Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
Advocacy      
A Dynamic Business Alliance
The Wayne County Chamber serves the economic interests of the region. The Chamber is the largest volunteer- membership driven organization of businesses in Wayne County. The Chamber's annual program of work details the organization's action to accomplish its goals.

The Chamber’s vigorous program of work is carried out by several committees made up of volunteers from the Chamber membership. Committee involvement is a great way to develop business relationships with others in the Chamber and to impact the economic well-being of the community as well as your business. Here are some of the committees you can become involved with and the committee chairs to contact:
  • NETWORKING EVENTS
    Business After-Hours
    Network at Business After-Hours to increase sales and build awareness for your business! Business After-Hours is Wayne County’s premier networking event. It is a great opportunity to meet new clients/customers and promote your business.

    BAH Sponsorship Agreement

    Join us for Lunch & Learn!
    Lunch & Learn is a luncheon series providing "ready to use" techniques to make your business stronger. These interactive sessions provide valuable information that can be used by you and your business immediately. Topics have included Customer Service, Budgeting, Hiring & Firing Practices, Marketing Business Manners Worker’s Compensation, and more.

    Cost is $15.00 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. Chamber Members have an opportunity to sponsor a Lunch & Learn for $250.



    General Membership Luncheon
    The luncheon is designed to offer members an opportunity for increased networking, another avenue to promote their businesses, learn more about the Chamber, meet new members, and be motivated to take a more active role in the community. Chamber members are encouraged to attend and non-members are welcome, too. Members will pay $15 and non-members $20 per person. Tables of eight can be reserved and sponsorships are available.

    Stay tuned for next GML

    Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening, Groundbreaking, Open House, Events
    Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening, Groundbreaking and Open House ceremonies are a fantastic way to introduce or re-acquaint your business to the community and attract new customers. The Chamber of Commerce can help by promoting your event to Chamber membership and the local media. To ensure the most promotion of your event – let the Chamber help!

    Policy Agreement
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
    Lunch & Learn Committee
    Conducts quarterly programs to provide practical tips and suggestions to help business owners and their staffs.

    Existing Industry Program/Retention & Expansion Committee 
    Coordinates with the Economic Development Authority to enhance communications with and between existing industries to learn more about their successes, problems and concerns.

    Buy Local Committee 
    To help sustain Wayne County businesses and stimulate sales tax revenues by encouraging the community to “Buy Local.”

    Agri-Business Committee 
    Highlights agriculture and its economic impact on our community.

    Networking/Business After Hours 
    Coordinates and promotes Business After Hours networking events for members.

    Launch Wayne (FKA Young Professional) 
    Provides valuable opportunities for professional and personal development of young professionals, ages 23-45.
  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
    Community-Wide Vision Committee 
    Promotes a common vision for the community with an annual “Civic Conversation", use of community branding/marketing, and continuing to explore ways to enhance the quality of life.

    Education Committee
    Works closely with the Wayne County School System to build awareness about the importance of quality public education to the community and to involve member businesses in support of education initiatives.
  • GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
    Legislative Action Agenda Committee 
    Prepares a legislative action agenda that represents the interests of the business community and Wayne County.

    Governmental Affairs Events Committee/Election Forums/Debates Subcommittee 
    Plans and coordinates a forum for candidates to report and debate local, state and national issues.

    Government Affairs Events Committee/Day for Wayne Subcommittee
    Normally held on the first Thursday in November for invited guests to learn more about Wayne County.

    Government Affairs Events Committee/Eggs & Issues Subcommittee
    Plans and coordinates an annual event for Wayne County’s legislative delegation to report on issues during the General Assembly.

    Government Affairs Events Committee/Okefenokee Occasion Subcommittee 
    Coordinates Wayne County’s participation in this multi-county legislative event held in Atlanta during the Georgia General Assembly.

    Government Affairs Events Committee/Post Legislative Luncheon 
    Coordinates a post-legislative luncheon after the General Assembly for Wayne County’s state legislative delegation to report on progress/issues during the General Assembly.

    Government Affairs Events Committee/GA Chamber of Commerce/GACCE Event Committee
    Coordinates Wayne County’s participation in the GA Chamber’s and GACCE’s legislative events.
  • MEMBERSHIP SERVICES
    Recruitment & Retention Committee –
    Coordinates and implements programs that will ensure member recruitment.

    Retention Committee –
    Coordinates and implements programs led by Ambassadors and Staff that will enhance member retention.

    General Membership Luncheon –
    Organizes quarterly general membership luncheons, including determining content/speakers and promoting participation by members and non-members.

    Ambassadors – Debi Smith, Hospice of South Georgia
    Maintains a minimum of 10 ambassadors to make personal visits to Chamber members to encourage participation and to reach out to prospective members.

    Chairman’s Club Committee –
    Highlights current members, provides additional member benefits where applicable, increases the positive experience of current members, and helps recruit new members.
  • EVENTS
    Christmas Parade Committee – Jamie Hickox, Jamie Hickox Real Estate and Rental
    Coordinates the annual Christmas Parade to promote pride in the community and draw shoppers into downtown.

    Taste of Wayne Gala – Mary Katelyn Williams, Best Kept Secret
    Plans and conducts the Taste of Wayne Gala.

    Legacy Dinner – Jim Poindexter, Jesup VFW
    Plans and organizes the Annual Legacy Dinner which recognizes Chamber leadership from the past and the present.

    Rhythm on the River – Justin Franks, Satilla REMC 
    Plans and implements the production of a community concert on the river to highlight Wayne County’s greatest natural resource, the Altamaha River.