Award-Winning PR Executive to Lead Word-of-Mouth Strategy Workshop at THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference
(HILTON HEAD, SC/SAVANNAH, GA) Marjorie Young, an award-winning public relations consultant and founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will share five proven strategies for businesses to increase visibility and create positive buzz in the community during the third Annual THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference to be held in September on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The premier women’s gathering will focus on enhancing and empowering personal and professional growth. Thought-provoking speakers will network with more than 200 local and visiting women, and special in-depth, skill-based learning workshops will be offered.
This year’s keynote speaker is South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette. Prior to being elected the first Republican lieutenant governor, she was the CEO of Quality Business Solutions.
The conference will also offer special in-depth, skill-based learning workshops in hands-on settings with experts.
Young, who was last year’s keynote speaker, will lead this year’s participants in creating a yearly public relations plan using her signature Reputation Matrix™ method during an interactive 2.5-hour workshop.
“More than 90 percent of new business comes from word-of-mouth,” said Young. “This message is particularly important for small business owners and women entrepreneurs to ingest. The best way to grow your business is to network with other like-minded business owners and organizations that can complement your corporate goals and strategic direction.”
The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce acclaimed Young as its Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2017. She was also named the organization’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and her Savannah-based firm that specializes in reputation management was recognized by the Savannah Morning News as Small Business of the Year in 2013. She will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Carriage Trade Public Relations in 2020.
Young earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and is also certified in crisis communication.
THRIVE will kick off on Sept. 26 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa on Hilton Head Island with VIP workshops from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the THRIVE Women’s Business Pitch Competition from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A welcome reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
The conference will continue on Sept. 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with breakout sessions featuring a variety of relevant topics such as workforce development, social media, women’s health, and business panels with local, successful business owners. The event will again be emceed by WSAV TV news anchor, Tina Tyus-Shaw.
To register or learn more, please visit https://www.hiltonheadchamber.org/thrive-2019/
ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC. Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their positive word of mouth in the community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Tilton, co-principal of the Dewitt Tilton Group, will present “Metal Buildings: Modern Marvels? Businesses Turning to Budget-Friendly Options for State-of-the-Art Appearances” at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Power Hour Luncheon on Tuesday, August 6.
The luncheon will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, at the Grand Lake Club located at 815 Southbridge Blvd in Savannah. The cost to attend for Chamber members is $12.00. The event is also open to prospective Chamber members who can contact Tina Mock at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“It’s a topic I believe our community will be interested and surprised to learn about,” said Tilton. “We used to think of metal buildings as being the ugly shed in our neighbor’s backyard, but they really have evolved into design-worthy and environmentally-friendly structures.”
To register for the luncheon, please visit http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=171
MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
Home Builders Association Presents $5,000 Donation to Xcel Strategies
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah presented a $5,000 donation to Savannah-based mentoring group Xcel in support of the 2019 Dust and Grain Woodworking Competition which will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Maven Makers, 415 W. Boundary St.
“As homebuilders, we are delighted to take part in a project that draws attention to the value of careers in the trades,” said Patty Rietkovich, executive officer of the association. “We need to develop the skilled craftspeople who will build the homes, schools and businesses of the future.”
The May 18 event marks the culmination of a competition that began last month. Different teams got their assignment in April to build a stool using lumber from Emergent Structures, a local re-purposed lumber yard. Judges will select three winning teams, each of which will receive production opportunities from Maven Makers to produce a product for the local home, restaurant, hotel or furniture industry.
Additional competitions and displays of woodworking skills are scheduled prior to the announcement of the winning teams. The day’s activities, which are free and open to the public, are designed to appeal to families and will include Current Catering onsite for lunch, as well as raffles and giveaways.
Xcel is a Savannah mentoring nonprofit organization that concentrates on moving young men ages 15 to 25 into the workforce via the trades. It has partnered with such groups as Bethesda Academy and the Dream Campaign. Jay Thompson, founder and CEO of Xcel, has partnered with Maven Makers, a woodworking maker space, to inspire and train young men in woodworking professions.
ABOUT THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SAVANNAH
The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah is an organization of local builders and builder associates, dedicated to promoting homeownership to as many people as possible in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty Counties, while supporting each other through continuing education and networking opportunities. The organization was founded in 1955 with 27 charter members. Today, the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah has more than 550 current members, serving on more than 15 committees and councils, with an additional 500 members of the sales & marketing council. It is the second largest association in the state of Georgia. Membership benefits include continuing education classes, workshops and seminars, trade networking opportunities, lower insurance premiums, a Membership Directory and regular membership meetings. The Association is headquartered at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, Ga 31406. Patty Rietkovich serves as the Executive Director. For more information, call (912) 354-6193 or visit http://homebuildersofsavannah.com. #HBAofGreaterSavannah
State of Small Business in Chatham County Announced for Wednesday, May 8
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 7th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County, presented by Best Business Brokersand Wells Fargo & Company, will be held Wednesday, May 8, at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA.
During the morning event, five area experts will present reports on measurable benchmarks relating to the health of Savannah’s small business community.
The goal of State of Small Business is to have current and relevant information available about the local economy, to help the small business owner make informed decisions in strategic business planning.
2019 State of Small Business presenters and topics include:
• Jen Bonnett, Savannah Economic Development Authority: Technology Trends;
• Lee Beckman, Georgia Ports Authority, Garden City Terminal: Freight Shipping Trends;
• Tony O’Reilly, president of the Small Business Assistance Corporation: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region;
• Rhett Mouchet, associate broker at Colliers International Savannah: Commercial Real Estate Trends;
• Dean Burnette, managing broker at Best Business Brokers: Business Sales Trends.
Following their presentations, the speakers will hold a round-table review to discuss the implications of the data and how it relates to small business owners.
Michael Toma, director of the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research at Georgia Southern, will join the discussion to help interpret available information.
Doors open at 8 a.m. with refreshments available. Reports start at 8:30 a.m. and the roundtable will begin at 9:30. The event will end at 10 a.m.
This event is free and open to the public but seats are limited. Registration is required through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-small-business-in-chatham-county-tickets-59453115870.
This event is sponsored by Best Business Brokers, Wells Fargo & Company, Savannah SCORE, The Creative Coast, UGA Small Business Development Center, Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, Savannah Economic Development Authority, the city of Savannah, Small Business Assistance Corporation, Joe Marchese Construction, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing, the Savannah Morning News, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerceand the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.
The event will be livestreamed on Facebook from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the Best Business Brokers, SCORE Savannahand Carriage Trade Public RelationsFacebook pages. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SmallBizSav19.
For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-small-business-in-chatham-county-tickets-59453115870.
ABOUT BEST BUSINESS BROKERS• B3
Best Business Brokers (B3) help people buy and sell businesses and commercial real estate in Georgia and South Carolina. The company is based in Savannah, Georgia. B3offers a variety of brokerage services, including confidential targeted marketing, potential buyers’ qualifications, showcasing, transaction negotiations, due diligence management, escrow process management, valuations and pricing, and closings. Their seasoned and award-winning business brokers are all licensed, commercial realtors. B3specializes in a multitude of industries, such as manufacturing-, technology- and logistics-related businesses and properties. Their headquarters is located at 6605 Abercorn St., Suite 101D, Savannah, GA 31405. For more information, visit http://B3Brokers.comor call 912-349-0940.
ABOUT WELLS FARGO & COMPANY
Wells Fargo & Company(NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargoprovides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargoserves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Companywas ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargoare also available at Wells FargoStories.
First 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Lecture to Feature Meditation for Stress Relief
(SAVANNAH, GA) The first of four 2019 Enmarkethealth education events, scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, will feature a free lunchtime lecture on the benefits of meditation for stress relief. The lecture will be presented at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.
The session will be presented by longtime meditation instructor Cleveland Beach who has been leading such classes for more than 25 years.
Beach will share the four basic elements of meditation practice developed by HarvardProfessor Herbert Benson along with ideas from Jon Kabat-Zinn, with the Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
“During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress,” said Beach. “This process can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.”
Beach, who has been lay ordained in Japanese Soto Zen Buddhism, attended seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has been educated and trained in addiction counseling and has worked as a group facilitator, program manager and clinical supervisor.
He developed a private practice in Durham, North Carolina, teaching stress management and meditation to individuals and groups before relocating with his family to Savannah where he has facilitated numerous workshops, presentations and training on stress management, relaxation and meditation.
Doors will open for the April 30 event at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 11:45 a.m. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required as a healthy lunch will be provided and seating is limited. To RSVP, visit www.healthysavannah.org.
During the event, the EnmarketEncourage Health Series will also recognize the nonprofit Park Place Outreach- Youth Emergency Shelterthat supports runaway, homeless, and at-risk young people, ages 11-21, through residential and after-school programs. During the month of April, representatives of Enmarketand Healthy Savannahwill volunteer at the shelter and present the organization with a $1,000 Encourage Health grant.
This marks the sixth year for the EnmarketEncourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustee’s Garden, Cha Bella, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazineand WRHQ.
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store Newsin 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarketcurrently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com
Open for Business ®: Search Engine Optimization 101
(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLCfor the September session of their monthly Open for Business ®series. This month’s topic is search engine optimization (SEO). The conversation takes place via Facebook Live on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ Facebook page. This month’s session will be held on Wednesday, September 26, at noon. Interested parties can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846597912094801/
Open for Business ® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live.
ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.
ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLCwas founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com
Public Invited to Workshop and Luncheon Explaining the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project
Presentation to be held on May 3 by The Dewitt Tilton Group
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group will host a luncheon workshop on May 3 at the Savannah Golf Club for a presentation on “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.”
The event is intended for realtors, business owners, individuals in commercial construction and anyone with an interest in the field. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/
Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, will kick off the workshop with a talk on selecting the perfect location for your project and what unexpected road bumps you might encounter when you find it.
Kim Thomas, director of operations for the Dewitt Tilton Group will then discuss the permitting process and zoning regulations.
“A lot of considerations go into commercial construction projects, and many people don’t know what exactly they’re looking for when it comes to property selection, permit applications and everything that follows,” said Tilton, “We started this workshop to share the knowledge we have gained with our combined 50 years in business.”
MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com