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Media Contact: Danielle Crowe
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ATLANTA, June 19, 2017 — Henry County is preparing to play host to the first ever performance-based chamber of commerce. Spearheaded by Commissioners Bruce Holmes and Dee Clemmons, the Southern Crescent Small Business Chamber of Commerce was created to help small businesses strengthen their market positions and expand their reach locally, regionally, nationally and globally through business develop and relationship-building.
The Southern Crescent Chamber, which will officially open its doors in August 2017, provides small, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and rural businesses the opportunity to identify and facilitate relationships and partnerships throughout the Southeastern Region of the United States and with fellow Chamber members.
While the Chamber will serve small businesses across multiple sectors, the organization’s newly-appointed president, Linda Chatmon, wants the Southern Crescent Chamber to focus on preparing its members to make inroads into three key markets – government contracting (local, state and federal), entertainment, and the movie/film industry.
The launch of the Southern Crescent Chamber marks the first time a chamber of commerce will help its members build relationships based on an internal performance rating structure. The organization’s performance-based membership will enable businesses to choose teaming partners using the Chamber’s objective, third-party assessment of each company’s past performance and present capabilities.
“Traditionally, chambers of commerce and similar member-driven trade organizations have focused on membership growth as their only performance metric, not the market strength of their members,” says Chatmon. “But that’s not our focus. I have 22 years of experience growing businesses other than my own and it makes sense to me that my value as a leader is to help our members grow their businesses. That’s the metric by which I plan to measure the performance and effectiveness of Southern Crescent: If we can accelerate the success of local businesses, we are successful as a business organization. Then and only then can I say we have served our members.”
The President hopes that having a system by which companies can measure the performance of the other members, will make businesses and contracting officers more likely to confidently “in-source” partners and suppliers from within the Southern Crescent Chamber’s region-wide membership before outsourcing to companies outside the region or country.
Chatmon intends to leverage her existing relationships to help bridge the gap that exists between Southern Crescent’s small business members, small business liaisons, and government contracting officers. She wants them to know Southern Crescent understands the role performance metrics play in filling mandated small business requirements.
Metro Atlanta companies and organizations interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming members of the Southern Crescent Chamber of Commerce can visit the Chamber’s website at www.southerncrescentchamber.org/
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Linda Chatmon is the founder and CEO of Contracts and Grants, LLC. For more than two decades, Chatmon and her team have provided proposal, program and contract support services for local government, federal and defense contracts. A Subject Matter Expert in Federal and Defense Acquisitions, Chatmon and the Contracts and Grants team have been responsible for more than $12.2 billion in contracts and grant negotiations and awards since 2011.