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JC Chamber charts ambitious 2017 course

Goal is to keep organization relevant by serving members’ needs

The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce wants to help all city businesses succeed. Heading the team are, from left, Chamber President John Bemont; incoming Chamber Chairwoman Marilyn Margolis, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital; current Chamber Chairman Dan Callahan, Alcon director of Facilities Operations; and Chamber Director of Operations and Marketing Maria Rose.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce wants to pick up in 2017 where it left off in 2016, bringing relevant service that pays off for chamber members.

JC Chamber President John Bemont says in addition to continuing successful chamber initiatives, his staff is bringing on more programs to help members do more business and do it well.

“We are continuing our business services to the community,” he said. “And, if anything, we are more involved in issues that touch on business in the community and more advocacy. But we wanted to offer more. And we are doing that with our Business Builders Series.

“You can’t just add more events, you have to give value.”

Headed up by Chamber Marketing Director Maria Rose, Business Builders is a quarterly hands-on skills development program. The luncheon sessions are designed to give participants a leg up on their competition and apply to anyone no matter what business they are in.

“We are building professional skills that people can use. It is all hands-on,” Rose said. “So folks should bring their computers. We show the professional relevance to new and evolving marketing tools.”

The program began with a session on “Professional Branding.” Session 3 is March 14 and it is all about using LinkedIn – how to use the service to find people for your organization.

The next series is sharpening presentation skills with a workshop on PowerPoint.

“You learn how to get those dynamite graphics with the current technology and those pop-ups onscreen. It is a visual world,” Rose said. “We want to teach people new concepts and improve their bottom line.”

Fall and winter sessions cover Social Media for Business and E-commerce and E-mail Marketing.

A new event is the Johns Creek Chamber Camp Expo. There are all kinds of camps – computer camps, church camps, arts camps, sports camps and even camps where kids canoe and hike. How does a parent make the right choice for their kids?

The Camp Expo set for March 2 at Woodward North on Boles Road in Johns Creek will have vendor booths set up to explain what they have to offer and to answer questions.

“You don’t have to be a chamber member, it’s open to the public,” Bemont said.

There are some things you don’t monkey with, and one is the JC Chamber Golf Tournament, scheduled for Monday, April 10. There are lots of prizes and good fellowship. Of course, the ultra-successful Business Expo will return later this year.

Something old is new again at the chamber. The organization is developing a street map of Johns Creek pointing out the best places to visit and see. No more trying to get Siri to understand you. The legend showing all points of interest are on one page.

It includes parks, schools, the hospital and more.

Chamber Chairman Dan Callahan said there will be more cooperative outreach with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce to give the city more regional exposure.

“They do things beyond the scope of the Johns Creek Chamber, and cooperation will benefit both, especially in economic development,” Callahan said.

Bemont said the chamber will continue to be a beacon for issues that concern both business and the community.

“We feel strongly that to be a relevant part of the whole city, we need to bring up issues such as battling the drug problem in North Fulton,” Bemont said.

To that end, the chamber had Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard speak at the Feb. 16 Chamber Luncheon.

“We are also concentrating on welcoming new members immediately. We want them to know that the chamber’s first job is to be an asset they can call upon,” Callahan said.

The chamber is also a resource center for members for information such as real estate, permitting and otherwise navigating through City Hall.

“We’re the one-stop shop for business needs, including partnering with the Small Business Administration and with the chamber’s own Small Business Resource Center,” Beamont said. “It is open to all. Making every business a success helps all city businesses and helping them be successful is our role.”

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