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 entitled “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.

Click here for application.


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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Allison Ray                                           Ameris Bank

Angela Wright                                     CTSI

Becky Elder                                         Elder Enterprises LLC dba Liberty Tax Service

Candice Franklin                                Chehaw

Carol Pyles                                           Community Advocate

Chris Kaplan                                       DJ Chris

Christina Ethier                                  Red Lobster

Danielle Willis                                     MCLB-S4SCOM

Demetria Redding                              The Albany Herald

Diane Goff                                            Way’s Flowers

Domoni Craig                                      Hilton Garden Inn

Elvin Fluellen                                      Cumulus

Glennette Goodbread                         Premium Web development

Heather Pines                                     Buffalo Wild Wings

Jackie Entz                                           Chehaw

Jaye Lomax                                          Park Inn & Suites by Radisen

Jennifer Stockman                              WSWG TV

Jennifer Vanston                                 Flint River Habitat for Humanity

Jim West                                              Manna’s Café

Joanne B. Jasper                                  Retired

John Antoniewicz                                Ant Hill Photography

Karen Luthman                                  Strategic Wealth Group

Kristi Batten                                        Way’s Flowers

Lashante Stewart                                Country Inn & Suites

Lauren Welch                                      Flint River Habitat for Humanity

Leonard Montgomery                        WSWG TV

Lesley Boling                                       WFXL-Fox 31

Michael Fowler                                    Coroner

Michele Bates                                      Steve Perrine, State Farm Agency

Morgan Burnette                                Chehaw

Nathan Arnold                                    University of Georgia (SBDC)

Parker Huskey                                    Flint River Habitat for Humanity

Peggy Haire                                         Marine Corps Logistics Command (MCLB)

Richard Bolin                                       Reeds

Samantha Sassone                              Chehaw

Sherranda Ivey                                   Legalshield Business Solutions

Solomon Nixon                                    Solomon Nixon agency-Farmers Insurance

Starlette Warren                                 Atlanta Hound

Stephen Brewer Turley                     Southern Point Staffing

Wanda Rowell                                     Mediacom Business


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% 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%-30% off Staples’s already low prices
  • Best buy list of 2,000 most frequently purchased items
  • Free next day delivery for orders over $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% off finishing services

Click here to start receiving your discounts!

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 signup and start saving!


SCORE is America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. We offer advice online and in-person at one of 364 offices nationwide.

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.

Emerge Albany/Young Professionals

Emerge Albany is the young professional arm of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Emerge Albany’s platform is to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development of our community through networking events and cultural education.