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To serve as the unifying force and focal point for enhancing the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community it serves. The Chamber shall seek to accomplish its mission by being the voice for business within the community; by addressing economic, political and quality of life issues; and through a selective business plan to achieve

2012 Mid-Year Report To Members

As your Chairman for 2012, I am proud to present BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Myrna Ballard (Chamber of Commerce) Clinton Beeland (CJB Industries, Inc.) Tom Carroll (Sunset Farm Foods, Inc.) Sue Cox (Covingtons Dining & Catering) Jeff Fulp (Erco Worldwide Inc.) Tom Gooding (Elliott, Blackburn & Gooding, PC) Mike Hill (Mike Hill Real Estate) Carlton Holley (Fowler, Holley, Rambo & Stalvey, PC) Tim Jones (Citizens Community Bank) Terri Lupo (Georgia Power Company) Jay Prince (Prince Automotive of Valdosta, Inc.)

the Mid-Year Report, which highlights programs and initiatives the Chamber has been working on this year to ensure we are meeting and exceeding our goals. You will find that the Chamber Board, staff and volunteers are doing an excellent job. Please review the following pages to see how the Chamber is working for you and the Valdosta-Lowndes County business community!

2012 Chamber Board Chairman

Greg Reid (Edward Jones Investments) Bill Simmons (Archer Daniels Midland Co.) Megan Smith (SmithBarnas & Associates, Inc.)

Baha Zeidan (Azalea Health Innovations, Inc.)

Tim Jones

Proudly sponsored by

Economic Development Division Tom Carroll Vice Chairman

Sunset Farm Foods, Inc.

Triple Crown Hometowns Luncheon

SEEDS Business Resource Center • • • •

Region 11 graduates of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

210 clients assisted through the month of May Eight Business University events with 145 attendees SEEDS Center website averages 189 visitors per month Eight lender visits and presentations made to VSU Marketing classes, GACCE, Lakeland-Lanier County Chamber • Director of Economic Development graduated from Georgia Academy for Economic Development • Seven registration packets received for Guardian Bank Business Plan Competition • Chamber president presented program on Business Plan Competition at statewide economic developers conference in Brasstown Valley

SORT (Special Ombudsman Response Team)

• Addressed an issue with sign ordinance • Future discussions will involve landscaping requirements and billboard advertising

Triple Crown Hometowns • Implemented new Silver Stars program for active seniors who want to stay in touch with the business community. • Hosted two of four lunch and learns to educate retirees on issues important to them.

Dr. Brian Dawson, MD (SGMC) educates Triple Crown retirees on stroke symptoms.

2012 Mid-Year Report Proudly Sponsored by 22

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Workforce Development & Education Division Clinton Beeland Vice Chairman

CJB Industries, Inc.

Workforce Development Program

Employees improve their management skills at

a Supervisor Essentials Workshop.

• Coordinated two Supervisor Essentials Workshops • CHOICES workshop presented to 505 students • Chamber members contributed $1,528 to the Workforce Education Support Team (W.E.S.T.)- Education Council Inc. (501 c 3) • Hosted STAR Student and Teacher Banquet • Hosted a Champions of Business Reception • Increased Drugs Don’t Work membership to 259 • Peaceway Counseling & Mediation Services and Peaceway DUI School hosted 15th Annual DDW Supervisor Seminar with a record attendance of 66

DDW Director Keyara Hamilton discusses the program with Terry Shuler (Moultrie Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce).

Public Affairs Division

Megan Smith Vice Chairman SmithBarnas & Associates, Inc.

Government Affairs Committee • Held a Members to be Heard • Hosted Legislative Briefing Lunch with State Delegation in Atlanta • Hosted Breakfast with the Governor, more than 200 in attendance • Hosted Lunch with Senator Isakson, more than 180 in attendance • Implemented GAC Chair Ron Borders addresses more than

200 at the Governor’s breakfast. Military Affairs Committee • Participated in 10 Right Start briefings for newcomers to MAFB • Hosted two Red Carpet Parties to welcome Moody’s leadership to our community • Started conversation regarding a separate entity hosting Red Carpet Parties


Member Services Division Baha Zeidan Vice Chairman

Azalea Health Innovations, Inc. Members learn benefits of Chamber membership at Chamber 101.

Membership Development and Members Services • • •

38 Ambassadors earned a total of 9,780 points (250 hours of service) Conducted 27 Ribbon Cuttings and Groundbreakings 17 Leading Business of the Week presentations

Marketing and Communications • Received coverage in 12 television broadcasts (9 in 2011), 23 radio interviews (18), 54 print articles and advertisements (66), 9 presentations (15), and 52 online articles (30). • Chamber is now utilizing Linked In and Facebook with a focus of promotion of Chamber Members Membership Retention/Development • 30% of those who joined this year have utilized the SEEDS Center, 60% have been contacted • Distribution of monthly anniversary cards • Increased number of Traffic Catcher Websites to 370

Representatives from Mannie’s Sub Shop unveil plans for drive thru sub shop located in Valdosta.

• Two Independent Sales Representatives • 110 new members have joined this year compared to 88 last year • April-May Membership Drive-utilized Ambassadors 26/each month - 6 were direct recruits Rolled-Out Tiered Dues Structure • Opportunity to educate members on events, services and benefits, and to hear their ideas and thoughts for future services • Opportunity to share referrals and Traffic Catcher Site views • 166 Conversions to date Jeff Fulp (ERCO Worldwide) signs on to be the Chamber’s first Chairmen’s Circle Investor, the Chamber’s highest membership level.

2012 Mid-Year Report Proudly Sponsored by

Business Development Division Greg Reid Vice Chairman Edward Jones Investments

Mike Hill, Jennifer Powell, Ken Rickett, Myrna Ballard, Pat Sullivan and Dr. Ron Zaccarri plan future Opportunity Central Book Club readings.

Opportunity Central-Expansion of Targeted Business • • • • •

Facilitated the growth of 4,162 jobs in the ET, IT and Medical Services and Support sectors as of 2007 (2012 Economic Summit- preliminary 2010 analysis data) Hosted Opportunity Central Book Club Video Conference with Bowling Green, Kentucky (aspirant community) IT Professionals Network meeting through partnership with TAG Sustainable Energy Network meeting through partnership with the Green Chamber of the South

MetroOne Young Professionals • •

MetroOne completed annual YP Advocacy project – 100 Fun Things To Do in Metro Valdosta Nominated Drew DeMott (Moore, Clarke, DuVall & Rodgers, P.C.), Brittney Foster-Hull (Packaging Corporation of America), Jennifer Steedley (Valdosta City Schools) and Parrish Clark (Guardian Bank) for 2012 Georgia Trend 40 Under 40 • Hosted three Young Professionals nights and two CEO’s Unplugged

Organizational Excellence Division

Jay Prince, Vice Chairman Prince Automotive of Valdosta, Inc.

Evaluation of Board policies and governing documents • Considered Whistle-Blower Policy, Executive Session Policy, and Financial Disclosure Policy • Considered possible needed amendments to By-Laws Chamber staff and Board leadership development • Annual review of Chamber President Reaccreditation Review Task Force • Report from Task Force with recommendations for the Reaccreditation package, which will be submitted in March 2013 5-Star Reaccreditation documents Centennial Celebration • Began year-long Centennial Tree Project • Hosted Centennial Luncheon to honor current and former Chamber leaders

Independent supplier of choice for chemical manufacturing services, formulating, processing, filling and packaging liquids and solids products for Industrial market customers, with a focus on tolling and contract packaging.

Community Development Division • Conducted quarterly Chamber Board meetings to include elected Board members, ex officio Board members, committee chairmen and staff, and special guests focused on a particular community issue. - First quarter featured Dr. Louis Levy, Dr. Ray Perrin and Randy Sauls discussing Health Sciences & Business Administration facility - Second quarter featured Bob Goddard speaking on the 5-Points Development program Sue Cox • Host quarterly meetings of professionals including city Vice Chairman, managers, county manager, executives from AuthoriCovington’s ties and Chamber president. Dining & • Semi-annual meetings with former Chamber ChairCatering men of the Board with roundtable discussions regarding Former Chairmen of the Board Jud Rackley, Joe Cordova and Tim community goals. Carroll discuss ways to improve our Additional initiatives • During the course of the year the Chamber president visited with chamber executives at their chambers to identify their “secrets to success” in achieving community collaboration and cooperation (the Georgia visits were in conjunction with GACCE business): • Bowling Green, KY • Newnan, GA • Augusta, GA • Covington, GA • Hazelhurst, GA • Vidalia, GA • Columbus, GA • Henry County, GA • Dublin, GA • Conyers, GA • Videoconference with leaders in Bowling Green, KY • Chamber president met with Dr. Ray Perren (WGTC) to get his thoughts on how our community can build more cooperative and collaborative relationships. The result was the first of what we hope will become bi-monthly lunch meetings of Dr. Perrin (WGTC) shares “The Hats.” benefits of community collaboration at a quarterly board meeting.



2012 Mid Year Report to Members  

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber's Mid Year Report to Membership, sponsored by CJB Industries.