News and ribbon-cuttings from the Augusta Metro, Columbia County and North Augusta chambers of commerce
Career & College Expo set for March 12
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Columbia County Schools, will host the inaugural Columbia County Career and College Expo on Tuesday at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown.
The event, which targets middle school and high school students and parents, begins at 5 p.m. Breakout sessions in fields such as manufacturing, healthcare, nuclear/energy, cyber and financial aid will be held throughout the evening.
Designed to educate both middle and high students and parents on the vast career opportunities available, this initiative aligns the educational, technical and trade sectors with businesses. Over 100 colleges and universities, along with many businesses, have registered to participate.
The goal of the expo is to identify clear pathways from high school to a future career, whether that includes a four-year university, a two-year degree at a technical school or trade school, or going directly into the workforce.
For more information, contact the Chamber’s Events & Programs Manager Sabrina Griffin at (706) 651-0018.
‘Top 10 in 10’ applications available
Applications are now available online for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce 2019 Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch.
The annual event, a partnership with Augusta Magazine, recognizes upcoming professionals aged 25-35. Winners are selected based on their professional goals, significant past achievements, previous awards and volunteer/community activities.
Winners are announced at the chamber’s June Member Economic Luncheon and become nominated for Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2019 Top 40 under 40 list.
The application deadline is March 15. Start the application process at augustametrochamber.com/top10in10.
Youth Leadership applications available
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its Youth Leadership Columbia County program.
The program, a junior version of Leadership Columbia County, is designed to educate and motivate young leaders. Participants must be rising sophomores or juniors in Columbia County high schools or residents of Columbia County.
Applications can be downloaded at columbiacountychamber.com/Youth-Leadership-Columbia-County and are due no later than 5 p.m. March 28. Contact Member Services Specialist Olivia Reich at (706) 651-0018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contracting at SRS Third Thursday topic
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will present “SRS Projects & Contracting: Top Tips for Small Business Opportunities” on March 21 at the Third Thursday Business Builder workshop.
The meeting, at 11:30 a.m. at Sizemore Inc. at 2003 Gordon Highway, will cover navigating the proposal process and utilizing resources such as the Small Business Mentor Protégé Program.
Attendance is complimentary for Chamber members, $15 for prospective-members with lunch provided. Advanced registration is required at AugustaMetroChamber.com by March 18. Space is limited to one representative from each company. Contact Director of Events Sabrina Balthrop at Sabrina.Balthrop@augustametrochamber.com or (706) 821-1300.
Vera Stewart to speak at Women in Business
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s March 19 Women in Business program will feature Augusta culinary personality Vera Stewart presenting “Make Your Mark: Building and Managing Your Personal Brand.”
The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. at 2701 Washington Road. Tickets are $30 for chamber members and $40 for prospective-members. Advanced registration is required at AugustaMetroChamber.com by March 15.
Stewart is a southern cooking show host, entrepreneur, caterer and mentor. She was named the Augusta Metro Chamber’s 1997 Small Business Person of the Year and is one of two women named a Junior Achievement CSRA Business Hall of Fame Laurette.
Augusta Chamber Golf Classic planned May 13
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 19th annual Golf Classic, presented by Cadence Bank, is scheduled for May 13 at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.
Registration and the practice range will open at 10:30 a.m. Lunch provided by Chick-fil-A will be served at 11 a.m. before a shotgun start begins at 11:30 a.m. Dinner and awards will begin at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s event includes prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and Player Raffle. The Hole-In-One contest grand prize features a premier golf vacation package sponsored by Matthew Motors and PruittHealth Hospice-Augusta. A Putting Contest will sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Augusta. The afternoon will also feature a Silent Auction courtesy of Textron Specialized Vehicles.
Register before April 5 for a price discount of $450 for a foursome and $125 for a single golfer. Advanced registration is required; sign up at AugustaMetroChamber.com.