Here at the Gwinnett Chamber our vision is simple – we’re about success. Your success. Your company’s success. And our community’s success. That’s why our community’s motto is “Success Lives Here.” And the Chamber’s servant-leadership role is captured in our motto, “In Business For You.”
Each fall the Gwinnett Chamber has the opportunity to share our vision in a unique way – through our volunteer-driven membership and sponsorship campaign. Kicking off in August, more than 40 teams and 150 volunteers will be sharing how the Gwinnett Chamber can help businesses and organizations achieve success. These volunteers are being led by our 2011 Campaign Co-Chairs Raymer Sale with E2E Resources and Herman Pennamon with Georgia Power and will be recruiting new members and sponsors to the Chamber as we continue our efforts to enhance Gwinnett and metro Atlanta’s reputation as one of the best places to live and work in the U.S.
With Gwinnett averaging over 20,000 new residents each year and with more than 700 new firms joining the Chamber in 2010, I would like to share with you some of the accomplishments that we have achieved through our vision in the Chamber’s key focus areas including economic development and Partnership Gwinnett, public policy and community development, and member services and programs. The Gwinnett Chamber’s 2,500 member companies have experienced and helped to contribute to this success. If you are already a member, we thank you for your support and look forward to our continued partnership. If you are not a member, we hope you will join us and invest in your business growth and the community in which you live and do business.
In economic development, the Gwinnett Chamber led the launch of the Camera Ready Initiative in the community through producing and maintaining gwinnettentertainment.org and actively assisting the State of Georgia in finding locations for filming in Gwinnett County. Through Partnership Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Chamber has also championed 39 relocations or expansions bringing 2,167 jobs to Gwinnett in this year alone. Most recently, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development entered into the second strategic planning phase of the award-winning community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett.
One of the biggest accomplishments in the area of public policy and community development is Engage Gwinnett. The Gwinnett Chamber partnered with Gwinnett County to create and implement the Engage Gwinnett: Citizens Committee for the Future of Gwinnett County, a citizen-led initiative where committee members spent approximately six months looking at the community’s needs for current and future government services and proposed funding strategies to pay for those services over the next five years. Of the 113 recommendations, 65 are complete and 40 are currently being acted upon.
In the area of member services and programs, the Gwinnett Chamber hosted more than 270 networking and business development events attended by more than 36,000 participants. Included in these events is the newly launched Gwinnett Business Institute, designed to present general best practice tools for small and large businesses. With more than 75 attendees by its third event, the Gwinnett Business Institute serves as one of the Chamber’s most promising programs of the year.
As you can see, the benefits of the Chamber are many – from networking opportunities, community involvement, political advocacy to heightened credibility – the Gwinnett Chamber is “In Business For You.”
All of this could not have been accomplished without the voluntary investments of our members and as a non-profit all revenue is re-invested back into membership or community development programs.
This fall, I invite you to become a part of the Gwinnett Chamber’s success. To find out how, visit the Gwinnett Chamber’s website at gwinnettchamber.org, speak with the Gwinnett Chamber staff or a campaign volunteer and get