Category Archives: Chamber News


The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has opened up “Early Bird” vendor registration for the 2018 Business Expo to be held on Thursday, September 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Albany Convention Center at the Hilton Garden Inn. Chamber members will receive a 20% discount by registering now through June 30, 2018 and 10% for those who register between July 1 – 31, 2018. No discounts will apply after July 31.

Download the Business Expo Vendor Registration Form.

Download the Food Vendor Registration Form.

For more information call the Chamber office at 229-434-8700.


Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Cumulus Broadcasting, Inc. Combining high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands, Cumulus delivers premium content choices across South Georgia. Live, local on-air talent provides advertising opportunities to area businesses across six stations – Rock103, Nash FM, V101.7, Mix 107.7, 102.1 Nash Icon and News Talk WALG. On being an Albany Area Chamber member since 1987, Market Manager Kay Evans says, “Being part of the Chamber keeps us connected to the community and provides us with networking opportunities through Chamber events and Business After Hours.”

Cumulus Broadcasting, Inc.
1104 West Broad Avenue | Albany, GA | 229-888-5000 |

Contact: Kay Evans




Thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts for furnishing our Star Businesses donuts each week.

















Join us at SOWEGA Council on Aging for a “Margaritaville” Business After Hours! This event is designed to give area business leaders the opportunity to network so don’t forget to bring business cards. Event sponsors will give away a margarita machine in addition to the Albany Area Chamber’s $100 cash prize drawing.

STATE OF THE COMMUNITY – Health Care Education

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Community brings together community leaders for an insightful update and dialogue about trending topics and the issues that matter most. The June 2018 event will focus on the area’s efforts to meet the growing need for health care professionals and what this means for our economy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Albany State University West Campus
2400 Gillionville Road | Building C-265 | Albany, GA 31707

$35.00 Per Person – Member
$45.00 Per Person – General Public
Registration deadline is June 18, 2018

Albany Area Chamber launches ‘Albany Under 40’ Awards

June 1, 2018

 Albany Area Chamber launches ‘Albany Under 40’ Awards

 Albany, Ga. – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of “Albany Under 40,” an awards program that honors and celebrates the Albany Area’s emerging leaders and professionals. The new program recognizes professionals in a variety of industries, each representing a component of the Albany Area’s diversified talentpool and economy.

“The Albany Area is home to young leaders who are making their mark through excellence in their professions, through their innovation and through their commitment to building a stronger region,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “Albany Under 40 celebrates these professionals and promotes the breadth and scope of the talent that helps make the Albany Area a regional leader.”

Individuals may be recognized in these categories: Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; Arts and Entertainment; Civics, Government, and Public Affairs; Culinary Arts, Events, Tourism and Hospitality; Defense & Military Affairs; Energy, Mobility, and Transportation; Financial and Insurance Services; Innovation and Start up; Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations; Legal; Manufacturing, Logistics & Distribution and Fulfillment Centers; Medicine and Health Care; Nonprofit Service; Real Estate; Sports, Wellness, and Fitness; Technology; and Youth and Education.

Finalists will be considered from among those professionals who are nominated. Nominations may be submitted here. Nominations must be received by June 14, 2018. Nominees will be notified of their nomination and will receive the application materials. Winners will be announced at the Albany Under 40 Awards Reception on August 16, 2018. One overall Albany Under 40 award winner, selected from among the category winners, will be announced at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s 109th annual dinner on January 24, 2019.

Candidates must be under the age of 40 at the time of the award ceremony (August 16, 2018).

Sponsorships are available.


You are invited to join the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee as we honor our legislators for a successful 2018 session.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Coach House | 1308 Dawson Road | Albany

$35 per member | $55 per non-member
Register by Monday, May 21

This event is structured reception-style, giving attendees the chance to enjoy refreshments while networking with state legislative leaders and decision makers.


Join the Albany Area Chamber for Business After Hours on Tuesday, May 15 sponsored by MetroPower. Business After Hours is designed to provide networking opportunities for businesses in the Albany area. Don’t forget to bring your business card to enter the $100 cash prize drawing.

Albany Area Chamber Announces 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year

May 1, 2018

Albany Area Chamber Honors
2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year

 Albany – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce today presented Southern Point Staffing with the 2018 Small Business of the Year Award and the Albany Area YMCA with the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year Award during an awards reception hosted by the chamber as part of its 2018 Small Business Week, which promotes and celebrates the big impact of small businesses.

“Successful small businesses are cornerstones of our community. Nationally, they create two out of every three net new jobs. They invest, they participate, they shape the commercial landscape and vibrancy of our community,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “Our community is likewise supported by outstanding nonprofits that provide employment for many while focusing resources and providing services to community needs without regard to profit.”

For every $100 spent at a small, locally-owned business, $68 stay within the local economy. Those dollars help create jobs, support families, support governmental services, provide investment for neighborhood improvements and promote development in our community.

The Albany Area Chamber’s awards reception recognized four small business of the year finalists – 229Yoga, Albany Surgical, L.E.G.A.C.Y. Case Management, and Southern Point Staffing – and six non-profit of the year finalists – Alzheimer’s Outreach Center, the Albany Area YMCA, Easterseals, Flint River Habitat for Humanity, Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and the Salvation Army.

Since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing the first week of May as National Small Business Week.

About Southern Point Staffing, Albany Area Chamber 2018 Small Business of the Year
In 2017, Southern Point Staffing provided employment opportunities to more than 540 people in the Albany Area. Southern Point Staffing believes that finding and creating sustainable employment opportunities is a major factor in strengthening our community and improving the lives of our neighbors. The agency’s community involvement is extensive and far-reaching; following the January 2017, Southern Point Staffing rallied the support of friends, neighbors and employees to distribute water, food and toiletries to hundreds of storm-impacted families, and assisted in chainsaw, tractor and debris-clearing teams. For its efforts, Southern Point Staffing received the Chamber’s 2017 Albany Strong Award.

About the Albany Area YMCA, Albany Area Chamber 2018 Non-Profit of the YearThe Albany Area YMCA, which puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Through its gym services and programs, the Albany Area YMCA has been bringing health and wellness to the Albany Area for 108 years. In 2017 the organization opened its doors to those displaced by the January tornadoes; raised more than $36,000 to provide athletic program scholarships to area children; partnered with Easterseals to develop an inclusive after school program; partnered with the Dougherty County School System and Second Harvest to serve more than 88,000 meals and more than 90,000 snacks to children in their afterschool and summer camp programs. The Albany Area YMCA’s 200 volunteers provide more than 2,400 hours of service to the community.








Seeking to put God’s love into action, Flint River Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. In 2017, the organization served two families with home ownership and six U.S. veterans through the critical repair program. Since 1986 Flint River Habitat for Humanity — an Albany Area Chamber 2018 Nonprofit of the Year nominee — has served more than 147 families in Dougherty and Lee counties.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Small Business and Non-Profit Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. Register for the event here.