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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.

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SCORE Savannah Receives Designation as Platinum Chapter

State of Small Business 2016_3773CAPTION: (MIDDLE) Art Slotkin, Georgia District Director, presents Platinum chapter award to (LEFT) Gary Johnson, immediate past president of Savannah SCORE, and (RIGHT) Bill Izzard, current chapter president of Savannah SCORE, at the State of Small Business.

SCORE Savannah Receives Designation as Platinum Chapter
(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE Savannah has been designated a Platinum chapter by the District Director, Art Slotkin. This recognition is client centered and given to the top performing SCORE chapters out of 300 nationally. In order to receive the recognition, the SCORE chapter must meet expected standards, exceed them and exceed the chapters’ prior years’ performance.

SCORE national is a non-profit organization funded by congressional grants and private donations. All 370 chapters and 11200 members nationwide are dedicated to serving small businesses by providing no-fee mentoring and business counseling. Their mission is: foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.

In 2015 Savannah SCORE mentors devoted 2342 total client service hours and conducted 23 total workshops to a total of 588 attendees. In addition, they also hosted the State of Small Business and the frequent Boots to Business program for Veterans.

SCORE Savannah received this recognition for not only meeting and exceeding the professional standards expected of them, but also for the outstanding feedback that was received from their clients in their volunteer performance reviews.

“Our clients deserve platinum level guidance for all they do for our community, and for the smiles on their faces by living their small business dreams” said Bill Izzard, current chapter president.

The award was presented on May 4, at the annual State of Small Business conference. Art Slotkin, Georgia District Director, SCORE presented the Platinum Chapter award to the current chapter president, Bill Izzard, who proudly presented it to Gary Johnson, the chapter president under whose leadership the chapter was designated Platinum.

The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS, presented by SCORE and Wells Fargo, will be held on Wednesday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, located at 1 International Drive. During the FREE conference, reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to Savannah’s small business community.
Community can RSVP: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecbseenif6cafe3a&llr=anwty5eab

ABOUT SCORE
SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the small business community through free mentoring and business counseling. SCORE members volunteer their time and business expertise to help coach the next generation of entrepreneurs. In Savannah there are 30 Mentors for face to face consulting, and 13,000 mentors available on the national SCORE website. Business owners can contact mentors who are in their trade or field of business by email to address specific questions. Out of the 13,000 mentors, approximately 80 percent are retired and 20 percent of the mentors are active business owners. Business hours for the Savannah location of SCORE are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for an appointment at (912) 652-4335. Visit www.scoresav.org for more information.

 

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

Area Experts Presented Measurable Benchmarks on the Development of the Small Business Community in Chatham County at Annual State of Small Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS, presented by SCORE and Wells Fargo, was held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, located at 1 International Drive. During the FREE conference, reports were issued by 10 area experts that had 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to Savannah’s small business community.

The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS is a yearly event where small business owners can get a true measurement of local economic numbers in Chatham County.

To watch the presentations, visit https://youtu.be/F-hP_5q0t50

PANEL DISCUSSION INFORMATION:

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

SPEAKER: Faith Copeland-Pittman, Business Services Representative for the Georgia Department of Labor, Business Services Unit
TOPIC: Local Labor Statistics

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

SPEAKER: Rhett Mouchet, Associate Broker, Colliers International Savannah
TOPIC: Commercial Real Estate Trends

SPEAKER: Susan Speros, CEO at Speros
TOPIC: Internet Speeds and Their Effect on Business Growth

SPEAKER: Cindy Landolt, Revenue Director, City of Savannah.
TOPIC: Local Tax Revenue Trends

SPEAKER: Cristy Lawrence, P.E., Development Services Liaison, City of Savannah
TOPIC: Local Growth in Construction

SPEAKER: Charles Bowen, Corporate / Entertainment Attorney at The Bowen Law Group
TOPIC: Film Industry in Savannah

SPEAKER: Michael Toma, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong State University
Topic: Small Business Employment Stats

SPEAKER: Dennis Barber III, PhD. Director of the Small Business Institute at Armstrong State University
Topic: Armstrong State of Small Business Survey

CONFIDENCE INDEX SURVEY: AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
SPEAKERS: Joe Marchese and Marjorie Young
TOPIC: Questions will be asked to the audience. Instant responses will be displayed on the screen via clickers.

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) Mayor Eddie DeLoach and Marjorie Young, State of Small Business event organizer.

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Tony O’Reilly, President of the Small Business Assistance Corporation discussing “Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region”

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) Charles Bowen, The Bowen Law Group; Michael Toma Ph.D., Armstrong Atlantic State University; Dennis Barber, Ph.D., Armstrong State University.

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SCORE Award Presentation

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Susan Speros, CEO of Speros, Inc., presents “Internet Speeds and Their Effect on Business Growth”

ABOUT SCORE:
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, www.savannah.score.org. 912-652-4335.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO:
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, approximately 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs: https://blogs.wf.com/ and Wells Fargo Stories: http://stories.wellsfargobank.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com

Technology Expert Keith Fletcher to Speak at Savannah SCORE April Luncheon

Speros COO Presents Top Five Ways for Small Business Owners to Safeguard Digital Data

(SAVANNAH, GA) Keith Fletcher, chief operating officer of Speros, a business technology solutions firm located in Savannah, will speak to small business owners on the five most important ways for small business owners to safeguard their digital data on Wednesday, April 27 at a luncheon meeting of the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SCORE’s conference room, 111 E. Liberty Street, in Savannah. The lecture is free and open to the public, however, attendees are asked to RSVP to SCORE at 912-652-4335.

“You might be thinking if large corporations can’t seem to avoid cyber crime, there’s little you can do to prevent the same thing from happening to your small business, especially with today’s sophisticated hacking schemes,” said Fletcher. “But there are a number of effective safeguards that will help protect your online data.”

Fletcher’s advice for small business owners attending the SCORE luncheon will include how to watch for the telltale signs of being hacked, and what steps to take to recover compromised data. He will also outline the most effective measures to tighten security to prevent breaches from happening in the first place.

“There are five, generally low-cost, security measures that every small business must take to minimize the risk of a cyber attack,” advised Fletcher. “These include installing a good, true firewall, making frequent and multiple backups, and ensuring your systems are protected with reliable anti-virus and anti-spam software.”

His presentation will include additional details on those security measures, along with the emergency procedures small businesses need to enact immediately if digital data is hacked, plus advice on how small businesses can protect their reputation and best retain customer confidence, if a hack does occur. For more information about SCORE or to register for the luncheon event, please call (912) 652-4335 or visit https://savannah.score.org/

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Keith Fletcher
Chief Operations Officer
Speros
912.354.8900
kfletcher@speros.com

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

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

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SCORE and Wells Fargo to Sponsor The State of Small Business Conference on May 4, 2016

(SAVANNAH, GA) The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS, presented by SCORE and Wells Fargo, will be held on Wednesday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, located at 1 International Drive. During the FREE conference, reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to Savannah’s small business community.

The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS is a yearly event where small business owners can get a true measurement of local economic numbers in Chatham County.

Lunch will be served at  11 a.m; presentations begin at 11:20 a.m. This event is free, but RSVPs are required. To reserve a seat please RSVP to SCORE at 912.652-4335

PANEL DISCUSSION INFORMATION:

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

SPEAKER: Brian Davis, Manager of the Savannah Career Center at the Department of Labor
TOPIC: Local Labor Statistics

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

SPEAKER: Rhett Mouchet, Associate Broker, Colliers International Savannah
TOPIC: Commercial Real Estate Trends

SPEAKER: Bea Wray, Executive Director at The Creative Coast
TOPIC: High Tech Start Ups

SPEAKER: Cindy Landolt, Revenue Director, City of Savannah.
TOPIC: Local Tax Revenue Trends

SPEAKER: Cristy Lawrence, P.E., Development Services Liaison, City of Savannah
TOPIC: Local Growth in Construction

SPEAKER: Charles Bowen, Corporate / Entertainment Attorney at The Bowen Law Group
TOPIC: Film Industry in Savannah

ARMSTRONG STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS
SPEAKERS: Michael Toma, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong State University, and Dennis Barber III, Ph.D., ‎Director, Armstrong Small Business Institute
TOPIC: Armstrong State of Small Business Survey Results

CONFIDENCE INDEX SURVEY: AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
SPEAKERS: Michael Toma, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong State University, and Dennis Barber III, Ph.D., ‎Director, Armstrong Small Business Institute
TOPIC: Questions will be asked to the audience. Instant responses will be displayed on the screen via clickers.

ABOUT SCORE:
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, www.savannah.score.org912-652-4335.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO:
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, approximately 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs: https://blogs.wf.com/ and Wells Fargo Stories: http://stories.wellsfargobank.com/

RSVP SAVANNAH SCORE

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
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SCORE and Wells Fargo to Sponsor The State of Small Business Conference on June 24, 2015

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, the Title Sponsors; SCORE and Wells Fargo will present: The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to our Small Business Community. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive.

The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS is a yearly event where small business owners can get a true measurement of local economic numbers.

This event is free. Lunch will be served after the presentations. To reserve a seat please RSVP to SCORE at 912.652-4335 or http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=anwty5eab&oeidk=a07eaur1d940b3753e6

SCORE and Wells Fargo Bank are the title sponsors for the STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS. Other sponsors include The Bowen Law Group, Joe Marchese Construction, Liquid Capital Financing Success, Savannah Coffee Roasters, Buy Local Savannah, The Savannah Chamber of Commerce, TJS Deemer Dana CPA, Cecilia Russo Marketing and Carriage Trade PR.

PANEL DISCUSSION INFORMATION:

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

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

SPEAKER: Brian Davis, Manager of the Savannah Career Center at the Department of Labor; TOPIC: Local Labor Statistics

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, Judge Realty; TOPIC: Commercial Real Estate Trends

SPEAKER: Bea Wray, Executive Director at The Creative Coast; TOPIC: High Tech Start Ups

SPEAKER: Cindy Landolt, Revenue Director with the City of Savannah; TOPIC: Local growth

SPEAKER: Cristy Lawrence, P.E., Development Services Liaison, City of Savannah; TOPIC: Local growth

SPEAKER: Susanne Toney, Assistant Professor of Economics at the College of Business at Savannah State University; TOPIC: Economic Indicators

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ABOUT SCORE:
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, www.savannah.score.org. 912-652-4335.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO:
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

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

SCORE and Wells Fargo to Sponsor The State of Small Business Conference on June 24, 2015

SCORE and Wells Fargo to Sponsor The State of Small Business Conference on June 24, 2015

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, the Title Sponsors; SCORE and Wells Fargo will present: The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to our Small Business Community. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive.

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

This event is free. Lunch will be served after the presentations. To reserve a seat please RSVP to SCORE at 912.652-4335.

TITLE SPONSORS: SCORE and Wells Fargo Bank

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

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

SPEAKER: Brian Davis, Manager of the Savannah Career Center at the Department of Labor. TOPIC: Local Labor Statistics

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, Judge Realty
TOPIC: Commercial Real Estate Trends

SPEAKER: Bea Wray, Executive Director at The Creative Coast
TOPIC: High Tech Start Ups

SPEAKER: Cindy Landolt, Revenue Director with the City of Savannah
TOPIC: Local growth

SPEAKER: Cristy Lawrence, P.E., Development Services Liaison, City of Savannah
TOPIC: Local growth

SPEAKER: Susanne Toney Assistant Professor of Economics at the College of Business at Savannah State University.
TOPIC: Economic Indicators

ABOUT SCORE:
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.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO:
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.