Business Savings

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce
Office Supply Discount Program
Why pay more for office supplies?
Staples Discount - Members receive an exclusive discount at Staples both online and in store.
It’s easy to take advantage of the savings through the Staples Business Advantage Program!  Leverage the partnership between the Chamber and Staples, and save on everything you need to keep your business running:

•    Members save an average of 15%-30% off Staples's already low prices
•    Best buy list of 2,000 most frequently purchased items
•    Free delivery for orders over $50
•    More than office supplies- a fully integrated solution with discounts on furniture, technology, promo, facilities and breakroom
•    Print solutions:  $0.02 black/white, $0.23 color copies, 50% off finishing services

Questions?  Contact Laura Bourdelais at

Click here to register for Staples Discount Program

Contact: Dawson County Chamber Staff, Melissa Mayton: / (706)265-6278

Drugs Don’t Work in Georgia

Georgia’s Drug Free Workplace Program provides for a 7.5% discount (or credit) on your annual Workers Compensation insurance premium if you meet and maintain the criteria for a Drug Free Workplace Program. The program requires a written policy, employee/supervisor training and 4 different forms of substance abuse testing: Pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, and follow-up (from a previous positive test where employers offer rehabilitation).

Drug free workplace - Over 77% of all illicit drug users are employed. Small and medium-sized firms employ 80% of the U.S. workforce where drug testing policies & programs are not in place. Absenteeism, increased healthcare costs and decreased productivity due to alcohol and other substance abuse costs your company $1,000 per employee per year.

Drug testing and drug free workplace programs are an institution in many workplaces these days. According to a recent poll by the Institute for a Drug Free Workplace, more than 71% of major U.S. companies regularly test for drugs and alcohol. In a 2005 Gallup poll survey, 37% of respondents said that substance abuse problems at work had increased in the last 5 years.

The Workers Compensation Insurance credit creates a profit through the program. The hidden benefits of such a program include lower absenteeism, lower healthcare costs, increased productivity, less likelihood of workers compensation claims and lower ultimate costs of these claims. There is also tremendous public relations value to such a program.

This program is designed to assist businesses in achieving drug-free certification.

To achieve drug-free certification, complete these 5 steps:
  1. Have a substance abuse policy.
  2. Conduct (limited) drug testing - You DO NOT have to test your entire workforce!
  3. Complete employee education.
  4. Complete supervisor training
  5. Have an Employee Assistance Program or Counselors List.
* A sample policy, monthly newsletters, training videos, & list of counselors are available at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce. Please call the chamber at 706-265-6278 for more information on becoming a Drugs Don’t Work Partner.
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Georgia Chamber Small Business Alliance

Through a recently launched partnership between the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, a new benefit is available to small businesses with less than ten (10) full-time employees.

You have the opportunity to become an Alliance member of the state chamber. This benefit is available at no additional cost to you; it is complimentary through your yearly local chamber membership investment. Should you choose to take advantage of this offer you will receive the additional benefits listed below.
Benefits of the Alliance membership

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