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Albany Area Chamber Foundation hosts THRIVE!

Albany – The Albany Area Chamber Foundation Thursday hosted its inaugural and highly

successful THRIVE program, a dynamic talent development initiative aimed at preparing

students for the professional world. THRIVE empowers students with a range of employability

skills crucial for success in the workplace. Through engaging sessions and interactive activities,

students gain insights into effective communication, networking and professional growth.

For the Thursday event, held at Albany Technical College, the Albany Area Chamber

Foundation partnered with the Dougherty County School System and local employers to present

skills training, business connections and local opportunities to students with disabilities who will

seek employment after graduation.

“The No. 1 growth inhibitor for our employers is talent – work force – and it’s a challenge faced

by employers across the country. In Albany, the business community is working closely with our

educational partners to design a modern, adaptive talent pipeline that is sustainable and relevant

to our marketplace,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area

Chamber and the Albany Area Chamber Foundation. “Through programs such as THRIVE,

we’re in the schools working one-on-one with students on the key employability skills that the

workplace demands and connecting students to local employers. We want all members of our

community to have opportunities to thrive.”

The Chamber Foundation, the 501©3 affiliate of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, leads

the community’s comprehensive work force efforts via the Albany-Dougherty Talent Strategy

2.0, a public-private effort in which strategic partners, employers and educators participate.

Other Chamber Foundation talent development programs include PROPEL+, targeted at female

high school students, and implementation of the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline Management

framework. The Chamber Foundation’s efforts amplify the primary business organization’s

programs in the areas of talent and innovation and are a direct response to employer and

community needs.

“There’s significant demand for this programming – we hear it from the students, from the

educators and from the employers,” Holmes said. “We’re encouraged by feedback from the

students and our partners about the impact of our work force programs and look forward to

scaling this work to continue building our community’s talent infrastructure.”

Representatives from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, the Albany Area YMCA and Albany

Technical College participated in Thursday’s program, sharing with students the diversity of

available jobs at their organizations, the skills required for those jobs and training pathways to

obtain those skills.

During THRIVE students practiced their public speaking skills through mock interviews with

volunteers from businesses who offered valuable feedback and guidance to the students. While

students were taking turns participating in the one-on-interviews, other students were practicing

networking with peers and adults as they answered ice-breaker prompts facilitated by community

volunteers.

The program also featured a unique segment highlighting appropriate professional attire where

business community members served as models, showcasing the “DOs” and “DON’Ts” of

dressing for success in the workplace.

“This event will help these students have more confidence, flexibility and adaptability with

individuals that they don’t know in speaking with them and sharing information about

themselves,” said Gordina Porter, director of the Exceptional Students Program (ESP) at the

Dougherty County School System. “It was a great event.”

October 2023 Business After Hours hosted by the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready to Mix It Up at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s October Business After Hours! Join us for a thrilling evening sponsored by the Albany Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at the unsinkable Albany State University on October 10 at Eula Lovett Hall starting at 5:00 PM.
It’s HOMECOMING WEEK for the Rams so that makes this an event you absolutely won’t want to miss! Expect an electrifying atmosphere with the ASU March Rams Show Band setting the stage for an immaculate evening of networking and celebration. The vibes will be nothing short of extraordinary.
Don’t leave home without your business card! You’ll want them for a chance to win our $100 cash prize, graciously sponsored by The UPS Stores of Albany, and other prizes.
Business After Hours extends a warm welcome to all. Feel free to bring along a friend or colleague to share in the fun! After all, who says networking can’t be an absolute blast?
We can’t wait to see you there as we celebrate Albany State University’s homecoming and take business networking to the next level.
Please take a moment to register for this remarkable evening here:
https://bit.ly/BAHatASU2023

Applications open for 2023-2024 Albany Area Political Leadership Institute

Applications open for 2023-2024 Albany Area Political Leadership Institute

Albany Area Chamber program aims to build next-gen public leaders

Albany – Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 class of the Albany Area Political Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan political leadership program aimed at equipping participants for leadership on local boards and in elected office.

The focus of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce program is simple: To build local candidates.

“Through the Political Leadership Institute, the Albany Area Chamber aims to engage more people in public service, to prepare business-minded leaders who have an interest in exploring leadership opportunities on appointed boards or elected office, and to help them discover how their experience, skills and talent could address critical policy issues,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “Ultimately, we are building the next generation of public leaders.”

The program, now in its second year, was developed by business leaders in Albany. Participants from the previous program are now serving on local boards and making an impact via their public service.

“This program educates and equips future community leaders on the unique demands of governmental leadership, helping potential candidates and board members become more attuned to community needs and prepared to meet those needs through strategic action,” said Bridges Sinyard, vice president of Adams Exterminators and chairman of the Albany Area Chamber’s Government Affairs Division.

The three-session program is suited for anyone interested in serving on appointed boards or in elected office. Participants will get a primer on government, opportunities for service, campaigning for office and what Albany needs from its appointed and elected officials. The program features exclusive networking opportunities for class members to build relationships with each other and with community leaders. A limited number of applicants will be competitively chosen by a selection committee. Participants represent a diverse range of business expertise, backgrounds and community involvement.

Class sessions will run from November 2023 to January 2024 and will cover topics including “Government 101,” “Issues of Importance” and “Appointed Boards and Elected Office.”

There is no commitment to run for office. The program cost is $150 to participants, which includes all three sessions, related materials and meals. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 13. Participants may apply at bit.ly/PoliticalLeadership2023.

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1910, is leading a multi-year strategic effort to advance economic opportunities and a thriving community. With a diverse business community in our corner, the Albany Area Chamber works diligently to serve area businesses, develop strategies that help our community prosper and design the path of Albany’s future. Learn more at www.albanyga.com. s

The Albany Area Chamber Foundation, founded in 1991, leads talent, economic, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives that provide impact beyond the business community’s normal reach. The Albany Area Chamber Foundation is the 501(c)3 affiliate of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at albanyga.com.

Mars Wrigley and Albany Area Chamber of Commerce unveil new COMBOS® sign at manufacturing site

Albany, Georgia – Mars Wrigley, with the support of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, unveiled a new sign at the company’s Albany facility, proudly showcasing the site’s COMBOS® line and celebrating Mars Wrigley’s continued commitment to Albany. The occasion was celebrated with an Albany Area Chamber ribbon cutting.

COMBOS, the ultimate-stuffed snack, is produced only in Albany by Mars Wrigley at its site on Oakridge Drive, since 1978. Popular flavors include Pizzeria Pretzel and Cheddar Cheese Cracker. The new sign features Mars and COMBOS logos and the tagline, “We Make A Great COMBO.”

“Albany and Mars absolutely make a great combo, in more ways than one. We’re grateful for Mars’ continued investment in Albany and for its support of programs and initiatives that make a broad social and economic impact on our community,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albay Area Chamber, the region’s leading business organization. “Mars has been part of the community for decades and Albany being the sole manufacturing home of COMBOS speaks to Albany’s advantages with respect to transportation and logistics infrastructure, work force, business climate and community relationships.”

Albany’s Mars Wrigley facility is part of Mars Incorporated, a global, family-owned business that believes “the world we want tomorrow starts with the business we do today.” That ethos resonates with the local facility, whose commitment to community is demonstrated in support of programs including the FLEX ABY youth entrepreneurial competition, the COMBOS Marathon and Half Marathon and the comprehensive Albany-Dougherty Works! Talent Strategy 2.0, managed by the Albany Area Chamber Foundation.

“We are so proud of this site, the product we produce, and being an employer of choice in Albany,” said Kristen Murray, Albany Site Director, Mars Wrigley. “Worldwide, we are the only facility in the world that is producing COMBOS. We are committed to growing this brand, growing this site, and being a good partner with the community.”

Learn more about the COMBOS story and heritage at www.combos.com.

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Albany Chamber members and team members from Mars gather to celebrate the unveiling of the new sign.

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1910, is leading a multi-year strategic effort to advance economic opportunities and a thriving community. With a diverse business community in our corner, the Albany Area Chamber works diligently to serve area businesses, develop strategies that help our community prosper and design the path of Albany’s future. Learn more at www.albanyga.com

About Mars, Incorporated

 Mars, Incorporated is driven by the belief that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. As a global, family-owned business, Mars is transforming, innovating, and evolving to make a positive impact on the world.  Across our diverse and expanding portfolio of quality snacking, food, and pet care products and services, we employ 140,000+ dedicated Associates. With more than $47 billion in annual sales, we produce some of the world’s best-loved brands including Ben’s Original™, CESAR®, Cocoavia®, DOVE®, EXTRA®, KIND®, M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, and WHISKAS®. We are creating A Better World for Pets through our global network of pet hospitals and diagnostic services – including AniCura, BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, Linnaeus and VCA™ – using cutting edge technology to develop breakthrough programs in genetic health screening and DNA testing.

PROPEL: A Women at Work Program at Chehaw’s Creekside center.

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, as a component of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, recently hosted a sold out event, PROPEL: A Women at Work Program at Chehaw’s Creekside center. PROPEL aims to empower and inspire women in the community by providing them with the tools they need to excel professionally. At the September 14 luncheon, Deb Angerami, CEO of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, provided a wonderful message on Authentic Leadership. The Albany Area Chamber is committed to designing a path for women in the workforce, helping them excel and become influential business leaders.

The PROPEL program, spearheaded by the Albany Area Chamber, has made significant strides in empowering women in Albany and the surrounding area. It fosters strong connections, facilitates mentorship and sponsorship, provides development opportunities, and shares best practices among women in the workforce. Deb Angerami expressed her honor in speaking to this dynamic group of women and highlighted her gratitude for acknowledging the importance of community support for the professional development of women. The event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Synovus Bank, Molson Coors, Advent Business Interiors, and Albany Area Primary Healthcare.

Chamber, EDC, 4C launch second year of FLEX ABY youth entrepreneurship competition

September 13, 2023

Partners launch second year of FLEX ABY youth entrepreneurship competition

Albany – Earlier this month the Albany Area Chamber Foundation, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4C Academy) kicked off year two of FLEX ABY, a youth entrepreneurship competition which encourages innovation, enhances employability and creates prosperity.

The Foundational Leadership and Entrepreneur X-perience (FLEX) was founded in Fitzgerald and this program has expanded to 11 communities throughout the state. Albany was an early adopter and launched FLEX ABY in 2022, with its local finalist competing at the state competition in March. The program’s journey begins with 4C Academy students, drawn from various schools, who will compete in three challenging and rewarding phases for a chance to represent Albany at the state finals in Fitzgerald next spring. Participants will attend business workshops and work with mentors throughout the year. The finalists will receive valuable seed money to support and grow their business ventures.

“FLEX ABY is an effective and fun tool for inspiring innovation among our youth and showing them that their ideas can come to life and can be profitable while helping them develop the employability skills needed in the marketplace,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany area Chamber and Albany Area Chamber Foundation. “Through our partnership and through the support and engagement of our business community, we can support aspiring entrepreneurs, to help foster innovation, retain talent and spur local investment and business partnerships in the long run.”

“This program is an integral piece of the Albany Area Chamber Foundation’s Talent Development 2.0 Strategy and is situated at the intersection of education and business,” said Laura Russ, strategic initiatives coordinator at the Albany Area Chamber Foundation. “By bringing local business partners into the classroom to connect with students, we advance the work of creating a modern and adaptive workforce — which includes expanding opportunities for entrepreneurship, mentorship and developing employability skills in our youth.”

FLEX ABY engages students from 4C Academy, which encompasses students from throughout the Dougherty County School System as well as districts from surrounding counties, and connects them to local business partners who provide workshop content and mentorship during the competition.

“FLEX is an exciting opportunity for our students. So many of our young team members are interested in entrepreneurship and many have already started their own businesses,” said Chris Hatcher, CEO of 4C Academy. “This competition will help them by providing seminars, mentors and even a cash prize for the three finalists.  Most importantly, it will expose them to a formalized business planning process as well as to members of our business community who are looking to help.”

The local competition is comprised of three phases, with one winner advancing on to the state finals, to be held in Fitzgerald in April 2024.  The top ten students have the opportunity to secure a seed loan from the partnership in order to fund and expand their business operations prior to the finals.  Local finalists will be given $6,000 in cash awards, with the state champion winning $10,000 in cash and prizes for their business growth.

Studies show that Gen Z is more entrepreneurial than generations preceding them, with 60 percent of teens reporting serious interest in starting their own business, Holmes said.

“Our goal through FLEX ABY is to encourage interest in entrepreneurship and to chart a path towards business ownership for our young people,” said Jana Dyke, president & CEO of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Investing in our students now will better enable them to invest back into our community later on.”

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The Albany Area Chamber Foundation, founded in 1991, leads talent, economic, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives that provide impact beyond the business community’s normal reach. The Albany Area Chamber Foundation is the 501(c)3 affiliate of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at albanyga.com.

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission facilitates job creation and business investment through the recruitment and retention of industry for Albany and Dougherty County.

The Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy produces college and career ready graduates with relevant skills, education and exceptional work ethic who can compete and succeed in the real world.

Chamber State of Community hits on issues, insights

 

Media Contact:

Jay Houston

229-343-3667

jhouston@albanyga.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 24, 2023

 

 

 

Albany Area Chamber Hosts State of the Community: “Issues & Insights”

Event Provides Insights and Discussion on Vital Topics Impacting Area

Albany — The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s signature “State of the Community” Wednesday  featured dynamic panels of prominent leaders who engaged in a comprehensive dialogue about pressing topics shaping the Albany Area, including health care, housing, economic development education and transportation.

The State of the Community provides a platform for leaders from various sectors to delve into matters of utmost significance to the community. In a panel format, esteemed experts shared insights, vision and strategies on these topics. The 2023 State of the Community was presented by Synovus.

“A strong community is characterized by several key factors that contribute to its stability, growth and overall well-being. These factors interact with and influence each other, creating a complex ecosystem,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber and the Albany Area Chamber Foundation. “As one of Georgia’s hub communities, Albany is key to Georgia’s overall economic success. Wednesday’s State of the Community provided leaders insights on highly-relevant topics impacting community success.”

Two panels, moderated by Holmes, gave attendees vital information on the community’s state of affairs. The community panel was comprised of Jana Dyke, president & CEO of Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission; Shelley Spires, CEO of Albany Area Primary Health Care; Heather Corbett, director of Career, Technical & Agricultural Education at the Dougherty County School System; Dr. Frank Middleton, chairman of the Albany Aviation Commission; and RaShaunda L. Muldrow, broker/owner of The Real Estate Concierge.

Albany City Manager Steven Carter and Dougherty County Assistant County Administrator Barry Brooks shared with the audience projects completed through the transportation special-purpose local-option sales tax, better known as TSPLOST I. The pair provided insights into the project lists for TSPLOST II, which will be on the November 7 referendum and which is expected to generate $88 million in revenue for transportation infrastructure projects  such as road resurfacing, intersection improvements and sidewalks.  In November voters will be asked to extend the sales tax.

“TSPLOST empowers our community to shape its own transportation future by funding projects that enhance our daily lives and drive local progress,” Carter said, noting that one way or another, the projects would have to get done. Experts estimate about half of the TSPLOST revenue is generated by visitors to the community, reducing the tax burden on local citizens.

The school system’s Corbett, who led the district’s comprehensive realignment of student career pathways, said that “the Dougherty County School System is committed to ensuring students are future-ready and prepared to meet the community’s workforce needs. We are focused on engaging students in relevant and rigorous learning that emphasizes communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity which provides students with the required skills and credentials for employability in any career. We sincerely appreciate the partnerships of families and industry in the shared mission of student success.”

“Health care, especially here in our rural communities of Southwest Georgia, remains an important topic,” said Shelley Spires, CEO of Albany Area Primary Health Care, who spoke to COVID-19’s endemic status and to innovation, including the use of artificial intelligence, in the field. “Something that I continue to focus on is expanding patient services and recruiting new providers to the region.  As a community health center, our organization cares for the insured, uninsured and the underinsured, and the priority remains that everyone in Southwest Georgia deserves access to high quality health care.”

The event’s supporting sponsors were Albany Area Primary Health Care Molson Coors, SRJ Architects, Phoebe Putney Health System, Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Englewood Health Care, Turner’s Furniture and Wynfield Park Health & Rehabilitation.

The Albany Area Chamber is dedicated to fostering economic growth, advocating for businesses and enhancing the region’s quality of life. By practicing and promoting dialogue, collaboration and problem solving, the Albany Area Chamber serves as a catalyst for positive change and progress in the region.

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The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1910, is leading a multi-year strategic effort to advance economic opportunities and a thriving community. With a diverse business community in our corner, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce works diligently to serve area businesses, develop strategies that help our community prosper and design the path of Albany’s future. Learn more at www.albanyga.com.

The Albany Area Chamber Foundation, founded in 1991, leads talent, economic, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives that provide impact beyond the business community’s normal reach. The Albany Area Chamber Foundation is the 501(c)3 affiliate of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at www.albanyga.com.

Chamber’s Albany Bank Security Roundtable focuses on fraud, solutions

The Albany Area Chamber-led Albany Bank Security Roundtable convened Monday for a stakeholder discussion on check fraud issues impacting commerce, citizens and communities and estimated to have a $24 billion national economic impact. The Albany conversation with financial institutions, law enforcement and prosecutors at the local, state and federal levels focused on mitigation and solutions.

 

Contact: Jay Houston
(229) 343- 3667
jhouston@albanyga.com

Chamber-led Albany Bank Security Roundtable focuses on fraud challenges, solutions

The roundtable featured stakeholders including financial institutions and local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutors

Albany – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Monday hosted a roundtable discussion with financial institutions and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on the check fraud security challenges that impact commerce and citizens and which in 2023 are estimated to have a $24 billion national economic impact. Locally, losses are estimated to be in the millions.

According to the Financial Crime Enforcement Network, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department, reports of check fraud filed by banks nearly doubled to 680,000, from 350,000 in 2021. This compares to 96,786 suspicious activity check fraud cases reported in 2014.

“The banking sector is crucial to the modern economy. As the primary supplier of credit, banks support business development through access to capital; facilitate personal growth through smart lending; and are a key partner in community development initiatives,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber and its 501©3 affiliate, the Albany Area Chamber Foundation. “The fraud and security challenges faced today by financial institutions touch every segment of commerce, every organization and every citizen; these are not victimless crimes. The Albany Area Chamber is committed to working with banks, law enforcement, prosecutors and policy makers to elevate the conversation, educate the public and advance solutions.”

Monday’s Albany Bank Security Roundtable included Chamber-member financial institutions, the Georgia Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Association along with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Attorney General for the Middle District of Georgia; the United States Postal Inspector Service; the Office of the Georgia Attorney General; and the Albany Police Department.

“Today marks a significant stride forward as the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, local banks and law enforcement join forces to tackle the growing specter of check and mail fraud. Our Albany Area Chamber, representing the backbone of our local economy, recognizes our challenges require innovative and unified solutions and fostering partnerships based on trust and resilience,” said Perry Revell, chairman of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and CEO of AB&T. “Today’s collaborative gathering holds a promise that extends beyond mitigation, encompassing prevention, economic stability and advocacy. I thank each participant for their willingness to engage and be part of the solution.”

Among other challenges, the increase in suspected fraud cases is creating many check fraud processing challenges such as backlogs in check warranty claims, availability of funds and the average check value doubling over the last decade. Further, reports indicate that mail theft has been on the rise since 2017. A recent survey of Chamber-member financial institutions revealed that mail-related check fraud is their number one security concern, followed by general check fraud and physical security.

“Albany’s bank leaders shared fraud losses estimated to be in the millions annually, a disturbing trend seen nationwide. Bank fraud is not a victimless crime; far from it,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary for the Middle District of Georgia, who participated in Monday’s roundtable. “These losses are rarely recouped, and these criminals steal legitimate opportunities for positive investment in the community, costing citizens new home mortgages and businesses the means for new development. Law enforcement at every level is dedicated to effectively combating these scams that harm the entire community.”

According to the Association for Financial Professionals, 42 percent of all business2business transactions are still paper.

“Check fraud is old fashioned, but it is what is causing so many problems in our community. It’s affecting young people, senior citizens, merchants, the banking industry and beyond,” noted Joe Brannen, CEO of Georgia Banker’s Association. “Finding ways to solve that is going to be complicated but we won’t ever be able to do that if we don’t work together through organizations like the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce at discussions like this one.”

In February, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, in collaboration with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the post office, issued an alert on the matter. The service said it received more than 299,000 complaints of mail theft from March 2020 through February 2021, a 161 percent increase from a year earlier.

Justin Warner with the United States Postal Service Inspection Service said, “This community roundtable is a great example of partnerships between multiple agencies which includes banks, law enforcement, local organizations and prosecutors that have come together for vital

information sharing for investigations and provide resources to local citizens. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service mission is to ensure public trust in the mail and postal inspectors will aggressively investigate individuals that seek to take advantage of our customers. We also work with the Postal Service to harden security measures against criminal attacks.”

Monday’s discussion provided an opportunity for local banking institutions to share best practices and to share their challenges with law enforcement at all levels. Participants also noted the need for increased merchant and consumer education.

“Check fraud is very rampant in our banks right now,” said Kelly Wilson, Anti-Money Laundering Fraud Officer with Colony Bank. “We are needing to do a lot more communication with our customers about how important it is to not mail checks so that we can avoid the risk of them being stolen. We also want to provide more scam education. Not only that, we want to make sure that we are working with our law enforcement. I feel like this is the new way that people are making money illegally and it’s important that we make sure that our lines of communication with law enforcement are open so that we can work together to stop this.”

Detective Darryl Jones with the Albany Police Department said that “conversations like this are important because we get to connect with people from different fields. It’s imperative that we have banks, law enforcement, prosecutors and more all in one room so that there can be a collaborative effort on how to combat fraud in our city. Conversations like [Monday’s] allow us to have questions answered that we would not have the opportunity to anywhere else. It’s great to get to come together and think of ways to resolve this problem.”

Experts emphasized the urgency of citizens and businesses reporting suspected fraud to their banking institutions as soon as possible to potentially stop a fraudulent payment and prevent theft. Beyond curbing the initial crime, rapid reporting is the fastest way to make a dent in these significant loss numbers, they said.

The Albany Area Chamber will continue working with these partners on the alarming issue.

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The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1910, is leading a multi-year strategic effort to advance economic opportunities and a thriving community. With a diverse business community in our corner, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce works diligently to serve area businesses, develop strategies that help our community prosper and design the path of Albany’s future. Learn more at www.albanyga.com.

The Albany Area Chamber Foundation, founded in 1991, leads talent, economic, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives that provide impact beyond the business community’s normal reach. The Albany Area Chamber Foundation is the 501(c)3 affiliate of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at www.albanyga.com.

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Biz Expo 2023

We are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Biz Expo 2023! Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 28, as the Albany Civic Center once again becomes the hub of dynamic business interaction.

Prepare to supercharge your networking efforts and elevate your business success! Engage in valuable business-to-business and business-to-consumer connections and drive your overall business outcomes to new heights.

With a history of more than 500 people in attendance, our booth packages offer incredible value, starting at just $395 for a standard-sized booth. And here’s the icing on the cake…Albany Area Chamber of Commerce members enjoy exclusive special pricing! For businesses aiming for an even greater impact, we also have a limited number of enhanced booth spaces.

For more information, please reach out to Mary Bickerstaff at mbickerstaff@albanyga.com or call (229) 434-8700.

Seize this golden opportunity to showcase your business, forge meaningful partnerships, and tap into a world of possibilities. Ready to make your mark? Register here: https://bit.ly/BizEXPO2023

Albany Area Chamber’s Barbara Rivera Holmes Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce Barbara Rivera Holmes, IOM, president & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 credit hours of course instruction in non-profit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours towards the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE), certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.  

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”  

Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.