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May 2008

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach, Inc. Youth Emergency Shelter Mortgage-Free New Home

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Park Place Outreach, Inc., Youth Emergency Shelter now has a mortgage-free new home, thanks to the generosity of dozens of businesses and individuals in and around the Savannah area.  To show their gratitude, the Park Place Board of Directors and Staff will hold a celebration on Tuesday, May 20th from 4-6 pm.  The event will be at the new Park Place home located at 514 East Henry Street in Savannah.
"I can’t even begin to explain how important this new home is to what we do each day," says Linda Lamas, Park Place Executive Director.
"Our old home was well over 100 years old, too small and not in the best of shape.  Now, thanks to the local community, Park Place can continue providing its services in a fully functional, efficient home."  
The event will be at the new Park Place home located at 514 East Henry Street in Savannah.
Park Place Outreach provides emergency shelter and street outreach for adolescents ages 11 through 17 and their families. It is the only agency located within Chatham County that serves youth at no charge who are accepted without a referral to receive help.  Park Place Outreach opened in 1984. There are approximately 15-30 youth residents served each month and about 200 each year. For more information on Park Place, call (912) 234-4048.

(SAVANNAH) Martin Melaver Keynote speaker at Green Broker Conference

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Martin Melaver, CEO of sustainable real estate development company Melaver, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the Green Broker 2008 conference May 22 in Portland, Oregon, where he will discuss “Brokering a Sustainable Revolution.” Brokerage has long been thought of as the most conservative element in the entire real estate profession, but Melaver instead makes the case for brokerage as the vanguard for a sustainable revolution. Sustainable brokerage Melaver-Mouchet is the brokerage division of Melaver, Inc.
Melaver-Mouchet is a leading commercial real estate brokerage serving Savannah, Coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Low Country. As a sustainable brokerage, Melaver-Mouchet seeks to build and strengthen relationships by delivering new opportunities that synthesize community, economy and environment. The office is located in the historic Whitaker Building, the first building in Savannah to become LEED ce rtified; it is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Savannah, Georgia. The sustainable real estate developer currently has eight LEED certified projects in their portfolio and developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Melaver Inc. also developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide.
Contact: (912) 236-0781
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Ron Higgins Entrepreneur of the Year Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

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Ron Higgins, president and CEO of Savannah Movie Tours, Inc., was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce at the 2008 Small Business Banquet May 8, 2008. The award is given annually to a Savannah businessperson whose innovative thinking, creative vision and talent have impacted the person’s own business as well as the community.

“We are pleased to present Ron Higgins with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” says Bill Hubbard, president and CEO of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. “He embodies the true meaning of an entrepreneur by having a vision and taking a risk to fulfill his dream.”

Higgins, a filmmaker and Savannah native, established Savannah Movie Tours in 2003. The Savannah Movie Tour, Higgins’ inaugural tour, takes tourists to 70 local sites that have been immortalized in films such as “Forrest Gump,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Something to Talk About.” The tour began as a walking tour, and in 2005, Higgins purchased a luxury, air-conditioned tour bus equipped with state-of-the-art LCD screens so that he could show clips from the movies while the tour made its way through downtown Savannah.

The Savannah Movie Tour has gained national attention, with write-ups in publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, The Dallas Morning News, The Miami Herald and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

In 2006, Higgins began offering a Scary Ghost Tour, which departs every night from Savannah’s famous Pirate’s House restaurant and stops at various “haunted” locales throughout downtown Savannah.

Higgins launched the widely acclaimed Foody Tour Savannah in October 2007. During the Foody Tour, patrons sample dishes at some of Savannah’s most delicious eateries while learning about the South’s rich culinary history. Higgins says that the Foody Tour has exceeded all of his expectations. “I have high expectations for every tour I’ve created,” he says. “The Foody Tour has been enormously successful and has surpassed all of my projected goals.”

Higgins credits Savannah’s superb restaurants with helping make the Foody Tour such a huge success and praises his family and friends for standing behind his idea for a culinary tour of the city. “It’s truly an honor to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” he says. “As I looked around the room, preparing to start my acceptance speech, my eyes teared up. And that says it all.”

“Hollywood” Ron Higgins is a filmmaker and Savannah native who has been involved in numerous movies including “Forrest Gump,” “Training Day,” “Remember The Titans” and “Pearl Harbor.” He founded Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. in 2003 to give tourists a glimpse into Savannah’s rich movie history. Since then, he has expanded the company’s offerings to include the Scary Ghost Tour and Foody Tour Savannah. All tours are conducted on a luxury, air-conditioned bus, which is equipped with state-of-the-art LCD screens. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 912-234-3440 or visit

(Savannah) Local Chef Matt Cohen Radio Show, The New South Journal

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(Savannah, GA)  Local Chef Matt Cohen, Owner of The New South Café, launches a new radio show in May.  The AM Radio show, The New South Journal with Chef Matt, will air each week on Star 1400.
The New South Journal will be a fun and informative show about food, restaurants and the latest happenings and current trends.  Chef Matt is an award-winning, gourmet chef and leader in the hospitality industry who has become a local celebrity due to his very popular restaurant The New South Cafe and his widespread non-profit work throughout the Savannah area.  Cohen is on the cutting edge of the Savannah hospitality scene and in-the-know, guaranteeing to educate and inform the public on a variety of exciting topics, sharing exclusive information and even some culinary secrets.
The New South Café is an innovative restaurant at the forefront of redefining classical southern cuisine.  The first restaurant in town to fuse the concepts of traditional southern fare and gourmet cuisine, The New South Café has contributed an unmatched style and flair to the Savannah community all its own and has become a landmark for locals and tourists alike.  The New South Café was recently honored with the Small Business Chamber’s New & Emerging Small Business of the Year Award.
Chef Matt is a visionary and veteran within the hospitality industry who has recently channeled that long standing experience into two new ventures, The Coastal Catering Alliance and Savannah DMC, which have added a new spark to Savannah’s hospitality and tourism scene.  The Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA) is a professional hospitality cooperative made up of the areas top chefs and catering companies which offers an expansion of services not available from other small independent firms including the ability to cater an event for up to 25,000 people. The Savannah DMC is the area’s most professional and experienced Destination Management Company, able to assist in group planning for any occasion inc luding conventions, corporate meetings, large receptions and vacations. 912-313-8781 
A fifth generation Savannah native, Chef Matt is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, one of the top rated culinary schools in the world, and an award-winning culinary expert who has worked in big name restaurants throughout New York and Atlanta.  Cohen returned to Savannah in 2000 establishing a highly successful catering business, Professional Chef Services which provides upscale catering services throughout Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.  C hef Matt opened The New South Café in 2006, making his long time dream of owning a gourmet restaurant in historic Savannah a reality.
The New South Café is open Tuesday through Saturday, serving lunch from 11 am to 3 pm and dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm.  The New South Express Café, a new addition to the restaurant, offers a separate menu and allows the guest to dine in and get out in about thirty minutes for just $10.  The New South Café offers upscale catering services available in-flight, for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs.  For more information visit or call 912-233-7558.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ken Slats has been named Sports Director/Sports Anchor at WSAV-TV

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Ken Slats has been named Sports Director/Sports Anchor at WSAV-TV, and MyTV.  Slats brings a real enthusiasm for local sports.  He has two decades of sports anchoring and reporting from around the country. This year Ken was honored with the Georgia Associated Press Best Sportscast.  In 2007 he received the award for Best Sports Program for his work on the Highlight Zone and in 2006 he received an Honorable Mention from the A.P. for Best Sportscast.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wound Care Clinic – ESU “Business of the Year”

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(SAVANNAH, GA)  Wound Care Clinic – ESU Inc. has been named the "Business of the Year" by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.  Paula Kreissler, Wound Care’s President, received the award Thursday evevning at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet.
“This is such a huge honor,” Kreissler says.
“I’m thrilled to accept the award, but the real credit goes to my staff.  I have an amazing group of people who make ‘Wound Care’ the success it is, so this award is a representation of everyone’s hard work and dedication.”
The "award" arena is nothing new to Kreissler and her crew.  Last year, the Small Business Chamber named Wound Care "New and Emerging Business of the Year."
Wound Care Clinic – ESU, Inc. is located at 815 East 68th Street, Suite 2 in Savannah.  The purpose of the clinic is to heal chronic and acute non-healing wounds utilizing electrical stimulation, ultrasound and standard therapies.   There us a a second Wound Care location Pooler which will celebrate it’s one year anniversary in July.  To learn more, call (912) 691-2614 or log on at

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCDS 8th Graders Gain Empowerment through Awareness

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Before leaving Middle School and entering the ninth grade, Savannah Country Day School students are required to complete a culminating interdisciplinary project. Over the years, the project has undergone several iterations: research, a debate, presentations that include interviews, etc. But this year, the 8th grade team took the students a step farther. Using Macintosh computers, camcorders, iMovie software, and other technology, the students are producing short films promoting awareness. Students explore local, national, and global issues, events, and concerns in depth and show their movies in their Film Festival, held Thursday, May 22nd from 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

The Awareness Project is carefully constructed to help students better understand themselves and the world around them. It empowers them to identify, explore, and sometimes develop solutions to real problems facing them and their community. The impact of visual images and background music has become a powerful tool for students to promote awareness of such hot-button issues as school shootings, eating disorders, and global warming. The students must be well versed in their topics so as to field questions from faculty following the presentations.

According to Middle School Principal Marcia Hull, “Inspired by the school’s goal to provide our students with skills necessary for success in the 21st century, we expanded the project to require an iMovie as the end product. In small group collaboration, students researched social issues affecting either our local community or the world. The iMovie technology offered a new vehicle for persuading their audience of the issue’s seriousness. The selected topics encourage not only critical and creative thinking, but promote ethical decision-making as well.”

Teachers will assess students on the accuracy of the information they include, as well as on their ability to transfer knowledge to new situations and to present their findings convincingly. Just as for students, the projects are a collaborative effort for 8th grade faculty as well; 8th grade teachers worked closely with the Educational Technology staff to guide the students through the research and movie-making process.

Multidisciplinary assignments like the Savannah Country Day Awareness Project move beyond the traditional separate-subject approach to early adolescent learning. The multidisciplinary method helps promote elusive skills like problem posing and solving. It also fosters the meaningful application of critical thinking skills.

Presentations will be held on Thursday, May 22nd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Nina Anderson Pape Middle School building on the Savannah Country Day School campus. All students, parents, faculty, and media are welcome to attend.

Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a generous and compassionate spirit. For more information about Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please visit

(Savannah) Learn “How to Make Green by Going Green” at June meeting of U.S. Green Building Council

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Thatcher Young, Sustainability Advisor with Georgia’s Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, will speak to the Savannah chapter of the USGBC June 24 on the topic “Want to Find Out How to Make Green by Going Green?” The meeting is free and open to the public.

“Sustainability directly improves an organization’s bottom line, making them more competitive and unique in the marketplace,” Young said.

Young will discuss FREE assistance to Georgia organizations for designing and implementing a sustainability strategy. Georgia’s Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P²AD), a non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, provides free, confidential environmental technical assistance and resources like The Sustainable Office Toolkit. Young will cover energy and water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, alternative transportation, green building and green purchasing.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 24 from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second floor of Wild Wing Cafe in City Market. RSVP by June 20 to
Thatcher Young joined the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P²AD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in March 2007 as a pollution prevention advisor. He serves on the Environmental Leadership Team of the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia where he is Partne r Representative. His responsibilities include Partner interaction facilitation, Environmental Management Systems design and implementation assistance, and sustainability education. He is also responsible for expanding P²AD’s services to small and medium sized organizations utilizing P²AD’s newly released Sustainable Office Toolkit.

Young holds a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from Georgia State University. Before coming to P²AD, Thatcher worked for Georgia Electric Membership Corporation in governmental affairs and economic development.

The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The AACSB Accredited College of Business Administration at Savannah State University

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The AACSB accredited College of Business Administration at Savannah State University proudly introduces the first “African American Economic Outlook.” This event is open to both students and members of the community. The presentation will highlight the significant contribution of Savannah’s African American population to the economic life of the city. The event will be held at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront May 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., hosted by the College of Business Administration and the Savannah Business League.

“The major purpose of this presentation is to show the region that the life of Savannah’s African American population creates a significant economic impact on this area,” said Dr. Mostafa Sarhan, Dean of the College of Business Administration. “Other businesses in this community need to get involved. The African American population is a very important element of Savannah’s economy and we are currently looking at different aspects of this impact. We think it’s important and I hope it might create a niche for us at Savannah State University to become somewhat of an authority on the economic impact of Savannah’s African American population.”

The report will include information about the African American population’s buying power and how that compares to the population size as well as to the averages for the state and the nation. The presentation will examine the economic achievements of African Americans in the metropolitan region, including Chatham, Bryan, and Effingham Counties. A broad outline of the performance of Savannah’s African American-owned businesses over the last decade and half will be presented and evaluated. Additionally, the economic status of African Americans within the Metropolitan Savannah Area will be investigated, including data on the contributions of African Americans to the region’s economy as workers, consumers and taxpayers.
The College of Business Administration at Savannah State University is dedicated to delivering quality undergraduate and graduate business education programs to a diverse student population. Out of more than 5,000 business schools around the world, the College is one of 554 accredited schools by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Today and in the future, the College of Business Administration’s programs and criteria are constantly geared to cater the current business market. The school lays claim to a strong internship program and an advisory board that represents a majority of the industry, including financial and accounting professional organizations. Through innovative instruction, mentoring, applied research, and community involvement, the College will fully develop business graduates who can compete effectively in the public and private sectors.

Recent events open to the community at the College of Business Administration include a new lecture series, the “Executive Exchange,” which began in April and will continue throughout the year, featuring national business executives.
To become a partner with the event, register, or find out more information, please call Ms. Keena Mosley with the College of Business Administration at (912) 356-2836 or Ms. Pat Mathis with the Savannah Business League at (912) 236-0099. For more information about the College of Business Administration or any of their upcoming programs and events, please visit

(SAVANNAH / KINGLAND, GA) Sullivan Group “Hiring Practices that can Save Your Business” Seminar

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“We’re excited to be able to bring this important information to the general public,” explains Kim Dobson, Vice President for The Sullivan Group.  “There are a number of things that businesses can do to strengthen Human Resources Practices.”
On Tuesday, May 16, Ms. Dobson will present a workshop, “Hiring Practices that can Save Your Business.”  This workshop is open to the public and will take place at the Citizens State Bank, Community Center in Kingsland, GA from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
“We know there are small things that companies can do to save themselves a lot of money. Businesses of all sizes will want to attend this seminar.  The Sullivan Group will be sharing information that can save companies hundreds of thousands of dollars,” says Dobson.
Voted as Buy Local Savannah’s 2007 Best Business, The Sullivan Group is the expert on human resources.  The Sullivan Group offers Human Resource Outsourcing to its clients as well as staffing and recruiting needs through Sullivan Staffing. serves as Savannah’s most visited local job site, with a family of sites that include,,, and  The Sullivan Group also provides commercial and personal insurance through Sapelo Creative Insurance.  Founded in 1986, The Sullivan Group simplifies business.
If you are interested in attending the seminar, contact Eileen Nuzzo, The Sullivan Group, 912-961-8882, or Melanie Adkins, Chamber of Commerce, 912-729-5840, to make a reservation.
For more information on The Sullivan Group or the human resource services available to their clients, visit the website at