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Star Business of the Week: TaylorChandler CPAs & Consultants

Star Business of the Week: TaylorChandler

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize TaylorChandler CPAs & Consultants as the AACC Star Business of the Week.

TaylorChandler is a certified public accounting and consulting firm which prides itself on providing cost-effective, high-quality service. Built upon a tradition of service, technical expertise and innovative thinking, TaylorChandler offers a broad range of services for businesses and individuals, including monthly accounting services, live and after-the-fact payroll, Quickbooks support, auditing, and tax consultation and preparation. They choose to invest in the Albany Area Chamber in order to better connect with the local community and other businesses.

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce earns state accreditation

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins Mabrey

January 13, 2022

Albany, Ga.The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has been awarded reaccreditation through the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) “Georgia Certified Chamber” program.

Chambers must meet standards in organization, service intent and capacity, professional administration, financial management, communications and advocacy in order to achieve the designation. The certification program promotes continuing excellence in the Chamber of Commerce industry and helps to foster a pro-business environment across the state of Georgia.

“Reaccreditation from GACCE serves as a stamp of approval that we’re on the right track, in terms of organizational excellence and service delivery,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber, the region’s largest business advocacy organization. “The Albany Area Chamber has implemented a three-year strategic plan, ‘#ImpactABY2023,’ which provided many of the directives evaluated in the accreditation process. Through implementing this plan, we have been able to grow as an organization and better serve the Albany Area in our mission to foster an environment for business and community success.”

Out of more than 150 Chambers of Commerce in Georgia, 16 are distinguished as 2021 Georgia Certified Chambers.

The following Chambers of Commerce make up the 2021 class of Georgia Certified Chambers:

  1. Albany Area Chamber of Commerce 
  2. Carroll County Chamber of Commerce  
  3. Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce  
  4. Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
  5. Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
  6. Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce
  7. Douglas County Chamber of Commerce 
  8. Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce 
  9. Effingham County Chamber of Commerce
  10. Fayette Chamber of Commerce  
  11. Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce
  12. Pickens County Chamber of Commerce 
  13. Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce 
  14. Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce 
  15. Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce 
  16. Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce  

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce also holds the distinction of being a nationally accredited chamber through the United States Chamber of Commerce. Of more than 7,000 chambers in the U.S., 200 are nationally accredited, with the Albany Chamber’s 4-star rating landing them in the top tier of chambers of commerce in the country.




About the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

The Albany Area Chamber, founded in 1910, is leading a multi-year strategic effort to advance business success and economic opportunities in Albany and the Albany Area. Learn more at


About the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

GACCE is the professional society of Chamber of Commerce executives and staff in the State of Georgia. The mission of GACCE is to engage, educate, and empower Chamber of Commerce professionals.

Star Business of the Week: Asa Healthcare Solutions

Congratulations to Asa Healthcare Solutions, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week! Asa is a healthcare staffing partner, providing clinical support to a wide range of clients in the healthcare industry. They use a variety of screening tools to ensure they are matching the right nurse with the right facility.  Asa Healthcare feels their commitment to quality and exceptional personal touch set them apart from other agencies; they even have a representative on call 24/7, so someone is always available to assist their staff and partners. Asa values their Chamber membership because it keeps them connected to the local community, while boosting exposure to surrounding areas.


Renasant Bank


Congratulations to Renasant Bank, this week’s Albany Area Chamber Star Business! Renasant Bank has humble roots, starting in 1904 in Mississippi. Since then, they have grown to become one of the Southeast’s strongest financial institutions with approximately 16 billion in assets and more thank 200 banking, lending, wealth management and financial services offices in 5 states. Renasant was the first commercial bank to introduce automated cash dispensing machines and debit cards in Mississippi. Renasant understands financial innovation is a key driver in community development; that’s why they offer products including Apple Pay, mobile check deposit, mobile and internet banking, electronic bill pay and all the other service customers expect from a major national bank, but with the personal knowledge and attention of a community bank.