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Savannah Area Chamber

The Savannah Chamber Weekly Digest
Everything You Need to Know From the Chamber

August 24, 2020

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Port of Savannah: Named #1 in U.S. Exports!

Source: GPA

The Port of Savannah exported more loaded containers than any other port in the country from January through May, achieving a 12.2 percent market share. Garden City Terminal handled a total of 593,195 twenty-foot equivalent container units of loaded exports during the first five months of the calendar year.

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Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Speed Networking, September 9

Make new connections at speed networking! Be sure to bring plenty of business cards, because when you attend this members-only event, you’re guaranteed to introduce yourself to almost everyone in attendance. Each attendee will have 30 seconds to present who they are and what their company does to the other guests at their table, then rotations will allow for everyone to hear your message.

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More Networking
Courses and Conversations
TUESDAY, september 22
Business on the Move
TuesDAY, november 10
Business on the Move
saturday, november 21
Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K


Georgia Chamber Host Resiliency & Recovery Business Breakfast Webinar August 26

Source: Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark will provide an overview of the Chamber’s mission, goals and service to the business community as well as outline the latest activity being taken to move our state through recovery to a more resilient New Georgia Economy. Join this informative webinar Wednesday, August 26 at 8 a.m. 

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Convention Center Achieves GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation for Commitment to Infection Prevention

The Savannah Convention Center announced today the facility has achieved the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, and the leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The GBAC STAR™ program helps commercial and public facilities of all sizes establish and carry out an organized approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention.

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Update from Destination Analysts on American Travel in the Period of Coronavirus—Week of August 24

Source:  Destination Analysts

There continues to be a rise in positive traveler sentiment week-over-week and other encouraging signs of improvement related to travel and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Findings to Know:

  • Americans’ optimism about the pandemic improving grew this past week. Nearly one in five feel the pandemic will be resolved before the conclusion of 2020.
  • Three-quarters of American travelers continue to report that they at least have tentative leisure trip plans in the next 16 months, although leisure air travel still looks to take until at least 2021 until Americans are back to pre-pandemic comfort levels.
  • For the remainder of 2020, approximately one-third of American travelers have at least tentative trip plans.

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SCORE Savannah Hosts “Doing Business Online: E-Commerce & Customer Engagement"

Source: SCORE Savannah

Join SCORE Savannah for a free LIVE online workshop on Saturday, August 29. Learn how to create new digital experiences for your customers, how to adapt your communications with customers for the current times, and how to improve your e-commerce strategy. To register for this free workshop, click here.

U.S. Chamber’s July 2020 Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Across the country, more small businesses report reopening and have cautious optimism about the future despite concerns about a resurgence of the coronavirus according to the latest MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll. The survey focused on the ongoing impact from the coronavirus. This month, more small businesses say they are open, mostly due to an increase in businesses saying they are fully open. Small businesses that temporarily closed at some point since the pandemic began are more likely to say that they reopened this month (69%) than in late May (43%). This month, 86% of small businesses surveyed report they are either fully (52%) or partially (34%) open, up seven points from 79% in May.

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UGA SBDC Providing Continuing Education Courses at No-Cost

Source: University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

Due to new funding from the CARES Act and in an effort to support small business owners affected by COVID-19, the UGA SBDC is offering all continuing education courses at no-cost though the end of 2020. Courses cover a variety of business topics including HR, marketing, operations, financial and more.

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Ribbon Cuttings

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



New Members

We are excited to welcome our newest members! Please remember to do business with your fellow Chamber members!




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



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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