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State of Small Business in Chatham County Announced for Wednesday, May 8

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.

State of Small Business in Chatham County , Best Business Brokers

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.

During the event, there will also be displays from SCORE, UGA Small Business Development Center, and The Creative Coast, providing business resource materials.

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.

A PDF of all reports will be available on the Savannah SCOREwebsite, https://savannah.score.org/.

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.

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.

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.

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.

Treehouse Adventures & Putt Putt Opens at Savannah Mall

Treehouse Adventures & Putt Putt Opens at Savannah Mall

(SAVANNAH, GA) Treehouse Adventures & Putt Putt reopened under the new management of bilingual co-owners Ruberman Rodriguez and Ben Saborio. The newly refurbished indoor play space, located at Savannah Mall in the upper level of Dillard’s court, features a treehouse-themed three-level obstacle course, a Putt Putt mini-golf course, a ball pit for the little ones, arcade games and a snack bar.

“We’ve really brightened up the space and added a lot of great new features,” said Rodriguez. “The treehouse obstacle course has three levels and three slides, including two spiral slides. We’re also bringing in new video games and will be adding a rock wall in the near future.”

The indoor play space also features a toddler ball pit and offers private rooms for birthday parties, family gatherings and field trips. Although geared for children ages one through ten, Treehouse Adventures & Putt Putt provides health and fitness activities for the whole family.

Rodriguez also operates Eurobungy Savannah, a bungy-trampoline attraction on the Mall’s lower level. Eurobungy rides allow children and adults to preform jumps and backflips in a safe environment.

“Parents can take a break from shopping while their kids play, or get in and play with them,” Rodriguez added. “No matter what the weather’s like outside, Treehouse Adventures offers a picture-perfect play experience, in the climate-controlled space of Savannah Mall.”

Treehouse Adventures & Putt Putt is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Happy Hour is celebrated from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Monday through Thursday, with $1 off each activity or $6 off the combo package. For more information, call (863) 978-8332, visit http://www.treehouseadventures.net/ or find them on Facebook at Tree-House Adventures-Putt-Putt.

Ruberman Rodriguez, Co-Owner of Treehouse Adventures

Ruberman Rodriguez, Co-Owner of Treehouse Adventures

Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-a, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, Saigon Flavors, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nutty Bavarian. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi-Faircloth, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or orsib@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com

Ruberman Rodriguez
Treehouse Adventures & Putt Putt

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR


(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah has received a $150,000 grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation as part of a three-year program to combat childhood obesity. Read more at: http://savannahnow.com/news/2014-07-31/healthy-savannah-receives-grant-targets-childhood-obesity#.U9vowfldWb0

(SAVANNAH, GA) Find the perfect coastal experience for your group. Wilderness Southeast has tours and programs for all ages and types of groups, from schools to family vacations. Take a look at their  Group Adventures and/or School Field Trips Plus to start planning your Savannah adventure tour. For more information, visit http://www.naturesavannah.org/

(SAVANNAH, GA) An ESG Grant was awarded to Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter. The grant supplies $30,000 for their Street Outreach Program and $20,000 for the shelter that provides support to homeless, abused or runaway children and teens between the ages of 11 and 17 in the Savannah/Chatham area. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) Listen LIVE on Wednesday, August 6 at noon on OPEN FOR BUSINESS Blog Radio as Dan Pavlin, VP of Commercial Lines at Bernard Williams Insurance, talks with Pearl Fyderek about his upcoming presentation with Savannah SCORE on the ‘Top Ten Questions Small Businesses Ask about Business Insurance’. Tune in at:   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/savannahopenforbusiness/2014/08/06/open-for-business-top-10-insurance-tips-for-small-business-owners

(INC MAGAZINE) Three Steps to Become a Better Leader: http://www.inc.com/alexa-von-tobel-samuel-bacharach/how-to-build-better-leaders-in-your-business.html

(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill is THE Place for Back-to-School Shopping – and Helping Others. https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/goodwill-is-the-place-for-back-to-school-shopping-and-helping-others/

(SAVANNAH, GA) GoWP announces a FREE WordPress training webinar on August 13, 2014 at 1pm; Getting Started with WordPress, the session will cover WordPress basics including an overview of the Admin Panel. Open to the public. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/144450899212088065

(SAVANNAH, GA) GoWP announces a FREE WordPress training webinar on Augusta 20, 2014 at 1pm: Using WordPress Plugins, online session will demonstrate how to research, install and configure popular plugins. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4420834249679551745

(SAVANNAH, GA) Liles George has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a Sales Associate. With in-depth knowledge of the area and expertise in financial and business analysis, she is committed to delivering high quality results with proven attention to detail. Liles provides integrity to her clients and supports their goals by employing a solid methodology and business practice. Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. For more information, visit www.celiadunnsir.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Early registration for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s BUDDY WALK: October 4: http://www.ldssga.org/registration.html

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Jaycees Selects Coastal Pet Rescue as its 2014-2015 Service Partner. Read more at: https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/savannah-jaycees-selects-coastal-pet-rescue-as-its-2014-2015-service-partner/

(ACCESS ATLANTA) Could ‘fist bumping’ become the healthy handshake? Find out: http://www.accessatlanta.com/news/news/national/watch-two-women-escape-death-diving-under-train/ngqhr/

(SAVANNAH, GA) PRESS CONFERENCE, Aug 21, 2014, on the Rooftop of the Manger Building, 1pm: Info about OVER THE EDGE fundraiser to benefit Scoutreach, an inner city Scouting program by the Boy Scouts of America. https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/savannah-press-conference-aug-21-1pm-roof-of-manager-building/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Angela Canfield, DDS of Sandfly Family Dental makes custom mouth guard donation to B.C. Football team, totally over $9000 worth of materials. Dr. Canfield and Coach Britt talk about it on WJCL Good Day Savannah. Watch the interview: http://wjcl.com/2014/07/31/new-mouthguard-technology-keeping-benedictines-smiles-safe/

(MASHABLE) Stealth Marketing: How Brands Infiltrate Vine With Product Placement: http://mashable.com/2014/07/22/sneaky-vine-ads/

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) A big issue our patients’ caregivers struggle with is understanding that its OK when their loved one no longer wants to eat or drink. http://blog.crossroadshospice.com/why-its-ok-for-your-loved-one-to-stop-eating-and-drinking-on-hospice/?sf28757529=1

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kerri Goodrich talks about upcoming Encourage Health Education Lecture and the benefits of lifting weights. Watch the interview:  http://wjcl.com/2014/07/29/lifting-weights-can-cut-the-fat/

(ENMARK ENCOURAGE HEALTH EDUCATIONAL SERIES) Strength training reduces body fat, increases lean muscle mass, burns calories more efficiently and maintains your youth. To learn more benefits of strength training, attend Kerri Goodrich’s Encourage Health Lecture Series Aug. 26. Kerri will talk about “Five Ways Weight Lifting Helps Burn Body Fat” as the fourth of five lectures in the Enmark Encourage Health Educational Series 2014. To purchase tickets, visit http://pifitness.org/fundraisers/

(BERNARD WILLIAMS & COMPANY)  Why do I need workers compensation? If I only have three employees, are I required to have workers compensation? What are the repercussions of being caught without this coverage? Find the answers at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernard-Williams/114943061883128?ref_type=bookmark

(SAVANNAH, GA) SMART LUNCH, AUG 5, lecture about: Bullying in the Workplace. For more info contact Stephanie Boaen, 912.644.6458 or SBoaen@SavannahChamber.com

(BUSINESS ATTORNEY CHARLES BOWEN) Should free speech rights also apply to license plates? http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com/2014/05/urz-license-plates-constitute-free-speec

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Kelley Boyd on August 8 to 10 at the Yoga Retreat taking place at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. For more information, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9VUmnKsTZc

(WRIGHT SECURITY SYSTEMS) This mapping database will show up to 28 days of crime activity in Savannah and is updated every two hours. Always be aware of your surroundings. Check out the interactive map here: http://www.raidsonline.com/?address=Savannah-Chatham%2CGA

(HEALTHY SAVANNAH) One Step at a Time: Walking to School Can Benefit Your Child and the Whole Community. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/downloads/matte18.pdf

(SAVANNAH, GA) Clark Bryon to perform for the Savannah Folk Music Society’s First Fridays for Folk Music on Friday, September 5, in Stewart Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Avenue in Savannah. It’s a twin-bill concert that starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 per person for the Savannah Folk Music Society.  http://www.savannahfolk.org/  or visit: https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/clark-byron-to-perform-september-5-at-the-savannah-folk-music-societys-first-fridays

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents 215 Lee Blvd. in Savannah, Georgia. This four bedroom, four-1/2 bath home located in Habersham Woods is listed at $435,000. This recently price reduced property features a wide spacious foyer, separate formal living and dining room, a beautiful paneled library/den, and a Gunite swimming pool surrounded by lush landscaping. For more information on this listing, http://celiadunnsir.com/listings/215-lee-blvd/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce that Brenda B. Pollen a Savannah native, has been appointed the new Vice President of Mission Services. In her new role, Pollen will be responsible for overseeing the Mission related activities of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire including: Vocational Evaluation and Assessments, Work Adjustment /Skills Training, Job Placement, and collaboration with community partners to identify strategies to address personal, social and economic needs of individuals with barriers to economic independence. For more information, visit http://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1597&Itemid=16

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Friends of Animals of the Coastal Empire, Inc, (FOA) announces its 16th Annual Auction, “Purrr-a-Vida, An Evening in Costa Rica” on Saturday, August 23 at Savannah Station, located at 601 Cohen Street, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. $45.00 per person includes food stations, auction and bar tickets. This year’s grand auction item is a week’s stay in a villa in Costa Rica. Proceeds from this event will benefit these local animal welfare groups: Bryan Animal Caregivers, PAWS of Effingham, Islands Feral Cat Project, Save-a-Life Animal Welfare, Second Chance Animal Rescue and the Humane Society of Greater Savannah. For more information, contact Chris Comas at 912.661.1758 or visit www.friendsofanimalscoastalga.org.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Martha Jones is a Long Haired Weimaraner female puppy in need of a good home. She is believed to be 8 months old. Martha Jones behaves well with children and other dogs. All shots are current.  To learn more, visit  http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2014-d-096-martha-jones/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade PR, Inc. announces Cynthia Wright has joined the company as a Public Relations Coordinator. Wright’s responsibilities include media and client relations, writing press releases, researching awards, photography, videography, search engine optimization, researching keywords, social media management, reputation management and community relations. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/cynthia-wright-hired-by-carriage-trade-pr-inc-as-public-relations-coordinator/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Voice Festival Unveils Don Giovanni – August 5. Read more: https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/savannah-voice-festival-unveils-don-giovanni-in-savannah-august-3rd-5th-2014/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Tony Thomas, Alderman of District 6 and Chairman of City Council in Savannah,  opens up the STUFF STORE in the Savannah Mall. The store features antiques, collectibles and eclectic pieces. For more information on the STUFF STORE, visit http://shopstuffstore.com


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(BLUFFTON, S.C.)  Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is expanding its Bluffton office, adding more sales representatives and increasing services for Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry. The expansion of the Bluffton office is on October 10 at 11 am. Mayor Lisa Sulka will be attending. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. http://www.celiadunnsir.com


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Mall will celebrate the circus October 11-13 in the Center Court with an impressive display of miniature circus models created by artisans from Circus Model Builders International. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Savannah Mall, please visit www.savannahmall.com or call 912-927-7467.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Photos of the 2013 Buddy Walk http://spotted.savannahnow.com/galleries/index.php?id=404043

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah chapter of SCORE will offer a five week program designed to help people start their own businesses.  Called “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business”, this program was developed by the SCORE national office with support from Bank of America.

The program will be offered at the SCORE office, 111 East Liberty, 6 – 8:30 pm each Wednesday starting October 16 and running through November 13. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=anwty5eab&oeidk=a07e87ju1pd3c9c4bed&oseq=a022d7gw3s77jr

(SAVANNAH, GA) Nominations for Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business – Generation NEXT will be accepted through October 22. Generation NEXT recognizes the most promising “Under 40” professionals in the community. Nominees should be focused on philanthropy, community service and progress for our area, as well as on generating business success and growth. businessinsavannah.com/generationnext and savannahmagazine.com/generationnext. Winners will be recognized in the January 15 issue of Business in Savannah and in the January/February, 2014 issue of Savannah Magazine.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Crider Foods in Stillmore, GA has donated 11 pallets of canned protein to Second Harvest. helpendhunger.org


(SAVANNAH, GA) Heads In Helmets will be giving away hundreds of FREE helmets on October 30 at the Harvest Church of the Nazarene Fall Festival. The event will be from 6 – 8 pm at the church, 5995 Waters Ave. There will be kids’ activities, hot cocoa and fun for all. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Pam at 203-228-8311. headsinhelmets.com


(MASHABLE) Is your Business Spending too much time on Facebook? http://mashable.com/2013/09/30/facebook-small-business/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sunday’s Best Fashion and Hat Show with a Taste of Gospel takes place on Saturday, October 12, at 5:30 pm at Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1110 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, with vocalist Comia Flynn and Hostess Sister Sandra Clark. Donations will be accepted for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk to be held on October 18 at 5:00 pm in Forsyth Park.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Toast to the Coast, Oyster Roast & BBQ will be held on November 7, Skidaway State Park, 6 – 9 pm. This is a benefit for Wilderness Southeast’s Fish Gotta Swim, a hands-on science enrichment course on water quality provided to public school sixth graders. Local talent, sustainable food, good times. http://www.wilderness-southeast.org/ Wilderness Southeast’s 40th Birthday! $50/person. 912-236-8115.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Southpoint Media announces the launch of their first standalone product, Basepoint. Basepoint is a complete Do-It-Yourself website creation service for small businesses.  With Basepoint, anyone can build and launch an affordable, professional website in minutes. www.southpointmedia.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Joyce Roché, retired CEO of Girls, Inc., will discuss and sign copies of her new book, The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success, on Monday, October 28 from 1 – 2 p.m. at Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St. During her presentation on the topic “Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success,” Roché will discuss impostor syndrome, a feeling of being a fraud and not deserving one’s success. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please call Park Place Outreach at 912-234-4048 to reserve a spot. http://parkplaceyes.org



(COASTAL EMPIRE, GA) Goodwill will host job fairs:

Oct 9 Savannah Job Fair at Savannah Civic Center 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct 9 Brunswick Job Fair at Brunswick Job Connection 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct 9 Rincon Job Fair at Rincon Job Connection 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct 22 Richmond Hill Job Fair at Richmond Hill Job Connection 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Employers will share information about their organizations and offer employment opportunities to qualified job seekers. For more information, visit http://goodwillsavannah.org/jobconnection/  or contact Ailerua Crawford at 912-354-6611 or acrawford@goodwillsavannah.org.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Ogeechee Riverkeeper and friends for the 6th Annual Rivers Rock! event on Thursday October 24, 2013; 7 – 10 pm at Moon River Brewing Company, 21 W. Bay St. Support Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect and preserve clean water. $35 in advance, or $45 the day of the event. www.riversrock.org


(SAVANNAH, GA) “Brain banquet” coming to Lowcountry Oct 23-26.http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2013-09-24/brain-bouquet-coming-savannah#.Uk7c4CR7WiQ


(SAVANNAH, GA) Becky Smith of Pet Photography by Becky will be photographing the costume contest for Wag-O-Ween 2013: Trick or Treating for your dog in Savannah on October 26, noon – 5pm. http://www.southernmamas.com/2013/wag-o-ween-2013-trick-or-treating-with-your-dog-in-savannah/


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) invites Savannah area businesses and groups to participate in the second annual “Time Starts Now!” competition on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Benedictine Military School gym. Teams will compete in “Minute to Win It” style challenges, building confidence, raising funds and having fun all at the same time. All funds raised will benefit Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society.


(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty introduces 1 11th Street, Tybee Island, GA. Priced at $995,000, this 2,898 sq. ft. home built in 1996 has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, vaulted ceilings in the family room, a large deck off a climatized sun porch, new HVAC and roof and an elevator. 180 degree views of the Atlantic Ocean. Contact Stewart Marshal at 912-655-5599 http://celiadunnsir.com/listings/residential/mls-114322-1-11th-street/


(SAVANNAH, GA) Brighter Day Natural Foods Market is sponsoring a free health lecture on Tuesday, October 15, with Dr. Donald Brown, N.D. speaking on the topic, Probiotics: Good for What’s Bugging You. The event will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street (behind the Visitors Center), beginning at 7 pm. Free parking is available at the Coastal Georgia Center and at the Visitor Center after 6 pm. For more information on the lecture or speaker, call Brighter Day Natural Foods, 236-4703; or pick up a flyer at the store at 1102 Bull Street or online at brighterdayfoods.com.


(RICHMOND HILL, GA) The Matthew Freeman Project will be hosting its fourth annual Capt. Matthew Freeman Memorial 5k and 10k on November 16, 2013 at Waterways Township in Richmond Hill beginning at 8:30 am. There will also be inflatables and a 1k fun run for children and senior citizens. The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping children in war-torn countries whose education has been affected as well as Gold Star siblings whose education was affected by the death of their sibling. For more information, visit freemanproject.org.



(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Bryan County Bark Park’s next BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) evening and best dressed Halloween dog competition celebrates “Howl-o-ween” on Thursday, October 24, to raise funds for the building of the county’s dog park at Henderson Park. Special spooky Bryan cocktails will be on sale with Bowser Beer for canine companions. There will be an opportunity to enter your dog for the best Howl-o-ween competition. For more information, please visit bryancountybarkpark.com or email bryan@bryancountybarkpark.com


(ISLE OF HOPE) Art & Music Fest at the Isle of Hope Marina, Oct 26, 2013. Art Show 10-5, Music 1-5pm. www.iohha.com  


(SAVANNAH, GA) AWWIN, Inc Presents Ten Men In Black “Talking Real” Roundtable Discussion & Luncheon on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Some Outstanding Men In Our Communities Paying It Forward! For tickets and more info visit: www.awwin.org


(SAVANNAH, GA) Professional Savannah Photographers Greg Ceo, Rich Burkhart and John McKinnon are donating low-cost mini holiday portrait sessions for your annual greeting cards. Proceeds benefit the Montessori Educational Society of Savannah,

working to empower teachers by giving them the resources they need to lead their Montessori classrooms.  Pricing $35-$50, Dates: Oct 18-20 www.savannahmess.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) AWWIN Top Ten Working Women of The Year Awards Gala Returns Better Than Ever! Friday, May 9, 2014. To nominate an outstanding woman in your city or state, to get tickets and for more info visit http://www.awwin.org/





(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc. is pleased to announce the Executive Vice President of Citi Trends, Ivy D. Council, will serve as the new 2013 – 2014 President of the Board of Directors. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. For more information, visit goodwillsavannah.org


(SAVANNAH, GA) Lydia Ramsey, an international business etiquette expert from Savannah is featured in July’s issue of Real Simple Magazine.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Friends of Animals of the Coastal Empire, INC (FOA) announces its 15th annual auction, “Hawaii Fid-O,” on Saturday, August 24 at Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St., from 7 – 11 p.m. $45.00 per person includes food, auction, raffles, and bar. Come dressed in your Hawaiian attire. Proceeds from this event will benefit: Bryan Animal Caregivers, Paws of Effingham, F.A.C.T.S, Islands Feral Cat Project, Save-A-Life Animal Welfare, Inc, Second Chance Animal Rescue, and the Humane Society of Greater Savannah. Tickets at friendsofanimalscoastalga.orgARTICLE  like them on Facebook: facebookor contact Chris Comas at 912-661-1758.


(SAVANNAHNOW.COM) Effingham IDA approves bonds for Medient project. http://savannahnow.com/effingham-now/2013-06-21/effingham-ida-approves-bonds-medient-project#.Ucd3DeuE7aw

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(SAVANNAHNOW.COM) Congratulations to the 2013 Leadership Savannah graduating class~ http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2013-06-20/leadership-savannah-graduates-latest-class#comment-321346


(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty introduces 49 Bluff Drive in Savannah. Priced at $929,000 and built in 1990, this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home overlooks the marina and Intracoastal Waterway on Isle of Hope. It has 2,630 sq. ft., a separate 2-car garage, large backyard and two-story carriage house. Contact Carolyn Ezelle at 912-272-9711, Lavinia Strong at 912-272-3250, or visit http://celiadunnsir.com/listings/residential/mls-110592-49-bluff-drive/



(SAVANNAH, GA)  Real estate expert and community leader Celia Dunn has been named 2013 Savannah Country Day School Alumna of the Year.  www.celiadunnsir.com


SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations, Inc., is pleased to announce that their customers helped raised $65,468 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk.  www.enmarkenjoy.com.


(SAVANNAH, GA): The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) to hold Camp Buddy Summer Camp on July 8, 10, 12 and July 15, 17 and 19 at Marshpoint Elementary School. Visit ldssga.org


(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter Earns Certification from the Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness Savannah shelter is listed as a Best Practices Partner http://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1317&Itemid=16


(SAVANNAH, GA) Top Ten Tips Lecture Series June presentation, “Putting Together an E-Commerce Site.” The presentation will be in the SCORE conference room, 111 E. Liberty Street, Savannah. It will run from 11:30 to 1:00 on June 27,2013. The speaker will be Keith Fletcher. Lecture is free; please RSVP to SCORE at 912-652-4335. www.savannah.score.org 




You are invited to THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS in the Savannah Area- May 23

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MAY 23, 2013


(SAVANNAH, GA) On Thursday, May 23, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, SAVANNAH SCORE will present: THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS. Reports will be issued by 13 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to the Small Business Community. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah Mall in the Community Room on the lower level.

The State of Small Business will be a yearly event where small business owners can get a true measurement of local economic numbers.

Columnist Bill Dawers will moderate the panel and lead the Q&A at the end of the presentations.

Small Business Owners are encouraged to take the SMALL BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX SURVEY before May 23 at:

To reserve a seat please RSVP online at http://www.savannah.score.org or call SCORE at 912.652-4335

GOLD SPONSORS: SCORE and Joe Marchese Construction. Other sponsors include The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, The Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce, The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, The Downtown Business Association, Buy Local Savannah, Pooler Chamber of Commerce and The City of Savannah.

SPEAKER: Michael Toma, PhD, Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong Atlantic State University
TOPIC: Small Business Snapshot

SPEAKER: Mohsen Badran, CEO of Goodwill
TOPIC: Overcoming Barriers to Employment

SPEAKER: Susan Dober, Director, Training & Development at Great Dane Trailers
TOPIC: Results from the Survey: Small Business Confidence Index in Savannah 2013

SPEAKER: Jerald Mitchell, MBA, Director of Innovation, Savannah Economic Development Authority
TOPIC: Business in Savannah

SPEAKER: Marshall Tuck, Corporate Small Business Officer at Gulfstream Aerospace
TOPIC: Gulfstream Aerospace and Small Businesses

SPEAKER: Paul Schneider, Regional Coordinator, Region 12 – United States Department of Labor
TOPIC: Work Force Development Challenges for Small Businesses

SPEAKER: Dr. Susanne Toney Assistant Professor of Economics at the College of Business Administration at Savannah State University
TOPIC: How Economic Indicators Affect Small Businesses in the Savannah Area

SPEAKER: Kyle Hensel, Area Director of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Savannah.
TOPIC: Securing Funding with Small Business Counseling

SPEAKER: Tony O’Reilly, President of the Small Business Assistance Corporation
TOPIC: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region

SPEAKER: Rhett Mouchet, commercial real estate agent
TOPIC: Commercial Real Estate Trends

SPEAKER: Brian Johnson, Garden City’s City Manager
TOPIC: Small Business in Garden City

SPEAKER: Barbara Baycum: Occupational Tax Supervisor for Chatham County.
TOPIC: New Business Trends in Chatham Co.

SPEAKER: Emily Gallow, Area President for Greater Georgia East for Wells Fargo
TOPIC: The State of Small Business Lending

SCORE is a non-profit organization funded by government grants and private donations. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), dedicated to helping the small business community through no-fee mentoring and small business counseling. SCORE members volunteer their time and considerable business expertise to help coach the next generation of entrepreneurs. SCORE boasts 370 chapters and 13,000 members nationwide. The SCORE office is located at 111 Liberty Street in Savannah, GA. Website, http://www.savannah.score.org. 912-652-4335.







(POOLER / SAVANNAH) Joe Marchese Commercial Construction and Goodwill of the Coastal Empire are teaming up to for their third annual drive to divert thousands of pounds of unwanted electronics from landfills while helping people to transform their lives, on Earth Day, April 22, 2013. Join the movement by cleaning out your storeroom, closet, business or home of all unwanted electric, electronic and computer related items. Bring those obsolete monitors, keyboards, printers and mice and keep them from leaching dangerous materials into the earth at no cost to you. We will also be accepting household items such as gently used shoes and clothing on Monday, April 22nd from 7am to 6pm at the Westside Business Park in Pooler, on Highway 80 across from the new Spanky’s restaurant. Turn in next to the Komastu dealer located west of the main entrance of Westside Business Park at 1212 US Highway 80 in Pooler, GA. and look for the red and white striped tent. www.joemarcheseconstruction.com 


(RICHMOND HILL, GA) The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2nd Quarter Business Forum on Tuesday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hill City Center.  A forum on “The Top 10 Tips to Create a Powerful Business Plan.” A business plan is essential to help the owner validate the business concept and set clear goals. It also gives investors, banks, suppliers, partners and potential hires information to make decisions about working with the company. The forum will be presented by Kenneth Zapp, Ph.D., a SCORE mentor and Professor Emeritus, Metropolitan State University. RSVP www.RHBCchamber.org (912) 756-3444
(BLUFFTON, SC) One of the fundamental elements of Sustainable Success is a good Management Information System (MIS) and accounting and financial statements are at the core of the small business MIS systems. You don’t have to be an accountant or CPA to understand your financial statements, but you do need to know how to read them, interpret them, and use them for decision making. Rockwell Business Solutions will present a seminar designed for non-financial people who want to better understand and use their financial information on April 30, 2013. For information please contact Roy Austin at 843-597-4826, http://www.rockwellbusinesssolutions.com


(SAVANNAH, GA) Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. is thrilled to be partnering with Comcast to “make change happen” on Comcast Cares Day 2013 – scheduled to take place at Wesley on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 1 pm – 5 pm. Comcast employees and their friends and families will be beautifying Wesley by completing a variety of projects.


(LINKEDIN) Why  you should take your dog to work: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130411203550-10878085-why-you-should-take-your-dog-to-work

(SAVANNAH, GA) The May Small Business Council SMART Lunch – Small Business Resources Part I will be held on Tuesday, May 7, with networking at 11:30 and the program from noon – 1 pm at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Join this informative series sponsored by Comcast to find out what resources are available for existing small businesses. Marjorie Young, President of SCORE and owner of Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. and Tony O’Reilly, President of the Small Business Assistance Corporation, will be sharing expertise and answering questions.  The cost is $11 for Chamber members. RSVP to Cally D’Angelo, 912-644-6459.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and noted journalist and columnist, will headline a special spring presentation for the 2013 Savannah Book Festival. She will be featured in a luncheon and conversation on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at The Landings. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/
CONTACT: Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040 or info@savannahbookfestival.org


(SAVANNAH, GA) St. Andrew’s School announces first grade screenings on Saturday, April 27, from 10:30 am – noon. St. Andrew’s School is nationally accredited in early childhood education. To RSVP call 897.4941, ext. 400 or visit http://www.saintschool.com/podium/default.aspx?t=147263


(SAVANNAH, GA) First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce that Jeff O’Connor has joined the company as Commercial Relationship Manager. He comes to First Citizens from SunTrust Bank in Savannah, GA where he served in a similar capacity. For more information on First Citizens, please call 912-232-3935 or visit firstcitizensonline.com.



(SAVANNAH, GA) The Ocean Exchange announces the launch of its 3rd annual global competition for the 2013 Gulfstream Navigator Award of $100,000 and the 2013 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award of $100,000. The theme for the 2013 competition is LEAP TO ZERO+, the innovative practice of generating economic growth and increased productivity while reducing the use of natures’ resources and waste. The Ocean Exchange is seeking innovative, proactive and globally scalable solutions that are positive for our oceans, economies, and cultures. To enter the 2013 competition, register your solution in the Ocean Exchange Gallery by 11:59 pm (GMT) on May 1, 2013. Register by completing a pre-screening application through http://www.oceanexchange.org.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Colonial Group president and CEO Rob Demere explains why gas prices are higher in Savannah than in Macon or Atlanta in an article that recently appeared in the Savannah Morning News. You can read the article at http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2013-04-06/century-old-law-priming-pump-prices#.UWcirBm9bX0


(RICHMOND HILL, GA) On April 9, 2013, the Bryan County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to clear and prepare land for a public dog park. The land, located in Henderson Park, will be formally granted when the Bryan County Bark Park raises $10,000 for fencing and other essential items. A Happy Dogs Wine and Cheese fundraiser/auction with live and silent auction and live music is being held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5 – 7 pm at Marker 107, 2943 Kilkenny Road, to raise money for the dog park. Tickets are $35 per person ($40 at the door) and are available from the Bark Park website, bryancountybarkpark.com and at several Richmond Hill locations. Please call 912-756-8807 or email j.honnor@virginmedia.com for more information.


(LINKEDIN) Guess whose employees are the happiest in the United States. Who else should be on the list?  http://on.mash.to/16PoE8Y 


(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty introduces 224 West Huntingdon Street. At $499,000, this 1,950 sq. ft. brick townhome has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and was built in 2001. This home features wood floors, butler’s pantry with a wet bar, high ceilings, many windows, a courtyard and one car garage.It is in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, a few blocks from Forsyth Park. For more information, contact Staci at 912-247-2052. For more information, visit http://celiadunnsir.com/listings/residential/mls-105782-224-w-huntingdon-street/


(SAVANNAHNOW.COM) Jenna Isaacson, author and self-described visual journalist, made an appearance at the new Goodwill store, 108 W. Broughton St., recently to encourage people to lead a more “second hand” lifestyle by donating gently used clothing and shopping at thrift stores such as Goodwill. Read more about Jenna’s visit at this link: http://savannahnow.com/news/2013-04-12/visual-journalist-second-hand-shops-svannahs-broughton-street


(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations, Inc., is pleased to announce that all 62 of its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina will sell Light The Night paper balloon icons in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk. The paper balloon icons will be sold in all stores from May 1-31 and will cost $1 each. For more information about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, call 912-897-1300 or visit http://www.lightthenight.org/ga. For more information about Enmark Stations, Inc., call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarkenjoy.com.


(SAVANNAH, GA) If you are a SMALL BUSINESS OWNER in Savannah – please take this survey: http://www.spsolutions.org/surveys/survey.php?sid=87.

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Thursday, May 23, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, SAVANNAH SCORE will present: The State of Small Business.  RSVP at www.savannah.score.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) Zumba, Yoga, Walk, Run, Dance! It doesn’t matter how you move … just move! Join Movement in the Park, a health expo just for girls and women of all ages on Sunday, May 19th at 2P.M. in Forsyth Park. Sponsored by Dawn’s Daughter, Fleet Feet Sports, & Nike, the expo benefits “The Dawning of a Miracle Scholarship”, a $1,000 scholarship awarded every year to a Chatham County Public or Private School college bound female graduating senior with a chronic/life-threatening illness. Register online for all of the fun, food and give- a-ways! http://www.dawnbakeronline.com/movement-in-the-park Registration is only $10 or call 912-232-6048 for more details.


(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) The Burton 4-H Center Day Camp on Tybee Island takes place July 8 – 12, 2013 and is open to children ages 9 – 14. Children can be dropped off as early as 7:30 am each morning and picked up between 5:15 – 6:15pm each day. There will be free bus service from Whitemarsh Island. Camp fee includes educational programming, beach time, bus service, lunch every day and a hamburger and hot dog cookout on Thursday evening for campers’ families. Cost for the week is $170 per child. Please register at burton4h.org. For more info, call Paul Coote, Center Director, at 912-786-5534.



(RICHMOND HILL, GA) A Happy Dogs Wine and Cheese fundraiser/auction with live and silent auction and live music is being held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5 – 7 pm at Marker 107, 2943 Kilkenny Road, to raise money for the development of Bryan County’s own dog park. Tickets are $35 per person ($40 at the door) and are available from the Bark Park website, bryancountybarkpark.com and at several Richmond Hill locations. Please call 912-756-8807 or email j.honnor@virginmedia.com for more information.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Jane Fishman’s 2013 Plant Swap is Saturday, April 20 at her West Boundary Street garden located between Chatham Steel and SCAD’s Boundary Hall, (nearly) under an overpass and across from Garrison Elementary School. Bring plants, seeds, bulbs, roots, rhizomes, stories. Jane will provide the coffee. Email Jane with questions at gofish5@earthlink.net or visit her blog www.janefishman.net



(SAVANNAH, GA) The Garden Club of Savannah presents the 38th Annual NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens on April 19 – 20. The walking tour includes nine private gardens and the Massie School gardens in Savannah’s historic district. Southern tea will be served daily from 2 pm – 4 pm at the Green Meldrim House. Tickets are $40 or $35 for groups of ten or more. To purchase tickets and for more info, go to gardenclubofsavannah.org or call 912-961-4805.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Colonial Oil Executives Plan Visit to Washington, D.C., in an Effort to Reduce Local Fuel Prices; ARTICLE

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) announces the Fourth Annual Night of Champions set for Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Night of Champions celebrates the excellent contributions made by differently-abled adults who are employed, contributing members of our community and recognizes local businesses who both hire people with intellectual disabilities and encourage other area businesses to do the same. The public is invited to attend this inspirational evening. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a table of ten and can be purchased online at nightofchampions.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Clubs of Coastal Georgia are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Rotarians Play It Forward (PIF) concert on Saturday, April 27, 2013, 4 -7 p.m., at the Ships of the Sea Museum and Gardens, 41 MLK, Jr. Blvd. The event is a fundraiser for area Rotary Clubs’ local charities and The Rotary Foundation. Admission is $35 per person and includes entertainment, food, and beverages. The 2013 PIF concert features musical performances, a silent auction, food, beverages, and more.  For info, visit http://www.RotaryPIF.org, Rotarians Play It Forward on Facebook or email info@RotaryPIF.org.