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Elbert County Chamber of Commerce says “YES” to Sunday sales

Elberton, GA: The Elbert County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously at their October board meeting to support the Sunday alcohol sales referendum that is on the ballot for early voting going on currently and for election day, Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

There are two items on the ballot regarding Sunday sales of alcohol. The first one would allow retail stores to sell alcohol after 12:30pm on Sundays. The second one would allow restaurants to serve alcohol to customers after 11am on Sundays. The Chamber of Commerce supports both measures and believes Sunday sales of alcohol will benefit our local businesses and the local economy by keeping local dollars here at home.  

Sunday alcohol sales will help Elberton restaurants and stores by giving them the opportunity to increase their revenue through beverage sales. Passing these ordinances could also lead to positive outcomes in attracting new restaurants and retail stores, thus strengthening the economic development of the area.

“Currently, those people who wish to purchase alcohol on Sunday are traveling to Hartwell, Athens, or elsewhere outside Elberton. When you vote to pass Sunday alcohol sales, the money being spent elsewhere will hopefully come back to Elberton,” says Chamber Chairman, Al McCall. “Not only will the actual dollars stay local, but it will also keep tax revenue that would be spent elsewhere here at home.”

In summary, the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce believes that voting “yes” to Sunday alcohol sales is a vote “yes” to stronger businesses and economic development growth.

Leslie R. Friedman, President/Executive Director

Elbert County Chamber of Commerce


Do you really want economic growth? It’s time to prove it.

Elberton, GA: The economic health of a community is not the responsibility of one person. It takes every single citizen working together to create a thriving community. We need business owners, creative thinkers, and middle managers. We need passionate citizens, vibrant youth, and activists. But most of all, we need doers.

Are you going to spend the entirety of 2020 complaining about what could be better? Or, are you going to take action and help make our already great community even better? Words without action are merely hot air. If we want to see something happen in the community then we need to be people of action. We need to get plugged in. We need to find a cause we’re passionate about. And we need to start doing.

There’s no better place to start ‘doing’ than the Elbert Co. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber serves the community in several ways including promoting tourism and advocating for local business. If you are interested in helping the community continue to progress and thrive, then you may consider serving on the Chamber Board of Directors. The Chamber is currently looking to fill several Board positions that will come open in March 2020.

The Chamber Board of Directors is responsible for governing the Elbert Co. Chamber of Commerce and is active in most community related decisions. The Board is made up of 15 Directors who serve for 3-year terms starting in April and ending in March. Each Director is a volunteer that is nominated from the Chamber of Commerce membership body.

In order to be chosen as a Director of the Board, a nominee must be a current member in good standing, fill out an online nomination form, and meet the requirements outlined at www.elbertchamber.com/board. The current Board of Directors will vote on the nominees.

To nominate yourself, or someone else, to be on the Board of Directors for the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce visit: www.elbertchamber.com/board. Deadline for all applications is Feb. 14th. Please direct any questions to the Chamber office at 706-283-5651 or to myself directly: leslie@elbertchamber.com.


Elbert County Chamber of Commerce to introduce Leadership Program in 2020

Elberton, GA: The Elbert County Chamber of Commerce is re-establishing a leadership program in Elbert County. The new leadership program is called Lead Elbert and will welcome its first class of participants in August 2020.

Lead Elbert will be a renewed, modern version of Elberton’s previous leadership program: Leadership Elberton. Leadership Elberton was an adult and youth leadership program that ran from 1996 until 2013. It was conducted by the City of Elberton and Elbert Co. Chamber of Commerce and used curriculum from the J.W. Fanning Institute of Organizational Leadership at the University of Georgia.

The new leadership program is being formed by an executive committee of 13 community leaders in diverse areas of employment and experience. This committee is hoping to take the most effective parts of the previous program and combine them with new, current material in order to bring about a leadership program that is relevant and effective to both the participants and their employers.

“We at the Chamber are very excited to revive this Leadership program, to take up the reigns, and renew it from where it left off,” says Chamber Chairman, Al McCall. “Leslie and I want to first say thank you to the people who have agreed to serve on the executive committee, which includes Cindy Churney and Alan Lee, who previously spearheaded the program. We appreciate all their commitment and input into getting the program back off the ground and helping it be as meaningful and robust of a program as it can be. We are looking forward to the re-establishment of the leadership program, so our community can have a leadership pipeline of individuals who will remain in our community and be agents of positive change. We are confident that the program will empower, motivate, and connect future leaders with educational resources and experiences necessary to bring about the positive change that will continue to make Elbert County a great place to live.”


Leadership Program Seeks Nominations

The LEAD ELBERT Program is seeking participants for the 2020-2021 Program Year. LEAD ELBERT is a new leadership program open to anyone who would like to gain community awareness while honing their leadership skills.  In order to partake in the LEAD ELBERT program, participants must be nominated by an employer/mentor/etc. via the nomination form provided on the Elbert Chamber website. The deadline for nominations is June 30th; the program will officially start in September 2020. For more details about the program, including participant requirements, please visit: www.elbertchamber.com/lead-elbert. Specific questions can be directed to Leslie Friedman at leslie@elbertchamber.com or 706-283-5651.

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