The Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce will kick offÝa week-long membership drive on June 13 with over 35 area business leaders participating.
"We are building upon a great organization and making it even stronger and more viable," said Steve Chalker, the Chamber's President. "Our members are building a better future for their businesses and their community by participating in the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber."
Five teams of volunteers will be inviting prospective members to join the Chamber during the campaign.Ý Serving as captains are Mike Carrington of First National Bank & Trust, Pat Baston of Dozier Realty, Brad Adams of Grand Rental Station, Diane Wood of Peacock Hill and Cindy Cox of Anthony Auto Sales.ÝÝ Steve Dwyer of Temple-Inland is serving as Membership Chairman.
The Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber is active on each and every front ó from small business promotion to issues advocacy. "Businesses really do get a competitive edge by being Chamber members," said Mr. Chalker.Ý "But they have to join in order to take advantage of what we have to offer."
The Chamber offers membership and networking events such as its Business After Hours networking mixers. The Chamber is also involved in numerous projects and activities designed to enhance the quality of life in the McDuffie County area.
"Our Chamber touches almost every aspect of our community's quality of life," said Carolyn Gilbert, the Chamber's Executive Director.
The Chamber is also the "front door" for the area's business community, Mrs. Gilbert said. "Our promotional opportunities and networking abilities are among the best marketing tools our members have," she added.
The Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber is one of the community's most important sources of business referrals.Ý "If someone inquires about a service or type of business, we refer the person to those businesses in our membership directory," Mrs. Gilbert explained.Ý "Our referral system is one of the most tangible perks to being a member."
The Chamber of Commerce also performs an advocacy role in promoting the legislative interests of the McDuffie County business community.Ý It monitors key issues at the local, county, and state levels and communicates its needs to elected officials year-round.
The Chamber maintains a full-time significant role in advancing the business climate and overall quality of life in the McDuffie County area. Some of the active committees and involvement opportunities for members include membership, Drugs Don't Work, entrepreneurship, Leadership McDuffie, community events and more.
Chamber officials decided to hold the upcoming membership campaign in order to sustain and expand the Chamber's current programs. For more information, call the Chamber at 597-1000.