Executive Director's Message
On behalf of myself and the Butt’s County Chamber of Commerce: Welcome!
The true value of the Chamber is its diverse membership, which is made up of both large and small businesses. Membership in the Butts County Chamber of Commerce offers opportunities and access for your business as well as partnership in building a stronger community. Our mission is to provide leadership in developing a unified, thriving business community through networking, education, marketing, community awareness, public relations, and tourism. To carry out this mission, the Chamber serves as the voice of business and involves the public sector in community leadership. The Chamber also works to increase business opportunities for our members while nurturing a better quality of life for the citizens of Butts County.
Unique opportunities are available for members such as monthly networking at “Eggs and Issues,” or “Business After Hours.” Our special events also provide opportunities to network, promote business, and meet others in the community. Some of the major events include Octoberfest (“Scare of the Square,” The Butts County Fall Festival, The Great Pumpkin Walk, “Coffee with a Cop” ), the Butts County Christmas Parade, Groundhog Day, Day at the Capitol, Spring Annual Banquet, Chamber Golf Classic, and PirateFest.
On January 18, 1909, a Chamber of Commerce first organized in Jackson, but by 1937 the chamber lapsed into inactivity. In May 1957, however, J. T. Beckham and Vincent Jones re-organized the Butts County Chamber of Commerce at a meeting in the courthouse with 123 charter members formed out of the Downtown Merchants Association. The first officers were: Vincent Jones, president; J. T Beckham, vice-president; Elizabeth McMichael, secretary and Candler Webb, treasurer. On June 7, 1957, the Butts County Chamber of Commerce officially registered with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Corporations Division ( History of Butts County Georgia, 1825-1976, Revised Edition, 2012).