Alpharetta Chamber opens with bang

New group focuses on networking

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ALPHARETTA, 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.

Charter Members

Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce

Acolyte Advisors

Active 4 Life

Chiropractic LLC

AEC Inc.

Alpharetta Convention

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

ASD

BB&T

BB&T Mortgage

Bloor Dentistry

Calvin Dubose State

Farm Insurance

Capital Realty Advisors

Capstone Financial

Carmichael Consulting Solutions

Carr, Riggs and Ingram LLC

Clayton CameraCraft Photography Inc.

Community Business Bank

Cookerly Public Relations

Cosmetic Dentistry Center

DaVinci's Donuts

Dickenson Gilroy LLC

Dime Business Services

Diversified Financial Planning

DUI LADY

Ed Isakson/

Alpharetta YMCA

Fleming and Hall LTD

Forsyth Roofing LLC

Ganaway

Contracting Company

Harry Norman Realtors

Hart Commercial Realty

Homes of Atlanta Unlimited Inc.

ICM

Iroff and Son

Kyle G. Caswell

Laedan Consulting LLC

Liberty Mutual

Mammoth Detail

Salons Inc.

McAlister's Deli

McGraw and Associates (Harry Norman Realtors)

Merrill Lynch

Mike Brown

Nancy Bristol

North Atlanta Law

Group, P.C.

NorthPoint Executive Suites

Partners Risk Services

Patrick Corkill - Landscape Architecture

PMG Commercial

PNC Bank

Pro@ctive CPA

Quantum National Bank

Rhame Communications

Ridenour and Associates

Rising Roll Gourmet

Roswell Home

and Office Furniture

Shah Legal Services LLC

Simply Simpatico Inc.

Somanu Advanced Medical Center

Southern States Insurance

t-Olive Properties

The Drake House

The Kloster Group Inc.

The Kurzen Group

The Lionheart School

The Metropolitan Club

The Stoneleigh

at Deerfield

Todd Hoffman Agency - Nationwide Insurance

Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre

Veronica Stone Salon

Wells Fargo

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