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Women's History Month - Recognizing La'Keitha D. Carlos & Alisha T. Morgan

March is Women’s History Month. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing women in DeKalb who have made a significant contribution in their respective industries and in our community. This week we are highlighting two women making a difference in their respective nonprofit organizations: La’Keitha D. Carlos of DeKalb County Government and Alisha T. Morgan of Ivy Preparatory Academies.




La’Keitha D. Carlos

Chief of Staff

DeKalb County CEO

Prior to becoming the Chief of Staff for DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, La’Keitha was one of his strongest supporters. Formerly an Assistant DeKalb County Attorney, she was persistent and determined to help Thurmond foster strong relationships. Now, she is one of Thurmond’s trusted adviser.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

DeKalb Farmers Market. I can spend hours in there! I love to cook so it is the perfect place to find any and everything I need to make all the recipes I find on Pinterest and just have to make. The freshest meats and seafood I’ve ever had and spices that I can rarely find at major grocery stores. Because I’m from Miami, a very diverse city, being at the farmers market reminds me of home because it is a virtual melting pot of cultures, people, and food.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” – Margaret Williamson

What is notable about your role/contribution to your company?

I am humbled to serve as the youngest, female Chief of Staff in DeKalb County history who also happens to be African-American and an attorney. When the CEO hired me as Chief of Staff, he did so knowing that I came with a very different perspective than my predecessors.

As a practicing attorney with 14 years of experience handling complex legal and transactional matters, I bring a particular skill set of being able to advise him on critical business decisions that will impact the county for years to come.

Prior to joining the CEO’s office I spent the last two years as an Assistant County Attorney with the DeKalb County Law Department defending countless matters in state and federal court, drafting intergovernmental agreements, and local legislation.

It’s a joy to be able to continue my lifelong dedication to public service by providing support to the CEO based on my life experience.

For more information on La’Keitha, click here.


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Alisha T. Morgan

Executive Director

Ivy Preparatory Academies

At 23, Alisha T. Morgan was elected to the State Legislature, becoming the first African American female to represent Cobb County in the Georgia House of Representatives. An advocate for charter schools, she co-sponsored a state legislation expanding school choice in Georgia; the legislation established an alternate state authorizer to open charter schools. In 2015, she became the Executive Director of Ivy Preparatory Acadamies, which has three campuses serving DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

Charlie Yates Golf Course and Perimeter Mall. They are a combination of her two favorite things, playing golf and shopping.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

“Every person is born into this world to do something distinctive and something unique. If he or she doesn’t do it, it will never be done.” – Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

What’s notable about your role/contribution to your company?

When Alisha accepted her position at Ivy Preparatory Acadamies (IPA) in 2015, the charter school was struggling. The high school program could not afford AP classes to equip its students for college and the turnover rate among teachers was as high as 90 percent.

Under her leadership, the charter school network returned to its roots as a charter school, serving elementary and middle school girls only. More than 90 percent of its teachers have committed to remain in their classrooms for the 2017-2018 academic year.

With the support of the governing board, she changed the academic structure of IPA Gwinnett, allowing eighth grade students to take accelerated classes to earn high school credits in math and Spanish. The curriculum at IPA network schools is aligned to state and national standards of academic excellence. Scholars and teachers attend weekly professional development sessions to find ways to improve teaching and learning.

IPA has also experienced a record-high increase of applications to enroll. With IPA Gwinnett and IPA Kirkwood School for Girls up for charter renewal, both schools are projected to increase enrollment for the 2017-2018 academic year.

For more information on Alisha, click here. For more on IPA, click here.

U.S. Senator David Perdue to Keynote Brookhaven and DeKalb Chamber Business Luncheon

U.S. Senator David Perdue to Keynote Brookhaven and DeKalb Chamber Business Luncheon

DECATUR, Ga., March 29, 2017 – U.S. Senator David Perdue will serve as the keynote speaker for the Brookhaven and DeKalb Chamber of Commerce business luncheon on April 11, 2017. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, 2000 Century Blvd NE, Atlanta.

Senator Perdue will discuss America’s economic future and his initiatives to improve the business climate in Georgia and across the nation. He will also discuss the two crises facing our nation today, the debt crisis and the global security crisis.

“We are glad Senator Perdue has accepted the invitation for the upcoming lunch with The Brookhaven and The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. He serves in a Senate leadership position and serves on the Banking Committee, among others. All of us are looking forward to hearing his insight on the many situations facing us,” said Alan Goodman, Brookhaven Chamber President.

“We feel privileged to have Senator Perdue come speak to the business community in DeKalb, especially at a time when the nation has a heightened interest in State and Federal government,” said Katerina Taylor, DeKalb Chamber President & CEO.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and to register, visit bit.ly/SenPerdueInDeKalb.

Credentialed media interested in attending may RSVP by contacting Emily Yang at eyang@dekalbchamber.org or 470-355-7823.

ABOUT U.S. SENATOR DAVID PERDUE

David Perdue is the junior Senator from Georgia. He is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and has over 40 years of business experience as the former CEO of Reebok athletic brand and Dollar General stores, where he created thousands of quality jobs and helped working families. Perdue serves on the Armed Services, Banking, Agriculture, and Budget Committees and is Chairman of the Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security Subcommittee for the 115th Congress. For an official bio or photo of Senator Perdue, click here.

ABOUT BROOKHAVEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce exists to promote an environment for the prosperity of commerce in the Brookhaven business community. Brookhaven Chamber aims to be a comprehensive solutions center for business that grows organizations in the private sector but also contributes to a better Brookhaven and an increased quality of life for everyone that calls Brookhaven home. The Chamber provides educational and leadership development opportunities for members and supporting successful economic development. We do this by working to recruit new businesses to the Brookhaven area while also growing existing companies to create new jobs.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 79 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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Women's History Month - Recognizing Maria Balais & Debbie McMinn

March is Women’s History Month. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing women in DeKalb who have made a significant contribution in their respective industries and in our community. This week we are highlighting two women making a difference in their respective nonprofit organizations: Maria Balais of Leadership DeKalb and Debbie McMinn of The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta.

Please join us all month long as we celebrate the Women who help move DeKalb Forward.




Maria Balais

Executive Director

Leadership DeKalb

We are fortunate to have a great community partner like Leadership DeKalb. The organization helps to inform emerging and established leaders about ways to make a difference DeKalb County. Behind the organization is Maria Balais, a leader who has transformed the organization and its leadership program.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

My favorite place in DeKalb County is Downtown Decatur. It’s a great place to work and play. It has some of the best restaurants in the metro area.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

My mother always told me to try to leave a place better than when you found it. She usually meant that I should pick-up after myself when leaving a friend’s house, but I’ve taken this advice to heart and applied it to my community and professional work, too.

What is notable about your role/contribution to your company?

I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to bring to the table at Leadership DeKalb. I’ve updated the program and made it more relevant to the current climate in our community. For example, we brought in Al Vivian, one of the best Diversity consultants in the nation to facilitate our Diversity & Inclusion Day; we added the Integrity & Ethics Program Day in 2015; and I incorporated the Community Service Projects, impacting 34 Nonprofit Organizations in DeKalb County to-date. And most recently, we are piloting a young leaders program called the Emerging Leaders of DeKalb which has 25 very talented young leaders in the class. I am proud and committed to ensuring we have the next generation of leaders who will take DeKalb County to the next level.

For more information on Maria, click here.


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Debbie McMinn

Major Gifts Manager

The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta

If you are a new member, you may have received a personal phone call from Debbie McMinn welcoming you to the organization. Debbie serves on our Membership Engagement Committee and helps us find ways to engage with the nonprofit community. With Debbie’s help, DeKalb Chamber members were able to participate in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and provide 25 local children and seniors with holiday gifts.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

I love, love, love the DeKalb Farmers Market! I love the hustle and bustle, the smells, the amazing variety of foods, spices, plants, breads and people! It’s exhilarating and I always buy too many fruits and vegetables that I end up sharing with others so they can be consumed while fresh and crisp! I’m just amazed at how much I can purchase for such a minimal cost. It’s an adventure! I also have tremendously enjoyed getting involved with our DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. I have met so many kind and generous people through the Chamber and enjoy serving the community along side them!

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou~

What’s notable about your role/contribution to your company?

I was a banker for over 16 years here in the metro area and enjoyed the benefits of serving many through the retail branches starting as a part-time teller. I moved up through the ranks, I like to say I grew up in banking. I managed many different retail branch locations becoming a Vice President in the Human Resources Community Development Division.

At a pinnacle time in my life I decided to make some changes and decided I wanted to do more in serving my community. I started at the United Way of Metro Atlanta, which was a wonderful training ground for working in the nonprofit sector, but decided that I was ready to be on the ground closer to the work and serving others. I naturally gravitated toward finance, so what better way to serve others then by raising money to help those most in need. I now work at The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command as a Major Gifts Manager. It’s an honor and privilege to serve with this great organization.

The Salvation Army is a faith-based organization that serves the homeless, provides services to victims of human trafficking, and serves youth through our Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs. We do more than ring bells at Christmas! I love sharing the mission of The Salvation Army and how we help so many people here in metro Atlanta.

Just last year we provided over 157,000 meals, provided 144,503 individuals with safe shelter and 34,304 toys and gifts were distributed to youth through our annual Angel Tree program. I am very proud to be a part of this work!

To contact Debbie, click here. For more information about The Salvation Army, click here.

Women's History Month - Recognizing Debra Furtado & Sharon Macaluso

March is Women’s History Month. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing women in DeKalb who have made a significant contribution in their respective industries and in our community. This week we are highlighting two women passionate about serving their communities: Debra Furtado of Senior Connections and Sharon Macaluso of The University of Georgia SBDC.

Please join us all month long as we celebrate the Women who help move DeKalb Forward.



Debra Furtado

Cheif Executive Officer

Senior Connections

During our Day of Service last year, DeKalb Chamber members were able to learn more about the work of Senior Connections. We learned that Senior Connections serves five greater Atlanta and middle Georgia counties including DeKalb, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Bibb. We are fortunate to have an organization like Senior Connections, one of the largest non-profit providers of home and community-based care for seniors, here in DeKalb County, and we are excited to recognize Debra Furtado for all her work.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

Decatur! I love the City of Decatur as I have lived here for years and I also enjoy Chamblee. I have seen Chamblee grow and change to become a wonderful place to live and work.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

Set others up for success. I learned this from mentors I have worked with and who took time to coach me along my career path. I also believe as Dr. King stated that “Everyone can be great. Because anybody can serve.” Service and giving back is something I take seriously and I truly believe volunteers live longer!

What’s notable about your role/contribution to your company?

I am most proud of our team at Senior Connections. Building a team, especially our leadership team, is what I am most proud because they fulfill our mission daily. No one should take leading people for granted or that they will just follow. How you manage and lead is as important as accomplishing goals and after all, we don’t do anything in life alone – we need a strong team and people who believe in you.

The work we do at Senior Connections is hard work – we serve those who need basic services, food and in home care, and they rely on us to live independently. I am proud of our leaders, how we recruited them and of their development. I am also proud of how we have been able to advocate for those who are in need. My role is also as a chief advocate and I believe the advocacy that I have been involved in has made a difference in funding and ensuring that our community, including elected officials, have learned of how valuable our work is – the difference we make daily.

For more information on Debra, click here.

If you are interested in supporting Senior Connections, click here for more information.


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Sharon Macaluso

Area Director

The University of Georgia SBDC

Sharon is the Co-Chair of the DeKalb Chamber Small Business Advisory Council, and we are grateful that she is willing to share her knowledge with Chamber members. Sharon and her team at the UGA SBDC have been helping small businesses grow and succeed. If you are a business owner, Sharon is a person you must know!

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

This is a very difficult question to answer. DeKalb County offers so much and so much variety, which is what I really find so desirable about DeKalb. I like different places in DeKalb for different reasons. I love the main street feel and shops in downtown Decatur, and I really enjoy spending a day in Stone Mountain. I like the shopping and restaurants found in the Dunwoody and Brookhaven areas. The various communities in DeKalb – Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Druid Hills – all have something unique and special to offer. I love how eclectic DeKalb County is. I lived in New York for a period of time after graduating from college. I loved what the city offered, but I missed the what I had in the south, as someone born and raised in NC. DeKalb, with its diversity, arts and festivals, fabulous dining and shopping, close proximity to downtown Atlanta, provides the best of both worlds – big city offerings and down home comfort.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

Integrity is doing the right thing. Even when no one is watching by C.S. Lewis. Another one I like is, No matter how you feel – Get up, dress up, show up and never give up by anonymous.

What’s notable about your role/contribution to your company?

Our organization’s mission is to help promote economic development in Georgia by being a technical assistance provider to small business. During my time with UGA SBDC, I have consulted with thousands of businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs who have been successful in acquiring millions in capital to grow their businesses, creating hundreds of jobs, and substantially growing revenue. Many of these clients have received awards as Small Businesses of the Year, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Fastest Growing or Top Woman Owned Businesses, ABC’s Pacesetter Award, Inc’s 50 Best Places to Work, Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America, among many more.

In addition, at least one of the businesses that I have worked with has been featured as a small business success story in the Georgia Trend Annual Small Business Guide, every year since the publication started.

Finally, I have been recognized by my organization twice for winning the UGA SBDC Project of the Year, once for a project for women-owned businesses and once for a project assisting displaced workers affected by plant closings. Also, I was very proud and humbled that my DeKalb office of the UGA SBDC received DeKalb Chamber’s 2016 Apex Award for Small Business Advocacy. I receive a great deal of personal satisfaction seeing the businesses and entrepreneurs I work with succeed and make such outstanding contributions to DeKalb County and to Georgia communities as a whole.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Sharon speak at our Biscuits and Business breakfast event on April 11. She will share Nine Strategies for Authentic Networking. Register here.

For more information on Sharon, click here.

Women's History Month - Recognizing Tara Burke & Ann Rosenthal

March is Women’s History Month. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing women in DeKalb who have made a significant contribution in their respective industries and in our community. This week we are highlighting two women making a difference in the City of Tucker: Tara Burke of Tara Burke Agency, Farmers Insurance and Ann Rosenthal of Tucker-Northlake CID.

Please join us all month long as we celebrate the Women who help move DeKalb Forward.



Tara Burke

Owner

Tara Burke Agency, Farmers Insurance

As a new member of the Chamber, Tara joined us for our Day of Appreciation, a day where we visited all the DeKalb County Police precincts and served the police officers breakfast. Since then, Tara has been serving breakfast once a month to the Tucker, Brookhaven and Chamblee police departments.

“When I decided to put my agency in Tucker, I wanted to be involved in the community as much as possible. I am so thankful to the police officers and the police department staff for the risk they take to keep us safe,” said Tara.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

I have two favorite places in DeKalb County. First is the Tucker-Reid Library. I drive around so much, so I enjoy getting Audio Books from the library to pass the driving time. My second favorite place is my home in DeKalb County. Life is so busy, and I really cherish the time at home with my family.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

What’s notable about your role/contribution to your company?

I am a very proud mother of 3 children. I wanted to have my own insurance agency to have the flexibility to put my children first. Owning my own agency allows me to be flexible for my family as well as my clients. I carve out time for my children and then wrap up at the end of my day to touch base with any client needs. It is hard to be a working mom, so I am thankful for the opportunity that I have.

Tara has a passion for education people about their insurance coverage. If you’d like to get in touch with Tara, please feel free to email or visit her website.




Ann Rosenthal

President

Tucker-Northlake CID

We are proud to have a community partner like Ann Rosenthal in our efforts to attract, promote and sustain economic development in DeKalb County.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

Right here in Tucker-Northlake where I live, work, and play.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

I have several but “Be the person your dog thinks you are” is what I strive for most.

What’s notable about your role/contribution to your company?

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of being part of something that started out as an idea and then weaving that idea into the Tucker-Northlake CID. As the CID has grown over the last four years it’s been exciting to see the projects we’ve undertaken and what we’ve accomplished. Creating the master plan, which is our road map in how we revitalize and transform the Tucker and Northlake areas was the first big win for the CID.

It’s exciting to see parts of the plan come to fruition with more on the horizon. Within 6 months of the CID’s formation, we began taking care of the landscaping at I-285 and Lavista Road, followed by the I-285 and Northlake Parkway interchange. Now we are responsible for not only these two interchanges but also Lavista Road through the Northlake business district, Main Street in downtown Tucker as well as other areas within Northlake and Tucker.

New development projects are under way and we know this will only increase as the CID continues its work in transforming Tucker and Northlake. That’s just a brief snapshot of what we’ve accomplished. Progress does not happen overnight but to be leading the way and seeing the positive changes taking place is incredibly rewarding, and this is only the beginning of what’s to come. We are just working to make our little corner of the world a little better than the way we found it and there is no greater reward than that.

For more information on Ann and Tucker-Northlake CID, click here.

Women's History Month - Recognizing Elaine Armstrong & Brenda Reid

March is Women’s History Month. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing women in DeKalb who have made a significant contribution in their respective industries and in our community. This week we are highlighting twoThis week we are highlighting two women in communications who are making a difference in their community: Elaine Armstrong and Brenda Reid.Please join us all month long as we celebrate the Women who help move DeKalb Forward.


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Elaine Armstrong

Vice President of Marketing

Goodwill of North Georgia

We are thankful to have Elaine Armstrong join our Board of Directors this year. Please help us welcome Elaine to the DeKalb Chamber community and get to know her.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

Tough question, there are so many. I love the DeKalb Farmer’s Market, and downtown Decatur has awesome restaurants. However, I spend the most time in my office at Goodwill of North Georgia. But if I had to choose just one, I’d probably say my church – Salem Bible Church.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13. It was my late grandmother’s favorite bible verse, and I cannot recite without feeling empowered.

What’s notable about your role/contribution to your company?

For 11 years I’ve had the opportunity to work for and represent an organization whose mission I believe in. Every year we serve tens of thousands of job seekers. I am honored to say that the work I do contributes to their ability to find employment to support themselves and their families. I’m also proud to say that I have the best team ever. They’re some of the best marketing and communications professionals in the business (and it just so happens that they’re all women. Happy Women’s History Month!)


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Brenda Reid

Media and Community Relations Manager

Publix Super Markets

We are honored to have Brenda Reid serve on our Board of Directors and for allowing us to feature her. She serves as Co-Chair of the Chamber’s Education Committee. She has played an integral role in strengthening our relationship with WorkSource DeKalb and the DeKalb County School District.

On March 8, she will be honored by the Atlanta Tribune as a 2017 Super Woman. Read more about her recognition here.

What is your favorite place in DeKalb County?

I live in Lithonia and I love walking around Stone Mountain Park. The lake, flowers, trees, that big ole rock and an occasional deer running by makes for a very relaxing stroll. My dad still tells the story that “I remember when Stone Mountain was just a little rock.” I chuckle about that every now and then as I take in the views around that grand ole park.

What is your life motto/favorite quote?

Today I’m a big fan of the old motto “Live and Let Live.” It’s so easy to get wrapped up in your work and end up focusing on controlling everything around you. When you are in control of everything you don’t enjoy life as much because you’re’ too busy. I’ve just gotten to a point where I don’t need to be in control of everything. I appreciate that each of us have our own journey and we need to experience it at our own pace. If I can help…great! If I can’t, that’s okay too.

What’s notable about your role/contribution to your company?

I’m very proud of the work that I do with Publix. I help create partnerships that can help change lives. Two examples come to mind: Hosea Helps and The Georgia Tennis Foundation.

Hosea Helps, formerly Hosea Feed the Hungry, spent a lot of their resources preparing for holiday feeding programs for those in need. After all their goal was to bring awareness that people are in need and we all need to help. Publix has been supporting Hosea Helps for 15 years now and thanks to this relationship thousands of people are getting help year round, not just once or twice a year. Publix was right there with Elizabeth and Ofemo Omilami when they had the vision to make Hosea Helps a year round support organization. Publix and Publix Charities has helped by consistently donating to this organization. As a result Hosea Helps provide food, clothing, shelter and counseling all year long. Publix has consistently believed in helping strengthen the communities we serve. And, our support for Hosea Helps has helped more people than we will ever know. Donating one time can put a Band-Aid on something. But consistency and persistence can change the world.

The second organization that comes to mind is The Georgia Tennis Foundation. Nell Long was new in her role as development director for GTF. We met in my office one day more than 10 years ago and I was impressed with her passion about making tennis available for young kids. That day we created a concept for what became the GTF Georgia Youth Tennis Program presented by Publix Super Market Charities. We partnered with the YMCA and USTA to expand the reach of the program when we changed the name to YMCA Youth Tennis Georgia. Our funding helps provide tennis pro’s, racquets and balls at YMCA’s throughout Georgia. Ten plus years forward the program has provided tennis lessons through summer camps for more than 100,000 young people in the inner cities throughout Georgia. I’m certain that one day I will meet a young athlete on the tennis circuit who says he or she became interested in tennis through this tennis program.

At Publix we always say “Thanks Mr. George” when something good happens through Publix. George Jenkins founded Publix 87 years ago. Even though he is no longer with us we still thank him today.

For more information on Brenda Reid, please read her bio here.

DeKalb Chamber Teams Up with Salesforce to Host Small Business Basecamp

DeKalb Chamber Teams Up with Salesforce to Host Small Business Basecamp

DECATUR, Ga., March 15, 2017 – The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Salesforce to host Small Business Basecamp, a free pop-up event for SMBs. The event will take place on March 22 from noon to 6 p.m. ET at The Estate, 3109 Piedmont Road NE in Atlanta.
The event will feature local organizations and business solution providers offering information, expert advice, and exclusive discounts. Attendees will get a chance to gain 1-on-1 advice on how to growth their business.

“The success of the Salesforce Intelligent Customer Success Platform comes from Salesforce’s ability to understand what businesses need. We are excited to work with Salesforce to host a business summit and help growing businesses access the resources they need to succeed,” said Katerina Taylor, DeKalb Chamber President & CEO. “We look forward to doing more for our local businesses and this event will lead up to our DeKalb Thrives Business and Leadership Summit in June.”

Small Business Basecamp attendees will learn how to find, win and keep customers; manage all of their customer relationships in the cloud; effectively market their businesses on the web; set up health insurance and human resources; easily manage their small business travel and finances; successfully pitch their business to investors; and make the right connections with other business leaders.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, click here.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 79 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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DeKalb County School District Recommended for the Distinction of Accreditation

DeKalb County School District Recommended for the Distinction of Accreditation

AdvancED, the global leader in providing continuous improvement and accreditation services to over 32,000 institutions serving 20 million students worldwide recently conducted an external review of DeKalb County School District. Professional judgment by the review team results in:

  • Powerful Practices
  • Opportunities for Improvement
  • Improvement Priorities
  • Index of Education Quality
  • Accreditation Recommendation

Based on the Index of Education Quality, the DeKalb County School District was found to be within acceptable ranges as compared to expected criteria as well as other institutions in the AdvancED network.

Review the report here!

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DeKalb Chamber Hosts DeKalb County PAGE STAR Awards

DeKalb Chamber Hosts DeKalb County PAGE STAR Awards

On March 8, 2017, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual PAGE STAR Student and Teacher Awards that honors high achieving students and teachers in DeKalb County’s public and private schools. Students and teachers from 26 area schools were recognized.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. During the past 59 years, the STAR Program has honored more than 23,500 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition.

 
 

During the program, DeKalb Chamber presented the annual $1,000 Alonzo L. McDonald, Sr. Scholarship to a high school student who made a perfect score on the SAT. Also, the Chamber recognized the system winners from DeKalb County School District (DCSD) and City Schools of Decatur (CSD) who will go on to compete in the PAGE STAR regional event.

 
 

Sponsors include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia United Credit Union, DeKalb County School District, Peach State Credit Union, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Consolidated Copier Services.

Celebrating Educators and Students in DeKalb      Celebrating seniors with the top SAT scores
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