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Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

August 17, 2020

Savannah has lost a champion this week in the passing of longtime Chatham County Commissioner James “Coach” Holmes. 

Coach was larger than life. He was the person in the room who always wore a smile.

I have always admired his commitment to service for our community, first as an educator and then as District 2 County Commissioner. It was here our organization got to know him well. Coach made sure he was accessible to his constituents and transparent when it came to the interests of the community. 

Coach Holmes exemplified the values of what makes Chatham County great and exhibited the leadership, trust, and honor that great leaders are made of. 

On behalf of myself, the Savannah Area Chamber and our more than 2,200 Chamber members, may we continue to be inspired by Chatham County Commissioner James “Coach” Holmes and the legacy of respect, decency, and civility he leaves behind. 


Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Courses and Conversations | August 25

At this lunchtime networking opportunity, participants will begin their meal with an appetizer course and networking with the people at their table, then after 20 minutes, rotate to another table to enjoy their entree with another group. Finally, a third rotation will bring them to a third group of peers to enjoy a final course of coffee and dessert while they talk about who they are and what they do. After all three rotations and a full meal, each attendee will leave with business cards from new potential clients and partners.

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More Networking
Speed Networking
Business on the Move
Business on the Move
saturdaY, NOVEMBER 21
Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5K

For the safety of our members:

  • Registrations will be limited to 40 attendees
  • Chamber members only, no guests allowed
  • No walk-up registrations will be allowed
  • Masks and social distancing required
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided


Small Business Loan Assistance Available from Coastal Area District Development Authority

Source: CADDA  

In July, the Coastal Area District Development Authority, Inc. (CADDA) was awarded $10 million from the Economic Development Administration to launch a CARES ACT Recovery Assistance Loan Fund to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The EDA CARES ACT Revolving Loan Fund provides economic assistance to businesses within a nine-county region of Coastal Georgia including Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh. The loan proceeds are for recovery assistance to those businesses that demonstrate a credit worthy track record prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that now struggle to meet monthly operating needs. The primary focus of the program is working capital for existing businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, loan proceeds may also be used for fixed asset financing and limited debt consolidation. Due to expected demand, applications may be accepted for a limited time. To see if your small business qualifies, click here.

Savannah SCORE to Hold Speed Mentoring for Women in Business August 22

Source: Savannah SCORE

This very special Savannah SCORE event is specifically designed to allow in-business female entrepreneurs and business owners to virtually meet some of our area's best and brightest women in business. These successful women come from various business sectors including finance, funding sources, cash flow management, pivoting business plans, doing business with the City of Savannah, marketing strategies, social media, legal issues, HR issues, and more. For more information and to register for the free event, click here.

Visit Savannah and Savannah Convention Center Sales Teams Attends First Virtual Trade Show

With the cancellation of most in-person conferences and trade shows, DMOs have had to pivot the way they do things, including the professionals on the Visit Savannah sales team. Jeff Hewitt, Larry Browder, and Kellie Linder of Visit Savannah along with Angela Daniels and Paul Gomez of the Savannah Convention Center exhibited in its first-ever virtual trade show with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). 

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UGA Small Business Development Center Host Four-Part Webinar Series: Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity August 24-27

Source: UGA Small Business Development Center

How quickly your company can get back to business after a natural or man-made disaster depends on emergency planning executed today. A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, and the community. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. This four-part webinar is August 24-27.

Reach Fall Travelers Now with Visit Savannah

Now is the time to reach visitors coming this Fall by advertising in Visit Savannah's monthly email newsletter. Don’t miss a chance to promote your business to this highly engaged and growing audience. Reach our growing list of 85,000+ subscribers. The Visit Savannah monthly email newsletter features two advertising options: Hero Sponsorships and Featured Partners. 

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American Society of Association Executives Tour New J.W. Marriott

The Visit Savannah Sales team along with staff from the JW Marriott hosted American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Vice President Karl Ely for a site visit of Savannah’s newest hotel property. ASAE will host their fall leadership retreat in Savannah in September 2021. 

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Vote for Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run – A BibRave Top 20 Race

The Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run has been selected as a finalist for the Top 20 Races 10 Miles or Less for The BibRave 100!  Vote between now and August 31 and help us get named as one of the best races in the country.

Vote for us TODAY here!

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Ribbon Cuttings

Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cutting and grand opening events!


New Memberships

We are excited to welcome the newest members of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. Please remember to do business with your fellow Chamber members!


Membership Renewals

Thank you to these members for their continued support through their membership.


Guidance and Resources

We will update and add to the links below as new guidance and resources become available. Click here to visit the Chamber's resource page.

For more info, please visit the CDC's Guidance for Businesses page.

The Savannah Area Chamber is working hard to provide timely access to business resource information during the COVID-19 pandemic. The interpretation and recommendations of the information provided by the Chamber should not replace the consult of professional advisors familiar with your unique business situation. While it is believed that the content of external links is accurate and reliable, accuracy and completeness of information contained herein is not guaranteed. Users of this information accept all risks associated with the use of such information and agree that the Savannah Area Chamber has no liability to the user.

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