Institute for Leadership Development

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer a program designed to mold future business leaders through personal and professional development titled “Leadershp Development.” The program began in August 2014 with the purpose being to prepare our young professionals, while providing valuable tools and resources, to develop into future business leaders in our community.

Institute for Leadership Development will effectively utilize the resources of the Chamber to develop and enhance the leadership skills of our young professionals with a focus on essential skills for business, community and personal growth. This program will feature current community leaders serving as personal and professional mentors with an emphasis on developing the talents and relationships of the participants.

The program and curriculum was designed after a year of planning by the Chambers Leadership Development Division Committee members. Along with mentor-ship being a major part of the program, the curriculum will provide a genuine and detailed focus on several key leadership skills such as Effective Delegation, Understanding Your Leadership Style, Visioning and Strategic Planning, Effective Networking, Political Savvy, Influence and Negotiation, Image and the Media and much more.

The Committee has set the following time frame for the inaugural class. Deadline for the receipt of applications will be May 14, 2016. Those chosen to participate will be notified by June 10, 2016. Tuition will be $1,000 per participant for Chamber members and $1,500 for non-members and will include many additional benefits that are part of the course curriculum, including but not limited to, attendance at Chamber hosted events such as the Annual Meeting, Rise N Shine Breakfasts and much more.

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Ambassadors serve as the welcome arm of the chamber, welcoming new members and promoting member involvement. Ambassadors represent the chamber at ribbon cuttings, ground breaking, Star Business of the Week and networking events such as Business After Hours and Rise N Shine Breakfasts.

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Jennifer Wilson                                  Ameris Bank

Becky Elder                                         Elder Enterprises LLC dba Liberty Tax Service

Candice Franklin                                Chehaw Park

Elvin Fluellen                                      Cumulus

Glennette Goodbread                        Premium Web development

Jaye Lomax                                          Park Inn & Suites by Radisen

Jim West                                               Manna’s Café

Joanne B. Jasper                                 Retired

John Antoniewicz                               Ant Hill Photography

Karen Luthman                                   Aflac/Human Resources

Leonard Montgomery                        WSWG TV

Lesley Boling                                        WFXL-Fox 31

Michael Fowler                                    Coroner

Michele Bates                                       Steve Perrine, State Farm Agency

Jeanelle Griffin                                    Steve Perrine, State Farm Agency

Nathan Arnold                                     University of Georgia (SBDC)

Richard Bolin                                       Reeds

Brewer Turley                                       Southern Point Staffing

Wanda Rowell                                      Mediacom Business

Adel Brown                                           Turner Job Corps

Jonathan McNeilly                              Kelly Services

Carrie Hutchinson                               Stewbos

Jennifer Dozier                                     Fleming & Riles

Ann Slocumb                                         Eagles of America

Ginger Faircloth                                    Georgia Department of Labor


Business First

The Business First program is designed to assist citizens in starting or expanding a business. In an effort to support the retention and expansion efforts of Albany-Dougherty area businesses, Business First allows business development agencies to come face-to-face with prospective or active business owners to discuss opportunities for business growth.

Business First Program

Drugs Don’t Work

Drug use in your business costs money, customers and lost productivity! The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce provides member companies with the necessary materials to qualify for a 7.5 percent discount on your workers’ compensation premiums. For more information, contact Mary Bickerstaff at or 229.317.7183.

Savings On Office Supplies

The Albany Area Chamber in collaboration with the Georgia Chamber offers a program to reduce costs for members through the Staples Advantage Program.

  • Members save an average of 15 percent-30 percent off Staples’ already low prices
  • Best buy list of 2,000 most frequently purchased items
  • Free next day delivery for orders more than $50
  • More than office supplies – a fully integrated solution with discounts on furniture, technology, promo, facilities and breakroom
  • Print solutions: $0.02 black/white, $0.23 color copies, 50 percent off finishing services

Click here to start receiving your discounts!

Our partnership with the National Chamber brings additional cost savings for you, our members through the Office Depot Discount Program. Save on what you need to do business, while supporting your chamber.

    • Members save up to 55 percent on 500+ items that chamber members purchase most often, including special discounts on ink and toner.
    • Free next day delivery on orders over $50, with the ability to shop instore or online.
    • Members get deep discounts on Copy & Print services. 2.5₵ black & white, 22₵ color copies and 40 percent off finishing services every day!

Sign up online to start saving! There is no cost to join.

UPS Shipping Discounts

The Albany Area Chamber in partnership with the Georgia Chamber is pleased to announce a new discount program with UPS, which gives members some of the most competitive rates available on UPS shipping services, including domestic air, ground and international.

Click here for more information to sign up and start saving!


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Small Business Resources

Small businesses are a vital part of our economy, our community and your chamber. In order to assist our Small Business Member we provide a wide array of services and benefits.