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Thriving with the GNFCC

Is your business thriving?  College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors (CNST) in North Fulton is thriving as we celebrate our one-year anniversary.  When I look to some of the WHYs, one strong factor is because our community’s chamber, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC).  A chamber of commerce is a local association created to promote and protect the interests of the business community in a particular place.  A chamber of commerce helps strengthen a community and as your community gets stronger, your business has more future clients.  I had been a member of the chamber with a former employer, so we joined GNFCC, and our network expanded exponentially: we are now connected to bankers, lawyers, marketers – basically, the right future customers, vendors, and employees in our territory.

GNFCC Principal for a Day Reception
GNFCC Principal for a Day Reception

Joining is only the first part; you must get active.  Most chambers have an introductory workshop or meeting.  It’s useful to attend that meeting and ask about every committee and all events.  Take the time to plot the committees and events out; considering the time and budget commitments for each.

The next step is to call or email the chairs of the committees you are most interested in joining to learn what they are focused on accomplishing and who the other committee members are so that you are in the right places to grow your company and help your community.  As you learn more about each committee’s objectives, you should determine which ones are best for you and your employees to plug into for maximum results.  For example, CNST became involved at GNFCC on the Education Connection and Pro-Alliance committees.   The Education Connection has helped us because we offer after school and college prep tutoring and it’s important that we understand how educators view our services and how the college admissions process is changing.  We also attend Pro-Alliance because it is the heartbeat of our chamber with weekly meetings hosted by the ambassadors and, as a bonus, our team gets to practice their elevator speeches, ask questions and get referrals.

GNFCC Partners in Education Expo
GNFCC Partners in Education Expo

If you are located in North Fulton, the GNFCC may benefit your business.  If you’d like to learn more, please reach out to me and you can attend a GNFCC event as my guest.  Either I, or a membership rep, will introduce you to the other chamber attendees and you can discover how the chamber can benefit your business.

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