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

January 18, 2022

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce


I hope the New Year finds you full of optimism and resolve, ready to take advantage of the opportunities 2022 holds. Your Chamber will continue its commitment to support local businesses by championing a pro-business culture at the local, regional, state, and national levels. 

We have an ever-growing, diverse membership that includes representatives from all sectors of our local economy. From the port, manufacturing, and distribution centers to military, healthcare, and education, the Savannah area draws new businesses. Our tourism and hospitality members continue to break records as word of Savannah’s charm and opportunity reaches ever further worldwide. Our small business community makes up approximately 80% of businesses in our economy, so offering events and services that support these businesses is a Chamber priority. 

I want to personally thank you for your membership and encourage you to maximize the many benefits your Chamber membership offers. Your membership gives you exclusive access to networking events and professional development opportunities throughout the year. By attending our informational events like the Economic Outlook Luncheon on January 20th, you will hear how our economy is doing, what is on the horizon, and how it will likely affect your business. 

In February, we will head to Atlanta for Savannah Chatham Day as part of our state advocacy efforts to ensure that Savannah remains top-of-mind at the capital. 

Be sure to check our calendar of events regularly and join us as we network, build relationships, celebrate grand openings and the economic growth they represent. Signing up to receive this newsletter with upcoming events is the best way not to miss a thing!

Now it’s time to get busy, support our local businesses, and work together to make 2022 the best year yet for doing business in Savannah!

Many thanks,

Allyson Harvin, Chamber Chairman
SERVPRO of Savannah


Coffee Chats at New Real | Wednesday, January 19

Start your day off by networking with new potential clients and friends at January’s Coffee Chats. 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 and join us for Coffee Chats.

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Business on the Move at The 5 Spot Sandfly | Tuesday, January 25

Join us for January’s Business on the Move event at The 5 Spot‘s new location in Sandfly. Continue to grow your network and experience your favorite neighborhood kitchen and bar. The 5 Spot takes pride in serving delicious, approachable food and drinks in a uniquely beautiful, family-friendly atmosphere with exceptional guest service!

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More Networking
Coffee Chats at New Realm Brewing & Distilling Company
2022 Economic Outlook Luncheon - SOLD OUT!
Business on the Move at The 5 Spot Sandfly
Courses & Conversations at The Pirates' House
Savannah-Chatham Day Legislative Oyster Roast
Service Brewing Co. Business Connection
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 16
Coffee Chats at the Gingerbread House


Savannah Chatham Day to be Held February 3

Savannah Chatham Day is scheduled for Thursday, February 3, at the State Capitol. With the recent spike in COVID infections, we will NOT host the 2:30 p.m. business meetings in the Capitol, in Room 341.  We will host the oyster roast at the Georgia Freight Depot from 5 - 8 p.m.

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Visit Savannah Hires New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Visit Savannah is proud to announce Angela Westerfield as the new Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Westerfield is an accomplished integrated marketing and sales professional with over 16 years of experience promoting major attractions and tourism. She has served in roles that include brand management, sales, promotions, and digital marketing.

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Visit Savannah Sales Team Attends PCMA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas

The Visit Savannah sales team and hospitality partners attended the annual meeting of the Professional Convention Management Association last week in Las Vegas. This annual meeting attracts the industry's "who's who," including top meeting planners of significant associations across the US. A total of 2,500 people were in attendance. In addition, the team held a private VIP Visit Savannah reception that had an excellent turnout of 55 people. 

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Group Tour & Entertainment Sales Manager Attends the American Bus Association Marketplace

After a two-year in-person break, trade shows are back!  Anjuli King, group tour & entertainment manager, traveled to Grapevine, Texas, to attend the American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace 2022. Over the course of four days, Anjuli reconnected with multiple operators and even hosted a few for the Georgia vs. Alabama game Monday night. 

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Take Advantage of Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K One Day Sale TOMORROW

For a limited time, save up to $30 on race registration! For ONE day only we’re rolling back prices for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon to $80 and $35 for the 5K. The sale will be live tomorrow, January 19 from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Don’t miss out on this incredible deal!

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Savannah Sports Council Successfully Hosted Annual Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic

Over the weekend, the Savannah Sports Council held the 23rd annual Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic. The 2022 Thrasher Cup Champion was the University of Florida Gators. This year was the Frozen Finale because it's the last year being held at the Savannah Civic Center. In 2023, the event will move to the new Enmarket Arena. 

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Visit Savannah Podcast Downloads Reached 30,000 in 2021

The Visit Savannah digital content team is excited to share that the podcast, "Savannah, Georgia: Anything But Ordinary," has reached the milestone of 30,000 downloads as of close-of-business 2021. After a year of planning and preparation, the project was launched in August 2020 and quickly became one of the most innovative content endeavors of 2021. Notably, John Berendt, author of the acclaimed novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," was interviewed for the show in the fall of 2021.

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Visitor from England Explores Savannah

Last week, first impression specialists at the Main Visitor Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard met Jake Silcock, who was visiting Savannah from England. Silcock told the staff that he thoroughly enjoyed Savannah's beauty and learned a lot about Savannah's British heritage. 

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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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Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cutting and grand opening events, and join us in congratulating the below members who recently hosted a celebration!

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Vic's on the River Hosts First Quarter Power Hour Luncheon

Last week, the Chamber hosted the first quarter Power Hour Luncheon at Vic's on the River. The luncheon featured prestigious and animated speaker Jefferey Williamson of J.L. Williamson Law Group, LLC. Attendees learned about upcoming changes to tax laws and how they may affect their business or clients. 

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