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Mark Howard to Present Retirement Tips at the Chamber’s Power Hour in October

Mark Howard to Present Retirement Tips at the Chamber’s Power Hour in October

(Savannah, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at the Savannah Area Chamber’s Power Hour on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program begin at noon.

Howard will present “3 Retirement Income Strategies to Implement for You and Your Company” during the Chamber’s monthly gathering. Attendees will learn how to implement income planning strategies for their team’s retirement.

Howard has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. He is recognized as an expert on Retirement Income Planning and has been featured many times on news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Barron’s Magazine, South Magazine, AM 750 WSB, AM 1290 WTKS and Savannah Morning News.

“I hope to share some timely information with chamber members who want to help their employees save for the future,” said Howard. “Providing employer-sponsored retirement plans are a great tool for retaining high-quality employees and at the same time providing excellent benefits back to the business.

In 2014, Howard founded Howard Financial Group, which is headquartered in Savannah. His firm focuses on strategies to grow their clients’ retirement dollars while taking less risk. “We specialize in protection of principle, providing a reasonable rate of return over time, and keeping things simple for our clients”, said Howard.

Howard Financial Group services clients from all over the country, many that are recognizable names from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.

Last year, Howard and his firm were chosen to be a part of Advisors Excel, an elite group of financial advisors nationwide that were recently highlighted in the New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, written by Tony Robbins.

Cost to attend the luncheon is $12 for chamber members only. For more info contact Stephanie Painter, Small Business and Events Manager, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, 912.644.6458 or visit www.SavannahChamber.com

For more information on Howard Financial Group, visit www.howardfinancialgroup.com or call 912-777-6944.

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

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The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE chapter will host the first THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference on Friday, Sept. 29.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE chapter will host the first THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference on Friday, Sept. 29.

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE chapter, will host the first THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference on Friday, Sept. 29. The conference will feature a series of thought-provoking keynote speakers and five breakout sessions that will cover 20 topics.

Among the speakers, Cynthia Wright, with Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing; who also serves as the president of the Savannah Jaycees, a civic organization that inspires leadership growth through community involvement, will discuss “How to Manage Your Business’ Reputation Using Social Media.”

“I am thrilled that this type of event is coming to the Lowcountry,” said Wright. “This is an area full of successful and passionate women, and it’s the perfect day for us all to unite, share ideas and be inspired by one another. And speaking about social media is nothing new for me, as we use it to help our clients every day at Carriage Trade PR.”

Other breakout sessions will cover topics such as finance, branding and networking. Niki Scott, executive vice president at Suntrust Mortgage, Inc, Heather Srulevich, the chief financial officer of South Carolina’s Blue Cross Blue Shield, Diana Morrison, owner of Advertising Specialty Services and Elizabeth Skenes Millen, founder, owner and publisher of Pink and Paisley Magazines will be among the keynote speakers.

The event will take place at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island. A welcome reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., and the conference will be held on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be a special room rate at $159 per night for Sonesta guests who attend THRIVE and use the discount code 0928WOMEN.

Registration for the event is $99, but those who sign up before Sept. 1 receive $10 off.

For more information, please visit http://www.hiltonheadchamber.org/chamber-events/thrive-lowcountry-womens-summit/

To register, please visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eedzcijv9ff2e23e&oseq=&c=&ch

CONTACT
Laurie Brown
Program Coordinator and Co-Creator
(843) 415-8230
laurie@auntlauries.com

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA) received an Encourage Health grant of $1,000 during the third lecture of the enmarket 2017 Encourage Health Education Series.

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah presents check to SUGA

Board members and friends of SUGA joined Bess Butler (center in red), representative of enmarket, and Paula Kreissler (right in white), representative of Healthy Savannah, during the Encourage Health Series presentation.

SUGA works to increase access to local, healthy food by promoting gardening and raising awareness for the benefits of homegrown food. The nonprofit organization collaborates with local schools to develop on-campus gardens, offers online guides to gardening and hosts interactive exhibits for children throughout the year. It also provides a community for area gardeners through online forums and monthly networking events.

SUGA is one of four local nonprofit groups to receive grants during the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series. Other recipients include The Living Vine, the Savannah Striders and the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Wellness executive Ross Harding, the luncheon’s keynote speaker, discussed “The Golden Healers: A Study of Ginger and Turmeric’s Effect on Health.” Harding is the co-founder and CEO of Verdant Kitchen, a gourmet and wellness company that crafts artisan foods and beverages with a focus on the health benefits of the ginger and turmeric family of spices.

The 2017 Encourage Health Education Series consists of four lunchtime presentations from respected professionals who share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for a healthy lifestyle. Registered attendees are treated to a free, healthy lunch.

The next lecture, on Oct. 24, will feature Davana Pilczuk, PhD, who works in the field of human performance with Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace. She will speak on “Stress and Sleep: The Forgotten Keys to Health,” and the Encourage Health $1,000 grant will be presented to the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

This marks the fourth year of the enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

To RSVP for the remaining lecture, visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/. For more information, visit http://enmarkstations.com/EncourageHealthSeries

ABOUT ENMARKET 
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which operates as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 60 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, high-quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Speros Presents Lunch and Learn Presentation on New Business Video Conferencing Technology

Speros Presents Lunch and Learn Presentation on New Business Video Conferencing Technology

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a Savannah-based technology services company, announces an Interactive Presentation System Lunch and Learn event to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 at Vic’s on the River, located at 26 E Bay St, Savannah, Ga.

“Interactive display systems harness the power of your desktop computer to enhance presentations, video-conferences, training sessions and teaching activities,” said Susan Speros, CEO of Speros. “During our presentation, we will show how this technology can be used as business tools. This presentation system eliminates the old fashion white board, projector and outdated video conferencing units.”

Lunch is provided, but RSVPs are required. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (912) 354-8900, or visit speros.com/events.

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Keith Fletcher
Chief Operations Officer
Speros
kfletchers@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Bethesda Academy Launches Leadership Development Program this Fall

Bethesda Academy Launches Leadership Development Program this Fall

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy has announced a new Leadership Development Program to be introduced into the school’s curriculum. The sequenced, age-appropriate program will be integrated into the Bethesda curriculum for all students from grades six through 12 with academic classes.

Staying true to the vision of founder the Rev. George Whitefield, the leadership curriculum will have three tiers: Leadership Training, Experiential Learning with opportunities to practice/apply leadership skills, and an Expert Speaker and Conference series where successful leaders from all walks of life share their wisdom with Bethesda students.

Since leadership begins with one’s character, the Academy has developed its Character Education program focusing on honor (integrity), respect (respect for self, others, and authority) and consideration for others (manners and social skills). The character program is utilizing the Overcoming Obstacles curriculum, developed by the Community for Education Foundation, which will be taught as a regularly scheduled class. The Overcoming Obstacles curriculum is organized into middle school and high school level programs, each beginning with the three fundamental skills: communication, decision making, and goal setting.

“The Overcoming Obstacles curriculum is time tested and proven,” said Bethesda Academy President Dr. Michael Hughes. “Through this system, our boys will be learning about such things as giving and earning respect, the ability to work as a team with others, building confidence, goal-setting, handling stress, understanding conflicts and community service.”

During practical application courses, students will work with each other on projects for their internship. Practical activities include community service and leadership roles in classrooms, athletic teams, extracurricular groups and student government. They also will have opportunities for leadership roles in administrative, teaching and boarding/cottage life sectors, as well as maintenance responsibilities for the care of Bethesda’s 650-acre campus.

In an exciting new development, Bethesda Academy has developed a partnership with nationally known Center for Work Ethic Development from Denver, Colorado. During their work study/internship experience, the students will be following the “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work” curriculum, which was developed by the Center for Work Ethic Development, based on a book by Hall of Fame Speaker Eric Chester. The curriculum focuses on developing the work ethic and soft skills that are portable from one job to another. Simply stated, the “A Game” program teaches a young person to learn how to apply, obtain, and succeed in a job—to accomplish personal and organizational goals.

Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work focuses on building seven foundational work ethic behaviors: attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, accountability, acceptance and appreciation,” said Dr. Hughes. “Soft skills like professionalism, relational skills, conflict resolution and a willingness to take direction are generally more desired by employers than the specific skills a particular job requires.”

As part of the final tier of the leadership development program, Bethesda Academy will host a guest lecture and conference series in which the school’s students will have the opportunity to meet with national, state and local leaders who will share their expertise and stories on their leadership.

The 277-year-old institution has been preparing for this new focus by increasing investments in facility improvements and faculty and program developments.

“Our goal is to produce self-confident young men of high character who are skilled in leading others and taking personal responsibility for their own learning,” Hughes said. “Because Bethesda understands the unique learning style of boys, the curriculum will also utilize active-learning hands-on strategies.“

For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

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 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.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition August Meeting To Be Held At Cutter’s Point Coffee

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 24, at Cutter’s Point Coffee, located at 7360 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406.

The goals of the meeting are to discuss the current state of business in Sandfly, to share insight on new businesses coming to the area and to keep members current on any information that pertains to the Savannah community.

Helen Stone, County Commissioner for District 1 of Chatham County, will present business updates from the past half year at the meeting.

“There are a lot of exciting things happening in our area,” said Stone. “These updates are critical for business women to make the best decisions regarding their companies moving forward.”

Organized by Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental, the coalition meets bi-annually in Sandfly. Dr. Canfield said, “This is our second time having Commissioner Stone speak to our group. Meeting with her in such a casual setting is a great opportunity for us to stay updated on the new developments in our area and to learn more about the expected growth of Sandfly.”

Previous meetings have been held at Harvest Bread Company, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Power Yoga, Driftaway Café, Fioré Italian Bar & Grille and Cutters Point Coffee. The event is open to any female business owners in Sandfly, Isle of Hope, Dutch Island, The Landings or the Southside area. For more information, contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carrigetradepr.com

ABOUT DR. ANGELA CANFIELD
Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA at 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental located in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both dental offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make Regarding Retirement” to Savannah Jaycees

Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes”

(Savannah, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at The Savannah Jaycees meeting on Tuesday, August 1st. Open networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street.

Howard will present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes” during the Jaycees August gathering as a part of their “Leadership Now” series. Attendees will learn:

· How to earn consistent returns in today’s economy

· What “true diversification” is.

· The hidden costs of the most common form of investments.

Howard has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. He is recognized as an expert on Retirement Income Planning and has been featured many times on news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Barron’s Magazine, South Magazine, AM 750 WSB, AM 1290 WTKS and Savannah Morning News.

In 2014, Howard founded Howard Financial Group, which is headquartered in Savannah. His firm focuses on strategies to grow their clients’ retirement dollars while taking less risk. “We specialize in protection of principle, providing a reasonable rate of return over time, and keeping things simple for our clients”, said Howard.

Howard Financial Group services clients from all over the country, many that are recognizable names from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.

Last year, Howard and his firm were chosen to be a part of Advisors Excel, an elite group of financial advisors nationwide that were recently highlighted in the New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, written by Tony Robbins.

“From our work helping thousands of families and individuals from all walks of life prepare and transition into retirement, I’m able to give a unique perspective into what works and what doesn’t,” said Howard. “I hope to share some timely information with this group of young business professionals and area leaders to help them avoid the same mistakes so many others have made.”

For further information, or to register, visit the Savannah Jaycees web site at http://savannahjaycees.com/savannah-jaycees-leadership-now-series/ or visit them on facebook at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees/

For more information on Howard Financial Group, visit www.howardfinancialgroup.com or call 912-777-6944.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com