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A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah

A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah
By Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

When it comes to the movie industry, Savannah is no Hollywood. Why? Because it is far better! For the past two years, the state of Georgia has been the world’s most popular filming destination (as evidenced by the ever-present Georgia Peach logo at the end of so many films and television shows). While the majority of these productions film in the Atlanta area, Savannah is the second-most popular destination in the state.

That’s right. Move over Los Angeles and New York. Over the past decade, Savannah has enjoyed record-breaking year after record-breaking year as a location for some of the most well-known productions in the film and television industry.

In 2018, more than 200 professional movie and television productions and 147 student projects were filmed in the Savannah area. According to the Savannah Regional Film Commission, these productions accounted for $120 million in direct spending locally and had a total economic impact of well over $250 million in FY 2018 alone. These figures shattered the record set in 2017 of $65 million in direct spending with $138 million in total local economic impact.

It would seem a celebration of Savannah’s rightful place in the television and film industry is long overdue.

As if right on cue, enter a glitzy new event on Savannah’s social calendar with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. Developed to recognize and honor several key local professionals for their invaluable contributions to the Savannah film and television industry, the event will make its debut this September.

The Gala will be open to the public so that everyone in town has the opportunity to experience an evening of Hollywood glamour right here in the Hostess City of the South. It also affords a chance for local businesses to show their support for an industry that is now intrinsic to our area’s present economy and financial future. It will honor Savannah’s rightful place as a key player in today’s film and television world while also giving a fun nod to the industry’s history through its theme of “Old Hollywood.”

The people who are doing great things to ensure Savannah’s rightful place in the film industry will be recognized and honored for their contributions. The Gala will not only be wildly entertaining, but it will shine the spotlight directly on many of the industry members who are quickly becoming shining stars (not to mention economic drivers) in our community.

The Gala will also feature an immersive theater experience whereby guests will interact and engage with live entertainers at an old Hollywood “High Society” gathering. There will be amazing food and drinks, special guests, live musical performances, and many other surprises. The goal is to give every attendee an experience they will remember for a long time.

Unfortunately, threats of a Georgia boycott have dominated the news recently. It’s time to wipe away the negativity. The Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala aims to shift the focus to all of the entertaining, fun, and positive aspects of the local entertainment industry.

The inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Gala will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street. All of the details can be found at savannahfilmalliance.org.

Charles Bowen is an entertainment attorney and founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com

How to Get into the Film Industry By Charles “Bo” Bowen

How to Get into the Film Industry
By Charles “Bo” Bowen

So you want to be in pictures? Considering that Savannah is transforming into a thriving entry point for film and television careers, you are definitely in the right place.

Until fairly recently, almost all roads leading to the film and television screen started in Los Angeles or New York City. Over the past decade, however, advances in technology and financial incentives like those the state of Georgia adopted in 2008 have expanded the industry far beyond California and New York. Georgia has been the primary beneficiary of this expansion with Atlanta topping the list of current filming locations and significantly-smaller Savannah coming in second.

If you are interested in becoming a part of Georgia’s film industry, you should know one thing up front: no one starts at the top. The movie and television industry rewards experience and is merit-based. Anyone willing to work hard and maintain a positive attitude in the high-paced and stressful world of film production, however, will likely find themselves progressing quickly.

Granted, experience is crucial to success in almost all professions, but it is especially true in the entertainment industry. When a production begins filming, hundreds of strangers come together to work intensely on a single project — often for months at a time — and then immediately move on to the next opportunity. There may be a few stories of overnight success, but for the most part, those individuals worked hard for 20 years to earn that “overnight” success.

If you believe a career in movies might be a good fit, it is always a good idea to give your interests a thorough test drive. A great place to start is to work as an extra on one of the numerous productions in and around Savannah.

Working as an extra largely consists of waiting around for hours for a few minutes of work as a background player with no lines and minimal pay. But it is a prime opportunity to watch what film professionals are doing. Does it look interesting? Can you cope with the rigid top-down management and stressful environment? Does the reality look as appealing in person as it did in your imagination?

Casting calls are typically well covered in local media, thus finding an opportunity to work as an extra can be as simple as searching “casting in Savannah GA” on the internet. Casting calls are also often listed on the Savannah Regional Film Commission’s website, savannahfilm.org, or you can send a request to join www.facebook.com/groups/savannahextras.

If you still feel drawn to invest in a film-related future after being on a set, Savannah has you covered. Thanks to Savannah Technical College, our city hosts one of the 12 campuses of the Georgia Film Academy. This unique partnership of the University System of Georgiaand the Technical College System of Georgiaprovides a certification program of 18 credit hours, complete with internship opportunities.

Georgia Film Academystudents study a curriculum of on-set production, set construction and scenic painting, lighting and electric, grip and rigging, introduction to special makeup effects, post-production effects and, in the future, production accounting.

At $89.00 per credit hour (plus fees) at the technical college level, you can complete the entire course of study in just two semesters for a very affordable price. This can be a worthy investment to help break into a field where the Georgia Film Academyestimates an average salary is $84,000.00 a year (not to mention retirement benefits and health insurance coverage).

The required introductory course is currently on the schedule for Savannah Tech’s summer semester.

These types of jobs are on the production crew. There is a tremendous need for local crew in Savannah and once you receive the requisite training and experience, work should be easy to find. If you are more interested in the creative side of the process (directors, screenwriters, actors, etc.), there is still far more than just luck involved.

Savannah has a number of successful theater groups where you can audition for local productions to help you explore whether acting may be for you. There are also quite a few acting classes and workshops taught locally to help you hone your skills. Savannah offers college and university resources for those careers, as well. You can pursue theatrical performance degree programs at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong and Statesboro campuses as well as Savannah State University. Savannah College of Art and Designoffers programs in almost every spectrum of the creative side of the entertainment industry from highly-skilled and respected professionals.

Most importantly, do not give up.

Almost everyone enters the film industry slowly for little pay to learn firsthand what the entertainment world is all about while gaining practical skills and making all-important contacts prior to finding success. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, Savannah’s film production boom ensures the opportunity is there for the taking.

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Business and entertainment attorney Charles “Bo” Bowen is the founder of Southern Gateway Production Services. He started the production services company with the mission to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers by providing them connections with local crew, vendors and service providers. Bowen is also recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliancein 2015. As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, he has also developed a reputation as one of Georgia’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law. http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com

 

Attorney Charles Bowen Honored by Georgia Senate Resolution and Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award

Attorney Charles Bowen Honored by Georgia Senate Resolution and Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award

(ATLANTA, GA) A resolution passed by the Georgia State Senate has recognized Savannah attorney Charles “Bo” Bowen for his services to both the state’s entertainment industry and to its legal profession.

In addition, Georgia Secretary of StateBrad Raffensperger honored Bowenas an “Outstanding Georgia Citizen.”

The Senate resolution was sponsored by State Sens. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) and Ben Watson (R-Savannah) and praises Bowen’s role in promoting Savannah’s growing movie and television industry. The resolution cites, in part, the reasons for the recognition: “Bo founded the Savannah Film Alliancein 2015 to foster cooperation and collaboration within the local entertainment industry; he is also the founder and president of Southern Gateway Production Services, which provides support to all out-of-town productions coming to the region; and he is the co-founder of Aeroscope Studios, the author of three eBooks on business and entertainment law, and currently serves on numerous corporate boards and councils.”

The resolution also recaps business honors Bowen has received. They include being named “Business Advocate of the Year” by the Savannah Morning News, winning the “Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerceand receiving additional accolades from the legal profession.

The full text of the resolution can be found here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20192020/183638.pdf.

Bowenfirst met with Governor Brian Kemp before heading to the Senate floor. Sen. Jackson then read the resolution aloud and invited Bowento address the Senate. He was then named an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Georgia Secretary of State.

The recognition from the Secretary of Statereads: “May this Outstanding Citizen be afforded every courtesy as a Goodwill Ambassador from Georgia in his travels to other states, to nations beyond the borders of the United States of America, or wherever he may hereafter travel or reside. Thank you for your service to our State.”

Charles Bowen

(Left to Right): State Sen. Lester Jackson, State Rep. Craig Gordon, Alayna Bowen, Charles ‘Bo’ Bowen, State Sen. Ben Watson and Alexandra Bowen.

Bowen’s two daughters accompanied him to the Georgia State Capitol. In his remarks before the Senate, Bowenstated: “I am deeply honored, and I am very grateful that my two teenage daughters could be here today to see firsthand that working hard in your profession and trying to help others succeed does not go unnoticed. I know that is a lesson they will carry with them into adulthood. I also want to thank all of you, the leaders of the State of Georgia, for the tremendous work you have done in promoting the entertainment industry and helping ensure every year that Georgia remains the greatest place in the world to conduct business.”

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowenis a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law. Bowen attended Mercer Universityin Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown UniversityLaw Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowenhas received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Groupis located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Groupon Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

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The Bowen Law Group Hires Attorney Ryan Schmidt

The Bowen Law Group Hires Attorney Ryan Schmidt

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ryan Schmidt, a former touring singer/songwriter, has joined The Bowen Law Group, a corporate and entertainment law firm, as an associate attorney.

The Bowen Law Group

Ryan Schmidt

Schmidt, who toured extensively as a musician prior to law school, appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” and his music has been featured on the Apple iTunes’ “New Music Page.” He also won “Critics’ Choice” at the Starbucks Music Makers Competition and served as community manager for Redstar Media, a two-time Emmy winning multimedia and production firm in Boston.

“Ryan is a rising star and a key addition to our team of entertainment sector advisers,” said Charles Bowen, Founder of The Bowen Law Group. “We are excited to have him join our office as the volume of work we do throughout Georgia and the Southeast continues to grow.”

Schmidt attended Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, where he graduated summa cum laude and served on the Law Review Executive Board. He also clerked for a Nashville-based law firm representing clients in the music industry, fine arts, and digital media.

“With everything happening in the film industry in and around Savannah, it is a great time to be working with a firm whose efforts are helping grow a sustainable local entertainment industry for generations to come,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt, a native of Atkinson, NH, is married to Hillary Schmidt, a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate who works with the Savannah-based museum and exhibit design firm DMDG2.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based in Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Groupis located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit www.thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Groupon Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

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SCCPSS Student Film Festival Emceed by Charles Bowen

SCCPSS Student Film Festival Emceed by Charles Bowen

(SAVANNAH, GA) 190 SCCPSS students from 16 schools at all levels were awarded District recognition and advanced to state-level competition in the Georgia Student Media Festival this month. The student work was done on 68 projects in five different production types, including Animation, Audio Podcast, Live Action, Sequential Stills and Web Site.

All 190 students were honored at the SCCPSS Student Film and Media Festival held at the Yamacraw Performing Arts Center. Small clips of state-level winning entries were shown at the festival. The public was invited to attend.

Charles Bowen, of The Bowen Law Group, served as the event’s emcee. Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. The organization promotes the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach and collaboration. He has recently founded Southern Gateway Production Services to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers coming to Savannah to film their projects.

Charles Bowen

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

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Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
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Adoption Bill Endangers Georgia’s Economy and Reputation

Adoption Bill Endangers Georgia’s Economy and Reputation

By: Charles Bowen, Esq.

In a clear effort to legalize discrimination against the gay community, the Georgia Senate recently passed a bill authorizing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse to provide any service that violates their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

This bill was thankfully rejected.

The entertainment industry is thriving in Georgia, generating $9.5 billion in 2017. History has shown that legalizing discrimination can instantly destroy this progress.

In 2016, North Carolina passed the infamous “bathroom bill.” The fallout was immediate. The state lost $4 billion in revenue as major businesses pulled out of the state, film and television shows relocated, musical artists canceled concerts, and the NBA and NCAA withdrew sporting events.

In Georgia, numerous businesses and individuals have already publicly stated that they would stop doing business in Georgia passed any similar law legalizing discrimination.

Writer and producer Ben Wexler, the showrunner on “The Grinder” and “Arrested Development,” made his feelings about the adoption bill clear on Twitter: “To my fellow showrunners: if this dumb bill becomes law, let’s be done filming television shows in Georgia.”

Alyssa Milano, who is filming the Netflix series “Insatiable” in Atlanta, agreed. “If it does pass the House of Representatives and if the Governor signs the bill, I think the film and entertainment industry will take a strong stand and will pack up and leave the state of Georgia,” Milano said. “There is just no tolerance for discrimination of any kind.”

Such discriminatory laws are also flagrantly unconstitutional. We are all constitutionally entitled to equal protection under the law. And while we also enjoy freedom of religion, personal religious beliefs may not be used to justify actions that are illegal or harmful to others. If you refuse to pay your taxes, stating that you did not pay because of your religion is not going to help.

If Georgia were to allow public adoption agencies to refuse adoptions based on religious beliefs, for example, nothing would require them to stop with gay couples. The same law could be used to discriminate against single parents, divorced men and women, unwed couples or individuals of different races or faiths, including Christianity.

Regardless of the rhetoric emanating from a few clock stoppers in the legislature who were pandering for votes, denying even one single child a parent who wants to love and support that child unconditionally is indefensible and immortal. We must remain vigilant that Georgia remains a state that is welcoming to all.

Attorney Charles Bowen, Founder of The Savannah Film Alliance and Southern Gateway Production Services

Attorney Charles Bowen, Founder of The Savannah Film Alliance and Southern Gateway Production Services

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTHERN GATEWAY PRODUCTION SERVICES
Entertainment attorney Charles Bowen founded Southern Gateway Production Services with the mission to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers by providing connections with local crew, vendors and service providers. Southern Gateway Production Services is a signatory to all IATSE National Term Agreements. Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, he has also developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law. Southern Gateway Production Services is located at 7 East Congress St, Suite 1001. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.comor 912-544-2050.

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Charles J. Bowen
Southern Gateway Production Services
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
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Divorce is About Making Good Financial Decisions

Divorce is About Making Good Financial Decisions

By Sam Hubbard
Principal, Coastal Divorce Advisors

While you’re in the midst of a divorce, you’re going to have to weigh a lot of financial choices while dealing with the weight of strong emotions. You can minimize emotional stress by anticipating what decisions you have to make and understanding what’s involved in making them.

Below are common hurdles that people who are divorcing need to be aware of and the factors they need to consider to make confident, constructive decisions.

Can you afford to keep your home?
While you may have a personal attachment to your house, especially since your kids call it “home,” it is ultimately a huge expense to maintain year after year. All too often, the spouse who wants to keep the house only analyzes whether he or she can cover the mortgage and the property taxes, but fails to consider the “oh no’s”: “Oh no, the built-in refrigerator broke,” “Oh no, the HVAC system needs to be replaced, “Oh no, we have termites.”

Unforeseen expenses can cost thousands of dollars and could cause you to lose your house, or worse, push you toward bankruptcy. While a house is an asset, it is ultimately an expense. Make sure to take all homeownership costs – anticipated and unexpected – into account and try to remove emotion when deciding whether you can afford to keep the house.

Should you divide your property down the middle?
When you begin a divorce, it’s only natural to think “all our assets should be split right down the middle.” But since no two assets are created equal, this type of thinking may put you at the short end of the stick.

In a divorce, it’s common for spouses to divide property by what they see as equivalent value. For example, if one spouse gets the house, the other spouse may get the investment accounts, both valued around the same amount.

But tread carefully. Some assets, like certain pensions, may be completely illiquid and cannot be sold or transferred to a spouse. Others assets may have significant tax implications from a low-cost basis or may have large transaction fees (like the sale of a house). Make sure you initiate a complete analysis of the assets before making any decisions.

Do you want to tackle debt before your divorce?
If your spouse ran up balances on your credit cards during your marriage, in the bank’s eyes, it’s a shared responsibility, no matter who did the spending — even if the court decides your ex-spouse is responsible for it all.

Banks can still come after you for payments your ex-spouse didn’t make, jeopardizing your finances and damaging your credit score for years. Making the choice to pay off as much debt as possible before you finalize the divorce is often a good one.

Should you protect yourself from unanticipated events?
If you will be receiving alimony and child support, what happens if your ex-spouse passes away or becomes seriously disabled? Would you be able to support yourself and your kids if you no longer receive these payments? Consider purchasing life and disability insurance specifically tailored for divorce so support payments continue if something unforeseen happens to your ex-spouse.

Should you evaluate your settlement agreement from a current perspective?
When looking at a settlement proposal, what may seem like a great deal now could quickly turn into financial ruin down the road. You need to make sure you don’t evaluate your proposed settlement by your current costs or budget but by how your finances will look in 5 or 10 years.

Projecting your cost of living will help you determine the long-term consequences of a settlement option and whether you’ll be financially well-positioned years after the divorce. Make sure you have accurate projections on-hand and do not rush into signing a proposal just to be done with it.

Can you be disciplined to make financial decisions in unison, not one by one?
When going through a divorce, looking at any single financial aspect in a vacuum and not seeing how it relates to others could cost you. The division of assets and liabilities, tax consequences, inflation, alimony, and child support are all pieces of the settlement puzzle that need to work together to help ensure the most favorable settlement agreement. For example, if you have income from your job and agree to take a large alimony payment, you may be pushed into a higher tax bracket than if you were to increase the amount you receive in non-taxable child support.

Take a careful, comprehensive approach to your finances to have a better chance of coming out ahead.

Sam Hubbard Coastal Divorce Advisors Savannah

Sam Hubbard

Sam Hubbard, MBA, CFA, CDFA is the principal of Coastal Divorce Advisors, LLC, (CDA), a firm specializing in helping clients understand their financial situation and options throughout the divorce process. CDA is an affiliate of Coastal Capital Management, LLC. For additional information, e-mail Sam@CoastalDivorceAdvisors.com, call 912-234-3657 or visit www.CoastalDivorceAdvisors.com. This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author, who is not an attorney. If you require legal advice, please seek appropriate legal representation.

Entertainment Attorney Charles Bowen Addresses Georgia Entertainment 101 Event

Entertainment Attorney Charles Bowen Addresses Georgia Entertainment 101 Event

(SAVANNAH, GA) Business and entertainment attorney Charles Bowen was a featured speaker at the Georgia Entertainment 101 Event in Atlanta.

Bowen’s presentation “The Economic Impact of the Entertainment Industry on Savannah” focused on the importance of vetting production companies coming to the area as well as positioning Savannah as a top-notch provider of the local services required by productions.

Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015, and, more recently, he founded Southern Gateway Production Services, which offers seamless opportunities for out-of-town producers and movie executives to navigate finding the best crews, talent and location services available in Savannah.

“We started the Film Alliance to promote the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach and collaboration,” Bowen said. “My overall goal with both entities is to continue to build upon Savannah’s stature as one of the country’s most desirable and user-friendly filming locations in ways that will greatly benefit production companies while strengthening the relationship between visiting productions and local crew, vendors and service providers.”

Bowen’s presentation highlighted the importance of Savannah’s rising star as a production destination, with local spending on motion pictures and television in the area rising from $18 million in 2014 to an all-time high of $60 million in 2016.

The purpose of the Georgia Entertainment 101 event was to connect top-tier professionals at a targeted and strategic networking event. Key financial, legal, banking and governmental leaders were in attendance as well as studio executives and producers. Other presentations focused on event security, investing strategies, entertainment banking and a look at what’s happening in Savannah.

The invitation-only event, held at the Moonshine Post-Production in Atlanta, was sponsored in part by: Argentum Entertainment, Atlanta Sound Guy, Cinema Greens, Creative Financial Group, Endeavor Sound, FilmTribe, MatchKey Consulting, Moonshine Post-production, Paradigm Security, River Oaks Studios, Sapelo Insurance, Sonesta Hotels and Zoe’s Kitchen.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTHERN GATEWAY PRODUCTION SERVICES
Entertainment attorney Charles Bowen founded Southern Gateway Production Services with the mission to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers by providing connections with local crew, vendors and service providers. Southern Gateway Production Services is a signatory to all IATSE National Term Agreements. Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, he has developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law. Southern Gateway Production Services is located at 7 East Congress St, Suite 1001. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

Attorney Charles Bowen, Founder of The Savannah Film Alliance and Southern Gateway Production Services

Attorney Charles Bowen, Founder of The Savannah Film Alliance and Southern Gateway Production Services

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Charles J. Bowen
Southern Gateway Production Services
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cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
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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

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The Bowen Law Group Offering Free Legal Advice for Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew

(Savannah, Ga) The Bowen Law Group will be offering free legal advice for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. The law office announced that it will provide free consultations to all Savannahians that are facing any legal issues brought about by the storm.

The Bowen Law Group is familiar with Federal Emergency Relief Agency (FEMA) benefits and programs that can help local citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Attorney Charles Bowen, founder of The Bowen Law Group, has pledged to assist every resident of Chatham County that has questions about FEMA and insurance claims, disaster fraud problems, and any other hurricane-related legal matter.

“Many people in our community are facing the destruction of their homes, businesses and property. Some even worse. If our office can help in any way, we are happy to do so,” said Bowen.

Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1995.

Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News, and received the Helen V. Head Small Business Advocate Award in 2016 from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Bowen Law Group is located at 7 East Congress Street, Suite 1001, Savannah, GA 31401. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are necessary for consultation.

To schedule a free consultation appointment, call The Bowen Law Group at 912-544-2050.

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

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912.856.9075

National Real Property Management Consultancy Relocates to Savannah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(SAVANNAH, GA) EIPCI announced on March 1st that it has permanently relocated operations from the Washington, DC region to Savannah.  Providing professional, technical, and advisory services to real estate portfolio executives since 1995, EIPCI identifies, models and implements best solutions for sustained growth, financial controls and operations management. EIPCI uses a multifaceted approach, focusing on what’s important while avoiding jargon du jour that leads to misplaced priorities.  The practice balances processes, finances, projects, market targets and data; helping clients design and implement sustainable and successful real property and facilities operations.

EIPCI has its roots in managing enterprise portfolios where organizational costs are usually second only to personnel, where decisions are often complex and where the pace of business change consistently places new challenges on buildings and infrastructure. According to Founding Partner, Ray Summerell “This has led us into many endeavors and, today, we have a deep track record in helping companies and government agencies across a broad spectrum of missions and requirements. From enterprise-class software to business development to manufacturing and to hospitality, EIPCI has a proven record of delivering success.”

EIPCI provides the best possible value in professional services.  Based in the paradigm that work is a process, not a place, the company operates almost entirely through cloud-based resources and a network of consultants, keeping overhead extremely low and providing comparable talent at about half the cost of large consultancies.  As Mr. Summerell explains “What you get from us is simple:   KNOWLEDGE, INTEGRITY. RESULTS and VALUE.

For more information, please visit www.eipci.us.

Savannah Corporate Lawyer, Charles Bowen Releases eBook on Trademark Law For Small Business Owners

 

(SAVANNAH,GA) The Bowen Law Group announces the release of a brand new eBook, entitled “The Little Book of Trademark Law for Startups and Small Businesses.” The publication provides small business owners with an easy-to-read legal resource for building and fostering a good reputation in today’s marketplace.

Using the expertise he’s gained from years of experience as a practicing corporate lawyer, firm founder and author Charles Bowen has created a book that contains fundamental information for small or new businesses looking to protect their brand name and logo.

“Making certain you design a marketable, recognizable and legally-acceptable brand and then taking the necessary steps to protect it is a crucial aspect of starting a business,” said Bowen. “You may be inviting significant costs for your enterprise, for example, if your company is marketing itself with an unregistered mark that is already being used somewhere else in the United States. Businesses can be forced into bankruptcy because fighting a lawsuit could well require more money than a new company can afford to spend.”

Along with explaining what is and what is not a trademark, The Bowen Law Group’s eBook also provides essential and accurate information about how to protect your trademark and distinctive features to include in the mark. The book is now available at thebowenlawgroup.com

Charles Bowen

MORE INFORMATION ON THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law since 1995. Bowen has his mediation certification by the Georgia Supreme Court as both a General Civil Mediator and a Domestic Relations Mediator. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Georgia Bar. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He was also named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Find The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

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The Bay Street Theatre Company Presents the Seventh Annual “The Rocky Horror Show”

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bay Street Theatre Company is hosting the seventh annual “The Rocky Horror Show.” The production will be a live stage musical of Richard O’Brien’s cult classic. JinHi Souncy Rand is serving as the Director of the musical, and Warren Heilman is the Musical Director.

The Rocky Horror Show is about newly-engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss. After being caught in a storm, the couple finds themselves trapped in the home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter just as he and his minions are about to give life to a creature that the doctor believes will be his masterpiece. Emily Rice has been cast as Janet Weiss. Charles Bowen will serve as The Narrator.

The dates for the show are October 23-25 and 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a midnight performance on the Thursday, October 29, 2015. The performances on Sunday, October 25 and the 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 will be open to all ages, although it is not recommended for children under sixteen years of age. All shows will be performed at Club One, 1 Jefferson Street, Savannah, GA.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.clubone-online.com. All tickets are held at will call. Online tickets sales stop at 6 p.m. daily. Tickets may also be purchased at the door after 7 p.m. Food, toys and props are not allowed at the performance.

For more information, visit www.baystreettheatre.org

ABOUT CHARLES BOWEN
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. A graduate from Georgetown University Law Center, Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. Also, Bowen has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law.

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

Savannah Business Attorney Charles Bowen to Address Small Business Council of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

(SAVANNAH, GA) Business attorney Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group is the featured speaker at the Tuesday, October 6 Small Business Council SMART Lunch Series. Bowen will present “Ten Simple Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Lawsuits” during the monthly luncheon held at the Savannah Morning News auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway, in Savannah.

Bowen has been practicing law in Savannah for two decades and is the founding partner of The Bowen Law Group. Active in the community, Bowen is chair for the 2016 Kiss-a-Pig campaign, a speaker for Creative Coast’s upcoming Geekend, serve on the board of the Savannah Filmmakers Association and the Business Advisory Committees for both Chatham Area Transit and S Bank. He also recently helped found the Savannah Regional Entertainment Alliance and is also currently performing with The Shoestring Theatre Company, where he serves as board President.

“Small businesses are the lifeline for any community, and I am pleased to share some tips with these hard-working individuals,” said Bowen. “Most small business owners are faced with daily decisions that could put them in a legal bind. This lecture will give attendees ten quick tips to help them stay out of the courtroom.”

The luncheon is set for Tuesday, October 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $12 for Chamber members. For more information or to RSVP, contact Stephanie Boaen at SBoaen@savannahchamber.com.

ABOUT CHARLES BOWEN
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, Bowen moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. Also, Bowen has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite for December 2014 in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com
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Savannah CFO Council To Discuss Future of Healthcare Industry

(SAVANNAH, GA) How will healthcare be delivered in the next three to five years in the Savannah area and what impact will it have on local employers? The Savannah CFO Council will seek answers to that question on Wednesday, September 16, during its monthly breakfast meeting at the Coastal Georgia Center.

The event will feature a guest panel representing the healthcare community, facilitated by local business attorney Charles Bowen, founder of The Bowen Law Group. The discussion will focus on how laws affect healthcare practices and how providers envision the healthcare industry changing in the coming years.

This topic is of special interest to the CFO Council audience, which is primarily comprised of financial representatives of local businesses and organizations, each with the responsibility of financial oversight of their respective organizations. Since significant percentages of most businesses’ budgets are dedicated to the cost of group medical insurance for employees, a large turnout is expected for this event.

Interested attendees must register in advance. The breakfast meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 16, at 7:15 a.m., at the Coastal Georgia Center, located at 305 Fahm St. Thanks to event sponsor Seacrest Partners, Inc, there is no cost to attend, but seating is limited and registrants are asked to abide by the group’s attendance guidelines. Please go online to: http://goo.gl/forms/4KbnEJL0Q4 for more information and to register for the meeting. Reservations must be made by Friday, September 11.

ABOUT SAVANNAH CFO COUNCIL:
The purpose of the council is to provide an educational forum for Senior Financial Executives (SFEs) to share best practices, to discuss current financial issues, and to learn about current topics related to the performance of their jobs, including but not limited to: finance, operations, legal, regulatory requirements, technology, risk management, and Generally Accepted Accounting Practices.
For more information about the organization, contact Sandi Roth at cfocouncilsavannah@gmail.com.

ABOUT CHARLES BOWEN
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, Bowen moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. Also, Bowen has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite for December 2014 in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law.

EVENT CONTACT
Terry Lemmons
CFO Council
912.629.6924
tlemmons@optimhealth.com

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Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com
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How Does the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Affect Your Small Business? By Charles Bowen

On Friday, June 26, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that resulted in the immediate legalization of same-sex marriage across the country. While this was a cause for celebration for many couples, it should be noted the ruling also has important implications for small business owners.

Ensuring that your business is compliant with the current state of the law is crucial to avoid potential fines or lawsuits.

The most obvious change relates to the updating of your company’s benefit policies, particularly healthcare. If you offer a family medical plan to heterosexual couples, this must also be offered to same-sex married couples.

The same holds true for retirement plans and other similar programs that confer benefits upon married couples. Further, if the language contained in your company’s documents relating to these benefits is not gender neutral, it should be adjusted so it’s also applicable to same-sex couples.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is another example.

The FMLA stipulates that employees are allowed to take up to a 12-week leave of absence to care for a sick family member if they have accrued 1,250 hours of work over the previous 12 months. While this extended leave is unpaid, the law ensures that their job remains available upon their return.

Some companies in Georgia previously took the position that a same-sex partner was not a spouse, thus the company did not have to offer FMLA to those employees. Now the law is clear that FMLA time must be offered to all married employees.

In a nutshell, offering the same benefits and perks to all married employees, regardless of sexual orientation, is the surest way to keep your business legally compliant.

It is imperative that your supervisors understand that discrimination of any kind cannot be tolerated because the failure to prevent discrimination will leave you open to significant legal liability. Every company policy that you have in place, from the interviewing process all the way to termination, needs to be reviewed to ensure full equality.

Finally, open communication with your employees will be especially important as the business world adjusts to these changes, and it’s vital that you make the information regarding these changes freely and readily available to all employees.

While this sudden change to the law may pose some initial challenges, the ultimate result is likely to be beneficial. Demonstrating equality to all employees will generate good will for your business and help ensure that you remain competitive in your industry by being able to attract the most qualified and talented employees.

Further, every business owner should consider whether the legalization of same-sex marriage may offer the potential for economic growth.

Many wedding-related industries such as planners, photographers, special event companies and others already have seen their customer base grow just in the short time since the ruling. One can only imagine that divorce attorneys are likely waiting patiently for the inevitable increase in their business, as well.

It is not just these industries, however, that stand to benefit from the Supreme Court’s decision. All companies that welcome LGBT couples and treat them with equality and respect are likely to experience economic growth.

A study conducted by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimated that over the next three years, the legalization of same-sex marriage will boost the economy by $166 million. This goes far beyond the provision of wedding and honeymoon services. There are also tax implications for local, state and federal governments, and many major purchases may be more attractive now that they can be made in a joint fashion.

With a greater number of people able to marry, small businesses must make certain they remain in compliance with all of the legal changes. However, these businesses can also capitalize on the opportunities to help more customers fulfill their dreams and enjoy their life with the people they love.

Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com.

SAFE Shelter Savannah Announces Camp R.O.C.K. 2015

Summer camp for children ages 5-17 to be offered during June and July

(SAVANNAH, GA) SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is kicking off Camp R.O.C.K. 2015, a summer program for children ages 5 to 17. Nine weeklong sessions of indoor and outdoor activities will be held during June and July in the Savannah area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children at Camp R.O.C.K. are either currently staying at SAFE Shelter or in the shelter’s Follow-up/After Care Program.

The name Camp R.O.C.K. derives from “Recognizing Our Children’s ’K’reativity.” Each week, campers will enjoy exploring nature, performing and creative arts, group activities and attending special events. Older campers will help out as peer counselors. In addition to all the fun activities, an educational component is provided by a teacher from the Chatham County School Board who comes in 16 hours a week to provide one-on-one tutoring.

“Many of the children, some who have grown up here, have never even had a chance to run on the beach at Tybee, take a trolley ride through Savannah or tour local museums,” said Cheryl Haven Branch, SAFE Shelter’s executive director. “We provide lunch and snacks, including picnics in some of the many beautiful squares downtown, and offer a range of indoor activities conducted in our facility. At the end of the camp, participants treat us to some kind of production, either singing or dancing or both.”

This is the fifth year for Camp R.O.C.K., funded by a group of dedicated volunteers from the Landings at Skidaway Island who hold annual fundraisers for this purpose. In addition, Hank and Marion Policinski, in coordination with the Notre Dame Center for Social Concern, have provided student interns to help staff the camp.

“Our campers have the opportunity to expand their horizons during the summer, embarking on new adventures, and having fun,” Branch added. “Our exceptional program and dedicated staff create an environment that forges a summer experience that lets our campers just be kids for a while”.

In addition to providing a safe, fun environment for children who have been affected by domestic violence, Camp R.O.C.K. also provides their mothers the opportunity to go on job interviews, take care of family matters or simply enjoy a little break time.

For more information about the program, please visit safeshelter.org or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.

MORE INFORMATION ON SAFE SHELTER
Founded in 1979, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization committed to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and promoting positive change for families in need in our community. SAFE Shelter operates a 48-bed emergency shelter for victims of intimate partner violence and their children. All services are provided at no cost to the victim regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, immigration status, culture or religion. Leading to safe and stable lives, services include courtroom advocacy, counseling services and case management. In the shelter’s long history, no one who has been actively involved with our services or programs has been killed by his/her abuser. For more information on SAFE Shelter, visit safeshelter.org or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.

CONTACT
Cheryl Branch
Executive Director
SAFE Shelter
912-629-0026
director@safeshelter.org

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Carriage Trade PR
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The Bowen Law Group Appoints New Legal Assistant

Emily L. Rice Joins Savannah Business Law Firm

(Savannah, GA) The Bowen Law Group is pleased to announce that Emily L. Rice has joined the business law firm as a Legal Assistant. Rice will be responsible for client relations, legal research and comprehensive litigation support.

“We are so pleased to have Emily on board,” said Charles Bowen, Founding Partner. “She has a tremendous amount of talent, intelligence and personality, and I am confident that she will be a great asset to our firm.”

Rice’s previous employment includes extensive experience in management and customer relations in the fashion industry. She is a graduate of Armstrong State University with a degree in Communication Sciences and she is a former member of the Junior League of Savannah.

“I am truly excited to be given this opportunity by The Bowen Law Group,” said Rice. “It is rewarding to be part of a practice that builds its principles upon a true passion for justice and which is so firmly dedicated to ensuring the success of its clients. I believe The Bowen Law Group will greatly enhance both my personal and professional growth.”

A native of Savannah, Rice enjoys crafting, traveling, exercising and musical theatre.

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ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP

The Bowen Law Group was founded in 2012 by Savannah business attorney Charles Bowen. Bowen received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Georgia Bar. Bowen opened The Bowen Law Group after running the Savannah branches of two large Atlanta law firms for eight years and previously serving for ten years as a partner in a respected Savannah litigation firm. The Bowen Law Group focuses on commercial, banking and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Corporate law has deep ties to the Bowen family. Bowen’s great-grandfather (whose desk and other heirlooms are on display in the office) was an esteemed business attorney in New Orleans, a legacy that Bowen hopes to continue in Savannah. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com.

CONTACT
Emily L. Rice
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2056
erice@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, NOV 24, 2014

(SAVANNAH, GA) Matilda Jane Clothing has selected Savannah as the backdrop for its spring marketing campaign. The campaign will get underway with a photo shoot in Savannah December 9-11. For more information, contact https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/savannah-selected-for-location-of-national-marketing-campaign-photo-shoot/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates is pleased to announce that Matthew Frankel has joined the Savannah architecture firm as a junior architect. Frankel’s responsibilities will include providing architectural design and production as he prepares to become a licensed architect. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/felder-and-associates-welcomes-junior-architect-to-team/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations Inc. and Kum & Go LC have been selected as the recipients of the 2014 Spirit Awards for Community Outreach from Convenience Store News. Now in its sixth year, the Spirit Awards program recognizes convenience retailers that are immersed in community service projects intended to aid the lives of their community members. In the past year, along with its parent company Colonial Group Inc., Enmark Stations has supported a number of local charitable organizations, including America’s Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, United Way, the YMCA, Encourage Health Educational Series and more. Visit, www.enmarkenjoy.com.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that Margaret Marshall Bishop has joined the company as a licensed Realtor after being a part-time assistant to Celia Dunn. Bishop will continue to assist Dunn once a week while also taking on her new role with the company that serves Savannah, Bluffton and Hilton Head. For more information, visit
https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/celia-dunn-sothebys-international-realty-names-new-agent/

(TED TALKS) How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings, visit
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run, Dec 6: Register now: http://savannahriverbridgerun.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Mayor Edna Jackson will be the final speaker in the 2014 Leadership NOW Lecture Series on Tuesday, December 2 at the Savannah Jaycees office, located at 101 Atlas Street. Open networking begins at 5:30 and they program will run from 6-7 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to ask Mayor Jackson questions about her successes and professional journey. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or the Leadership NOW Series, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA)  The 7th Annual Yuletide Jam will be held at Tubby’s in Thunderbolt on Friday December 12, 2014 between 6:00pm and 2:00am. The Yuletide Jam is a Lowcountry Music Benefit for Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. The Tentative line-up includes: Stewart & Winfield, Junkyard Angel, Keith & Ross, Bottles ‘n Cans, Vera Flames, Willie & The Giant, The Andrew Gill Band and Soap. Visit, http://www.yuletidejam.com/.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Yoga Center is proud to partner with Park Place Outreach, a crisis center for at-risk youth. Join us for an all levels Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class this Thanksgiving at 9am and help us stock Park Place’s shelves. The yoga class is free! Just bring a donation! Non-perishable food items, schools supplies, gift cards and cash are all accepted. Visit our website for a full list of donation items. http://savannahyoga.com/communitypartner/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah will dedicate and hold the ribbon cutting on an all accessible playground in Forsyth Park on Monday, December 8 at 12:40 p.m. The $342,000 park was funded by the club through internal sponsorship, a grant from the Alan S. Gaynor Fund and AMBUCS, the Herb Traub Fund and support from the City of Savannah and Chatham County. It will be accessible to all children, including those who have wheelchair limitations and other specialized conditions. For more information, visit http://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1696&Itemid=16

(A&C GOLD & DIAMONDS) Tips on determining what your coin is worth. When determining the value of a coin, the appraiser must consider not only the date and denomination of the coin, but also what condition it is in, what the value of the metal is, the relative scarcity of the coin, and other attributes. Judging the value of a coin is often a highly sensitive process, and there are few coins that come with “stock” values. For more information visit, http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/07/rare_coin_values.php

(ANGELA CANFIELD, DDS) Did you know that people who smoke cigarettes or “E-cigs” are twice as likely to lose their teeth?  To learn how to reduce the risk visit,http://premierdentaldesignsblog.com/2014/05/the-effects-of-electronic-cigarettes-on-teeth/

(THE BOWEN LAW GROUP) No matter your industry, there is likely a free online calculator just for you. Here are some of the best:http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com/blog/2013/04/industry-specific-calculators
(HEALTHY SAVANNAH) Can Exercise Make Kids Smarter? http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/15/phys-ed-can-exercise-make-kids-smarter/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=health&_r=0

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents: 24 East 50th Street, Savannah. This 5 bedroom, 3 full and 2 half bath home is located in historic Ardsley Park. $699,000. For more information call 912-234-3323 or visit http://celiadunnsir.com/savannah/idx/mls-129583-24_east_50th_street_savannah_ga_31405

(SAVANNAH, GA) Rivers & Glen Trading Co. announces it has appointed Bryan H. O’Dell as General Manager of its new Savannah store, located at 24 Drayton St. The locally owned and operated sporting retail stores based in Augusta, Ga. carry popular brands of apparel, luggage, fly fishing and hunting equipment. For more information, visit http://riversandglen.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Yoga Center is hosting Source Art and Lotus Flow Yoga Workshop on Saturday, December 6th from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at 1319 Bull St, Savannah, Ga 31401. A match made in heaven, Lotus Flow Yoga and Source Art™!  A delicious, creative yoga class led by Kelley followed by a juicy Source Painting™ session with Montine! Source Painting™ brings a deeply liberating style of intuitive art-making that is truly experiential and personally profound. For more information, visit www.savannahyoga.com or call (912) 232-2994.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Donations are being accepted for the funeral expenses for Kiaja Smalls, a two-year-old toddler who was shot and killed in Savannah on Tuesday, November 18. Donations will be accepted at Wells Fargo. For more information, contact Bernadette Capers at 912.441.7699

(GOODWILL OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire processes more than 575,000 donations of used goods each year.  The donations they receive help serve the community by helping consumers save money, promoting recycling and environmental sustainability, and helping people with different abilities find jobs. To find a donation center near you visithttp://goodwillsavannah.org/donate/donationcenters/

(SAVANNAH RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE) Help your sick kid feel better using sensory clues. http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/04/health/help-your-sick-kid-feel-better-using-sensory-clues/

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) Preparing Your Advance Directives. http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3287  Call Hospice Savannah’s Sarah Copeland at 912.355.2289 to have her come facilitate an Advance Directive workshop at a church or civic club.

HOSPICE SAVANNAH) Community members are invited to join the bereavement counselors of Full Circle for the 23rd annual Tree of Light Memorial. The event to be held in front of Hospice House, 1352 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. During this comforting ceremony, participants light a candle and share memories of their loved ones. Make a gift to honor the memory of your loved one at www.HospiceSavannah.org/TreeofLight or call 912.629.1055

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sandfly is working together to give everyone a happy and bright holiday season. Join SandflySavannah.com, Savannah Magazine, and the businesses of Sandfly as they give back to the community that supports them so well at the Sandfly Holiday Open House and Toy Drive, benefiting Savannah Community Centers. The event will be held on Thursday, December 11th from 4:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/303390299851204/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

(SAVANNAH, GA)  J. Cash is a male, Blue and White, Terrier/American Pit Bull mix. He is approximately two years old.  J. Cash is prepared to walk the line at his new home. For more information, visit http://www.humanesocietysav.org/adoption/dogs/

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS® – RADIO) November is National Runaway Prevention Month and Savannah’s Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is there for both families and teens in need. Street Outreach Program Coordinator, Kenneth Brown, talks to Open for Business® about the things that may lead to a teenager to runaway. He will also talk about Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter and the impact it has on the community. You can listen to the interview at http://tobtr.com/s/7097631

(SAVANNAH, GA) Children’s clothing entrepreneur Robyn Shirley is bringing a unique line of clothing for little girls to Savannah. The fashion consultant and Independent Trunk Keeper for Matilda Jane Clothing will expand her South Carolina-based business to begin hosting Trunk Shows in the Savannah area later this month. For more information, contactrobyns@matildajaneclothing.com. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/matilda-jane-clothing-trunk-shows-expands-to-savannah/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group announces the release of his eBook, “How to Form a Corporation, LLC or LLP in Georgia.” Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. This resource is available to download for free at FREE EBOOK,http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com/how-to-form-an-llc-corporation-or-llp-in-georgia?&__hssc=253186838.2.1416148427564&__hstc=253186838.09dd401a231f344f6c13781c6f6ec379.1415579646843.1415579646843.1416148427564.2&hsCtaTracking=7678ace3-0265-4195-bb52-813b9d8268c7|0556d4bf-70f9-4ee1-a693-9fc272684f1c

(SAVANNAH, GA) PHOTOS of Dr. Angela Canfield’s grand opening of Sandfly Family Dental

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