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April 2019

State of Small Business in Chatham County Announced for Wednesday, May 8

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State of Small Business in Chatham County Announced for Wednesday, May 8

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 7th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County, presented by Best Business Brokers and Wells Fargo & Company, will be held Wednesday, May 8, at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA.

During the morning event, five area experts will present reports on measurable benchmarks relating to the health of Savannah’s small business community.

The goal of State of Small Business is to have current and relevant information available about the local economy, to help the small business owner make informed decisions in strategic business planning.

2019 State of Small Business presenters and topics include:

• Jen Bonnett, Savannah Economic Development Authority: Technology Trends;
• Lee Beckmann, Georgia Ports Authority, Garden City Terminal: Freight Shipping Trends;
• Tony O’Reilly, president of the Small Business Assistance Corporation: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region;
• Rhett Mouchet, associate broker at Colliers International Savannah: Commercial Real Estate Trends;
• Dean Burnette, managing broker at Best Business Brokers: Business Sales Trends.

Following their presentations, the speakers will hold a round-table review to discuss the implications of the data and how it relates to small business owners.

Michael Toma, director of the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research at Georgia Southern, will join the discussion to help interpret available information.

State of Small Business in Chatham County , Best Business Brokers

Doors open at 8 a.m. with refreshments available. Reports start at 8:30 a.m. and the roundtable will begin at 9:30. The event will end at 10 a.m.

During the event, there will also be displays from SCORE, UGA Small Business Development Center, and The Creative Coast, providing business resource materials.

This event is free and open to the public but seats are limited. Registration is required through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-small-business-in-chatham-county-tickets-59453115870.

This event is sponsored by Best Business Brokers, Wells Fargo & Company, Savannah SCORE, The Creative Coast, UGA Small Business Development Center, Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, Savannah Economic Development Authority, the city of Savannah, Small Business Assistance Corporation, Joe Marchese Construction, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing, the Savannah Morning News, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

A PDF of all reports will be available on the Savannah SCORE website, https://savannah.score.org/.

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the Best Business Brokers, SCORE Savannah and Carriage Trade Public Relations Facebook pages. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SmallBizSav19.

For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-small-business-in-chatham-county-tickets-59453115870.

ABOUT BEST BUSINESS BROKERS • B3
Best Business Brokers (B3) help people buy and sell businesses and commercial real estate in Georgia and South Carolina. The company is based in Savannah, Georgia. B3 offers a variety of brokerage services, including confidential targeted marketing, potential buyers’ qualifications, showcasing, transaction negotiations, due diligence management, escrow process management, valuations and pricing, and closings. Their seasoned and award-winning business brokers are all licensed, commercial realtors. B3 specializes in a multitude of industries, such as manufacturing-, technology- and logistics-related businesses and properties. Their headquarters is located at 6605 Abercorn St., Suite 101D, Savannah, GA 31405. For more information, visit http://B3Brokers.com or call 912-349-0940.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO & COMPANY
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com

Principal of Dewitt Tilton Group Launches “Inspire Your Community” Podcast to Do Just That

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Principal of Dewitt Tilton Group Launches “Inspire Your Community” Podcast to Do Just That

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group commercial construction firm, has launched a monthly podcast featuring local stories of inspiration, kindness and positivity, and the company will reward people who help find those stories with a $300 donation to the cause of the nominator’s choice.

A small, heartwarming true story was the spark for “Inspire Your Community Podcast,” Tilton said.

Dewitt Tilton Group Inspire Podcast

“I heard about this guy who was dropping his daughter off at daycare one morning, just something lots of us do every day, and he noticed that the swing on the playground was broken. He didn’t complain about it to the daycare manager; he didn’t ignore the problem. Instead, the following Saturday, on his day off, he drove over and fixed the swing,” said Tilton. “Not a big thing, just seeing a problem and doing something about it.”

Such simple but true stories, Tilton thought, could inspire others to perform random acts of kindness or to act instead of complaining. His response is to launch a monthly podcast to tell true, inspiring stories suggested by members of the community. To encourage people to come forward with stories, the Dewitt Tilton Group will donate $300 to the cause of the successful nominator’s choice.

To submit story ideas, email dtg.inspire@gmail.com. One story will be selected each month to be the subject of the podcast, and the nominator of that story will be given the opportunity to designate a charity to receive a $300 donation.

“There are lots of inspirational stories out there, and we hope people will come forward to let us help share them,” Tilton said. “We’re starting now, so we need to hear from people. This is one small way we can all help counteract hate and negativity in the world.”

The podcast can be accessed at YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and everywhere else podcasts can be found. View the first episode here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EgdS0dh9UY.

For more information, contact the Dewitt Tilton Group team at dtg.inspire@gmail.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 more than 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 to 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
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo Turner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
info@crussomarketing.com

How to Get into the Film Industry By Charles “Bo” Bowen

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How to Get into the Film Industry
By Charles “Bo” Bowen

So you want to be in pictures? Considering that Savannah is transforming into a thriving entry point for film and television careers, you are definitely in the right place.

Until fairly recently, almost all roads leading to the film and television screen started in Los Angeles or New York City. Over the past decade, however, advances in technology and financial incentives like those the state of Georgia adopted in 2008 have expanded the industry far beyond California and New York. Georgia has been the primary beneficiary of this expansion with Atlanta topping the list of current filming locations and significantly-smaller Savannah coming in second.

If you are interested in becoming a part of Georgia’s film industry, you should know one thing up front: no one starts at the top. The movie and television industry rewards experience and is merit-based. Anyone willing to work hard and maintain a positive attitude in the high-paced and stressful world of film production, however, will likely find themselves progressing quickly.

Granted, experience is crucial to success in almost all professions, but it is especially true in the entertainment industry. When a production begins filming, hundreds of strangers come together to work intensely on a single project — often for months at a time — and then immediately move on to the next opportunity. There may be a few stories of overnight success, but for the most part, those individuals worked hard for 20 years to earn that “overnight” success.

If you believe a career in movies might be a good fit, it is always a good idea to give your interests a thorough test drive. A great place to start is to work as an extra on one of the numerous productions in and around Savannah.

Working as an extra largely consists of waiting around for hours for a few minutes of work as a background player with no lines and minimal pay. But it is a prime opportunity to watch what film professionals are doing. Does it look interesting? Can you cope with the rigid top-down management and stressful environment? Does the reality look as appealing in person as it did in your imagination?

Casting calls are typically well covered in local media, thus finding an opportunity to work as an extra can be as simple as searching “casting in Savannah GA” on the internet. Casting calls are also often listed on the Savannah Regional Film Commission’s website, savannahfilm.org, or you can send a request to join www.facebook.com/groups/savannahextras.

If you still feel drawn to invest in a film-related future after being on a set, Savannah has you covered. Thanks to Savannah Technical College, our city hosts one of the 12 campuses of the Georgia Film Academy. This unique partnership of the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia provides a certification program of 18 credit hours, complete with internship opportunities.

Georgia Film Academy students study a curriculum of on-set production, set construction and scenic painting, lighting and electric, grip and rigging, introduction to special makeup effects, post-production effects and, in the future, production accounting.

At $89.00 per credit hour (plus fees) at the technical college level, you can complete the entire course of study in just two semesters for a very affordable price. This can be a worthy investment to help break into a field where the Georgia Film Academy estimates an average salary is $84,000.00 a year (not to mention retirement benefits and health insurance coverage).

The required introductory course is currently on the schedule for Savannah Tech’s summer semester.

These types of jobs are on the production crew. There is a tremendous need for local crew in Savannah and once you receive the requisite training and experience, work should be easy to find. If you are more interested in the creative side of the process (directors, screenwriters, actors, etc.), there is still far more than just luck involved.

Savannah has a number of successful theater groups where you can audition for local productions to help you explore whether acting may be for you. There are also quite a few acting classes and workshops taught locally to help you hone your skills. Savannah offers college and university resources for those careers, as well. You can pursue theatrical performance degree programs at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong and Statesboro campuses as well as Savannah State University. Savannah College of Art and Design offers programs in almost every spectrum of the creative side of the entertainment industry from highly-skilled and respected professionals.

Most importantly, do not give up.

Almost everyone enters the film industry slowly for little pay to learn firsthand what the entertainment world is all about while gaining practical skills and making all-important contacts prior to finding success. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, Savannah’s film production boom ensures the opportunity is there for the taking.

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Business and entertainment attorney Charles “Bo” Bowen is the founder of Southern Gateway Production Services. He started the production services company with the mission to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers by providing them connections with local crew, vendors and service providers. Bowen is also recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, he has also developed a reputation as one of Georgia’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law. http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com

Cynthia Cradduck Appointed to State Jaycees Executive Committee

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Cynthia Cradduck Appointed to State Jaycees Executive Committee

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cynthia Cradduck, a Savannah-based marketing and public relations professional, has been elected to the Georgia Jaycees’ state executive committee, where she will serve as Vice President of Communications. She is joined on the executive committee by Danielle Fields, President; Katie Harris, Vice President of Community Development; Allen Farley, Vice President of Membership and Chad Brown, Chairman of the Board.

Cynthia Cradduck, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_

Cynthia Cradduck

She is a junior partner at both Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, a collaborative arrangement in which she oversees operations for the two organizations. Her initiative took her from intern to junior partner in a three-year span, which was among the achievements that earned her a place on Georgia Trend’s 2018 “40 Under 40.”

Cradduck is a past president of the Savannah Jaycees, which she led during its 75th anniversary year. She also has been recognized with the Savannah Magazine/Savannah Morning News designation as a “Rising Star in Business.”

A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Cradduck was one of six students to earn L.E.A.P. certification, which recognizes public relations professionals who have gone through Leadership, Experience in Communication, Academics and Professionalism training.

She also has completed professional training courses offered by the Dale Carnegie program and Toastmasters International. In addition, Cradduck serves as the administrator for Leadership Southeast Georgia and supports several nonprofit organizations in Savannah, including the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire and Girls on the Run.

In her new role, Cradduck will be responsible for the Georgia Jaycees’ internal and external communications, including its newsletter, website, press announcements and communications among its chapters. She will also be creating a chapter communications instruction guide which she will be presenting to the membership at their midyear convention.

The Jaycees is a leadership development organization that focuses on community involvement. This year, the state board held a major fundraiser to help provide financial resources for Out of the Darkness, a non-profit focused on battling human trafficking.

Jaycees chapters in Georgia include Athens, Atlanta, Columbus, Dahlonega, Gainesville, Gray, Milledgeville, Savannah, Statesboro, Swainsboro and Jesup.

“This is an exciting time to be involved with the Jaycees,” Cradduck said. “Young professionals are rediscovering the power, value and fun of face-to-face networking and community-building through this organization, and I’m delighted to be part of it.”

MORE ABOUT THE JAYCEES
Leadership development through community service has been the basis of the Jaycees since its inception in 1920. The mission of the not-for-profit organization is to provide development opportunities that empower young people ages 18-40 to create positive change. Members enhance a variety of leadership, management and communication skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities that bring about positive change in their home communities and through the world. To learn more about the Jaycees, visit www.georgiajaycees.com or www.jci.cc/usa.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
VP of Communications
Georgia Jaycees
georgiajayceescommunication@gmail.com
912-856-9075

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 8, 2019

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ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH PRESENTS $7,896.48 TO LOCAL RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah presented $7,896.48 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire to support their mission to provide a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at nearby hospitals. The funds were raised during the organization’s inaugural Royal Flush Casino Night attended by more than 200 people on Feb. 28 at the Savannah Station. For the full story, please visit https://www.wtoc.com/2019/04/02/roto-rooter-plumbers-presents-check-ronald-mcdonald-house/

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Bill Sorochak, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire (left), accepts a $7,896.48 check presentation from Sherry Daniel, CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah (center), and Shantina Ferguson-Waldburg, Operations Coordination Department Manager (right), from proceeds raised at the 2019 Royal Flush Casino Night.


BETHESDA ACADEMY AND GEORGIA SOUTHERN PARTNER TO CONDUCT RESEARCH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Students at Bethesda Academy, a residential and day school for boys in grades six through 12, are joining forces with chemistry students from Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus to try to answer questions on how gardening methods impact the nutritional value of produce. Bethesda will offer the local organic testing ground and, in exchange, students will get the opportunity to engage with chemists in hands-on learning activities. For more information, please visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/04/bethesda-academy-and-georgia-southern-university-partner-agricultural-research/

Bethesda Academy

(Left to right) Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Suzanne Carpenter, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University; Merrin Slocombe, Director of Farm and Garden at Bethesda Academy; Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy; Richard Wallace, Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University


ROUSH’S DELIVERY SERVICE TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW WAREHOUSE FLEX SPACE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based commercial construction firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group will hold groundbreaking ceremonies on Thursday, April 18, in Garden City for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse/office building for Roush’s Delivery Service. The groundbreaking will be at 11 a.m. at the construction site, Lot 6 West Chatham Business Park in Garden City. For more information, please
visit https://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/RoushDeliveryServiceInc/?rf=92309277441852 


2019 STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS – MAY 8

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 7th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County, presented by Best Business Brokers and Wells Fargo & Company, will be held Wednesday, May 8, at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College. Five area experts will present reports on measurable benchmarks relating to the health of Savannah’s small business community. The speakers will then hold a roundtable review to discuss the implications of the data and how it relates to small business owners. Doors open at 8 a.m. with refreshments available. Reports start at 8:30 a.m. and the roundtable will begin at 9:30. The event will end at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public but seats are limited. Interested parties can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=59453115870 

MEDITATION FOR STRESS RELIEF LECTURE APRIL 30

(SAVANNAH, GA) The first of four 2019 Enmarket health education events, scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, will feature a free lunchtime lecture on the benefits of meditation for stress relief. The lecture will be presented at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. The session will be presented by longtime meditation instructor Cleveland Beach who has been leading such classes for more than 25 years. For more information or to register, please visit www.healthysavannah.org

Cleveland Beach, Enmarket Encourage Health Series

Cleveland Beach, Enmarket Encourage Health Series


10TH ANNUAL NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 9! Our favorite event, Night of Champions, is back for its 10th year! Night of Champions is LDSS’ 10th Annual integrated workforce advocacy event. It shares local success stories of the businesses that take a chance on employees who exceed expectations. This year we are joined by national success-makers: John & Mark Cronin (John’s Crazy Socks) and Amy Wright (Bitty & Beau’s Coffee). For more information, please visit https://ldssga.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=31c9dac9bc122b5c21e069c62&id=20f4ede193&e=74ce931be4 

YOUNG NAMED AS HOSPICE SAVANNAH OFFICER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah has named its 2019-20 Board of Directors and Officers. William Keightley was named as Chair and Marjorie Young, founder and CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations, was named as the Secretary for the coming year. For a full list of the officers and board members visit, https://www.augustachronicle.com/business/20190330/newsmakers-hospice-savannah-names-board-officers 

Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.


LOCAL SCORE NAMED CHAPTER OF THE YEAR

(SAVANNAH, GA) The local SCORE Chapter was named the “2019 Mid-Market Chapter of the Year” in recognition of its achievements and contributions to Savannah’s entrepreneurial and small business community. For more information, please visit https://savannah.score.org 

BUILD AN ENGAGED LINKEDIN COMMUNITY

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS®) Wondering how to build an engaged community on LinkedIn? Read this informative article: https://business.linkedin.com/marketing-solutions/blog/l/linkedin-groups-101-how-to-build-an-engaged-community-on-linkedin  

CHARLES BOWEN HONORED BY GEORGIA STATE SENATE

(ATLANTA, GA) A resolution passed by the Georgia State Senate has recognized Savannah attorney Charles “Bo” Bowen for his services to both the state’s entertainment industry and to its legal profession. In addition, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger honored Bowen as an “Outstanding Georgia Citizen.” Congratulations, Bo! Read the full story here: http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/03/attorney-charles-bowen-honored-georgia-senate-resolution-and-outstanding-georgia-citizen-award/

Charles Bowen

(Left to Right): State Sen. Lester Jackson, State Rep. Craig Gordon, Alayna Bowen, Charles ‘Bo’ Bowen, State Sen. Ben Watson and Alexandra Bowen.


SAVANNAH SCORE PRESENTS WORKSHOP FOR GROWING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

(Savannah, GA) What do you need to know to create a successful business? Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a small business owner, you need real-world tools, knowledge and insights in order to succeed. The “Business Launchpad: How to Start, Manage, and Grow A Successful Business” workshop offers exactly that. This workshop will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 9:00am – 3:30pm at SCORE Savannah, 111 E. Liberty Street, Savannah. Registration is required. Seats are limited. Please call the Savannah SCORE office at 912-652-4335 or email us at scoresav70@gmail.com. The session fee is $69 ($39 for students) includes all workshop materials, lunch, beverages, and a flash drive with all workshop content.

SIXTH YEAR OF ENMARKET ENCOURAGE HEALTH EDUCATION SERIES KICKS OFF

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket and Healthy Savannah announced the selected speakers for its sixth annual Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series at a kickoff event at Cha Bella Restaurant, 102 East Broad St. The popular speaker series presented in a lunch-and-learn format offers the public a free opportunity to hear local experts discuss health-related topics in a non-commercial atmosphere. The first lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 30. For more information on the 2019 series and the kickoff event, please visit https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/events-opportunities/9086-march-29-enmarket-and-healthy-savannah-kickoff-sixth-annual-enmarket-encourage-health-educational-series.html  Encourage Health

WARNER PEACOCK NAMED JASPER COUNTY’S BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Warner Peacock, chairman and CEO of Peacock Automotive, has been named the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.The announcement came during the chamber’s March 28 banquet at the Chelsea Plantation. The event marked the 60th annual installation and awards banquet for the group, as well as the 29th annual Jasper on the Move Celebration. The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce presents its business person of the year annual award to an individual judged to exhibit “the qualities of a model business person.” For more information, please visit https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/people-in-the-news/9087-march-29-warner-peacock-named-jasper%E2%80%99s-business-person-of-the-year.html 

Caption: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Marty Sauls, President of Jasper County Chamber of Commerce; Jill Jauch, Marketing Director of Peacock Automotive; Sheree Darien, Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Board Member.


CYNTHIA CRADDUCK APPOINTED TO STATE JAYCEES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cynthia Cradduck, a Savannah-based marketing and public relations professional, has been elected to the Georgia Jaycees’ state executive committee, where she will serve as Vice President of Communications. She is joined on the executive committee by Danielle Fields, President; Katie Harris, Vice President of Community Development; Allen Farley, Vice President of Membership and Chad Brown, Chairman of the Board. Congratulations, Cynthia! We are so proud of you! For more information on the Georgia Jaycees, please visit www.georgiajaycees.com Cynthia Wright, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_5920

LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA HOSTS SECOND SESSION

(STATESBORO, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a regional leadership development program, held the second of its five sessions for 2019 in Bulloch County with an agenda that took the members from Georgia Southern University’s campus to a working farm in Brooklet. The recent session had two focuses: agribusiness and educational opportunities in the region and their impact on economic development. Among the locations the group visited were Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro campus, Southeast Bulloch High School, Nellwood Farms in Brooklet and Ogeechee Technical College. For more information, please visit http://www.lsega.com/ leadership southeast georgia

WRIGHT SECURITY SYSTEMS CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY IN BUSINESS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based home and office security provider, Wright Security Systems, Inc. celebrates 30 years in business. Wright Security Systems, an authorized Alarm.com dealer, specializes in the design, installation, service and monitoring of security and fire alarm systems. The company also offers video recording and in-home automation for both residential and commercial markets. For more information, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/04/wright-security-systems-celebrates-30th-anniversary-business/

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GOOGLE ANALYTICS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS®) Are you confused or intimidated by Google Analytics? The platform is useful and powerful, but users have to really understand how to navigate it. The ultimate guide to learning how to use Google Analytics in 2019 can be found here: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/google-analytics 

UNITED WAY OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE CELEBRATES 2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

(SAVANNAH, GA) United Way of the Coastal Empire celebrated the local impact made possible by the successful $8.4 million fundraising campaign in 2018 led by Campaign Chair Larry Silberman. Outgoing Board Chair Steve Pound, board members, and volunteers whose efforts made the campaign and work of the United Way possible over the past year were recognized and new board members honored. Read the full story here: https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20190404/united-way-of-coastal-georgia-recaps-year-of-community-support 

10 STORIES, 10 WEEKS, 1 CAUSE 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Will Gruver is running as an All Star Alumni Candidate in the annual Man & Woman of the Year campaign. Will initially ran as a Candidate in the spring of 2014. Since that time, he has been heavily involved with the campaign. He decided to run again as an All Star candidate, in which he will represent Savannah on a National stage, competing against others from around the United States. As part of the “awareness” portion of his campaign, Will has created a video series intitled ’10 Stories, 10 Weeks, 1 Cause’. To go along with the ten week fundraising competition, he has chosen ten local individuals who each have a chance to tell their story about how cancer has affected their life. Now in it’s sixth week, the videos have created a buzz on Facebook with people excited to hear the next one each Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. This week’s video can be viewed here:  https://www.facebook.com/willgruverallstar/videos/846143859063374/ 


VOLUNTEER WITH DAWN’S DAUGHTER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Looking for volunteer opportunities? Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy is looking for guidance counselors willing to volunteer their time! Learn more information here: https://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20190323/volunteer-opportunities 

RUSSO’S FRESH SEAFOOD IN BLUFFTON TO OPEN

(SAVANNAH, GA) Third-generation “fishmonger,” Charles Russo III will open Russo’s Fresh Seafood in Bluffton, a 4,050-square-foot production facility and and wholesale market, this summer. For 73 years, the Russo family has been serving and providing “boat to table” seafood to the Coastal Empire and the Lowcountry. For more information, please visit https://www.islandpacket.com/news/business/article227130764.html?fbclid=IwAR1fi3_sjQku7EdsbqKg_mVm1oR3gx6ZSN7AVF5SJGfzqIODgWhln-8iKsU

ENMARKET OPENS ON POOLER PARKWAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, a Savannah-based chain of convenience stores, built a new 6,366-square-foot store on Pooler Parkway across the street from the soon-to-open St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus.The new store features the chain’s first drive-through window, serving fresh food and beverages from Enmarket’s proprietary restaurant, The Eatery. It also features touchless restrooms, exposed ceilings, spacious parking and outdoor seating. For more information, visit https://csnews.com/enmarket-opens-its-first-store-drive-thru  Enmarket Pooler Location Exterior

SHERRY DANIEL JOINS BOARD FOR PARK PLACE OUTREACH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sherry Daniel, CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. For more information, visit https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/people-in-the-news/9058-march-19-roto-rooter-ceo-sherry-daniel-appointed-to-park-place-outreach-board-of-directors.html

Sherry Daniel, Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Sherry Daniel, Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah


CELEBRATE TRIUMPHS OF THOSE WITH DOWN SYNDROME

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kayla Johnson, Executive Director of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), shares her story in this beautiful article regarding World Down Syndrome Day. Read the full article here: https://www.savannahnow.com/opinion/20190320/kayla-johnson-column-celebrate-triumphs-of-those-with-down-syndrome-and-their-families

Kayla Johnson, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society


FREE ORAL HEALTH SCREENINGS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know that the month of April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month? In the United States, one person dies every 60 minutes because of oral cancer. In an effort to help people detect the disease early on which can increase survival rates to as much as 90 percent, Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs is offering free cancer screenings at both locations on Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 25. The exams only take a few minutes, but they normally cost as much as $80. While the screenings will be free, an appointment is necessary. For more information in Rincon, please contact Premier Dental Designs by calling (912) 826-4037 or visiting http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/. For Savannah residents, please call (912) 349-0472 or visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/  Angela Canfield

SAVANNAH NAMED #2 ON SOUTHERN LIVING’S “BEST CITIES IN THE SOUTH” LIST

(SAVANNAH, GA) Our favorite city has landed the no. 2 spot on Southern Living’s top 10 list of best cities in the South. Can we blame them for loving our city as much as we do? Check out the full article here: https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20190404/southern-living-savannah-is-second-best-city-in-south-still-cant-leap-charleston-for-top-spot

HOSPICE SAVANNAH CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF THE ART OF LIVING

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah’s  Board members invite the community to celebrate 40 years of “The Art of Living”  at a Summer Nights Party and Art Auction featuring paintings, sculpture and jewelry from 40 of Savannah’s finest artists.This fun event will take place on Thursday, May 23 at Cha Bella, 102 E. Board Street between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. There will be an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and D.J. Basik Lee will be spinning tunes!  The 40 artists include Betsy Cain, Preston Russell, Daniel E. Smith, Bellamy Murphy, Kristen Baird, Susie Chisholm and many more. For more information, including the entire list of artists, or to buy a ticket please visit https://artauction.eventbrite.com 

BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Meet up with other Savannah Chamber members at April Business Connection on April 11 at the Savannah Country Club. Bring a stack of business cards to exchange while you’re networking at one of Savannah’s most historic golf venues. This event is open to Chamber Members for $10 or guests for $25, for information on becoming a chamber member contact Cynthia at savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com. To RSVP to the event, visit http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/april-business-connection-at-savannah-country-club-april-11/

THANK YOU SAVANNAH AIRPORT COMMISSION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Airport Commission is one of the Excellence Sponsors for the 2019 Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) program. The vision of the Savannah Airport Commission is to provide safe, secure and efficient facilities, to provide air service and to promote the economic development of the airport and the region as a whole. For more information, please visit  https://savannahairport.com/business/about/our-team/ 

HOLES FORE HEROES – MAY 17

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Coastal Georgia Apartment Association will host its third annual Holes Fore Heroes golf tournament benefitting the NLF Veteran’s Village on May 17. The tournament will take place at the Club at Savannah Harbor. Sponsors’ deadline to sign-up is May 3, and golfers may register until May 10. For more information, please visit https://www.coastalga-apt.org/events/2019holesforeheroes

MEET MEL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Mel! Mel is a four-month old female Shar Pei mix. She is a total love bug, and she is also blind! She uses her other senses to make up for her lack of sight, but this doesn’t stop her! Mel loves humans, other dogs and cats. She is the perfect companion for someone who has the time to devote to her. For more information on Mel or any of Coastal Pet Rescue’s other cats and dogs for adoption, please visit  http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-d-540-mel/ 

Roush’s Delivery Service Breaks Ground on New Warehouse Flex Space

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Roush’s Delivery Service Breaks Ground on New Warehouse Flex Space
The Dewitt Tilton Group Starts New Construction on 30,000 Building in Garden City

(GARDEN CITY, GA) Savannah-based commercial construction firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group will hold groundbreaking ceremonies on Thursday, April 18, in Garden City for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse/office building for Roush’s Delivery Service.

The groundbreaking will be at 11 a.m. at the construction site, Lot 6 West Chatham Business Park in Garden City.

Roush’s Delivery Service, founded in 1973, provides expedited less-than-truckload (LTL) and logistics services. Mike Roush is president of the family-owned firm, and Mike Roush Jr. is its general manager. The company experienced a 400% growth over the past four years, thus demanding physical expansion.

“We have to adapt as our clients’ needs change,” said Mike Roush. “Most of our customers now need project-based work, and our new site will equip us to meet those needs in the most effective manner. Yes, we have grown tremendously, but the reason for this expansion is also to better serve our clients.”

The pre-engineered metal building will include 3,500 square feet of heated and cooled office space. The building is dock-high all the way around, and the office portion will be configured as two stories. Translucent light panels along the front and rear will allow natural light into the warehouse. 12 overhead garage doors that vary in size with edge or pit levelers will accommodate most any truck and its load. There is also a concrete ramp into the building from parking level as another means of access for receiving or delivering goods.

“Mike and I were buddies in grade school and high school,” Chris Tilton, one of the principals at Dewitt Tilton, said of the younger Roush. “Who would have thought, back when we were at Benedictine, that we would one day be working together on a $2 million construction project? We appreciate all of our clients, but it is really fun to work with old friends.”

Dewitt Tilton Group, Commercial Construction Savannah, Savannah Public Relations, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing

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 which guarantees 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 www.dewitttiltongroup.com

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Bethesda Academy and Georgia Southern University Partner for Agricultural Research

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Bethesda Academy and Georgia Southern University Partner for Agricultural Research

(SAVANNAH, GA) Students at Bethesda Academy, a residential and day school for boys in grades six through 12, are joining forces with chemistry students from Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus to try to answer questions on how gardening methods impact the nutritional value of produce.

The research will focus on determining the antioxidant levels in food grown by three different methods: conventional soil-based cultivation using conventional fertilizers and pesticides, organic cultivation using sustainable, non-toxic processes and aquaponics, growing plants in fish tanks with a water-based system.

Bethesda will offer the local organic testing ground and, in exchange, students will get the opportunity to engage with chemists in hands-on learning activities.

Bethesda Academy

(Left to right) Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Suzanne Carpenter, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University; Merrin Slocombe, Director of Farm and Garden at Bethesda Academy; Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy; Richard Wallace, Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University

Bethesda Academy


(Left to Right) Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy

Bethesda Academy

Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University (left) and Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University (right), work on the farm at Bethesda Academy.

Bethesda Academy

Merrin Slocombe, Director of Farm and Garden at Bethesda Academy (left) and Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy (right) work on the farm at Bethesda Academy.

“The question of how growing method affects nutrient quality is currently one of the most hotly discussed and least studied topics in agricultural science,” said Marrin Slocombe, director of farm and garden at Bethesda. “The findings could have an enormous impact on informing consumer preferences and determining government policy.”

The Bethesda campus is home to five-acres of organic gardens, including a large greenhouse. The school uses the facilities, as well as a cattle herd and pasture land, to teach vocational agriculture. The school sells its produce at a farm stand open from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.

Bethesda is committed to using community resources to the greatest extent possible in preparing our students for the future,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “We relish this opportunity to have Bethesda’s young men work alongside scientists and students from a major research university.”

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075
www.crussomarketing.com

First 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Lecture to Feature Meditation for Stress Relief

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First 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Lecture to Feature Meditation for Stress Relief

(SAVANNAH, GA) The first of four 2019 Enmarket health education events, scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, will feature a free lunchtime lecture on the benefits of meditation for stress relief. The lecture will be presented at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

The session will be presented by longtime meditation instructor Cleveland Beach who has been leading such classes for more than 25 years.

Cleveland Beach, Enmarket Encourage Health Series

Cleveland Beach, Enmarket Encourage Health Series

Beach will share the four basic elements of meditation practice developed by Harvard Professor Herbert Benson along with ideas from Jon Kabat-Zinn, with the Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

“During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress,” said Beach. “This process can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.”

Beach, who has been lay ordained in Japanese Soto Zen Buddhism, attended seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has been educated and trained in addiction counseling and has worked as a group facilitator, program manager and clinical supervisor.

He developed a private practice in Durham, North Carolina, teaching stress management and meditation to individuals and groups before relocating with his family to Savannah where he has facilitated numerous workshops, presentations and training on stress management, relaxation and meditation.

Doors will open for the April 30 event at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 11:45 a.m. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required as a healthy lunch will be provided and seating is limited. To RSVP, visit www.healthysavannah.org.

During the event, the Enmarket Encourage Health Series will also recognize the nonprofit Park Place Outreach- Youth Emergency Shelter that supports runaway, homeless, and at-risk young people, ages 11-21, through residential and after-school programs. During the month of April, representatives of Enmarket and Healthy Savannah will volunteer at the shelter and present the organization with a $1,000 Encourage Health grant.

This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustee’s Garden, Cha Bella, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and WRHQ.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah Presents Over $7,500 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

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Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah Presents Over $7,500 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire
Proceeds Raised from Royal Flush Casino Night

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah presented $7,896.48 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire to support their mission to provide a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at nearby hospitals.

The funds were raised during the organization’s inaugural Royal Flush Casino Night attended by more than 200 people on Feb. 28 at the Savannah Station.

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Bill Sorochak, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire (left), accepts a $7,896.48 check presentation from Sherry Daniel, CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah (center), and Shantina Ferguson-Waldburg, Operations Coordination Department Manager (right), from proceeds raised at the 2019 Royal Flush Casino Night.

“The stress of having a child in the hospital combined with the expense of daily living while trying to be close and emotionally strong for their child can be overwhelming,” said Roto-Rooter owner Sherry Daniel. “I’m so thankful and proud of our community who came out to support this event, ‘the house really did win’.”

Bill Sorochak, executive director of Ronald McDonald House, praised the contribution.

“This is not only a wonderful gift from Roto-Rooter, but it is a tremendous contribution to the community,” Sorochak said. “Every donation helps ensure we can stretch the dollars that support our 13-bedroom house in Savannah to better serve the families who depend on us.” “We are grateful to know that this annual event will continue to support the children, families and mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Savannah for years to come.”

The goal of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates on a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

For more information, visit https://www.rotosavannah.com

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is a registered 501©3 non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone program is the Savannah Ronald McDonald House that provides more than 4,170 family night stays each year with a “Home away from home.” Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations, care to underserved, school-aged children in Beaufort County, S.C.

ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH
Roto-Rooter plumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooters Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075