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Local Chamber to offer educational classes for business owners

Business owners often wear many hats: customer service representative, human resources professional, and marketing manager, just to name a few. But the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce wants to equip local business owners with the skills they need to handle many of those roles effectively.

Next week, the Chamber will begin offering its Business Institute, a four-part series of sessions that will cover a variety of topics, at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center in Evans. The program is being sponsored by SRP Federal Credit Union and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

The first two-hour session, which will be held on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., will be presented by Alison South Marketing Group’s Vice President of Digital Marketing, Trey Blanton. Blanton will present “Digital Marketing Trends to Watch in 2023.” The other three sessions will be held on Tuesday mornings in June, July, and August.

“We try to offer programming that fits anybody; it engages all of our members in different ways,” said Chamber President and CEO, Russell Lahodny. “We wanted a program that could provide them (business owners) tools that could help them grow their businesses.”

Last year’s topics included customer service and social media.

Lahodny said each session will last two hours to give entrepreneurs a more thorough presentation on each topic and allow them to ask questions about their individual business situations.

“It also provides the presenter the opportunity to go a little deeper,” he said.

The cost for Chamber members is $25 per session, but business owners who register for all four sessions by Tuesday will pay a special bundle rate. For more information or to register for the first session, visit

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