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GACCE Newsletter

January 2012

Chamber Updates

Americus-Sumter County Young Ambassadors Help Ring in Christmas Parade  


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Chamber Updates,

Chamber Folks

Albany Area Executive
Tackles New Career

Catherine Glover 

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Chamber Folks,

Georgia Chamber

GA Chamber 

2012 Annual Dinner
January 9

Eggs & Issues
January 10

Small Business
January 25

Power Lunches

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Guest Article

Constant Contact 2011 
Email and Social Media:
The Perfect New Year's

Lanelle Henderson  

Learn the three ways you can combine the power of email and social media to get your 2012 marketing efforts off to a great start!

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Georgia Companies to Benefit from Improved Access to
International Trade Services and Resources 

New online tools provide gateway to trade programs, global markets

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Platinum Sponsors

Join us as we thank our 2011-2012 Platinum Sponsors:

Constant Contact 2011


GA Chamber

Myrna Ballard, 2011-12 GACCE ChairMyrna Ballard
Valdosta-Lowndes County
Chamber of Commerce

Dear GACCE Members, 


Happy New Year!  I know you are as excited about the possibilities of the new year as I am.

It is an especially exciting year for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber, as we are celebrating our 100th anniversary!  We do have some fun "stuff" planned for our centennial celebration, but this momentus occasion in the life of our Chamber is causing us to focus on something way more important than parties and fun.  It has caused us to take an appraising look back at what our Chamber has achieved on behalf of our business community during the past 100 years.
My predecessors kept a good running tally of our Chamber's more notable accomplishments over the years, and as we reviewed them something became very clear.  The achievements that are remembered and noted are not small things.  Just the opposite.  The accomplishments that "made the list" are remembered 25 years, 50 years, and even 100 years later because they made a profound difference in the life of our community.

I'm starting 2012 with this in mind:  When I look back on this year, what will I want to be able to say was the single most important thing our Chamber accomplished for our business community in 2012?

In 2012, let's encourage each other to start the year thinking about how we want our chambers to end the year.  Let's think BIG!  We must help our communities understand that big things in our communities simply cannot be accomplished without our chambers.

Myrna first name 

2012-13 GACCE Scholarships - Deadline January 31

GACCE is now accepting applications for 2012-13 scholarships!

The GACCE Board of Directors changed the timeline for awarding scholarships to our membership so that we can award members during the 2012 GACCE Staff Clinic scheduled for March 13-15, 2012 in Augusta, GA.

We will be awarding 23 scholarships this year!  They will be made available for:

2 - for US Chamber Institute at UGA (June 2013 class)
2 - for ACCE Convention (August 2012 event)
9 - for GACCE Annual Conference (July 2012)
3 - for GACCE Leadership Conference (November 2012)
7 - for GACCE Staff Clinic (March 2013)

Two of our long-time GACCE sponsors are providing some of these scholarships for GACCE members this year, and we'd like to thank them for their generosity and support!

Georgia Transmission Corporation is again offering one of the Annual Conference scholarships.

Purchasing Alliance Solutions is providing four of the nine Annual Conference scholarships, one of the Leadership Conference scholarships, and one of the Staff Clinic scholarships.

To apply for a GACCE scholarship, your Chamber must be a member in good standing with GACCE (dues have been paid).  Please click the guidelines and application below to apply:

2012 GACCE Scholarship Guidelines

2012 GACCE Scholarship Application

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 31.  Applications may be e-mailed to Tiffany Ott at tfulmer@gacce.org, faxed to (865) 573-4994, or sent to:

1608 Tarklin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN  37920

The deadline to submit items for the February 2012 GACCE Newsletter will be Friday, January 27.  Be sure to send updates and photos to tfulmer@gacce.org.

Happy New Year!
Tiff Sig
Tiffany Fulmer Ott
GACCE Executive Director