Programs/Events

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EVENTS

Taste of Douglas


The Taste of Douglas is an annual tasting event in which local restaurants/caterers/beverage vendors are invited to provide a sampling of their signature product to the community. Held in April, the Taste of Douglas provides the local businesses an opportunity to connect with members of the community, familiarize the public with the their specialty flavors, and give the new businesses and entrepreneurs a chance to introduce themselves and build relationships. The Chamber sponsors live local entertainment as well.

The tasting event will take place on Thursday, April 16 at the Central Square Complex from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Join us for a wonderful evening of live music, delicious bites, and wonderful fellowship!

Interested businesses are invited to apply to be a vendor by completing the application HERE.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, you can find the details HERE.

Annual Award Banquet

The Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Award Banquet is our signature event for the year! Nothing beats a night of networking, prestigious business awards, dinner, live entertainment, and other fun festivities. Make sure your business is represented at this premier event for the Douglas-Coffee County community! This elite event is held at the end of January every year, usually on the last Thursday of the month.

The 2020 Annual Award Banquet will be celebrated in roaring 20's style on Thursday, January 30 at the Coffee Middle School Auditoritorium beginning at 6:30 in the evening. For more information on how you or your business can participate, give us a call at 912.384.1873 or email chamber@douglasga.org.

Click HERE for registration form. Click HERE for sponsorship form.


Women in Business

The Women in Business program promotes job skills and leadership for women at all levels in the workplace. The Chamber holds meetings that feature various business and educational topics as well as supports the Chamber’s annual award to honor women who have shown outstanding leadership qualities.  The Jackie Wilson Women in Leadership award was created to honor one outstanding woman each year and is presented at the Women in Business Fall event, typically held in October. Recipients must represent outstanding leadership skills in community or economic development. She (or her company) must be a member in good standing with the Chamber of Commerce. Nomination may be submitted throughout the year with a final review by the committee at least four weeks prior to presentation. To nominate someone for the award or learn more about the Women in Business program, contact Mesha Davis, (912) 384-1873 or email chamber@douglasga.org.


Christmas Parade

The Festival of Lights Christmas Parade is a long standing and beloved tradition for the Coffee County community since 1963. The Chamber of Commerce began hosting the parade in 2019 to showcase our business community and Downtown Douglas. Make plans to attend or participate in the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade! Come celebrate the Christmas season with us in Downtown Douglas!

Entry applicants are responsible for acquiring and reviewing all documents listed below to be approved.
Christmas Parade Entry Form can be found here.
Christmas Parade Rules and Regulations can be found here.
Christmas Parade End Information can be found here.

The entry form can be submitted to chamber@douglasga.org, faxed to 912-383-6304, or brought to the Chamber of Commerce office.


Gopher Tortoise Festival

The Gopher Tortoise Festival began in 2019 as the Douglas-Coffee County community's largest festival. In 2019, it was an arts and crafts festival accompanied by endless food and live entertainment in downtown Douglas. Watch as it grows into something truly spectacular over tho coming years. The next Gopher Tortoise Festival will be held in Downtown Douglas in the Fall of 2020! All the details and information will be available soon! 

For more information, contact our team at 912.384.1873 or email chamber@douglasga.org


Chamber Travel

The Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce has a long history of supporting business growth and development. Just as the Chamber brings people and businesses together through “at home” Chamber events, a trip with the Chamber allows travelers to build relationships for business development. Trips are open to Chamber members and non-members.

Travel excursions through the Chamber are invaluable to promote your business and our local community.  The next trip scheduled for Fall 2020 is  to Scotland, Wales, and England (Oct 1 - 10, 2020).

For more information contact the Chamber at (912) 384-1873 or by email chamber@douglasga.org.


Coffee Ready Job Fair


The Coffee Ready Job Fair, hosted by the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, is the perfect place for you to find skilled labor! The next Coffee Ready Job Fair will be on Friday, May 15, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM in the Atrium Event Center (114 Peterson Avenue North, basement level). Registration is FREE for all employers. A table and chairs will be provided. Register by filling out the form below and returning it to the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, give us a call at 912.384.1873!

Click HERE to register as an employer.

Registration for job seekers is not required. This event is open to the public. Just show up with ample resumes and smiles!

PROGRAMS

The Ambassador Program

Ambassadors are volunteers who, on behalf of the Chamber, make good will calls to encourage strong continuing membership and active support of Chamber programs.  Ambassadors assist in membership retention, program development, and information dissemination. As volunteers, ambassadors are dedicated to improving the quality of life of the community through association with the chamber. There is also a great personal benefit returned from their service. Ambassadors gain knowledge of the community and the Chamber, develop personal relationships with business leaders, obtain an insider’s perspective on economic development activities, and expose their own business among other business partners.
For information, please contact Megan Rabun, (912) 384-1873, mrabun@douglasga.org
 

Leadership Coffee

Douglas and Coffee County have always enjoyed a highly respected reputation for its progressive leadership and quality of life. One of the reasons for its success in these areas is our commitment to leadership development. The Leadership Coffee program was established in 1990 for that purpose.

Participants in Leadership Coffee commit to an eight-month project that allows them to take a close look at government, education, economic development, and all issues dealing with quality of life on a local and state level. The program is designed to help participants develop leadership skills for the workplace and the community.

For more information about Leadership Coffee, click here.  


Chamber Advantage Card Program


By shopping in Coffee County, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more community programs through sales tax and promote community development. Dollars invested in Coffee County will strengthen the economy and enhance the quality of life for the citizens and those who visit.  From the historic heart of the city to the outskirts of the county – quality shopping and professional services abound.

One way the Chamber promotes shopping in Coffee County is through a membership-based discount program. A Chamber Advantage Program keyring card, is available to all members.  Card carriers are encouraged to  SHOP LOCAL by considering great savings opportunities through the Chamber Advantage Program. 

For information, please contact Lisa Hodge, (912) 384-1873, lhodge@douglasga.org.


Drugs Don't Work

Employers in Georgia certified by the State Board of Workers' Compensation as having a drug-free workplace are entitled to a 7.5% discount on their workers' compensation premiums. It is designed to assist businesses in achieving drug-free certification. As a business member you will have the opportunity to participate in a statewide drug-free workplace program established by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Serving as the contact agency for Coffee County, the Chamber can help you meet workers' compensation requirements for premium discounts. A membership and participation fee is required. A company must also write a drug-free policy, implement an employee assistance program, and establish drug testing policies and procedures. An additional requirement that must be met is the provision of educational programs or services. Through the chamber and support agencies, we can help you meet this need – at no cost to your business.
For more information, please contact the chamber office at 912-384-1873.