The Chamber has many projects to help promote businesses in our community.
Toombs-Montgomery Youth Leadership - Was started in the fall of 2006 as a project by the 2005/2006 Leadership Toombs-Montgomery Class. The class is made up of 20 high school students from all four high schools in our area. The program covers leadership training, the different components of our area that make this community great, time management, personal finance and proper etiquette.
Tri-CREST - The Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Toombs County Development Authority, the Montgomery County Development Authority and the Tattnall County Commissioners has joined together to create the Tri-County Regional Entrepreneur Support Team (Tri-CREST). The purpose of this team is to encourage and support local entrepreneurs who want to start or expand a local business. Tri-CREST services are advisory in nature and include confidential guidance in areas including, but not limited to: a business plan, startup requirements, financial needs assessment, marketing and strategic planning.
LEADERSHIP TOOMBS-MONTGOMERY -
Leadership Toombs was started by the Toombs County Chamber of Commerce in 1994 under the leadership of Jack and Lynette Dell. The Dell’s continued to serve as Program Chairs until 1997. During their tenure, they laid the groundwork for what has become one of the Chamber’s most highly recognized and prestigious programs. In the 16 years since the program began, the Chamber has seen more than 250 individuals graduate. Many of these people are now in high level leadership positions including: city councils, county commission seats (even serving as chairman), school board positions, chamber board members and serving on boards of many service organizations. Quite a few graduates are in high level positions in major corporations in the area.
In 2000, the chamber merged with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and became the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the leadership program became Leadership Toombs-Montgomery.
Leadership Toombs-Montgomery is designed to bring together new, emerging and potential leaders from the area to address pertinent community needs, strengthen individual leadership abilities, and encourage participants to personally commit to assuming new leadership roles in the communities. The program is designed to enhance a participant’s awareness of our communities and its needs by examining how leadership in the historical, geographical, educational, economic, governmental, and cultural segments work together to perpetuate and advance communities in Toombs and Montgomery Counties.
To identify potential leaders: To educate participants about community needs and leadership opportunities; To improve management and leadership skills; To develop relationships of value when working together on community projects; To create rapport among participants and community leaders; and To assist in matching talents of selected participants with leadership needs.
Program Year/Attendance Requirements
The program begins with an orientation session in August. Following the orientation, the program consists of six (6) learning sessions in which each focuses on critical features of our communities. Select sessions include two days of learning activities. Presentation of individual action plans and graduation completes the program in March. In addition, the applicant is expected to attend the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber Annual Membership Banquet. Both the applicant and his/her respective employer must agree the applicant will devote time to attend the eight (8) monthly sessions beginning in August and ending in March as well as the annual membership banquet. Individuals who are unable to make this commitment need not apply to Leadership Toombs-Montgomery.
Nomination, Application and Selection Process
To be considered for Leadership Toombs-Montgomery, individuals must first be nominated by an organization, business or themselves. Click here for a printable nomination form. Nominations are accepted from March until mid-May of each year. Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be sent a detailed application to complete. The deadline to submit applications is May 31st of each year. A Selection Committee will review each application and select approximately 15 participants for the program which will begin in August.
Logistics and other considerations require the class size must be limited to approximately 15 participants each year. The majority of applicants, approximately two thirds, apply two or three times before being selected. Class selection is a very difficult process, and the Selection Committee works diligently to ensure each class is well represented by a diverse group of participants. Those not selected are encouraged to reapply the following year.
Tuition for Leadership Toombs-Montgomery is $600 per participant. Tuition covers transportation, food, materials and the registration fee for the Annual Membership Meeting for the participant and their spouse/guest.
Tuition assistance of up to ½ the cost is available for participants based on financial need. Participants requesting tuition assistance will be required to show need. All requests for tuition assistance will remain confidential.
Class Projects/Community Involvement
Graduates of Leadership Toombs-Montgomery have been involved in many worthwhile projects. These include: started the Toombs-Montgomery Leadership Program, raised money to help the Refuge Domestic Violence Shelter build a teen center, assisted several needy residents in home improvement projects, delivered home baked goods to local fire and police departments, collected over 1,000 pairs of flip flops to send to children in Iraq, held a “Rock the Vote” project to inspire residents to vote and much more. In addition to this, graduates have assumed leadership roles in many community enhancing organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, United Way, the Boys and Girls Club of Toombs County, the Vidalia Onion Festival and the Toombs Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Graduates are also involved in leadership roles in local government agencies such as the Lyons City Council, the Montgomery County Commissioners, the Toombs County Commissioners and the Vidalia City Council.
Learning about local Government - Montgomery County Courthouse
The bees are quite friendly at Hardeman Apiaries - Mount Vernon
Learning how military vests are made at Savannah Luggage Works
Quilt Show at the Altama Museum of Art & History
This is what 25 lbs of fat looks like!
2014 Leadership Toombs-Montgomery Graduation Class
Economic Devlopment - Working closely with the Development Authorities in this area, the Chamber helps present the advantages of locating in this area to new businesses. Maps, economic reports and outlooks, demographics, history, and real estate information are available to individuals, corporations and small businesses. Low overhead, a stable workforce, ease of transportation and commitment to technology are just a few of the many benefits companies will find in this community.
The Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce members who get "the most for their investment" are those who take advantage of all Chamber services, actively participate in programs and network with other members.