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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.

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.

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Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding Celebrates 42 Years with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for New Pooler Location

Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding Celebrates 42 Years with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for New Pooler Location

(SAVANNAH, GA) Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its new store, located at 1225 East U.S. Hwy 80 in Pooler, Ga. The locally owned company is celebrating 42 years this month.

Livingood's Grand Opening

Phyllis Livingood, president and co-owner of Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding, cuts the ribbon on the new Pooler location surrounded by husband, Dale Livingood; sons, Scott and Todd Livingood; Mayor Mike Lamb; and builders, The Dewitt Tilton Group.

Complimentary gifts from the Livingood’s team were given to all visitors and guests could enter to win a $3,000 Livingood’s gift certificate.

Several local dignitaries and vendor representatives attended, as well as, Mayor Lamb of Pooler.

The new 12,000-square-foot showroom was built by the Dewitt Tilton Group of Savannah and is the third Savannah-area store for the family-owned appliance and mattress company. Founded in 1976, Livingood’s operates showrooms in Savannah and Okatie, S.C., offering major brands that include Sub Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Bosch, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, JennAir, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Maytag and General Electric.

“We are excited to be able to offer a more convenient location for our expanding customer base in Pooler and west Savannah,” said Phyllis Livingood, president and co-owner of Livingood’s. “This new store gives consumers access to the recognizable brand names they want, with the added advantage of a local shopping experience.”

Pooler was ranked as one of the top ten fastest growing cities in Georgia in 2018. HomeSnacks, a company that gathers and combines data from the U.S. Census and other sources, reported Pooler’s population of 21,131 in 2018 has tripled since the 2000 U.S. Census.

Showroom hours for the new Pooler location will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MORE ABOUT LIVINGOOD’S APPLIANCES & BEDDING
Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding is a family-owned appliance and mattress store located in Savannah, Ga., and Okatie, S.C. Since 1976, Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding has served customers in Savannah and Okatie with home appliances and mattresses, offering excellent customer service. Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding is an authorized dealer of major brands such as include Sub Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Bosch, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, JennAir, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Electrolux, Frigidaire, MaytagGeneral Electricand Miele. For more information, please visit https://www.livingoodsonline.com/

CONTACT
Phyllis Livingood
912-737-2072
plivingood@livingoodsonline.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

The Third Location of Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding to Hold Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening in Pooler

The Third Location of Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding to Hold Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening in Pooler

(SAVANNAH, GA) Livingood’s Appliances and Beddingwill host a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 25, at its new store, located at 1225 East U.S. Hwy 80 in Pooler, Ga.

The event will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 2 p.m. The celebration will continue throughout the rest of the day, and guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments. Every visitor will be given a complimentary gift from the Livingood’s team and can enter to win a $3,000 Livingood’s gift certificate.

Livingood's

Several local dignitaries and vendor representatives are scheduled to attend.

The new 12,000-square-foot showroom was built by the Dewitt Tilton Groupof Savannah and is the third Savannah-area store for the family-owned appliance and mattress company. Founded in 1976, Livingood’s operates showrooms in Savannah and Okatie, S.C., offering major brands that include Sub Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Bosch, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, JennAir, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Maytagand General Electric.

“We are excited to be able to offer a more convenient location for our expanding customer base in Pooler and west Savannah,” said Phyllis Livingood, president and co-owner of Livingood’s. “This new store gives consumers access to the recognizable brand names they want, with the added advantage of a local shopping experience.”

Pooler was ranked as one of the top ten fastest growing cities in Georgia in 2018. HomeSnacks, a company that gathers and combines data from the U.S. Census and other sources, reported Pooler’s population of 21,131 in 2018 has tripled since the 2000 U.S. Census.

Showroom hours for the new Pooler location will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MORE ABOUT LIVINGOOD’S APPLIANCES & BEDDING
Livingood’s Appliances & Beddingis a family-owned appliance and mattress store located in Savannah, Ga., and Okatie, S.C. Since 1976, Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding has served customers in Savannah and Okatie with home appliances and mattresses, offering excellent customer service. Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding is an authorized dealer of major brands such as Sub Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Bosch, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, JennAir, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Maytag, General Electricand Miele. For more information, please visit https://www.livingoodsonline.com/

CONTACT
Phyllis Livingood
912-737-2072
plivingood@livingoodsonline.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Local Coalition Political Rascals Slated to Speak at National Netroots Nation Conference

Local Coalition Political Rascals Slated to Speak at National Netroots Nation Conference

The group was one out of 300 national applications selected and will be one of the main events at the three-day conference

SAVANNAH, GA: Members of the local community organizer coalition, The Political Rascals, have been invited to speak at the national Netroots Nation 2018 conference in New Orleans.

The Political Rascals Representatives

(From left to right): Coco Papy, Amanda Hollowell, Clinton Edminster (who is not going), Moncello Stewart, Molly Lieberman and Edy Gresham

Panelists and representatives include Amanda Hollowell, Moncello Stewart, Molly Lieberman, Edy Gresham and Coco Papy. Their proposal, Moving the Ball Forward in the Deep South: Why What Works in Your Town Don’t Work in Ours, was selected out of 300 proposals and will be one of the main events at the three day conference. The group will represent Savannah at the event  and help work to bring national attention to the different forms of community organizing happening on the ground, as well as how place-specific strategies are a must.

Netroots Nation is a political convention for American progressive political activists. For more than a decade, Netroots Nation has hosted the largest annual conference for progressives, drawing nearly 3,000 attendees from around the country and beyond.

The Political Rascals are now calling on the community for help and have launched a fundraiser to help offset the costs which can be found at the Send the Political Rascals Campaign here. The group is also hosting a public fundraising event, Pass the Hat for the Rascals, on Tuesday, June 26th at 6PM, featuring Laiken Love, Loop It Up painting activities and food and drink. Venue to be announced shortly.

You can donate to: paypal.me/CPapy6

Donations are not tax-deductible, a sweet surprise from #TeamPoliticalRascals is promised.

For more information or to donate to their campaign, visit the campaign fundraiser.

To attend the fundraising event Pass the Hat For Political Rascals, visit the invitation here.

Local Rotary Clubs Encourage Area Young Professionals to Apply for Travel to India

Local Rotary Clubs Encourage Area Young Professionals to Apply for Travel to India

Rotary District 6920 of southeast Georgia is looking for young professionals to apply for a Group Study Exchange Team that will travel to and observe previous Rotarians’ work in India at the start of 2018.

(CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA) Rotary District 6920 is looking for young professionals to apply for a Group Study Exchange (GSE). The team selected will travel to the Hyderabad, India area from mid January to mid February 2018. Travel expenses for the GSE team are covered by Rotary District 6920. Applicants must be 25-40 years of age and live in District 6920 which covers central, south central, southeast and coastal Georgia. Rotarians and Non-Rotarians alike who meet the criteria are welcome to apply. Team members will stay with local Rotarian families and visit humanitarian projects provided by Rotary. Team members will also partake in a number of cultural visits.

Throughout the past five years, Rotary District 6920 has collaborated with District 3150 of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh areas of India and The Rotary Foundation (TRF) to complete a variety of humanitarian initiatives in southern India led by Dr. Ravi Vadlamani, past district governor of District 3150. Funds provided desks for school children, sewing machines, special tricycles for the victims of Polio and other diseases, education for parents and teachers in schools and water and sanitation facilities. The initiative led to the improvement and protection of hundreds of lives by giving individuals a quality of life and a hope for the future.

“The Group Study Exchange Program is a phenomenal opportunity for young professionals,” said Hamsa Thota, 2017-2018 District Governor for 6920. “Team members not only get to visit India for little to no cost, they get the chance to experience India’s culture and history while making lifelong friendships. The Rotarian host families are eager to welcome team members into their homes.”

The GSE team leader application deadline is Friday, July 7, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. The deadline for GSE team members is Friday, September 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

To apply for the Group Study Exchange, please visit http://www.rotarydistrict6920.net, click on the Foundation tab then Group Study Exchange. or contact a rotary member in your community.

For more information, please visit https://www.rotary.org/

 

Rotarian in Action

A Rotarian in action on a Group Study Exchange.

ABOUT ROTARY GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE
For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas. Host families provide meals and lodging and arrange cultural visits for their guests to immerse in the country’s history.

ABOUT ROTARY DISTRICT 6920
Rotarians are volunteers who work locally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self.” District 6920 consists of 64 clubs with a membership of over 3,200 Rotary Members with multiple clubs in cities scattered throughout central, south central, southeast and coastal Georgia Georgia including Macon, Augusta, Valdosta, Brunswick, Camden County, Tift County and Savannah. District 6920 embraced a goal along with Rotary International, to eliminate polio from the planet.

ABOUT ROTARY DISTRICT 3150
Rotary International District 3150 (comprising 96 Clubs in 38 cities/towns in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana States, India) is one among the 530 Rotary Districts in the world. The 3,300+ member strong Rotary District 3150 is headed by Abraham Jamullamudi, District Governor 2017-2018. This Rotary District has a long and outstanding history of service. It undertakes community development and vocational service projects in association with the clubs and its members, thus keeping up the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

CONTACT
Andy Lohn
Incoming Group Study Exchange Chair
alohn@bartmeyerlaw.com
912.598.5151

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

(SAVANNAH, GA) Community HEADLiNES, November 23, 2015

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5 WAYS TO SAVE ON ATTORNEY FEES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen, a busiess attorney with The Bowen Law Group gives 5 simple ways to save on attorney fees.

http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2015-11-16/bowen-five-simple-ways-save-attorneys-fees

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ASSERTIVE
(INC) 2 Surprisingly Effective Ways to Become More Assertive: http://bit.ly/1kLj300
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OFF-SITE DATA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros offers real-time, off-site data storage. Whether you choose to backup all of your data, or just the portion you deem irreplaceable, Speros IT services team will design a plan to ensure your data is protected. For more information, visit http://speros.com/it-services/

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50-FOOT EXHIBIT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Mall unveils “Remembering Our Fallen,” a 50-foot exhibit commemorating fallen soldiers. The traveling exhibit, which pays tribute to U.S. troops from Georgia and South Carolina who have died as a result of wounds suffered in war zones since 9/11, will be on display now through January 3, 2016 and open to the public. For more information, visit www.savannahmall.com or visit    http://www.prlog.org/12509466.html

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ID PROGRAM
(SAVANNAH,GA) The Savannah Mall held a GeorgiA CHild Identification Program on Saturday. GeorgiA CHild Identification Program is one of the most comprehensive Child Recovery, Identification, and Abduction Awareness programs ever to be offered to parents in the state of Georgia. For more information:* http://www.gachip.org/about_us.php
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1 QUESTION
(INC) To grow your business, here’s the 1 question you need to ask customers http://bit.ly/1X2YAVv
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DOWN SYNDROME
(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know that it is rare for a person with Down syndrome to have a solid tumor cancer or cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke? For more information, visit http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/about-down-syndrome/facts-about-down-syndrome/
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DOWNLOAD MOVIES
(LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES) Live Oak Public Libraries card holders can now stream or download movies, television shows, audiobooks, and e-books. All are available for mobile and online access through hoopla digital – all you need is your library card! hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, audiobooks or e-books. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. To access the system on your mobile device, you will need to first download the FREE hoopla digital app from the App Store on your Android or IOS device. Links to these are at hoopla digital. You can download movies, TV shows and audiobooks to your device to enjoy anywhere. For more information, visit http://www.liveoakpl.org/

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TYTAN PICTURES ANNOUNCES CREATIVE DIRECTOR

(SAVANNAH, GA) Tytan Pictures, based on Tybee Island, Ga. announces Jessica Thomas has moved up in the company to become the new Associate Creative Director. Thomas, a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, and native of Anchorage, Alaska, has a degree in Motion Graphics. For more information visit, https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/tytan-pictures-promotes-jessica-thomas-to-associate-creative-director/

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10  WORKPLACE TIPS
(INC) 10 Workplace Hacks to Boost Your Team’s Success http://bit.ly/1MsbzI5 
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JIM WACKER NEW HEAD OF PRODUCTION AT TYTAN PICTURES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Tytan Pictures, a film production company based on Tybee Island, Ga., announces Jim Wacker will serve as the company’s new Head of Production. In his new role, Wacker will oversee day to day operations, filming logistics, and a slew of other production needs. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/tytan-pictures-announces-head-of-production-jim-wacker/ 

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FELDER SELECTED
(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates has been selected as the architectural firm for the highly anticipated new restaurant, Atlantic. Located at the corner of Drayton Street and Victory Drive, the new neighborhood eatery is the brainchild of Jason and Jennifer Restivo. Their concept for the restaurant includes sharing small dishes with friends and family in a casual setting. Jason Restivo was previously with Garibaldi. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/savannah-architectural-firm-set-to-transform-gas-station-into-new-casual-dining-spot-2/

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33 FACEBOOK TIPS
(BUSINESS INSIDER) 33 Facebook Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-facebook-like-a-pro-2015-11

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NEW KIWANIS OFFICERS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island installed new officers for the 2016 year: Joyce Glenn, President, Ben Gustafson, President-Elect, Ron Weber, Secretary, Jay Ahrens, Treasurer, and Bob Norton, Past President.The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the youth of Chatham County, one child at a time.For more information visit http://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3091

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MCDONALDS TO OPEN
(SAVANNAH, GA) The McDonald’s on Montgomery Cross Rd, the sixth location to be owned and operated by Nina Tracy Gompels (NTG) Enterprises, is set to open on Tuesday, November 24. In conjunction with the grand opening, this McDonald’s will host a number of events, such as “free Big Macs for a year” for the first 100 customers; the “Find Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt and several community nights for local organizations. For more information, visit http://wp.me/p6W91s-Nk

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HISTORICAL MARKER
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah unveiled a historical marker in honor of their founder, John Sherer Banks, in Bonaventure Cemetery (Section A Lot 5). The dedication date was timed to recognize the 100th anniversary of Banks’ untimely death on November 21, 1915. For more information please visit: http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2015-11-18/rotary-club-erects-marker-honor-founder
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ARCS SCHOLAR AWARD TO CAROL YOUNG
(SAVANNAH, GA) ARCS Foundation announces that Carol Young has been selected as one of the 2015-2016 ARCS Scholars. Young is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is pursuing a degree in Robotic Engineering with the hope of applying her degree to sea or space exploration. For more information, visit http://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3081

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WIN OVER A CROWD
(INC) How to win over a crowd without saying a word http://bit.ly/1T3QPJe 
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DONATION DRIVE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology is holding a holiday donation drive through Monday, December 21, in an effort to collect much needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Low Country Dermatology office, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 12A. For more information, visit, http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcarriagetradepr.com%2F%3Fp%3D3095&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGTrPekZMGDniBo8JgfKazUVleryA
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LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
(RICHMOND HILL, GA) At the Fort McAllister Marina on December 5 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Fish Tales will be gearing up for the 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade and spectacular fireworks show. For more information, email tcobevents@gmail.com

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MEET LARRY
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Larry is an 8 week old male Chihuahua currently living at Coastal Pet Rescue. Larry is good with dogs and kids, and needs a home. TO check out Larry and other animals available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-d-277-larry/ 
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CHECK PRESENTED
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Yoga Center presented a $4,414.28 check to One Love Animal Rescue on Monday, November 23. This donation was made possible through special Savannah Yoga Center community classes, events and a percentage of membership fees collected through Thursday, January 1 to Monday, June 15. To learn more about how the Savannah Yoga Center Community Partner Program works visit http://savannahyoga.com/yoga-friends
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SAVANNAH BALLET
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Ballet Theater is presenting the Nutcracker at the Lucas Theater on December 5 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. More than 3000 people typically attend this event, and each receives a Playbill program with advertisements. The turnaround is fairly quick, but if you send in your logo, we have a designer that can make it into an ad. If you are interested in attending, here is a link for tickets: http://lucastheatre.com/schedule/nutcracker-in-savannah/
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PRODUCTIVITY
(FORBES) Top 5 Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanfrankel/2015/11/19/top-five-productivity-tips-for-entrepreneurs/

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COAT DRIVE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Accepting donations now through Dec. 13, the Carousel in the Savannah Mall is having a coat/blanket drive for the homeless population in the Greater Savannah area. Any new or used coats or blankets are greatly appreciated. If you have questions please contact Tim Blair at (912) 447-3141 or tblair@fun-brands.com.

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STAY FOCUSED
(MASHABLE) How To Stay Focused At Work During The Stressful Holiday Season

http://mashable.com/2015/11/18/focused-at-work-holiday/?utm_cid=mash-prod-nav-sub-st#C86Mw4ghDsqQ

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USI
(USI INSURANCE) USI is a top 10 insurance brokerage and consulting firm, delivering property and casualty, employee benefits, personal risk and retirement solutions throughout the United States. For more information, visit visit www.usi.biz
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YOUTH HERO
(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia is seeking Youth Hero Nominations for the 2016 Youth Hero Volunteer Service Awards. Nominations will be accepted from any non-profit organization, school, team, religious organization, etc. Eligible youth must be enrolled in 6th-12th grade in a public, private or home school during the 2015-2016 school year. To nominate a youth or for more information visit www.redcross.org/southeast. Deadline to nominate a deserving youth is December 31, 2015.

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BRIDGE RUN
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Sports Council launched a redesigned Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run website and logo and is now taking registrations for the 2015 race to be held Saturday, Dec. 5. Each year more than 5,000 participants run and walk the 5K, 10K and Double Pump (a 5K and 10K combined) over Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge. In its 25th year, the 2015 race weekend will begin with the Health and Wellness Expo at the Savannah Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 4 and end with a post-race party in Franklin Square on race day. A portion of race proceeds benefit Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler. To register for the race, visit www.SavannahBridgeRun.com. For more information, contact Jonathan Sykes, Savannah Sports Council event manager at 912.644.6452 or JSykes@VisitSavannah.com.

Local Business Woman Expands McDonald’s Franchise to Sandfly Are

Nina Tracy Gompels to Open Sixth Location in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) The McDonald’s on Montgomery Cross Rd, the sixth location to be owned and operated by Nina Tracy Gompels (NTG) Enterprises, is set to open on Tuesday, November 24. In conjunction with the grand opening, this McDonald’s will host a number of events, such as “free Big Macs for a year” for the first 100 customers; the “Find Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt and several community nights for local organizations.

McDonald’s collaborated with the Savannah Tree Foundation (STF) on the design of the landscape to enhance environmental resources on the site and maximize tree counts. Additionally, there will be wall graphics inside the store utilizing photographs from local Isle Of Hope photographers and a mural depicting the local Ronald McDonald House.

Gompels bought her first McDonald’s from her father back in 2001. In total, the six restaurants owned by Gompels provides 320 jobs to our area.

“I’m so pleased we are bringing McDonald’s to our customers that commute and frequent the Sandfly area,” said Gompels. “It’s exciting to continue developing community programs in conjunction with area schools, churches and other area organizations. I’m also very happy to be able to add new jobs to the local economy, plus offer corporate training opportunities and scholarship programs to those new employees.”

McDonald’s offers community support through McTeacher’s nights, various Ronald Programs for reading and good citizenship, the Archways to Opportunity for tuition assistance and a free on-line high school diploma program and the John Cisna Nutrition, Education and Awareness program.

The store will execute the all day breakfast option. Gompels said, “We’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm from people who are happy to be getting their breakfast biscuit any time of day, although burgers still are the heavy hitters for lunch.”

To celebrate the opening of this new location, Gompels will hold several Community Nights. Also, on Saturday, December 12, McDonalds will hold a “Find Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt. Thirty happy meal boxes will be hidden around various locations in the area, and participants will be given hints on the locations to then find the giant meal box and return it to the restaurant for great “local happiness” prizes.

For more information on the new store or grand opening opportunities, visit https://mylocalmcds.com/1941-montgomery/.

MORE INFORMATION ON NINA GOMPELS and NTG ENTERPRISES
Nina Gompels is the president for NTG Enterprises, which owns six Savannah area McDonald’s restaurants. The restaurant’s hours are 5:30 a.m. (lobby opens at 6 a.m.) until 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the Sandfly McDonald’s at 1941 E. Montgomery Cross Road, Savannah, GA, 31406, online at https://mylocalmcds.com/1941-montgomery/ or call call 912-692-0021.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
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