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Please meet Dean Burnette, the founder and managing broker at Best Business Brokers (B3)

6605 Abercorn St., Suite 101D, Savannah, GA 31405 
http://B3Brokers.com 
912-349-0940

Dean Burnette has just been named the president of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) for 2019. We sat down with him to learn more about his background and the future trends of business brokering.

Dean Burnette, Best Business Brokers

Dean Burnette, Best Business Brokers

Dean, please tell us a little about yourself. I was born at Chenault Air Force Base in Lake Charles, La., on Contraband Bayou — and yes, that’s a real place — in Calcasieu Parish and went to Sulphur High School in Sulphur, La., about 10 miles from Lake Charles. I’ve owned businesses for more than 30 years and started Best Business Brokers in 2009. Since then, I’ve sold millions and millions of dollars worth of businesses and real estate, and for several years, I have been recognized in the GABB (Georgia Association of Business Brokers) Million Dollar Club.

How did you get into business brokering? I had three years of drafting in high school and thought I’d be an engineer, but life had other plans. I practically started a business right out of high school and never looked back. I’ve bought, started and sold my own businesses, and that was the basis for my becoming a business broker. My professional mentor is a man named Ed Pendarvis. Ed founded Sunbelt Business Brokers and I had the privilege to work with him in 2007 and 2008 before I started Best Business Brokers in 2009. We have three brokers and are still growing.

What does B3 do? Founded in 2009, Best Business Brokers helps people buy or sell businesses and commercial real estate, listing in the southeast USA, primarily in Georgia and South Carolina. We specialize in manufacturing businesses, technology businesses and logistics businesses with revenues between $1 million and $30 million and industrial/commercial real estate. Primarily, our clients are owners looking to sell. Our team counsels clients on the process, helping to set their expectations and stage their business or property for sale. Ultimately, we guide clients through every step of the transaction.

What aspect of your business are you most passionate about? A lot of people wouldn’t realize a business brokerage is involved in helping people, but that’s really true. It’s not just that real estate and businesses change hands; it’s much more personal. Many of my clients are more than 70 years old. They’ve spent their lives building their businesses, and it’s not uncommon for illness or some other life circumstance to prompt them to put their life’s work on the market.

I realize that selling a business, sometimes before you are ready, is more than a transaction. My clients trust me with their most private financial information and, many times, personal information too. They depend on me to help them through a significant life change.

Give us an example. A gentleman contacted me, looking to buy a certain size and type of software company and asked whether I could help him. When I found the right business, I called the owner, introduced myself and explained why I was calling. He said he had not thought about selling, but after a brief pause he offered, “I’ll sell it for a million dollars and not a penny less!” The potential buyer was enthusiastic, and the sale closed in a few short months. Only a few weeks later, the seller called to thank me for contacting him when I did. He said he had just been diagnosed with cancer and had he not sold the business when he did, it would have made his life more difficult.

What about your business makes you the proudest? We are one of the top business brokerages in Georgia. I take a great deal of pride in the clients and customers we have and the transactions we’ve brokered. It is a privilege to work and be trusted by this caliber of people.

What are some of the challenges you have encountered? Economic cycles. When some businesses and industries suffer, others flourish. Our challenge is staying ahead of the curve.

As a business broker, what trends do you see in the future? I’m an eternal optimist. Life is good and life will be better than we can imagine. The Port of Savannah will continue to set records for business merger and acquisitions activity in the southeast U.S., and we will be ready for it.

What do you do when you are not working? I am married to Dr. Deborah Burnette, and we have two children and four grandchildren. Debbie came home one day and told me Tommy Holland and Skip Jennings were starting a Wednesday night jam session at the Coffee Deli over on Habersham Street. I went and have been going back for almost six years. I guess you could say I’m one of the Midtown Pickers. I enjoy kayaking, taking pictures with my iPhone and my drone and running. I also really enjoy being in parades on the parade float the Santa Maria.

Dean will serve as the president of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers until 2020. For more information about the organization or business brokering, please contact Dean Burnette at dean@B3Brokers.com or 912-349-0940.

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Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Got an idea for a unique, exciting new product or service? Then consider entering Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ entrepreneurial competition. A kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank”, aspiring Savannah area entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their new business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and professional business services to help launch their new business.

Proposed businesses must be new start-ups or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah/Chatham County business license after March 1, 2018. Winners must locate and operate their business within Chatham County and launch by January 1, 2021. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Complete Rules and the Online Application are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com. Applications will be accepted through midnight, July 29, 2019, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.

Eight finalists will be chosen to pitch their business ideas to the panel of judges at Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” event on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4-6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street, Savannah. It will be free and open to the public.

The five judges are:

“BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE in partnership with the following sponsors and professional services donors:

The City of Savannah; Savannah Economic Development Authority; Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Assistance Corporation; UGA Small Business Development Center; The Creative Coast; MassMutual; Wells Fargo-The Private Bank; BB&T; Savannah Morning News/GateHouse Media; HunterMacLean; Kenkel Design; Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.; Salesdialers.com; Advertising Specialty Services; Habersham Beverage; and Sand Dollar Accounting.

The competition rules and online application are available at https://bizpitchsavannah.com. For more information, visit the website or contact Savannah SCORE at bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.

About SCORE 

SCORE is the nation’s largest provider of business mentoring and educational services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Savannah SCORE has been named SCORE’s 2019 Mid–Market “Chapter of the Year”. To schedule a free business mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE mentor, go to https://savannah.score.org or call 912-652-4335.

Enmarket Announces New Headquarters Location on Chatham Parkway

Enmarket Announces New Headquarters Location on Chatham Parkway
Plans New Offices, Revamped Retail and Other Buildings at Major Intersection

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, the Savannah-based convenience store chain, plans to build a new headquarters building as part of a new complex at Ogeechee Road and Chatham Parkway. The lot has been cleared and site work is currently underway.

“The Enmarketstore count has increased by 66 stores since 2017, doubling in the last year alone, and creating more jobs that support our store operations,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “These new jobs that are based out of our Savannah headquarters include positions in accounting, marketing, facilities and maintenance, information technology, and operations. We are excited to have this opportunity to build a state-of-the-art office for our employees.”

Enmarket

(Left to right) Peter Meyer, Director of Construction & Facilities; Angie Bivens, Director of Finance; Doug Carroll, Director of Real Estate; Matt Clements, Vice President of Marketing; Brett Giesick, President; Libby Bates, Vice President of Operations; Brent Scoggins, Construction Manager

The company will build a new 22,000-square-foot office structure along with a second building of equal size that will be used as flex space and will provide room for future expansion.

The Enmarketstore currently on the site will be rebuilt as a 5,900-square-foot Enmarket, complete with a 70-foot tunnel car wash. The store, car wash and offices are scheduled to open later this year.

Savannah-based general contractor West Construction Companyhas been selected as the builder for the project and construction is underway. WCCPresident Matt West states, “Enmarkethas been a great corporate citizen in Savannah since 1963, and we’re proud that they have entrusted our team with this important chapter in their storied history.”

Included in the plans are two out-parcel lots earmarked for future development, sale or lease. The new headquarters is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2019.

ABOUT ENMARKET
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 News in 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 123 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

ABOUT WEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
West Construction Companyis a Savannah, Ga. based general contractor specializing in commercial construction. The company prides itself on its conscientious customer service and dedication to its clients as well as the community. For more information about West Construction Company, go to www.westgc.com.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912.856.9075
http://www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Open for Business ®: Search Engine Optimization 101

Open for Business ®: Search Engine Optimization 101

Open for Business

(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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
912.856.9075
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

August Open for Business: Content Marketing

August Open for Business: Content Marketing
(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC for the August session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s topic is content marketing. The conversation takes place via Facebook Live on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ Facebook page. This month’s session will be held on Wednesday, August 29, at noon. Interested parties can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1998693787022192/?active_tab=about

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, LLC was 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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
912.856.9075
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Got an idea for a unique exciting new product or service? Then consider the new “BizPitch Savannah™” entrepreneurial competition, a kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank.” It’s a chance to pitch your idea to a panel of judges with the potential to win $2500 in cash and a package of professional start-up business services worth an estimated $7,500.

BizPitch Savannah™, presented by the Savannah SCORE

BizPitch Savannah™, presented by Savannah SCORE

This can either be a new start up or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah-Chatham business license after March 1, 2017. You must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted through midnight, Wednesday, Aug. 1, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.

Eight finalists will be announced on Aug. 10, and will make their pitches to a panel of judges at the “BizPitch Savannah™” event on Friday, Sept. 7, from 4-6:30 p.m. at The Creative Coast, 2222 Bull St.

The five judges are Jesse Cole, entrepreneur and owner, The Savannah Bananas; Jen Bonnett, vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Savannah Economic Development Authorityand executive director of The Creative Coast; Susan Speros, founder and president of Speros Business Technology Solutions; Sheree Darien, community development loan officer, Small Business Assistance Corporation; and a certified Savannah SCOREBusiness Mentor.

Three winners will receive the cash and services.

Competition rules and application forms are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com.

BizPitch Savannah™” is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Sponsorships and donations for the event include those from:

MassMutual
Savannah Economic Development Authority
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Savannah Morning News / GateHouse Media
ArcMedia Group
Small Business Assistance Corporation
Bouhan Falligant
Kenkel Design
Wells Fargo – The Private Bank
City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity
The Creative Coast
HunterMaclean
Yates-Astro
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
Salesdialers.com
Ad Specialty Services

For more info please contact Savannah SCOREat bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.

 

Kole Management Acquires Macon Luxury Apartment Community

(SAVANNAH, MACON) Kole Management Co. (KMC), a family-owned property management and investment firm based in Savannah, has acquired Riverstone, a 220-unit luxury apartment community in Macon, Ga.

Riverstone, built in 2012, is located near the crossroads of Interstates 75 and 16 less than one mile from the city’s premier lifestyle center, The Shoppes at River Crossing.

The Riverstone community consists of one-, two- and three-bedroom garden-style units with gourmet kitchens, nine-foot ceilings, soaking garden tubs, walk-in closets and washer/dryer connections. Property amenities include a pool with gas and charcoal grilling stations, a billiard and social room, fitness center, cyber café with WiFi, a fire pit and a dog park.

Riverstone is the third North Macon apartment community acquired by KMC. The firm also owns and operates The Falls, a 296-unit property at Spring Creek, and the 200-unit Legacy at River Crossing.

“Riverstone is a fabulous property,” said Kole Management President Jeff Kole. “The floor plans and unit features are top of the line, and the expansive clubhouse and related amenities lend a true resort air to the community.”

KMC owns and operates more than 2,300 total apartments in Georgia and South Carolina,
which consists of the three Macon properties, The Palms in the West Ashley section of
Charleston, 1035 Alexander in Augusta and, in the Savannah area, Alhambra, Wyndmere, Kessler Point, Rendant, Arbors, Ridgewood, Carriage House and Ashton at Richmond Hill.

ABOUT KOLE MANAGEMENT
Kole Management Co. owns and operates nine apartment communities in the Savannah area, one each in Charleston and Augusta and three in Macon with more than 2,300 total units. Residents of Kole Management apartment communities enjoy many benefits, including the ability to pay rent and request work orders online. The company employs more than 70 maintenance, management and leasing personnel, all of whom are local and able to assist residents with their immediate needs. Kole Management is a family-owned company with a 25-year tradition of owning and operating well-maintained apartment communities. For more information on Kole Management, call 912-232-3555 or visit Kolemc.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990