Welcome to the Henry County Chamber of Commerce!
More than a Membership…
it’s a Partnership
Life in Henry County
Message From the President
The Chamber takes a leadership role in actively bringing together the collective visioning of the business community, elected officials, infrastructure organizations and key civic and business leaders by facilitating an annual Intergovernmental Retreat to foster cooperation and understanding on shared topics of vital concern to the growth and development of Henry County.
Henry County is located “Comfortably south of Atlanta,” with only a 20-minute access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the ability to arrive at locations in either Atlanta or Macon in an hour’s time, or to make the 3 and 1/2 hour trek all the way to the coast. Its seven exits along Interstate 75 afford easy access to member businesses, recreation, dining and lodging.
The Chamber’s 700 business members range from large corporations to locally-owned and operated entities. Each member is both vital and valued and the Chamber promotes the “Shop Local – Shop Henry” program.
The largest sporting venue in the state, Atlanta Motor Speedway, is located in Henry County. Our residents enjoy a premier hospital and healthcare specialists, as well as excellent educational facilities. There are numerous recreational opportunities. The Chamber website offers valuable information on living, working and visiting our county.
We hope you will visit often – or join us!
David H. Gill, President & CEO
Welcome to the Henry County Chamber of Commerce
The Henry County Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the business climate and making our community the best place to live, work and play.
Founded 50 years ago in 1967, your Chamber is a highly proactive and visible influence in Henry County and the entire South Metro Region.
The ultimate task of the Chamber is economic development. Not only do we work to bring new business into our rapidly growing county, we also strive to ensure our existing businesses thrive and that newcomers and visitors recognize what Henry County has to offer. As such, the Convention and Visitors Bureau operates under the umbrella of the Chamber.
Henry County Georgia... a destination for families to live, work and play.
May 2019Business After HoursThursday, May 235:30 PM – 7:00 PMComfort Suites – McDonough64 Hwy. 81
McDonough, GA 30252
Chamber members are invited to come meet and mingle with members of the Henry County business community and enjoy the hospitality of Comfort Suites – McDonough and its staff during Business After Hours on Thursday, May 16. Treat yourself to a variety of heavy hors d'oeuvres, sample select beverages, and enjoy the networking while you learn the highlights about this property that make it a popular destination for visiting families, business professionals and tourists alike.
BE A JACKPOT WINNER
The HCCC Jack Pot will be $50. You must be present to win.
About Comfort Suites-McDonough
Travelers will enjoy any room and all of the amenities in this spacious all-suites hotel conveniently located off I-75, Exit 218. Our relaxing Comfort Suites® McDonough hotel with suites is located near Mercer University, Southpoint Mall and Facet Technologies, Summit Racing, Heritage Park, and Atlanta Motor Speedway. A great start to the day includes our famous waffles. You can also earn rewards like gift cards and free nights by joining our Choice Privileges® program.Business After Hours are free networking events for members and their invited (adult) guests.
Business Booster Luncheon
Thursday, May 16
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Chamber Hudgins Room
1709 Highway 20 West
McDonough, GA 30253
The Opioid Epidemic, an American Crisis
Emmett R. Highland
Diversion Outreach Coordinator
Drug Enforcement Administration
Atlanta Field Division
I recently sat in an emergency room waiting area with an ailing loved one. I was surprised to see the waiting area clogged with so many patients acting erratically. It seemed as if they were waiting for their next fix. This got me to thinking about drugs and how they impact not only our healthcare providers, but also our workplaces and our families. What changes should you and I expect to see in an employee struggling with addiction? How can we protect our loved ones? Ourselves? Like me, you may ask yourself these same kinds of questions. The opioid epidemic refers to the growing struggle with addiction of opioid painkillers, as well as illegal opioid drugs such as heroin. – Dodie Cason
Join us for the May Small Business Booster Luncheon where Supervisory Special Agent Emmett Highland U. S. DEA (Retired) will share his expertise and experience on the Opioid Crisis.
Emmett Highland graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation, he pursued his career goal to serve in drug law enforcement by joining the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He worked for the GBI for approximately 2+ years in the Narcotics Division and performed numerous undercover operations.
In 1987, Emmett accepted a Special Agent position with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In 1998, Emmett was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent. During his career with DEA, Emmett was assigned to offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Wilmington, North Carolina; Canberra, Australia; and Atlanta, Georgia. Emmett is a certified expert witness concerning drug investigations in the Western District of Louisiana. Emmett retired from DEA in November 2017 and accepted his current position with MVM, Inc. as the DEA Atlanta Diversion Outreach Coordinator. He is married and has two children.
The discounted cost for this catered lunch for those who register and pay online is $12 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. An additional charge of $3 will be applied for those who pay at the door. To cover catering costs, no-shows will be expected to make payment.
Help the Chamber Welcome New Teachers to Henry County
The Henry County Chamber of Commerce is proud to support Henry County Schools in its pursuit of educational excellence by sponsoring the 2019 Teacher Induction Program (TIP) luncheon on July 19, 2019. The luncheon is part of a week-long orientation of new teachers to the Henry County School System. The Chamber sponsors this event to welcome the teachers to Henry County, but we need your help to make it a success. You can help by sponsoring the luncheon or donating promotional items.
Approximately 475 new teachers will soon be arriving to join the largest employer in Henry County. They not only will provide educational opportunities for our children, but will also have a significant impact on our local economy.
We are asking Chamber members to help fund the TIP luncheon and provide items representing their businesses for teacher gift bags. A donation of 475 items will be needed for the gift bags. Below is TIP sponsorship information. All items for the gift bags must be received by 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019.
Thank you to our Elite Members
The businesses that make up the Elite Partnership, partner with the Chamber in a combined effort to strengthen Henry County’s economic climate through their substantial contributions to the Chamber. This helps advance its mission and economic development initiatives that help preserve Henry County’s reputation as a dynamic and vibrant location to do business.