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Savannah Area Chamber

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

February 16, 2021

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Legislative Update

Source: Georgia General Assembly

Last week, the Georgia General Assembly met and completed legislative days 13-16 out of 40.  On Thursday, the House Appropriation Subcommittee on Economic Development conducted hearings concerning budgetary items relative to economic development. Joe Marinelli with Visit Savannah and Michael Owens, The Tourism Leadership Council were asked to speak to Governor Kemp’s $90M budget request to continue the funding for the Savannah Convention Center expansion project. Joe and Michael presented to the Committee the positive impact the project will have on Savannah and Chatham County, the surrounding communities and the State of Georgia as a whole.  

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Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Speed Networking | February 24

Join us Wednesday, February 24 at 8:30 a.m. for Speed Networking at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards when you attend this members-only event. Each attendee will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves and their company to Chamber members at their table, then table rotations will give everyone in attendance a chance to network. RSVP now to reserve your spot! Attendance is limited to 50.

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More Networking
Virtual PR Council Meeting
Speed Networking
Coffee Chats at The 5 Spot on Broughton
Spring Oyster Roast
TUESDAY, march 9
Business on the Move: The Baxly


COVID-19 is still a concern in our community. The following guidelines will be enforced for all in-person networking events:

  • Social Distancing Required
  • Masks required when not eating or drinking
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided


Savannah Celebrates Its 288th Birthday!

In honor of Savannah's 288th birthday, members of the Visit Savannah marketing team placed 288 luminaries in Forsyth Park.

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Visit Tybee Partially Reopens Visitor Center

Closed since the beginning of the pandemic outbreak in March, Visit Tybee is reopening its Visitor Center, in a modified fashion. The Tybee Island Visitor Center will be open Wednesday – Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. starting now until April. 

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Free Opportunity to Drive Mid-Week Business This Spring

This spring, Visit Savannah is launching a digital advertising campaign aimed at driving travelers to visit Savannah between Sunday and Thursday. This campaign is scheduled to run from late February through mid-April.

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Java with Joe

With many members of Savannah’s business community still working remote, Visit Savannah created Java with Joe to help to bridge the gap in our in-person conversations. In each edition of Java with Joe, Visit Savannah President Joseph Marinelli will interview one community leader to discuss business, the tourism industry in Savannah and more.

Click below to read his latest interview with Hollis Johnson, CEO of Above and Beyond Limousine Service.

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Welcome our newest members and remember to do business with our fellow Chamber members!


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


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


We appreciate our members and each week provide insight about member companies and their services. 

Why Buying Local Makes Sense

Source: Buy Local

As our community continues to recover from the effects of COVID-19, larger companies in our MSA are seeing job numbers increase. Currently, we are just shy of pre-COVID-19 employment numbers, which is great news for our economy. 

However, our small businesses are still feeling the impact of the pandemic. When local business owners were asked how Savannahians can support their companies, the answer was to purchase goods and services, whether that is using a local manufacturer or printer, to buying gift cards and ordering take-out. 

Doing business locally helps support the brands and businesses right here in Savannah. As a result, local businesses can continue employing residents within our community.  
We are lucky to have organizations like Buy Local Savannah. Buy Local’s mission is to support independent locally owned and operated businesses in the greater Chatham County area, to maintain our unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build our community economic strength, and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global entities.

For more information on how you can get involved with Buy Local Savannah, click here.


Chamber Successfully Held Business on The Move Event on February 9

Business on the Move is a special networking opportunity offered several times a year to highlight local Chamber businesses. On Tuesday, February 9, Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry hosted Chamber members and guests to an after-hours networking opportunity.

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Chamber Hosted Virtual Power Hour Event on February 11

The Chamber’s Small Business Council hosted a Virtual Power Hour featuring Jason Frazer and Romney Smith, Co-Owners of Cloud 9 Favors. Frazer and Smith presented “Telling Your Story During The Pandemic”. This presentation discussed how local news agencies find their stories, how to leverage their business’ strengths and how they can prepare for a news interview. 

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Tour & Travel Council Welcomes ASTA Representatives to Savannah

As we all know, the leisure/domestic market is one of the main producers to our city during this pandemic. At this month's Tour & Travel meeting, we had the pleasure of having American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) representatives Kelly Bigel (Vice President, Business Development) & Sarah Little (Director, Business Development) speak to us regarding their conference hosted right here in Savannah this upcoming November!

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The Georgia Chamber introduced the Georgia Chamber Federation a partnership with local chambers focused on grassroots advocacy - working to empower our state's small businesses by providing them with the information and resources necessary to actively engage their elected state officials and local leaders.

As a member of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, any business with 10 or fewer full time employees receives free membership into the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and access to their weekly newsletter.

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As health and government officials are working to maintain the safety, security, and health of our communities, Savannah area small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. All Savannah area employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in Chatham and surrounding counties. Click here to explore what resources are available for individuals and businesses at this time.

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