The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
For more than 60 years, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has worked to promote the business, educational, and cultural resources in the county. The Chamber has almost 3,000 members representing all types of businesses.
Chamber membership offers many advantages to companies that want to grow their business. Network Gwinnett, held on Thursday and Friday mornings, offers a chance to interact and share leads with other Gwinnett businesses. The chamber also holds a monthly Business After Hours, an annual Business in Gwinnett Trade Show, the Gwinnett Chamber Challenge golf and tennis tournament in October, and forums ranging from technology to education, to governmental affairs.
The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
6500 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
Phone: (770) 232-3000. Fax: (770) 232-8807
News from the Gwinnett Chamber
Gwinnett Chamber Sets Goals for 2011
Among the Gwinnett Chamber’s top priorities for 2011 are a renewed focus on attracting and keeping high-wage jobs, attracting and growing high-growth entrepreneurial firms and small businesses, and continuing to support and protect new and innovative funding sources for all modes of transportation in metro Atlanta.
“As we slowly emerge from a devastating recession, Gwinnett is positioned to come out on top in job creation with stronger communities and vibrant, growing businesses,” says Gwinnett Chamber President & CEO Jim Maran. “This is not by chance, but rather because of the tireless efforts and support of visionary leaders such as Chair Terri Jondahl. In the coming year we will work with public and private partners across the region to create an environment for positive things to happen and Terri is the latest in a long list of strong leaders that will ensure our record of success continues.”
The Gwinnett Chamber’s top priority is to increase efforts nationally and abroad to attract high-wage jobs through its Partnership Gwinnett Economic and Community Development Strategy. This award-winning initiative soared to global success receiving the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Award of Excellence for best Multi-Year Economic Development program of a large community (500,000> population). Led by the Gwinnett Chamber and a host of over 160 public and private partners, the initiative is setting the bar for success in community and economic development across the world. The successful initiative has had more than 200 relocations and expansions yielding 9,400 jobs since the launch of Partnership Gwinnett in 2007.
The Chamber’s second priority is strengthening Gwinnett and the region’s network, culture and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses. To help Gwinnett Chamber members grow their businesses and be competitive in today’s challenging market conditions, the Chamber hosted a record 320 networking and business development events that hosted thousands of attendees. One such event is the Chamber’s Pinnacle Small Business Awards which last year honored 50 high-growth companies that collectively employed 3,352 people with aggregate revenues of $720 million. And finally, more than 500 new companies joined the Chamber in 2010, meaning greater partnership opportunities for Gwinnett and the metro region.
The third priority for the Gwinnett Chamber is to continue to support and protect new and innovative funding sources for all modes of transportation in metro Atlanta. Last year, the Chamber successfully lobbied for the transportation funding bill allowing for a 2012 referendum. The historic transportation funding bill passed by the Georgia General Assembly has the potential to generate thousands of new jobs and generate $8 to $10 billion new dollars over 10 years to alleviate metro Atlanta’s traffic congestion.
Chamber Celebrates Successes of 2010
Through Partnership Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Chamber launched groundbreaking economic development missions to Korea and China, resulting in several job creation and capital investment announcements back home in Gwinnett by Asian-owned companies. The Gwinnett Chamber has also led efforts in Georgia to create and participate in the Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership, a collection of 13 counties reaching from Atlanta to Athens, focused on attracting business in life sciences and biotechnology. Having most recently attended the Georgia Bio Life Sciences Summit, the Partnership received praise from renowned business giant Bernie Marcus as being key to successful business recruitment for the Atlanta region.
The Gwinnett Chamber and a coalition of partners secured several legislative wins in 2010 including the Governor’s Water Stewardship Act of 2010, which is a key first step to securing the long-term availability of drinking water in the region. The Chamber also lobbied for key legislation affecting small growth and economic development, such as the creation of an angel investor tax credit to encourage high tech companies to locate in Gwinnett. Closer to home, the Gwinnett Chamber partnered with Gwinnett County to create the 42-member Engage Gwinnett citizens committee that brought the community and county government together to make real world budget recommendations to assist during the economic crunch – many of which have already been implemented, protecting critical services while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Chamber Updates “Success Lives Here” to Promote Gwinnett Globally
The Chamber's "Success Lives Here" brand will soon be exposed to far more people than those seeing it on the water tower along Interstate 85. The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled the brand's new look, and plans to use the brand in a campaign to attract targeted industries to Gwinnett.
The campaign will promote Gwinnett’s “successes” in a variety of areas: strength in job creation and specific clusters, an affordable and prosperous quality of life, a highly educated workforce and acclaimed educational institutions, competitive incentive program, and business-friendly environment. It will target site consultants and decision makers for Gwinnett’s five targeted industries: Information Technology; Advanced Communications; Life Science and Healthcare; Logistics; and Regional and Corporate Headquarters for Professional Services.
“Success Lives Here already had a strong foundation and great brand equity in Gwinnett and the metro Atlanta region,” said Nick Masino, Vice President of Economic Development for the Gwinnett Chamber. “We wanted to utilize that strength to fuel momentum for national and global recognition in the years to come with strategic economic development messages for our targeted industries.”
Gwinnett Chamber Offers Free Small Business Advice from SCORE
Small business seeking advice on topics including writing a business plan, determining startup capital requirements, cash flow management, and assessing market potential for a new product or service can take advantage of free, confidential, advice offered by SCORE -- the Service Corps of Retired Executives.
SCORE counselors provide insight into how to start and operate a business, buy a small business or franchise and sell a business. They help prospective and established small business owners and managers identify problems, determine the causes and find solutions. SCORE counselors provide experience and operating expertise in financing, accounting, business planning, sales and marketing. Clients are matched with experienced counselors in a comparable line of business.
SCORE representatives are at the Chamber daily from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. For more information, call 770-232-3000.