What's a HaberChampion? Habersham Chamber of Commerce Implements Campaign Highlighting Local Businesses

Habersham Co. - If you have been spending your time on social media, chances are you have seen the Habersham Chamber of Commerce’s most recent effort to highlight local businesses or as the chamber says, a HaberChampion.

“A HaberChampion is a chamber member business who has gone above and beyond to stay afloat during these challenging times we’re in,” said Chamber President Mary Beth Horton. “Whether it’s a new product that they’re offering, or an expanded service, or just a different way of doing business, we want to highlight some of these businesses because it’s really quite amazing the creativity and out of the box thinking we’ve been seeing.”

“We just thought they’re worthy of recognition and we’re using our social media platform as a way to increase the exposure and tell people what it is that they do.

Every day one business is highlighted.

Erin London started doing live sales on Facebook every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., which is one reason why they were announced as a HaberChampion. 

The live sales would allow customers to interact with the owner, Meg Luke, and even allow them to purchase while watching the sale. Luke tells WCHM that live sales have been such a hit that they have had customers from all over, including Hawaii. Luke even plans to keep the sales going after her doors are fully open again.

Erin London is also offering curbside pickup, free local delivery within a 10-mile radius, and free shipping on orders over $30. They are revving up for their first-ever “Virtual Fashion Driveway Show” which is set for Sunday, May 17th, and will be streamed via Facebook Live at 3 p.m.

“We’re going to have some of our local models wearing the latest and greatest Erin London fashion,” Luke said. “They are going to be modeling them in their very own driveway.”

You can send HaberChampion nominations to president@habershamchamber.com and include who it is you’re nominating and why you’re nominating them.

“You can really nominate any business that you’ve seen go above and beyond, changed their service, been creative, and thought outside of the box on how to continue to keep their business going,” Horton said. 

“The hope is that they can grow their businesses with new customers as a result,” Horton said. “It seems to be very well received and we’re so glad to be able to support our businesses in this way.”

Along with their HaberChampion campaign, the chamber has its ‘Keep Habersham Happening’ public Facebook page, the newly implemented HERE task force (Habersham Economic Recovery Task Force) which is a collaboration with Chamber of Commerce and Partnership Habersham.

“The HaberChampion is actually one of the pieces of that,” Horton said. “That’s just one thing we’ve started doing but there are many more things in the pipeline.”

Horton went on to say, “Our biggest priority is to get us on a post-pandemic recovery plan so we can all return to normal and get back to the Habersham that we all know and love.”  

Photo: Erin London Retail Store window thanking frontline workers