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

August 31, 2020

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Four Things for Fall to Help Fight COVID-19 – A Message from Governor Kemp (Including Updated Georgia COVID-19 Numbers Have Dropped Significantly)

Source: Office of the Governor, Brian P. Kemp

Georgia and the Coastal Health District have seen COVID-19 statistics improve in the last few weeks. Thanks to our community’s commitment to mask wearing and other safety guidelines, the fall is looking up as local cases continue to decline. Governor Brian P. Kemp is asking Georgians to continue to do Four Things for Fall to stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Wear a mask 
• Wash your hands 
• Practice social distancing 
• Follow public health guidance

View this special message from Governor Brian Kemp.


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
TUESDAY, september 22
Business on the Move at Carrabba's
TuesDAY, november 10
Business on the Move at Harper Fowlkes House
saturday, november 21
Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K


IMPORTANT: City of Savannah and Chatham County CARES Act Grant Applications Open Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 1)

Source: Savannah CEO

Applications for CARES Act funding for businesses in the City of Savannah and Chatham County will open on September 1, 2020 at 8:00 AM and will remain open until September 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
City of Savannah businesses with 10 or fewer employees can apply for grants of up to $20,000. The available funds will be distributed equally according to the following priorities: small business in Neighborhood Revitalization areas (CDBG neighborhoods), micro-businesses with 5 or fewer employees, minority-owned businesses, and general businesses in Savannah impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Total funding available will be $1.6 million for Savannah businesses.

For more information, click here.

Join the Georgia Tourism Summit Wednesday, September 2

Source: Georgia Tourism

The Georgia Tourism Summit will be broadcast live from Lanier Islands on Wednesday, September 2 starting at 8:30 a.m. at no cost to attendees. Participants will have Q&A opportunities for participating industry experts and will receive a special message from Governor Brian P. Kemp. There is no cost for the virtual Summit, and the event is open to all state tourism professionals. The speaker lineup includes Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association; Adam Sacks, president of Tourism Economics; and more. The online program has been split into a morning and afternoon session for easy viewing. To register for the 2020 Georgia Tourism Summit, click here.

Georgia Tourism Summit

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020
  • Session 1: 8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Session 2: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Georgia Society of Association Executives Holds Annual Meeting in Savannah

Last week, the Georgia Society of Association Executives held their annual meeting in Savannah at the Hyatt Regency. Approximately 120 people attended, coming from southeastern states. Meeting organizers made up about 60% of those registered and suppliers the remaining 40%.

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Visit Savannah and the Hospitality Community Give Back

Visit Savannah and nine other area partners donated dollars to the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) “Pay the Pig” fundraiser while the group held their annual convention in Savannah last week.  This is significant because the GSAE event was one of only two conventions planned in Savannah this summer that did not cancel due to the pandemic.

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UGA SBDC Host Free Webinar Titled “HR Checkup”- September 1

Source: University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

On Tuesday, September 1 at 10 a.m., UGA’s Small Business Development Center will host a free webinar titled HR Checkup. HR Checkup covers critical areas in Human Resources that businesses should focus on in preparation for recovery and as employees return to work. The webinar will cover eight key areas for small business owners to consider strengthening HR processes. The key to successfully navigating any crisis is to plan and then to have a strategy in place for recovery. Join industry experts as they discuss topics including employee classification, job descriptions and the importance of having defined policies and procedures. To register, click here.

Resiliency & Recovery Roundtable ft. The Role of Energy in Georgia's Economic Recovery

Source: Georgia Chamber

On Wednesday, September 9 at 10 a.m., join industry CEO's Paul Bowers of Georgia Power, Mike Smith with Oglethorpe Power and Jim Fuller of MEAG Power for an in-depth discussion on the role of energy in Georgia's economic recovery and long-term growth. The virtual discussion will be hosted by Chamber President & CEO Chris Clark. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, click here.



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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