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

July 31, 2023

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Savannah Hosts Georgia Senate Study Committee on Expanding Georgia's Workforce

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce joined with a number of partner organizations to host the Georgia Senate Study Committee on Expanding Georgia’s Workforce at SEDA’s Board Room last week. Five State Senators along with other corporate and government representatives were appointed to the committee earlier this year and Savannah was chosen as the first meeting location. The members heard the honest truth from our region – we are growing and expanding our workforce is top of mind for our business community.

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Coffee Chats at The Cambria Hotel | Wednesday, August 16

Members are invited to attend the August Coffee Chats at The Cambria Hotel Savannah Downtown Historic District. Kickstart your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and stimulating business conversations with potential clients and business peers.

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2023 Chamber Business Expo | Thursday, September 14

Join us for the 2023 Chamber Business Expo and Business Connection on Thursday, September 14, from 3 – 7 p.m. at The Kehoe Ironworks Building. This popular Chamber event is FREE to attend and welcomes more than 500 members and guests for an afternoon of showcasing exhibitors’ products and services and business networking. 

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In Memory of John Reed

The organization is deeply saddened by the loss of John Reed, who passed away last week after a brief illness. John worked as the Operations Manager for the Visitor Information Centers for more than 15 years, where he was known for his quirky sense of humor, his kindness to others, his stories of traveling the world, and his gracious southern manners.

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Congratulations Mava Byrd, On Your Retirement!

After 20+ years of service as director of Savannah’s Visitor Information Centers, Mava Byrd retired last week to begin her next journey in life. Mava has been an exceptional leader overseeing our Visitor Information Centers. From the renovations to the spaces on MLK and River Street to the creation and ideation of establishing a presence at the Georgia Welcome Center on I-95, to the recent addition of a new Visitor Information Center at City Market, Mava’s leadership has been a big part of the organization’s success.

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Visit Savannah Team Attends Destinations International Conference 2023

Last week, the Visit Savannah marketing and sales team attended Destinations International’s Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. This event brought tourism marketers from around the globe to connect with thought leaders from inside and outside the industry for two days full of learning and collaborating.

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Savannah Captures Highest Container Market Share in 2023

At more than 723,500 units, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled record Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) volumes in 2023. This marks an 185% increase of nearly 109,000 units over the previous year. Besides the expansion of existing business, GPA also added Nissan as a Brunswick customer in FY2023. Colonel’s Island Terminal now handles Nissan imports from Japan and Mexico.

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Leadership Savannah is Accepting Applications for 2024 

Leadership Savannah is looking for applicants for the Class of 2024. We seek proven leaders who aspire to the opportunity to grow further. For more than 60 years, Leadership Savannah has been identifying, enhancing, and training the leaders of the greater Savannah area. With more than 1500 graduates, Leadership Savannah’s intimate environment fosters lasting, close bonds among class members and alums.

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Nominations Open for 2023 Chamber Business Awards

Every year, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes some of the outstanding businesses in our community and honors individuals that represent local economic drivers in hospitality, manufacturing, and small business. This is your chance to honor standout leaders and recognize amazing businesses that have contributed so much to our city.

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Calling Exhibitors for 2023 Chamber Business Expo

Join us for the 2023 Chamber Business Expo and Business Connection on Thursday, September 14, from 3 – 7 p.m. at The Kehoe Ironworks Building. This popular Chamber event welcomes more than 500 members and guests for an afternoon of showcasing exhibitors' products and services. This is also an excellent time for business networking. So become an exhibitor by registering for booth space today!

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Registration Open for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Workshop 2.0

Chamber members are invited to attend a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 Workshop on August 31, 2023. This session is targeted toward the many businesses that work with defense contracts. The event is now open for registration, with a discounted early bid price.

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Show Off Your Brand in a Chamber Raffle Basket

This year, members have an exclusive opportunity to show off their brand at the Annual Chamber Business Expo by contributing their unique brand items into a raffle basket. Three giveaway gift baskets with various products from different businesses will be drawn at the event.

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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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