February 5 - February 11
"Ask not what your community can do for you, but WHAT can you do for your community"

New Members!

American Sunbelt Auctioneers, Inc.
Mr. Roger Medders
Owner / Operator
205 E Kelly Street
Sylvester, GA 31791
Visit our Website
Fax: 229-776-4751

Milan Food Mart
Mr. Pankaj Patel, Owner
261 Highland Oaks Drive
Albany, GA 31701

Stacie Wills
2822 Nottingham Way Suite 2
Albany Georgia 31707

Chamber Members

1 of A Kind
100 Mile Peanut Pickin Yardsale
3 G’s Auction
3 Squares Diner
Ag Georgia Credit
Agri-AFC, LLC Sylvester
AIC Wireless
Albany Department of Labor
American Nails
Ann Goldinger
Ashley's Business Solutions, Inc.
Astro Exterminating Service, Inc
AT&T Georgia
B&C Sporting Goods
Banks Funeral Home
Barbara Odom
Barnyard Creations
Beckstrom Photography
Becky Geer
Best Friend Humane Society
Birdsong Peanuts
BJ's Country Cafe
Boy Scout Troup 100
Brown Milling & Peanut Co
Brownlee-Bozeman Agency
Bryan and Jordan Body and Paint Shop
Bryce Johnson
Calhoun Produce
Camille Taylor, Century 21, Smith, Branch & Pope
Charlotte Jolley
CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocate
Cindy's Flower & Gift Shop, LLC
City of Poulan
City of Sumner
City of Sylvester
City of Warwick
Coastal Plain CASA, Inc.
Colony Bank of Worth
Colquitt Regional Home Care/Worth County
ConAgra Foods BSC AP
Conger LP Gas, Inc.
Country Bouquet & Bridal Registry
Countryside Animal Clinic
County Line Bulldozer
D & B A/C and Mechanical Service, Inc
Dairy Queen of Sylvester
David Register
Denise Binns
Dialysis Clinic, Inc
Donna King
Dorothy McKellar
Doug Hughes Pest Control
Down Town Sylvester Farmer's Market
Dr. Henry Gordon Davis Jr., MD
Dr. Larry D. Daugherty, DMD, PC
Economic Development Authority
Elite Images USA
EMC Engineering Services, Inc
Emerald Garden Center
Event Technical Services, Inc.
Factory Connection, LLC
Family Visions Outreach, Inc.
Farm Commodities, Inc.
Farmers Home Furniture
Fat Boy's Backyard BBQ & More
First Baptist Church
Fletcher-Yearta Jewelers Bill
Ford Insurance Agency, Inc
Fred Dent
Free Diagnostics Auto Repair
Fresco Italiano Ristorante
Futrill Auto Parts, Inc
Gail R. Wyles
Gaughf Plumbing & Electrical
Gay's Foods, Inc.
Georgia Binns
Georgia Credit Financing Company
Georgia Peanut Festival
Georgia Pecan Company, LLC
Georgia Power Company
Gibbs Pecan & Shelling
Glenn's Corner Pharmacy
Globe Financial Services
Green Mountain Lodge 130
Green Oaks Center
Greg Sellars
Gwen Isdell
Hairitage Salon
Hal Carter Construction
Handy Andy
Heritage Bank of the South
Herring Business Products Inc  OCE`
Herring CPA Group
Housing Authority of City of Sylvester
Hudson and NeSmith CPA'S
J.H. Harvey's Co., LLC
Jackson's Soul Food
Jay Crowe, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jean Brooks
Jeff Hobby
Jefford's Farms
Jim Hinton Oil Co. of GA, Inc.
John L. Green Sr.
Jimmy Sanders, Inc.
John and Shelly McPhaul
Johnson Electronic Systems, Inc.
Johnson Tax Service
Jump Start Automotive
Karen McDonald
Katherne F. Williams
Kentucky Fried Chicken/ Taco Bell
Kiwanis Club of Sylvester
Langdale Chevrolet
Lawhorne Storage
Margaret Jones Library
Mary Alice Shipp Community Develop. Corp
Matt Medders
Medders Associates Survey, Inc.
Medders Enterprises, Inc.
Medders Irrigation, LLC
Miss Georgee's Play-Kare
Mitchell EMC
Mobley Gin Company
Montgomery Promotions, Inc
Moultrie Technical College
Mr. Ridley Monk
MRM Recycling, Inc.
Napa Auto & Truck Parts {BrooksAuto Parts}
Nell Ford
Nethers Old Fashioned Pork Skins, Inc.
Norman Crowe, Jr.
Norman Park Gin
Olam Edible Nuts/Universal Blanchers
Pa's Plants
Pap's Fried Chicken
Paradise Estates Apartments
Personal Finance
Phoebe Worth Family Medicine
Phoebe Worth Medical Center
Pine Shadows Retirement Manor
Plantation Publishing Company, Inc.
Poulan Pecan Co., Inc.
Powell Contract Services LLC
Powell's Refrigeration
Professional Sound Entertainment
Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc.
Radio Shack Dealer
Relwof Farms Trucking, Inc.
Ruth's Cottage/ The Patticake House
Sarah McCrary
Security Finance
Shipp Shape Lawn Service
Short and Paulk Supply
Singletary & Son Tire Company, Inc.
Snipes Piggly Wiggly(Tom Tom Foods)
Southern Auto Lock/Montgomery
Southern Express Lube, Inc.
Southern Heritage Woodworks, Inc.
Southern Woods Plantation, Inc.
Southland Transportation, Inc.
Specialty Sales Company
State Representative Ed Rynders
Stuart Pate State Farm Agency
Sumner Peanut Co., Inc.
Sunbelt Ford, Inc.
SunTrust Bank
Superior Machine Works
Sylvester Animal Hospital
Sylvester Banking Company
Sylvester Computer Guy
Sylvester Family Practice/HealthPlus
Sylvester Farmers Market
Sylvester Health Care, Inc.
Sylvester Plaza, LTD Partnership
Sylvester-Worth County Rec Dept
The Melanie Hurst Corp
The Sumner Egg Festival
The Sylvester Local News
Tift Regional HealthPlus
Timothy Coley
Tina Pate
Total Merchant Services of GA
Tyson Steel Building Products, Inc.
Venice Meeks
Virginia Andrews
Visions of Sylvester
Walgreens of Sylvester
Warwick Blackshear Business Organization
Warwick Health Care
Warwick Septic Tank, Inc.
WCHS Achievement Boosters
WCHS Band Boosters
William C. Rouse, Contracting
Williams Insurance Agency, Inc.
Willie Mae Marlin
Woodmen of the World
Worth Air Heating and Cooling, Inc.
Worth County Board of Education
Worth County EDA
Worth County Elementary School
Worth County Extension Service
Worth County Farm Bureau, Inc
Worth County Forestry Queens
Worth County Health Department
Worth County High School
Worth County Middle School

Worth County Motors, LLC
Worth County Primary School
Worth Finance Corporation
Worth Gin Company, Inc.
Worth Insurance Agency, Inc.

Mark Your Calendars!

Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
"Building A Better Community with a Can Do Crew" Sponsorships are available as well as the availability to purchase individual tickets.

Gibbs Pecan & Shelling/Customer Appreciation Day
Gibbs Pecan & Shelling would like to invite you to a Customer Appreciation Day!!

Education Committee
Meets Quarterly on the 2nd Monday Youth Leadership and Government Tour

Highghway Deli/Georgia Pecan Company
JOIN us for a Ribbon Cutting at the Highway Deli located at 710 Ashburn Highway, Sylvester, GA - The Georgia Pecan Building. Stay and have lunch with us and enjoy a little Valentine Cupcake on us. For further information call: Delores Jenkins 229-777-7730

Valentine Dinner Fundraiser
ABC is hosting a steak dinner for two on Valentine's Night.

Daddy Daughter Dance
Relay for Life Daddy Daughter Dance Feb 16, 2013 sponsored by our Worth County Elementary School Relay for Life Team !! The Daddy Daughter Dance date has been set for Saturday, February 16th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the WCES Gym. Tickets will be on sale next week for one week only. The cost is $25 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter.

Family Visions Outreach, Inc.
A Black History Monumental Play "Say No TO THe Row"

Job Career Day/Worth County High School

Worth County Forestry Scholarship Pageant
The Worth County Forestry Scholarship Pageant will be held March 9, 2013 @ 5pm in Sumner, GA. We are now able to accept credit cards and debit cards with a 2.70% surcharge at the door the night of the pageant. Also accepting PayPal. The local queens enjoy a fun year filled with appearances as well as have their entry fees paid for the Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship pageant in June 2013. Any contestant competing in a local forestry prelim automatically qualifies to compete in the Miss U. S. National Forestry Scholarship Pageant Labor Day Weekend in Tifton, GA. Call me at (229) 344-4029 or email me if you have any questions. I hope to see you there. r/Kelly Eadie-Leverette.

Mom Prom

Government Committee Meetings
Meets Quarterly on the 2nd Monday

Membership Committee
Meets Quarterly on the 2nd Tuesday

Retail Tourism
Meets Quarterly on the 3rd Thursday

Student Government Tour
All day event Worth County High School students tour different government entities in Worth County learning their differnt jobs and duties.

Survivor Dinner
Phoebe Worth Hospital

Education Committee
Meets Quarterly on the 2nd Monday Youth Leadership and Government Tour

Agriculture / Farmers Appreciation Committee

Agriculture / Farmers Appreciation Committee

Government Committee Meetings
Meets Quarterly on the 2nd Monday

Membership Committee
Meets Quarterly on the 2nd Tuesday

Agriculture / Farmers Appreciation Committee

Retail Tourism
Meets Quarterly on the 3rd Thursday

Annual Chamber Dinner

Annual Sylvester-Worth County Chamber Dinner "Building a Better Community with the Can Do Crew"

Worth County Community Center - 6:30 PM
Business Casual, Tickets $35.00
Menu Consists of: Prime Loin, Asian Salad, Grilled Asparagus, Carrot/Squash Medley, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Yeast Rolls, Lava Cake / Ice Cream, Tea/Water

Music will be played by the Worth County Jazz Trio and our Students from the Jazz Choir will be assisting us during the evening.

Last Chance to get your 2013 Annual Dinner Tickets! Call the Chamber to purchase your ticket today or email info@swcountychamber.com

What's News at the Chamber!

Ribbon Cutting - Highway Deli
February 14th at 11:00
710 Ashburn Highway, Sylvester GA
Georgia Pecan Building.

Stay and have lunch with us and enjoy a little Valentine Cupcake on us. For further information call: Delores Jenkins 229-777-7730

Door prize and silent auction item sponsor opportunities:

Feb. 27-March 1 – Georgia Agritourism Association in Tifton – this association is looking for silent auction items, both large and small.  Donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and all funds generated from the Silent Auction go to support educational scholarships and other GAA activities related to the continuation of educational opportunities, and growing the agritourism industry in Georgia.  Please contact Sarah Cook to let her know if you are interested: Sarah Cook, Silent Auction Committee Chair, 229-391-6882, scook@georgia.org.     www.georgiaagritourism.org

March 3-4 – Winter Chautauqua Tourism Conference in Rome – The Historic High Country Travel Association is soliciting door prizes to be given away at this gathering of tourism, downtown, chamber and government officials.  Winter Chautauqua’s annual conference strives to provide quality tourism education at an affordable price so businesses and non-profits of all sizes can take advantage of the opportunity.  Details are found at www.winterchautauqua.com (registration now open, too!)
If you are interested in providing a door prize, please contact either Ann Hortman at the Rome CVB ahortman@romega.us  or myself Janet Cochran at jcochran@georgia.org.

Let's Take A Trip Together!

Fantastic group travel rate for
9 day all inclusive trip including airfare accommodations & 2 meals a day
Click for More Information.

Exclusive Wellness Program for our Business Members!

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Take Advantage of Member Benefits!

We want to offer our community LOCAL reasons to Stop and Shop in our own community. If you haven't already taken advantage of the many benefits our Chamber Web Page has to offer you now is the time to do so. Log in and browse the back end of our web page and create your own "Mini" Web page and create your own coupons! Let's show off why we are definitely "WORTH" the Trip!

What's News in Sylvester - Worth County!

Gibbs Pecan & Shelling / Customer Appreciation Day
Event Date: 02/8/2013
Description: Gibbs Pecan & Shelling would like to invite you to a Customer Appreciation Day!!
Time of Day: 12:00p - 2:00p

3199 Hwy 82 E
Sumner GA

WCHS Achievment Boosters Valentine Dinner Fundraiser
Event Date: 02/15/2013
Description: Worth County High School Achievement Booster Club is hosting a steak dinner for two.
Time of Day: 7pm - 9pm

Contact Name: Traci Chesser
Contact Email: wchs.abc@gmail.com
Contact Phone: 478-733-6000

WCHS Cafeteria
406 W. King Street
Sylvester GA 31791

Details w/ costs:
Tickets are $100. This includes a steak dinner and the trimmings for two people. Door prizes will be given and your ticket goes into a drawing to win $1000

Family Visions Outreach, Inc. Presents “SAY NO to the ROW”
February 23, 2013 @ 6:00PM
Sumner Auditorium
704 Walnut Street
Sumner, GA 31789

Admission: $10.00

For More Information: (229)777-7704
Click to see the Flyer

Worth County Forestry Scholarship Pageant
March 9, 2013 @ 5pm in Sumner, GA.

We are now able to accept credit cards and debit cards with a 2.70% surcharge at the door the night of the pageant. Also accepting PayPal.

The local queens enjoy a fun year filled with appearances as well as have their entry fees paid for the Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship pageant in June 2013. Any contestant competing in a local forestry prelim automatically qualifies to compete in the Miss U.S. National Forestry Scholarship Pageant Labor Day Weekend in Tifton, GA.

Click for Application and More Information or call (229) 344-4029 for additional information.

Classes & Seminars


Government News

NEWS RELEASE: Applications Being Accepted for USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG)
Contact: Deborah Callahan                                    
(706) 546-2162

ATHENS- January 23, 2013 Applications are currently being accepted for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) for projected 2013 funding of the program. The Rural Development’s RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBEGs may fund a broad array of activities.

The deadline to submit RBEG applications in Georgia has been set for February 22, 2013. The Federal Budget has not been approved and a Notice of Funds Availability has not been issued for this program at this time however, due to the need to be prepared for selecting and obligating projects in anticipation of 2013 funding, applications are now being accepted. In years past, RBEG state allocated funds were due to be obligated by June 30th of the year of application.

Rural public entities (towns, communities, State agencies, and authorities), Indian tribes and rural private non-profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding. At least 51 percent of the outstanding interest in any project must have membership or be owned by U.S. citizens or resident aliens. Applicants should contact their Rural Development Area Office to apply. Click here for a list of Georgia Rural Development Offices.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

   USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $176 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

New Online Filing & Searching for
Secretary of State’s Corporations Division.

Click for More Information

DISCLAIMER: THE SYLVESTER- WORTH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DOES NOT ADVOCATE OR ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATE OR LEGISLATIVE ISSUE. The Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce feels it is important TO GET THE FACTS on legislative issues and candidates. The information in this box is provided to inform the public on forums available for informational purposes only.

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Worth County is a Work Ready Community! Ask your Chamber of Commerce how you can become Work Ready, too!

If you have upcoming events that you would like to share, please contact the Chamber and let us help to spread the word. A strong Chamber is the sign of a strong community. Ask how you can help increase membership to the Chamber!! We are dedicated to keeping you updated on events in our Community and hope that we will see you there supporting your Community!

Karen M. Rackley
President/Executive Director
229-349-7703 (Cell)

Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce
229-776-7718 (phone)
229-776-7719 (fax)
229-776-6657 (GA Peanut Festival)




Weekly Newsletter - February 5 - February 11

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