Is it just me… or has everyone felt this year move by quickly?! And what a year it has been so far. In just a few days, we’ll be hosting our 7th Annual Athens Area Women’s+ Summit – a day filled with connectivity, empowerment, support, and community. Shortly thereafter, you’ll begin to see the plans unfolding for The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Uptown for the Holidays events. Our 2023 Athens Area Gift Guide will debut, and our Keep the Cheer Here campaign will get our message out to Love Athens – Keep it Local and shop local and early! Shop at our member businesses during the AACC Uptown for the Holidays events and you just might find yourself receiving an early holiday gift from us.


Planning is well underway for our Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Gala which will be held on January 25, 2024, at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center. We know that engaged businesses and individuals make our community stronger and more dynamic. With that, nominations are now open for the 2023 Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards. As we debuted last year, we will be announcing the winners one month prior to the event, sharing their stories with the community, and getting others involved and excited about these businesses and individuals. More information about the event will be available on our website soon – this will be one you won’t want to miss!


November, to me, reminds me to focus on gratitude – even more than I already do. Personally, I am grateful for my son, parents, family, friends, a home I love and a career that I have always strived for.

I am grateful for our remarkable, hard-working Chamber members. For my fantastic staff and Board of Directors who do amazing work for our members, our community, and for each other. For this amazing place that we get to call home. For ALL of you. Please take some time to think about all you are grateful for. To quote Melody Beattie, Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”


In gratitude,