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

August 29, 2022

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Visit Savannah Team Attends American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Convention

The Visit Savannah team partnered with Explore Georgia and other Georgia destinations at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) annual convention in Nashville last week. Considered by many as “the Super Bowl” for meeting planners and association executives, the team reported dozens of quality meetings with prospective planners for meetings, conventions, trade shows, and sports events.

The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange knowledge, resources, strategies, solutions, and more.

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Speed Networking at Grayson Stadium | Tuesday, September 13

Join the Chamber for an early breakfast speed networking at Grayson Stadium – Home of the Savannah Bananas!

Each attendee will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves and their company to Chamber members at their table. There will be table rotations after each round, so bring plenty of business cards when you attend this members-only event!

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Coffee Chats at the Clyde Market | Wednesday, September 21

Coffee Chats return this September to the Clyde! Members are invited to commence their morning with a freshly-brewed cup of coffee and stimulating business conversations with new clients.

The event allows for 30 minutes of open networking first, followed by a 10-15 seconds “elevator pitch” session where participants introduce themselves and their brand to everyone.

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More Networking
Fall Fiesta at Great Oaks Bank
Tubby's Oyster Roast Business Connection
2022 Chamber Business Awards Banquet
60th Anniversary Party for Leadership Savannah
Savannah Chatham Day Legislative Oyster Roast


Leadership Savannah Holds 2022 Annual Tourism Program 

Last week, Leadership Savannah held its annual tourism program where the class learned about the history, growth, and future of one of our leading economic sectors: tourism. Guest speakers included Vaughnette Goode-Walker, Owner of Footprints of Savannah Walking tours, Corey Jones, CEO of Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals, Michael Owens, President of Tourism Leadership Council, and President of Visit Savannah, Joseph Marinelli.

The class spent the afternoon hearing about how Visit Savannah attracts visitors and helps provides unique travel experiences. 

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Visit Savannah's Director of Domestic Group Tours At Breezy Tour & Travel Showcase

Last week, Visit Savannah’s Domestic Group Tours/Entertainment Director, Anjuli King presented at the Breezy Tour & Travel Showcase in New York.

This was Breezy’s 15th Anniversary Trade Show, and King was able to present Savannah to some 300 attendees in the boroughs of NYC. From this presentation, host and owner of Breezy Tour & Travel, Marilyn Harvey secured a group of 56 slated to arrive in Savannah next Spring!

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Grants Available For Small Businesses Through Both City of Savannah and Chatham County

As a part of Federal relief efforts to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, both Chatham County and the City of Savannah are administering grants for small businesses. On Wednesday, September 14th, the County will host a Small Business Grant Program Promotional Event and Press Conference from 4-7 p.m.

For the County, amount up to $25,000 can be awarded and within the City grants of $10,000 are available. Each government has information available on how to access the grants and the application process.

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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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Corrected Date: Mediation Center's Savannah Day of Peace 

The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire will be hosting Savannah Day of Peace on September 25, 2022 in Daffin Park. Not September 2nd. We apologize for the mixup on the dates in the last newsletter.

The Day will feature a peace parade led by Savannah Mayor Van Johnson and Savannah City Council members. The 2022 Peacebuilder Award Honoree will be announced and the City of Savannah's new Peace Proclamation will also be on display. This event is open and free to the public!

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Mental Health Awareness Car Show at Georgia Southern's Armstrong Campus

Gateway Community Service Board, Chatham County, Coastal Georgia Indicator’s Coalition, Savannah Chatham County Public School System, and Georgia Southern will be hosting Road to Resilience Conference and Brake the Stigma: Mental Health Awareness Car Show on September 10th at Georgia Southern’s Armstrong Campus.

Previously three separate events — Brake the Stigma: Mental Health Awareness Car Show; Mental Health Symposium; and the Trauma Informed Education Symposium (TIES) — are coming together to form one day of professional education, training, and awareness to address the behavioral and mental health needs of Chatham County.

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Business Expo and Business Connection 2022 a Huge Success

The Chamber held its 2022 Business EXPO and Business Connection event last Thursday at the Kehoe Ironworks Building. This popular Chamber event saw more than 500 members and guests for an afternoon of business networking and community engagement. Mayor Van Johnson led the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the event, followed by remarks from Chamber Board Chairperson Allyson Harvin and Chamber's Small Business Events Manager, Conni Reynolds. 

There was a variety of representation, all the way from wellness spa exhibitors, event suppliers, to financial institutions, non-profits, and software-solution companies. This free educational event was highly anticipated and well-attended, making it a mega success

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