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June 2016

Five Things To Take Into Consideration Before You Start a Commercial Construction Project

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By Chris Tilton

Building a commercial project is much different from constructing a house. The process can be intimidating, and the initial decisions you make in the construction process are often the most important.

The right choices will enable the project to run smoothly and efficiently from beginning to end and help you avoid down time and increased expenses. Consider these five things before beginning any commercial building project:

1) Stormwater Management Ordinance.
Most local governments, including the City of Savannah and Chatham County, have regulations to control and minimize the adverse impacts of land development and to control post-construction stormwater runoff rates, volumes and pollutant loads on development and redevelopment sites. If your development process violates the Stormwater Management Ordinance, the local government can order you to stop work, withhold certificate of occupancy, revoke permits and even impose civil and criminal penalties.

Prior to the 1980s, stormwater management simply meant flood control and the pipes designed to convey stormwater runoff to aquatic resources. Little consideration was given to stormwater quality. While this approach worked well to reduce flooding, it did not address the negative impacts that land development can have on the health of the rivers and streams. During the 1980s, communities began to realize, in order to protect these resources from the negative impacts of the land development process, both stormwater quantity and quality needed to be addressed. As a result, in the 1990s, the National Pollutant Discharged Elimination System (NPDES) was enacted, and local communities began to revise and expand their local stormwater management programs, working towards prevention in lieu of mitigation. Chatham County-Savannah’s Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) implemented its local Stormwater Management Ordinance in 2012.

2) Architectural, Structural and Civil Engineering.
Construction jobs require different types of engineers to be responsible for many facets of the project, from designing to planning and managing. The engineer’s role is even more critical on commercial construction projects, which are more complicated and require a more planned and detailed approach.

The first thing to consider is what kind of professionals may be required for your specific project. Some municipalities, depending on the building type, will require an engineer either/or an architect. You will also need a structural engineer for the foundation, an MEP engineer for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing and a civil engineer for the site engineering. When it comes to determining the various professionals that may be required for your project, this is a good time to consult your general contractor. Put them to work for you, to help guide you though this process.

3) Permitting & Timing.
Consider the impact of your plans to construct and develop a realistic understanding of the timing of the permitting process. For example, you must have your plans completed before you can submit them to the local planning commission for approval. Three readings are typical for a development permit, at perhaps a rate of one reading per month. You should also anticipate several pre-construction meetings before you can begin construction. You should also factor in timelines for other permits including right-of-way, temporary power and water meter. Remember, schedules and budgets will likely change and you should be flexible up to a point, but you need to be realistic in determining your absolute latest completion date and maximum budget.

Another item to consider that could impact your timing is how the project may affect current business practices, customer relations, the local community and other businesses. You might want to visit with city council members or speak at a civic organization about your project. You may even want to reach out to the local media. It might be helpful to hire a public relations firm to help guide you through that part of the process.

4) Site Conditions.
This is probably the single most important consideration before starting a commercial project. There is a reason the sites being developed now are the last sites to be developed. As one large Pooler developer put it, “I don’t ever want to hear the words, ‘Pooler Gumbo’ again.” There are different mitigations for each type of foundation. For example, you must mitigate parking areas as well as the building pad. And don’t forget things like flood zones and fill dirt. The latter can cost more than the site itself.

The assessment of site conditions will be instrumental in developing the construction schedule as well as bids. Differing site conditions can cause schedule delays, cost increases and dangerous working conditions. They can also invalidate design assumptions, putting project performance at risk. If you choose a general contractor in advance of bidding, they should be able to guide you though this and other complicated processes. Make sure it’s someone you trust and who communicates well with you.

5) Location, Location, Location.
This is not just a real estate catch phrase. While a realtor can be a good resource for some information, like how much traffic may pass by your door, you will need to learn much more about the property as well as the applicable laws of governing jurisdictions. Is the site in an earthquake, hurricane or flood zone? What is its proximity to wetlands? Here is another good opportunity to turn to your general contractor for their expertise. If you have not yet purchased property for your project, ask them for their guidance is selecting a site that will be the best fit for your building needs, your customers’ needs and your bottom line.

Your general contractor should be a true partner in helping you navigate these initial decisions as well as throughout the design/build process. If your construction team takes these five areas into consideration, it could wind up saving you a lot of time and money.

Chris Tilton is the co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group with Andrew Dewitt. For more information or to contact Tilton, call 912.777.3404 or email chris@dewitttiltongroup.com.

Chris Tilton,  Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, June 27, 2016

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BILL EFIRD PURCHASES AIR THERM COMPANY OF SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Air Therm Company, Inc., of Savannah, has been purchased by Bill Efird. Established by Dwain Ball in 1970, the local heating, ventilating, and air conditioning business had been operated successfully in recent years by Karen Ball. For more information, please visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/local-heating-ventilating-air-conditioning-business-air-therm-hvac-purchased-bill-efird/

AFRICAN OSCAR AWARDED TO LOCAL PRODUCTION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The film “Ben & Ara,” which was primarily filmed in Liberty County, Ga., and was produced by Savannah native Samone Norsworthy, was nominated and received the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Diaspora feature. The AMAAs are considered to be Africa’s most important film event and the most prestigious film award in Africa. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/local-movie-filmed-liberty-county-ga-receives-african-film-oscar-african-movie-academy-awards/

KOLE MANAGEMENT NEW HIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Khrista Villegas has joined Kole Management Company (KMC) as Director of Property Management. In this key executive position, Villegas will have primary oversight of operations for 14 multifamily properties comprising more than 2,500 total units in Savannah, Charleston, Augusta and Macon. For more information, please visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/savannah-based-kole-management-company-hires-director-property-management/

BASEBALL GAME FOR CHARITY

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Bananas announce that Wednesday, June 29 is Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Night. For each ticket sold by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, the Savannah Bananas will be donating $5 to benefit the local Down syndrome support group. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562594214035373/

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION TIP

(DEWITT TILTON GROUP) There are many ways to deal with a commercial construction project. One tip the Dewitt Tilton Group offers is to look for more information online. It is important to spend time researching the best practices in terms of construction out there, as well as catching up on news and researching contractors. For more tips and information, visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CHARITY DATE NIGHT AUCTION MIXER

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce a meet and greet social to introduce their 2016 charity date night auction participants. For more information visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/savannah-jaycees-hold-mixer-meet-2016-bachelors-bachelorettes-upcoming-charity-date-night-auction/

INSPIRATIONAL STORIES & WORDS of WISDOM SPEAKER SERIES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Each Wednesday in July, Savannah Business Owners will present their business story. Every entrepreneur encounters struggles and likely changes the direction of their company on the startup journey. The goal of the series is for the founders to share these instances, while providing insight and encouragement to other entrepreneurs at the Creators’ Foundry (415 Boundary Street). This event is free and open to the public, 9-10a. http://www.1millioncups.com/savannah

RETIREMENT SAVINGS

(TIME) How to Boost Your Savings If You’re Already Retired: http://time.com/money/4311516/how-to-boost-your-savings-if-youre-already-retired/

HOSPICE AWARDED GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah awarded Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® https://carriagetradepr.com/hospice-savannah-awarded-joint-commissions-gold-seal-approval/

CONQUER PROCRASTINATION

(MOTTO) 4 Strategies to Help Conquer Procrastination: http://motto.time.com/4374852/productive-strategies-beat-procrastination/?xid=newsletter-brief

ENCOURAGE HEALTH MAKES DONATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The four-part Encourage Health Education series designed to promote healthy living, included a $1,000 check presentation to Urban Hope, a non-profit organization that helps inner city children create better lives for themselves. For the full article visit: https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/enmarket-and-healthy-savannah-present-1000-check-to-urban-hope-during-encourage-health-series/. Check out spotted photos at: http://beta.spotted.savannahnow.com/mediadetail/26289862?channel=25919&gId=662958

WATCH THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH PRESENTATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ellen Blossman, Ph.D. presented “Eat Well and Boost Your Energy With Phytochemicals” as the second of four lectures in the 2016 Encourage Health Education Series. The goal of this presentation was to raise awareness of the role of phytochemicals for our health and inspire the audience to choose nutrient-dense foods that will boost the immune system and, thereby, promote better health. Watch the lecture here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8LOBjD8xg8&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=June+27+2016&utm_campaign=june62016&utm_medium=email

Savannah Jaycees Hold Mixer to Meet 2016 Bachelors and Bachelorettes at Upcoming Charity Date Night Auction

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Savannah Jaycees Mix and Mingle Event
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce a meet and greet social to introduce their 2016 charity date night auction participants. The mixer will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Service Brewing, located at 574 Indian St, Savannah, GA 31401.

This event is open to public and will be a opportunity to meet the participants as well as some of the Savannah Jaycees’ members. There is no cost to attend but brewery tours and tastings are available for $12.

The Savannah Jaycees’ third annual Charity Date Night Auction will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Club One-“Showroom,” located at 1 N Jefferson St, Savannah, GA 31401. Participants have chosen local Savannah charities to whom 50 percent of their winnings will be donated.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/598626023646044/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1466451019604280 or contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com.

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

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The Legal Risks of Live Streaming By Charles Bowen

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Over the past year, live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat have become extremely popular. Now even Facebook has gotten into the live streaming game. These apps allow users to broadcast any event live using their smartphone. Not surprisingly, this technology has raised a host of legal issues, primarily in the areas of copyright infringement and privacy concerns.

While these apps ban users from posting content that violates others’ copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity rights in their standard Terms of Service, these warnings are often ignored. The first major legal battle erupted last year when hundreds of people who purchased the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao via Pay-Per-View live streamed the entire television broadcast. Anyone rebroadcasting a live simulcast is committing copyright infringement and can be subject to substantial fines.

The best approach in determining whether your broadcast is violating copyright law is to simply use your common sense. If you paid to view the content, that content is likely protected by copyright. If you live stream a movie in the theater, for example, you are obviously violating federal copyright law. Similarly, live streaming a concert would likely infringe on the copyrights of the artist, label, and publisher. Even broadcasting live sporting events carries significant legal risks as networks pay large sums of money for the exclusive right to broadcast games live.

Privacy concerns are a little more challenging from a legal perspective. The most important factor is location. If you are in a public place, neither you nor the people around you have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Anyone can typically take your picture or stream video of you in public legally, provided they are not trespassing or going beyond innocent recording to actually harassing, stalking or peeping.

One major exception is commercial use. You are not allowed to film others for advertising or other promotional content without first procuring a release from that individual.

If you are not in public, however, live streaming is much more likely to be violative of others’ right to privacy. Recording someone in a private place (such as their home, a restroom or a doctor’s office) without their permission is generally illegal.

As a rule of thumb, the following rules apply:

(1) Do not stream any produced content that you do not own. This includes movies, television, music, and other entertainment that is a performance of a work of authorship and is likely subject to copyright protection. To do so will not only likely result in your account being shut down, it may also subject you to a copyright infringement lawsuit.

(2) Do not use another company’s registered trademark as a hashtag for your broadcast. These are easily detectable and large corporations are typically very vigilant in monitoring for the unauthorized use of their name.

(3) Respect privacy rights. Limit your live streaming of others to public places, and procure releases if you are using the broadcast for commercial purposes. The safest approach is simply to avoid streaming for business purposes from a public location.

Finally, there are also legal implications relating to the archiving of your live stream broadcast. Although Meerkat does not currently archive its streams, Periscope saves streams for 24 hours for unlimited rebroadcast during that time period, and Facebook videos are permanently recorded to your story. That means that if the original broadcast was illegal, you could be sued for multiple counts of infringing upon a copyright holder’s reproduction rights.

Some users have tried to claim that the Digital Millennial Copyright Act’s “safe harbor” provisions should shield them from liability, but that law only protects the live streaming service itself, not the actual broadcaster. That law, which YouTube constantly relies upon to protect itself, states that streaming services are protected if they respond promptly to rights owners’ takedown requests and don’t have “constructive” knowledge of infringement. But this will not protect you from an infringement claim if you knowingly broadcast illegal material.

Live streaming is likely here to stay, as it seems to be a perfect fit for today’s smartphone-carrying, internet-connected world. The bottom line is simply this: be smart and use common sense. Do not broadcast copyrighted material that you do not own, do not be creepy and invade people’s privacy, and procure releases if you are using your broadcast for business purposes. If you follow these simple rules, you will very likely protect yourself from any potentially expensive legal claims.

Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, manufacturing and entertainment law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com

Hospice Savannah awarded Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®

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Hospice Savannah awarded Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®

SAVANNAH, GA (June 22, 2016) – By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s

national standards for health care quality and safety, Hospice Savannah, Inc. has again earned the

prestigious Gold Seal of Approval®. The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest

standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, conducted an on-site evaluation of Hospice

Savannah in April. It is the only hospice in the Coastal Empire to be awarded this indicator of

excellence in standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and

control, leadership and medication management.

The original hospice in our community, Hospice Savannah has been accredited by the Joint

Commission since 1998. “It is my hope that physicians and other medical professionals

realize that not all hospices are the same…If families want the best, they must insist on

Hospice Savannah’s care,” says Debra Anthony Larson, President and CEO. “Attaining

certification is a voluntary process that demonstrates our commitment to providing the

highest level of care. It shows we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-

day basis from the top down.”

About Hospice Savannah

Founded in 1979, Hospice Savannah, Inc. is the only community-based hospice serving Bryan,

Chatham, Effingham, Liberty and Long counties. A designated agency of the United Way of the

Coastal Empire, Hospice Savannah’s mission is to provide the community the best resources on

living with a life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief and loss.

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Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 check to Urban Hope During Encourage Health Series

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(SAVANNAH, GA.) A program presented Tuesday, June 21 as part of the four-part Encourage Health Education series designed to promote healthy living, included a $1,000 check presentation to Urban Hope, a non-profit organization that helps inner city children create better lives for themselves.

Ellen Blossman’s presentation, “Eat Well and Boost Your Energy With Phytochemicals,” addressed the role of chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants and help prevent cancer and their relation to our overall health.

According to Blossman, current research has demonstrated that phytochemicals can protect and defend humans and animals from many diseases. “Phytochemicals in the vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and teas help us overcome our present health deficiencies,” said Blossman.

Urban Hope, 1601 Bernard St., is a Christian ministry that provides children with hope and a sense of future. Their programs offer spiritual and educational development through after-school programs and summer camps.

Paula Kreissler, executive director of Healthy Savannah and Matt Clements, director of marketing at enmarket, presented the check to Doug Carroll, Urban Hope Board Member, and Cassie Beckwith, Executive Director of Urban Hope.

The 2016 enmarket Encourage Health Education Series is also sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

The third lecture in the series, “10 Ways Buildings Affect Your Mission to Healthy Life,” will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, 1375 Chatham Parkway. It will be presented by Denise Grabowski, president and CEO of Symbioscity in Savannah.

This session will introduce 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.

During this presentation, the Savannah Tree Foundation nonprofit will be presented with a $1,000 check. The Savannah Tree Foundation creates awareness of trees as vital environmental resources and an important part of our culture.

For more information on the Encourage Health Series, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
Enmarket’S 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.
The series features four presentations throughout the year from respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501©3 nonprofit organizations are awarded a $1,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series.
For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

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.
Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, 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.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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Local Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Business, Air Therm HVAC purchased by Bill Efird

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Air Therm Company, Inc., of Savannah, has been purchased by Bill Efird. Established by Dwain Ball in 1970, the local heating, ventilating, and air conditioning business had been operated in recent years by Karen Ball, following her husband’s death in 2000. After being with the HVAC company for 35 years, she felt it was time to turn the firm over to new leadership, and began a search for someone who could be as passionate about running the company as she and her husband had been.

“I felt I had taken the company as far as I could on my own,” said Ball. “With a strong desire to relocate to be closer to my children, I began a search for the perfect owner. This would be someone who would come in with a new vision for growth of Air Therm HVAC, someone who would be passionate and bring a renewed energy, and mainly, someone who would be a perfect match for the dedicated and loyal employees of Air Therm, many of whom have decades of seniority. It was ‘Mission Accomplished’ when Bill expressed a solid interest in taking over the company.”

Efird brings a wealth of local industry experience to the helm at Air Therm. He is developer of “Operations Accountability”, a small company process, based on Fortune 500 Best Practices,that he developed to assist HVAC companies both large and small to operate like a business instead of a “street vendor.” He previously served as president of Contractor Success Group (CSG) a division of Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and for over 20 years, served as founder, owner and president of Coastal Air Conditioning, one of the largest air conditioning businesses in Savannah. Efird a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, has brought in his son Scott Efird, also a Clemson graduate, as VP of Residential Sales. Scott Efird brings to the Air Therm team his skills learned in the home building business.

“Dwain and Karen developed a sound and respected reputation in the residential service industry by hiring and retaining key leaders like Sam Goodman, who continues to oversee the construction department, and Chris Rahn, our operations manager,” Efird stated. “Air Therm’s customers will continue to enjoy doing business with a locally-owned company that will remain committed to keeping our ‘Customers for Life’.”

Air Therm and Efird have won multiple dealer awards from Trane, Carrier and Honeywell and Efird was inducted by the Homebuilders Association of Savannah in the Homebuilders Hall of Fame in 2003. As the slogan Dwain Ball coined decades ago states: “Service is our most important product.” Efird says “All additional business at Air Therm will evolve from great service.”

For more information, call 912-234-7268, or visit www.airthermsavannah.com.

MORE ABOUT AIR THERM HVAC
Established in 1970, Air Therm Company, Inc., is a leading heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) company in the Savannah, Ga., area, with an installation and service range extending from Savannah to Rincon, Springfield, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Hinesville, Tybee Island, Skidaway Island, Wilmington Island, Isle of Hope, Dutch Island, Whitemarsh Island, Thunderbolt, Garden City, Bloomingdale, Georgetown, Port Wentworth and Guyton. The award-winning company’s technicians are experts in heating and air service, maintenance agreements, tune-ups, commercial and residential services and replacements,and is located at 3911 Old Louisville Rd.,Garden City/Savannah. For more information, call 912-234-7268, or visit www.airthermsavannah.com.

Bill Efird, owner Air Therm Company

Bill Efird, owner Air Therm Company

Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group Receives the 2016 Helen V. Head Award from Savannah Chamber of Commerce

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Bo Bowen Accepts Helen V. Head Award at Business Expo 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group was awarded the Helen V. Head Business Advocate Award during the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Business Expo & Awards Banquet.

The Helen V. Head Business Advocate Award goes to the individual following in Helen Head’s footsteps of dedication to the community, a true advocate for small business in Savannah. This award is given annually at the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s Expo & Awards Banquet to one area business who demonstrates a commitment to giving back to the community, as well as a belief in and support of small business.

Helen Head was the first female board chairman with the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. She was also the first recipient of the Chamber’s Athena Award for her achievements as a woman in business.

Bowen has been practicing corporate law for over twenty years. Since he opened the doors of The Bowen Law Group in 2012 as a full-service corporate law firm, Bowen has been involved in supporting every aspect of the Savannah business community. He has provided countless hours of counseling, authored numerous free publications for business owners, resolved disputes between governmental agencies, and has frequently assisted entrepreneurs get their companies started from the ground up.

“I strive for my firm to be the one place that anyone who owns a business knows they can receive the assistance and advice they need in a professional yet comfortable atmosphere,” Bowen said. “From the beginning, I envisioned building a law practice that utilizes the skill and techniques of large metropolitan law firms while maintaining the benefits and attentiveness of a small local practice. I am very dedicated to the success of the local business community, and truly appreciate the trust and faith that so many diverse business clients have placed in me.”

Charles and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Savannah for twenty years and their two children are enrolled in the local public school system. He believes in fostering the next generation of business leaders as demonstrated through his involvement with numerous advocacy programs, speaking to local high schools and business groups, and providing many free resources for business owners.

For more information on The Bowen Law Group, visit thebowenlawgroup.com. For more information on the Helen V. Head Award, visit http://www.savannahchambernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015_Helen-V.-Head-Award.pdf

ABOUT 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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Charles J. Bowen
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com 
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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, June 20, 2016

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KOLE MANAGEMENT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Khrista Villegas has joined Kole Management Company (KMC) as Director of Property Management. In this key executive position, Villegas will have primary oversight of operations for 14 multifamily properties comprising more than 2,500 total units in Savannah, Charleston, Augusta and Macon. For more information, please visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/savannah-based-kole-management-company-hires-director-property-management/

BIG RIVER FILM FESTIVAL THIS JULY

(SAVANNAH, GA) “. . .this July sees the debut of the Big River Film Festival in Savannah.” Movie Maker Magazine. The Hottest Film Festival in the United States  http://www.bigriverfilmfestival.com/

SAVANNAH ATTORNEY CHARLES BOWEN WINS BUSINESS ADVOCATE AWARD

(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles “Bo” Bowen of The Bowen Law Group was awarded the 2016 Helen V. Head Small Business Advocate award at the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo & Awards Banquet:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9KBqIME4g4&feature=youtu.be

PLEASE MEET TODD CELLINI

(SAVANNAH, GA) Please meet Todd Cellini: http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2016-06-14/bis-profile-todd-cellini-assistant-vice-chancellor-south-campuses

RENTAL OF SWITCHES

(SAVANNAH, GA) ADTRAN, a leading provider of next-generation cloud cervices, partners with Speros to offer rental of enterprise-class switches to the area businesses. Read the article here: https://carriagetradepr.com/adtran-leading-provider-next-generation-cloud-services-partners-speros-offer-rental-enterprise-class-switches-area-businesses/

CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols presents: Georgia’s Clean Energy Future on Thursday, June 23rd 9A – 12N at Savannah Technical College 5717 White Bluff Road. Attendance is FREE but registration is required:
Visit www.CleanEnergyRoadshow.com for more information or call 678-810-0929
LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GRADUATES

(LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GA) After five months of training, Leadership Southeast Georgia announces the 2016 graduating class. Leadership Southeast Georgia is a regional program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively promote positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal Region. For a list of graduates: https://carriagetradepr.com/leadership-southeast-georgia-program-announces-2016-graduating-class/

DTG

(DEWITT TILTON GROUP) There are many ways to deal with a commercial construction project. One tip the Dewitt Tilton Group offers is to be sure to schedule a preventive maintenance visit.  One should make sure to prepare this ahead of time, so they can cover the possible maintenance tasks that need to be completed. For more tips and information, visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

ROADSHOW

(SAVANNAH, GA) Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols presents:
Becoming a Georgia Clean Energy City on Friday, June 24th 3PM – 5PM.
Alt Fuel Vehicle Display opens at 2P – Parking Lot side with Test Drives
Hosted by Georgia Municipal Association at One International Drive, Hutchinson Island, Room 203, Attendance is FREE but registration is required:
Visit www.CleanEnergyRoadshow.com for more information or call 678-810-0929

BEN & ARA

(SAVANNAH, GA) The film “Ben & Ara,” which was primarily filmed in Liberty County, Ga., and was produced by Savannah native Samone Norsworthy, was nominated and received the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Diaspora feature. The AMAAs are considered to be Africa’s most important film event and the most prestigious film award in Africa. For more information, visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/local-movie-filmed-liberty-county-ga-receives-african-film-oscar-african-movie-academy-awards/

JAYCEES

(SAVANNAH, GA) WTOC recognized local service organization, Savannah Jaycees, as Hometown Heroes for their work in re-beautifying a local recreation park on Tybee Island.  For more information, please visit: http://www.wtoc.com/story/32230400/hometown-heroes-savannah-jaycees-tybee-cleanup

WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cutters Point is hosting the next Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at 8:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Anthony D’Aguillo, COO of Water Utilities Management, the new water company in Sandfly. He will speak about the updates and future plans. To RSVP email Cynthia Wright at savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

HOME GROWN AND LOCAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Mall held the new Second Saturday of the Month Celebration, featuring home grown retailers and local talent. Second Saturday will continue every month. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/savannah-mall-highlighted-local-stores-performers-new-second-saturday-celebrations/

 

$91,530 RAISED

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket is pleased to announce the company raised $91,530 during the month of May in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2016 Light The Night Walk. Donations by customers exceeded expectations and enabled total campaign contributions to surpass the quarter-of-a-million dollar mark. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-donates-91530-leukemia-lymphoma-society-fundraiser/

STRESS RELIEVING TIPS

(MOTTO) 3 quick tips to de-stress in a frustrating situation: http://motto.time.com/4340229/destress-frustrating-situation/?xid=newsletter-brief

ENCOURAGE HEALTH / SOLD OUT

(SAVANNAH, GA) What are phytochemicals and why are they important to your health? This Encourage Health Education Series presentation by Dr. Ellen Blossman will take place on Tuesday, June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, located at 1375 Chatham Parkway. For more information on phytochemicals, http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

RESOLVING CONFLICTS

(INC) 5 Ways to Better Resolve Conflicts
http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/5-ways-to-better-resolve-conflict.html

LOGO TIPS
(MASHABLE) 11 Tips for Creating a Logo that can Grow with Your Company http://mashable.com/2016/04/21/tips-developing-company-logo/#JifTiHvgyPqt

VAN DONATION TO YOUTH SHELTER

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter recently received a $10,000 donation from O.C. Read the full story here: https://carriagetradepr.com/o-c-welch-donates-10000-toward-new-van-park-place-outreach

ACCELERATORS

(TIME) 4 Things to Know About Small-Business Accelerators
http://time.com/money/4287527/business-accelerator-programs/

STRENGTH AND STRESS RELIEF

(SAVANNAH,  GA)  Journey to Inversions: Strengthening the Shoulders with Lauren McDonald- all levels welcome. Shoulders are the foundation of Handstand Pose. This workshop will focus on opening and strengthening the muscles around the should joints. Not only will this help you create more upper body strength for inversions, it will also release tension and stress that we so often carry in the upper back, shoulders, and neck. Learn how to minimize the discomfort of your shoulder issues and carry yourself in a struggle free way through guided meditation and Warm Asana Practice. For more information, visit: www.savannahyoga.com

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The weekly meeting place for Savannah’s startups and businesses to get inspired and share ideas, fueled by great minds and local coffee, is held every Wednesday at the Creators’ Foundry (415 Boundary Street), 9-10 am. For more information: http://www.1millioncups.com/savannah

LINKEDIN MISTAKES

(INC) The Mistake 99 Percent of LinkedIn Users Make
http://www.inc.com/jt-odonnell/the-mistake-99-of-linkedin-users-make.html

5K RACE FOR HORIZONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah will hold the annual Summer Sizzler 5K Race on Saturday, June 25 at JC Canon Fields on Wilmington Island. The race will begin at 8 a.m. The 2016 Summer Sizzler is the only professionally timed 5K race in the Savannah area in the month of June. For more information, visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/horizons-savannah-announces-summer-sizzler-5k-june-25/

CEE CEE NEEDS A HOME

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Cee Cee, a female Chihuahua mix who is about 2 years old and in need of a family. Cee Cee is good with other dogs and up-to-date on all shots, as well as microchipped. For more information on Cee Cee and to view other pets available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2016-d-198-cee-cee/

BIG RIVER FILM FESTIVAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Big River Film Festival announces the Savannah premiere of the action thriller “Hell or High Water” starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. The screening will be held on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Carmike 10 Savannah Theatre. See full PR: http://www.bigriverfilmfestival.com/news.html.
SYNTHETIC ICE SKATING RINK

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Mall announces that the summer synthetic Ice Skating Rink at the Savannah Mall will run from now until August 7. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/twice-nice-synthetic-skating-rink-savannah-mall-will-open-june-4-aug-7-summer-2016/

Becoming a Georgia Clean Energy City Friday, June 24th 3PM – 5PM

By | Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols presents:

Becoming a Georgia Clean Energy City

Friday, June 24th 3PM – 5PM

Alt Fuel Vehicle Display opens at 2P – Parking Lot side with Test Drives

Hosted by Georgia Municipal Association

One International Drive, Hutchinson Island, Room 203

Special Guest Speakers:

• Senator Lester Jackson

• Becoming a “Clean City” Funding opportunities for projects: Partnership for Clean

Transportation- Don Francis

• Lessons from a “Clean City”: Best Fleets in America: Atlanta, Cobb County and DeKalb County

speak on fleet and energy projects

• Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Infrastructure Update and Key Considerations in Preparing a

CNG Station Project

• Georgia Power – Infrastructure rebate programs for EV Charging

• Georgia’s Solar Energy Future and Energy Storage Solutions- Hannah Solar

• Nissan USA and the all-electric LEAF for fleets

• Turning costs into revenues: Landfill gas to energy and area recycling program

• Funding opportunities with Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

• USDA grants and the Rural Energy for America funding program (REAP)

• Propane uses for vehicle and off-road uses

Sponsors: AGL Resources, Georgia Power, Municipal Gas Authority, Hannah Solar, Agility Fuel Systems,

Attendance is FREE but registration is required:

Visit www.CleanEnergyRoadshow.com for more information or call 678-810-0929