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2014 a year of growth for Johns Creek businesses

by John Bemont, President of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce

January 04, 2014

2013 was a busy and exciting year for the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce. We hosted over 100 events, performed 45 ribbon cuttings and watched our membership grow over 7 percent.

The Johns Creek Business Expo attracted 94 exhibitors and over 1,200 attendees providing an outstanding venue to showcase Johns Creek businesses and offering another great opportunity for our members to network with one another and the general public.

Education was a priority, and we provided a number of outstanding Lunch and Learn sessions led by the University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center.

We are excited about the many opportunities for 2014 that will further support our mission to help Johns Creek Chamber members connect, grow and thrive.

A new 2014 initiative, in partnership with Johns Creek Advantage, is the chamber's new Small Business Resource Center.

The SBRC will connect area small businesses to business planning, marketing, capital, workforce and other resources traditionally needed by small businesses. Most of these services will be provided at no cost to Johns Creek businesses.

We will identify commercial space needs of area small businesses and entrepreneurs and match those to existing real estate opportunities. We will continuously work to identify and address any unmet small business needs. The SBRC is now open and we encourage you to take advantage of this unique offering.

We will continue to be community leaders in providing networking opportunities through Business After Hours, weekly networking at the Bricks, located in Perimeter Church, and at various luncheons and other events. Educational sessions will continue to be provided on a scheduled and on an "as needed" basis with top experts in their respective fields providing instruction and leadership.

Most of these events are provided at no cost to our members and include lunch.

Our chamber is looking forward to the many opportunities for the new year. We encourage you to visit our website www.johnscreekchamber.com and become a part of this vibrant organization.