Chamber Committees

Chamber committees are formed for two reasons:

1)  To take on specific areas of work for the Chamber.
2)  To provide additional leadership opportunities for members.

Your Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is pursuing the creation of an active group of committees that meet regularly to vet new ideas, to assist in the facilitation of Chamber programs and events, and to review and debate issues resulting in recommendations to the Board for action. Committees are chaired by a Board member selected by the Chairman and any current member of the GARCC is eligible for committee participation. The size and meeting schedule of the committee is determined by the Committee Chair and varies from committee to committee. If you have a particular interest contact the Chamber team member assigned to the committee.As always thank you for what you do to strengthen the work of YOUR Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce!

Committees are the planning and action level of the Chamber. A committee system is the most effective means of harnessing energies and abilities of volunteer workers. Committees are responsible to the Board of Directors.

 

2017 Committee List

 

Ag Business Committee
Staff: Debbie Irwin, Director of Programs and Events
Meeting Schedule: TBD

Mission/Purpose: Consists of agricultural and business professionals dedicated to making a positive impact on regional agriculture by increasing awareness of its impact on the region, understanding the key issues affecting agriculture business and supporting the agricultural resource industries through value-added projects, programs and events.Related

Programs:
Market Animal Show
Farming in the Valley
Ag Tour Day

Voice of Business Committee
Staff: Annette Medlin, President/CEO
Meeting Schedule: Monthly

Mission/Purpose: To collaborate with key constituent groups and chamber members to identify emerging issues that are important to the Greater Augusta region’s business community. The committee monitors and educates members on legislation at the federal, state and local level. A focused process is followed that involves hearing presentations on issues, reviewing issues, gathering input from our members as to how these issues impact their business and then making recommendations to the Board for further action.

Related Programs:
Chamber Day in Richmond GA to DC
Pig Pickin’ & Politickin’
Legislative Breakfast

Talent Coalition
Staff: Annette Medlin, President/CEO
Meeting Schedule: TBD

Mission/Purpose: A business-led, collaborative network who join their collective voices to discuss the important work of developing, attracting and retaining a world-class workforce to meet the needs of the region’s existing and target industries. This group will also take on projects like wage studies, connecting business to education and other workforce related initiatives.

Small Business Council
Staff: Debbie Irwin, Director of Programs and Events
Meeting Schedule: TBD

Mission/Purpose: To evaluate Chamber resources, programs and tools that support small business growth and sustainability.  They also assist Chamber staff with the planning and volunteer staffing for events.

Related Programs:
Shop Local
Hot Topics for Business/Tech Tuesdays
BAH/Morning Brew/Cocktails & Conversations
UP Conference

Women of Influence Network (W.I.N.)
Staff: Kim Wilbur, Director of Information & Special Projects
Meeting Schedule: TBD

Mission/Purpose: To provide business women of all ages and levels, community opportunities to build relationships and gain knowledge needed to achieve personal, professional, and organizational goals. Additionally, this group will identify and engage with collaborative initiatives that work to empower girls and women in our community.

Related Programs:
Power Lunch Series
Women of Influence Summit

Regional Visioning Cohort
Staff: Annette Medlin, President/CEO
Meeting Schedule: TBD

Mission/Purpose:  To create a neutral place to discuss issues and opportunities with regional impact. Where bold ideas and conversations can become reality, achieved through collaborative and inclusive leadership that elevates education, economic prosperity, employment opportunities, and quality of life to unrivaled heights for our entire region.

Membership Advisory Committee
Staff: Hannah Cooper, Membership Engagement Director
Meeting Schedule: Quarterly

Mission/Purpose: To assist the Chamber in reaching membership goals through recruiting, retention efforts and engagement opportunities.

Ambassadors
Staff: Hannah Cooper, Membership Engagement Director
Meeting Schedule: 2nd Thursday/monthly at 4:00 pm; locations vary

Mission/Purpose: To serve as an active volunteer extension of the Chamber to cultivate, promote and maintain a positive relationship between the Chamber, its members and the community. They also help staff events and act as mentors for new members.

Consultants on Demand
Staff: Hannah Cooper, Membership Engagement Director
Meeting Schedule: Twice Annually (and as needed)

Mission/Purpose:  To provide members with expertise to help their businesses grow.  The committee will recruit volunteer hours from members in their specific area of expertise that will go into an inventory of available opportunities for members to use on a first come first served basis.

Past Board Member Advisory Council
Staff: Annette Medlin, President/CEO
Meeting Schedule: Twice Annually

Mission/Purpose: To bring together the collective wisdom of past members of the Chamber Board of Directors to review the current Chamber program of work and provide insight for future opportunities.

Ad hoc committees/Task Force/Working Groups
Scheduled as needed

Formed from time to time to address a specific, short term need. These are advertised to the membership as a need arises.