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February 2016

2016 Encourage Health Education Series Speakers Named by Enmarket and Healthy Savannah

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket and Healthy Savannah are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2016 Encourage Health Education Series. This marks the third year for the speaker series, highlighting experts in the field of health, wellness, exercise and nutrition.

The series will feature four presentations throughout the year, from the area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living.

Tuesday, April 19
Kevin Klinkenberg presents, “Going Old School: Walk Your Way to Better Health.” His presentation shares tips for building a lifestyle around walking and the positive results this form of exercise brings to your physical and mental health. Klinkenberg is the Executive Director of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority and is also a published author, Why I Walk: Taking a Step in the Right Direction.

Tuesday, June 21
Dr. Ellen Blossman presents, “Eat Well and Boost Your Energy with Phytochemicals.” This presentation, designed to promote better overall health, highlights the role of phytochemicals in the food we eat. These natural compounds are plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties. Blossman is Co-Founder of Blue Heron Holistic Healing in Savannah.

Tuesday, August 30
Denise Grabowski presents, “10 Ways Buildings Affect Your Mission to Healthy Life.” This session introduces the idea of the WELL Building Standard, which is grounded in medical research and based around seven main factors: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Grabowski is President and CEO of Symbioscity in Savannah.

Tuesday, October 25
Bauer Coslick, L.Ac. presents, “10 Ways to Reduce Inflammation in the Body to Improve Longevity Through Acupuncture Practices.” This presentation explores the issues with chronic inflammation, the role it plays in disease and ways to address it with acupuncture, herbs and nutrition. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment for injuries, orthopedic conditions, and acute and chronic pain. Coslick is the owner of Vitality Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.

The 2016 Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series takes place at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium located at 1375 Chatham Parkway. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.

The series is sponsored by: enmarket, Healthy Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

ABOUT ENMARKET
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. 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 www.enmarkenjoy.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
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Denise Grabowski

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Ellen Blossman

Ellen Blossman

Kevin Klinkenberg

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Gretchen Greene School of Dance to Open New Studio on Whitemarsh Island

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

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Gretchen Greene School of Dance (GGSOD, LLC/ TNT Dance) will be moving into a brand new building soon. The locally owned Wilmington Island business has announced they have engaged the Dewitt Tilton Group to begin construction on a new 5000 sq. ft. studio on nearby Whitemarsh Island. The new studio will be larger and more accessible to accommodate the different levels and needs of the students.

“We had been continually expanding over the past few years but had simply run out of space,” said Trina Dodd, co-owner of the Gretchen Greene School of Dance. “We currently have three dance rooms and the new facility will have four larger rooms to accommodate more students.”

The dance school was established in 1969 and is one of the longest running businesses on Wilmington Island. It is currently located at 51 Johnny Mercer Blvd. The new location is at 1007 Bryan Woods Loop on Whitemarsh Island, near the intersection of Islands Expressway and Bryan Woods Road.

“We were honored to work on this project because we know it will positively touch so many lives in our community,” remarked Kim Thomas, director of operations at Dewitt Tilton Group. “What will make the new dance studio stand out is not only the flow and function of the building but the curb appeal. The design features a fully covered, two-lane wide, drop off/pick up station for the dance students.”

“The team at Dewitt Tilton Group has been great with solving problems during the design build,” added Dodd. ”They cut through red tape and helped us with real estate and closing issues, enabling the process to go smoothly and efficiently.”

The construction of the new studio is scheduled to be completed this summer.

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MORE INFORMATION ON GRETCHEN GREENE SCHOOL OF DANCE
When Gretchen Greene (now Gretchen Dodd) completed her run as one of the famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes® in New York City, she returned to her hometown of Savannah and promptly opened her first studio. The doors have been open ever since. She is now joined by her two grown children, Trina and Travis, who are proud to help Gretchen achieve her dream of sharing the joy of dance with students, their families and the community. For more information or to contact the Gretchen Greene School of Dance, call 912.897.4235 or visit www.ggsod.com

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities that guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CONTACT
Trina Dodd
Gretchen Greene School of Dance
912-897-4235
trina@ggsod.com
www.ggsod.com

Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912.844.9990
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Horizons Savannah Announces 2nd Annual Hoops for Horizons Set for March 5

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons of Savannah announces plans for the 2nd Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons Basketball Championship Tournament to be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 at Savannah Country Day School (SCDS). All proceeds from the event benefit Horizons, a summer program designed to help students from low-income families in the Savannah area achieve academic success.

The 3-on-3 event is open to boys and girls grades 5 through adult. Teams are guaranteed three refereed games, playing in age and affinity divisions.

“This tournament is named for beloved Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Executive Director. “It is an opportunity to bring together players of all ages and abilities, local Savannah basketball legends and Horizons supporters to celebrate Louise’s life long love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.”

In addition to the 3-on-3 games, the event features two local basketball legends. Dale Parker, former SCDS basketball coach, and Larry “Gator” Rivers, former Harlem Globetrotter, will both be on hand to lead tournament clinics and interact with the crowd.

New this year is a Free Throw Contest sponsored by Critz Auto Group. The qualifying event for all ages is set for February 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Critz BMW, 7009 Abercorn Street. Winners advance to the final contest at the tournament on March 5 and play for prizes.

Adult tickets for the free throw contest are $5; youth are free. Team ticket pricing for the tournament itself are as follows: $50 for a youth team, $75 for ages 18-29 and $100 for 30+.

Horizons is currently seeking area businesses to consider sponsorship opportunities for the fundraiser. There are sponsor levels ranging from title sponsor at $3,500 to supporting a youth team at $50. Sponsors receive a variety of marketing benefits prior to and during the event which are based on their level of support.

For more information on sponsorsing the fund raiser, contact Horizons at 912.961.8854. To register a team for participation, visit horizonssavannah.org.

ABOUT HORIZONS
The mission of Horizons is to provide students from low-income families in the Savannah area an academic, cultural, and recreational program designed to help close the achievement gap by preventing summer learning loss and encouraging academic growth. The program is hosted by three independent schools, Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School. Students, ages 5-15, participate in rigorous academic study, recreational activities and swimming lessons for 6 weeks out of the summer and gain an average of 2-3 months skills. Horizons is currently accepting applications for the 2016 summer program. Applications are due March 1, 2016.

For more information, contact:
Christy Edwards
912.961.8854
cedwards@savcds.org

Media inquiries, contact:
Cecilia Russo
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

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Savannah Jaycees Welcome New Members and Officers to Board of Directors

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Savannah Jaycees Welcome New Members and Officers to Board of Directors

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Jaycees is pleased to announce their 2016 Board of Directors and Executive Officers.

Cheryl Lawrence is the incoming President for the non-profit organization and serves in this capacity until 2017. Lawrence is currently a third year law student at Savannah Law School where she is also Associate Editor of the school’s Law Review and a member of the Mock Trial Competition Team. She also works as an intern at The Bowen Law Group.

Other members of the executive board include Randi Hempel as Immediate Past President, Ken Adams as Vice President, Cynthia Wright as Vice President of Communications, Lauren Mathews as Vice President of Community Development, Patrick Spivey as Vice President of Membership, Ammie Dover as Director, Antwan Lang as Parliamentarian, Shannon Dempsey as Treasurer and Morgan Pence as Assistant Treasurer.

“I am honored to be a part of an organization promoting leadership and professional development for young adults in our community,” said Lawrence. “We can and are making a difference in Savannah by working with several nonprofit service partners, and having a blast doing it.”

Savannah Jaycees recently presented $200 and a box full of toys to the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots. Earlier in the year, the group of young professionals donated $11,000 between Heads Up Guidance Services Inc. (HUGS) and the Compassionate Friends of Savannah.

Comprised of local young adults age 21 to 40, Savannah Jaycees’ mission is to “inspire leadership growth through community involvement.” Since receiving its Charter in 1942, the organization strives to uphold the national and international vision to be the leading global network of active young citizens. For more information, visit savannahjaycees.com.

CAPTION: Savannah Jaycees 2016 Executive Board, L to R/ Patrick Spivey, Cynthia Wright, Lauren Mathews, Ken Adams, Cheryl Lawrence, Shannon Dempsey, Morgan Pence, Antwan Lang. Missing from Photo: Randi Hampel and Ammie Dover.

CAPTION: Savannah Jaycees 2016 Executive Board, L to R/ Patrick Spivey, Cynthia Wright, Lauren Mathews, Ken Adams, Cheryl Lawrence, Shannon Dempsey, Morgan Pence, Antwan Lang. Missing from Photo: Randi Hampel and Ammie Dover.

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
VP of Communications
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, February 8, 2016

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SAVANNAH EVENT NETWORK
(SAVANNAH, GA) Tammy Moseley Ray announces the launch of the Savannah Event Network, a comprehensive resource for event organizers and vendors. Businesses affiliated with events are invited to join the Network to take advantage of networking opportunities and to access information that includes a planning calendar, a vendor directory, a request for proposal system and more. For additional information, visit www.SavannahEventNetwork.com.
MENTOR
(SCORE) Looking for a bigger spot in your market? SCORE can help with that. Join knowledgeable mentors on Tuesday, February 9, 1 to 2 p.m. for “Top 5 Ways SCORE Can Help You Launch & Grow Your Business.” For more information, visit http://ow.ly/XPoCH
SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

(SAVANNAH, GA) STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS announces 2016 speakers and topics. For complete list, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/score-and-wells-fargo-to-sponsor-the-state-of-small-business-conference-on-may-4-2016/

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire has launched the Goodwill Ambassador program. Each month, the program will recognize a different local business that is employing people with disabilities or barriers and encouraging individual development through the power of work.The first Goodwill Ambassador award was presented to Terry Nickell, owner of Western Sizzlin’ restaurant in Jesup. Nickell has hired eight individuals through his partnership with Goodwill of the Coastal Empire over the past year. For more information, please visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/goodwill-ambassador-program-award-presented-to-owner-of-western-sizzlin/
AUTISM

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Feb 11-12 The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) will host the 2016 Autism Conference in Savannah that will feature keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin. Her lecture free and open to the general public. For more information visit www.matthewreardon.org

GARDEN CLUB

(SAVANNAH, GA) Trustees’ Garden Club invites the public to GLORIOSA “Trustees’ Garden,” on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., The Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, 10 East Broad Street, Savannah, Georgia. Tickets may be purchased at www.trusteesgardenclub.com

$1000 GRANT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Center for Developmental Services (CCDS) is happy to receive a $1000 grant from the Walmart Community Grant Program for a collaborative art project with the Savannah-Chatham Public School System and Effingham County Schools. The grant will be used to purchase supplies and materials for the World’s Seven Wonders Art Contest, a new project that will involve middle school students from several schools in the two counties. Please contact Lee Ann Powell at (912) 644-7500 or lpowell@ccds-sav.org for more information.

KOLE MANAGEMENT

(MACON, GA / SAVANNAH, GA) Kole Management Co. (KMC), a Savannah-based apartment management & investment firm, recently acquired Legacy at River Crossing, a 200-unit apartment community in the affluent North Macon neighborhood of Arkwright. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/savannah-based-apartment-management-firm-kole-management-acquires-new-macon-property/

DEWITT TILTON GROUP

(DEWITT TILTON GROUP) The Dewitt Tilton Group believes the relationship between the firm and their clients is a partnership. For more information, visit

dewitttiltongroup.com

SAVANNAH CLASSICIAL ACADEMY 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Classical Academy students, faculty, board and supporters will participate in a “topping off” ceremony placing the final steel beam onto their new building. The students will sign the 32-foot long I-beam before witnessing it being lifted into place on Friday, February 12 at 3pm on the corner of 31st and Grove Streets. For more information, please visit: www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

NEW WEBSITE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology is pleased to unveil a brand new website, http://lcderm.com. The site is designed for current and new patients looking for a Savannah dermatologist, answering a variety of skin-related questions. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/low-country-dermatology-releases-new-user-friendly-and-interactive-website/

NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah business attorney Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group will be a featured panelist in the Second National Health Policy and Clinical Practice Conference to be held in Savannah from March 31 to April 2, 2016 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf & Spa Resort. The overall purpose of the event, sponsored by the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center, is to extend an opportunity to interdisciplinary health care professionals and the general public to review, identify and discuss pertinent changes that are impacting and influencing American health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/savannah-attorney-invited-to-panel-the-2016-national-health-policy-and-clinical-practice-conference/

AMY RIESINGER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Amy H. Riesinger has been named Area Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter’s Savannah & Augusta offices. Amy will oversee a team of four staff, responsible for more than $1.5 million fundraising goal to further the fight against blood cancers. Amy and her husband, Russ, reside in Savannah. For more information visit Local News at: www.lls.org/ga

LIFE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc. will be hosting an Employment Readiness Workshop on February 11th, from 1-3pm, at their office located at 5105 Paulsen Street, Suite 143-B. For more information, contact Shawana Bulloch at 912.920.2414, sbulloch@lifecil.com, or visit www.lifecil.com

LINKEDIN

(INC) 9 Ways To Use Your LinkedIn Profile To Get Noticed
http://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/how-to-use-your-linkedin-profile-to-get-noticed.html

THE GREY

(SAVANNAH, GA) In a building that once held a segregated bus station, the chef Mashama Bailey is redefining African-American cooking in the South at the Grey. For more information, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/29/dining/the-grey-savannah-history-takes-another-turn.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

ASBURY

(SAVANNAH, GA) In celebration of Lent, Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church will host Taize Services at 7 p.m. every Wednesday through March 23. The special worship gatherings start on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, and will be about 40 minutes long. Attendees will focus on silence, breathing, healing, prayer and reflection. The services will also feature soulful, musical chants and soothing visuals. The church is located at 1008 E. Henry St (corner of East Henry and Waters). For more information about Asbury Memorial Church, please visit www.asburymemorial.org or call 912-233-4351.

LAUNCH A NEW BUSINESS

(SCORE) Looking for a bigger spot in your market? SCORE can help with that. Join knowledgeable mentors on Tuesday, February 9, 1 to 2 p.m. for “Top 5 Ways SCORE Can Help You Launch & Grow Your Business.” For more information, visit http://ow.ly/XPoCH

EXPANDING TO POOLER

(POOLER, GA) Dr. Lee Yates, founder of Savannah Surgery Center and Medical Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s/Candler, announces that his practice will be expanding into Pooler, Ga. He will be available to patients beginning Monday, February 8. For more information, visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/dr-lee-yates-expands-vascular-surgery-services-to-new-location-in-pooler-area/

DEAL WITH IT

(FORBES) Every Entrepreneur Struggles With Uncertainty: Here Is How To Deal With It
http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrismyers/2016/02/02/every-entrepreneur-struggles-with-uncertainty-heres-how-i-learned-to-deal-with-it/#1bebc72f2608

FEDERAL CONTRACTS

(SAVANNAH, GA) On February 15 and 17, The U.S. Small Business Association will have webinars focusing on Marketing Strategies and How To Access the WOSB Federal Contract Program Repository. To register for these free webinars, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-marketing-strategies-tickets-21033629151 and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-how-to-access-the-wosb-federal-contract-program-repository-tickets-19930633060

GLASS CEILING

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know more than one-third of Fortune 500 managers are women – yet they represent roughly 5% of the top earners among executives? Join other women business leaders for a lively conversation on February 10 at 7:30am at Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Midtown based on Rebecca Shambaugh’s thought-provoking book “It’s NOT a Glass Ceiling…It’s a Sticky Floor” where she challenges women to free themselves from the hidden behaviors that are sabotaging their career success. To RSVP to this FREE event, visit: http://www.exnihilo-mgmt.com/firstcityceofeb2016

MURAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Mural for Isle of Hope School Nearing Completion – A large stoneware clay tile mural with crabs, turtles, shrimp, raccoons, herons, fiddlers, a woodpecker, an alligator, wood storks, frogs and more is nearly ready. The center spread was created by Joy Davis, Polly Cooper and Magen Pieglebeck, the school’s art teacher, and 70 students in the school have made the tiles flanking each end. The mural will be surrounded with tabby, and this project needs sharks teeth and fossils to be imbedded in the tabby. If anyone has teeth or fossils to donate, they will be appreciated. The donor will be recognized in a plaque next to the mural. This is a 4′ X 12′ mural to be installed near the office of the school. Please call Polly Cooper – 308-0063.

VALUABLE BRANDS

(BUSINESS INSIDER) The World’s 10 Most Valuable Brands
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-worlds-10-most-powerful-brands-2016-2

MEET KASIM

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Kasim is a male golden retriever/black lab mix who was born on September 24 and is available for adoption. He is good with dogs and kids and is up to date on all shots. TO view Kasim and other dogs and cats available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-d-310-kasim/

COLORING MEDITATION 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coloring is the new meditation. Join the Savannah Yoga Center on February 13, 2016 at 4 p.m. for Yoga, Mandala Coloring Meditation & Storytelling with Kelley Boyd. An hour of gentle yoga followed by storytelling paired with coloring meditation. For more information visit, http://savannahyoga.com/workshops

BE THE CHANGE

(SAVANNAH, GA) “Be The Change” Townhall Forum on disparity and population health will be on Saturday, February 13 at 4:00pm. The guest speaker will be Thomas LaVeist, director at Johns Hopkins Center for Disparity Solutions. The forum will be held at Ashbury United Methodist Church, 1008 East Henry Street, Savannah. RSVP by February 1 to paula@healthysavannah.org

REGISTER NOW

(SAVANNAH, GA)  The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to be the charity partner of the 3rd annual Kilt and Kolor Run on Saturday, March 19 along the Hutchinson Island race track. The non-profit organization has been selected to be the beneficiary of the 5K race and is assisting with coordination of the event. For more information or to participate in the 5K race as a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Kim Watson, kgamble@hotmail.com. To register for the race or to donate online, visit http://savannahraces.com

100 WOMEN WHO CARE
(SAVANNAH, GA) ARE YOU A BUSY WOMAN WHO CARES ABOUT HER COMMUNITY? Join us on February 16th 6:00PM @ Applebee’s (Southside) to hear about this 501(c)(3) local community organization that needs your support. Each member donates $100 quarterly to charities voted on by the group. For more information: contact Linda Drake (912)-897-3936 or Facebook:100WomenWhoCareInSavannah
SAVANNAH THEATRE PLANTATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Skidaway Island announces “The Best of the Savannah Theatre at Plantation” will held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 17 and 18 at the Plantation Ballroom, The Landings. Festivities (including a light meal) start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. For reservations, call Darrel at 912-484-1912. Visit Skidawayrotary.org

MARYLAND MIXER

(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 marjorie@carriagetradepr.com or 912-844-9990.

MARKETING BOOT CAMP

(SAVANNAH, GA) Thursday, February 11, 8:30AM-3:30PM University of Georgia Small Business Development Center,  Digital Marketing Boot Camp, Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Rd., Room 7126, Savannah, GA 31405,  $49 (includes lunch), Designed specifically for small business owners who want to increase profits and gain customers.  The program includes break-out sessions that cover marketing tactics you can use today as well as help in developing a strategy to harness the power of digital marketing.  To register and see full course desctiption: www.georgiasbdc.org/digital for more information contact Liz Overstreet, (912) 651-3200 loverstreet@georgiasdc

Low Country Dermatology Releases New User-Friendly and Interactive Website

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology has unveiled a brand new website, http://lcderm.com. The new site, created and managed by Speros, includes a fresh design, improved functionality and easier navigation.

“I am thrilled with the form and function of this new site,” said Dr. Cori Howington, “The site is designed for those who are searching for a new dermatologist as well as for our established customers who may have a question or need product information.”

Created to address three distinct areas of dermatology needs, the site is organized by services offered, products available and patient education. The re-design provides a wealth of information in a very clean, user-friendly fashion.

“There is a great deal of inaccurate information at everyone’s fingertips. So my number one goal was to provide thoughtful and honest answers to a wealth of skin care topics through our online education library,” said Howington.

The education library revolutionizes the way customers may interact with the new site. Topics covered include everything from symptoms someone may be experiencing to self care and prevention tips by condition.

Low Country Dermatology specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services. For more information, visit the new site at www.lcderm.com.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call 912-354-1018 or visit lcderm.com. To connect on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/LowCountryDermatology

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

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS, presented by SCORE and Wells Fargo, will be held on Wednesday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, located at 1 International Drive. During the FREE conference, reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to Savannah’s small business community.
The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS is a yearly event where small business owners can get a true measurement of local economic numbers in Chatham County.
Lunch will be served at  11 a.m; presentations begin at 11:20 a.m. This event is free, but RSVPs are required. To reserve a seat please RSVP to SCORE at 912.652-4335
PANEL DISCUSSION INFORMATION:
SPEAKER: Marshall Tuck, Corporate Small Business Officer at Gulfstream Aerospace
TOPIC: Gulfstream Aerospace and Small Businesses
SPEAKER: Brian Davis, Manager of the Savannah Career Center at the Department of Labor
TOPIC: Local Labor Statistics
SPEAKER: Tony O’Reilly, President of the Small Business Assistance Corporation
TOPIC: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region
SPEAKER: Rhett Mouchet, Associate Broker, Colliers International Savannah
TOPIC: Commercial Real Estate Trends
SPEAKER: Bea Wray, Executive Director at The Creative Coast
TOPIC: High Tech Start Ups
SPEAKER: Cindy Landolt, Revenue Director, City of Savannah.
TOPIC: Local Tax Revenue Trends
SPEAKER: Cristy Lawrence, P.E., Development Services Liaison, City of Savannah
TOPIC: Local Growth in Construction
SPEAKER: Charles Bowen, Corporate / Entertainment Attorney at The Bowen Law Group
TOPIC: Film Industry in Savannah
ARMSTRONG STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS
SPEAKERS: Michael Toma, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong State University, and Dennis Barber III, Ph.D., ‎Director, Armstrong Small Business Institute
TOPIC: Armstrong State of Small Business Survey Results
CONFIDENCE INDEX SURVEY: AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
SPEAKERS: Michael Toma, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong State University, and Dennis Barber III, Ph.D., ‎Director, Armstrong Small Business Institute
TOPIC: Questions will be asked to the audience. Instant responses will be displayed on the screen via clickers.
ABOUT SCORE:
SCORE is a non-profit organization funded by government grants and private donations. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), dedicated to helping the small business community through no-fee mentoring and small business counseling. SCORE members volunteer their time and considerable business expertise to help coach the next generation of entrepreneurs. SCORE boasts 370 chapters and 13,000 members nationwide. The SCORE office is located at 111 Liberty Street in Savannah, GA. Website, www.savannah.score.org912-652-4335.
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Savannah Based Apartment Management Firm, Kole Management, Acquires New Macon Property

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(MACON, GA / SAVANNAH, GA) Kole Management Co. (KMC), a Savannah-based apartment management & investment firm, recently acquired Legacy at River Crossing, a 200-unit apartment community in the affluent North Macon neighborhood of Arkwright.

It joins Falls at Spring Creek, an adjacent 296-unit apartment community which KMC acquired last year. Both are across the street from The Shoppes at River Crossing, the area’s foremost open-air retail, dining and entertainment center.

Legacy, built in 1987, offers a broad mix of large 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units with black appliances, faux granite countertops and washer/dryer connections. The 50-acre property includes a pool with waterfall and outdoor grilling station and a fitness center and sauna. Kole Management plans a number of improvements, including remodeling the Office/Clubhouse and installing a new playground.

“Legacy at River Crossing is a great acquisition for Kole Management,” said President Jeff Kole. “It’s a well maintained property in one of the best submarkets in Macon and is contiguous to Falls at Spring Creek, which will enable us to serve residents better.”

KMC owns and operates 13 apartment communities, including nine in the Savannah area, two in Macon and one each in Charleston and Augusta.

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ABOUT KOLE MANAGEMENT
Kole Management Company owns and operates nine apartment communities in the Savannah area, two in Macon and one each in Charleston and Augusta, which collectively comprise more than 2,500 total units. Residents of Kole Management apartment communities enjoy many benefits, including the ability to pay rent and request work orders online. The company employs more than 70 maintenance, management and leasing personnel, all of whom are local and able to assist residents with their immediate needs. For more information on Kole Management, call 912-232-3555 or visit Kolemc.com

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Goodwill Ambassador Program Award Presented to Owner of Western Sizzlin’

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire has launched the Goodwill Ambassador program. Each month, the program will recognize a different local business that is employing people with disabilities or barriers and encouraging individual development through the power of work.

The first Goodwill Ambassador award was presented to Terry Nickell, owner of Western Sizzlin’ restaurant in Jesup. Nickell has hired eight individuals through his partnership with Goodwill of the Coastal Empire over the past year.

Barbara Curry, Employment Specialist with Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, has worked with Western Sizzlin’ in order to help meet their hiring needs. Curry presented Nickell with The Goodwill Ambassador award. “We wanted to thank Mr. Nickell for giving people second, third, and fourth chances, Curry said. “He has truly made a difference in people’s lives. The individuals hired were able to work towards self-sufficiency through the power of work.”

Western Sizzlin’ employs 54 people and Nickell has owned the restaurant for 17 years. He and his wife Kim have 2 daughters (Haley and Ashley) and live in Hinesville.

Nickell was a manager in retail for years, but started managing in Hinesville at Western Sizzlin’ for his father-in-law (Mr. Wilton Foster). Nickell became the owner of the Western Sizzlin’ in Jesup in 1998. The Western Sizzlin’ Jesup location has grown exponentially and attracts customers from all over including Waycross, Baxley, Hinesville, Brunswick, and Alma.

Business owners and managers who would like more information about Goodwill partnerships that serve their businesses while improving the community can contact Jennifer Tucker, senior director of workforce development. Tucker can be reached at JTucker@goodwillsavannah.org or 912-354-6611 ext 10228.

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 www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook at Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter at @SavGoodwill.

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Tammie Blaha
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Goodwill of the Coastal Empire
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CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Sandra Eury (Hiring Manager), Sidney Benaske (Buffet Runner), Terry Nickell (Owner), Narconda Bell (Cook), and Shona Wilkins (Cook)

CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Sandra Eury (Hiring Manager), Sidney Benaske (Buffet Runner), Terry Nickell (Owner), Narconda Bell (Cook), and Shona Wilkins (Cook)

Savannah Attorney Invited to Panel the 2016 National Health Policy and Clinical Practice Conference

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah business attorney Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group will be a featured panelist in the Second National Health Policy and Clinical Practice Conference to be held in Savannah from Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 2 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf & Spa Resort.

The overall purpose of the event, sponsored by the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center, is to extend an opportunity to interdisciplinary health care professionals and the general public to review, identify and discuss pertinent changes that are impacting and influencing American health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The culmination of the three-day conference will be held on Saturday, April 2. Experts from diverse and different disciplines, including Bowen, will participate in a panel discussion on policies and practice. Other participants include Robert Rollings, MD; Lisa Hayes, PhD; Elizabeth Harrison, PhD; State Representative Jesse Petrae; State Representative Craig Gordon and Joanne Lynn, MD. The panel discussion will take place from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

“The 2016 Health Policy and Clinical Practice conference will facilitate a discussion and better understanding on how health policy interfaces with clinical practice,” said Bowen. “It will also be an opportunity for practitioners and the public to become better informed about massive health care changes being generated by the sixth year of the Affordable Care Act and that will transform the U.S. health care system.”

In a timeline announced earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects the standard fee-for-service payment structure to be dramatically reduced by the end of 2018 due to efforts to move Medicare and the health care system at large toward paying providers based on the quality rather than the quantity of care given patients. According to Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center, this is of particular significance to the largest, fastest growing and most costly U.S. patient population, those who have two or more chronic conditions.

The conference sponsor has additionally partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Research and Quality, to provide a FREE Train the Trainer Program on SHARED Decision Making at the conference. This will offer the opportunity for medical professionals across multiple disciplines to receive 8.5 continuing education contact hours by attending required sessions.

Early bird registration before Monday, February 1 is $289 for medical professionals and $195 for the general public. To register for this event, please visit MultipleChronicConditions.org.

ABOUT MULTIPLE CHRONIC CONDITIONS
Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center is an interdisciplinary source for clinical practice updates, guidelines, blogs, and courses used to support best practices in the care and management of America’s largest patient population – those with two or more chronic conditions. The Center is recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services as a clinical resource for interdisciplinary health care professional’s providing care for patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions. For more information, visit MultipleChronicConditions.org

MORE INFORMATION ON THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law since 1995. Bowen has his mediation certification by the Georgia Supreme Court as both a General Civil Mediator and a Domestic Relations Mediator. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Georgia Bar. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Find The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

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