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July 28, 2013

Chamber to launch big membership push

While most chambers of commerce struggle through their annual membership drive, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce will host a membership event like no other.

For two and a half days, more than 250 volunteers will work against the clock and against each other to sign up new chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the chamber. The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano and the group Your Chamber Connection. Their specialty is high energy membership campaigns that allow volunteers to conduct “out of the box” membership fun while building the membership base.

“It’s about business,” Cusano said. “The chamber of commerce is the business community. This brings everyone together to build our chamber. It’s a membership-based organization and most people don’t like’ membership drives.’ With a membership event they come together in a competitive, fun setting and tell the chamber story. When others hear about everything the chamber does, all of a sudden you have a great deal of enthusiasm for the chamber, and a great deal of support.”

Among those chairs organizing their teams are Allen Bentley (Decosimo CPAs), Bill Blackwood (Coldwell Banker, Kinard Realty), Kasey Carpenter (Oakwood Café and The Sweet Spot), Bill Davies (BB&T), Bryan Hair (Marketing Alliance), Patty Mooney (Alliance National Bank), Zab Mendez (Community & Southern Bank), Jeff Myers (Hamilton Health Care System), David Pennington (Advanced Insurance Strategies), Derek Waugh (Dalton State College) and Dan Peeples (Julian Peeples Funeral Home).

The membership event kicks off Aug. 20 and ends Aug. 22 at The Holiday Inn & Suites. The celebration event is at the Freight Depot. For more information, call Beth Morrison, vice president of member services at the chamber, at (706) 712-0949.

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