Have you ever thought about running for an elected position such as City Councilman, County Commissioner or State Legislator? Have you ever thought about helping to organize an election campaign? If you answered YES to either of these questions, then the Chamber invites you to attend the Annual Campaign Academy on Monday, July 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greater Dalton Chamber office, 100 S. Hamilton Street. This is an informative session that will answer questions on registering your campaign, crafting your campaign message, where you should be seen to meet the voters, the use of social media, or any other questions you may have to prepare to run for the November 3rd Election. Election qualifying begins August 31 to September 4. Guest speakers (Mike Babb, Gary Crews, Bruce Broadrick and Barry Robbins) will share the experiences that they gained when they ran for office. They will also share how they became involved in the community and why they decided to run for office. Past Campaign Academy panelists have talked about their passion and commitment to public service and the willingness to serve the public so that they can try to make a difference in their community. There is no charge to attend, we just ask that you contact Phyllis Stephens at 706-712-0951 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.
- Since you have been Diplomat of the month many times, and Diplomat of the year twice, what else if there to know about Jennifer Baxter?
I wish there was something really interesting to say here, like I’m secretly a spy. That would be interesting. But I guess the thing that would surprise most people is that I don’t actually work for the Chamber. I get that question pretty often. I’m originally from Murray County, and I went to Murray County High, then UGA for undergrad (Go Dawgs!) and Georgia State for law school. It makes me really happy to see people I grew up with owning their own businesses. I love that people I have known since we were kids are now part of my professional life. That’s what makes small towns great.
- What has changed about your career since you started with the program?
Well, I am much busier than I was three three years ago. My practice has grown considerably, which is just a testament to how important chamber membership is to a growing business. I’m also out in my own practice now, which is interesting. Being part lawyer and part business owner can be challenging at times, but I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Any advice you’d give to someone who wants to grow their business through Chamber membership?
Get involved. Like everything else in life, participation is the key to success. You have to be out there making those contacts and meeting people to grow any kind of business. Come to events, get your name out there and take advantage of opportunities when they arise.