GECC holds ribbon cuttings several times a month for new businesses.

Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce (GECC) has become a strong community partner to both businesses and residents in the Loganville, Snellville, and Grayson areas over the past decade.

That strength and value are no accident; from the time of the Chamber’s inception 11 years ago, a team of business-savvy professionals has been at the helm. Doug Adams currently serves as president of GECC, and he was recently re-elected to serve a second two-year term.Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce (GECC) has become a strong community partner to both businesses and residents in the Loganville, Snellville, and Grayson areas over the past decade. That strength and value are no accident; from the time of the Chamber’s inception 11 years ago, a team of business-savvy professionals has been at the helm. Doug Adams currently serves as president of GECC, and he was recently re-elected to serve a second two-year term.

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“In March 2006, four ladies sat around a table in Grayson and talked about the need for good networking in the Grayson area. Michelle Couch was one of those ladies, and she guided the Chamber through those early times. Michelle served as president those first years and Jamie Dempsey led GECC from 2011-2015. When GECC celebrated the Open House and Ribbon Cutting for their new office in Loganville (133 Camp Street) in March of 2016. Michelle Couch pointed out that, although we didn’t plan it this way, the Open House was exactly 10 years to the month after the Chamber was founded,” Doug said, proudly.

As the number of businesses in the cities of Loganville, Grayson, and Snellville has grown, so has GECC. In fact, ribbon cuttings are held several times monthly and are currently scheduled for the month of August. “We often hold joint ribbon cuttings with the Walton Chamber. We consider them to be an important partner in many aspects,” Adams said.

There are several other regular services GECC offers members. For example, “Lunch & Learn” is a monthly get-together offering members lunch and the benefit of a speaker who talks to the group about relevant business or community matters. Lunch & Learn is currently held at American Tavern restaurant, likely throughout the rest of 2017. Normally, Snellville City Hall is the location for this popular event.

“Nothing but Net” is a weekly gathering held every Wednesday morning from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at Grayson Coffee House. This is a popular and useful networking event that is open to the public.

GECC’s NetLinks Groups in Grayson and Loganville are closed networking groups available to Chamber members.

GECC also distributes a weekly e-mail newsletter called Chamber Chat to more than 900 people. “I know this might sound cliché, but it’s also true,” Adams said. “At GECC, we really are like a big family. We often hear people say that they feel welcome and a part of things with us, as opposed to larger Chambers, and we want to hang onto that small town culture here, no matter how much we grow.”

To join GECC or to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.EastsideChamber.com. Discounted memberships are available to retirees, political members at the city, county or state level, and non-profit organizations. Those interested in membership may also call Angie O’Kelley, GECC Membership Director, at 770-789-1584.