By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Programs foster ideas, training
Lecture series latest offering
Placeholder Image
Forsyth County News

• To register for NxLeveL, call (706) 864-1918, e-mail or go online at The class is $495; $395 for chamber members.

• The TeamMBA master’s degree program is currently recruiting students to begin classes August. For more information, call (770) 205-5446 or log on to

When it comes to taking business education to the next level, one partnership stands out in Forsyth County.

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and North Georgia College & State University’s Mike Cottrell School of Business continue their work together with a new professional lecture series.

The series is the latest addition to the partnership, which also includes the NxLeveL and TeamMBA programs.

The professional lecture series began this morning with guest speaker James Dinkins, marketing vice president for Coca-Cola Food Service.

The free breakfast lectures are offered through TeamMBA, the university’s business master’s degree program, and held at Cumming City Hall.

John Douglas, TeamMBA director, said the lecture series serves two purposes.

The guest speakers update the community on the latest trends in their respective fields. But because the program’s students are sponsoring the series, they get hands-on experience promoting and running the event.

It also benefits the community, he said.

“There is exposure to some of these senior-level people that some of our students would not have had the chance to meet in their regular routine,” he said.

“We will have other business, government and military speakers. That’s the plan, so they get a broad, diverse orientation to a variety of topics.”

While TeamMBA is a graduate program, the university’s other offering, NxLeveL, is geared toward business professionals looking to advance.

The chamber and university joined with the Center for the Future of North Georgia and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce to offer the eight-week program last year in Alpharetta.

Ten business owners, representing eight area businesses, graduated from it.

This year, the program will be held in Cumming beginning Jan. 19. Much like 2009, the classes will focus on marketing analysis, financial planning and management and preparation for growth.

James McCoy, president and chief executive officer of the local chamber, said the partnership with the college provides the county with both short and long-term paths to fostering businesses in the community.

“We have a rich environment of strong business people who are providing great business opportunities that make this a stronger community,” he said.

“These are people that are going to be creating jobs, making capital investments and helping all of us grow and develop.”