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

December 13, 2021

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Area Business Organizations Wrap-up the Year at the Savannah Area Year-End Business Luncheon

Chamber Chairmen Jon Pannell of Gray Pannell & Woodward, LLP, kicked off the meeting with an update on the Chamber's initiatives and events throughout the year. Representatives from Buy Local, Downtown Business Association, Greater Savannah Black Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Savannah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Economic Development Authority, Tourism Leadership Council, and Visit Savannah also gave updates on their busy year serving the business community. 

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Chamber Announces Allyson Harvin of ServPro Savannah as Incoming Board Chairperson

The gavel passing took place last week at the Chamber's Annual Business Luncheon. Allyson Harvin, owner of ServePro Savannah, was named Chairmen of the Board of Directors for 2022. Harvin replaces Jon Pannell of Gray Pannell & Woodward, LLP after his extended two years of service to the board due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allyson has been a small business owner in Savannah for more than 15 years. She has served as chair of the Chamber's Small Business Council for four years and received the Helen V. Head Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. The Chamber and our more than 2,200 + members are looking forward to Allyson's leadership in 2022 and beyond.

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Robert H. Demere Jr. Honored with the Chamber's Prestigious Oglethorpe Award

At the Savannah Chamber's Business Luncheon last week, the business community came together to honor a community champion for his legacy of philanthropy and leadership with the prestigious Oglethorpe Award.

This year the Oglethorpe Award was presented to Robert H. Demere Jr., Chairmen of Colonial Oil Group.

Named for General James Edward Oglethorpe, a humanitarian, leader, and visionary who led 120 colonists in founding Savannah and the colony of Georgia in 1733, the Oglethorpe Award is given to individuals who demonstrate a legacy of philanthropy and leadership in Savannah.

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Power Hour Luncheon at Vic’s on the River | Tuesday, January 11, 2022

New Year New Tax Rules: Attendees will learn about business taxation and anticipated changes from reputable Power Hour speaker Jeffrey Williamson with J.L. Williamson Law Group, LLC. All small businesses are affected by taxes: federal, state, and local. Therefore, all small businesses need to stay informed about current and proposed changes to tax laws.

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Coffee Chats at New Realm Brewing & Distilling Company | Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Rise and shine for our first Coffee Chats of the year at New Realm Brewing & Distilling Company! The event starts with 30 minutes of open networking followed by participants giving their best 10-15 second “elevator pitch” about themselves and their company. More networking follows allowing members to build those personal and professional contact lists valuable for professional growth. Bring plenty of business cards.

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More Networking
TUESday, JANUARY 11, 2022
Power Hour Luncheon at Vic’s on the River
Coffee Chats at New Realm Brewing & Distilling Company
2022 Economic Outlook Luncheon
Business on the Move at The 5 Spot Sandfly
Savannah-Chatham Day Legislative Oyster Roast


Visit Savannah President Presents on Sales Symposium Panel for GACVB

Visit Savannah president Joseph Marinelli joined his counterparts Monica Smith (Southeast Travel Society), Casandra Matej (Visit Orlando), and Cleo Battle (Visit Louisville) on a CEO panel to discuss the virtues of sales careers in the hospitality industry. Each started their careers in either the hotel industry's food & beverage or sales side and now lead their respective destination marketing organizations. The Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) produced the conference and events with the Southeast Travel Society (STS). It was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell, GA.

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Visit Savannah's Sales Team Hit the Road in December for Successful Client Visits

Larry Browder of Visit Savannah and Angela Daniels of the Savannah Convention Center exhibited at the IAEE, Expo and Tradeshow this week in Philadelphia. The event draws attendees from across the US learning of destinations they can consider for their own meetings and events. Savannah was very well received and lots of attendees showed interest in the 2023 expansion of the Savannah Convention Center. 

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Visit Savannah's Atlanta Client Appreciation Lunch Recognized Georgia Based Associations

Jeff Hewitt, Jennifer Thompson, and Tasha Singleton of Visit Savannah welcomed more than 30 clients and local partners for their annual customer appreciation lunch in Atlanta, recognizing Georgia-based groups and associations that book meetings in Savannah.

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

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

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Visit Savannah's MLK Visitor Information Center Decked Out for the Holidays

The MLK Visitor Information Center team is helping spread holiday cheer to the hundreds of visitors they welcome each week. The team has decorated with trees, lights, Poinsettas, and even a holiday elf or two to embrace the spirit of the holiday season in Savannah.

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Visit Savannah Sales Team Visits With Local Film Office for the Holidays

Anjuli King, group tour and entertainment sales manager, surprised the Savannah Regional Film Commission with holiday goodies to celebrate a great year of film-generated room nights. The Visit Savannah team is looking forward to continued partnerships in 2022. Pictured: Anjuli King, Beth Nelson, and Renée Leventis with the Savannah Regional Film Commission.

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December's Coffee Chats Tickled Members Funny Bone

The Chamber kicked off December's Coffee Chats with lots of laughs, entertainment, and networking. The team at Front Porch Improv helped motivate and excited about giving their elevator pitch. This lively event was a grand launch from 2021 into 2022, when we will take Coffee Chats monthly! Thank you to our title sponsor BankSouth for supporting us and being present for fun.

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