of Ethics Award WinChamber’s Annual Meeting. ner, Rotary Foundation District Service Award, Lamar Haley Community Service Award

About the First Citizen

JoEllen and her husband John have made their home in Cherokee County for over 45 years having met as students at what was then known as Reinhardt College. Today, JoEllen holds two Vice President titles at Reinhardt University - Institutional Advancement and External Affairs. The mother of two and grandmother of four, JoEllen has devoted her life to the betterment of Cherokee County and its citizens. Below is a highlight of her community involvement as well as a variety of organizations she is either currently involved with or has been previously. • • • • • •

Rotarian Former Council Member & Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Canton Member, Canton First United Methodist Church Past Chair, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Graduate, Leadership Cherokee Currently or Formerly involved with organizations such as: Service League of Cherokee County, Anna Crawford Child Advocacy Advisory Board, Arts Leadership League of Georgia, United Way, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Foundation, Georgia Municipal Association, NW Georgia Regional Hospital Ethics Committee, YMCA of Northwest Georgia, Cherokee County Historical Society, Etowah Garden Club, Cherokee County Arts Council, Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club, Cherokee County DUI/Drug Court

Those supporting JoEllen’s nomination for First Citizen shared remarks such as: “JoEllen is the epitome of all those noble traits that identifies one as a true community servant. She is one of those rare human beings who daily arranges her life to benefit others.” “...her work ethic and leadership is phenomenal.” “She has led others by the example of her service, and not one has done it better.” “Above all, JoEllen is recognized as a bundle of energy, with a tremendously positive attitude toward life.” “She is a unique person who is truly dedicated to helping others.”


Chamber’s Annual Meeting Highlights

Outgoing 2011Executive Committee Incoming 2012 Executive Committee Pictured above (l to r): Vice-Chair Chamber Services, Jey Willis, State Farm Insurance, Jey Willis Agency; Past Chair, Mark Goddard, Cobb EMC; Vice-Chair Economic & Small Business Development, JoEllen Wilson, Reinhardt University; Vice-Chair Community Relations, Renee Cavan, SunTrust Banks, Inc.; 2011 Chairman, Ben Looper, Southeast Restoration Group and ChairElect, Tom Heard, Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority.

Pictured above (l to r): Vice-Chair Chamber Services, David Simmons, Chattahoochee Technical College; Past Chair, Ben Looper, Southeast Restoration Group; Vice-Chair Economic & Small Business Development, Rick Ingram, Community and Southern Bank; Chair-Elect, Randy Gravley, WLJA – 101.1 FM /WPGY – 1580 AM; Vice-Chair Community Relations, Lewis Cline, Bank of North Georgia and 2012 Chairman Tom Heard, Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority.

A special thanks to the following outgoing board members: Mandy Sykes Chapman

Jimmy Mayo

Roytec Industries

Nationwide Insurance – The Mayo Agency

Mark Goddard

Susan White

Cobb Electric Membership Corporation

Sequoyah Regional Library System

Karen Lance

Kevin Williams

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

Chick-fil-A of Canton

Jey Willis State Farm Insurance, Jey Willis Agency

Chairman’s Council Volunteer of the Year Chuck Flagg, Cruise Holidays

Entrepreneur of the Year

John Barker, Delphi Global Technology


November 22, 2011 - January 20, 2012

Bambu Salon & Spa 150 Prominence Point Pkwy, Suite 700, Canton Hair Salon & Spa

Sixes Tavern 3568 Sixes Rd, Suite 100, Canton Restaurant

OOLALA Yogurt Ur Way 2990 Eagle Dr, Suite 102, Woodstock Restaurant

OOLALA Yogurt Ur Way 3760 Sixes Rd, Suite 116, Canton Restaurant


CHILL – Cherokee Hockey In Line League P.O. Box 325, Lebanon Nonprofit Organization

Shear Design Salon 1032 Marietta Rd, Canton GA Hair Salon

New to the Board of Directors

Susan Filiberto MUST Ministries

Billy Hayes Northside Hospital-Cherokee

Shelia Garrison Individual

Jeff Rusbridge Dyer & Rusbridge, P.C.

Rick Whiteside Wetland & Ecological Consultants, LLC

Steve Garrison, Jr. Canton Tire & Wheel

Jay Wright It’s A Grind Coffee House


Congratulations to the following members who joined the Chamber from November 19, 2011-January 23, 2012. Please take the time to welcome and patronize them. Aflac - Denise Hicken Denise Hicken 250 Jarvis St Canton, GA 30114-3061 770-880-2788 Insurance

Holbrook Auto Brokers Inc. Lynn Holbrook 3790 Hwy 92, Suite 130 Acworth, GA 30102-1681 678-689-3643 Automobile Wholesaler

Aurora Print Services LLC Jeff Herndon 210 Plowline Ridge Canton, GA 30114-7659 678-264-0306 Printing Services

Howard’s Auto Body Inc. Melissa Vallimont 2650 Marietta Hwy Canton, GA 30114-8214 770-720-1107 Automobile Body Shop

Budget Blinds of Woodstock Alex Cobb 5069 Hickory Hills Dr Woodstock, GA 30188-2321 770-720-7227 Window Coverings

International Family Foundation, Inc. Dr. James Kilgore 1558 Marietta Hwy, Suite 220 Canton, GA 30114-3615 770-479-3669 Nonprofit Organization

CHILL - Cherokee Hockey In Line League Phil Eberly P.O. Box 325 Lebanon, GA 30146-0325 770-313-3376 Nonprofit Organization

Jewel Properties LLC Lisa Cordner Real Estate

Shane Daniel 150 Chattin Dr Canton, GA 30115-8249 678-614-9017 Individual Greg Dodgen 1130 Bluffs Pkwy Canton, GA 30114-5632 678-493-6034 Individual

Kauffman Tire Amy Ouellette 12005 Hwy 5 Woodstock, GA 30188-4499 678-494-1380 Tire & Automotive Centers Mazda of Roswell Ben Shiraz 11185 Alpharetta Hwy Roswell, GA 30076-1437 770-993-6999 Automobile Dealership

Bill Echols 1130 Bluffs Pkwy Canton, GA 30114-5632 770-721-7818 Individual

Morrow Agency Jacquie Morrow 309 Glen Echo Falls Canton, GA 30114-4583 770-509-3333 Employee Benefits

Elephant Errands LLC Kelly Clemens 116 Breckenridge Dr Canton, GA 30115-4315 404-642-7417 Delivery Service & Movers

Papa’s Pantry Lynne Saunders 6551 Commerce Pkwy, Suite 200 Woodstock, GA 30189-6121 770-591-4730 Nonprofit Organization

Tim Prather 150 Chattin Dr Canton, GA 30115-8249 Phone: 678-493-4031 Individual Phil Price 498 Chattin Dr Canton, GA 30115-8240 770-704-2350 Individual Riverstone Homes James Cagle 330 Ronnell Road Canton, GA 30115-8636 770-479-7205 General Contractor, Fire & Water Damage Restoration, Restoration & Emergency Management, Roofing Contractor State Farm Insurance Jan Rooney 11350 Johns Creek Pkwy Duluth, GA 30098-0001 770-418-4213 Insurance & Financial Services The Dojo American Karate Center Adam Parman 8991 East Cherokee Dr Canton, GA 30115-6157 770-886-1600 Martial Arts Today’s Landscaping, LLC William St. Antoine 1038 Avery Creek Dr Woodstock, GA 30188-2312 770-516-4400 Landscaping Services TruVine Communications LLC Glenn Hannigan 1405 Meadowbrook Way Woodstock, GA 30189-1542 678-386-8178 Communications Services


Membership Renewals.....

November 19, 2011-January 23, 2012

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5E Coaching......................................................................................... 2/11/2011 Atlanta Gas Light.................................................................................5/17/1970 Ackerman Security Systems..................................................................1/5/2004 Allen Temple AME Church...............................................................11/27/2001 Alta Woods.........................................................................................11/16/1999 Atkins.................................................................................................10/12/1984 Atlantis Pools & Spas, LLC...................................................................2/1/2010 Azure Salon and Spa............................................................................1/17/2008 Jay Baker................................................................................................1/2/2008 Betsy’s On Main Street......................................................................12/29/2000 Bobo Plumbing..................................................................................11/16/1989 Boiler Solutions, Inc..........................................................................10/14/2009 Boys & Girls Club of Cherokee County............................................10/17/1996 Capital Inventory, Inc.........................................................................12/23/2010 CASA for Children, Inc.........................................................................2/4/2000 Chart Inc...............................................................................................11/1/1983 Chattahoochee Technical College........................................................1/25/1988 Cherokee Bank...................................................................................11/20/1998 Cherokee County Animal Shelter........................................................1/23/2007 Cherokee County Engineer................................................................11/14/2003 Cherokee County Probate Court..........................................................1/10/1995 Cherokee County Sheriff.......................................................................4/1/1991 Cherokee County Tax Commissioner..................................................7/16/1981 Cherokee Floor Covering...................................................................12/16/1992 Cherokee Tire Service........................................................................11/17/1988 City of Nelson........................................................................................2/9/1998 Classroom Essentials Online................................................................1/11/2010 Cobb Energy Management Corporation................................................2/7/2002 Chris Collett.........................................................................................12/3/2003 Comfort Inn........................................................................................12/22/1997 Commercial Bank & Business Equipment..........................................12/3/2010 Coweta-Fayette EMC Natural Gas....................................................12/30/2010 Creative Awards & Promotions..........................................................11/14/2001 Creative Business Solutions...............................................................11/21/2002 Dameron Family Dentistry..................................................................1/30/2002 Delphi Global Technology...................................................................1/29/2010 Discovery Point Child Development Center......................................12/28/2004 DV Pediatrics, LLC...........................................................................12/17/2001 East Cherokee Storage.........................................................................1/27/2010 ECS Insurance Group............................................................................1/8/2007 EDM Technologies............................................................................11/17/1988 Edward Jones Investments - Jack Shampine.......................................2/12/2010 Edward Jones Investments - Kelly Geiken, AAMS.............................2/11/2005 Lynn Epps..............................................................................................1/2/2006 Etowah Drywall, Inc............................................................................1/11/2007 Fellowship of Christian Athletes........................................................10/26/2009 Finley Pinson & Associates...............................................................10/25/2004 G. Ben Turnipseed Engineers..............................................................3/27/2001 G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA.............................2/17/2006 Gas South, LLC.................................................................................12/20/2006 Gentle Force Chiropractic Center........................................................8/23/1989 Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc....................................................12/20/1988 Global Builders......................................................................................2/6/2009 Goshen Valley Boys Ranch................................................................12/12/2002 Greene’s Blueprinting, LLC.................................................................9/30/1985 Guardian Home Care.........................................................................10/25/2010 Hi Caliber...........................................................................................11/19/2009

Dr. Nicole Holmes...............................................................................1/23/2007 Icebreakers Unlimited, LLC..................................................................7/2/2010 J. Wayne Lester, CPA.........................................................................12/15/1988 J.D.’S Glassworks, Inc.........................................................................10/1/1999 Rebecca Johnston.................................................................................10/1/2010 Junior Service League of Woodstock...................................................9/11/1995 Landrum & Friduss, LLC......................................................................1/4/2008 Latimer Construction Co., Inc...............................................................2/1/2007 LGE Community Credit Union............................................................2/13/2009 Margaret Logan..................................................................................11/17/1988 LTC Farm Services, Inc.......................................................................1/16/2009 Magnolia Tech LLC.............................................................................1/12/2011 Martin Surveying Company.................................................................12/8/2003 Meyn America, LLC / Hill Parts........................................................12/14/2005 Morrison Financial Group....................................................................12/5/2005 My Community Monthly Magazines / Footprints Publishing...........10/21/2004 New England Financial - The Georgia Group.....................................1/19/2011 Next Step Ministries, Inc.....................................................................2/11/2009 Evariste Nya.........................................................................................1/23/2007 Northwest Exterminating Company, Inc................................................2/2/2005 One Stop Package Depot...................................................................10/12/2007 Patch Media.......................................................................................12/30/2010 Payroll Professionals of Georgia LLC.................................................8/25/2010 Peter Laczko Insurance, Inc.................................................................8/11/2009 Piolax Corporation.............................................................................12/15/1988 PNC Bank..............................................................................................8/5/2008 PODS - Portable On Demand Storage...............................................11/29/2001 Prudential Georgia Realty - Camille Gard, Realtor...........................10/26/2000 Prudential Georgia Realty - Ed Cochran...........................................12/30/2010 R.L. Glosson Contracting, Inc...........................................................11/26/1991 Re/Max Greater Atlanta - Pat Cox.......................................................7/25/1997 Reeves Floral Products, Inc...............................................................11/17/1988 Rejoice Maids......................................................................................12/3/2010 Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation........................................11/17/1988 Sellers & Warren, P.C........................................................................11/16/1989 ServiceMaster By Bailey...................................................................11/21/2002 Shaker Technology Group, Inc..........................................................12/16/2008 South Canton Funeral Home..................................................................2/8/2011 Southeast Restoration Group.............................................................12/20/2000 State Farm Insurance Brian Pinson Agency.........................................11/5/1999 State Farm Insurance Morgan Harvill Agency..................................11/21/1990 SunTrust Banks, Inc...........................................................................10/29/2008 Harold Swindell.....................................................................................1/3/2005 The Crown Business Group, LLC.......................................................2/10/2009 The Landon Group, Inc......................................................................12/17/2002 The McCart Group...............................................................................12/7/2009 The Shake Place Nutrition...................................................................1/29/2010 Three Sisters Gifts................................................................................11/5/2001 Towne Lake Collision..........................................................................1/31/2006 Waste Management..............................................................................1/14/1994 WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine....................................................11/27/2007 What A Girl Wants.................................................................................2/1/2011 Jack E. Whitmire................................................................................12/26/1985 William Whitaker, Attorney at Law.......................................................2/9/1994 Stacey Williams.....................................................................................2/1/2010 Woodpark Medical Center.................................................................11/16/1989 Zaxby’s, Woodstock.............................................................................1/19/2011 Dr. Susan Zinkil...................................................................................1/23/2007


2012 Chamber Networking Opportunities Make personal and professional connections by attending networking programs designed to maximize business exposure in a variety of formats. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the following 2012 monthly events.

Networking Luncheons

P.O. Box 4998 ~ 3605 Marietta Highway ~ Canton GA 30114 Phone: 770-345-0400 ~ Fax: 770-345-0030 Email: Info@CherokeeChamber.com ~ www.CherokeeChamber.com

Presented By

Monthly networking events held in Chamber member businesses. No program - simply networking.

Network in a “leads-type” environment with 12 non-competitive Chamber members! Reservations are taken on a first call basis and are limited to one attendee per categorical listing.

February 16 March 8 April 12 May 8 June 21

July 17 August 30 September 27 October 23 November 29 December 13

Details: FREE; RSVP by 5pm the Friday prior Location: Sponsor Location Time: 4:30-6:00 pm Presented By

Details: $12; Registration & Prepayment Required Location: Chamber Board Room Time: Noon

March 20 April 10 May 15

August 21 September 25 October 16 November 13

The Chamber’s monthly ‘Good Morning Cherokee’ breakfast meetings offer members and potential members the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders.

February 2 March 1 April 5

May 3 June 7 August 2 September 6

October 4 November 1 December 6

Details: Advance Registration: $15, No Reservation: $20, Future Member: $25 RSVP by 5pm the Tuesday prior Standing Reservations: $120 for all 10 meetings; No monthly RSVP required Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center located in the Cherokee County Administration Building Time: 7:00 am June 18th ................................................. Chamber Classic Golf Tournament August 14 ........................................................................................Business EXPO October 10............................................................................. Principal For A Day April 19................Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon

October 10 ..........................Chamber Knock-Down Bowling Tournament

April 24-27..............................................................Middle School Career Fairs

October 19 & 20 .........................................................................Cherokee Pignic

May 23 ........................................................................................Picnic in the Park

November 9................................................................................. Jingle Bell $hop


Are you taking advantage of Your Chamber Member Benefits? Sponsorship Opportunities: Maximize your marketing dollars by sponsoring Chamber events and publications that allow you to spread the word about your business to fellow Chamber members. The Chamber offers a sponsorship booklet for you to use in creating a package most suitable to your company’s needs and eliminates repeated solicitation of funds throughout the year. This document was created to help you review all of your opportunities at once. It contains a list of available sponsorships, prices and specific benefits. Email Gini@CherokeeChamber.com or call the Chamber office at 770-345-0400 to receive a copy. You can also view online! www.cherokeechamber.com/pdf/sponsorbook.pdf Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings: The Chamber organizes these ceremonies in order to promote new businesses, expanded/remodeled businesses, new business locations or new owners of existing businesses. Photos are featured in local media outlets, the Chamber's newsletter, VISIONS, and at CherokeeChamber.com Membership Directory: Your listing in this publication is a vital part of your membership package. It is the tool for making business referrals. All Chamber member main contacts receive an annual updated edition. Directories are updated on a weekly basis as members join throughout the year. Expanding Your Knowledge: Reinhardt University presents a series of BLASTT Workshops for various types and sizes of businesses, pertaining to business growth and development, are offered. Programs vary annually based upon suggestions by the Chamber membership. Past workshops have covered such topics as: How to Market your Business, Making the Most of Networking Opportunities, Interviewing Top Performers and Business Accounting. Workshops are held at the Chamber. Promotional Opportunities: Chamber member businesses are encouraged to display brochures, business cards and promotional materials in the Chamber lobby. You may also include promotional materials in gift bags at certain Chamber events and promote your business through door prize donations. If you want to notify the Chamber membership regarding who you are and what services you provide, mailing labels are available for a nominal fee. An additional membership benefit that allows Chamber members to promote their businesses is the monthly Member-2-Member email. New Business Contacts: Chamber members make personal and professional connections by attending networking programs designed to maximize business exposure in a variety of formats. Monthly networking events include: Business After Hours, 12@12 Networking Luncheons, and our Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast.

Community Involvement: When you volunteer for Chamber committees, you gain the opportunity to study community needs in-depth and develop creative solutions to the business community's concerns. Chamber committees offer you a chance to help shape the future of Cherokee County! Business Referral: Consumers look to the Chamber to recommend businesses. When they ask, we refer only our members. Website: Every Chamber member receives, as part of their annual membership investment, a listing in the online membership directory at CherokeeChamber.com. The complimentary listing appears alphabetically and includes main contact information, hyperlink to your website, email link from your listing, a clickable map, and the ability to promote special offers. Website Listing Enhancements: The Chamber also offers the ability to add the following features to your website listing for an additional charge: •POP TO THE TOP: This feature allows your company to "Pop to the Top" of searches and appear as a sponsored listing. •HIGHLIGHTED LISTING: This feature will show your listing highlighted in yellow in the alphabetical list. •LOGO and/or PHOTO: You are able to include two graphics to be viewed with your listing. •50-WORD DESCRIPTION: This description will appear in your listing and will also be used in keyword searches. If someone searches for one of the words used in the description your listing will be displayed. Platinum Listing Gold Listing $108 per year / $12 per month $84 per year / $7 per month • Pop to the Top • Highlighted Alphabetical Listing • Highlighted Alphabetical Listing • Logo and/or Photo with Listing • Logo and/or Photo with Listing • 50-Word Description • 50-Word Description Silver Listing $60 per year / $5 per month • Logo and/or Photo with Listing • 50-Word Description

Discounted Insurance: Chamber member businesses with 2-50 employees are eligible for discounted group health coverage. Dental, Life, Disability, Vision and Long Term Care coverage discounts are also available. Drugs Don't Work: This program can assist your business in their efforts to establish a drug free workplace. Members meeting the five step criteria are eligible for a 7.5% Worker's Compensation reduction. Communications: The ChamberLink, published weekly and distributed via email, fax or U.S. Mail, keeps members posted on the Chamber's initiatives. VISIONS, the Chamber's bimonthly e-newsletter, includes information regarding upcoming events and member involvement opportunities.


Members in the News...

MOJO Productions Celebrates 10th Anniversary Blasting, North Georgia Living magazine, PACES Construction, With Appreciation to Its Many Loyal Clients PRINCE Minerals, ROSS Consulting Engineers, Solid Approach MOJO Productions, a creatively driven marketing design group, is celebrating their 10th anniversary. Founded in 2002 by Alan Thompson, the company offers a wide range of creative and welldesigned advertising and marketing solutions to a diverse group of clients. The strategic thinking and approach to each assignment is a reflection of two decades of experience as an Art Director, working and winning awards in large advertising agencies, on national accounts. Thompson opened MOJO in 2002, seeing the opportunity to apply ‘big agency’ thinking, creativity and discipline to a smaller, more diverse group of clients without the big agency cost. “I deal directly with the company president or marketing manager to arrive at a marketing solution, instead of going through the various levels associated with an ad agency”, said Thompson. “This results in work done faster, more economically and usually with greater appreciation from the client.” In the ten years of service, MOJO has created work for businesses ranging from single person to businesses that operate in 12 states with $30 million in billings. One current client is international in scope and growing. While budget is always a large factor with every project, the driving force of MOJO’s work is quality. “I take great pride in my work and the positive light that puts my clients in. You don’t have to be a multi-million dollar company to look like one,” explains Thompson. Each client is treated with the same professionalism and expectations of improving their marketing for the goal of improving their “look” and increasing profitability - no matter what the budget. “I truly want to help my clients grow and prosper with the help of great marketing materials. Because, if my clients look good, MOJO looks good.” During the company’s 10-year history, notable clients include: AAMCO, Advanced Retail Solutions, Auto Shop, Ballinger & Associates, Canton Theatre, Carmichael Audio/Video, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee Bank, Cherokee Computer, Development Authority of Cherokee County, Cherokee FOCUS, City of Canton, Copperhead Lodge, Get It Together, Highridge, J.T ROSS Investments, Dentistry of Olde Towne, Keepsakes Unique Gifts, LUSK Architecture & Construction, McMahan Drilling &

Realty Services, Southern Outdoor, Summit Insurance, The Great Frame Up, Thompson, Meier & King, Turcotte Construction and Vertical Vision Financial Marketing, among others. MOJO Productions creative and design services include: Branding, logos, print ads, business cards, billboards, brochures, direct mail, magazine layout/design, vehicle magnets, newsletters, posters/ signage, postcards, stickers, wearables, web design and consulting. For more information, call Alan Thompson at 770-479-3461 or e-mail mojomen@windstream.net MOJO is located at 151 East Marietta Street, Suite D Canton, GA 30114.

Comfort Keepers Named One of the Top 5 U.S. Companies Hiring in 2012 Comfort Keepers’ In-Home Care was named by the Fox News morning show, Fox and Friends, as one of the top five companies in the U.S. hiring in 2012. That follows national recognition this past September by CareerBuilder.com as one of the top 10 companies currently hiring, in terms of numbers of job listings posted. With an estimated 2,100 new caregiver positions becoming available around the nation this year, Comfort Keepers continues to grow as one of the world’s largest home care companies for seniors and other adults. The local Canton office also expects to hire 50 or more employees this year to fulfill personal care aide positions. “We attribute the growth of our employee base to the immediate demand for our services” says Alan White, owner of the Canton office. “Nine out of ten people say they want to age at home. In-home care is a growing industry that will only show more demand as baby boomers look for someone to care for their parents and eventually, to care for themselves.” Founded in Springfield, Ohio and now with over 600 franchised locations around the country and more than 13 years of service, Comfort Keepers has earned the reputation of being a leading provider of in-home care for seniors and other adults. Approximately 25,000 caregivers and office employees work at the independently owned and operated offices in the U.S. “We have developed a winning formula for recruiting people and that is one more reason we continue to grow,” said White. “We look for people who have a heart for serving others, we provide some of the best training in the industry, and we retain them by offering competitive compensation, recognition and advancement opportunities.” Individuals interested in applying for a position at their local Comfort Keepers office can visit the Comfort Keepers employment center at www.comfortkeepers.com or call 770-624-6305.


CHEROKEE CO. FARM BUREAU FREE 30-day supply of WINS GFB STATE AWARDS Kid’s Vitamins every month Cherokee County Farm Bureau was recognized for its outstanding member programs during the 2011 Georgia Farm Bureau annual meeting, held Dec. 4-6 on Jekyll Island. CCFB won the Outstanding Promotion & Education Award for its work to facilitate agricultural learning activities at Free Home Elementary School (FHES). The CCFB also won the Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award for its efforts to educate Cherokee County school system cafeteria managers and staff about locally grown food. “Cherokee County Farm Bureau has done an excellent job of promoting agriculture in its community this past year, and it’s a pleasure to recognize the county for the hard work they have done,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. The CCFB Promotion & Education Committee, chaired by Nichelle Stewart, worked with FHES as a Partner in Education, sponsoring year-round activities highlighting agricultural topics. CCFB volunteers spent more than 370 hours at FHES during the past year, assisting with projects for each grade level at the school. Activities including hatching eggs with kindergarteners, holding a coloring contest for first graders that taught the students about peanuts, growing tomato plants from seed with second graders, using a poster contest to teach third graders where the ingredients for pizza come from, teaching fourth graders about honey production and planting a school garden with fifth graders. As the state winner of the promotion award, CCFB will receive one paid trip to either the 2012 American Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Conference or the National Ag in the Classroom Conference. The CCFB Women’s Committee, chaired by Vickie Grizzle and cochaired by Laurie Cagle, was honored for the farm tour the committee hosted in June for nearly 300 school cafeteria managers and staff in the Cherokee County School System. Parent volunteers, PTA leaders and Cooperative Extension agents also participated. The two-day tour included visits to Sweetwater Growers, a hydroponic greenhouse farm where the cafeteria staff learned about growing herbs and micro greens; Buckeye Creek Farm, where tour participants saw a vegetable garden and orchards and enjoyed a cooking demonstration by Chef Brian Jones from the Buckhead Ritz Carlton; Ross Berry Apiaries, where the tour group learned how honey is extracted from the hive and the role bees play in agriculture by pollinating crops; and Rockin S Farm where tour participants learned about backyard poultry production and how to grow produce in containers. As the state winner of the Women’s Leadership Award, CCFB will receive one paid trip to the 2012 National Ag in the Classroom Conference. Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county offices, and approximately one out of nine Georgians is involved with Farm Bureau. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their nonfarming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia. The Local CCFB President is William Grizzle.

Ball Ground Pharmacy is committed to ensuring every child gets the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Receiving vitamins on a daily basis promotes growth, protects against certain diseases, and provides proper metabolism. This commitment to the community is why Ball Ground Pharmacy is proud to introduce Healthy Kids, a FREE program that gives children ages 4-12 a FREE monthly supply of children’s multivitamins. Maintaining a well-balanced diet full of the required daily vitamins allows children to receive the proper nutrients needed to stay healthy and disease free. Unfortunately, children may not eat the many vegetables and fruits needed to maintain proper nutrition. In addition, eating healthy can be very costly, which has led to a society that is dependent on fast food and quick, easy meals. Vitamins are really the best and easiest way to reverse this cycle. The program works like this: parents fill out the registration form that will be available in-store or online at ballgroundpharmacy.com. Bring the completed form to Ball Ground Pharmacy to receive your child’s first free month’s supply of Ball Ground Pharmacy Brand Children’s Multivitamins. Once registered, simply come in each month for your free 30-day supply of vitamins. You can call it in just like a prescription 770-735-6161 or refill online! Store hours are 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Ball Ground Pharmacy owners, Jeff and Tricia Richardson, are celebrating their 5th anniversary this month. They purchased the pharmacy in 2007 and since then have more than doubled in size. In March 2009, they moved the store from Gilmer Ferry Road to its new location at 470 Valley Street, behind the new Chevron on Highway 5 in Ball Ground. The pharmacy expanded its front end and carries many lines such as Hallmark cards and gifts, Melissa and Doug toys, Wood Wick candles, Roman gifts, sterling silver jewelry, locally made gifts, and much more. The pharmacy installed a state of the art PharmaSmart Blood Pressure Tracker in which patients can track their readings online with a card in between doctor visits. In addition to expanding the over the counter products and gifts, the pharmacy has a compounding lab for prescriptions. Ball Ground Pharmacy 770-735-6161; Fax services 770-735-6925.

We welcome information on you, your company, employees and the community. If your company has new hires, received an award, introduced a new product or service or has other news that would be of interest be sure to tell us! Limit your Member News to 50 words or less! We reserve the right to edit all Member News for content and/or length. Submissions will be reviewed for relevance and timeliness. Send submissions to Paula@CherokeeChamber.com. Deadline for the next issue of VISIONS is March 23, 2012.


Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) Offer You and Your Employees Valuable Options If asked what the single most important factor is regarding health insurance and employee benefits would you answer cost? So would most of your peers. That’s why finding ways to control those costs is so important in today’s market. One of the most effective is the Health Savings Account. Implementing an HSA allows you to select a lower cost health plan. Deposits are then made by the employee, the employer or both to an HSA account, either through your local bank or a specialty bank such as HSA Bank. This account can be used to pay for deductibles, co-pays and other qualified medical expenses. Unlike other reimbursement accounts there is no “use it or lose it” philosophy so amounts in the account carry over from year to year if not used. The funds in the HSA account can be invested similarly to an IRA. Over time if medical expenses are low and contributions are made regularly to the HSA, the account can accumulate significant assets that can be used for health care tax free or used for retirement on a tax-deferred basis. For more information regarding HSA accounts and other employee benefit issues contact Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc. at 770-5791214 or 1-800-782-8254 ext. 3035. The MemberCare Alliance of Cherokee County program includes expert member-to-member advice on many aspects of employee benefits and a variety of discounted insurance products, including group health insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, long term care and term life insurance. For more information on any of these insurance offerings, please call one of your participating Chamber-member insurance agents, the Chamber or Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc., (the company that developed the MemberCare Alliance of Cherokee County) at 770-579-1214 or 1-800-782-8254 ext. 3035.

RECYCLE - REUSE - REDUCE Help fight litter and save valuable resources Join Holly Springs Elementary School as they earn money by turning aluminum beverage cans into cash with the Great American Can Roundup. Bring your rinsed out aluminum beverage cans to the school between November 15, 2011 and April 20, 2012 to help our school earn money for educational purposes. NATIONWIDE, 733 SCHOOLS HAVE ENTERED THE CHALLENGE, 42 BEING FROM GEORGIA. AS OF JANUARY 10, 2012, FROMBERG HIGH SCHOOL IN FROMBERG, MONTANA IS IN THE LEAD WITH A REPORTED 1,682 LBS. THIS COMPUTES TO APPROXIMATELY 57,743 RECYCLED ALUMINUM CANS.

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Official Drop Site: Holly Springs Elementary School 1965 Hickory Road – Canton

For more information Visit www.NorthMetroWaste.com (Great American Can Roundup)

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Northside Hospital-Cherokee Saturday, March 31, 2012 • 1 - 3 p.m. • 201 Hospital Road, Canton Visit www.northside.com for more information

FREE ADMISSION!

All proceeds benefit the Special Care Nursery at Northside Hospital-Cherokee.

Guests also are encouraged to bring donations of diapers and/or wipes for MUST Ministries in Cherokee. Collection bins will be available at the event. In case of rain, the event will move to the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA, 151 Waleska Street, Canton. In case of severe weather, the event will be canceled.


New Member Coffee Thursday, February 9th 7:45 am Location: Chamber Terrace Level 3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

Sponsored by:

All new members joining since October 17th are invited to attend. RSVP by February 7th to Nichole@CherokeeChamber.com.

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Regional Issues Advisory Council Regional Issues Awareness focuses on topics that effect not only Cherokee County and its residents but the region as well.

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March 23, 2012 7:30-9:00 am

Location: City of Woodstock-Magnolia Hall 108 Arnold Mill Rd, Bldg C, Woodstock Program Sponsor:

2012 Series Sponsor Speaker: Robby Westbrook, MS, CEM Cherokee Co. Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Mgmt.

RSVP to Gini@CherokeeChamber.com by March 21st.


2012 BLASTT Workshops

Teen Leadership Cherokee

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Facebook For Business: Integrating Your Facebook Page Into Your Online Presence March 7, 2012

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Lunch is provided) Whether you are new to Facebook or already have a Facebook Page for your business, chances are you could be managing it better. Learn basic page management, how to integrate your page into your overall online presence, the kinds of posts that generate the most consumer/public engagement, basic Facebook etiquette and “rules of engagement”, and more. Bring your laptop for the opportunity to actively engage with your page throughout the class. Speaker: Maura Neill, REALTOR, The Gebhardt Group Cost: $30 for Members; $55 for Future Members

Sell More, Brand Higher - Understanding the Difference Between Sales & Marketing March 21, 2012

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Lunch is provided) Learn the difference between Sales & Marketing and how when placed together properly, both visibility and an increase in revenue spring to life! Get quick selling tips for making successful cold calls and learnwhat to do to close those leads fast! Be prepared to understand how to brand your business using social media and other quick resources. Make marketing work for you. Don’t forget to bring your business cards…. A Business Card audit will be performed! This is one workshop you don’t want to miss!

Class of 2012: Front row l-r: Lex Lauletta, Sequoyah; Jennifer Skalak, Etowah; Keith Biddiscombe, River Ridge; Olivia Lullie, Creekview; Bailey Underwood, Sequoyah; Olivia Nechvatal, Cherokee; Tyler Harris, Creekview; Mandy Hester, Creekview. Back row l-r: Kellie Hunter, Sequoyah; Becca Tant, River Ridge; Harrison Hopkins, River Ridge; Madeline Janflone, Sequoyah; Jorge Ramirez, River Ridge; Natalie Friesen, Crossroads; Gentry Cromwell, Etowah; Heather Bryan, Creekview; Daniel Marin, River Ridge; Miruna Talpas, River Ridge; Chris Yoo, Etowah; Rani Tilva, Woodstock

The Chamber is pleased to announce that participants for the Teen Leadership Cherokee Class of 2012 have been selected. Of the 105 students that applied for the program, 20 Cherokee County 10th graders were chosen. Students were asked to submit a formal application and participated in two rounds of personal interviews with local business leaders. The Teen Leadership Cherokee Class has already attended an orientation with their parents and an all-day retreat, which was held on January 7th. Over the next four months, students will participate in five class sessions and present a group project. A graduation ceremony and dinner will be held in the Chamber’s Terrace Level from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 12th. The mission of Teen Leadership Cherokee is to develop the knowledge and leadership skills of young people in Cherokee County so they may confidently become our leaders of tomorrow. Participation demonstrates that in this transient society, a diverse group of people working together, rather than individually, can be effective in solving the problems faced by the community.

Teen Leadership 2012 Sponsors!

Speakers: Twanna Woods, Icebreakers Unlimited LeVon Lewis, Pencilworx Design Group Cost: $30 for Members; $55 for Non-Members

Contact Amy at 770-345-0400 or Amy@CherokeeChamber.com to register for a workshop.

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Leadership Cherokee Begins 24thYear

Class of 2012: Front Row (l to r): Alan Thompson, MOJO Productions; Sarah Wright, Regions Bank; Anita Summers, Sequoyah Regional Library System; Karen Norred, City of Holly Springs; Sheila Lewis, United Community Bank; Carley Jacobs, United Way in Cherokee County; Tim Prather, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; John Hitchcock, Signature Pressworks. Back Row (l to r): Phil Price, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Adam Smith, Bank of North Georgia; Bill Echols, Cherokee County; Josh Bagby, Alfa Insurance; Zach Blend, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch; Shane Daniel, Cherokee County Fire; Brian Stevens, SOAR Physical Therapy; Greg Dodgen, Cherokee County; Fred Weir, Zaxby’s at Holly Springs.

The Chamber has selected the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2012. This 24th Anniversary Class was chosen following their participation in a nomination, application and interview process.

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The 17 class members traveled to Brasstown Valley Resort for their retreat. The group participated in both indoor and outdoor team building exercises that enabled them to learn not only about each other, but themselves through a look at personality types and communication styles”, said Jeff Rusbridge, Leadership Cherokee Steering Committee Chairman and Dyer & Rusbridge, PC.

Over the next nine months, the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2012 will participate in a broad range of sessions that will focus on a variety of topics such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare and social/human services. Chamber Chairman Tom Heard, Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority, commented that the knowledge gained from programs such as these would prepare the class members for a more active role in the community. Following the nine-months of leadership training, the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2012 will graduate during a ceremony in September. For information on the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2013 feel free to contact the Chamber office at 770-3450400 or visit the www.CherokeeChamber.com.


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Winter 2012 Walmart Supports Arnold Mill Elementary Staff Member of the Month Program

Holly Springs Elementary and North Metro Waste Join the Great American Can Roundup! Holly Springs Elementary has teamed up with PIE, North Metro Waste, as a part of the Great American Can Roundup. North Metro Waste has donated a 10-yard recycle trailer so that HSES can accept donations of used, all-aluminum beverage cans. The Great American Can Roundup initiative salute the 75th anniversary of the beverage can and assists schools like Holly Springs Elementary School in their efforts to recycle cans for cash. The program also encourages students to join together to help fight litter, save valuable resources and conserve energy contributing to a sustainable future. The proceeds the school garners from recycling used aluminum beverage cans will be used for educational purposes. The container has been located in the school’s main parking lot since November 15, 2011 and will remain there until the initiative culminates on April 20, 2012. The Great American Can Roundup is sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) which represents beverage can makers and suppliers to the industry and is committed to ensuring that all aluminum beverage cans are recycled.

Boston Elementary School & Menchie’s Frozen Yougurt BES first grader Emma Stapleton is pictured alongside the Menchie’s Mascot. Menchie’s is a wonderful Partner in Education assisting with various activities throughout the school year.

Congratulations to Mrs. Ines Haas on being selected as the Arnold Mill Elementary STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH for December 2011. A Special Education Teacher, Mrs. Haas also coaches girls lacrosse at River Ridge HS. In the nomination submitted by her peers it was noted that always a true team-player, Mrs. Haas is always willing to lend a helping hand Pictured (l to r): Kerry Martin, and graciously offers to Principal and Ines Haas, Special translate at the school Education Teacher whenever there is a need. Mrs. Haas’ recognition included a $25.00 gift card donated by Walmart who supports AMES through the PIE program.

Goddard School Visits Chapman Intermediate

Just in time for the holidays, The Goddard School, Chapman Intermediate’s Partner in Education, brought their Pre-K students to sing holiday songs to Chapman’s 5th and 6th grade students. The Goddard students gathered in the media center to sing and dance while Chapman students watched the live performance on video from their classrooms. The Goddard children then walked around Chapman, visiting classrooms and receiving goodies from the Chapman students. This was Chapman’s second year to be blessed by the Goddard School’s talented children.


Arnold Mill Elementary Receives Grant from Northside Hospital-Cherokee

The students holding their cards of appreciation are Chris Pham first grade, Ana Ramirez - fifth grade, Allison Harris - third grade and Memphis Lafferty - kindergarten.

Johnston Elementary School Says Thank You! To show appreciation to their PIE, Johnston Elementary invited their school PIE to their annual Thanksgiving Feast. Representatives from Credit Union of Georgia and Shane’s Rib Shack, along with Kirk Buchholz State Farm Insurance Agent all attended on that special day! Then in December, DiMola Family Chiropractic and Carolyn Hall from Scentsy Wickfree Candles participated in the JES Polar Express event. Stevi B’s Pizza, Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House, and Shane’s Rib Shack donated coupons for the JES honor roll students as well as those with perfect attendance students.

BJ’s Wholesale Club & Arnold Mill Elementary School Annually the Arnold Mill Elementary School “Giving Tree” provides students, staff and business partners an opportunity to give back to people less fortunate during the holiday season. In 2011 MUST Ministries was the recipient of the toys to be shared with children they serve. During the event ceremony, students presented a program and the gifts for MUST Ministries Pictured (l to r) with the donations: AP were presented. ArKim Montalbano, Susie Meacham, BJ’s nold Mill PIE BJ’s Wholesale Club Public Relations Rep- Wholesale Club made resentative; Principal Kerry Martin and a very generous donaSchool Counselor Bob Jordan. tion to this cause - 15 electronic AV helicopters and tanks as well as other educational toys and materials. Their kindness in our community is overwhelming. AMES appreciates their partnership.

Pictured (l to r): Principal Kerry Martin, School Nurse Betty Miller, AP Kim Montalbano and School Counselor Bob Jordan. Northside Hospital-Cherokee, through their partnership with AMES recently provided the school with an $800 grant which allowed them to purchase supplies including first aid kits, wet wipes, pull-ups, underwear, CPR barrier kits, band aids, gauze pads, surgical tape, tissues, gloves, dixie cups, cotton balls, Qtips and hand sanitizer. These supplies will help maintain a safe and sanitary environment at Arnold Mill Elementary School. The school is honored to be working with such a generous business partner.

Why Partner? There are dozens of partnership success stories each making an impact on the schools in Cherokee County. Volunteer opportunities are whatever people want them to be, as just one hour can make a difference in the life of a child. As business leaders you need to develop the human capital that exists right here in the community. Your future leaders and employees are eager to know you, learn from you and be inspired by you! Parternering is not about filing papers in the front office. Partnering is about mentoring students, volunteering for special functions, providing internships and/or job shadowing opportunities, sponsoring school clubs, helping with incentive awards for achievement and/ or attendance, serving as a judge for a school event, participating in career fairs, providing tours of local businesses for students, sharing resources, reading to a class, and many more! As you can see, there are many ways for you to make a difference in the lives of Cherokee County students. Become a Partner in Education today!

Become a Partner in Education today! Contact Amy Blanton at 770-345-0400 or Amy@CherokeeChamber.com for more information.


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Cost: $15 with reservation; $20 no reservation $25 Future Members. Breakfast meetings are held at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center located in the Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton. Reservations are due to the Chamber office by 5pm on Tuesday before the breakfast on Thursday. NO SHOWS WILL BE BILLED

February 2nd 7:00 am Sponsor:

Speaker:

Chris Clark, President & CEO Georgia Chamber of Commerce Program: Competitiveness in 2012… A Perspective from the Local and State Level RSVP by 5pm January 31st to Gini@CherokeeChamber.com or 770-345-0400.

March 1st 7:00 am Sponsor:

• Program begins Friday, February 3rd. • Due to special events/office closings/holidays, the following dates are not available in 2012: April 6th, September 7th, October 19th, November 9th & 23rd and December 28th. • By the way...Are you interested in securing more than one Friday? Contact the Chamber for availability after six-months from your previous Chamber Shirt Friday.

Speaker:

Neil Wood, Certified Presenter Program:

SO WHAT?

How to communicate what really matters to your audience. RSVP by 5pm on February 28th to Gini@CherokeeChamber.com or 770-345-0400.


FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 calendar Activity dates are subject to change at the request of the Chair, Committee or Chamber Staff. Please call the Chamber @ 770-345-0400 to RSVP and/or to confirm date and time. All meetings will be held at the Chamber Office, located at 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton (Exit 14/I-575) unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, February 2 7:00 am............................................................ Good Morning Cherokee Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center located in the Cherokee County Administration Building Sponsor: Cherokee Office of Economic Development

Thursday, March 1 7:00 am............................................................ Good Morning Cherokee Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center located in the Cherokee County Administration Building Sponsor: Edward Jones Investments

9:00 am..................................................................Executive Committee

9:00 am..................................................................Executive Committee

Monday, February 6 10:00 am-4:00 pm....................KSU SBDC Representative at Chamber

Monday, March 5 10:00 am-4:00 pm....................KSU SBDC Representative at Chamber

Wednesday, February 8 3:00 pm.......................................................Career Fair Sub-Committee

Tuesday, March 6 3:00 pm.................................................. ResuMay Day Sub-Committee

Thursday, February 9 7:45 am.................................................................. New Member Coffee Sponsor: WellStar

Wednesday, March 7 8:00 am-2:00 pm........................................Cherokee Day at the Capitol 11:30 am-2:00 pm................................................... BLASTT Workshop Facebook for Business

Tuesday, February 14 10:30 am...................................................................Finance Committee Thursday, February 16 8:00 am....................................................... Board of Directors’ Meeting Noon........................................................12@12 Networking Luncheon Friday, February 17 8:00 am-5:00 pm..........................................Leadership Cherokee Class Tuesday, February 28 8:00 am.............................................................Going Green Committee 5:00 pm............................................................... RSVP’s Due for GMC

Look who made the first “Going Green” committment in 2012!

Thursday, March 8 Noon........................................................12@12 Networking Luncheon 3:00 pm.......................................................Career Fair Sub-Committee Friday, March 9 8:00 am-5:00 pm........................................ Leadership Cherokee Meets Tuesday, March 20 10:30 am...................................................................Finance Committee 4:30-6:00 pm......................................................... Business After Hours Sponsor Location: TBA Wednesday, March 21 11:30 am - 2:00 pm................................................. BLASTT Workshop Sell More, Brand Higher 3:00 pm.............................................. Workforce Development Council Thursday, March 22 8:00 am....................................................... Board of Directors’ Meeting Wednesday, March 28 8:00 am.............................................................Going Green Committee


Visions February 2012