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Chamber “Launches” New Council for Rising Professionals LaunchSAVANNAH — a Resource for the New Workforce

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By: Calli Monnier

May 30, 2013 SAVANNAH, GA -- The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce has added a new council tailored to the needs of local professionals early in their careers. The council, called LaunchSAVANNAH, will provide this important sector of the workforce with professional development, mentoring and networking as well as philanthropic and cultural opportunities.

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce has a 206-year history of business leadership in Georgia, the coastal region and the Savannah/Chatham County area. The organization has more than 2,200 member companies and board members representing an array of sectors, experience and leadership.

“The Chamber’s mission is to preserve and bolster business in Savannah now and for the future,” said Chamber President and CEO Bill Hubbard. “We realized our young businesspeople could advance professionally if we better utilized our experience and resources to help them understand, prepare for and engage in the economic terrain of Savannah.”

This council will serve as a resource for emerging professionals ages 22–40 in the Savannah area by providing monthly events that offer a mix of networking opportunities, educational workshops as well as volunteer and cultural experiences. These young professionals will also enjoy exposure to and mentorship from local top business community leaders.

“As someone in this early career demographic,” said Community Relations Manager and head of LaunchSAVANNAH Drew Hunt, “I now have a better perspective on my own career path after experiencing the benefits, resources and connections that the Chamber and its 2,200+ members can provide.

“This community has a lot to offer, and we want to retain young talent and see them create innovative products and services that answer Savannah’s needs in the future.”

The LaunchSAVANNAH mission is to establish a group that is well-rounded in its involvement, while helping ambitious, young leaders reach the next steps in their careers.

“These people will be leading our community one day,” Hunt said, “and LaunchSAVANNAH will help them prepare for that responsibility by cultivating relationships with each other, learning from the our current leaders and exposing them to the people and organizations that move this city and make it great.”

The council is open to Chamber members and non-members. The premier event will be Thursday, June 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Guests can network with colleagues and top community leaders, while enjoying appetizers, beverages and live entertainment.

For additional information, contact Community Relations Manager Drew Hunt at or 912.644.6422.

Phone: 912.644.6429

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