(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Tilton, co-principal of the Dewitt Tilton Group, will present “Metal Buildings: Modern Marvels? Businesses Turning to Budget-Friendly Options for State-of-the-Art Appearances” at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Power Hour Luncheon on Tuesday, August 6.
The luncheon will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, at the Grand Lake Club located at 815 Southbridge Blvd in Savannah. The cost to attend for Chamber members is $12.00. The event is also open to prospective Chamber members who can contact Tina Mock at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“It’s a topic I believe our community will be interested and surprised to learn about,” said Tilton. “We used to think of metal buildings as being the ugly shed in our neighbor’s backyard, but they really have evolved into design-worthy and environmentally-friendly structures.”
To register for the luncheon, please visit http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=171
MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
(SAVANNAH, GA) Got an idea for a unique, exciting new product or service? Then consider entering Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ entrepreneurial competition. A kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank”, aspiring Savannah area entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their new business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and professional business services to help launch their new business.
Proposed businesses must be new start-ups or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah/Chatham County business license after March 1, 2018. Winners must locate and operate their business within Chatham County and launch by January 1, 2021. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Complete Rules and the Online Application are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com. Applications will be accepted through midnight, July 29, 2019, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.
Eight finalists will be chosen to pitch their business ideas to the panel of judges at Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” event on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4-6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street, Savannah. It will be free and open to the public.
The five judges are:
- Jen Bonnett, VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and Executive Director, The Creative Coast
- Carl Biathrow, Business Development Coordinator, City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity
- Miriam Rittmeyer, MD, Ph.D., MPH, CEO, MUNNA® and President, Phalarope.org
- Dean Burnette, Managing Business Broker, Best Business Brokers
- Lisa Narcisse, Market Leader IV and Vice President, BB&T
“BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE in partnership with the following sponsors and professional services donors:
The City of Savannah; Savannah Economic Development Authority; Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Assistance Corporation; UGA Small Business Development Center; The Creative Coast; MassMutual; Wells Fargo-The Private Bank; BB&T; Savannah Morning News/GateHouse Media; HunterMacLean; Kenkel Design; Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.; Salesdialers.com; Advertising Specialty Services; Habersham Beverage; and Sand Dollar Accounting.
SCORE is the nation’s largest provider of business mentoring and educational services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Savannah SCORE has been named SCORE’s 2019 Mid–Market “Chapter of the Year”. To schedule a free business mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE mentor, go to https://savannah.score.org or call 912-652-4335.
Leadership Southeast Georgia Calls For Nominations for 2020 Leadership Training Program
(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a leadership development program for professionals in a 10-county coastal region, is calling for nominations for the class of 2020.
The program fosters relationships among leaders in the region and offers professional development related to critical leadership skills and issues such as conflict resolution, self-awareness, communication and strategic thinking.
“This program attracts and connects seasoned civic and business leaders from the communities throughout southeast Georgia in an effort to strengthen leadership overall in our region,” said Brynn Grant, recently elected Chair of the Leadership Southeast Georgia board of directors.
Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by Leadership Southeast Georgia alumni, their employers or community leaders. Residents of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties are eligible. Nominations should be submitted on the Leadership Southeast Georgia website, http://www.lsega.com/nominate/
The selection process is competitive and ensures a diverse mix of members from each county, culture, race and gender. Numerous factors will be taken into consideration for each candidate and requirements for each candidate include:
• Must live or work in the county from which he or she applies;
• Must be willing to serve their community and region;
• Must be open to growing as a professional;
• Must still and always be eager to learn;
• Must participate and work well in group activities;
• Must be professional, motivated and prompt.
The program is held over five weekends during a five-month period beginning in February and ending in June. Each session takes place in a different county. Since 1999, the program has produced sixteen graduating classes with over 350 alumni.
The selection committee is comprised of Leadership Southeast Georgia board members.
For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/nominate/.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501©3 regional leadership program designed to advance community and economic development in the 10-county southeast Georgia region and effectively build a network of leadership across county lines. The program explores topics such as health and public safety, natural resources, military impact, education, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Screven counties. Since 1999, Leadership Southeast Georgia has graduated 16 classes representing approximately 350 graduates from throughout the region. For more info visit: http://www.lsega.com/
Leadership Southeast Georgia Graduates Class of 2019 After Studying Healthy Communities and Infrastructure in Chatham County
(SAVANNAH, GEORGIA) Twenty-five business and civic leaders from 10 southeast Georgia counties graduated from the 2019 session of Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), wrapping up with a session in Chatham County.
“We’ve put this group through the paces, with sessions that ranged from tours of the nuclear submarine base in St. Mary’s to a working farm outside of Statesboro,” said Lee Beckmann, a Georgia Ports Authority official who has served as chairman of the leadership group for the past two years. “We had professionally led sessions on essential topics such as leadership styles and communication. Still, the most important opportunity was that of getting to know classmates, and the most powerful message was the overall interconnectedness of our coastal communities.”
The five-month program, which is in its 20th year, is designed to connect and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in Coastal Georgia.
The group’s schedule for 2019 included stops in Glynn, Bulloch, Camden, Bryan and Liberty counties before the final session in Chatham. Stops were chosen for their ability to give unique perspectives on key topics that included natural resources, education, agriculture, military impact, disaster preparedness and economic development.
The group’s fifth and final session included discussions of health and infrastructure, featuring tours of ongoing projects in Savannah, the Waters Professional Health Services Building on the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University, and the Georgia Ports Authority as well as Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
They also heard a presentation on the Savannah Economic Development Authority and World Trade Center Savannah before hearing the keynote presentation from Lt. Col. Kenneth Dwyer, Hunter Army Airfield Garrison commander.
The class was then presented their graduation plaques.
The LSEGA graduating class of 2019 includes:
Laura Lee Bocade, DIRTT Environmental Solutions (Chatham)
Stephanie Brown, Jekyll Island Authority (Camden)
Leia Dedic, Savannah Economic Development Authority (Chatham)
Dr. Robin K. Ellert, Department of the Army (Liberty)
Chris Ellison, The Heritage Bank (Long)
Justin Farquhar, Development Authority of Bryan County (Bryan)
Jenny Gentry, JP Morgan Chase & Co. (Chatham)
Emily Goldman, Georgia Ports Authority (Effingham)
Gloria Goosby, Georgia Southern University (Bulloch)
Allyson Harvin, SERVPRO of Savannah (Chatham)
Staci Ignell, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Chatham)
Kimberly Iler, Coldwell Banker Commercial (Effingham)
Will Johnson, Evans General Contractors (Chatham)
Francesca Macchiaverna, HunterMaclean (Chatham)
Dawn Malin, McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority (McIntosh)
Ronald McGee, Comcast (Chatham)
Tanya Milton, The Savannah Tribune (Chatham)
DJ Roberson, Daniel Defense, Inc. (Effingham)
Madison Roesel, The SACK Company (Bulloch)
Matt Sawhill, Georgia Power – Southern Company (Bulloch)
Ryan Sewell, Sterling Seacrest Partners (Chatham)
Kevin Smith, P.E., Thomas & Hutton (Chatham)
Ron Stalnaker, Georgia Southern University (Bulloch)
Mark Stovall, SunTrust Bank (Glynn)
Walter Strong III, The Strong Group / Alair Homes Savannah (Chatham)
Nominations for the 2020 LSEGA program will open on Monday, July 1.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to most effectively advance positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. From February through May, the class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn more about regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/
Leadership Southeast Georgia Studies Economic Development With State Officials
(RICHMOND HILL / MIDWAY, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) members received a thorough grounding in economic development during the group’s fourth session, which took place in Bryan and Liberty Counties.
“We’re closing in on graduation for the LSEGA Class of 2019, and this was one of our most intense, informative sessions of the entire program,” said Lee Beckmann, chairman of the group. “We talked with everyone from state and local officials to real estate developers about the factors that drive a decision to locate or grow in our area.”
The session began in Richmond Hill with greetings from Assistant City Manager Scott Allison; City Councilwoman Tara Baraniak; and Bryan County Commission Chairman Carter Infinger.
From there, the group visited the Daniel Defense manufacturing facility in Black Creek, GA, where they heard from owner, Marty Daniel, about how the company wound up in the newest location of Daniel Defense and how the building is designed for future growth. Daniel was joined by Sean Register, vice chairman of the Development Authority of Bryan County, and Alyce Thornhill, now of the Georgia Lottery and previously with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, who focused on the factors associated with attracting businesses to build in the community.
Other highlights included:
- Lunch with Bryan County Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher, who discussed the relationship between the school district and growth in the housing market.
- A meeting with Joel Smoker, CEO of YMCA of Coastal Georgia, to discuss the nonprofit perspective of economic development and the realities of poverty statistics in the region.
- An overview of joint development efforts by officials from Bryan, Effingham, Bulloch and Chatham Counties including Anna Chafin, Benjy Thompson, Jessica Hood and regional economic development representatives from Georgia Power and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Jason Coley and Mary-Kathryn Griffin respectively.
- A discussion of the history of Richmond Hill and impact of tourism in Bryan County followed by a bus tour of the Ford Plantation.
- A discussion on the impact of the film industry in coastal Georgia led by Brynn Grant of the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
Morning sessions included Bill Cunningham of Raydient Places + Properties and Scott Allison from the city of Richmond Hill, who focused on public/private partnerships and their role in economic development, as well as, Ron Tolley, CEO of the Liberty County Development Authority, who led a case study on industrial park planning.
Other officials joined the group mid-morning to discuss economic development and public policy. On hand were Chris Nunn, Department of Community Affairs Commissioner; State Rep. Ron Stephens, chair of the Georgia House Economic Development and Tourism Committee; Joe Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah; along with Stacy Watson, director of economic and industrial development for the Georgia Ports Authority.
The 2019 LSEGA program sponsors include Evans General Contractors, Gulfstream Aerospace, Advanced Door Systems, The Sack Company, Georgia Power, Georgia Southern University, the Savannah Airport Commission, LS3P Associates, FirstPage Marketing, Sterling Seacrest Partners, Savannah Economic Development Authority, Thomas & Hutton, HunterMaclean, Hussey Gay Bell, Abshire Public Relations, Coastal Electric Cooperative, AT&T, The Waters Foundation, P.C. Simonton & Associates, Marchese Construction, Cecilia Russo Marketing and Carriage Trade Public Relations.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. The class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn about critical issues such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/
Nine Tips To Develop A Social Media Crisis Strategy
By Cynthia Cradduck
It’s clear that business owners no longer can ignore the impact and significance of integrating social media into their overall marketing plan. A great deal of thought is devoted to choosing which channels to use, creating a cohesive voice and crafting creative content.
Equal attention should be given to planning for social media crises that can happen quickly and escalate even more quickly.
Don’t worry, though. The following nine-step guide will help you prepare for and survive a social media crisis of any kind.
Before a Crisis
1. Establish a social media crisis team.
Not everyone in your business needs to be part of this group, but everyone who’s included should have a defined role. Who will be responsible for monitoring online for potential crises? Who will be the spokesperson if things do go awry? Who will be responsible for responding to online comments? All of these roles must be filled with individuals who know what defines a crisis and how to handle it.
2. Define what constitutes a social media crisis for your business.
Larger corporations may ignore a few hundred complaints, but those complaints could be devastating for small businesses. When social media chatter begins to have a negative effect on your services or products, something must be done.
3. Identify your key message and create communication guidelines.
Because crises are unpredictable, your brand’s central message will need to be defined when you understand the root issue of what’s happening. To be prepared, your entire team should understand the company’s values and missions. These should guide whatever response the crisis calls for. It is important to establish guidelines for relaying all necessary information to your employees, stakeholders and the public.
Knowing who needs to know what, using which platforms, will allow you to respond quickly when fire strikes.
4. Monitor. Monitor. Monitor.
You’ll never catch a crisis soon enough if you’re not constantly monitoring online for negative messages circulating about your company. Decide which tools you will use to do this and who’s responsible. “Social Mention” is a great resource to keep an eye on your company and/or your clients in the social media sphere.
During a Crisis
5. Take control.
Pause your scheduled posts. After you ensure no outgoing posts will be published for the moment to any of your pages, you should follow by informing your team of the situation and acknowledging the problem publicly. Remember to address the issue on your website as well.
6. Determine the Key Message.
Assessing the situation and developing a key message that is understood by everyone on your team is critical. This should be a strategic message that will guide the rest of the crisis. Using appropriate words to describe the situation effectively is a must, and everyone should agree to relay this message to anyone who might ask. “No answer” is not sufficient.
7. Respond to the Public.
Don’t ignore the situation or members of the public who are upset. Ask them to contact you privately by offering an email address or a number they can call. This tells everyone who is looking at these messages that your brand truly cares. Continue to monitor the messaging and continue to work your plan. This is when it’s important to remember you can weather the storm.
After a Crisis
8. Assess the impact.
Evaluate your company’s status. Your social monitoring tool will indicate the overall sentiment about your company and its standing on social media. Did the crisis result in tangible setbacks? Take time to study the damage that has been done.
9. Reflect and prepare.
Take a minute to reflect and decide what went well and what parts of your crisis plan need improvement. And remember that online content lives forever and may resurface later.
It’s worth remembering, too, that no one is exempt. Even if your social channels have a small following and a social media crisis seems unlikely, a plan to guide you through potential chaos should be in place at all times.
I think we all can agree that people sometimes get a little crazy online.
Good luck out there.
Cynthia Cradduck is the Junior Partner at Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, where she oversees business development, manages the Visibility Team, and coordinates reputation management strategies for clients, media relations and online SEO-PR.
Trinity Worship and Praise Ministries Breaks Ground on New Sanctuary
(SAVANNAH, GA) Trinity Worship and Praise Ministries broke ground on a new sanctuary on the existing church campus at 12532 White Bluff Road.
“The entire congregation shares a great excitement about this next step in our ministry, and my wife, Shirley, and I were excited to prayerfully begin construction of a building we hope will be a blessing to this church and our community,” said Pastor Larry Pounds.
The Dewitt Tilton Group is the contractor for the project, which will build a new 200-person capacity sanctuary for the church. The 4,500-square-foot structure will feature a stage, a vaulted ceiling, restrooms, private office for the pastor, three additional offices and a future baptismal location. The new building will share the church campus with the existing church and other support buildings.
Construction is expected to be complete sometime in December 2019.
“At the Dewitt Tilton Group, we construct a wide variety of buildings for a wide range of clients,” said Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group. “But there’s always an extra bit of pride associated with working on a church, knowing how much it will impact so many lives once it is completed.”
MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com