The Statesboro Chamber succeeds when its members and its community succeed. The following programs and committees are designed to help our members get the most from their community of businesses. Please review the following and think about expanding your profile by lending your talents and getting involved.
The Chamber seeks to keep its program of work fresh and relevant, hence committees are developed as opportunities emerge to benefit both member businesses and the community at large.
Community Development Division
Special Events: Plans, organizes and hosts important fundraising events that enable the Statesboro Chamber to operate its member programs and services. This year's events include a raffle for a trip for two in HawaiI (6 nights)i. Tickets are $20 and the winner will be drawn in September. There is a cash-out option.
Education: Serves as a liaison to primary and secondary schools, Ogechee Technical College and east Georgia College -- both two-year instutions of higher learning, and Georgia Southern University. It identifies and helps address issues that affect education and the business community. Coordination of recognition for students and educators such as the STAR Student/Teacher program is part of this committee's program of work.
Economic Development Division
Small Business: Works to promote small business among the public as well as maintain a strong relationship with city and county government. Promotion of the Chamber's Gifts Unlimited program, which encourages community dollars to remain within Bulloch County's retail and service businesses, along with activities for Georgia Retail Week and National Small Business Week, are part of this committee's focus.
New Entrepreneurs Club: This group of Chamber members who have recently opened businesses in Bulloch County receive mentoring from other Chamber members, largely those in the Small Business category. Their sole "program of work" is to receive Chamber support to help their new businesses flourish.
Health Industry Committee: Brings together many of the segments within this economic driver of our community. Physician offices, home health, hospice, assisted living and hospital representation make this an effective committee with a broad range of professionals.
Industry and Large Business: Provides a venue for interaction among the community's industries and larger businesses, offering support through manager's roundatbles, the Work Ready Program with Ogeechee Technical College, the Governor’s Manufacturing Award of the Year and annual Student Manufacturing Award.
Agri-Business: Organizes, promotes and presents such annual activities as Farm City Week, Annual Local Farm and Farm Family Award and Luncheon, an agri-business annual dinner with State representatives and presentation of the M.L. Miller Memorial Scholarship Award. An annual agriculture tour is also a popular activity which highlights this large economic segment of Bulloch County.
Organizational Improvement and Public Affairs
Membership: The front door for many active Chamber members, this committee's focus is increasing and maintaining membership through promoting benefits and remaining alert for value-added for all members. Breakfast and lunch meetings ("8 @ 8" and 12@12") offer opportunities for small group meet and greet gatherings during which new and existing members alike learn more about Chamber benefits and each other.
Governmental Operations/Programs: Serves as liaison to local, state and national officials for government issues affecting business. It hosts legislative forums and events, sometimes in coordination with other community entities, and joint meetings with local and state groups including the Department of Transportation.
Leadership Bulloch:Coordinates and implements each year’s class of Leadership Bulloch, an aggressive and effective program to identify and encourage local young business leaders to learn more about their community. These young current and future leaders are encouraged to become active participants in local issues and in government roles.