Saturday, January 21, 2017

Plan now to be a part of our 2016 Annual Report!

We're busy working on our 2016 special edition of our Annual Report to celebrate our 69th anniversary, and you can be a part of it! This premier publication will be featured in The Newnan Times-Herald on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. At left is our 2015 Annual Report, and you can still visit it online here.

This annual special edition is a great advertising opportunity for you to showcase your business in the community along with some of your Chamber peers, and we look forward to highlighting another successful year in your Chamber’s history. We are excited about this opportunity to share the Chamber story with our community, and we encourage all of our members to support this project.

An advertising specialist from The Newnan Times-Herald will be contacting Chamber members about advertising in this special edition. If you’re interested in advertising, you may email Colleen Mitchell at colleen@newnan.com or call Colleen directly at The Newnan Times-Herald at 770.683.1707. The advertising deadline is February 7. We appreciate your support of our 2016 Annual Report!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cynthia Bennett is new Director of Programs

Cynthia Bennett has been named our new Director of Programs at the Newnan-Coweta Chamber.

Her duties will include leading Chamber programs such as the German Model Apprenticeship program, Leadership Coweta, the Business Women's Network, and the Chamber's Young Professionals. She will also be responsible for crafting and managing a dynamic small business support program and facilitating the Chamber's technology planning.

"How can I be anything but honored and energized to be joining this award-winning organization?" Bennett said. "Ken and I have enjoyed many benefits of membership in the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, and now I plan to create this same experience for other business owners. For nearly 30 years I have made my home in Coweta County. The quality of life is the result of collaboration between local government, businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations. I am looking forward to working for continued growth and prosperity in our community."

Bennett has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Social Studies Education from Florida State University and a master's degree from George Washington University. She earned her M.A. in Education and Human Development, specializing in Educational Technology Leadership.

A two-time Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the State Economics Teacher of the Year, Bennett served from 1990-2015 in the Coweta County School System, serving at schools including O.P. Evans Middle, East Coweta Middle and Ellis G. Arnall Middle before moving to East Coweta High School, where she taught from 1999 until retiring in 2015. At East Coweta High, she served as an Advanced Placement Social Studies Teacher and Teacher Support Specialist. Prior to her career as an educator, she worked as the Director of Education for the Columbus Medical Center and as the Development Officer for Callaway Gardens.

Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby said the Chamber is thrilled to have someone of Bennett's vast experience, talent, and strengths join the Chamber team.  "Cynthia's commitment to excellence and her proven, award-winning style are a perfect match for our Chamber. She will definitely be a big part of our success moving forward. We couldn't be more pleased."    

Bennett and her husband are co-owners of KRB Communications, Inc. Bennett also serves as president of the board of Meals on Wheels of Coweta, Inc., and sits on the board of the Coweta Community Foundation, where she serves as coordinator for the high school Community Service Team.
  
For more information, email info@newnancowetachamber.org or call 770.253.2270

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

UWG's Dr. Joey Smith to speak at NuLink Early Bird Forum

Dr. Joey Smith, chairman of the University of West Georgia’s Economics Department, will be the guest speaker at our January 24, 2017 NuLink Early Bird Forum. Smith will share a brief analysis of the state of our economy, a forecast of economic growth and employment and issues facing our community.

The NuLink Early Bird Forum breakfast will be held on January 24, 2017 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd. in Newnan. Admission is $20 for Chamber members and $50 general admission.

To register or for more information, please contact info@newnancowetachamber.org or call 770-253-2270.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday is deadline for Annual Meeting early registration!

Our Annual Meeting is now less than one month away, set for February 2, 2017, and this year's event will feature a Mystery Dinner Theater! The Annual Meeting is our annual celebration that serves as an opportunity to honor Chamber leadership and members who have made significant contributions to enhance our community throughout the previous year. 

And if you register early, you can save money on tickets! RSVP before this Friday, January 13, and tickets are $75 for individuals or $750 for a table of ten. After January 13, tickets are $90 for individuals and $900 for a table of 10.

For more information on the Annual Dinner or for sponsorship information, contact Valerie at valerie@newnancowetachamber.org or call The Chamber at 770.253.2270. Or you can go ahead and reserve your seat now simply by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Business Women's Network to launch mentoring program!

Our Business Women’s Network is kicking off the new year with a new program, the Stepping into Success Mentoring Program. Program participants will have access to mentoring and leadership training. Protégés will be matched with business leaders who are committed to partnering with them to encourage personal growth and organizational success.

The mentoring program has a number of distinctive traits that set it apart from other mentoring programs, including an EQ dimension (emotional quotient or emotional intelligence) and a coaching element, and the program will also offer professional development and team building opportunities. The mentoring partnerships will develop over a 12-month period during which the mentors and protégés will meet regularly to dialogue, brainstorm, share information/experiences, and at times simply encourage one another. The participants will also engage in training opportunities provided by the Business Women’s Network and Stepping into Success Program to build a tool kit of resources, strategies and plans to ensure they reach their goals. Each partnership will also receive regular support from one of the mentor planning committee members.

The program will officially launch with a Kick-Off “Coffee and Conversation” on January 10, 2017 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Newnan Utilities Wahoo Creek Administration Building, 315 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd., Newnan. Members will engage in a “speed networking” event to begin the bonding process, which serves as a foundation for the mentoring partnerships. Each prospective protégé will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the three mentors who have been recommended for her. She can then rank her preferences accordingly. There will be a 30-minute orientation for mentors and a separate orientation for protégés to explain how the program will work and what to expect.

The cost of the program is $50 for the 2017 year, and only Chamber members are eligible to participate. For more information, call the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or visit newnancowetachamber.org.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Our 2017 Annual Meeting is one month away!

The planning is now under way, and you will not want to miss this year's Annual Meeting on February 2, 2017, which is going to feature a Mystery Dinner Theater! Over the holidays, Chamber members and staff have been busy working on plans for a most mysterious evening. If you're good at solving mysteries, make plans now to attend this year's annual meeting and see if you can be first to solve the mystery!

This event is our annual celebration that serves as an opportunity to honor Chamber leadership and members who have made significant contributions to enhance our community throughout the previous year. By registering early, you can save money on tickets! RSVP before January 13, and tickets are $75 for individuals or $750 for a table of ten. After January 13, tickets are $90 for individuals and $900 for a table of 10.

For more information on the Annual Dinner or for sponsorship information, contact Valerie at valerie@newnancowetachamber.org or call The Chamber at 770.253.2270. Or you can go ahead and reserve your seat now simply by clicking here.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Junction Lanes to host BAH on January 12!


If you're already filling in your calendar for 2017, please make a note that the next Business-After-Hours will be Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 5:30 - 7pm at Junction Lanes, 141 Newnan Station Drive, Newnan.

Join us for the first Business After Hours of 2017, hosted by Junction Lanes, and enjoy a fun night of networking along with delicious food and drink!

Click here to RSVP now.