The event was highlighted by the Passing of the Gavel from 2015 Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Jimmy Byars, Hardy Realty & Development, to 2016 Chairman Curtis Gardner, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q.
Also at the 105th Annual Meeting:
Rome Cleaners, who is celebrating 70 years of service in Rome and Floyd County, was named 2016 Small Business of the Year. Nominees for this year’s award included The Competitive Edge, The Garage of Rome, Goo-Goo Express Wash, Hometown Headlines, Merry Maids of Rome, Pizza Hut, Ready-or-Not, Rome Cleaners, and WOW Café and Wingery.
Kimberly Garner, of Ashton Staffing, was honored as the 2015 Ambassador of the Year.
Mr. Gardner made the announcement that the Chamber will be creating a full slate of programs to participate in this year’s Georgia Small Business Week, which runs February 15th -19th. Georgia Small Business Week celebrates the vital contributions of Georgia’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the Georgia economy.
“As a small business owner myself, I believe it is crucial that we recognize the efforts of our small business leaders in our community,” said 2016 Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Chairman Curtis Gardner, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q. “The men and women who run these businesses are our inventive minds and job creators. They are the real heart of our community.”
Attendees of the meeting were treated to the third annual Taste of Rome, where they sampled tastings from Bonez & Gristles Barbecue and Catering, Honeymoon Bakery, Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q and The Season Events. Live music was also provided by the Greg Robbins Quartet.
Thank you to our Chamber members and Partners and Prosperity III Investors.
About the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce:
Established in 1910, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce works to promote prosperity and foster business opportunities in Rome and Floyd County, Georgia, for and through its membership. The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce is the unified economic development marketing entity that works on behalf of the City of Rome, Floyd County Government, the Development Authority of Floyd County, and the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority. The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce is located at 1 Riverside Parkway in Rome, Georgia.