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SafeCity Launches on Bull Street Local Security Company Offers Free CCTV to Savannah Business Community

(Savannah, Georgia) scDataCom is launching an early release of their newest initiative, “SafeCity”. SafeCity is a community focused program dedicated to fostering the safety, revitalization and continued growth of local business corridors by implementing security and technology tools designed to protect our community in a time of crisis. High quality cameras are placed in strategic locations throughout local business corridors in order to provide as many businesses as possible clear coverage of their facilities. During the Covid-19 Health Crisis, access to this footage is FREE and made available to participants in order to provide peace of mind to one of our city’s most valuable resource – it’s community of entrepreneurs.

“This is a beta version of the system we were planning to install but things have accelerated due to the current crisis. We are in a position to implement a solution, now, that will allow businesses a way to protect and to personally keep eyes on their facilities through the duration of this shut down” says Alaina Ford, Founder of scDataCom. “Our business is considered Critical Infrastructure – we are lucky that, as of now, our trucks are still rolling. The equipment we are installing is state of the art and costs us the exact same amount sitting in inventory as it does deployed where it could do some good. My hope is that the added security brings other small businesses some level of peace of mind while they’re forced to close their doors – we have to band together to get through this.”

scDataCom has been in Savannah for the past 7 years, and owner Alaina Ford lives in the Starland district, where the first SafeCity cameras will be installed. “This neighborhood has my heart”, she says. “I chose to live here because I loved the energy that all of these fun new businesses brought in, I’m lucky that some are friends and customers. And, living here, I know that there have been issues with burglary and property damage and that it has caused some concern, especially now. I’m hopeful that SafeCity will help ease their minds.”

Based on FBI crime data, Savannah has a higher crime rate than 68% of all other Georgia towns & cities (of all sizes). In 2019, the weekly average for property crimes in Savannah was 104 reported incidents/week and the weekly average for violent crime was 23 reported incidents/week. Studies show that surveillance programs have been especially successful in reducing the crime rate – potential criminals are much less likely to target a business if they know they are being watched and believe they are at a greater risk of apprehension. Highly visible cameras and signage are an especially effective crime reduction tool – similar programs in other cities, like Chicago, saw a 32% decrease in area crime within the first 3 months. A Detroit surveillance program, Project Greenlight, successfully decreased area crime by 40% in 2016, notably decreasing incidents of violent crime by 48%.

SafeCity camera installation will commence Monday and remote-viewing access is being granted to businesses for the next 30 days. For more information on SafeCity, or to register for access, please visit

About scDataCom: Established in 2013, scDataCom has been delivering security integration solutions to both Savannah area businesses and Federal Agencies since 2013. Their client list includes the Department of Veterans Affairs, Georgia Ports Authority, St Joseph/Candler Hospitals, and many other small to enterprise level businesses.
Headquarters: 2700 Gregory St, Suite 180 Savannah, Georgia 31404
Phone: (912) 777-5721
Cell: 571-499-0409

Carriage Trade Public Relations® Marks 25th Anniversary

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. observed its 25th anniversary on March 6, marking a quarter of a century of service to the region’s small business community.

As a lead-up to the anniversary, the company’s owner and president Marjorie Young will publish “Reputation Matrix,” a step-by-step guidebook to help small businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in the community and online. Once released, the book will be available on Amazon.

“I started my own company after helping turn my father’s publishing and printing company around. I learned the power of public relations and wanted to make it accessible to other business owners,” said Young.

Marjorie Young, Founder

Marjorie Young, Founder

“Throughout the 25 years, it has been a mission of mine to help small business owners realize that PR creates powerful word of mouth in the community and online. According to Nielsen, Over 90% of referrals and new business comes from word of mouth, PR helps to create that positive buzz,” said Young.

“In 1998, Google launched, and that was a game-changer, realizing everything can go online,” Young said. “We were really the first in the region to understand you could put up a press release and have people find it and read it. You know, it’s easy to forget these tools weren’t always there and that even when they did become available, people had to learn how to use them.”

In addition to growing a company and pioneering the power of the internet, Young has been active in the community, having served as president of the Small Business Chamber, chair of the Small Business Council and chair of Savannah SCORE. Other past and present board involvement include Leadership Savannah, Hospice Savannah, Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy, Small Business Development Center Advisory Board and Rotary Club of Savannah.

She has also won numerous awards; Business Advocate of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Small Business of the Year and Savannah Community Star Award from the Savannah Morning News and Buy Local Advocate of the Year from Buy Local Savannah.

She holds a certification in crisis communications from the Public Relations Society of America and hosts frequent PR boot camps and webinars to empower business owners and nonprofit organizations to take control of their reputation, brand and message. Community Headlines, the local NewsWire, was launched in 1997. Her online business education show, Open For Business was launched in 2000.

Carriage Trade is currently in a collaboration with Cecilia Russo Marketing, a work-share arrangement that enables both principals to improve their work/life balance. Cynthia Cradduck was named a junior partner to both firms three years ago.

Young is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism and a minor in fine art. In her spare time, Marjorie enjoys hiking and painting, and in 2016 she hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a 500-mile trek. Her daughter just graduated from Georgia Tech with a Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering.

Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premier reputation management company founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in their community and globally online through its proprietary REPUTATION MATRIX method. For more information, contact 912-844-9990

Regional Leaders for the 2020 Class of Leadership Southeast Georgia Announced

Regional Leaders for the 2020 Class of Leadership Southeast Georgia Announced

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to announce the 28 participants who have been selected to join its 2020 class. These individuals live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s coastal region.

The participants have now embarked on a five-month leadership program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to help them promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the region.

LSEGA Class of 2020

LSEGA Class of 2020

The LSEGA Class of 2020 includes:

Kelly Ambrose, Liberty County, with Ameris Bank Mortgage Services;
Evan Bennett, Bulloch County, with Hussey Gay Bell;
LaToya Brannen, Chatham County, with 9 to 5 Working Women;
Justin Callaway, Glynn County, with NewCity Brunswick;
Candace Carpenter, Bryan County, Savannah Airport Commission;
Doug Carroll, Chatham County, with Enmarket;
Matthew Coleman, Glynn County, Georgia Power;
Patrick Connell, Chatham County, Boyd & Jenerette;
Kristen Crawley, Chatham County, Clark Creative Communications;
Charles Ezelle, Glynn County, with Thomas & Hutton;
Brooke Childers, Chatham County, district director for U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter;
Petula Gomillion, Liberty County, Atlantic Area CASA;
Karen Guinn, Chatham County, Collective Marketing;
Hunter Hall, Chatham County, External Relations Professional;
Mitchell Hill, Bulloch County, Lee Hill and Johnston Insurers;
Stephanie Johnson, Effingham County, Effingham County Board of Commissioners;
Catherine Karwacki, McIntosh County, Seaboard Real Estate Inc.;
John Lester, Bulloch County, Georgia Southern University;
Taylor Mobbs, Camden County, St. Marys Economic Development/Main Street;
Ryan Moore, Glynn County, Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority;
Erica Palmisano, Chatham County, FirstPage Marketing;
Cheryl Smith, Bryan County, Gulfstream Aerospace;
Christopher Smith, Chatham County, HunterMaclean;
Mark Sprosty, Chatham County, Savannah Economic Development Authority;
Maria Whitfield, Effingham County, DRT America Incorporated;
Melanie Wilson, Chatham County, Chatham-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission;
Benjamin Wooditch, Chatham County, Evans General Contractors;
Paul Yarborough, Bryan County, Georgia Ports Authority.

By the time the fifth session concludes in June, this group will have spent five weekends studying issues ranging from healthcare to economic development. Participants in previous years have seen everything from military installations to working farms to university campuses.

“Visiting important but seldom toured sites vital to our region’s diverse economy is a major part of Leadership Southeast Georgia’s curriculum, and we invite top-notch speakers from the state and local levels,” said Brynn Grant, chair of the LSEGA Board of Directors. “The participants even have ‘homework’ in the form of a regional development proposal in an area of focus about which they are most passionate.”

“Maybe the most important aspect,” added Lee Beckmann, immediate past chairman of the Board, “is the opportunity to network with one’s peers while learning more about how interconnected and essential every county’s prosperity is in this region.”

To learn more about Leadership Southeast Georgia, visit:

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 two to three days a month traveling to surrounding counties exploring regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit

Brynn Grant
Leadership Southeast Georgia

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Carriage Trade Public Relations Announces January Open for Business®: Predictions and Trends for 2020

Carriage Trade Public Relations Announces January Open for Business®: Predictions and Trends for 2020

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. for the January session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s conversation will focus on public relations predictions and trends for 2020. Marjorie Young, founder and principal of Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. will host the conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at noon.

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series focused on discussing current marketing articles that will help your business become more competitive. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live or Zoom on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ account.

This month’s article can be found here:

For more information, visit the event at

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

Skylar Lanier
Public Relations Specialist
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.

Pinnacle Medical Group Welcomes Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sarah Cazorla to Beaufort Dermatology

Pinnacle Medical Group Welcomes Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sarah Cazorla to Beaufort Dermatology Provider Brings New Range of Comprehensive Women’s Services to Lowcountry Patients

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, S.C.) Pinnacle Medical Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Sarah Cazorla has joined its Beaufort Dermatology location, bringing with her plastic and reconstructive surgeries previously unavailable to patients in the area.

Dr. Sarah Cazorla Joins Pinnacle Medical Group

Dr. Sarah Cazorla Joins Pinnacle Medical Group

Cazorla is published in the field of breast cancer and has been practicing medicine since 2011. Better known among her patients as “Dr. C.”, she performs a variety of cosmetic procedures that range from facial rejuvenation and skincare to “mommy makeovers” that might include a breast lift, reduction or augmentation, tummy tucks and vaginal rejuvenation to restore ease of ordinary processes as well as intimate well-being.

“One of the significant benefits that Dr. Cazorla brings to our practice in Beaufort is the ability to offer local breast cancer patients same-day breast reconstruction close to home,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “Previously, these patients would have had to come to our Bluffton facilities or travel to Charleston, but now they can receive these services from within the comfort of their communities.”

Cazorla will also offer injectable treatments, including Botox and fillers, and will provide a surgeon’s holistic perspective in administering these procedures.

“I am an artist at heart, so I use my eye for aesthetic to provide pleasing natural results that augment my patients’ natural beauty and help them achieve their best selves,” said Cazorla. “My vision is to be able to offer comprehensive women’s care and provide an aesthetic experience that allows me to address each of my patients’ personal goals.”

“A plastic surgeon understands the muscles of the face and will know how to refresh patients so they don’t look overdone,” she said. “Before any potential procedure, we talk with patients to come to an understanding of their objectives so that we can develop a comprehensive plan that aligns their goals with mine.” Her goal is ultimately to help her patients attain confidence and empowerment.

Cazorla is originally from New York City, where she began training as a surgeon. She completed a residency program at Texas Tech Health Science Center, Department of Surgery, in Lubbock, Texas. She then completed her plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Virginia Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Since moving to South Carolina, Cazorla has become affiliated with Hilton Head Hospital, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center. She is a candidate member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and an associate fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Cazorla speaks three languages; Spanish and Portuguese in addition to English. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and painting as well as interior design.

“I am honored to be a part of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and to serve this beautiful community, which has quickly become my home,” Cazorla said. “I want each of our patients in turn to feel at home with us here at Pinnacle.”

Cazorla is excited to become involved in her new community, and is teaming up with Emma Scott Pack Photography to host a “Girls Night Out” on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Circa 1810 Salon in Port Royal, South Carolina. Attendees will enjoy an informational evening with a wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. To register, visit the event Facebook page at or call 843-815-6699. The first 50 women to register will receive a complementary swag bag.

The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit,, and

Skylar Lanier
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Holiday Meals Delivered to Thunderbolt Firefighters, Police Officers and Utility Workers from Local Commercial Construction Firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group

Holiday Meals Delivered to Thunderbolt Firefighters, Police Officers and Utility Workers from Local Commercial Construction Firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm in the Lowcountry, showed its gratitude in a special way to the Town of Thunderbolt’s firefighters, police officers and utility workers.

Dewitt Tilton Group Donates Thanksgiving Meals to Thunderbolt First Responders

Dewitt Tilton Group Donates Thanksgiving Meals to Thunderbolt First Responders

The leadership team and employees of the Dewitt Tilton Group personally delivered Thanksgiving lunches from Thunderbolt restaurant Coach’s Corner at 12 p.m.

“This is our small way of saying thank you to these men and women who work tirelessly to ensure our safety and comfort throughout the holiday season,” said Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group. “While we’re enjoying this Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, we wanted these folks, who often don’t get that time off, to know we’re thinking of them and all they do for us.”

This is the second year that the Dewitt Tilton Group has delivered holiday meals to Thunderbolt’s first responders and the first year of providing the meals to the utility workers. In total, over 20 meals were delivered.

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 walkthrough. 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

Kim Thomas
The Dewitt Tilton Group

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

Chris Gignac Recognized as an FPC Platinum Plus Recruiter in Production

Chris Gignac Recognized as an FPC Platinum Plus Recruiter in Production

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Gignac, with FPC of Savannah, has been recognized by FPC National as a Platinum Plus Recruiter for her success in placing top-level candidates with companies that are the best fit.

Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah

Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah

Since 1990, FPC of Savannah has served the city as an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of top-tier business professionals. This year, the firm was recognized as the top producing office among 65 franchises nationwide.

This marks the third time Gignac has made the list of Platinum Recruiters in only her fourth year with FPC of Savannah. In 2018 she became the top FPC recruiter nationwide and is projected to rank within the top 10 again this year.

Gignac, who joined FPC of Savannah in 2015, specializes in recruiting for supply chain and procurement positions after spending 13 years coaching college basketball, including a stint as the women’s basketball coach at Georgia Southern University.

“I was attracted to a career with FPC of Savannah because the skills from my basketball coaching career actually proved transferrable,” said Gignac. “I wanted to keep recruiting, but starting a young family made following my career all over the country difficult, and I have loved being able to settle down here.”

She received a master’s degree in English literature from the University of New Hampshire. Gignac has an undergraduate degree from Providence College, where she played collegiate basketball and graduated with honors.

“Those years on the basketball court taught me invaluable business lessons,” Gignac said. “Among them managing relationships, juggling multiple obligations simultaneously, prioritizing, as well as the importance of hustle and competitiveness.”

Gignac and her husband Marc are parents to two sons, aged 5 years and 18 months.

Founded in 1990, FPC of Savannah is an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of top-tier business professionals. Nationally, FPC is listed as one of Forbes Top 50 Executive Search Firms. In 2018, FPC of Savannah was recognized as the top producing office in the nation out of the 65 franchises. The firm is owned by Mort Shor and operates out of two offices, both located in Savannah’s historic district and his team of recruiters specializes in placing executives in a variety of fields including: distribution and logistics; engineering and project engagement; environmental, health and safety; finance and accounting; hospitality; human resources; lean and six sigma; legal; operations and senior management; quality; sales and marketing; athletics; educational systems; healthcare; specialty chemicals; and supply chain For more information, visit