COMMUNITY HEADLINES – JANUARY 24, 2022

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JIMMY BUFFET COMING TO ENMARKET ARENA
(ENMARKET ARENA) Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers are bringing Life on the Flipside Redux Tour 2022 to Enmarket Arena in Savannah on Thursday, April 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 28 at 10 a.m. here: https://bit.ly/BuffettSAV22
ROYCE LEARNING CENTER PARTNERS WITH SAVANNAH BAPTIST CENTER TO OFFER FREE ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Royce Learning Center’s Adult & Community Education (ACE) program has partnered with Savannah Baptist Center to offer free adult education classes at their Wheaton Street location. This program is designed for adult learners of all ages and abilities. Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 12:30p – 2:30p at the Savannah Baptist Center located at 704 Wheaton Street in Savannah. Classes are free and open to the public. For more information, or to enroll in the class, please contact Stephanie Carr at 912-232-1033.
UNDERSTANDING INSTAGRAM INSIGHTS
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) In this video, expert Natasha Samuel outlines how to leverage Instagram Insights to analyze your performance so you can crush your goals. You’ll discover how to access your Insights, the four most important metrics to watch, and how to determine why or how people are engaging with your content.
FREE CLASS: INCREASE YOUR CREDIT SCORE
(SAVANNAHGA.GOV) Do you want to improve your credit score? Sign up for this Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, January 26 from 12 to 1 p.m. The credit experts from Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) will provide tips on improving your score, disputing errors on your report and monitoring your credit. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here: https://savannahga.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpfuCtrTMsHNe8Fyuqw_6SxcCi3icqlIWb
HAYLEY NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) She may be an older girl, but don’t let those grey hairs fool you. She’s still young at heart. Hayley gets along with the pups in her foster home, who are all her size (35 lbs), or smaller. Hailey is obsessed with food and has mastered begging using those puppy dog eyes. She is completely housebroken and does well roaming free in the home. She loves to sleep under the covers with you, but will also curl up in a dog bed in your room, too. She’s a great snuggler when she wants to be, but can be found most of the time curled up in a cushy dog bed surrounded by Nylabones.
TIKTOK GROWTH, THE ALGORITHM, AND MORE
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Explore TikTok changes with Michael Stelzner and Giselle Ugarte.
SEMINAR JANUARY 25: SAILING SOLO ACROSS AN OCEAN
(SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL) Savannah Country Day School’s 2nd Annual Faculty Explorations Speaker Series continues on January 25 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with AJ Goldman’s seminar “Sailing Solo Across an Ocean.” The weekly evening sessions provide attendees the opportunity to revisit a classroom setting and explore a topic based on the faculty host’s area of expertise. All seminars are free and open to the public. For additional information, or to register, visit savcds.org/facultyexplorations.
ENMARKET ARENA UPDATES COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Arena is working hard to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff in accordance with local and national guidelines. There are a few key changes being implemented for a safer and healthier venue. Per the City of Savannah’s COVID-19 mandate, Enmarket Arena will require that all guests attending gatherings or events must show either a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid) taken within 72 hours of the event date OR proof of full vaccination. Limited testing will also be available on-site day of the event starting 1.5 hours before showtime. Pre-Register at: Lab-fast.com using site code: RAPID. For all events, regardless of capacity, the mandate also requires that all guests must wear a mask while in the facility unless actively eating or drinking.
COVID-19 TESTING RESUMES AT SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) Free COVID-19 testing by the Coastal Health District has resumed at the Savannah Civic Center. Testing operations at the location were temporarily suspended because of previously scheduled events in the arena. The Civic Center testing site is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
FORSYTH FARMERS’ MARKET LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO PURCHASE NEW FARM TRUCK
(WTOC) The Forsyth Farmers’ Market was busy for the first Saturday market of 2022. The market’s board also came together to announce the start of a campaign to improve their Farm Truck 912 program.
CHATHAM CO. HEALTH DEPT. SHIFTS TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES ONLY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) As of January 11, the Chatham County Health Department has shifted operations to cope with staffing shortages due to COVID-19 cases and exposures. For the time being, the Midtown Clinic at 1602 Drayton Street will be closed for routine public health services. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and PREP services will still be offered at the Midtown clinic by appointment only. The main clinic at 1395 Eisenhower Drive will offer essential services only. Individuals with existing appointments may be contacted to reschedule. This change does not affect Environmental Health services or Vital Records, nor does it impact operations at the Chatham County Health Department’s COVID testing sites or COVID-19 vaccination sites. Dr. Chris Rustin, the administrator of the Chatham County Health Department, said normal operations will resume as soon as staffing levels improve. For more information, visit coastalhealthdistrict.org/chatham.
CHATHAM COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AWARDED CAR SEAT MINI GRANT
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The Chatham County Health Department was awarded the 2022 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Program. The health department will use funding from the Mini Grant to educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections, and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles. For more information about the car seat program, please call the Chatham County Health Department at 912-356-2441.
ENMARKET ARENA OPENING POSTPONED
(WTOC) The City of Savannah is postponing the opening of the new Enmarket Arena. According to the city, the decision was made as a result of supply-chain disruptions which have impacted the completion of the facility. Earth, Wind and Fire, originally planned for Thursday, Jan. 13, is moving to Feb. 9. Riley Green, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14, is being rescheduled to Feb. 6. Tickets will be honored for the new dates.
VICTORY GARDENS FREE GARDENING CLASSES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Learn about growing organic vegetables and herbs in Savannah. Classes are FREE and open to the public. Join us 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month (except for holidays). Now serving free coffee! Held on the historic property at Trustees’Garden at 10 East Broad Street. For more information visit https://www.savannahvictorygardens.com/classes
IDEA ACCELERATOR BOOTCAMP JANUARY 25
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Creative Coast’s annual Idea Accelerator Bootcamp is a virtual 12-week educational and mentoring program starting with a free pre-course to help attendees determine if entrepreneurship is the right path for them. The event is powered by the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s Technology Incubator housed at Georgia Tech. The Idea Accelerator Bootcamp is for anyone who is ready to test their business idea or anyone who wants to update an old business. To learn more about the program and sign up for the info session, visit https://thecreativecoast.org/programs/idea-accelerator-bootcamp/.
SAVANNAH BUSINESS BROKERS NAMED 2021 TOP GEORGIA BUSINESS BROKERS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Brian Judson, a senior business broker at Best Business Brokers, and Dean Burnette, founder of Best Business Brokers, were honored by the Georgia Association of Business Brokers as among the 14 members of the 2021 Million Dollar Club. The club members sold more than $86 million worth of small, medium and large businesses. Judson and Burnette were also honored as life members of the Million Dollar Club for achieving more than a million dollars in sales for three consecutive years or any five years. Best Business Brokers is a business and commercial real estate company located in Savannah.
SRPI SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 24-25
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication is host to the Southern Regional Press Institute (SRPI). The two-day conference features keynote speakers, multiple concurrent workshops, contests, and a job fair. Through its workshops and speakers, SRPI provides training for elementary, middle, high school, and college students with an interest in mass media. This year’s theme is THE NEW ORDER: The World of News and Communication Post Covid and George Floyd. For more information, please contact srpi@savannahstate.edu or call (912) 358-3378.
FINANCIAL FUNDAMENTALS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
(RICHMOND HILL AND HINESVILLE, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, offers a NEW IN-PERSON class for small business owners on February 16 in Richmond Hill and March 2 in Hinesville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program content is designed to educate business owners on the importance of good financial data and how to use that financial data for both tactical and strategic decision making. Visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/training/southern or call (912) 651-3200 for more information.
FREE VACCINE ACCESS IN WEST CHATHAM COUNTY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to provide free vaccine access at the West Chatham YMCA in Pooler. The vaccine clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and offers the following vaccinations: Monday & Wednesday: Pfizer (age 12+), Pfizer booster (16+), Johnson & Johnson (18+), and Johnson & Johnson booster (18+); Thursday: Pfizer (age 12+), Pfizer booster (16+), Moderna (18+), and Moderna booster (18+). Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are recommended and can be scheduled online at CHDCovidVax.org.
CALENDARS FOR SALE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The members of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families, are selling 2022 calendars as a fundraising project. To purchase, please email info@ldssga.org, or text or call 912-663-8573. The cost is $15.00.
SENDING YOU A HERO
(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah, in collaboration with St. Joseph’s/Candler’s African American Health Information and Resource Center, proudly presents the HERO Help Me Database. The Health Effective Resource Organizations, or HERO Help Me, is a database that refers its users to over 1,000 critical resources in Chatham County. The database is a one-stop shop for a variety of resources and services, such as healthcare providers, food assistance and nutrition, childcare, housing, physical activity, education, COVID-19 and flu information, and many more.
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COMMUNITY HEADLINES – JANUARY 17, 2022

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ENMARKET ARENA UPDATES COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Arena is working hard to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff in accordance with local and national guidelines. There are a few key changes being implemented for a safer and healthier venue. Per the City of Savannah’s COVID-19 mandate, Enmarket Arena will require that all guests attending gatherings or events must show either a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid) taken within 72 hours of the event date OR proof of full vaccination. Limited testing will also be available on-site day of the event starting 1.5 hours before showtime. Pre-Register at: Lab-fast.com using site code: RAPID. For all events, regardless of capacity, the mandate also requires that all guests must wear a mask while in the facility unless actively eating or drinking.
COVID-19 TESTING RESUMES AT SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) Free COVID-19 testing by the Coastal Health District has resumed at the Savannah Civic Center. Testing operations at the location were temporarily suspended because of previously scheduled events in the arena. The Civic Center testing site is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
FORSYTH FARMERS’ MARKET LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO PURCHASE NEW FARM TRUCK
(WTOC) The Forsyth Farmers’ Market was busy for the first Saturday market of 2022. The market’s board also came together to announce the start of a campaign to improve their Farm Truck 912 program.
CHATHAM CO. HEALTH DEPT. SHIFTS TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES ONLY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) As of January 11, the Chatham County Health Department has shifted operations to cope with staffing shortages due to COVID-19 cases and exposures. For the time being, the Midtown Clinic at 1602 Drayton Street will be closed for routine public health services. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and PREP services will still be offered at the Midtown clinic by appointment only. The main clinic at 1395 Eisenhower Drive will offer essential services only. Individuals with existing appointments may be contacted to reschedule. This change does not affect Environmental Health services or Vital Records, nor does it impact operations at the Chatham County Health Department’s COVID testing sites or COVID-19 vaccination sites. Dr. Chris Rustin, the administrator of the Chatham County Health Department, said normal operations will resume as soon as staffing levels improve. For more information, visit coastalhealthdistrict.org/chatham.
SEMINAR JANUARY 18: DOES THE EARTH REALLY ORBIT THE SUN?
(SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL) Savannah Country Day School’s 2nd Annual Faculty Explorations Speaker Series continues on January 18 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with Adam Weber’s seminar “Does the Earth Really Orbit the Sun? Thinking Scientifically vs. Believing What We See.” The weekly evening sessions provide attendees the opportunity to revisit a classroom setting and explore a topic based on the faculty host’s area of expertise. All seminars are free and open to the public. For additional information, or to register, visit savcds.org/facultyexplorations.
CHATHAM COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AWARDED CAR SEAT MINI GRANT
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The Chatham County Health Department was awarded the 2022 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Program. The health department will use funding from the Mini Grant to educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections, and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles. For more information about the car seat program, please call the Chatham County Health Department at 912-356-2441.
ENMARKET ARENA OPENING POSTPONED
(WTOC) The City of Savannah is postponing the opening of the new Enmarket Arena. According to the city, the decision was made as a result of supply-chain disruptions which have impacted the completion of the facility. Earth, Wind and Fire, originally planned for Thursday, Jan. 13, is moving to Feb. 9. Riley Green, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14, is being rescheduled to Feb. 6. Tickets will be honored for the new dates.
FREE SMALL & MINORITY BUSINESS CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP JANUARY 19
(SAVANNAHGA.GOV) The City of Savannah wants to do business with you! Join us during our lunch time session to learn more about certifying your small or disadvantaged business. These programs from the City aim to keep LOCAL dollars LOCAL. The program helps small Savannah-based firms compete for City contracts. Businesses that meet required revenue and employee thresholds are eligible for certification as Savannah Business Enterprises (SBEs) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). The City welcomes the opportunity to do business with Savannah small businesses and has committed to the increased utilization of small and minority businesses alike. Registration is required and can be done here: https://savannahga.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdOmqqj0rGtQ6utfjNQeG9rxv475378AH.
HOW TO IMPROVE FACEBOOK REACH AND ENGAGEMENT
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) In this video, the CEO and founder of Social Media Examiner, Michael Stelzner, shares how – through trial and error – we discovered tactics that really work to boost post reach and engagement.
FAITH EQUESTRIAN CENTER HEARTS FOR HEALING GALA FEB 12
(GUYTON, GA) Faith Equestrian Center presents the fifth annual Hearts for Healing Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Local on Laurel in Springfield, Ga. The evening will feature a CASINO NIGHT with food stations by Simply Southern Caterers, music and dancing. This fundraiser helps Faith Equestrian to continue changing lives by providing equine-assisted therapeutic riding and educational activities to children with physical, mental and emotional barriers.
VICTORY GARDENS FREE GARDENING CLASSES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Learn about growing organic vegetables and herbs in Savannah. Classes are FREE and open to the public. Join us 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month (except for holidays). Now serving free coffee! Held on the historic property at Trustees’Garden at 10 East Broad Street. For more information visit https://www.savannahvictorygardens.com/classes
RUDY NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Rudy is an older gentleman who likes to go at his own pace. He’s not a super snuggler, and isn’t a fan of being picked up (or being dressed up in sweaters), but will lay next to you on the couch or climb on you for pets and enjoys sitting with you in a chair and watching TV. Rudy is a good boy at heart and is looking for a quiet home with no kids, big dogs, or dominating cats. He will need a little patience while he adjusts and would be a great fit for someone familiar with Chihuahuas and all of their quirks.
IDEA ACCELERATOR BOOTCAMP JANUARY 25
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Creative Coast’s annual Idea Accelerator Bootcamp is a virtual 12-week educational and mentoring program starting with a free pre-course to help attendees determine if entrepreneurship is the right path for them. The event is powered by the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s Technology Incubator housed at Georgia Tech. The Idea Accelerator Bootcamp is for anyone who is ready to test their business idea or anyone who wants to update an old business. To learn more about the program and sign up for the info session, visit https://thecreativecoast.org/programs/idea-accelerator-bootcamp/.
20 WAYS TO BRING NEW LIFE TO YOUR FACEBOOK ADS
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) In this video, expert Allie Bloyd outlines 20 effective Facebook ad ideas to refresh your campaign at every stage of the funnel. Discover which type of ads to use to build, promote, and convert your audience across the customer journey.
SAVANNAH BUSINESS BROKERS NAMED 2021 TOP GEORGIA BUSINESS BROKERS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Brian Judson, a senior business broker at Best Business Brokers, and Dean Burnette, founder of Best Business Brokers, were honored by the Georgia Association of Business Brokers as among the 14 members of the 2021 Million Dollar Club. The club members sold more than $86 million worth of small, medium and large businesses. Judson and Burnette were also honored as life members of the Million Dollar Club for achieving more than a million dollars in sales for three consecutive years or any five years. Best Business Brokers is a business and commercial real estate company located in Savannah.
SRPI SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 24-25
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication is host to the Southern Regional Press Institute (SRPI). The two-day conference features keynote speakers, multiple concurrent workshops, contests, and a job fair. Through its workshops and speakers, SRPI provides training for elementary, middle, high school, and college students with an interest in mass media. This year’s theme is THE NEW ORDER: The World of News and Communication Post Covid and George Floyd. For more information, please contact srpi@savannahstate.edu or call (912) 358-3378.
FINANCIAL FUNDAMENTALS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
(RICHMOND HILL AND HINESVILLE, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, offers a NEW IN-PERSON class for small business owners on February 16 in Richmond Hill and March 2 in Hinesville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program content is designed to educate business owners on the importance of good financial data and how to use that financial data for both tactical and strategic decision making. Visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/training/southern or call (912) 651-3200 for more information.
FREE VACCINE ACCESS IN WEST CHATHAM COUNTY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to provide free vaccine access at the West Chatham YMCA in Pooler. The vaccine clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and offers the following vaccinations: Monday & Wednesday: Pfizer (age 12+), Pfizer booster (16+), Johnson & Johnson (18+), and Johnson & Johnson booster (18+); Thursday: Pfizer (age 12+), Pfizer booster (16+), Moderna (18+), and Moderna booster (18+). Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are recommended and can be scheduled online at CHDCovidVax.org.
CALENDARS FOR SALE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The members of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families, are selling 2022 calendars as a fundraising project. To purchase, please email info@ldssga.org, or text or call 912-663-8573. The cost is $15.00.
SENDING YOU A HERO
(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah, in collaboration with St. Joseph’s/Candler’s African American Health Information and Resource Center, proudly presents the HERO Help Me Database. The Health Effective Resource Organizations, or HERO Help Me, is a database that refers its users to over 1,000 critical resources in Chatham County. The database is a one-stop shop for a variety of resources and services, such as healthcare providers, food assistance and nutrition, childcare, housing, physical activity, education, COVID-19 and flu information, and many more.
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COMMUNITY HEADLINES – JANUARY 10, 2022

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COVID-19 TESTING RESUMES AT SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) Free COVID-19 testing by the Coastal Health District will resume at the Savannah Civic Center beginning Monday, January 10, 2022. Testing operations at the location were temporarily suspended because of previously scheduled events in the arena. When testing resumes, samples will be collected in the Civic Center’s parking lot.The Civic Center testing site will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
FARM TRUCK 912 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
(SAVANNAH, GA) Forsyth Farmers’ Market has launched a new capital campaign initiative for its Farm Truck 912 program. Farm Truck 912 is a mobile farmers’ market program that brings fresh produce from local farmers to Savannah’s communities, with a focus on food-insecure neighborhoods. At a press conference held on Jan. 8, the organization announced plans to raise $150,000 to purchase a new farm truck. For more information, visit forsythfarmersmarket.org or contact Jeb Bush at jeb@ffm-sav.org or 803-942-5119. Forsyth Farmers’ Market, along with its Farm Truck 912 program which receives funding from the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, is proud to be among the 200 community partners and organizations working with Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia to elevate the health and wellness of our community through the five-year, $3.4 million REACH grant. Awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the funds are being deployed in Savannah/Chatham County to reduce health inequities experienced by Black residents in low-wealth neighborhoods and increase the availability of high-quality nutrition, promote physical activity by creating greater access to safe places to walk, run, bike and play; and foster stronger connections between people and the healthcare providers who serve them.
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP
(HEALTHY SAVANNAH) Shawntay Gadson, an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) will be hosting the “Mommy Moments Breastfeeding Support Group” on Jan. 11th from 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. Register for the event at www.glowlactation.com or by contacting Shawntay directly at (912) 758-3438.
REFER FRIENDS OR FAMILY, GET $50
(CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION) Did you know that you can receive $50 for every family member or eligible friend or co-worker you refer to become a member of Center Parc? And they’ll get $50 too! After you let them know all the benefits of being a Credit Union member, just make sure to fill out the online form: https://www.centerparc.org/resources/special-offers/?fbclid=IwAR1zwiv-olQqpWRQu-hP3CRkM7fhxvB2wmN4j_erflav2FQX2rleZlmglgE#memberreferral
HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM COLLABS FOR BUSINESS
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Want more reach with your Instagram content? Are you taking advantage of the Collab feature? In this video, expert Nicky Saunders outlines how to use the Instagram Collab feature to easily gain more visibility for your reels and posts. You’ll discover exactly what an Instagram Collab is, how it can impact your business, and some ways to use it for maximum exposure.
How to Use Instagram Collabs for Business
STEP UP SAVANNAH
(STEP UP SAVANNAH) Step Up Savannah is proud to be among the 200 community partners and organizations working with Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia to elevate the health and wellness of our community through the five-year, $3.4 million grant called Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. In the fall of 2021, Step Up Savannah helped serve 4,006 individuals through Public Benefits Program. Step Up Savannah is here to serve one family at a time. https://stepupsavannah.org/
HOPE NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Hope came in with one of the worst cases of flea allergy we have ever seen, her skin was scabby and bleeding. With great care, she’s now healed and so has her personality. She has blossomed into an active pup who enjoys playing with our youth volunteers in the play yard. She can play rough with other dogs and does best with those her size and activity level, but no felines for her.
FREE COURSE: START & GROW YOUR BUSINESS
(SAVANNAHGA.GOV) Start & Grow Your Business is an in-depth 10-week series on how to start and grow a successful business. Topics covered include: Business Planning, Accounting & Taxes, Marketing, Legal forms of business, Financing and Capital. Materials are provided and participation is welcome. 1st series runs from January 13-March 17 and 2nd series from March 24-May 26. Registration required. To attend class online go to Zoom.com, select ‘Join a Meeting’ and enter meeting # 921 5864 7367 or visit https://savannahga.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYscuGuqjwpHNPCWpVoPVMzvLMSkU9uJGPE.
HOW TO ADOPT EMERGING SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) In this video, the CEO and founder of Social Media Examiner, Mike Stelzner, walks you through what it CAN be like to be an early adopter of an emerging trend. Discover the three primary lessons of early adoption and how it can help you get ahead of more cautious players in your industry. You’ll also learn how we discovered and approached a brand new trend, the immediate results we saw, how we built a follow-through strategy afterward, and where we ended up in the long term.
We Rode This Trend... and It Worked!
COLONIAL CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Colonial Chemical Solutions, Inc. (CCS), a subsidiary of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Industrial Chemicals Inc. The 80-year-old company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, provides a wide selection of industrial chemicals and offers services including repackaging, storage, custom blending, contract storage and packaging, and chemical logistical support. Visit https://colonialchemicals.com/
SEIMITSU NEW HIRE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Seimitsu, a Savannah-based business specializing in IT services and high-speed broadband fiber, is pleased to announce that Brendan West has joined the family-owned firm as Director of Fiber & Infrastructure Operations. West’s responsibilities include day-to-day operations for fiber and infrastructure design, construction and implementation. For more info, call 1.912.352.3689 or visit www.seimitsu.com.
‘LIVING WELL TOGETHER’ COURSE AIMS TO HELP FAMILIES WITH DISABLED CHILDREN
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society wants to share with its member families and other families raising children with developmental or physical challenges news about a special 10-week program intended to help such families prepare for transition while setting and reaching goals for a healthy lifestyle.
FREE VACCINE ACCESS IN WEST CHATHAM COUNTY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to provide free vaccine access at the West Chatham YMCA in Pooler. The vaccine clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and offers the following vaccinations: Monday & Wednesday: Pfizer (age 12+), Pfizer booster (16+), Johnson & Johnson (18+), and Johnson & Johnson booster (18+); Thursday: Pfizer (age 12+), Pfizer booster (16+), Moderna (18+), and Moderna booster (18+). Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are recommended and can be scheduled online at CHDCovidVax.org.
AQUASMART LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
(COLONIAL GROUP) Colonial Group has announced a new website for Aqua Smart, Inc. Visit https://aquasmartinc.com/ to see the new look. Aqua Smart believes everyone deserves clean water, and manufactures a drinking water additive called SeaQuest that helps municipalities make that happen.
CALENDARS FOR SALE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The members of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families, are selling 2022 calendars as a fundraising project. To purchase, please email info@ldssga.org, or text or call 912-663-8573. The cost is $15.00.
SENDING YOU A HERO
(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah, in collaboration with St. Joseph’s/Candler’s African American Health Information and Resource Center, proudly presents the HERO Help Me Database. The Health Effective Resource Organizations, or HERO Help Me, is a database that refers its users to over 1,000 critical resources in Chatham County. The database is a one-stop shop for a variety of resources and services, such as healthcare providers, food assistance and nutrition, childcare, housing, physical activity, education, COVID-19 and flu information, and many more.
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COMMUNITY HEADLINES – JANUARY 3, 2022

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COLONIAL CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Colonial Chemical Solutions, Inc. (CCS), a subsidiary of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Industrial Chemicals Inc. The 80-year-old company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, provides a wide selection of industrial chemicals and offers services including repackaging, storage, custom blending, contract storage and packaging, and chemical logistical support. Visit https://colonialchemicals.com/
SEIMITSU NEW HIRE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Seimitsu, a Savannah-based business specializing in IT services and high-speed broadband fiber, is pleased to announce that Brendan West has joined the family-owned firm as Director of Fiber & Infrastructure Operations. West’s responsibilities include day-to-day operations for fiber and infrastructure design, construction and implementation. For more info, call 1.912.352.3689 or visit www.seimitsu.com.
SAVANNAH AREA COVID-19 TESTING SITES JANUARY SCHEDULE
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) There will be no COVID-19 testing at the Savannah Civic Center during the month of January. The drive-through COVID-19 testing site on the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus at 210 Technology Circle will remain open from Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. To pre-register for a COVID-19 test, visit gachd.org/covidtest.For assistance with scheduling a COVID-19 test, call 912-230-9744. For assistance with vaccination, call 912-230-5506. More testing and vaccination opportunities are listed at covid19.gachd.org.
‘LIVING WELL TOGETHER’ COURSE AIMS TO HELP FAMILIES WITH DISABLED CHILDREN
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society wants to share with its member families and other families raising children with developmental or physical challenges news about a special 10-week program intended to help such families prepare for transition while setting and reaching goals for a healthy lifestyle.
WINNING STUDENTS FEATURED IN LOCAL COOKBOOK FROM CENTER PARC, SUGA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Fifteen elementary students who are budding gardeners and cooks were selected to be published in a new cookbook that is being produced by Center Parc Credit Union and the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance, in partnership with four Savannah elementary schools.
FREE VACCINE ACCESS IN WEST CHATHAM COUNTY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to provide free vaccine access at the West Chatham YMCA in Pooler. The vaccine clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and offers the following vaccinations: Monday & Wednesday: Pfizer (age 12+), Pfizer booster (16+), Johnson & Johnson (18+), and Johnson & Johnson booster (18+); Thursday: Pfizer (age 12+), Pfizer booster (16+), Moderna (18+), and Moderna booster (18+). Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are recommended and can be scheduled online at CHDCovidVax.org.
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LINKEDIN REACH AND ENGAGEMENT
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) In this video, LinkedIn expert Mandy McEwen breaks down how to transform your content reach on LinkedIn. You’ll discover six unique post types that perform well on the platform, how often to use those posts, and tips to optimize each post type for the best engagement.
How to Improve Your LinkedIn Reach and Engagement
MARA NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Mara is a quick learner and very treat (and food) motivated. She walks on the leash like a dream, no pulling at all, and is completely house-trained. She loves people and is happy to snuggle on the couch or just hang out. She isn’t overly energetic and is pretty chill for the most part. She’ll lay on her blanket next to the bed, but also likes to snuggle and lay with you on the couch, or in bed. And did we mention her smile? She will greet you with a smile and an enthusiastic tail wag. Mara truly is a sweet soul that deserves a good home in her golden years and she deserves to be a beloved member of a family. If you have a soft spot for this hound, submit an application to meet her.
AQUASMART LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
(COLONIAL GROUPColonial Group has announced a new website for Aqua Smart, Inc. Visit https://aquasmartinc.com/ to see the new look. Aqua Smart believes everyone deserves clean water, and manufactures a drinking water additive called SeaQuest that helps municipalities make that happen.
GET MORE FACEBOOK LEADS
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) In this video, Facebook ads expert Allie Bloyd walks you through how to create a compelling offer that generates more leads on Facebook. You’ll discover three primary offer types, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and how to determine which offer type to use for your situation. Plus, you’ll learn key tips to make each offer type more profitable for your campaign.
Get More Facebook Leads with These 3 Offer Types
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Erin Tatum has launched Nonprofit Nomad, offering grant writing, funding strategies and consulting.
CALENDARS FOR SALE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The members of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families, are selling 2022 calendars as a fundraising project. To purchase, please email info@ldssga.org, or text or call 912-663-8573. The cost is $15.00.
A MILESTONE IN GEORGIA’S FIGHT AGAINST THE PANDEMIC
(SAVANNAH, GA) It was a milestone moment in Georgia’s fight against the pandemic when – on December 14, 2020 – the Coastal Health District was the first site in the state to receive shipments of COVID-19 vaccine. To date, more than 178,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered through public health in the eight-county Coastal Health District. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone ages five and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. To schedule an appointment through public health, go to chdcovidvax.org, or call the Coastal Health District Vaccine Call Center at 912-230-5506 on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To find vaccination sites anywhere in the state of Georgia, go to vaccinefinder.org.
HEALTHY CHECKOUT INITIATIVE LAUNCHES IN SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannahians who live in low-income neighborhoods often have a poor quality diet and the health problems associated with it. Now, Healthy Savannah, the City of Savannah and local grocery stores are using grant funds to tackle that problem where it starts for many families – at the grocery store checkout aisle. Participating stores are ensuring fresh produce and other healthy choices are attractively displayed near the checkout lines. The first grocers to join the effort are the Savannah area Red and White stores.
SUPPORT THE HEALTHY SAVANNAH SOCIAL MOVEMENT
Healthy Savannah aims to make the healthy choice the easy choice. The organization seeks to improve lives through policy, systems, and environmental change. We are in the midst of a national awakening to the need for and lack of health and racial equity. Yet Healthy Savannah, through its community outreach, partnerships, and collaborations has been uniting our disparate and/or low-wealth neighborhoods and citizens to effect meaningful, sustainable change. Through a collaborative coalition of 200 organizations, Healthy Savannah has been the leading convener on big picture issues and policy change – like the Smoke-free Air Ordinance & the Tide to Town urban trail system. Its work & membership reach deep into the under-served & under-funded areas of the City, but still, more can be done. https://healthysavannah.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/ODQxMTQ=
SENDING YOU A HERO
(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah, in collaboration with St. Joseph’s/Candler’s African American Health Information and Resource Center, proudly presents the HERO Help Me Database. The Health Effective Resource Organizations, or HERO Help Me, is a database that refers its users to over 1,000 critical resources in Chatham County. The database is a one-stop shop for a variety of resources and services, such as healthcare providers, food assistance and nutrition, childcare, housing, physical activity, education, COVID-19 and flu information, and many more.
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Winning Students Featured in Local Cookbook from Center Parc, SUGA

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – Fifteen elementary students who are budding gardeners and cooks were selected to be published in a new cookbook that is being produced by Center Parc Credit Union and the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA), in partnership with four Savannah elementary schools. The cookbook documents the students’ vegetable garden experience at the participating schools.

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Erin Tatum launches Nonprofit Nomad, offering grant writing, funding strategies and consulting

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (Dec. 23, 2021) – Erin Tatum, most recently the Interim Executive Director of Savannah Music Festival (SMF), launched nonprofit consulting agency Nonprofit Nomad in December 2021. Drawing on her 13 years of experience in the nonprofit and university performing arts, Erin will offer services such as grant readiness and funding strategy preparation, grant writing, and consulting. Website: www.nonprofitnomad.com 

Erin’s previous roles have included Managing Director and Director of Artist Relations at SMF, as well as General Manager and Facilities & House Manager at the University of Georgia (UGA) Performing Arts Center. A proud UGA graduate, Erin received a Master of Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts (Music), and Bachelor of Business Administration (Management) degrees. Throughout her career, Erin has secured more than $3.27 million in grant funding.

“Having been in my client’s shoes, I understand there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to write grants plus do the work that got you into nonprofits to begin with,” Erin says. “I want to help arts nonprofits submit grant proposals that are likely to be funded.”

Nonprofit Nomad will join Erin’s love of serving nonprofit organizations with travel. She and her husband, Doug Tatum, will travel full-time in a travel trailer with their dog Chewbacca. Doug owns Ursus Expedition Services, which provides tailored predator protection, equipment, and training wherever knowledgeable outdoor guides are needed.

Press image downloads: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VXwUGwANd8wFZ08jNVVoQKRFtHTIGBK9?usp=sharing 

 

ABOUT NONPROFIT NOMAD

Launched in December 2021, Nonprofit Nomad is focused on writing highly fundable grant proposals for arts nonprofits so overburdened leaders can get back to running their organizations and impacting their communities. Owner Erin Tatum is a digital nomad who travels full-time in an RV with her husband Doug and dog Chewbacca.

 

CONTACT

Website: www.nonprofitnomad.com 

Email: erin@nonprofitnomad.com 

Phone: (912) 785-0328

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-tatum-97b4b512 

 

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Colonial Chemical Acquires Virginia Firm, Eyes Growth and Further Expansion

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Colonial Chemical Solutions, Inc. (CCS), a subsidiary of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Industrial Chemicals Inc. The 80-year-old company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, provides a wide selection of industrial chemicals and offers services including repackaging, storage, custom blending, contract storage and packaging, and chemical logistical support. Visit https://colonialchemicals.com/

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