Central Fence, Nordson are businesses of year
by Emanuel County Live | January 25, 2006 12:00 am
“To enhance the economic prosperity of our members and promote the free enterprise system in Emanuel County” The above is the new mission statement of SwainsboroEmanuel County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber held its 52nd annual membership meeting and banquet last Thursday evening at the Swainsboro Country Club.
Outgoing Chairman John Neighbors handed the gavel over to incoming Chairman Ken Warnock. Central Fence Company was named small business of the year and the Nordson Corporation was named large business of the year. Local businessman Lamar Anderson was named person of the year.
Anderson is a charter member of the Swainsboro Rotary Club, a former city councilperson and former Chamber President. He has been in business locally for 52 years as owner and operator of Auto Parts Supply Company. The business was named small business of the year by the Chamber in 2004.
Addressing the membership, Warnock outlined three major initiatives for the Chamber in the coming year. First is the dedication of the new Chamber offices to be held in March. Second was to implement an ongoing plan for increased signage along the US 1 bypass. The third initiative, called the “big one” by Warnock was to recruit and hire a Chamber Executive. The Chamber has operated without an Executive Director for well over a year.
Warnock stated that the Chamber was growing at a healthy pace. He said there were 223 members at the end of 2004, 246 at the end of 2005, and Warnock set a goal of 275 by the end of 2006.
Warnock also said he would bring back “business after hours” on a monthly basis, schedule a board retreat for strategic planning, begin a quarterly dinner with an existing industry, generate a monthly newsletter for members and continue hosting the annual “Eggs and Issues” breakfast with Georgia legislators.
Warnock told the members the Chamber had a budget for this year of $165,000 assets of $420,000 and liabilities of $89,000. The liabilities are mostly associated with the renovation and moving into the new building. The debt is scheduled to be retired in three years.