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 the spring of each year, 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. Enjoy live, local entertainment and delicious food.

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 the signature event for the year!  An eventful evening filled with of networking, prestigious business awards, dinner, live entertainment, and fun festivities. Make sure your business is represented at this premier event for the Douglas-Coffee County community typically held on the last Thursday of January.

For more information on how you or your business can participate or become a sponsor, give us a call at 912.384.1873 or email Executive Director, Lisa Hodge at lhodge@douglas ga.org or chamber@douglasga.org.


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 Lisa Hodge or Emily Courson at (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. Make plans to participate in the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade!

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 dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office at 114 N Peterson Avenue Suite 205.


Gopher Tortoise Festival

The Gopher Tortoise Festival launched in 2019 as the Coffee County community's largest festival.  With a multitude of talented artisians displaying their unique wares of handmade arts, crafts and delicacies, the festival is accompanied by an endless variety of food trucks and delightful live entertainment in Downtown Douglas.  The next Gopher Tortoise Festival is scheduled for October 1 and 2, 2021.  

For more information or to apply to become a vendor, contact our team at 912.384.1873 or email chamber@douglasga.org

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.