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July 2019

Chris Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group to Present at Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Power Hour Luncheon

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Chris Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group to Present at Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Power Hour Luncheon

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Tilton, co-principal of the Dewitt Tilton Group, will present “Metal Buildings: Modern Marvels? Businesses Turning to Budget-Friendly Options for State-of-the-Art Appearances” at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Power Hour Luncheon on Tuesday, August 6.

Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company
Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

The luncheon will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, at the Grand Lake Club located at 815 Southbridge Blvd in Savannah. The cost to attend for Chamber members is $12.00. The event is also open to prospective Chamber members who can contact Tina Mock at tmock@savannahchamber.com for more information.

“It’s a topic I believe our community will be interested and surprised to learn about,” said Tilton. “We used to think of metal buildings as being the ugly shed in our neighbor’s backyard, but they really have evolved into design-worthy and environmentally-friendly structures.”

To register for the luncheon, please visit http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=171

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

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Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
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912.856.9075

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Got an idea for a unique, exciting new product or service? Then consider entering Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ entrepreneurial competition. A kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank”, aspiring Savannah area entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their new business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and professional business services to help launch their new business.

Proposed businesses must be new start-ups or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah/Chatham County business license after March 1, 2018. Winners must locate and operate their business within Chatham County and launch by January 1, 2021. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Complete Rules and the Online Application are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com. Applications will be accepted through midnight, July 29, 2019, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.

Eight finalists will be chosen to pitch their business ideas to the panel of judges at Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” event on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4-6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street, Savannah. It will be free and open to the public.

The five judges are:

“BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE in partnership with the following sponsors and professional services donors:

The City of Savannah; Savannah Economic Development Authority; Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Assistance Corporation; UGA Small Business Development Center; The Creative Coast; MassMutual; Wells Fargo-The Private Bank; BB&T; Savannah Morning News/GateHouse Media; HunterMacLean; Kenkel Design; Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.; Salesdialers.com; Advertising Specialty Services; Habersham Beverage; and Sand Dollar Accounting.

The competition rules and online application are available at https://bizpitchsavannah.com. For more information, visit the website or contact Savannah SCORE at bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.

About SCORE 
SCORE is the nation’s largest provider of business mentoring and educational services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Savannah SCORE has been named SCORE’s 2019 Mid–Market “Chapter of the Year”. To schedule a free business mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE mentor, go to https://savannah.score.org or call 912-652-4335.

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

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CANCER PATIENTS TO BE PRESENTED BLANKETS AND CRAFT KITS

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) Peacock Subaru has again partnered with Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to support cancer patients through the donation of blankets and craft kits at two Lowcountry cancer centers. Blanket donations will be given to adult cancer patients to keep warm during their chemotherapy treatments, and craft kits will be delivered to children. Visitors to the Peacock Subaru dealership were given an opportunity to write a message of hope and encouragement to patients. The blankets and messages will be delivered on Tuesday, July 9, starting at 1 pm at Radiation Oncology, located at 25 Hospital Center Blvd, Suite 101, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. The volunteers will then head to South Carolina Cancer Specialists, located at 45 Hospital Center Commons, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ 


SAVANNAH FILM ALLIANCE HONORS GALA ANNOUNCED

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s calendar of social events gets a glamorous new entry this year with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. The Gala will recognize and honor several key professionals for their invaluable contributions to the local film and television industry. The theme of the event will be “Old Hollywood” and will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street. This event is open to the public, and tickets are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities, including the title sponsorship, are available at several levels. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, visit www.SavannahFilmAlliance.orgSavannah Film Alliance Honors Gala


SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGING PERCEPTION ON PLASTIC SURGERY

(PINNACLE PLASTIC SURGERY) Thanks to Snapchat and Instagram “pretty” filters, it’s easy to imagine what you would look like with larger eyes, a flatter nose, and fuller lips. A new study from Johns Hopkins researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that social media might not just be distorting how we want to look in the digital realm. It could also be related to how we feel about plastic surgery. Read the study here: LINK.


LSEGA CALL FOR 2020 NOMINATIONS

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a leadership development program for professionals in a 10-county region, is calling for nominations for its 2020 course. The program fosters relationships among leaders in the region and offers professional development related to critical leadership skills and issues such as conflict resolution, self-awareness, communication and strategic thinking. Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by Leadership Southeast Georgia alumni, their employers or community leaders. Residents of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties are eligible. Nominations should be submitted on the Leadership Southeast Georgia website, http://www.lsega.com/nominate/


ENMARKET DIRECTOR APPOINTED TO LLS GEORGIA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Georgia Chapter is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket, to its Board of Trustees. Fatzinger joins a group of 18 fellow Trustees to provide strategic guidance, financial oversight, and fundraising assistance for LLS. Please visit www.lls.org/ga for more information. For information on Enmarket, visit http://enmarket.com/Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket Named to Board of Trustees for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter


5 STARTUPS THAT ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE TRAVEL: PITCH ON A PLANE

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) With smartphones at our fingertips and WiFi in the sky, travelling has never been easier. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. British Airways and Founders Forum have partnered up to host Pitch on a Plane, a competition for start-ups that are building innovative technology solutions or services which have the potential to transform customers’ travel experiences. These five semifinalists will pitch to judges in real time as they fly from San Francisco to London for the finals – utilizing the on-board WiFi: https://mashable.com/ad/article/pitch-on-a-plane/

SECOND LECTURE OF 2019 ENMARKET ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES FOCUSES ON FOOD INSECURITY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Food insecurity issues in Savannah was the focus of the second presentation of the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series. The presenter was Desirae Suggs, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica who is studying to become a registered dietitian. She is a certified personal trainer who has an interest in nutrition and fitness following weight problems she faced earlier in her life. To watch the full lecture, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWf6iNHDLdw 

Desirae Suggs Enmarket Encourage Health Series

Desirae Suggs Enmarket Encourage Health Series


BO BOWEN ON SAVANNAH’S GROWING ECONOMY

(SAVANNAH CEO) Check out what Bo Bowen of The Bowen Law Group has to say about Savannah’s growing economy in this Savannah CEO video interview: http://savannahceo.com/video/2019/06/charles-bowen-bowen-law-group-savannahs-growing-economy/Charles Bowen


SPEAKER SELECTED FROM ST. ANDREW’S

(SAVANNAH, GA) Grace Sotomayor-Mantri, St. Andrew’s School Spanish teacher, was selected to present at the 2019 TEDx Savannah conference this summer. She shared her thoughts on the theme of Southern Momentum. View her presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbB6hx_p8bA&feature=share 

METAL BUILDINGS: MODERN MARVELS?

(DEWITT TILTON GROUP) Time was, when you heard the words “metal building,” your lip might well curl a bit. The best that could be said was that they were utilitarian. Now, metal buildings have become a trend, driven by innovation that drove up demand. Today, a metal building may be the proper option for your new build. Learn more at http://www.ccr-mag.com/metal-buildings-modern-marvels/


HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

(BEST BUSINESS BROKERS) Setting the right price when selling a business is one of the most important decisions a business owner may face. Setting an unrealistic price tag may lead to a dead-end street. For more information, visit www.b3brokers.com

REACH CUSTOMERS ONLINE WITH GOOGLE

(SAVANNAH, GA) The UGA Small Business Development Center in Savannah and the UGA SBDC at Georgia Southern University, present a workshop entitled “Reach Customers Online with Google” on three different dates at three different locations.  July 9th in Statesboro, July 16th in Pooler and July 23rd in Vidalia.  All sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Find out what Google knows about your business and get your Google Business Page verified during the session.  For more information, visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/reach-customers-online-with-google/

TEENS: THE HIDDEN HOMELESS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Homeless youth, students at every school in the district from the islands to Bloomingdale, are often referred to as the hidden homeless, doubling up or sleeping in cars or motels. They may not identify as homeless, but they have no permanent place to call home. Recently, Julie Wade, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services and representative of District One on the Savannah Chatham County Board of Education, wrote a column for the Savannah Morning News about this issue. Read it here: LINK

LDSS HOSTS CAMP BUDDY 2019 IN CHATHAM  

(CHATHAM COUNTY) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will host its eleventh annual Camp Buddy summer camp in Chatham County later this week and next week. Camp Buddy offers programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year with the goal of promoting information retention from the previous year. Special education teachers along with occupational, physical and speech therapists have worked to design a customized curriculum for the program. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/ 

CHANGES COMING TO GOOGLE’S NATURAL DISASTER ALERTS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Google’s SOS alerts are a handy tool to keep people informed in times of crisis, and now they’ll come with even more detail. In the next few weeks, Google will begin to present more visual information for natural disasters, plus introduce a new navigation warning system. For hurricanes, Google Maps will display a forecast cone which will show the hurricane’s projected trajectory, with information on the times it’s expected to hit certain areas. If you’re near the hurricane, a crisis notification card will alert you of the information in the days leading up to it. Learn more here: https://mashable.com/article/google-sos-alerts-visual/

COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN POOLER

(POOLER, GA) Looking for a new space to house your company or part of your services? 4,500 square feet of commercial space is available for rent in Pooler. Built in 2008, the space includes a fully conditioned warehouse, a new, build-out-of office, two drive-in doors, and a lighted, secure flex space. For more information, please visit https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/1018-Highway-80-W-Pooler-GA/15197015/

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON TO BE HELD AUGUST 9

(BLUFFTON, SC) Laurie Brown, founder and owner of Aunt Laurie’s, announced the next Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will once again be held in Bluffton at Venue 1223 on August 9. The event is intended to help support local women owned businesses and to help women network in effort to grow personally and professionally. The event will also offer vendors for selling products and services.Attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch at noon with ample time for networking and meeting new friends. Local women business owners will have vendor displays and guests will have time for shopping before and after lunch. Bringing business cards for networking and prize drawings is highly recommended.Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at https://g.co/kgs/bPu1ZS

UNITED WAY OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE ORGANIZES ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) The United Way of the Coastal Empire Bryan County office is organizing its annual school supply drive. Donated school supplies will be distributed to low-income students to make sure that they come prepared and ready for success on the first day of school. For more information, please visit http://www.uwce.org

MEET CZAR

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Czar – a 10+ year old shepherd who was left at the pound to die.  Czar came to Coastal Pet Rescue in early June and has since been diagnosed with cancer. They have decided not to treat the cancer, and instead will keep him as pain free as possible and concentrate on his quality of life vs the quantity he has left. He would be a great pet for an older couple or as a hospice pet. What’s important here is that he will not die alone, in discomfort and anxiety, at the pound. For more information on Czar or any of Coastal Pet Rescue’s other cats and dogs for adoption, please visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-d-248-czar/

Boycotts and Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill

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Boycotts and Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill
By Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

As every parent knows, children’s fairy tales and fables are often founts of considerable insight and wisdom.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” sheds considerable light on politicians who vainly strut on the state and national stage. “Cinderella” contains valuable lessons regarding the mistreatment of the poor. It is one of Aesop’s Fables that is most directly relevant to today’s headlines, however: “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.”

The story recounts the tale of a farmer who owned a goose that laid a solid gold egg every morning. While these eggs made the farmer a wealthy man, he still wanted more. “Then one day the idea came to him that he could get all the golden eggs at once by killing the goose and cutting it open. But when the deed was done, not a single golden egg did he find and his precious goose was dead.”

The state of Georgia has its own such rare and valuable goose. It is our film and television industry, and we have fed and cared for it well. Due to a combination of economic incentives, workforce development, and commitment to infrastructure, Georgia has become one of the most preferred destinations in the world for film and television productions.

Over the past several years, these productions have had an economic impact in our state of roughly $10 billion annually. Locally, we hosted approximately 200 professional film and television productions in 2018 that accounted for $250 million in direct spending in Chatham County alone.

The question our state faces now, however, is whether the passage of Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” may result in a costly boycott by the film and television industry. Such a boycott has been threatened by several actors and professional organizations.

For those unfamiliar, the proposed law would ban abortion as soon as a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, which typically happens around six weeks into a pregnancy. This law would be one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country, particularly considering that most women do not even realize they are pregnant at six weeks. As of this writing, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has not yet signed the Georgia legislation, but there is little doubt that he will do so.

There is almost unanimous agreement, even among its proponents, that the law is patently unconstitutional. It is specifically designed to attempt to get the question of abortion rights back before a U.S. Supreme Court that is now stacked with conservatives. The real goal is to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1974 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. But it is a long way to the Supreme Court, and every effort to pass a similar bill in other states (18 at last count) has been struck down before it has reached that level.

It is this legal layer of protection that I believe is likely to temper any threatened boycott from the entertainment industry. While there will certainly be action and anger from some, it is unlikely to result in an industry-wide consensus to boycott the state of Georgia unless and until a fetal heartbeat bill were to survive the inevitable court challenge and actually go into effect.

By way of analogy, imagine if the Savannah City Council enacted a local ordinance stating that no one over six feet tall was allowed to own a local business. While such an action would obviously inspire immediate anger, most reasonable people would understand that due to our system of legal checks and balances, there would no need for panic because of the certainty that such an unenforceable ordinance would be immediately struck down by the courts.

As far as the heartbeat bill, the vast majority of the entertainment industry will likely wait and see what ultimately happens. But they will absolutely be taking notes.

 

Leadership Southeast Georgia Calls For Nominations for 2020 Leadership Training Program

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Leadership Southeast Georgia Calls For Nominations for 2020 Leadership Training Program

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a leadership development program for professionals in a 10-county coastal region, is calling for nominations for the class of 2020.

Leadership Southeast Georgia

The program fosters relationships among leaders in the region and offers professional development related to critical leadership skills and issues such as conflict resolution, self-awareness, communication and strategic thinking.

“This program attracts and connects seasoned civic and business leaders from the communities throughout southeast Georgia in an effort to strengthen leadership overall in our region,” said Brynn Grant, recently elected Chair of the Leadership Southeast Georgia board of directors.

Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by Leadership Southeast Georgia alumni, their employers or community leaders. Residents of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties are eligible. Nominations should be submitted on the Leadership Southeast Georgia website, http://www.lsega.com/nominate/

The selection process is competitive and ensures a diverse mix of members from each county, culture, race and gender. Numerous factors will be taken into consideration for each candidate and requirements for each candidate include:

• Must live or work in the county from which he or she applies;
• Must be willing to serve their community and region;
• Must be open to growing as a professional;
• Must still and always be eager to learn;
• Must participate and work well in group activities;
• Must be professional, motivated and prompt.

The program is held over five weekends during a five-month period beginning in February and ending in June. Each session takes place in a different county. Since 1999, the program has produced sixteen graduating classes with over 350 alumni.

The selection committee is comprised of Leadership Southeast Georgia board members.

For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/nominate/.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501©3 regional leadership program designed to advance community and economic development in the 10-county southeast Georgia region and effectively build a network of leadership across county lines. The program explores topics such as health and public safety, natural resources, military impact, education, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Screven counties. Since 1999, Leadership Southeast Georgia has graduated 16 classes representing approximately 350 graduates from throughout the region. For more info visit: http://www.lsega.com/

CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
lsegainfo@gmail.com
912.856.9075

Inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala to Recognize Film and Television Professionals

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Inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala to Recognize Film and Television Professionals

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s calendar of social events gets a glamorous new entry this year with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. The Gala will recognize and honor several key professionals for their invaluable contributions to the local film and television industry. The theme of the event will be “Old Hollywood” and will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street.

Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala

Entertainment will be the focal point of this red carpet event. The Savannah Film Alliance (SFA) will invite its membership of filmmakers, musicians, and actors to show off their talents throughout the night.

There is also an immersive theater experience planned for the event, whereby guests will interact and engage with live entertainers at an old Hollywood “High Society” gathering. “The immersive experience is designed to transport event attendees back in time into a glamorous alternate reality,” said Charles Bowen, founder of the SFA. “This is the cutting edge of live theater and I think people will remember this night for a long time.”

The entertainment industry is a force to be reckoned with in Georgia as it has grown in the last decade from $240 million in 2007 to almost $10 billion in 2018 with 30 to 40 productions underway in the state at any given time. In Savannah alone, the economic impact from motion picture and television productions has risen from $26 million in 2012 to $254.6 million in 2018.

While threats of a Georgia boycott have dominated the news recently, the SFA Honors Gala aims to shift the focus instead to all of the positive aspects of the local entertainment industry. “I am especially excited for the opportunity to recognize and reward all of the hard-working professionals that have transformed Savannah into one of the most sought-after filming destinations in the world,” said Bowen. “The Gala will not only be wildly entertaining, but it will shine the spotlight directly on many of the industry members who are quickly becoming shining stars – not to mention economic drivers – in our community.”

VIP tickets to the Gala are $150 and will include valet parking, early entry at 6:30 p.m., private performances and meet and greets, a professional photo on the red carpet, a special award, and a VIP swag bag.

General admission tickets are $75 and will allow entry when the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

All attendees will enjoy live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. The honors ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. and an onsite after party will last from 9:30 until 11 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities, including the title sponsorship, are available at several levels.

For more information on tickets and sponsorships, visit www.SavannahFilmAlliance.org.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
www.thebowenlawgroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.856.9075
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

Second 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Lecture Explores Food Insecurity in Savannah

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Second 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Lecture Explores Food Insecurity in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Food insecurity issues in Savannah was the focus of the second presentation of the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series.

The presenter was Desirae Suggs, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica who is studying to become a registered dietitian. She is a certified personal trainer who has an interest in nutrition and fitness following weight problems she faced earlier in her life.

Desirae Suggs Enmarket Encourage Health Series

Desirae Suggs Enmarket Encourage Health Series

Among her topics was a research study conducted with local food pantries, soup kitchens and Second Harvest in Chatham County to assess how food is distributed and whether it meets the needs of the people those groups serve.

This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, David’s Dry Cleaners, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ 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

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, July 1, 2019

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SECOND LECTURE OF 2019 ENMARKET ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES FOCUSES ON FOOD INSECURITY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Food insecurity issues in Savannah was the focus of the second presentation of the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series. The presenter was Desirae Suggs, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica who is studying to become a registered dietitian. She is a certified personal trainer who has an interest in nutrition and fitness following weight problems she faced earlier in her life. To watch the full lecture, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWf6iNHDLdw 

Desirae Suggs, Enmarket Encourage Health Series


BO BOWEN ON SAVANNAH’S GROWING ECONOMY

(SAVANNAH CEO) Check out what Bo Bowen of The Bowen Law Group has to say about Savannah’s growing economy in this Savannah CEO video interview: http://savannahceo.com/video/2019/06/charles-bowen-bowen-law-group-savannahs-growing-economy/ 

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen


APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR FREE MOUTH SHIELD PROGRAM FOR LOCAL SPORTS TEAMS – DUE TODAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sports teams in the Savannah area are invited to apply for free custom-fit mouth guards for their upcoming season courtesy of Angela Canfield, a local dentist who operates Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon.Canfield will accept applications until Monday, July 1 for the 2019 Canfield Mouth Shield Program, which will provide mouth guards in team colors, valued at up to $10,000, for the team chosen for the program.For more information or to apply, visit https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/mouth-shield-program/  Angela Canfield

EQUIPMENTSHARE BREAKS GROUND

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) EquipmentShare, a national equipment rental business, broke ground on a new facility, located at 145 Thunderbird Dr., Richmond Hill, GA. This facility will be used as an equipment rental facility, as well as, one of their installation centers for their Tech company, Equipment Share Track. The Dewitt Tilton Group is the contractor for the project. EquipmentShare is a contractor-focused equipment rental business, giving contractors access to an extensive construction fleet. The company also offers technology solutions and other services to the contracting field. Founded in 2014, it operates 26 facilities in 11 states. For more information, please visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/06/equipmentshare-breaks-ground-new-rental-equipment-facility-richmond-hill/ 

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jonathan Miller, Director of Construction (EquipmentShare); Billy Meadows, Territory Manager (EquipmentShare); David Brown, Director of Business Development (EquipmentShare); Matt Hicks, General Manager (EquipmentShare); Chris Tilton (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Kim Thomas (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Councilman Bill Donahue (Richmond Hill); Suzanne Meadows (The Trisha Cook Team of Keller Williams Realty)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jonathan Miller, Director of Construction (EquipmentShare); Billy Meadows, Territory Manager (EquipmentShare); David Brown, Director of Business Development (EquipmentShare); Matt Hicks, General Manager (EquipmentShare); Chris Tilton (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Kim Thomas (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Councilman Bill Donahue (Richmond Hill); Suzanne Meadows (The Trisha Cook Team of Keller Williams Realty)


OPEN FOR BUSINESS® FOCUSES ON BUSINESS GOALS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS®) The June session of Open for Business® focused on business goals and how to achieve them. Check out this recap video from last month’s session: https://www.facebook.com/CarriageTradePublicRelations/videos/346814392659566/  

SPEAKER SELECTED FROM ST. ANDREW’S

(SAVANNAH, GA) Grace Sotomayor-Mantri, St. Andrew’s School Spanish teacher, was selected to present at the 2019 TEDx Savannah conference this summer. She shared her thoughts on the theme of Southern Momentum. View her presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbB6hx_p8bA&feature=share 

AGING IN PLACE: RENOVATION TIPS TO UPDATE A HOUSE FOR STAYING LONG TERM

(SAVANNAH, GA) It’s something no one wants to talk about. Where will you (or your parents) go when you “outlive” your home? Stairs and narrow showers aren’t the most accommodating options for individuals in the older years. Sherry Daniel, owner and CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah, shares her tips for staying in a home through the aging process in this article published in Mechanical Hub: https://mechanical-hub.com/aging-in-place-ways-to-update-a-house-for-staying-long-term/ 

Sherry Daniel, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Sherry Daniel, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah


LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA GRADUATES CLASS OF 2019

(SAVANNAH, GA) Twenty-five business and civic leaders from 10 southeast Georgia counties graduated from the 2019 session of Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), wrapping up with a session in Chatham County. The five-month program, which is in its 20th year, is designed to connect and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in Coastal Georgia. The group’s fifth and final session included discussions of health and infrastructure, featuring tours of ongoing projects in Savannah, the Waters Professional Health Services Building on the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University, and the Georgia Ports Authority as well as Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Nominations for the 2020 LSEGA program will open on Monday, July 1. For more information, please visit https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/people-in-the-news/9281-june-19-leadership-southeast-georgia-graduates-class-of-2019-after-studying-healthy-communities-and-infrastructure-in-chatham-county.html

LSEGA Class of 2019

LSEGA Class of 2019


LDSS HOSTS CAMP BUDDY 2019 IN EFFINGHAM AND LOOKS AHEAD TO CHATHAM COUNTY CAMP 

(CHATHAM AND EFFINGHAM COUNTIES) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will host its eleventh annual Camp Buddy summer camps in Chatham County later this month. The Effingham County camp was held June 24-28. In Chatham County, it will be held July 8-19. Camp Buddy offers programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year with the goal of promoting information retention from the previous year. Special education teachers along with occupational, physical and speech therapists have worked to design a customized curriculum for the program. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/ 

LEADERSHIP SAVANNAH APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

(SAVANNAH, GA) Applications for the 2019-2020 Leadership Savannah class are currently being accepted. This will be a one-year class. The class will be limited to 42 people. The Selections Committee is seeking representation from a cross-section of the community. These leaders and potential leaders will be active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations and ethnic and minority groups and will reflect the diversity of the community. Applicants must have the full support of their organization or corporation they represent. To apply, go to www.leadershipsavannah.org 

FIVE MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN SELLING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Proper planning can mean thousands of dollars in your pocket, and finding the right person to represent your business is key. Best Business Brokers (B3) has worked with hundreds of businesses over the years and knows how to provide help a business owner might not even know to ask for. For more information, visit https://www.thebalancesmb.com/selling-your-small-business-mistakes-2890127 or www.b3brokers.com

PARK PLACE OUTREACH AND GREENBRIAR CHILDREN’S CENTER HOST EMORY LAW PRESENTATION ON FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION SERVICES ACT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services and Greenbriar Children’s Center hosted a presentation by Melissa D. Carter, Clinical Professor of Law and Executive Director of Emory Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center; Shelby Zimmer, Acting Family First Director and Federal Plans Manager for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services; and Gabrielle Kreisley Sheely, Lawyer and Consultant in the child and youth services field. This three-hour session explained the federal Family First Prevention Services Act and how it will impact Chatham County youth. For more information on Park Place Outreach, please visit https://parkplaceyes.org/ and for more information on Greenbriar Children’s Center, please visit https://greenbriarchildrenscenter.org/

Family First Breakfast Meeting hosted by Park Place Outreach


STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS RECAP VIDEO

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you miss the 7th annual State of Small Business in Chatham County? Don’t fret! You can watch a full recap here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoTdLN2k1GM&feature=youtu.be 

COFFEE CHATS AT THE CLYDE VENUE – TOMORROW

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wake up and smell the coffee! At this first-thing-in-the-morning networking opportunity hosted by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, participants will begin with 30 minutes of open networking, then spend 30 minutes listening to each attendee share a 10-15 second “elevator pitch” about who they are and what they do. After everyone has spoken, the group will spend another 30 minutes meeting and greeting their new acquaintances. Sip on coffee while you pass out business cards and meet potential clients and partners. For more information, please visit https://www.savannahchamber.com/news-and-events/

THIRD ANNUAL THRIVE LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) The SC Lowcountry SCORE Chapter and the HHI-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce presents the third annual Thrive Conference, the premier women’s event of the Lowcountry. This year’s theme is “Achieving Results” with a goal to educate, empower and engage women and guests of all ages, in all stages of life with intent to motivate every guest to reach their full potential and ultimately realize results. New this year? BizPitch! Learn more here:


“INSPIRE YOUR COMMUNITY” PODCAST DONATES $1000 IN SUPPORT OF POLICE SGT. ANSARI’S FAMILY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Representatives of Pooler Elementary School and the 200 Club were each presented a check for $500 from the founder of the “Inspire Your Community” podcast, in recognition of the support these organizations provided to the families of the late Savannah Police Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, who died after being shot while investigating an armed robbery the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group construction firm, founded the “Inspire Your Community” podcast and said that the nominations for both organizations aligned perfectly with the mission of the podcast and supports its motto: “Do Good, See Good, Inspire Others.” To watch the video from the donation to Pooler Elementary, please visit https://youtu.be/Uh5oXUAG5I0 To learn more about this donation, please visit https://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20190616/our-community-recognizing-those-who-inspire-your-community 

(Left to right): Chris Tilton, co-principal of Dewitt Tilton Group; Robbie Johnson, student at Pooler Elementary School; Colvin Proto, student at Pooler Elementary School; Carson Abraham, student at Pooler Elementary School; Stacey McPipkin, Principal at Pooler Elementary School; Riley Pack, student at Pooler Elementary School; Liam Clark, student at Pooler Elementary School; Elizabeth Harper, Art Teacher at Pooler Elementary School.

Chris Tilton (right), co-principal of Dewitt Tilton Group, presents $500 to Mark Dana (left), President of the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, as part of the Inspire Your Community podcast.


WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IN THE FIELD OF ARCHITECTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wondering what it takes to a be a successful woman in the field of architecture? Gretchen Callejas, project architect at Felder & Associates, has a few words of wisdom. In her article, Callejas discusses “the missing 32%”, work-life balance for women in her industry, and the need for female mentors who are willing to assist the next generation of ambitious women who equally love the field. A phenomenal read, you can find her article here: https://www.professionalwomanmag.com/2019/06/successful-woman-field-architecture/ 

Gretchen Callejas
Felder & Associates
AIA, LEED AP Project Architect


PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERS WITH TOWN OF BLUFFTON TO END DISTRACTED DRIVING

(BLUFFTON, SC) South Carolina is one of only two remaining states without a hands-free law in effect. In an effort to end distracted driving, Peacock Automotive and the Town of Bluffton have partnered with the Lutzie 43 Foundation. Watch this short video to find out why joining the fight against distracted driving is so important for South Carolina’s safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xqXcJ7IwHI&feature=youtu.be 

COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN POOLER

(POOLER, GA) Looking for a new space to house your company or part of your services? 4,500 square feet of commercial space is available for rent in Pooler. Built in 2008, the space includes a fully conditioned warehouse, a new, build-out-of office, two drive-in doors, and a lighted, secure flex space. For more information, please visit https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/1018-Highway-80-W-Pooler-GA/15197015/ 

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON TO BE HELD AUGUST 9

(BLUFFTON, SC) Laurie Brown, founder and owner of Aunt Laurie’s, announced the next Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will once again be held in Bluffton at Venue 1223 on August 9. The event is intended to help support local women owned businesses and to help women network in effort to grow personally and professionally. The event will also offer vendors for selling products and services.Attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch at noon with ample time for networking and meeting new friends. Local women business owners will have vendor displays and guests will have time for shopping before and after lunch. Bringing business cards for networking and prize drawings is highly recommended.Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at https://g.co/kgs/bPu1ZS

SAVANNAH CHAMBER HONORS LOCAL BUSINESSES 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce honored local businesses for their dedication to the community at their annual Business Awards Banquet. Find out who the winners of the 2019 awards are here: https://www.savannahnow.com/business/20190613/savannah-chamber-honors-local-businesses 

5 LINKEDIN FEATURES FOR MARKETERS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS®) LinkedIn can be tough for marketers to navigate. For five “under-the-radar” features that could be helpful for you or your business, please visit https://www.toprankblog.com/2019/06/linkedin-features-marketers/ 

UNITED WAY OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE ORGANIZES ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) The United Way of the Coastal Empire Bryan County office is organizing its annual school supply drive. Donated school supplies will be distributed to low-income students to make sure that they come prepared and ready for success on the first day of school. For more information, please visit www.uwce.org 

7 BRANDS KILLING IT WITH HUMOR ON TWITTER 

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS®) Need a little Twitter inspiration? These seven brands are “killing the game” on the social media platform, and they’re using humor to do it! Check it out here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/335485?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

MEET HUCKLEBERRIES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Huckleberries! Huckleberries is a female terrier mix. Huckleberries is new to Coastal Pet Rescue, so information is limited right now, but we do know that Huckleberries is just as sweet as her name and is ready to find her forever family! Could it be you? For more information on Huckleberries or any of Coastal Pet Rescue’s other cats and dogs for adoption, please visit  http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-d-127-huckleberries/