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January 2016


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Pastry Chef/Chocolatier: Adam Turoni, founder of Chocolat by Adam Turoni, maker of artisan chocolate truffles named Top Ten chocolatier by leading dessert magazine: Dessert Professional.

Savannah, GA (Januray 13, 2016) – Savannah’s only artisan chocolatier, named Top Ten Chocolatier of North America by Dessert Professional Magazine in the January 2016 issue.

Chocolat by Adam Turoni, was founded in Savannah, GA in 2010 by CIA (Culinary Institute of America, New York) graduate, Adam Turoni.  Turoni moved to Savannah, GA in 2009 and started his eponymous Chocolate business in 2010, as a wholesale operation only, in the hip Starland District (Desoto Avenue). In October 2012, he opened his first retail location in the popular business corridor of Broughton St (323 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401) and a second location in August 2015 off the “Forest Gump” square: Chippewa Square (236 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401).
Dessert Professional Magazine, the nation’s leading food service publication for the chocolate, pastry, cake, artisan bread and frozen desserts industries, is proud to announce their 2015 Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America.  Dessert Professional magazine Top Ten Awards are given out annually in a ceremony held in New York, NY.  The Award acknowledges that the fine chocolate industry continues to evolve, and recipients of the award represent the chocolatiers in North America, who are among the finest in the world. The selection of the Top Ten Chocolatiers honors North American-based chocolatiers whose craft is distinctive and has elevated the chocolate industry. 
The list includes chocolate artists with diverse backgrounds. Some are former pastry chefs, while others began as chocolatiers. Some are self-taught, while others have been classically trained. 
The first-ever Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America industry and media event will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City.  The event is presented by Cacao Barry and Kerekes.
This recognized is the culmination of many years of perfecting a craft and continuously pushing to create new flavor combinations with a whimsical approach that stays true to the brand. 
Chocolat by Adam Turoni is a whimsical luxurious place that exists in its own world, where Marie Antoinette meets Alice Wonderland. It beckons our guests to get immersed in the story we are telling with the flavors & look of each truffle. The stores are located in the beautiful southern city of: Savannah, GA.  It is full of hundred year old Oak trees, laden in moss, surrounded by marsh lands, with a euro-southern architecture that draws crowds of people year after year to visit.  It is a city of tours.  Cemetery tours, Square tours, house tours and more.  Known and cherished for its hospitality and eccentricity that makes it unique. 
With this in mind, the interior of our stores (designed by: HRH The Duchess of State, decorator: Alexandra Trujillo de Taylor) are an invitation to tour our House of Chocolat by Adam Turoni.  Our first store (323 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401, opened Oct 2012) is designed as a chocolate dining room.  Guest arrive to find themselves in the midst of an Alice in Wonderland chocolate tea party.  Our banquet french table is laden with our packaged items, inviting you to join the revelry.  The individual truffle chocolates are on display in a floor to ceiling, grand breakfront among bone china and Limoges teapots and a buffet table, awaiting the discovery in its drawers, not of sterling silver flatware, but our gold leafed lion head almond bark medallions & our golden baileys truffles.  We invite our guests to take a silver tray & explore the china cabinet and discover all the chocolate truffles within.  
The second store (236 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401, opened Aug 2015) is designed as a chocolate library.  The chocolate truffles are catalogued in bookcases among encyclopedias, novels & art walls.  Each section is organized in alphabetical order, marked at the beginning of each book shelf row with antique brass plates.   As in the dining room, our guests use custom made index card drawer wooden trays to place their selections as they explore the catalogue of offering around the library. 
Each store has its own kitchen, open to view to our guests, so that they make watch me (and my chocolatier assistants) as we make everything in each store.
Over 20 truffle varieties make up our signature collection in addition to 4/5 seasonal truffles.  They range from the traditional milk & dark peanut butter cups topped with sea salt to our airbrushed habanero caramels, handpiped Red Velvet Cake truffle & our bruleed to order crème brulee truffle.  Our package line consist of over 30 items plus seasonal offerings, including our Honeycomb chocolate bar, our custom made keyhole chocolate bar, our Florentine cookies with candied orange or lemon peels, our bacon butter pecan toffee, hazelnut dragees & chinoiserie jasmine coconut moon pies.
Our signature chocolate, by far, is our Savannah Bee chocolate bar.  A 72% dark chocolate bar filled with a liquid wildflower honey center locally sourced from Savannah Bee Company and finished in a gold luster.  Arguably, our most unique piece, would be The Midnight Cherry Eclipse: 88% maraciabo single origin dark chocolate shell, finished with George Melies 1890’s quintessential moon, printed on a smoked wafer paper, topped with locally grown hand crystalized flowered tarragon, and a luxardo cherry on a 88% dark chocolate melt away center.  
Since starting founding the company, Chocolat by Adam Turoni has been featured on The Paula Deen Show in February 5th, 2011 episode of “Paula’s Best Dishes – Always room for Chocolate”, in the 2nd Season of the Travel Channel’s show: The Booze Traveler (Dec 2015) and winning a food award for the Honey Comb Chocolate Bar in June 2015 by Southern Living Magazine.

For additional information/interviews contact: Alexandra Trujillo de Taylor, VP – Chocolat by Adam Turoni (912-660-4445)

Savannah Rising Stars to be Honored: see list

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Savannah, Georgia

For the sixth year in a row, the two publications have partnered to profile the area’s under-40 leaders who have distinguished themselves by their professional achievements and philanthropic service within Savannah and the Coastal Empire.

“It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing Generation Next for six years.  When we began in 2010, we weren’t sure what the response would be,”  said BiS editor Gale Baldwin.  “As it turns out, it’s been gratifying to see the ongoing quality of the nominees and to look back and see the successes our early winners have had.  We look forward to seeing this year’s honorees follow a similar path.”

This year’s honorees include:

  • Allison Carroll Adams, Kaplan Development Group/Summer Breeze Senior Living
  • Leo G. Beckmann III, Georgia Ports Authority
  • David M. Burkoff, HunterMaclean
  • J. Patrick Connell, Ellis, Painter, Ratterree and Adams
  • Luke Dorman, DPR Construction
  • Clinton Edminster, Art Rise Savannah Inc. and Starlandia Creative Supply LLC
  • Kara Ford, Abshire Public Relations
  • Jennifer Jenkins, Foxy Loxy
  • Lori Judge, Judge Realty
  • DaShauna L. Kimble, Park Place Outreach Inc.
  • Harris G. Martin, Bouhan Falligant LLP
  • Robert L. McCorkle III, McCorkle & Johnson LLP
  • PoTeea Morris-Hunter, Healthy Savannah
  • Heather Murphy, Heather Murphy Real Estate Group, Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
  • Jessica G. Pedigo, Seacrest Partners
  • Nicholas Edward Puhala, USI Insurance Services
  • Ryan Smith, P.E., Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.
  • Melinda B. Spisso, Spisso CPA
  • Ashley Stokes, Flirt with Dessert
  • Dr. Kelley Waldron, St. Andrew’s School

Winners of the 2016 “Generation NEXT: Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business” will be featured in the January/February 2016 issue of Savannahmagazine and in the Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, issue of BiS.

The 20 dreamers and doers who comprise Generation NEXT will be honored at an event hosted at The Florence at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 1W. Victory Drive.  Parking will be available in the bottom of the 1 W. Victory parking deck behind the restaurant, along Barnard, Bull and 44th streets and at Guerry Lumber Co. customer parking at 123 W. 44th and Barnard streets.

Tickets are $20. Admission includes light appetizers and two drink tickets. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased at

Judge Realty is the presenting sponsor.  Bronze sponsors include Heather Murphy Real Estate Group and Ellis, Painter, Tatterree & Adams LLP.

Business in Savannah (BiS) and Savannah Magazine are both publications of the Savannah Morning News. The monthly BiS has been published since July 2009 and just recently launched an enhanced website with responsive design at

The bimonthly Savannah Magazine ( has been published for 26 years and is Savannah’s premier city magazine dedicated to covering Savannah’s unique cultural identity, including fashion, food, home and events.

The Savannah Morning News is owned by Morris Publishing Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morris Communications Company, LLC.   The Savannah Morning News publishes six weekly newspapers, numerous monthly publications for the Savannah area, and digitally publishes at


10 Things to Consider With Down Syndrome By Candy Bogardus

By | Local NewsWIRE, Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

What do you see when you walk by someone on the street with Down syndrome? Do you notice their distinctive stride or smile? Do the differences in their appearance stick out in your mind or catch your attention?

Having a child with Down syndrome qualifies me as an expert in most people’s minds, and I get asked quite often, “How should I treat your daughter?” or “What is the appropriate way to act towards people with Down syndrome?” The most obvious but completely right answer to those questions is, “The same way you treat everybody else.”

Down syndrome is a genetic condition resulting from an extra copy of the twenty-first chromosome. It is actually the most common genetic condition, occurring in one out of every 691 babies in the United States annually. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.

There are many misconceptions floating around about Down syndrome, people with Down syndrome and their families. Here are my top ten facts about Down syndrome that most people don’t know:

1. Down syndrome doesn’t define a person.

Down syndrome is simply one small part of who someone is. Having Down syndrome doesn’t prevent anyone from going after their dreams. As people aren’t judged for the color of their skin, we shouldn’t judge people by their different abilities.

2. People with Down syndrome have successful careers.

There is nothing holding those with Down syndrome back from succeeding. Researchers have found that those with Down syndrome have a high adaptive skill. This allows them to succeed in their day-to-day living and work skills. Each and every person has potential, especially those with Down syndrome. After all, they are born with a little extra.

3. Having Down syndrome does not make you less special.

With a little bit of patience, you will discover that those with Down syndrome have different personalities, interests, and hobbies. Dispositions range from loud to quiet, bubbly to serious, and outgoing to shy. Never assume an adult or child with Down syndrome is always cheerful, but get to know their true identity and temperament.

4. It’s ok to ask for someone to slow down or repeat themselves.

Low muscle tone is common among those with Down syndrome, and can affect their speech patterns, making them difficult to understand. Learning to communicate with someone who speaks differently can be a difficult task; asking for clarification shows that you are trying to learn. Just remember to be extra-attentive.

5. Being born with Down syndrome does not make you a failure.

With proper education, a loving support system, and dedicated teachers, those with Down syndrome do lead happy lives. Across the country, there are dozens of cases where adults have graduated from college and owned and operated businesses. Some have become distinguished artists, and some have even led successful social movements.

In a survey of 284 people with Down syndrome, 99 percent say that they were happy with their lives. If that is not success, I’m not sure what is.

6. People with Down syndrome simply need a little more time.

They don’t need you to do everything. In most cases, they’re able to do the same things you can, just at their own pace. They want to be able to do things by themselves, and if they do need help, they’ll ask.

7. They’re able to live alone.

Some adults do prefer to stay at home with family, but others enjoy the freedom of living alone. It’s an individual decision that varies from person to person. There’s no reason to assume that those with Down syndrome will need assistance forever; they just need a little more at the beginning.

8. Down syndrome is not contagious in ANY way.

Down syndrome, the genetic addition of an extra chromosome, can manifest itself in many different ways depending on the person; however, this is something the person is born with and is not passed on to others.

9. Having a child born with Down syndrome is a GIFT and a BLESSING, not a tragedy.

We all have our own take on life that’s created by the challenges we overcome. Those with Down syndrome have their own perspective, which often times, is unique and beautiful. This perspective has a quantifiable aspect as well.

Researchers from the Kennedy Research Center found that the divorce rate in families with a child with Down syndrome was 10.8 percent lower than in those without a differently-abled child. In another study, 88 percent of siblings reported feeling that they themselves were better people for having a younger sibling with Down syndrome. It is honestly a blessing to have a person with Down syndrome in your life.

10. Watch how your reference…
It is “Down syndrome” – not “Downs Syndrome.” If you must refer to a condition, use neutral language. Avoid using the following terms: “disability,” “afflicted with,” “stricken with,” “suffers from,” “victim of,” “defect,” “defective,” “special,” or “special needs.”

Appropriate words to use: “intellectually and developmentally challenged,” “cognitively challenged,” or “differently-abled.” Don’t make conditions sound like a disease and never refer to a condition as an illness. Also, it is important to remember to refer to the child or adult as ” a child or adult with Down syndrome”. After all, they are people first.

Each and every person with Down syndrome is unique… Just like every other person in your community. They may just need the opportunity to show you who they really are. A few extra seconds can create a beautiful and lasting friendship.

So the next time you see someone with Down syndrome, take your time and get to know them, allow them into your life just as you would anyone else. I promise you won’t regret it, and you will be a better person because of them.

Candy Bogardus is a founder of Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Bogardus can be reached at or 912-663-8573

Candy Bogardus

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Don’t Get Hacked: Five Ways Small Business Owners Can Safeguard Their Data

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In today’s age of digital information nothing is more important than keeping you data secure. However, we see stories in the news about large corporations and governments having information stolen all the time.

But, those large corporations aren’t the only ones at risk. The fact is that more than 70 percent of security breaches are targeted at small businesses. In fact, if you are a small business owner, there is a 50-50 chance your company will be the victim of a cyber attack.
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 business. But there are several things you can do to safeguard your online data.

What to Look For
In many cases, especially with today’s sophisticated hacking schemes, there aren’t as many telltale signs of being hacked as you might imagine. However, you should always be alert for:
• Slow or lagging computer response time;
• Pop-up windows that you can’t close;
• Your contacts report questionable or strange emails from your account that you did not send;
• Strange programs or websites asking for your credentials.

If you do discover malware or a virus in your system, you’ll first want to see if any data was compromised. Recovering that information is usually impossible, but your priority is to piece together what happened, how bad it was and which customers might have been impacted.

Preventing Breaches

Many businesses only discover the weaknesses in their online security protocols after they suffer a data breach. It’s often only after getting the situation under control that steps are taken to tighten security to prevent another incident from happening. But experiencing a breach should not be a prerequisite to taking the basic steps to prevent one.

To best minimize the risk of an attack, you should do the following simple things:

1. Back Up your data daily –While you should back up data to an external drive, it’s important to back up regularly, and to secure backups in a different location from your computer. The most reliable way to safeguard files is to back up to a cloud server with multiple security and failure-protection protocols.

2. Have a good Firewall – A firewall is designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both. Establishing a good, true firewall is your first defense against data breaches. Software firewalls are typically built in to home computers and turned on by default. If you have more than one computer connected in a small office network, you should have a hardware firewall to protect your network. A quality professional Firewall can also help prevent the spread of viruses if one of the networked computers becomes infected.

3. Install Antivirus Software on all computers – Antivirus software / Anti-malware software, is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software. Don’t cut corners with your antivirus program. Although most products offered by the major providers may be sufficient, our top brand recommendations are Trend Micro™, Malwarebytes, and Kaspersky™.

4. Use an Anti-Spam system – Spam is most often defined as electronic junk mail or junk newsgroup postings. More than just annoying, spam can also eat up network bandwidth and may carry attachments with viruses or spyware. It’s important to install a third-party type of anti-spam software to examine incoming email and effectively separate spam from legitimate messages. The filtering software built into computers typically does not do a good job of identifying and detecting all spam or offensive emails and preventing those messages from reaching your inbox.

5. Multiple Backups – Again, the single most important thing is to make sure you regularly back up your computers and servers, but go a step farther and ensure you have multiple backups or multiple versions of the backup. Any mistake can be undone and all work can be restored if you have a reliable, tested, secure and redundant backup system in place.

There are many popular online backup services for individual computers. While I agree they are simple to use and good for keeping a copy of your information off site, they are slow during the restoration process if you lose your entire computer, and these should not be used with servers. One of my favorite brands for computers and servers to backup with an external drive is StorageCraft®.

Response Planning

Like any emergency plan, you should outline your response to a cyber-attack in advance so you can be prepared to act immediately if your computer system is hacked.

The first step in an emergency plan should be to immediately physically disconnect affected computers from the network and the Internet. Then, copy and securely store access and activity logs from the machines. If possible, attempt to identify the type, nature and categories of compromised information.

Once you’ve assessed the initial damage and potential cause, you must have a plan in place to break the news to your business partners, vendors, customers or any other affected stakeholders. Notifying stakeholders quickly will demonstrate the organization’s transparency in dealing with the situation and allow you to get ahead of any reports from outside sources, such as the media.

Above all, understand that your business needs to stay vigilant and informed from the risks a cyber-attack could have on your company, your reputation and your future.

Keith Fletcher is the Chief Operations Officer at Speros and has been a C level executive with multinational corporations for the past 30 years. Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Fletcher can be contacted at 912.665.2429 or



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(SAVANNAH, GA) Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton are pleased to announce the opening of the Dewitt Tilton Group in Savannah, Ga. The commercial construction firm, located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, Ga 31404, manages every aspect of a project, from pre-construction to the final walk through. For more information, visit CTPR:


(SAVANNAH, GA) On Thursday, January 14 at 9 a.m. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire will host a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting celebrating the of its retail store at McAlpin Square, 1900 East Victory Drive in Savannah. Goodwill host daily raffles, special donor discounts and shopper giveaways through Saturday, January


(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket Stations invites area nonprofit organizations to participate in  the 2016 Encourage Health Series through a facebook contest, for a chance to win a $1000 grant.For more information about the contest and how to enter, please visit:


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island announces “A Night at the Copa!” featuring the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Band will held on Thursday, January 21 at the Plantation Ballroom, The Landings. Festivities start at 6 p.m. Caribbean night club attire suggested. Tickets are $125 per person. For reservations, call 335-8083 or 659-9358. Visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) WORKSHOP: Empowering You to Communicate Effectively


(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to announce the election of its 2016 Board of Directors. 
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region.

MAY 4, 2016

SAVANNAH, GA) HOLD THE DATE for THE 2016 STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CHATHAM COUNTY on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to the Small Business Community in Savannah. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive. For more information call SCORE at (912) 652-4335


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) District announces that entrepreneur and technology expert Howard Morrison will speak on Thursday, January 21 at Woodville-Tomkins High School, in the Passport to Excellence Lecture Series. His company just made Oprah’s List! The free lecture series features presentations from accomplished individuals who previously attended or graduated from SCCPSS, sharing their unique career journeys and the insights they have learned about success and how to achieve it. For more information and to RSVP, visit 


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Book Festival announces 2016 Authors. Event is Feb 11-14


(SAVANNAH, GA) The next Sandfly Women Business Owners’ Coalition Meeting will on Thursday, January 14. The group plans on meeting at the Savannah Power Yoga studio at 7 a.m. and then walking over to the Second Harvest Bread Company for business discussions after the yoga session. Please RSVP to Cynthia Wright at


(ISLE OF HOPE, GA) Attention Sandfly Business owners, The Isle of Hope K8 School would like you to participate in a Parent Resource Center Open House on January 12, 2016 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Media Center. The school would like to promote the Sandfly businesses and build partnerships with them. For more info contact Amber Crump the Parent Involvement Facilitator, Isle of Hope K8 School at 912-395-6554 or


(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket is pleased to announce the fuel and convenience store chain donated $10,000 to four area nonprofit organizations: COPE, Forsyth Farmer’s Market, Effingham County Navigator Team and Georgia Bikes!, in its 2015 Encourage Health Educational Series. The company, in conjunction with Healthy Savannah and other sponsors, matched proceeds from a series of four lectures along with money raised from four Enmark Dollar Days events to fund the grants. For more information visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) Chuck-A-Puck is a new tradition during the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic. The object of the game is to throw a puck onto the ice from the stands and try to get your puck as close to the on-ice targets as possible. Contestants will have an opportunity to participate between the 2nd and 3rd periods of the 8:30 p.m. game on Friday, January 15 and the 8:30 p.m. game on Saturday, January 16. Volunteers are needed to help sell pucks during the games. Proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association’s Kiss-A-Pig campaign. For more information or to volunteer, contact the KAP campaign chair, Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group at For more information, visit


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(ENMARKET) Tired of running on the treadmill? Get outside and run some trails. Check out the hashtag #trailrunning for motivation, and to find trails in your area. For more tips on how to lead a healthy life, visit

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(SAVANNAH, GA) How common is Down syndrome? Down syndrome occurs in about 1 in 830 newborns. An estimated 250,000 people in the United States have this condition. For more information, visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Ira Byock, America’s leading palliative care physician, author and advocate for improving care through the end of life, will be in Savannah giving a talk Friday, Jan 22 at noon, called “Saying the Four Things that Matter Most” – RSVP:


(SAVANNAH, GA) On Thursday, January 21 SCORE will be presenting a free webinar from 1:00pm to 2:00pm for small businesses. The subject of this webinar is “Hug Your Haters: How to Retain Customers by Embracing Complaints. ” To register and to learn more, visit:


(SAVANNAH,GA) The Bowen Law Group announces the release of a brand new eBook, entitled “The Little Book of Trademark Law for Startups and Small Businesses.”  For more information, visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) The next Small Business Council SMART Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, January 12 beginning with networking at 11:30am in the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Pkwy., Savannah, GA. The subject this month will be “Business, Development, and Tourism Trends in the City of Savannah” presented by Julie McLean and Bridget Lidy. RSVP to Stephanie Boaen at 912-644-6458 or


(SAVANNAH, GA) Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc. will be hosting an Accessible Affordable Healthcare workshop on January 14th, from 1-3pm, at their office located at 5105 Paulsen Street, Suite 143-B.  An Affordable Health Care Navigator will be speaking on how to choose between the various health care plans available for people with low incomes.  For more information, please call Shawana Bulloch at 912-395-5538 or visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) In conjunction with the grand opening of the Savannah area’s newest McDonald’s on Montgomery Cross Rd., the restaurant is hosting a “Finding Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt in 30 locations. For more information, visit


(LINKEDIN) Preparing for a board meeting is not as simple as one may think. A good board chair will consider aspects such as reaching out to directors to hear their opinions and evaluating their own leadership. To read more about preparing for a board meeting, visit:


(SAVANNAH, GA) If you are from the Maryland area, please join us for an after-hours mixer on Friday, March 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The new group will be meeting at Castaways Bar and Grille, located at 7360 Skidaway Rd. in Sandfly, GA. RSVP with Marjorie Young at or 912-844-9990.


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Book Festival announces 2016 Authors. Event is Feb 11-14


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Friends of Music (SFOM), is kicking off a harmonious 2016 with two Fundraising Parties a La Carte to support the American Traditions Competition and the Savannah VOICE Festival.  The American Traditions Competition invites guests to enjoy “An Evening of Song Celebrating the ATC and American Music” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at Daniel Cohen’s Isle of Hope home which consists of a cocktail reception and an impressive collection of vocal music performed by ATC artists including Gold Medal Winner of 2014 – Mikki Sodergren – accompanied by Justin Addington. The evening’s festivities will be limited to 30 guests, so anyone interested is encouraged to reserve a space soon. Tickets are $85 each, and cocktail attire is suggested. For more information please contact Lynne Davies at 912- 355-4252 or email davi3625@bellsouth


(SAVANNAH, GA) The next Sandfly Women Business Owners’ Coalition Meeting will on Thursday, January 14. The group plans on meeting at the Savannah Power Yoga studio at 7 a.m. and then walking over to the Second Harvest Bread Company for business discussions after the yoga session. Please RSVP to Cynthia Wright at


(ISLE OF HOPE, GA) Attention Sandfly Business owners, The Isle of Hope K8 School would like you to participate in a Parent Resource Center Open House on January 12, 2016 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Media Center. The school would like to promote the Sandfly businesses and build partnerships with them. For more info contact Amber Crump the Parent Involvement Facilitator, Isle of Hope K8 School at 912-395-6554 or


(SAVANNAH, GA) Bryan County Bark Park’s 4th Annual Fundraiser welcomes Departure, a Journey tribute bank from Atlanta, performing their collection of classic 80s rock tunes live in Richmond Hill at The Richmond Hill City Center, Saturday, February 20th from 6:3011pm.  Tickets are available online and at the door ($60 per person) to include the Departure show, 2 drink tickets and dinner.  There will also be silent and live auctions.  Sponsorship packages are also available.  For more information and inquiries email or call 912.268.ODOG (0364


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros is looking to expand their team. If you, or someone you know, is experienced in installing and maintaining digital and IP telephone systems (primarily Toshiba systems), submit your resume today. To apply go to


(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces BB8, a male, black Staffordshire terrier who needs a forever home. BB8 was rescued on December 29 and is approximately 9 months old. He is good with dogs and children and is up to date on all shots. To view BB8 and other pets available for adoption, visit:

Kiwanis Club Holds “A Night at the Copa” Fundraiser Featuring The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway announces plans for A Night At The Copa on Thursday, January 21 in the Plantation Ballroom, The Landings Club. Tickets are $125 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and a seat for The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

“We are fortunate to have this amazing group of entertainers perform at our fundraising event,” said Joyce Glenn, Kiwanis Club President. “They were recently televised nationwide for a PBS special and now you can see the orchestra for one night only up close and personal.”

Tables at the caribbean-themed fundraiser seat 8 people. Black tie is not required; Caribbean outfits are encouraged. During the event, the Kiwanis Club will be raffling off tickets for a chance to win prizes including eight days and seven nights at: Tahoe Seasons Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA; Wyndham Resorts Princeville Kauai in Kauai, Hawaii; Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, AZ; and Mayan Palace Acapulco in Acapulco, Mexico.

All proceeds raised directly support at-risk youth in the Savannah area. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

About The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway
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. Volunteers serve in a wide variety of agencies and non-profits throughout the county, working with children in schools, sports, churches, and many other programs. Throughout the year, Kiwanis of Skidaway holds several fund raising events and projects, the proceeds of which are donated to local agencies working primarily with disadvantaged youth.

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Goodwill to Celebrate Grand Opening with Special Events at McAlpin Square

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Goodwill to Celebrate Grand Opening with Special Events at McAlpin Square 
Thursday, January 14 at 9 a.m.

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Thursday, January 14 at 9 a.m. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire will host a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting celebrating the of its retail store at McAlpin Square, 1900 East Victory Drive in Savannah. Goodwill host daily raffles, special donor discounts and shopper giveaways through Saturday, January 16 with a special Goodwill gift for first 50 purchasers daily.

Shoppers will be pleased with the newest shopping experience in Savannah. The new location provides more than twice the retail space and merchandise. “Our upgrade and expansion will provide Goodwill shoppers and donors with an enhanced shopping experience. The new McAlpin Square Goodwill Retail store has a new look and new location, but same bargain prices and more fabulous finds,” says Vice President of Donated Goods, Stewart Bohmer.

The new location includes a convenient drive-up donation center adjacent to the side parking lot. Donors will receive a Goodwill discount coupon when they donate through Saturday.
McAlpin Square is located on the north side of East Victory Drive; just east off of Truman Parkway.

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc.
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc., is a highly diversified 501© (3) social enterprise that funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. operates 16 stores and five Career Centers in 33 Georgia and South Carolina counties. Goodwill funds its mission and creates jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services including custodial, grounds keeping, staffing services, packaging and assembly and fabrication. In 2014, Goodwill provided job training and career development services to 5,000 people and placed 600 into competitive employment. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit Find us on Facebook at Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter at @SavGoodwill.

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Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Participate in enmarket Health Series Contest

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket Stations invites area nonprofit organizations to participate in the 2016 Encourage Health Series through a facebook contest, for a chance to win a $1000 grant.

Any Savannah area registered 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education is encouraged to enter.

Simply “like” the enmarket page ( and post a comment explaining why your organization should be chosen as a grant recipient. The total number of “likes” on individual posts are considered by the advisory board for the final selection.

Four nonprofit organizations are then selected to receive a grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors. In addition, each nonprofit will be awarded an enmarket Dollar Day, receiving $1 for every car wash, donations from enmarket customers at the registers and charity table, as a chance to raise additional monies for their cause.

Nonprofit organizations should post during the entire month of January on The deadline is Monday, February 1, 2016 at midnight.

Once chosen, each of the four nonprofit organizations will be eligible to receive an additional $1000 grand prize at the end of the series. The groups will receive their own QR code to be scanned with purchases at any of the 61 enmarket stores. The nonprofit organization with the greatest total scans receives an check at the final Encourage Health presentation.

2015 marked the second year for the enmarket Stations Encourage Health Education Series in partnership with Healthy Savannah, the Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, WJCL and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9. The series featured four lunchtime presentations from the area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. The speakers for the 2016 Encourage Health Education Series are set to be announced this coming February.

For more information and to participate, visit

Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Forbes lists enmarket’s parent company, Colonial Group as number 164 on America’s Largest Family Owned Companies. The Savannah Chamber of Commerce honored enmarket with the Gulfstream Community Involvement Award, recognizing the company’s dedication to helping and supporting the community as a whole.

Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Most stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, and all stores offer high quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions, and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 or visit Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

Matt Clements
Director of Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.

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Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces 2016 Board of Directors

By | Local NewsWIRE

Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces 2016 Board of Directors

(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to announce the election of its 2016 Board of Directors. Ruel Joyner will serve as president, Leigh Acevedo as vice president, Sherrie Struble as treasurer and Royce Proctor as secretary.

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. The LSEGA executive board, representative of all of the program’s participants, live or work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties.

  • Ruel Joyner is a Savannah native who studied business at Georgia Southern University and later founded 24e Furniture, now 24e Design Co., at the same Broughton Street address where his parents once owned a business. His clients include INC.500 conferences, President Bush, President Clinton, MSNBC and American Express. While his reach in the furniture and design industry extends internationally, he also champions local artists and artisans showcasing and marketing their work in 24e. As a long time champion of the Historic Downtown District, Joyner currently serves as a president of the Downtown Business Association and as a Board member of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Visit Savannah, and Tourism Leadership Council. He is active in the Downtown Rotary and is a past recipient of ARTS Awards, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Helen V. Head Award Small Business Advocate, Buy Local Advocate of the Year 2013 and 2006 Small Business of the Year. He is an enthusiastic supporter of Heads Up Guidance Services, Inc. (HUGS), the Savannah Children’s Choir, 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, the Moses Jackson Community Center, Girls on the Run and MedBank Foundation. He is also a Grey’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Trustee. He and wife Delaine have two children, Rider and Livia, plus JoJo the dog and Mocha the cat. Joyner enjoys SCUBA, yoga and travel.
  • Leigh Acevedo is the director of the Business Retention & Expansion department of the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). With a focus on the manufacturing and logistics industries, she works to connect companies with resources, identify and facilitate opportunities for growth, and address any challenges they may face. Prior to joining the staff at SEDA, Acevedo worked in a similar capacity for The Creative Coast, with a focus on creative and technical companies. Acevedo holds a Master of Public Administration from Georgia Southern and has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Oglethorpe University. She serves as president of the board for the Coastal Center for Developmental Service’s workforce division, Quantum, Inc.; is a member of the Coastal Workforce Investment Board, and serves as Programs Chair for Metropolitan Savannah Rotary. A native of Dalton, Ga., Acevedo has lived in Savannah since 2001. She is married to Alex and they have three dogs and a cat.
  • Sherrie Struble has served as vice president with the Heritage Bank in Hinesville, Ga., since 2014, having been with the company since 1995. The LeGrand, Iowa native attended Marshalltown Community College and Kansas State University. She has been active with the YMCA of Coastal GA and the Liberty County Citizens Judicial Panel Review. Her and her husband Jeff have a daughter, Jordan, and twin sons, Jacob and Seth. She enjoys spending time with her family, the beach, sports and cheering on her sons’ travel baseball team.
  • Royce Proctor is a Marketing/Member Services representative with Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Cooperative in Nahunta, Ga. The Woodbine, Ga. resident is a graduate of Camden County High School and has been a member of the Woodbine Lions Club for more than 25 years. He has served as chairman of the Woodbine Citizens Steering Committee since 2011 and on the boards of the Charlton County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Nassau County Chamber of Commerce since 2012. He is married to Denese and has two daughters, Elizabeth and Samantha; and a son, John Royce.

Also serving on the 2016 Board of Directors are: Tan Adams, Lee Beckmann, David Boland, Jared Downs, Steve Liotta, Frank Fortune, Bill Gross, John Henry, Freddy Howell and Jon Seagraves.

Each year, alumni of the Leadership Southeast Georgia program, along with community business leaders in the coastal region, nominate new program participants. There are 28 participants in the LSEGA class of 2016, who will each spend one weekend a month in surrounding counties learning about topics that effect the region such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation.

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501c(3) regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. All of the participants live or work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. For more info visit:

Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR



By | Local NewsWIRE, Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

Join us for the 7th Annual Student Success Expo and STEM Festival on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Savannah Mall from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. In addition to college and career information, attendees will enjoy interactive displays and learn about all public school options across the district while gaining valuable information related to program pathways. Students and parents will find a wide range of educational pathways that are sure to inspire the thirst for knowledge and higher learning.

Students will have an opportunity to apply and speak to college representatives from Harvard, Georgia Southern, University of Georgia, Savannah State University, Armstrong State University, Savannah Technical College, Morehouse, Spelman, St. Leo and other major colleges and university. The Student Success Expo and STEM Festival is an event that has continued to grow – drawing thousands of participants each year to learn about the seamless transition from elementary, middle, and high school to post-secondary education.

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Specialty Program Application process will also kick-off at the Expo. Parents will be able to apply on-site for the specialty school of their choice (SY 16-17).

The event will also include student competitions, interactive booth displays, a robotics competition, and prize giveaways. Admission and parking is free and open to the public.

Sheila Blanco
Public Information Manager
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
208 Bull Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Office: 912-395-5538
Mobile: 912-704-6080