September Diplomat of the Month

Amber Morrison

My name is Amber Morrison, and I am the Sales Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott. I am honored and excited to be named diplomat of the month.

I graduated from Georgia Southern University, in 2011, with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. I returned to Dalton for an intern position with BnK Marketing where I began volunteering for the Chamber. My current position with the Courtyard allows me to work and be involved with our local hospitality industry. I have recently become active with the Dalton Hospitality Association and am thankful that our general manager, Kim Czyz, supports my community activities.

The Courtyard is an amazing place to work. As a salesperson, it gives me confidence to know that our guests are always well taken care of. I truly believe the customer service of our staff is what sets us apart from the competition. For those who don’t know, the Courtyard completed a renovation on the lobby and other public spaces at the beginning of the year. The modern look incorporates convenience and technology in a natural fashion.

The chamber’s diplomat program has allowed me to meet many wonderful people. I greatly enjoy the variety of networking opportunities and events. If you are not involved, I highly recommend it. We would certainly love to have you!

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September Spotlight on Business.. Flash Light Productions!

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Flash Light Productions is a commercial photography and videography business based in Dalton, Georgia. We value individuality, and we believe in the importance of providing client centered services. Flash Light Productions is made up of Brandon Cawood and his soon to be wife, Whitney Tanner. Their determination and passion for their art has made Flash Light Productions one of the fastest growing photography/videography businesses in the area. If you are looking for visual advertising that will stand out amongst your competitors, Flash Light Productions should definitely be at the top of your list! They specialize in professional environmental-portraiture and high-definition video production. Brandon Cawood of FLP said, “We are not your average photo/video company, and we don’t want our clients leaving with an average product. We want them leaving with a piece of art.”

Ph:706.618.9249 | brandon@flash-light-productions.com | flash-light-productions.com

Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center Economic impact for Dalton

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In 2012 lodging tax receipts were an all-time high bringing in over $1.3 million dollars to our community. Through the first half of 2013 lodging tax collection is 5% ahead of 2012. The Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center is an important part of this success hosting events that generate economic impact for our community.

The Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center (NWGTCC) has been a fixture in the community for 20+ years providing a venue for local meetings, weddings, graduations, and Quinceaneras to name a few. The NWGTCC is more than a community facility however. It also hosts meetings that bring visitors that spend money in local businesses. Examples of these include faith based meetings, consumer shows, and sporting events.

Typically convention centers across the nation require funding to off-set operating expenses. The NWGTCC is no exception; and this topic has been discussed publicly at length. Since management of the NWGTCC has returned to local oversight, a new direction is being taken to grow the business base and reduce operating loss.

In 2012 a feasibility study revealed many weekdays were available at the NWGTCC while weekends were solid. The market segment that typically meets during weekdays is the convention market. Conventions typically meet early in the week and blend well with the current weekend business at the NWGTCC.

Conventions will provide income for the NWGTCC through meeting room rental, food and beverage, and ancillary services. Convention groups typically schedule their meetings more than 18 months in advance. As convention groups are booked it will provide a “backlog” of business at the beginning of each year.

A typical convention can produce between $10,000 and $30,000 net profit to the NWGTCC. In the past the NWGTCC has hosted a handful of conventions. By significantly increasing that number it will provide a good return and reduce funding needed from the city and county.

Actions to address this strategy include hiring two full time sales staff to pursue business exclusively for the NWGTCC. One sales person will focus on the convention market while the other will focus on smaller groups that will “fill” around the conventions.

As an additional and very important benefit of attaining the convention business are the hotel nights generated. The nature of conventions is such that most attendees are from out of town helping to fuel our lodging tax.

The new direction for the NWGTCC will complement the exciting partnership with Dalton State College Basketball starting this year. It will also work well alongside the local weddings, meetings, graduations, and consumer shows scheduled for the future. It is a plan to sustain the NWGTCC heading into its next 20 years.
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Diplomat Of The Month!

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I’m excited once again to be diplomat of the month! I continue to be a Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce fan! When you connect with the chamber, it’s amazing learning how much Dalton has to offer. Make sure when you’re looking to make a purchase; a local Dalton business can help you out!

Jarrett’s opened in 1985 in downtown Dalton as a typewriter and calculator repair center. Today, we offer cutting edge technology with both our IT services and Konica Minolta bizhub’s. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to a small network or upgrade to an enterprise server we can help. Microsoft, Cisco, Lenovo, and Intel are a few companies that we partner with to help meet your needs. If Jarrett’s is not already part of your office; we want to be!

Between now and the end of the year we will be donating a new printer each month to a church or non-profit organization. Let us know who you are pulling for! Submit your favorite non-profit by calling us at 706-278-2617, online at http://www.jbmga.com, like and comment on facebook, jbm office solutions, or email me at Kristie@jbmga.com. Thank you again to our awesome Greater Dalton Chamber!

Membership Campaign 2013!

Membership Campaign 2013 is ALMOST here!

Yesterday, our campaign Chairmen and Team Captains met with Jimmy Cusano, Your Chamber Connection, for some motivation, training and a little bit of dancing…Oh, and a lot of “smack talk.”

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The teams are ready! The staff is ready! Jimmy is DEFINITELY ready! Are you???
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Membership Campaign kicks off on August 20th. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Contact Beth or Summer to get involved (706) 278-7373.