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The Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors welcomed the formal start of the new chamber Nov. 13 at the Metropolitan Club. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff.
November 18, 2013ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The newly formed Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce came charging out of the gate Nov. 13 when more than 300 people turned out for the charter night at the Metropolitan Club.
Alpharetta now has its own chamber of commerce, joining the likes of the cities of Johns Creek and Sandy Springs, which already have their own.
Roswell, while it does not have a chamber, does have a business organization in the form of Roswell Inc. that functions much like a chamber. With 600 technology companies in its borders and a burgeoning population, the founders of the Alpharetta Chamber say it's about time.
"Alpharetta is too big not to have a chamber of commerce," said Dan Merkel, of Southern States Insurance and chairman of the board of the new chamber. "We needed something like this in the city."
While the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) has always represented the region effectively, said Merkel, the new chamber will be more focused on the individual businesses and their specific needs and will not be as encumbered with more regional macro issues such as sewage, transportation and roads.
"We will be focused on business to business, and introducing and networking with people doing business in Alpharetta," said Merkel.
As the city grows, Merkel said such networking will become more difficult, so there will be an increasing need to keep people connected in a personal way and businesses connected effectively to other businesses – particularly within Alpharetta.
"I want everybody at this table to meet everybody at that table and see if there is an opportunity," he said.
Hans Appen, general manager of Appen Media Group and chief executive officer of the new Alpharetta Chamber, said there will be many opportunities for the chamber to work with the GNFCC for the greater good of the region while Alpharetta's keeps its focus on Alpharetta.
"I expect this region to grow at an aggressive pace for the immediate future, and it will take the all-out efforts of all the chambers to keep up with the pace and support it," Appen said. "It's our collective ball to run with or drop, and I prefer to run with it."
Appen Media Group publishes this publication.
According to Merkel, the Alpharetta Chamber's goal is to have 400 members by the end of the year. With attendance of almost 325 on opening night, he may just reach that goal.
The first official meeting of the new chamber will take place Jan. 16, 2014, also at the Metropolitan Club, for a "coffee and commerce" event. For more information, visit them online at alpharettachamber.com.
Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce
Active 4 Life
and Visitors Bureau
Alpharetta Eye Clinic/Windward Eye Care
Alpharetta Print and Sign
Alrich and Associates
Anchor Marketing Services
Apex Signs and Graphics
Appen Media Group
Calvin Dubose State
Capital Realty Advisors
Carmichael Consulting Solutions
Carr, Riggs and Ingram LLC
Clayton CameraCraft Photography Inc.
Community Business Bank
Cookerly Public Relations
Cosmetic Dentistry Center
Dickenson Gilroy LLC
Dime Business Services
Diversified Financial Planning
Fleming and Hall LTD
Forsyth Roofing LLC
Harry Norman Realtors
Hart Commercial Realty
Homes of Atlanta Unlimited Inc.
Iroff and Son
Kyle G. Caswell
Laedan Consulting LLC
McGraw and Associates (Harry Norman Realtors)
North Atlanta Law
NorthPoint Executive Suites
Partners Risk Services
Patrick Corkill - Landscape Architecture
Quantum National Bank
Ridenour and Associates
Rising Roll Gourmet
and Office Furniture
Shah Legal Services LLC
Simply Simpatico Inc.
Somanu Advanced Medical Center
Southern States Insurance
The Drake House
The Kloster Group Inc.
The Kurzen Group
The Lionheart School
The Metropolitan Club
Todd Hoffman Agency - Nationwide Insurance
Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
Veronica Stone Salon
Editor, Milton Herald