Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Interview with Linda Chatmon, President of Southern Crescent Small Business Chamber of Commerce

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1- Hello Linda, can you please tell us a bit about you?
I am the Owner of Two awesome brands, Political appointee for the largest economic development project in the state of ga, and President of the Southern Crescent Small Business Chamber of commerce. In all of those roles, I specialize in the growth of startups, small, minority, woman, veteran and rural owned businesses through government contracts and Grants, technology, and e-learning

2- What are your focus areas and why?
Local and state government, Federal government and Defense contracts. I specialize in these areas because few small businesses know how to successfully navigate this very unique and profitable market.

What influences your work? Relationships with elected officials and key decision makers. What makes you want to wake up every morning? To know that I will impact a startup, small, minority, woman, veteran or rural owned business.

3- What should people expect when meeting you in person?
That despite my accomplishments and relationships I remain diligent and passionate about what I do and it client says I always make them feel as if they are moving in slow motion. My view of myself is that I am a combination of Olivia Pope and Cookie Lyons.

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4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
In the growth of small businesses. I have been responsible for more than 12.2 Billion dollars in contract negotiations and awards since 2011.

5- Can you tell us more about the Southern Crescent Small Business Chamber of Commerce?
It is a Chamber that operates like a Business. Traditionally, chambers of commerce and similar member-driven trade organizations have
focused on membership growth as their only performance metric, not the market strength of their members, “But that’s not our focus. I have 22 years of experience growing businesses other than my own and it makes sense to me that my value as a leader is to help our members grow their businesses. That’s the metric by which I plan to measure the performance and effectiveness of Southern Crescent: If we can accelerate the success of local businesses, we are successful as a business organization. Then and only then can I say we have served our members.”

6- Where do see yourself in the next 5 years?
Adding founder of a credit union specifically for our membership. We already have a capital exchange program where members can apply for no interest, no credit check loans to stand up a contract award. It is NOT an accounts receivables financing or factoring. No one else is doing that in the country.

7- What can you tell young women entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams?
To join our chamber so we can accelerate the plan. All of our programmings is streamed so people all over the world. A benefit from our program.

8- What are you most excited about at the moment?
Our contracts exchange program. It’s a program where each member pledges 5percent of all contracts awarded, along with other major firms we have partnered with. That ensures that everyone is getting contracts within our chamber.

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10- The last word or final thoughts?
Yes. So many startups have a freelancer work ethic. I invite them to sign up and participate in our “Don’t confuse. Ring a freelancer with being an Entrepreneur.

To know more about Linda and her work, visit:
Lind on Instagram,
– Linda Chatmon on Instagram,
Southern Crescent Small Business Chamber of Commerce on Instagram,
– Southern Crescent Small Business Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.

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Noelle Elia
Noelle Elia
is a Financial analyst at PSPC. Graduated from Telfer School of Management, Finance/Accounting with interest to Entrepreneurship and New Media.
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