News and ribbon-cuttings from the Augusta Metro, Columbia County and North Augusta chambers of commerce.

Chamber hosts legislative breakfast Nov. 12

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast on Nov. 12 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.

Guest speakers Lori Geary and Tharon Johnson, consultants to the Georgia Complete Count census campaign, will discuss the importance of the 2020 census, the challenges presented, and the potential impact at the state and regional level for funding and representation.

This is complimentary to attend but advanced registration is required at by Nov. 7. For more information contact Sabrina Balthrop at [email protected] or (706) 821-1300.

Young Men class of 2020 applications available

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce announced applications are being accepted for the Young Men on the Move (YMOM) Class of 2020 are available.

Applicants are asked to go online to for information on the 10-month mentorship program for young professional men. Up to five senior executives will mentor up to 20 class members 23-30 years old during monthly luncheons focused on professional development topics.

Only one representative per company is selected for each class. For more information contact Sabrina Griffin at (706) 651-0018 or [email protected]

Shop Small campaign runs through Nov. 30

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Shop Small social media campaign will run through the month of November to encourage area residents to shop at small, locally owned businesses.

The social media campaign, using the #shopsmall hashtag, will culminate with the national Small Business Saturday shopping day on Nov. 30. Learn more at

Participating businesses include Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, The Southern Salad, Fat Man’s Mill Café, Posh Tots Children’s Boutique, The Swank Company, Soul(tre) LLC, Ladybugs Flowers & Gifts, Greubel’s Mixed Martial Arts, Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee, Davis Appliance & Furniture, Mastermind Escape Games, The Salon at Surrey, Augusta Candle Company, Decorator’s Outlet & Interiors, Seigler’s Karate Center West.

Executive Luncheon Series set for Nov. 13

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will host its quarterly Executive Luncheon Series Nov. 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion at 3300 Evans to Locks Road in Martinez.

Speakers include Chamber CEO Tammy Shepherd; Shelly Blackburn, executive director of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Robbie Bennett, executive director of the Development Authority of Columbia County; Matt Schlachter, deputy county manager for Columbia County.

Cost is $30 members and $40 non members. For registration and more information go to

Membership 101 seminar set for Nov. 14

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Membership 101 seminar on Nov. 14 at the chamber offices at 100 Business Blvd. in Evans at 4 p.m.

The event is for anyone interested in joining the chamber, as well as new and existing members wanting to learn more about chamber activities and how to get involved in chamber initiatives.

For registration and more information go to

Healthcare is WIB focus on Nov. 19

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Women in Business luncheon will feature Dr. Danielle Taylor of Doctors Hospital providing insights on the health care industry.

The event, to be held Nov. 19 at 11:30 at the Legends Club at 2701 Washington Road, will have the urogynecologist presenting “Healthcare in Perspective: An Inside Look.”

Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for prospective members. Advanced registration is required at by Nov. 15. For more information, contact Sabrina Balthrop at [email protected] or (706) 821-1300.

Sole proprietorship tax seminar held Dec. 6

The Greater Aiken SCORE chapter and the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce have sponsored a tax-reporting seminar for sole proprietors on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.-noon.

The event, to be held at the North Augusta Community Center at 495 Brookside Ave., will provide information on how to properly track business income and expenses for reporting to the IRS. Participants will learn from certified public accountant Josue Garcia how to report income and expenses for the 2019 tax season on a Schedule C.

Registration is required. Go to for more information.

Code Boot Camp 2020 deadline Dec. 2

Tech business accelerator is accepting applications for its Code Boot Camp 2020 program through Dec. 2. Classes for the three-month program start Jan. 27.

The program is for people interested in software development careers. The organization said the program has had an 89% graduation rate and an 85% job placement rate for junior software developers in the Augusta area. Classes are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. To learn more or apply, go to

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