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Register by Friday for the 2014 Cobb Young Professionals annual charity golf tournament

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Join the future leaders of Cobb County for an afternoon on the golf course! Cobb Young Professionals will host its annual charity golf tournament on Friday, April 4, at Canongate Bentwater Golf Club. The charity tournament will begin with registration and a warm-up at noon, with a 1 pm reception and a shotgun start at 2 pm. Individual players without a foursome team will be given an opportunity to be paired after registration. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the winner’s preferred charity.

The cost is $45 per golfer and $180 per foursome, which includes a round of golf, one reception drink ticket and a $5 donation to the charity of the winning team’s choice.  Additionally, participants are encouraged to bring cash for mulligans, extra drinks, raffle tickets and other opportunities to donate to the winning charity. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 28 at noon.

Businesses can take advantage of the unique marketing opportunity through a hole sponsorship. Sponsorship participation provides an opportunity to show support to Cobb Young Professionals and the Cobb Chamber, as well as help the organization give more to the winning charity. The tournaments major sponsors include Bank of North Georgia as putting sponsor; Shenton Law as cart sponsor; and the PGA Tour Super Store as prize sponsor. For a full list of 2014 sponsors and event information, visit cobbchamber.org.

For more information about Cobb Young Professionals, contact Hannah Gordon at 770-859-2359 or hgordon@cobbchamber.org, or to become a hole sponsor at the tournament, contact Jason Sleeman at Jason.Sleeman@53.com.

 

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Nominations open for Cobb’s Cutting EDGE Technology Award

The Cobb Chamber seeks to identify outstanding Cobb-based companies that excel in manufacturing, processing or utilizes high-end technology in innovative ways with the first annual Cobb’s Cutting EDGE Technology Awards. The Chamber recognizes the significance of technology to commerce, economic growth and prosperity. This award gives recognition to exceptional companies who have shown their partnership to the vitality of Cobb County through their commitment to innovation.

Nominations are accepted annually, giving the community a chance to recognize those companies on the cutting edge of technology in Cobb. After being nominated, each company completes a thorough application based on the Cutting EDGE Technology standards. The application covers company information, economic impact, innovation, community impact, employee benefits and green initiatives. Seven awards will be given including users and creators of technology and a green tech/clean tech award. The Cobb’s Cutting EDGE Award winners will be selected by qualified industry professional judges.

Click here to view the nomination form. All nomination forms must be submitted by March 5, 2014.

Please join us at the first annual Cutting EDGE Technology Awards on April 9 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. to recognize the outstanding users and creators of technology in Cobb County!

For more information about Cobb’s Cutting EDGE Technology awards or to become a sponsor, contact Samantha Elrod at 770-859-2374 or selrod@cobbchamber.org.

 

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A New Face for Leads to Success: Cobb Connections

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Beginning January 13, Leads to Success will be improved, transformed and renamed to Cobb Connections. Cobb Connections is a newly formatted networking program that builds relationships and promotes business-to-business development, as well as business to consumer. Attendees will still have the opportunity to give a 30-second elevator speech, but the newly formatted program features table discussions allowing attendees to share challenges and successful strategies for gaining new referrals.

Cobb Connections will be held the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Mansour Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary with a Cobb Chamber membership and pre-registration will be required.

Register for the first meeting of Cobb Connections >>

For more information about Cobb Connections, contact Amy Goggins at 770-859-2335 oragoggins@cobbchamber.org.

 

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Home Depot CEO: Company growing, market recovering

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Home Depot chairman and CEO Frank Blake, keynote speaker at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast Monday, said the retail giant is exceeding growth expectations, which is a sign that the housing market is back.

Home Depot for the second quarter compared to 2012 saw the largest sales growth in same-store sales the company’s had in more than 20 years, he said.

“It is a sign of the housing market coming back,” Blake said. “But to give you a perspective on just the size and power of the company that Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank founded just slightly over 30 years ago, in three months of the second quarter of this year, our business grew $2 billion. That’s pretty amazing.”

Blake anticipates the market will continue to recover based on what’s happening in areas of the country hit hardest by the downturn, such as Florida, California and Arizona.

“It’s home price appreciation, so people, their houses are getting out of negative equity situations, and so people are willing to invest in their homes again,” he said.

A headwind to the recovery is that it continues to be difficult for families to get credit, particularly for new homeowners.

“As part of the correction to the crash there are very strict standards around mortgages and how much of a down payment you have to make and the (credit) score you need to get loans, and so it’s much harder to qualify for mortgages now,” he said. “Particularly for the first-time homebuyer, you’re seeing a lot of the younger generation that have significant student debt, and so you’re actually seeing a slowdown in sort of that early first-time homebuyer.”

Blake said much of the retailer’s growth is coming in the form of online sales, which spiked more than 50 percent in the third quarter.

“People, they want the comfort of shopping in their home, being able to pick up in the store, being able to return in the store, the breadth of selection online. We’re seeing big growth online,” he said.

The shale oil boom in North Dakota has allowed the retailer to open a new store in that state next month. There are also plans to open stores in Mexico.

“But you know, the new store growth is not the significant part of our growth stream. It’s mostly online and in-store,” he said.

Among those at the breakfast, held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, was county chairman Tim Lee, who said he was grateful that Home Depot’s corporate headquarters are in the county within the Cumberland Community Improvement District.

“Where Home Depot goes, so does the economy,” Lee said. “The stronger their sales are, it’s a good indicator as to where the economy is going overall, as people use more discretionary income for home improvement, and it’s also an indication that the building market, new homes, is starting to come back and show signs of improvement, which for our area specifically is a catalyst for economic growth. Combining their strength with the recent news of economic development in Cobb County (the Atlanta Braves moving here) the future looks bright for Cobb.”

Blake touched on the community service of Home Depot, such as the $80 million the retailer’s foundation committed to nonprofits dedicated to improving the homes of veterans.

Every year from Sept. 11 to Nov. 11, the company also makes a concentrated effort to serve its communities. This past eight-week span saw more than 350 projects to help veterans completed.

“Many of these projects are right here in Cobb County, from performing critical home repairs to building wheelchair ramps to refurbishing transitional housing for formerly homeless veterans,” Blake said.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Jon Gillooly, December 02, 2013. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Home Depot CEO Company growing market recovering)

Cobb Chamber to Host Health Care Summit

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The Cobb Chamber of Commerce will host the 2013 Health Care Summit on Oct. 21 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the most comprehensive and unique session of its kind in the country. With a lineup of keynote speakers, panelists and experts in the health care, insurance and pharmaceutical fields, this Summit will provide citizens and the business community with an understanding of what Health Care  Reform means for their organization, and the current politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act at the state and federal levels and what to do about it. Business leaders, human resource professionals and interested citizens are all encouraged to attend this one-day summit, including breakfast and lunch. The cost is $129 for general admission, and $99 for Cobb Chamber and Georgia Chamber members.

Along with high-profile keynote speakers, discussions will be led by panels comprised of experts on Health Care Reform, influential  organizations and government officials. All attendees will have the opportunity to interact with keynote speakers during the live discussion using special technology devices.

Work groups will also be held and led by health care experts, providing structured opportunities for strategic and tactical idea-sharing. These discussions will allow attendees to depart the Summit with a clear action plan relating to requirements under the new laws, options to address these requirements, and a prioritized, company-specific action plan for 2014.

Keynote speakers and panelists will include: Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens; U.S. Congressman Tom Price; Lt. Governor Casey  Cagle; Reynold Jennings, president and CEO of WellStar; Donna Hyland, president and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Ralph Hudgens, Insurance Commissioner for the State of Georgia; Dr. Rob Schreiner, executive medical director at Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Judith Monroe, CDC Director, Office for the State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support; and Steve Millard, president and executive director of the Council of Smaller Enterprises.

For more information, to sponsor, or to register, visit cobbchamber.org/healthcaresummit, or contact Sue Leithead at  leithead@cobbchamber.org or 770-859-2326.

 

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Support the East Cobb Public Safety Celebration

The East Cobb Business Association and East Cobb Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, along with past recipients of the East Cobb Citizen of the Year Award, are working together to present two special events to recognize and thank the Police and Fire Department personnel who protect East Cobb. These events will take place in October 2013 (Police Precinct 4 appreciation dinner) and February 2014 (Cobb County Fire Department annual awards banquet). Both events will take place in East Cobb and the East Cobb community is asked to support these events through donations.

In an effort to have these events truly demonstrate community support, individuals, businesses, civic and other nonprofit organizations, schools, neighborhoods and churches are asked to join in support of these very special East Cobb community appreciation events.

Sponsorship opportunities begin at just $25 to ‘Thank a Hero’. To make a donation online and for more information, visit the ECBA website, www.eastcobbba.com.

 

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Do ‘Business After Hours’ with Cobb Chamber

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Join Cobb Chamber members at Sterling Estates senior living community for a Business After Hours event on Thursday, August 22, from 5:30-7:30pm.

This social event provides great opportunities to network one-on-one in a casual environment. Enjoy free food and beverages as you mix and mingle with other professionals.

Sterling Estates is located at 4220 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30060. To register, click HERE.

As one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the Cobb Chamber is dedicated to bringing the community and its leaders together to create jobs and strengthen the economy and quality of life so businesses and the community can achieve more. The Chamber achieves this by creating jobs and driving economic development; strengthening the community and the region; growing member businesses and nurturing leadership; and connecting businesses, government and the community.

 
 

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Next generation — Cobb Chamber recognizes young professionals within community

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The Cobb Chamber of Commerce honored its 2013 Next Generation Award Recipients during the organization’s First Monday Breakfast on Monday morning. From left, Adam Emrich, 2013 chairman of Cobb Young Professionals, Georgia Power; Jason Sleeman, First Third Bank; Angela Shipp, Cobb EMC; and Greg Morgan, 2013 Cobb Chamber chairman, Mauldin and Jenkins.

On Monday, the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals organization recognized its “Next Generation Award” winners.

The 2013 recipients were Marietta resident Angela Shipp, director of publications and digital media at Cobb EMC, and Woodstock resident Jason Sleeman, banker-financial center manager at Fifth Third Bank.

Shipp, 39, is responsible for overseeing all branding and communications projects for Cobb EMC. She has worked through three website design projects and helped the company establish a strong social media presence. In addition to her responsibilities at Cobb EMC, she has served as president of the Association of Utility Professionals and was a member of the GEORGIA Magazine Advisory Board in 2012. She has received awards for her civic and volunteer work, which includes being named one of the 2007 YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement honorees and receiving the CCFA Outstanding Professional Leader award in 2007.

Jason Sleeman, 33, works in three different financial centers for Fifth Third Bank. He recently undertook the task of leading a team in a branch office and effectively achieved results unreachable in previous years. He has created strong partnerships both inside and outside the bank, resulting in opportunities to grow the customer base. Sleeman was named Fifth Third Bank’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2011. He was most recently featured in Cobb Life’s “20 Rising Stars Under 40.”

Cobb Young Professionals monthly meetings are conducted to network with other young professionals and feature various guest speakers bi-monthly on topics that can influence their job performance and careers. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the yearlong presenting sponsor and Fifth Third Bank is the award sponsor.

The next meeting of the Young Professionals will be Sept. 7 and John Stephenson, the president and CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, will be the guest speaker.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal, August 06, 2013. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Next generation Cobb Chamber recognizes young professionals within community)

Applications now available for CEO Roundtable

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The Cobb Chamber has opened applications for their upcoming CEO Roundtable, an exclusive association of dynamic business leaders, which allows you to take your business to the next level. CEO Roundtable provides a venue for presidents and CEOs to meet monthly with their own peer group in an atmosphere that fosters entrepreneurial thinking and encourages teamwork to accomplish individual goals.

The program is designed to provide participants with their own confidential “board of advisors” who can assist with business challenges by presenting solutions for discussion. Each roundtable group is made up of CEOs from 12 to 18 non-competing businesses and meets on a monthly basis. Additional educational and social events occur throughout the program year.

All applications must be submitted by Aug. 9. Apply online. For more information about CEO Roundtable, contact Amy Goggins at 770-859-2335 or agoggins@cobbchamber.org.

 
 

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Cobb Chamber Membership Campaign Exceeds Fundraising Goal by 114%

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Cobb Chamber kicked off its 2013 Membership Campaign on March 4, 2013 with the goal of raising $750,000. With the conclusion of this short, yet tremendously successful campaign, the Chamber is pleased to announce the campaign raised $854,947—exceeding its goal by an outstanding 114 percent—and recruited 287 new members.

“Through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and Chamber staff, the Cobb Chamber has experienced its most successful Membership Campaign to date,” said Greg Morgan, 2013 Cobb Chamber Chairman. “I’m excited to welcome the 440 new members who have joined the Chamber this year and look forward to helping them achieve more for their businesses.”

In March, more than 300 volunteers congregated at the Cobb Galleria Centre for the Cobb Chamber’s First Monday Breakfast and pledged to partner with the Chamber to recruit new members. The Campaign Leadership Committee had a talented team of individuals, including: Campaign Co-Chair Lisa Crossman, director of the Center for Clinical & Prevention Services at Cobb & Douglas Public Health; Campaign Co-Chair Al Martin, region external affairs manager at Georgia Power Company; and Campaign Division Leaders Tony Britton, senior vice president of Cobb Commercial Lending Group at BB&T; and Mary Karras, senior vice president/community executive for the Bank of North Georgia; Mitzi Moore, owner and president of Sundial Plumbing Services; Kim Menefee, senior vice president of PR/Government Affairs at WellStar; and Glynda Thor, manager of Corporate and Marketing Communications for Cobb EMC.

This year’s campaign theme, “Greatness in Numbers,” is a tribute to Chairman Greg Morgan’s background in accounting. The theme is representative of teamwork and how the Chamber and its members can achieve greatness when united toward one goal.

Every year, the Chamber awards and recognizes its top campaign volunteers. For the 2013 Membership Campaign, the top producer was Lisa Crossman of the Leadership Programs team. The top producing team and top new member team was Leadership Programs.

Allan Bishop of WellStar was named the top individual new member leader. And, Jason Sleeman of Fifth Third Bank was named the Rookie of the Year.

The success of the 2013 Membership Campaign comes on the heels of another important achievement. Earlier in June, the Cobb Chamber was named a top three finalist for the ACCE (American Chamber of Commerce Executives) 2013 Chamber of the Year Award within the largest member category. Through the success of its leadership and the 2013 membership campaign, the Cobb Chamber has expanded to 2,641 member companies and has one of the highest retention rates—at 83 percent—for a chamber of its size.

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