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  • 122 N Main St, Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-865-5356

  • Member Benefits

  • Member Benefits

    Benefits of Membership

    The White Chamber of Commerce is NOT a Health Club!  We are an active full service Chamber with benefits that work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether you have time to show up at any event or not!

    Your investment in the White County Chamber of Commerce is an investment in your business and in our community.

    Membership benefits include:

    • Credibility
    • Visibility & Recognition
    • Professional Development & Networking
    • Information & Resources
    • Leadership
    • Advocacy
    • Access to Savings
    • Marketing & Sponsorship

     


    Credibility

    • Display your membership sticker and membership plaque at your business. Place a member badge on your Web site
    • Include the Chamber logo on your materials

    Visibility & Recognition

    • Increase business exposure through a business listing on whitecountychamber.org with a direct link to your Web site
    • Distribute your brochure in the White County Chamber & Welcome Center Center
    • Share your company news with press releases sent to applicable Regional, State and local news outlets
    • Celebrate grand openings and milestones with ribbon cuttings and open houses
    • Be recognized by award programs that applaud leaders and outstanding businesses in our community
    • Get exclusive referrals to inquiries received by Chamber

    Professional Development & Networking

    • Establish business relationships at networking events
    • Build your employees’ professional network and knowledge through relevant seminars
    • Receive invitations to Chamber events at special member pricing

    Information & Resources

    • Stay informed of Chamber events and news  through our weekly e-newsletter
    • Access economic development research you can use to grow your business
    • Get updates  on Chamber programming, advocacy and initiatives at Open House & Orientation
    • Request community promotional material to share with clients or customers such as maps, community magazines and other available resources

    Leadership

    • Support your employees’ leadership development through Leadership White County or our leaders of tomorrow through Youth Leadership White County.
    • Share your expertise by applying to present at member workshops held twice a month

    Advocacy

    • Benefit from a unified voice advocating for business-friendly legislation at local, state and federal levels
    • Be assured that your interests are covered through monitoring of public policy issues impacting business
    • Meet and network with elected officials during legislative receptions and visits

    Access to Savings

    • Save up on workers’ compensation insurance and other business expenses
    • IRS business expense deduction
    • Offer and take advantage of member-to-member discounts
    • Receive  exclusive Chamber member discounts to Chamber events open to the public

    Marketing & Sponsorship

    • Build your company image by sponsoring economic development, member services, and events
    • Advertise your business  through premium exposure in the White County Chamber & Welcome  Center
    • Increase your exposure through advertising opportunities in the e-newsletter, on the Chamber Web site  or in the White County magazines and publications distributed locally and to visitor and  relocation inquiries
    • Access to membership mailing labels

  • 2020 Public Policy Agenda

    Mission:

    To enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for those living in White County.

     

    LOCAL:

    • Economic Development & Business Growth
      • Regional Growth
        • The Chamber supports regional partnerships between local governments, the philanthropic and business communities, and the public for the purpose of fostering economic vitality.
      • Tourism, Sports, Film and Entertainment (to include music and performance art)
        • Our second largest industry in White County, fostering tourism is crucial to economic development in White County.  The Chamber actively supports all local efforts to promote Tourism.
      • Business Attraction & Retention
        • The Chamber supports competitive funding of local business attraction and retention efforts.
    • Education & Workforce Development
      • Early Childhood Education
        • Recognizing that learning is a lifelong pursuit, the Chamber supports continuing current levels for publicly funded pre-k programs as well as the development of private pre-k options.
        • The Chamber supports programs that encourage parents best practices for birth through kindergarten.
      • K-12 Education
        • The Chamber supports the increase in funding for technical education programs that are responsive to the needs of industry and higher education institutions.
        • The Chamber supports expansion of apprenticeships and career opportunities for high school students.
        • The Chamber supports alternative learning options that allow students to complete their basic education or further education as the student is ready to learn.
        • The Chamber supports collaboration between businesses and our school systems.
      • Higher Education
        • The Chamber supports a wide array of learning options from technical to traditional.
        • The Chamber supports the expansion of apprenticeships and career opportunities for talent and the businesses we serve
      • Lifetime Learning
        • The Chamber supports ongoing educational opportunities from sources like University of Georgia Small Business Development Center as well as offerings from Trade Associations and Chamber of Commerce and sources agile and responsive to changes in industry need.
        • The Chamber supports learning opportunities in arts and entertainment to ensure a quality of life for all residents of White County.
    • Regulation & System Reform
      • Government Infrastructure
        • The Chamber supports cooperation and collaboration between local elected and appointed officials within jurisdictions and across political boundaries.
        • The Chamber supports positive working relationships with municipalities and county governments to serve the people of White County in the most cost-effective way.
        • The Chamber supports Public/Private partnerships where appropriate.
      • Taxation
        • The Chamber supports strategic use of Tax Allocation Districts and Opportunity Zones to stimulate redevelopment of designated areas
    • Infrastructure & Transportation
      • The Chamber supports responsible allocation of public funds to construct and maintain our public infrastructure including but not limited to: roads, public safety, water/sewer, public buildings, and parks.

     

     

     

    STATE

    • Economic Development & Business Growth
      • The Chamber support the work of the Ga Department of Economic Development
        • The Chamber supports the continuation of current state economic development incentive programs to include tools for financial, tax and workforce development incentives, TAD financing currently available to local economic development entities and localities.
        • The Chamber supports simplification of the processes necessary for companies to qualify for state economic development incentives.
      • Right to Work
        • The Chamber supports an employer and employees right to negotiate terms of employment without coercion from outside sources.
    • Education & Workforce Development
      • Early Childhood Education
        • Recognizing that education begins at birth, the Chamber supports high quality pre-k programs.
      • K-12 Education
        • The Chamber supports the restoration of full K-12 education funding
        • The Chamber supports more efficient and effective K-12 investments that improve student outcomes and increase transparency.
        • The Chamber supports college and career ready standards in K-12 education to promote a more globally competitive workforce.
        • The Chamber supports the collaboration of businesses and schools
      • Higher Education & Further Education
        • The Chamber supports investments in higher education and further education opportunities, particularly in programs that are responsive to industry needs.
    • Regulation & System Reform
      • The Chamber supports regulatory reform that strikes a balance between protecting the public welfare without being duplicative.
    • Infrastructure & Transportation
      • Transportation
        • The Chamber supports a long-term funding solution for the state’s transportation network. Any solution must take into consideration the increase in alternative fuel powered vehicles. Revenue sources should be indexed to inflation.
      • Technology
        • The Chamber supports expanded access to quality broadband communications.

    FEDERAL

    • Economic Development & Business Growth
      • Government Contracting
        • The Chamber supports acquisition and procurement reform initiatives that streamline the contracting and purchasing process and maximize the business opportunities for the private sector in the federal market.
      • Talent Development
        • The Chamber supports any effort which promotes Georgia’s right to work law.
    • Education & Workforce Development
      • Early Childhood Development
        • The Chamber supports necessary and adequate federal funding of Head Start and Early Head Start.
      • Immigration
        • For essential workers, the Chamber encourages continued advancement of long-term immigration objectives to secure additional workers to counteract demographic trends and provide for the targeted earned legalization of those essential undocumented workers already in the U.S. The Chamber supports programs that give employers the ability to access and keep the talent necessary to compete in the global market.
        • The Chamber supports comprehensive immigration reform that establishes a temporary worker program and an earned pathway to work for citizenship for undocumented residents while also improving border security and employee verification systems.

     

    • Regulation & System Reform
      • Tort Reform
        • The Chamber encourages Congress to pass legislation that would cap punitive damage awards and establish proportional liability for businesses.
      • Regulatory Reform
        • The Chamber supports regulatory reform that reduces duplicative and unnecessary regulatory burdens on business and industry.

     

    • Infrastructure & Transportation
      • Energy & Public Utilities
        • The Chamber supports positive energy proposals to expand domestic nuclear, oil, coal, and on and offshore gas production; invest in alternative and clean energy technologies; and improve the energy infrastructure.
      • Transportation Funding
        • The Chamber urges Congress to pass a responsible long-term funding bill for the nation’s transportation infrastructure.