Chairman’s Message

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is the cornerstone of the Athens business community, and  businesses large and small are proud to call Athens home.  Representing tech start-ups and manufacturers, hospitality and higher education, an amazing medical community, and a world-class creative community, there is no finer place to work, live, and play.  The Chamber is connected to a diverse business community in the Athens area, and it is our goal to help it continue to thrive and grow.  

Yet, at the heart of the Athens community is a “Spirit of Service.”  Our citizens’ commitment to service is the core of what makes Athens such a wonderful place to call home.  This year, it is the Chamber’s goal to nurture this “Spirit of Service” by not only better serving our members, but also finding ways to better serve our community.  As chairman, it is my goal to ensure that the Chamber is able to serve our members through continued quality and relevant programming, accurate and timely communication, and advocacy on behalf of our members with our local government and elected officials.

As part of this year’s focus on a “Spirit of Service,” not only is it important for the Chamber to serve its members, but also it is crucial for the business community to give back.  Athens is blessed to have amazing organizations and talented professionals who serve our community in a wide variety of ways and who contribute to our economic vitality.  It is the Chamber’s goal to partner with some of these key organizations throughout the year to further strengthen this “Spirit of Service” that makes Athens so special.  

Over the course of the year, I hope the Chamber will be of service to you, your business and your employees and that you will join us as we find ways to give back to the community.  I invite you to explore our website and uncover the many benefits, networking opportunities and programs your Chamber membership provides.

On behalf of the 2017 board of directors, welcome to the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dean Mannheimer
Chairman
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce