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.
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.
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.
Lisa’s nickname in her community has been “Mom-to-All” for many years because she was the one that helped little girls find Daisy Girl Scout troops and worked with them until they crossed the stage to receive their Gold Award. She has been active in youth serving organizations for over 30 years, so when the opportunity came to join and lead the team at College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors, she did so mainly because of their purpose of “Building Stronger Families.” Lisa believes every family can get stronger and having extra willing hands around can’t be underestimated.
As the mother of two adult daughters, Lisa remembers the days when she struggled to find quality daycare consistently and understands how important it is to help families find it. Also, both her daughters required tutoring at different times, so knows that even the smartest child can struggle with a subject now and then.
Lisa previously served on the Georgia State PTA board and is past president of North Fulton Council PTA. Lisa’s main goal was to reach out to the larger community to help them understand how PTA was advocating for kindergarten, vaccines, and that more can be done so that every child’s potential is reached.
Lisa is a long-term volunteer with Girl Scouts, where she received their President’s Award, Lighthouse Award, and Outstanding Volunteer Award. Her commitment to Girl Scouts led her to receiving the President’s Call to Service Award from the Point of Light Institute, an award which recognizes the best in American spirit and encourages all Americans to improve their communities.
Lisa serves on the steering committee of the Greater North Fulton Chamber Talent Coalition and is chair of the Education Connection that helps businesses partner with local schools.