Chamber Looking to ‘Soar to New Heights’ in Year Ahead

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce says its goal is to help the community soar to new heights in the year ahead.

The Chamber’s year starts on July 1 and incoming Chamber Chair Brian Akin spoke about the Chamber’s goals for the next year at last month’s Chamber of Commerce banquet, held at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa.

The theme for the Chamber in the year ahead is “Soaring to New Heights.”

Akin said like a successful flight, community development requires things like preparation, communication, and planning for the unknown.

He added that doing all of those things requires the efforts of everyone in order to ensure success.

“My challenge to every individual that is here today is to figure out your part and contribute,” said Akin. “My challenge to all of our leaders, and there is a room full of you here, is to determine our community’s perfect angle of attack, just like an airplane taking off.”

Akin will take over as Chair on July 1 from outgoing Chair, Lee Ellen Fields.

Fields said she feels that the Chamber has had a very successful last 12 months accomplishing a number of goals.

“The first was to strengthen the financial position of the Chamber,” said Fields. “The second was to increase contact with members and the third was to better manage our tasks with limited resources. I am happy to report we have seen progress in all three areas.”

She points to increasing the Chamber’s rainy day savings fund, adding more members, increasing contacts of existing members by Chamber Ambassadors, and making the Chamber’s billing process more efficient as examples of those successes.