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February 2013

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire selected to participate in Walmart-funded innovative job training

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Goodwill of the Coastal Empire selected to participate in Walmart-funded innovative job training and placement program

Beyond Jobs program to provide women with career assistance, financial education, child care assistance and much more

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — [Feb. 6, 2013] — Help is on the way for women in the Coastal Empire area who are having difficulty advancing their careers. Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is one of 45 Goodwill® agencies across the country to take part in an innovative program that provides job training and placement services to women.

The program, known as Beyond Jobs and funded through a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, will now create a larger impact by reaching more women who are unemployed or underemployed. This new funding will help broaden the reach of a program that was started in 2010 in five U.S. markets serving 1,342 women, to serving an expected 12,250 women in 49 communities.

“We are very excited to be able to further assist the working women of the Coastal Empire,” said Brenda Pollen, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire’s Director of Workforce Development. “Each woman in the program will receive a complete career assessment including job training, placement services and additional support to help them achieve economic security and advance in their careers.”
Beyond Jobs leverages Goodwill’s holistic approach to job training, placement and family financial support services. Over the 30-month grant period, Goodwill will work with women to provide them the tools to achieve their educational, career and financial goals.

Once participants are placed in jobs, they receive support to retain them, to further their education, and to advance in careers within their chosen industries.

Interested applicants can contact Ansley Williams at (912)354-6611 ext. 113 or at (912) 429-4293.

Long-term unemployment among women remains a problem, both locally and nationwide. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 26 percent of the women who lost their jobs during the recession have regained them. Last year, more than one out of four women was still looking for work after more than a year of job hunting.

“Not only will this program help to place women, no matter their circumstances, in jobs, it will also give them everything they need to support themselves and their families, in the long term,” said Pollen. “Beyond Jobs fulfills Goodwill’s mission of generating economic opportunities for people who face challenges to finding employment — in this case, women of all backgrounds — to achieve career advancement and financial independence.”

Among the tools provided by the Beyond Jobs program are continued financial education, family strengthening services, early education and child care assistance, and connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives.

The Beyond Jobs program is a key element in Walmart achieving the goals of its Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, one of which is to help 200,000 U.S. women from low-income households with workforce readiness through job training, education, career counseling, and mentoring. For more information, visit corporate.walmart.com/women .

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. The not-for-profit organization employs nearly 600 employees throughout the area. In 2012, Goodwill provided services to 24,427 people and placed 1,406 people into employment through various programs offered throughout the region. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 14 retail locations and six Job Connection Centers in that region. Goodwill accepts tax deductible clothing, household items, computers, and car donations, as well as operates an online store at shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter: @SavGoodwill.

ABOUT PHILANTHROPY AT WALMART

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 900 million meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com .

MEDIA CONTACT: Jan Bass, Marketing Director, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, (912) 354-6611 ext. 107 or cell (912) 663-0685

(SAVANNAH, GA) Fundraiser to benefit Park Place Outreach on February 19 and 20

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Portion of Proceeds from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s The Market at 3 West Ridge to Benefit Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter
Park Place Outreach one of two local charities to benefit from February 19 and 20 shopping event

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter has been designated as one of two local charities to receive a portion of the proceeds from the second annual St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s The Market at 3 West Ridge. The shopping event, which will take place February 19 and 20 at 3 West Ridge Rd. on Skidaway Island, will feature 20 handpicked vendors offering a wide and unique array of upscale items including, clothing, jewelry, housewares, culinary items, art and personal gifts.

Park Place Outreach, a temporary shelter and outreach service that serves youth from Savannah and the surrounding area, and Horizons Savannah, a summer enrichment program for low-income families, were selected to receive all door admission proceeds and a generous portion of the merchandise sales proceeds from the two-day event.

The second annual Market at 3 West Ridge will be open to the public Tuesday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Door admission is $5 per person and is good for both show days. In addition to browsing and buying merchandise from the participating vendors, shoppers will be treated to tasty mini-morsels donated by area restaurateurs and caterers throughout the day, along with complimentary wine on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Last year our show benefited one charity,” explained Patty Frothingham, show co-chair. “Our Steering Committee decided that due to last year’s overwhelming success that we wanted to support two charities this year, and we carefully analyzed which two charities would benefit the most from our support, those being Horizons and Park Place. We felt that these organizations provide vital assistance to Savannah’s neediest and most deserving children.”

For more information about The Market at 3 West Ridge, please contact Diane Oxnard at 912-656-8974, 912-598-4290 or doxnard99@aol.com.

About Park Place Outreach, Inc.
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens from Savannah and the surrounding area. The shelter is open 24 hours a day to youth in crisis, adolescents who are homeless, young people who have been abused, runaway youth, or those who may be contemplating how to run away. Opened in 1984 as Marshlands Foundation, Inc. (dba the Savannah Runaway Home), Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter provides counseling and other services to boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families whenever possible.

Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This program is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, USDA Breakfast/Lunch Program, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Department of Human Services, City of Savannah, United Way, FEMA and other community resources. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org  or search for “Park Place Outreach” on Facebook. An informational video about Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is available at YouTube by searching for “Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter.”

(AUGUSTA, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, FEB 4, 2013

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(AUGUSTA, GA) The Laney Walker/Bethlehem development team is set to release an RFP for development of a Heritage Trail for this award-winning development. More more information, contact Abbie Rickoff at arickoff@assetproperty.com 

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Fugghett family, new homeowners in Heritage Pine, part of the nationally-acclaimed Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization effort, were recently featured in The Augusta Chronicle.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/home/2013-01-18/todays-home-heritage-pine#.UPx-EioKO04.email 

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Morris Museum of Art is showcasing its Southern Soul & Song Concert Series: Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue. If you like gospel, soul, or blues, then you are going to LOVE soul man Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue. Featuring the McCrary Sisters, this dynamic group is returning to the Imperial Theatre for one night only. Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. www.imperialtheatre.com. 

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Augusta-Richmond County Commissioners will be touring the award-winning Laney Walker/Bethlehem development project. On hand will be Augusta Housing Director, Chester Wheeler, who is spearheading the revitalization effort, along with other members of his development team. Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 am
www.laneywalkerbethlehem.com 

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization Initiative has received a 2013 National Planning Excellence Award from the American Planning Association and Department of Housing and Urban Development. This prestigious national award places emphasis on how creative housing, economic development, and private investments have been used in or with a comprehensive community development plan to empower a community. laneywalkerbethlehem.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/1/HUD-AugustaLaneyWalker2013_web.pdf.

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Greater Augusta Arts Council will be holding its upcoming board meeting at 1228 Pine Street, the model home in Heritage Pine, the flagship pioneer development in Laney Walker/Bethlehem. Thursday, February 21 at 5:30 pm.
www.heritagepineaugusta.com 

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) This week’s YouTube video from the desk of Mayor Deke Copenhaver features Augusta’s Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson: http://youtu.be/7vRfpalWuzM?hd=1. And in one of those wonderful moments of serendipitous co-branding and viral networking, Augusta Tomorrow has recently announced that it has updated its website to include Mayor Copenhaver’s weekly video chats. Just click on the “News” page to watch the current and previous videos.
www.augustatomorrow.org.

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Wallace branch of the Augusta Regional Library (located on Laney Walker Boulevard)is featuring a talk by Kristin Eberhart entitled ""To College or Not?". February 13 at 11:00.
http://www.ecgrl.org/ 

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Greater Augusta Arts Council is planning its next board meeting at the model home in Heritage Pine, the award-winning pioneer development for Laney Walker/Bethlehem.
http://www.augustaarts.com/ 

 

 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, FEB 4, 2013

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Cathey Petkash to speak at SCORE’s Top Ten Tips Monthly Lecture Series, on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Small Business Resource Center, 111 East Liberty Street. She will be speaking about TOP TEN TIPS for Choosing a Winning Franchise Business. Lecture is free. RSVP to info@scoresav.org. 912.652.4335

(SAVANNAH, GA): The inaugural "Time Starts Now!" event held on Thursday, Jan. 24 raised $25,000 to benefit the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) and it’s educational, outreach and advocacy programs for local families. Meridth Lamas and her team of State Farm insurance agents took top prize at the event. PHOTO

(BLUFFTON, SC) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents, 137 Bridge St in Bluffton, built in 1890, 3 bedrooms, $1,250,000. http://celiadunnsir.com/listings/residential/mls-318266-137-bridge-st/ Contact agent 912.234-3323

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Oz talks about Chiropractic Care and the benefits.
http://www.firstchoicedrb.com/physicians.html. For more information called Dr. David Davies at 912.428.6758.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Red Cross of Southeast Georgia is looking for a Youth Hero Nominations for their upcoming  Youth Hero Volunteer Service Awards Breakfast on  April 26, 2013.
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(SAVANNAH, GA) No  time  to  volunteer,  but  want  to  assist  those  in  need?  100 Women Who Care in Savannah will have their first meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at 6pm at the Savannah Civic Center, 2nd floor Bryan room. 100%  of  your  donation  to  go  directly  to  a  LOCAL  charity. Any 100+ Women  member  can  nominate  a  local  non-­profit  charity/cause. The  nominations  are  put  in  a  bowl  and  three  names  are  drawn  at  random. 100  women  x  $100  =  $10,000! Call Linda  Drake,  912-­897-­ 3936.

(ST MARYS, GA) Marjorie Young, President of SCORE, will give a WORKSHOP on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 form 1- 4pm on Strategies to Improve your Visibility online and Connect with the Community. Join us LIVE at http://www.stmarysvod.com/score or RSVP to SCORE St Mary’s 912-882-3583 for a seat.

(INC MAGAZINE) New Rules for SEO PR success in 2013. http://www.inc.com/aaron-aders/new-rules-for-seo-success-in-2013.html

(SAVANNAH, GA) Video of Ryan Chandler’s keynote speech at Buy Local Savannah. Ryan is the vice president of business development at Colonial Group Inc., the parent company of several local subsidiaries including Enmark Stations. Colonial Group, which spans three generations, is currently ranked 64th on the Forbes list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfjfCoMbn-8

(SAVANNAH, GA) SPEED NETWORKING! Tuesday, February 12 at 11:30 – Small Business Council / SMART Lunch at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium. Cost $11 for Chamber Members, $35 for Non Members.
RSVP IS REQUIRED call. Cally D’Angelo, 912.644.6459

(TLNT) A Leadership Lesson: When Things Are Going Well, stay out of their way.
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Little Bit needs a home – black and white 3 year old cat: http://www.humanesocietysav.org/adoption/cats/

(SAVANNAH, GA) VOICExperience unveils the highlights of the new `Savannah Voice Festival’ which will take place from August 3rd -17th 2013.  www.savannahvoicefestival.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter has been designated as one of two local charities to receive a portion of the proceeds from the second annual St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s The Market at 3 West Ridge. The shopping event, which will take place February 19 and 20 at 3 West Ridge Rd. on Skidaway Island, will feature 20 handpicked vendors offering a wide and unique array of upscale items including, clothing, jewelry, housewares, culinary items, art and personal gifts. For more info called: 912-234-4048

(SAVANNAH, GA) “Operation New Hope” is a partnership between the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and the Greater Savannah Humane Society to give unadoptable dogs in our community a second chance and help rehabilitate inmates in the Chatham County jail.
http://www.chathamsheriff.org/Corrections/InmateInformation/InmatePrograms/OperationNewHope.aspx

(SPRINGFIELD, GA) Enmark has cut the ribbon on a new store in Springfield. Services include freshly prepared food including fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, smoked ribs, barbeque, and made to order breakfast. The store also features six flavors of frozen yogurt and a topping bar. Enmark’s Magic Ice is available along with Icee products, brewed tea, and Supreme Bean coffee. Gas, diesel, and car wash are available outside.
SEE PHOTOS OF THE LARGEST ENMARK STORE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kole Management, a Savannah-based apartment management company, is pleased to announce that Brian Purtell has joined the company as chief financial officer. Purtell comes to Kole Management from Colony Bank, where he served as vice president. For more information on Kole Management, please visit www.apartmentsavannah.com.

 

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Bouhan Falligant, LLP is pleased to announce several additions to the 2012 Georgia Trend Legal Elite List. Attorneys Glen M. Darbyshire, Andrew H. Dekle, J. Daniel Falligant, Leamon R. Holliday III, Kathleen Horne and Susannah Rogers Pedigo have been listed in the magazine’s prestigious annual list. They join Todd M. Baiad, Carlton E. Joyce, Benjamin W. Karpf, John G. Lientz, John B. Manly, Melanie L. Marks and Gregory G. Sewell, who were also named Legal Elite by the magazine. For more information on Bouhan Falligant, LLP, please call 912-232-7000 or visit www.bouhan.com.

   

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Renowned jazz pianists Bob Seeley and John Cocuzzi will perform in Savannah on Friday, February 8 at 6 PM at the Plantation Club at The Landings on Skidaway Island. The piano showdown will benefit Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter. The evening will also include a silent auction. Tickets are $125 each; for more information or to purchase tickets, donate auction items or reserve a table, please contact Marolyn Overton at 912-598-7358 or Dick Miller at 912-598-5049.
http://parkplaceyes.org   

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. announces The Love Walk to raise money for critical programs directly impacting women, children and families struggling through poverty.  The 3.6K Love Walk is scheduled for Saturday, February 9 at 9 AM at Wesley on Drayton Street.
www.wesleyctrs-savh.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) It’s time for the 2013 Fast Pitch Competition to help promising local entrepreneurs start new ventures or grow existing ones.  Deadline for applications is February 18 at 5 PM, with competition day being March 28th from 8 AM to 4 PM.  For more information charisse@thecreativecoast.org or 912.447.8457   

 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Event Raises $25,000 for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Time Starts Now! Event Raises $25,000 for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS)

(SAVANNAH, GA): The inaugural “Time Starts Now!” event held on Thursday, Jan. 24 raised $25,000 to benefit the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) and it’s educational, outreach and advocacy programs for local families. These include Camp Buddy, the Night of Champions, Book Bundles and the monthly support group meeting that benefits people with Down syndrome and their families.

The sold-out event included 10 teams of 10 competing in “Minute to Win It”-style challenges. Meridth Lamas and her team of State Farm insurance agents took top prize at the event, winning the accolades of their peers and bragging rights until next year’s competition.

Event Chairperson Marcie Moxley is thrilled with level of participation and enthusiasm from the business community, “We are so thankful for the support of our sponsors, participating teams and volunteers. It took everyone coming together to make Time Starts Now! such a success. We can’t wait to get started on next year and look forward to this being an annual event to benefit the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society," Moxley said.

Teams competing were Service Master of Savannah, Servpro of Savannah, CRDN, Puroclean, Mortgage Bankers Association of Savannah, Engle Martin & Associates, Inc, Greenleaf Construction & Restoration,HSA Engineers & Scientists, State Farm-Meridth Lamas, and Willis Insurance Services.

Event sponsors included Benedictine Military School, Corleone’s Restauran, J&M Oil, Belfor, Coke, Grotheer Construction, Textile Restoration, Akins & Bobb Collision Center, Bouchillon’s Collision Center,EMD Chemicals, Marchese Construction, JDH Decks & Fences, Inc., JT Turner Construction Co, Inc., Matthew Johns Construction, Optim Orthopedics, Seacrest Partners, Thomas J. Sheehan Insurance, Inc., State Farm-Declan Finnerty, Stevens Hale and Associates, Unified Investigations and Sciences, Inc andUNITS.

Gift baskets were donated by About Face, The Art Bash Studio, Brown Chiropractic, Buttercup’s Boutique, Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours, Cheddar’s, Coach’s Corner, The Crab Shack, Fat Tire Bikes,FORM, Historic Savannah Carriage Tours, Howard Family Dental, JC Davis Hair at Salon Aqua, Johnny Harris Restaurant, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Live Oak Restaurants, Mighty Eighth Museum , O-N-E Paper, Quality Wine & Spirits, Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, Savannah Pedals, Spanky’s Southside, Sticky Fingers, State Farm- Bill Richard, Subway, Tortugas, Two Smart Cookies, Tybee Art Works, Ultimate Martial Arts, and Warren J. Hartman.

For more information please visit http://www.ldssga.org/

About the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society: The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. We encourage people to bring their children. We are an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. http://www.ldssga.org/

TOP TEN TIPS for Choosing a Winning Franchise Business. Lecture is free. RSVP to info@scoresav.org.

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Cathey Petkash to speak at SCORE’s Top Ten Tips Monthly Lecture Series, on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Small Business Resource Center, 111 East Liberty Street. She will be speaking about TOP TEN TIPS for Choosing a Winning Franchise Business. Lecture is free. RSVP to info@scoresav.org.

Business Ownership can be achieved in three ways: 1)Start a new business from Scratch; 2)Buy an existing Business; or 3)Invest in a Franchise – a proven business model.  What is important is to understand the Pros & Cons of each approach.  Whatever approach is of interest to you, here are 3 major tips to consider prior to starting your business:

1. WHY are you considering starting your own business:  tired of layoffs & job insecurity?  Can’t find a “job”?  Independence and more control of your schedule? Financial planning for retirement?  Always “dreamed” of owning your own business? The “why” behind you starting your business is critical!  Be sure the business model you select will obtain your goals – financial, professional and personal.  Write down these goals & objectives prior to beginning your business ownership research process.  Select the business model that is best for obtaining these goals.

2. INVESTMENT:  Do a thorough financial plan – how much money can you comfortably invest in a business – how much money are you willing to “put at risk?”  And be sure you consider your personal financial obligations – children’s school, mortgage/rent, food, current loan obligation, health insurance.  These expenses must be covered outside your business – plan on at least a year before you can pull money from your business for personal expenses.

3. IDEAL BUSINESS MODEL:  Take time to really consider your business model – meaning: number of employees & type of employees (professional or technical); type of customer (other businesses or end consumer); days and hours in week you want your business to be open; type of business (service, retail, educational, professional); where will you “work” (home office; office space; retail location); how are comfortable approaching your customers (cold calling; networking; customers coming to you).  You are probably in a “comfort zone” with how you have “worked” up to this point.  Be sure you can transition from your current “job” style into a new business style that is yours!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Cathey Petkash
Cathey is a Franchise Specialist with FranNet.  FranNet, a team of highly regarded experts in franchise business opportunities, just celebrated their 25th year in assisting individuals who are considering business ownership as a viable career and lifestyle. Cathey presents educational seminars on Franchise Ownership to ensure individuals understand the FACTS of Franchise Ownership, prior to taking the step. Cathey teams with SCORE in assisting their clients who dream of starting their own business, and will address key tips in selecting a Winning Franchise that meets an individual’s goals.

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. Please visit www.scoresav.org for more information.