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Chamber Members

1 of A Kind
100 Mile Peanut Pickin Yardsale
3 Squares Diner / Paragon Foods
A & S Quality Construction and Plumbing
A Bag to Go
Ag Georgia Farm Credit
Agri-AFC, LLC Sylvester
AIC Wireless
American Nails
American Sunbelt Auctioneers, Inc
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 Friends Humane Society
Billie and Vickie Young
Birdsong Peanuts
BJ's Country Cafe
Boy Scout Troup 100
Brooks Auto Parts
Brownlee-Bozeman Agency
Bryan and Jordan Body and Paint Shop
Bryce Johnson
Calhoun Produce
Camille Taylor, Century 21, Smith, Branch
Charlotte Jolley
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
Custom Cut Signs & Graphics
D & B A/C and Mechanical Service, Inc
Dairy Queen of Sylvester, Inc
David Register
Destiny Fitness
Dialysis Clinic, Inc
Donna King
Dorothy D. McKellar
Dough Gaughf Plumbing & Electrical
Doug Hughes Pest Control
Down Town Sylvester Farmer's Market
Dr. Henry Gordon Davis Jr., MD
Dr. Larry D. Daugherty, DMD, PC
Ed Rynders
EMC Engineering
Emerald Garden Center
Event Technical Services, Inc.
Factory Connection, LLC
Family Vision Outreach, Inc.
Farm Commodities, Inc.
Farmers Home Furniture
Fat Boy's Backyard BBQ & More
First Baptist Church
Fletcher - Yearta Jewelers
Ford Insurance Agency, Inc
Fred Dent
Free Diagnostics Auto Repair
Fresco Italiano
Futrill Auto Parts, Inc
Gail R. Wiles
Georgia Department of Labor
Georgia Peanut Festival
Georgia Power Company
Gibbs Pecan & Shelling
Glenn's Corner Pharmacy
Globe Financial Services
Green Mountain Lodge
Green Oaks Center
Greg Sellars
Gwen Isdell
Hairitage Salon
Hal Carter Construction
Handy Andy
HealthPlus Family Practice
Heritage Bank of the South
Herring CPA Group
Housing Authority of City of Sylvester
Hometown Cleaners
Hudson and NeSmith CPA'S
i luv linens and pearls
J.H. Harvey's Co., LLC
Jackson's Soul Food
Jay Crowe, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jean Brooks
Jeff Hobby
Jefford's Farms
Jessie's & Salon
Jim Hinton Oil Co. of GA, Inc.
Jimmy Sanders, Inc.
John L Green, Sr.
John McPhaul
Johnson Tax Service
Jump Start Automotive
Karen McDonald
Kentucky Fried Chicken/ Taco Bell
Kiwanis Club of Sylvester
Langdale Chevrolet
Lawhorne Storage
M & J Farms
M & M Sales, LLC
Mary Alice Shipp Community Develop. Corp
Matt Medders
Medders Associates Survey, Inc.
Medders Enterprises, Inc.
Medders Irrigation, LLC
Milan Food Mart
Miss Georgee's Play-Kare
Mitchell EMC
Mobley Gin Company
Montgomery Promotions, Inc
Moultrie Technical College
Nell Ford
Nethers Old Fashioned Pork Skins, Inc.
Norman Crowe, Jr.
Norman Park Gin
Olam Edible Nuts/Universal Blanchers
Paradise Estates Apartments
Personal Finance
Phoebe Worth Family Medicine
Phoebe Worth Medical Center
Pine Shadows Manor, Inc.
Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church
Plantation Publishing Company, Inc.
Poulan Pecan Co., Inc.
Powell Contract Services LLC
Powell's Refrigeration
Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc.
Rachael Deriso Country Financial
Radio Shack Dealer
Relwof Farms Trucking, Inc.
Ridley Monk
Ruth's Cottage / The Pancake House
Sarah McCrary
Security Finance
Shelly McPhaul
Shipp Shape Lawn Service
Short & Paulk Supply Company
Snipes Piggly Wiggly (Tom Tom Foods)
Southern Auto Lock / Montgomery
Southern Express Lube, Inc.
Southern Woods Plantation, Inc.
Southland Transportation, Inc.
Specialty Sales Company
Stuart Pate State Farm Agency
Sumner Egg Festival
Summer Palace
Sumner Peanut Co., Inc.
Sunbelt Ford, Inc.
SunTrust Bank
Superior Machine Works
Sylvester Animal Hospital
Sylvester Banking Company
Sylvester Computer Guy
Sylvester Farmers Market
Sylvester Health Care, Inc.
Sylvester Inn
Sylvester Plaza, LTD Partnership
Sylvester-Worth County Rec Dept
The Sylvester Local News
Timothy Coley
Total Merchant Services of GA
Tyson Steel Building Products, Inc.
Venice Meeks
Virginia Andrews
Visions of Sylvester
Warwick HealthCare
Warwick Septic Tank, Inc.
WCHS Achievement Boosters
WCHS Band Boosters
Well Services
William C. Rouse, Contracting
Williams Insurance Agency, Inc.
Willie Mae Marlin
Woodmen of the World
Worth Air Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Worth County Elementary School
Worth County Extension Service
Worth County Forestry Queens
Worth County Health Department
Worth County High School
Worth County Middle School

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

Mark Your Calendars!

Margaret Jones Public Library/Summer Reading Program
All kids are invited to join the summer reading program. Dig into Reading!!! Record the books you read. While each child will set their own goal, we need your help to reach our library goal of reading 6,000 books this summer. See Attachment

Blood Drive/Margaret Jones Library
Save a life...Give Blood!!! July 26, 2013

Annual Night Out Against Crime
The Annual Night Out Against Crime will be held at Jeffords Park in Sylvester, Ga. at 7:00 pm until

Drive One for Your Community
Sunbelt Ford will hold their second "Drive One for your Community" in the PIGGLY WIGGLY parking lot located at 631 E. Franklin Street. Sunbelt Ford will contribute $20.00 for each person 18 or older who test drives a vehicle. Limit one driver per household. Come out and support your local Chamber Member nonprofit organizations. The last day for non-profit Chamber Members to register for this event is Wednesday, July 31, 2013. For more information, contact the Chamber at 229-776-7718

50th Georgia Peanut Festival Pageant

City of Sylvester Mayor and Council Meeting
City of Sylvester Mayor and Council Meeting

Agriculture / Farmers Appreciation Committee

First Thursday/Movie Night/Downtown Train Depot
Gather your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a fantastic night out with your family for Movie Night. FREE

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

Membership Committee
Meets Quarterly on the 2nd Tuesday

City of Sylvester Mayor and Council Meeting
City of Sylvester Mayor and Council Meeting

Agriculture / Farmers Appreciation Committee

Retail Tourism Meeting
Meets Quarterly on the 3rd Thursday

Government Committee Meetings
Meets Quarterly on the 2nd Monday

50th Georgia Peanut Festival

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

Agriculture / Farmers Appreciation Committee

Farmer's Appreciation Dinner
Annual Farmer's Appreciation Dinner @ 6:30 pm. The function will be held at the Ag Pavilion.

Local Governance

Worth County
Board of Commissioners
Every 1st Tuesday at 9:00 am
Every 3rd Thursday at 7:00 pm
Must submit request to be on agenda by 3 days prior

Worth County
Board of Education
Every 2nd Thursday at 7:00 pm

Worth County
Economic Development Authority
Every 2nd Thursday @ 8:00 am

City of Poulan
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:30 pm

City of Sumner
Mayor & Council Meeting
Every 1st Monday at 7:00 pm
Must submit request to be on agenda by Friday before at 10:00 am

City of Sylvester
Mayor & Council Meetings
Every 3rd Monday @ 7:00 pm
Work Session every 1st Monday at 7:00 pm
Must present request to be on the agenda by Wednesday before at 12 noon

City of Sylvester
Downtown Development Authority
Every 2nd Tuesday at 5:30 pm

City of Warwick
Every 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 pm

Sylvester - Worth County Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
4th Thursday @ 12 Noon

Contact Us!

Chamber of Commerce
229-776-7718 (phone)
229-776-7719 (fax)

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

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Get your applications for the Sumner Beauty Pageant turned in!

Early entry deadline is September 7, 2013
Pageant will be held September 14, 2013 at the Sumner Auditorium

Click to download your application

Also get your applications for the Georgia Peanut Festival Beauty Pageant!

Early entry deadline is August 2, 2013
Click to download your application

Chamber News

Farmers' Appreciation Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities Available!


'Celebrating Centennial Farms of Worth County'

We are now accepting sponsorships for the 2013 Farmer's Appreciation Dinner on November 21, 2013. If you would like to be a sponsor, and be mentioned in the Peanut Festival Magazine as well as the online ad on Worthit2u.net, the deadline is September 1, 2013.

NEW Community Magazine in the making!

Your chamber is the primary source for individuals looking for information on business, education, health care, development and the drivers of our economy. One of the greatest vehicles for communicating this important information is through one of the chamber’s most popular publications, the Sylvester - Worth County Chamber Magazine.

This full color glossy magazine is used to promote chamber partner businesses to current residents, newcomers, other businesses and visitors. Along with the contact listings of all our partners, the magazine also has vital community, education and quality of life information. Published every two years, it includes an alphabetical member directory that lists members
by category.

We will also be printing an updated map of the county in conjunction with the magazine. These magazines and maps will be distributed through the chamber office, visitor centers, other surrounding chambers, newcomers to the community, various businesses and handed out at festivals and events.

We have once again partnered with a local business for this project. You should be hearing from Kellie Parten of The Sylvester Local News very soon. Or you can contact her at 229-776-7713 or by email: kellie@thesylvesterlocal.com.

Space is limited, so please contact Kellie soon to take advantage of this low cost, high exposure advertising opportunity!

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!

Community Fundraisers

Saturday, Aug 3rd from 9:00 - 4:00

Sunbelt Ford will hold their second "Drive One for your Community" in the  PIGGLY WIGGLY parking lot located at 631 E. Franklin Street. Sunbelt Ford  will contribute $20.00 for each person 18 or older who test drives a vehicle. Limit one driver per household. Come out and support your local Chamber Member  nonprofit organizations.

The last day for non-profit Chamber Members to register for this event is Wednesday, July 31, 2013. For more information, contact the Chamber at 229-776-7718

As a fundraiser for the Relay for Life of Worth County, ConAgra Foods, Inc./Peter Pan Peanut Butter has compiled a cookbook "Cooking to Make a Difference" are on sale now!  Cookbooks are $10 each and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. The printing costs of the cookbook were sponsored by ConAgra Foods/Peter Pan.

Now available: You may purchase your cookbook at the Sylvester-Worth Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you for your support in the fight for a cure.

Sylvester-Worth Co. News

July 23  from 2 until 6 pm - Dig into End of Summer Reading with snow cones and balloons

Blood Drive
July 26, 2013
3pm - 7pm

Margaret Jones Public Library
205 E Pope Street
Sylvester GA 31791
For more info call 776-2096

Worth County School News

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Up-To-Date News

The Worth County Schools Partners in Education

WCSPIE is a program of the Worth County School System and the Sylvester - Worth County Chamber of Commerce. The relationships created through this program foster a mutually beneficial support system designed to meet the needs of the school through the resources of our community partners. Please consider becoming a Partner in Education today!! For more information call Heather Greene at 229-776-8600 or the Sylvester Worth County Chamber of Commerce at 229-776-7718. Click for More Information and Application

Classes & Seminars

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Governance News

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

Click for More Information

Looking for the inside scoop on General Assembly '13? Click for Jim Finch's latest update from Under the Gold Dome.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development budget presentation has also been uploaded to our site.  Click here to view it.

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.

Festival & Events News

Downtown Sylvester Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8:00a-1:00p, May – Nov 2013

Sumner Egg Festival
September 21, 2013!

Click for More Information and Application Packets

Georgia Peanut Festival
October 19, 2013!
Click for More Information and Application Packets

Stop & Shop!

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 your Chamber of Commerce how you can become A PART OF THE CAN DO CREW! We are dedicated to keeping you updated on events in our Community and hope that we will see you there supporting your Community!

See all the most recent Stop and Shop specials on our BLOG!

Regional News

Region 10’s Southwest Georgia Business and Employer Summit
Sponsored by the Georgia Employer Committee and the Georgia Department of Labor is scheduled for Thursday, July 25th at the Mitchell EMC Auditorium, 475 Cairo Road, Camilla, GA from 8:30 am-3:00 pm.
Who Should Attend?

This summit is designed to meet the needs of managers, human resource professionals, business owners, and supervisors who want to operate effectively with the legal climate that is affecting their workplace in 2013.  Being prepared for the change that will impact your business is critical.

Summit topics will cover labor law updates; unemployment insurance; sustainable healthcare innovations; and harassment, discrimination & retaliation.  Speakers for the summit are: Commissioner of Labor, Mark Butler; Cherry Rizer, GDOL Employment & Training Specialist; Jason Willcox, Partner, Moore, Clark, DuVall & Rodgers, PC; and Don Betts, Georgia Tech.

This program has been approved for 6.0 recertification credits through HRCI. Registration for the summit is $60 per person and $50 for each additional person from the same company. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Weekly Newsletter - July 23 - July 29

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