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Savannah Vet, Dr. Jason King, Launches Pet Care Reminder App, “HEEL”

Savannah Vet, Dr. Jason King, Launches Pet Care Reminder App, “HEEL”

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Jason King, CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurology, has launched a new network app called “Heel!” that’s designed to foster cooperation and information sharing between veterinarians and pet owners.

Dr. Jason King

Dr. Jason King, CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurology

The system sends reminders for medication or other recurring needs to pet owners via a smartphone app. An internet portal allows veterinary professionals to communicate with each other and the pet owner on prescription refills, therapy details, and other pet health issues.

“The app tames the problem of pet prescription compliance, allowing the sharing of reminders between pet parents, spouses, pet-sitters, and veterinary professionals,” King said. “Heel!also allows real-time updating of therapy details directly from the prescribing veterinarian to the owner’s phone reminders. Pet parents are able to request prescription refills with the convenience of one touch while veterinarians gain improved compliance and control. Pets, the center of the network, gain a seamless web of communication across their care team, which can remain entirely focused on the animal’s health.”

King is the founder and owner of Live Oak Veterinary Neurologyin Savannah, which offers veterinary medical and surgical therapy for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles.

“It’s unfortunate, but we see a lot of preventable deaths occur because pet parents don’t administer the prescribed medication regularly or to its entirety,” continued King. “As much of a convenience as this app is, it is also intended to save lives.”

He recently was recognized for his development of the Heel!app by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. He was selected as a winner of the organization’s inaugural BizPitch Savannahentrepreneurial competition in September 2018.

The Heel!app is available for download through online app stores or from the website www.heelapp.com.

ABOUT DR. JASON KING AND LIVE OAK VETERINARY NEUROLOGY
Jason King is the founder and CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurologyin Savannah, Ga., and developer of the award-winning “Heel!” veterinary network app. The practice provides medical and surgical therapies for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles and offers diagnostic tools and advanced training in electrophysiology and neurosurgery. Dr. King graduated from the University of Georgiain 2006 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine and is one of only 325 board-certified veterinary neurologists in the world. For more information, call 912-662-7544, visit www.liveoakvetneuro.com/or www.heelapp.com.

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Enmarket among the First Convenience Stores to Launch Skip Frictionless Checkout

Enmarket Mobile Payments

Customers Scan Items they want on the Enmarket App and Pay via Their Phone, Saving Time

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarketconvenience stores are making an enhancement to their mobile app that will allow customers to buy items through their phones and save a trip to the register.

Enmarket, one of the first convenience store chains in the U.S. to use the new mobile payment technology, has partnered with Skip, a mobile self-checkout service. The technology is designed to reduce the speed of checkout from an average of 60 seconds to an instant checkout action controlled by the customer.

It also is configured to provide easy access to promotional deals and in-store items at the pump or prior to arrival.

Skip Frictionless Checkouthelps customers bypass the checkout line and helps us enhance their experience by focusing more on merchandising and customer service,” said Brett Giesick, president of Savannah-based Enmarket, which operates 123 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. “It allows us to give back the most priceless of resources to its customers- their time.”

Enmarketsales associates are notified when Skipusers arrive and can monitor their purchases. The new technology will allow employees to spend more time on guest satisfaction, food service and maintaining their stores.

“This technology helps us achieve our mission of providing a best-in-class convenience store experience by offering an instant checkout action controlled by our customers,” continued Giesick. “Enmarketwill continue to explore innovative ways to make it easier for customers to patronize our stores.”

Skipis a hybrid of mobile payments and AmazonGo’s “just walk out” experiences. When customers finish shopping, they don’t have to wait in a line. They can finalize payment in the app and be on their way.

“Getting our product into stores like Enmarketis a perfect fit” said Chase Thomason, Skipfounder and CEO. “There are some fantastic similarities in our respective missions to the end customer, and we definitely share the appreciation of valuing the consumers’ time in the fast-paced world that we live in.”

Enmarketwill implement Skip Frictionless Checkoutin early 2019.

For more information on Skip Frictionless Checkout, please visit https://getskip.com/businesses/

To download Enmarket’s free mobile app, please visit your Apple or Google App Store or visit www.enmarket.com.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarketcurrently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 123 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

Ron Stephens Recognized at The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Open House at New Center Location

Ron Stephens Recognized at The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Open House at New Center Location

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) announced the selection of Georgia House District 164 Incumbent Republican, Ron Stephens, as the recipient of the 2019 Marie McGaughey Childhood Philanthropy Award at an open house which held at MRCA’s new location on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The award will be officially presented at MRCA’s 2019 Autism Conference on March 1, 2019, at the Savannah Convention Center.

Patti Victor, President and CEO of the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

“Ron was a natural pick for this award,” said Kim Reardon, founder and Director Emerita of MRCA. “He is always ready to lead the fight for positive change in this community.” President and CEO Patti Victor continues, “Ron has been a consistent and effective advocate for quality healthcare and access to vital support services for children with autism and other developmental challenges.”

After spending five years at MRCA’s previous location, the organization outgrew the facility and had the opportunity to move to an 8,800 sq. foot school building, formerly St. Francis Cabrini Catholic School, which can accommodate up to 40 students and features natural light classrooms and outdoor playgrounds.

The brand new Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

The increase in square footage allowed for new students; MRCA has 27 children currently enrolled, a nearly 125% increase since 2015.

The new building is located at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 59 children in the USA will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This represents an increase of 15 percent over the CDC’s 2014 estimate of 1 in 68.

ABOUT THE MATTHEW REARDON CENTER FOR AUTISM (MRCA):
MRCA operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 870 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,500 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. The organization was incorporated in 2000 and currently serves 27 students through ADVANCE Academy. They have 14 full-time employees and operate in an 8,800 sq foot school building, formerly St. Francis Cabrini Catholic School, located at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419. Website: http://www.matthewreardon.org/

Savannah Parents and Students Invited to Bethesda Academy Open House to Meet New Learning Specialist on Nov. 15

Savannah Parents and Students Invited to Bethesda Academy Open House to Meet New Learning Specialist on Nov. 15

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academywill host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for prospective students and their parents or guardians to get a glimpse of the quality of education, and the focus on leadership and tradition of excellence the historic school offers in addition to day-school and boarding enrollment options.

New to Bethesdathis year is Susan Boatright, a credentialed educator and learning specialist who has implemented a student success program which includes an individualized learning plan for each student, particularly those with recognized learning issues. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Boatright at the open house.

Susan Boatright New Learning Specialist at Bethesda Academy

Susan Boatright, New Learning Specialist at Bethesda Academy

“The open house is intended for interested students and parents to get a glimpse of the leadership and quality of education that Bethesda Academyoffers,” said Bethesda Academypresident Dr. Michael Hughes.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Carter Space Building at Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave., Savannah, Ga.

“One of our biggest differentiators is Bethesda’s work study-internship program,” Hughes continued. “Every student leaves Bethesdawith entrepreneurial and real-world leadership skills. Sophomores, juniors and seniors all have an opportunity to participate in the work study-internship program. We will be explaining this program in more detail to the attendees of our open house.”

Bethesda Academyat a Glance:
• The school, which dates to 1740, prides itself on transforming every boy into a young man of the utmost character.
• Young men in grades 6-12 benefit from small class sizes, supportive teachers and yearly campus internships.
• The Bethesdaexperience goes beyond the classroom walls. Its core values, which include a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic, are instilled in every student.
Bethesdaboasts a dynamic and disciplined athletic program as well as an outstanding preparatory curriculum focused on career and higher education pursuits.

Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about the open house or to submit an application, contact Brandi Simpson, director of admissions, at 912.351.2068or brandi.hebron@bethesdaacademy.org.

Bethesda Academy Logo

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. It is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and a hands-on comprehensive curriculum that includes technology applications and STEM opportunities. Through its Lead The Way initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

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Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Selects Representative Ron Stephens as Award Recipient

Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Selects Representative Ron Stephens as Award Recipient

(SAVANNAH, GA) State Representative Ron Stephens was at the Matthew Reardon Center on November 2, 2018 at 9am for the announcement that he is the recipient of the prestigious Marie McGaughey Childhood Philanthropy Award due to his long history serving as a powerful champion for Georgia’s children, particularly those with developmental disabilities like Autism.

(Left to right) MRCA Board Chair, Sue Adler; MRCA President, Patti Victor; St. Francis Cabrini Pastor Fr. Gabe Cummings; State Rep. Ron Stephens

Ron was a natural pick for this award,” said Kim Reardon, founder and Director Emerita of MRCA. “He is always ready to lead the fight for positive change in this community.” President and CEO Patti Victor continues, “Ron has been a consistent and effective advocate for quality healthcare and access to vital support services for children with autism and other developmental challenges.”

The award will be formally presented at the 2019 Autism Conference at the Savannah Convention Center on March 1, 2019.

State Rep. Ron Stephens with MRCA student, Leila Boulware (Students, Darren Lazare and Kevin Parker can be seen in the back).

State Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) represents the 164th District in the Georgia House of Representatives. Ron is the Chairman of the House Economic Development & Tourism Committee and has served in the House for twenty-one years. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Rules, and Ways and Means Committees.

Ron has a long history with the Matthew Reardon Center,” said CEO Patti Victor. “It was very moving to watch him as he toured our wonderful new facility and met and talked with students. Ron was a champion for us when we started 18 years ago in a few clinical rooms, later when we moved to carved-out office space and, now, as we begin a new era of serving southeast Georgia’s autism community in this beautiful school setting. We – our students, families and community – owe great gratitude to the Chatham Legislative Delegation for their ongoing support and to St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, host at our new location.”

Representative Stephens is a graduate from Armstrong State & Mercer University with a degree in Pharmacy. He and his wife, Janice, have two daughters, Karen and Ashlin, two grandsons, Walker Reese and James “Beau” William Dukes, IV and one granddaughter, Ivey Carolina.

For these reasons and many others, the Matthew Reardon Center is pleased to announce that Representative Ron Stephens will receive this prestigious award.

ABOUT THE MATTHEW REARDON CENTER FOR AUTISM (MRCA):
MRCA operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 900 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,500 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. The organization was incorporated in 2000 and currently serves 27 students through ADVANCE Academy. They have 14 full-time employees and operate in an 8,800 sq foot school building, formerly St. Francis Cabrini Catholic School, located at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419. Website: http://www.matthewreardon.org/ (912) 355-9098

Bethesda Academy 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament Raises Over $90,000 for Student Scholarships

Bethesda Academy 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament Raises Over $90,000 for Student Scholarships
10th Annual Benefit held at Forest City Gun Club

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy raised $93,650 at their 10th annual Sporting Clays Tournament held at the Forest City Gun Club. All sponsorship and event proceeds benefit Bethesda’s scholarship program for young men in grades six through twelve.

The tournament included a wild game lunch and wild game hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception, both prepared by chef Kirk Blaine. In addition, participants attended a safety and shooting clinic.

The live auction, award ceremony and wild game cocktail reception was held after the tournament. Auction and raffle items included a hunting trip with Whiddon Wingshooting in Argentina, a condo on Cudjoe Key, a Ford Plantation discovery trip, a pheasant tower shoot, a Pig Pickin’ Party for 30, an oyster roast for 20 and much more.

“We are so grateful for the community’s support of the sporting clays tournament, which has grown in both scope and appeal over the past decade,” said Bethesda Academy president Dr. Michael Hughes. “Proceeds from this event provide critical funds which allow us to ensure that cost is never a hindrance to a family’s ability to send their son to Bethesda Academy.”

For more information about the event, please visit www.bethesdaacademy.org

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

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October Open for Business: Podcasts for Business

October Open for Business: Podcasts for Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC for the October session of their monthly Open for Business ® series. This month’s topic is podcasts for business. The conversation takes place via Facebook Live on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ Facebook page. This month’s session will be held on Wednesday, October 31, at noon. Interested parties can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/295629691272372/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1539281273308591

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Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

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