Tuesday, August 14, 2012
2012 Civil Justice Forum on August 16
Make plans to join us this week for the 2012 Civil Justice Forum, Winning Today's Business Competition by Advancing Civil Justice Reform, on Thursday, August 16. Topics include looking at what is needed for Georgia to improve its legal climate to better compete for business growth and economic development; an observation of worrisome litigation trends and the costs to business; a look back at the history of civil justice reform in Georgia; and more. To register and see the full agenda, please click here. Featured speakers include State House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal, State Senate Majority Caucus Chair Bill Cowsert, State Senator Charlie Bethel and Former State Senate Judiciary Chair Preston Smith. To see the full list of panelists, click here.
Reminder: Career Clusters Survey
Last week, you should have received a request to complete a survey to help the Georgia Department of Education, in partnership with the Georgia business community, to reinvent the high school experience to ensure that students are prepared for success in whatever pathway they choose when they leave high school, whether it is post-secondary education, a career or the military. We are gathering input from the business community that will be used to guide the development of various pathways within 17 different career clusters. The new pathways will be implemented in the 2013-14 school year as required by state law, and students will select which pathway they will join based on their career interests. This is a major undertaking -- and it will not be successful without your input. Please have the appropriate person in your organization -- someone with a thorough understanding of your workforce needs, such as your human resources, recruiting or training personnel -- complete the survey that can be found HEREbefore Friday, August 24. If you have any questions or have difficulty accessing the survey, please contact UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 542-9404. Thank you once again for your support of the Chamber and education in Georgia.
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2012 Congressional Luncheon: Sold Out
The 2012 Congressional Luncheon featuring U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Congresman Sanford Bishop and U.S. Congressman Austin Scottis now sold out. If you are interested in being added to the waiting list, please contact Margaret Bracey at email@example.com 404-223-2478.
Reminder to Vote: Run-Off Election on August 21
The run-off for the primary election will be held next Tuesday, August 21. Don't forget to vote if there are run-offs being held in your district. To learn more about your polling location or run-off elections in your region, please visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website here.
Upcoming Webinar: Customer Service Excellence on September 26
Join us for the the next Georgia Chamber Small Business Webinar,Creating a Culture of Customer Service Excellence, that will be held on Wednesday, September 26. This webinar is based on Theo Gilbert-Jamison’s popular leadership book, The Six Principles of Service Excellence. During this session, she will reveal common gaps that prevent leaders from maximizing employee performance to positively impact organizational culture, customer loyalty, and bottom-line results. Attendees will also get a rare glimpse of innovative tips, best practices, and lessons learned through Theo’s affiliation with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and other leading brands renowned for sustaining unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction and brand loyalty. Click here to register today!
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Upcoming Regional Power Lunches
The Georgia Chamber continues the 2012 Regional Power Lunches this summer around the state. Please plan to join us while we are in your region. The Georgia Chamber will visit Tifton for a Power Lunch on August 29 and Thomasville on August 30 for a special Regional Power Breakfast. To register or learn more about upcoming Regional Power Lunches, please click here.
Back to School Savings Programs for Your Employees
We recognize that behind every successful business is a team of employees who work hard every day to make that happen. That’s why we’ve extended the Office Depot Discount Card benefit to employees of Georgia Chamber members. There is even a special discount on school supplies for your employees and their families. By using this card, your employees will get low prices and additional discounts on the most used school supplies, an average of 30% off some of the most used office supplies, deep discounts on in-store printing and 40% off in-store finishing (binding, cutting, etc.) services, and the lowest possible price automatically on anything they buy; whether it’s the sale price, a promotional price or the corporate price! Simply click hereto print the card, and present it to the cashier at any Office Depot store. It's free to use and there’s no sign-up, registration or commitment for you or your employees to take advantage of this benefit. Please pass along this information to your employees so that they can start taking advantage of this special benefit today! For more information, please click here or contact Kelsey Goodson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 404.223.2261
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