The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce oversees an array of councils dedicated to important community matters. Learn more about each of our councils below.

Small Business Council

The Small Business Council was created to provide our small businesses with resources they can utilize to help their businesses grow. Our membership is 80 percent small business and the top request we receive is networking opportunities. In addition to providing monthly member meetings and after-hour business connections annually, the Chamber strives to provide a voice and venue for those members through our Small Business Council.

The council provides the following events to support our Small Business Members:

Coffee Chats – Monthly, 8:30am-10:00am:
Members are invited to commence their morning with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and stimulating business conversations with new clients. Coffee Chats typically see around 50-60 attendees.

Power Hour Luncheon – 11:30am-1:00pm:
Business owners and entrepreneurs gather over lunch to learn about resources available for small businesses. This luncheon includes a presentation along with networking with anywhere from 50 to 80 attendees.

Speed Networking – 11:30am-1:00pm:
At this fast-paced event, each attendee has 30 seconds to introduce themselves and their company to Chamber members at their table. To keep time moving quickly, attendance is limited to 60 attendees.

Courses & Conversations – 11:30am-1:00pm:
Members are invited to enjoy a three-course networking lunch opportunity, spending 15-20 minutes each on their appetizer, entrée, and dessert. This event hosts roughly 60 attendees who indulge in conversations about their business.

Business on the Move – 4:30pm-6:30pm:
This event is the best opportunity for a smaller business to showcase their venue, services, products, food, etc. Attendance usually ranges from 30-40 members. The participating business provides light bites as well as alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks.

The council also typically presents the Small Business of the Year Award at the Chamber’s Annual Business Awards Banquet.

Savannah Tribune
Shirley James, Publisher

Samantha Wilkins
Small Business and Events Manager
Phone: (912) 644-6459

Jordi Granger
Client Relations Manager, The Steffen Law Firm
Small Business Council Chair


Stephanie Painter
Small Business and Events Manager


Marianne Poppell
Chair, Owner, Savannah Master Calendar Cofounder & Simply Savannah Marketing
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