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A HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PUBLICATION | YOUR BUSINESS IS OUR BUSINESS

HENRYCOUNTY.COM HAMPTON • LOCUST GROVE • MCDONOUGH • STOCKBRIDGE JANUARY 2020

BETTER PLUMBING BUSINESS PROFILE

GEORGIA INDUSTRY LEADER FOR FIVE GENERATIONS PAGE 5

FIVE LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER PAGE 7

HCCC ANNUAL CHAMBER MEETING & AWARDS BANQUET PAGE 8


MISSION STATEMENT To serve as a voice for the business community, provide quality service and programs that meet the needs of members, improve the economic environment of the community, and create a legacy of leadership for the future.

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DID YOU KNOW? Another opportunity is to supply a door prize from your business at our Business Booster Lunch and/ or our Business After Hours. We will mention your business as the supplier of the door prize. Make sure to attach a card to your prize so the recipient will have a record of who the gift came from.

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SAVE THE DATE! 2020 STAR Breakfast Thursday, February 6, 2020 Eagle’s Landing Country Club

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IN THIS ISSUE

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CHAIR MESSAGE

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MEMBER NEWS

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BUSINESS PROFILE

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LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP

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HENRY HAPPENINGS

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CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP

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MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT

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QUALITY PROGRAMS

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FEATURE STORY

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

New Chair Christy Chewning shares her vision for 2020

Better Plumbing Services owner Rick Ingram shares his journey in business and community

Start the New Year off with January 2020 Chamber events!

Five Levels of Leadership in the Workplace

Coverage on 2020 Legislative Agenda & Introduction Board of Directors 2020-2023

Education focus in Henry County

Members Renewing & New

January 2020 Business After Hours hosted by Jim Ellis Toyota of McDonough

Small Business Development Consulting Services & Ribbon Cuttings

2020 Annual Chamber Meeting & Awards Dinner

The Henry County Chamber of Commerce Magazine is published by the Henry County Chamber in partnership with the Henry Herald. For editorial information contact Barbara Ingram, bingram@henrycounty.com. For advertising opportunities contact Mary Ann Holland, (770) 957-9161 x223, maryann.holland@henryherald.com. HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  www.henrycounty.com 

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

CHRISTY CHEWNING Member Engagement Coordinator with Central Georgia EMC 2020 Chair of Henry County Chamber of Commerce

OUR CHAMBER… BELONG. ENGAGE. LEAD. PROSPER. Happy New Year! It is an honor to be named as the 2020 chair of the board for the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. When preparing for the year, I could not help but stop and reflect on how blessed the Henry County Chamber of Commerce is to have such a dedicated Board of Directors and staff. These business and community leaders care enough about the future of this community and are willing to give their valuable time to serve this

organization. I look forward to serving alongside you this year and thank you for your willingness to serve. In 2020, we want our chamber members to know that they belong to an organization that wants to collaborate with them. We are energized by shared drive and passion. We will ask our chamber members to engage with one another, sharing a vision of the future and sharing the collective influence to make the vision happen.

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As a chamber and individuals in the Chamber, we want to lead by impacting our county and transforming our future. To Belong, Engage, and Lead will allow us to prosper, not only in growing your own business but by enriching our community. I hope you will join us to celebrate our membership at our upcoming annual meeting. The evening will be spent recognizing great champions in our community and thanking Sharon Ponder for

bringing her passion, intellect, and insight to the table as chair for 2019. The 2020 Annual Chamber Meeting & Awards Dinner will take place on Saturday, February 1, 6:00 p.m., at Eagles Landing Country Club. We will be celebrating 53 years of our Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Let’s work together to make Henry County a place where you Belong, Engage, Lead, and Prosper.


BUSINESS PROFILE BETTER PLUMBING SERVICES, LLC 1216 GREEN ST SW | CONYERS, GA 30012 (770) 929-8360 | BETTERPLUMBINGSERVICES.COM Better Plumbing Services, LLC, owner Rick Ingram unabashedly loves the plumbing business. He’s the self-acclaimed, “original plumb crazy plumber” guy with the great big smile. His genuinely sunny personality makes him an instant buddy to all he meets. A closer look at Rick’s history reveals that he is a fifthgeneration plumber. His great grandfather Ben Ingram was the original plumber in the family. In the Grant Park area in 1905, Ben rode the trolley with his toolbox in hand to plumbing jobs taking along one of his four sons to help homeowners and businesses in Atlanta. The legacy continued with past and present Ingram relatives owning, managing and working for union or non-union companies and for city or county governments. The Ingram family was instrumental in initiating and creating the state plumbing code and licensing requirements for plumbers setting quality standards in the Georgia plumbing industry still in place today. Better Plumbing Services is based in Conyers, GA, where the company services all of metro Atlanta with a concentration in Henry, Newton, and Rockdale counties. The firm services residential and commercial clients of all sizes including around the clock emergency calls. Rick operates the company with two full-time dispatchers and a fleet of vehicles that are assigned to his technicians who are dispatched from their homes to jobs throughout metro Atlanta. Rick carefully manages the size and scope of the business to ensure his customers are getting personal attention and considers them part of his circle of family and friends. Rick and his wife Deede live in Ola, GA, on a 33-acre tract of land near the Newton and Henry County line. They love to travel. At home, Rick likes spending time at their pool and tending to the many variation of flowers he grows, and landscaping. The homestead is a refuge for a wide variety of wildlife and pets that Rick has rescued over the years. He names a long list of thoroughbred dogs that were raised over the course of his dog breeding years.

Rick Ingram, owner of Better Plumbing Services, LLC, thanks the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as an Ambassador, for many business referrals.

Better Plumbing technicians working with a backflow prevention device for one of their commercial customers.

Rick and wife Deede at Niagara Falls.

is a member and active in the Chambers Community Involvement

of Commerce in Rockdale, Newton, and in

A native of Stockbridge, GA, Rick coached various youth sports teams for 15 years throughout Rockdale and Newton Counties. He’s a regular volunteer with humane societies and recently contributed $500 to the Henry County Humane Society through a local networking group he supports.

Henry County. As an Ambassador with HCCC

Chamber Involvement

plethora of referrals for new business come

Through Better Plumbing Services, Rick

and a member since 2012, Rick frequently attends local business grand openings and ribbon cuttings and makes it his duty to help create a comfortable and supporting atmosphere for new people attending Chamber events. Rick says that he’s had a through participation in his local chambers. HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  www.henrycounty.com 

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HENRY HAPPENINGS SUNDAY

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11 AM-1 PM BUSINESS BOOSTER LUNCHEON

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12 PM CHAMBER AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE

LOGISTICALLY SPEAKING – A SUCCESS WORKSHOP FOR YOUR TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS JANUARY 9 - 12, 8 AM – 5 PM, 2690 AIRPORT SOUTH PKWY., ATLANTA, 30349 Breakfast & lunch served. Training workbooks provided. For more info: 678-833-1841, info@hdwhitelogistics.com or www.hdwhitelogistics.com

BOOK LAUNCH & LUNCHEON – “ALL THE WAYS WE SAID GOODBYE”

8 AM HCCC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

5:30 PM-7 PM BUSINESS AFTER HOURS, JIM ELLIS TOYOTA MCDONOUGH

8 AM HCCC BOD

10 AM MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

8:30 AM EDUCATION COMMITTEE

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LOGISTICALLY THINKING NETWORKING GROUP

JANUARY 14, 5:30 PM – 9 PM, JAILHOUSE BREWING COMPANY, 8 CHERRY STREET, HAMPTON Event is free to attend with RSVP. Food and beverages will be served and 30 Pints of Specialty Crafted Beer will be available FREE to the first 30 guests. Cash or card is accepted, thereafter. RSVP at www.hdwhitelogistics.com

HEARING DOCTORS OF GEORGIA PRESENTS: YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR HEARING SEMINAR

JANUARY 14, 12:00 PM – 1 PM, STORY ON THE SQUARE, 19 GRIFFIN STREET, MCDONOUGH Attend book launch and meet authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White as they present their new historical fiction novel "All the Ways We Said Goodbye." For more info, call 678-759-0079. 6 | HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  www.henrycounty.com

JANUARY 22, 2 PM – 3 PM, GOLDENCREST AT EAGLE’S LANDING, 425 COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, STOCKBRIDGE, GA Registration is required for this free event. This event is open to the community. Refreshments will be served. To register, email susanwilson-tucker@att.net


MEMBER SUPPORT

FIVE LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE Some of the hardest decisions that must be made in the workplace require one of the “softest” skills that an entrepreneur must develop: leadership. True leadership is a journey of influence- nothing more, nothing less. In our social media-driven world where people clamor for “followers” and viral (yet fleeting) fame, it’s easy to confuse popularity with leadership. It’s also easy to miss organic opportunities to make a significant impact on employees, customers, and our communities at-large. If you can increase your influence with others in the workplace, then you can lead your teams more effectively and facilitate desired outcomes. Everything rises and falls on leadership, so make it a point to hone your skills daily. There are five levels in the leadership journey that you must successfully traverse in order to maximize your potential and guide your organization to success: Level 1: Position. People follow you because they have to. You’re the owner/ boss, but this is the lowest level of leadership and the weakest form of influence. Aim higher in order to be a true change agent. Level 2: Permission. People follow you because they want to. This level is based on getting to know your people, building relationships, and establishing trust. Influence is readily received in a trusting environment. Level 3: Production. People follow you because you get results. Your company is profitable; morale is high; and everyone wants to be part of a winning team. As long as you perform, you can sustain your influence. Level 4: People Development. People follow you because you invested in them. When you empower people to grow and be leaders in their own right, you reproduce your strengths and build high performing teams. When you invest in others, you also change their lives and sew seeds for lifelong relationships. Level 5: Pinnacle. People follow you because of who you are and what you represent. Your personal brand is backed by a legacy of talent mastery, mentorship, and replicating level 4 leaders who will keep the cycle going. This can be a difficult level to achieve, but it has the highest payoff with influence that transcends positions, organizations, and even industries. To learn more about how you can grow as a leader and develop other leaders in your organization, visit georgiasbdc.org/morrow or call (678) 466-5100.

DEVELOP THE FIVE LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP AND BECOME AN EFFECTIVE LEADER LEVEL 5

PINNACLE

PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU REPRESENT.

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PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT

PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU BECAUSE YOU INVESTED IN THEM.

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PRODUCTION

PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU BECAUSE YOU GET RESULTS.

LEVEL 2 PERMISSION

PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU BECAUSE THEY WANT TO.

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POSITION

PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO.

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FEATURE STORY JOIN US FOR THIS STELLAR OCCASION CELEBRATING 53 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE (770) 957—5786

2020 ANNUAL CHAMBER MEETING & AWARDS DINNER SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 6:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. EAGLE’S LANDING COUNTRY CLUB 100 EAGLE’S LANDING WAY STOCKBRIDGE, GA

One of the most anticipated events of the year, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet & Meeting is dedicated to celebrating leading business owners and entrepreneurs, corporations and supplier diversity advocates, government and community leaders — who demonstrate excellence in their support for the business community through their accomplishments. Award winners for the Year 2019 will be revealed at the Annual Awards Dinner & Meeting on February 1, 2020. The Annual Awards Banquet and Meeting will also install the new 2020 Henry County Chamber of Commerce Board Chair. The "Passing of the Gavel," marks the official beginning of a new chapter in our Chamber leadership. Attendees will enjoy a delicious meal as they witness 2019 Chair Sharon Ponder, Vice President of Finance with Bennett International Group, LLC, pass the gavel and the role of Board Chair to 2020 Chamber Chair Christy Chewning, Member Engagement Coordinator with Central Georgia EMC.

Now Accepting Award Nominations for the Year 2019. Visit hcccannualbanquet.com

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Henry County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Proudly Serving Henry County

Publication of HenryCounty.com is made possible in part by the support of the Board Members of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Christy Chewning, Chair, Central Georgia EMC Lincoln Parks, Chair-elect, Web Mobile Fusion Sharon Ponder, Immediate Past Chair, Bennett International Group Shaun Mock, Secretary/Treasurer, Snapping Shoals EMC Laura Turner, CVB Chair, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Dr. Elna Poulard, Vice Chair for Government and Education, Family Support Circle Morrelle McCrary, Vice Chair for Economic and Community Development, RAM-Tech PC Solutions Steve Nail, Vice Chair for Chamber Development, Nail Heating & Air Conditioning Joseph Henning, President & CEO

CLASS OF 2020 Scott Mahone, Mercer University Genie Moore, Mary Kay Consultant Kedon Williams, Southern States, LLC Kerry Arnold, Heritage Bank Sharon Ponder, Bennett International Group Steve Nail, Nail Heating & Air Conditioning

Maggy Martinez, Starbound PR Firm Lydia Pierre, Pierre Branding Group

CLASS OF 2021 Josh Duncan, F5 Financial Morrelle McCrary, RAM-Tech PC Solutions Christy Chewning, Central Georgia EMC Dr. Elna Poulard, Family Support Circle Kevin Demmitt, Clayton State University Thomas Williams, Kaiser Permanente

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Deborah Armstrong, Henry County Hospital Authority Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis, Henry County Schools Superintendent Tony Carnell, Henry County Water Authority Cheri Matthews, Leadership Henry Chair Kay Embrey, Leadership Henry Representative Don Dunlap, Youth Leadership Henry Chair Mayor Robert Price, City of Locust Grove

CLASS OF 2022 Brent Huckaby, BB&T Lincoln Parks, Web Mobile Fusion David Campbell, Georgia Power Kena Ceasar, Ameris Bank

CHAIR APPOINTEES Laura Turner, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Dr. Murray Williams, Southern Crescent Technical College Shaun Mock, Snapping Shoals EMC

Mayor Steve Hutchison, City of Hampton Mayor Billy Copeland, City of McDonough Mayor Anthony Ford, City of Stockbridge Chair June Wood, Henry County Board of Commissioners Josh Fenn, Henry County Development Authority CHAMBER STAFF Joseph Henning, President & CEO Barbara Ingram, Director of Communications Gary Sparrow, Director of Membership Phyllis Reeves, Office Manager CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU STAFF Laura Luker, Director of Tourism Aisha White, Digital Content Manager Janna Szeto, Partner Relations Manager

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MEMBER NEWS CHAMBER ADOPTS 2020 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA The advocacy role of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce centers around three key components: educating its members, building relationships, and creating capital for the regional business community. To accomplish a successful program, the Henry Chamber develops a Public Policy Agenda that focuses on its goals. We act as the voice for business and we are committed to ensuring a favorable economic, legal, and regulatory climate for the business community. Our mission is to publicly support policies that protect our member business needs and facilitate economic growth in our region.  Air Quality The Henry County Chamber, in coordination with the Regional Business Coalition, stands in support of cleaner air and healthier communities.  Education Attainment & Workforce Development Education is integral to the community and fosters a desirable quality of life that attracts and supports a thriving business environment. Adequate funding for our schools is imperative. Because

the business community is a stakeholder in the quality of public education, we encourage business involvement in all aspects of public education.  Economic Development New economic development drivers are needed to keep Georgia competitive in the global marketplace.

SIX JOIN THE HCCC BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN CLASS OF 2020-2023 The 2020 Henry County Chamber of Commerce welcomes six new class of 2020-2023 Board of Directors. The new HCCC Directors were nominated by the Chamber membership in September, 2019, and approved by the Board in October, 2019. In order to serve on the Board, an individual must be a current member of HCCC in good standing. Additionally, the nominee should be willing to become involved in the organization, attend all relevant meetings, provide leadership and resources, and support the mission of the Chamber.

 Hospitality & Entertainment The Chamber appreciates the crucial role travel and tourism plays in our region, our State, and our country’s economy.  Transportation & Infrastructure

David Campbell

External Affairs Manager, Georgia Power

Kena Ceasar

Vice President, Branch Manager, Ameris Bank

Georgia’s current and future economic success is directly and inextricably linked to our transportation infrastructure. Recently, Henry County residents approved a five-year SPLOST that is estimated to collect more than $200 million with approximately one half proposed for transportationrelated construction projects.

Brent Huckaby

Vice President, Branch Banking & Trust (BBT&T)

Maggy Martinez

CEO and Consultant, Starbound PR Firm

 Water Resources New technologies continue to make water conservation and efficiency effective tools to meet residential and commercial water supply needs.

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Lincoln Parks

Founder & Marketing Strategist, Web Mobile Fusion

Lydia Pierre

Brand Consultant, Pierre Branding Group


LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP

“EDUCATION DAY”

EXPOSES OPPORTUNITIES AT HOME By Geni Reed

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” -Maimonides Education is perhaps one of the most important ingredients to a happy, successful, and constructive life. As a student and servant in leadership, I say this experience is extremely humbling and I am very fortunate to have been a part of this tour with my Leadership Henry classmates for Education Day in November 2019. Our first stop was at one of the largest and renowned private faith-based schools in Henry County, Strong Rock Christian School. We were greeted with smiling faces and a lovely breakfast prepared by the school staff. We enjoyed a testimonial video which included some of our very own Leadership Henry Classmates and a LIVE performance from the school choir and drama students. Strong Rock offers programs for children from the ages of six weeks until 12th grade. The Academy of Advanced Studies (AAS), our next stop, is in the heart of McDonough next to the Henry County

Performing Arts Center. AAS is a college and career academy program of choice for high school students enrolled in Henry County Schools. Students who attend here can take career pathways such as Agriculture, Education, Finance, Automotive, Technology, and more. To top the tour, we were delighted to be served a 3-course meal prepared and plated by the students in the Culinary Arts Program! Only one word. “Excellente”! We closed the tour with a presentation from our very own Superintendent, Mary CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

PIEDMONT HENRY – A DAY OF INTERACTIVE LEARNING By Lyndsay Theado

The Youth Leadership Henry Class of 2020 was treated to many one-on-one talks and behind the scene peeks during their Hospital Tour Day in December at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge. The students learned that our community hospital opened in 1979 with just over 100 beds for patients. Today the hospital has 236 beds and somehow still cares for over a million patients who walk through their doors annually! In 2018 alone over 96,000 people went through their Emergency Department – WOW! The men and women of Piedmont Henry work hard for their community 365 days of the year! During our touring the students were able to speak with many passionate Doctors, nurses, and technicians hearing directly from those in the healthcare field about the in’s and out’s of what they do, why they do it, and the education needed in the various fields. From visiting the imaging department and seeing all of the state-of-the-art equipment to the labs where processing and testing takes place, the students asked lots of questions and gained a new understanding of one of

the largest employers in Henry County. Piedmont Henry Hospital presented the class with their Stroke Awareness Program, teaching everyone the signs, symptoms, and what to do if you encounter someone who is having a stroke. The students, in turn, have the opportunity to teach these tips and lifesaving steps to anyone they encounter for an achievement award from the hospital program. It is important to act F.A.S.T. when you encounter someone who may be having a stroke: Check their F.ace for any signs of drooping; Check their A.rms to see if their strength is off with one arm or the other; Is their S.peech slurred or strange?; T.ime is of the essence – call 9-1-1 immediately! Class members also had the opportunity to visit and learn about the Hands of Hope Clinic located on the Piedmont Henry Hospital campus. The clinic helps provide healthcare to those who are uninsured or underinsured within Henry County. The students learned about the many services offered there and how they, too, can volunteer within the clinic to give back to our community.

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CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP RENEWING MEMBERS 1ST FRANKLIN FINANCIAL CORP.

ELEVATED EYECARE

ABC MONTESSORI SCHOOL

FAIRWAYS 825 LLC

ALETHIA BARNES

FAMILY SUPPORT CIRCLE, INC.

ALLAN VIGIL FORD LINCOLN

GENIE MOORE, DIRECTOR, MARY KAY

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

HENRY COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BIG SOUTHERN SOFTWARE

HENRY VISION CENTER

BLAZING PROPERTY SOLUTIONS, LLC

HERITAGE BANK

BOBBIE WINGO CADUCEUS USA MCDONOUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA EMC

LINDSEY ORTHODONTICS

CONNECTING HENRY, INC.

MCDONOUGH MUSIC LLC

EAGLE’S LANDING FAMILY PRACTICE

MCGARITY INSURANCE

EAGLE’S LANDING OB/GYN, ASSOC., P.C.

HOMESERVICES

PASTA MAX CAFE

GEORGIA PROPERTIES

SMITH, WELCH, WEBB & WHITE, LLC

LAURA S. CRUMBLEY, CPA, PC

CND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES

OLD CORPS INC

SCOTT BROWN D.D.S., P.C

KAISER PERMANENTE

MCDONOUGH METHODIST ACADEMY

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE HENRY COUNTY

HALPERN ENTERPRISES, INC.

BEST WESTERN MCDONOUGH INN & SUITES

NATURAL ENCLOSURES FENCE COMPANY, LLC

PEOPLE’S BAPTIST ACADEMY

GRIFFIN INSURANCE AGENCY

BENNETT INTERNATIONAL GROUP, LLC

NEW MEMBERS

MEADOWS, MACIE & SUTTON, PC

SONS HONDA SOUTHERN RV SPALDING GAS COMPANY

AMY GANT 1300 PENNSYLVANIA AVE MCDONOUGH GA 30253 (770) 692-8050 AMY.GANT@BHHSGEORGIA.COM

CAMP GLADIATOR ALISSA HILL 9185 RESEARCH BLVD AUSTIN TX 78758

STRAWN & CO. INSURANCE

(254) 662-8894

THRIVEWORKS COUNSELING AND COACHING

ALISSAHILL@CAMPGLADIATOR.COM

TOPPAN INTERAMERICA, INC.

COMPOUND SPORTSWEAR

TRUE NATURAL GAS

STEPHANIE FRETWELL

WALLACE ELECTRIC COMPANY WILENSKY & KRESSES GROUP

912 DAILEY MILL ROAD MCDONOUGH GA 30253 (770) 954-1808 STEPHANIE@CMPSPORTSWEAR.

ELITE MEMBERS SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR ELITE MEMBERS CHAIRMAN’S CLUB

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MCDONOUGH CHRISTIAN CHURCH JULIE EVANS 2000 JONESBORO ROAD MCDONOUGH GA 30253 (770) 954-9332 JULIE.EVANS@MCCREACH.ORG

SIGN GYPSIES MCDONOUGH VALERIE WRIGHT 289 JONESBORO RD, PMB 273 MCDONOUGH GA 30253 (770) 988-4375 SIGNGYPSIESMCDONOUGH@ GMAIL.COM

CHAMPIONS

YOUR CBD STORE MCDONOUGH SUSAN HILL 580 MACON STREET MCDONOUGH GA 30253 (678) 782-7108 NHSOFGA@GMAIL.COM

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QUALITY PROGRAMS JANUARY 2020 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

HOSTED BY: JIM ELLIS TOYOTA OF MCDONOUGH 144 HIGHWAY 81 WEST, MCDONOUGH, GA 30253

Jim Ellis Toyota of McDonough welcomes the HCCC to come and see why they are one of the leading automotive groups in the Atlanta area. You will meet the team that delivers the “Jim Ellis Promise.” The Chamber Jackpot is up to $300 so you do not want to miss this drawing, as you must be present to win. About Jim Ellis Toyota of McDonough Jim Ellis Automotive Group attributes their commitment to building great automotive sales and services experiences for their customers as the reason for their success. The Jim Ellis Promise is their way of simply emphasizing the higher level of service customers can expect when they choose Jim Ellis for their automotive needs. The Jim Ellis Promise is how their employees strive to perform their jobs each and every day. It is one of the primary ways they build satisfied customer relations. They credit these loyal customer relationships with enabling their organization to grow and expand since 1971. Please RSVP at henrycounty.com/events.

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QUALITY PROGRAMS BUSINESS BOOSTER LUNCHEON JANUARY 16, 2020 | HUDGINS ROOM | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Speaker: Leslie Wilkins, CEO of Pipeline Social Media

CMIT Solutions sponsored the November BBL and introduced attendees to their firm’s services. Pictured Doug Bates, President, CMIT Solutions.

TOPIC: GROWING YOUR BUSINESS WITH SOCIAL MEDIA PART 1 OF A 3-PART SERIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Join us on January 16, 2020, at the January Business Booster Luncheon! Leslie Wilkins of Pipeline Social Media will share with guests how to grow a business with social media. Pipeline Social Media is a digital marketing agency specializing in social media management/ advertising, web design/optimization, and content creation. It was founded in 2011 and is now headquartered in Stockbridge. Pipeline manages over 400 social media channels, websites, and optimization campaigns on behalf of businesses locally and nationally. Their growing team possesses a wide depth of expertise. Currently, 12 people are employed at their Stockbridge location and across the United States. In addition, Pipeline Social Media CEO Leslie Wilkins will clue guests in on the proper use of social media posts and the people who should be making them in your company. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can effectively use social media to attract the right kind of attention for your business! Mark your calendar for Part 2 in the series, February 20, where Lincoln Parks will reveal “Protecting Your Reputation. How and When to Respond to Negative Feedback Online.” And Part 3 concluding the series on March 19, Attorney Melissa Malcom will answer the question, “Does your Company need a Social Media Policy?”. Sponsored by Chamber Member:

Catering by Chamber Member:

Southern Crescent Broadcasting

15th Street Pizza & Pub

2 Macon Street Ste 100-120

2130 Jodeco Road

McDonough, GA 30253

McDonough, GA 30253

(678) 554-6410

(770) 507-1478

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NOVEMBER BUSINESS BOOSTER LUNCHEON RECAP By Dodie Cason, Assistant Vice President, Business Banker, Heritage Bank, and HCCC Small Business Council, Chair

We saluted our Veteran’s in November! Thank you to all who have served! We acknowledged the positive impact these men and women have made on our country and recognized the substantial contributions they make as employees. Our panel of speakers included Bob Van Dunk and James Dunn from the Veterans Support Group and Kevin Smith from Toppan Interamerica. Charlie Pugh from the Georgia Department of Labor moderated these experts on topics such as veterans as role-model employees, statistics supporting positive employer benefits for hiring veterans and veteran support programs. THANKS TO OUR NOVEMBER BBL DOOR PRIZE DONORS Central Georgia EMC CMIT Solutions Courtyard by Marriott Helping in His Name Ministries

The panel (Kevin Smith, Bob Van Dunk, and Jim Dunn) led a discussion on how Veterans can help improve a business.

High Priority Plumbing & Services Veterans Support Group

Charlie Pugh moderated the discussion on the benefits that come from hiring Veterans.


QUALITY PROGRAMS EDUCATION FOUNDATION

SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUNG WOMEN OFFERING TWO $500 SCHOLARSHIPS The HCCC Education Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the community through programs that enhance education from pre-kindergarten-age children to adults. We believe that education never ends. We are proud to present two scholarship opportunities for young women in the Henry County School System. The HCCC Education Foundation Scholarship For Young Women is currently offering two $500 scholarship opportunities for students. For more information and to access the scholarship application, visit henrycountywomenssummit.com.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE

2020 WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT Thursday, March 5, 2020

Merle Manders Conference Center | Stockbridge, GA Sponsorships are now available. For more information, visit henrycountywomenssummit.com.

SPONSOR THE 2020 STAR BREAKFAST

Student / Teacher Achievement Recognition

February 6, 2020

The Henry County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is proud to once again host Henry County’s STAR Breakfast at 8 a.m. on February 6, 2020 at Eagle’s Landing Country Club. During the annual event, Chamber officials will honor our county’s 2020 STAR Students and Teachers. Chamber members are invited to show support for the STAR Breakfast by sponsoring at one of the levels below. Deadline for sponsorship is January 24, 2020. Supernova $500

Shining Star $250

• Recognized at the STAR Breakfast, in Social Media and in the STAR printed program

• Recognized at the STAR Breakfast, in Social Media and in the STAR printed program

• Three of your representatives may attend the breakfast and have your photo taken with the STAR student and STAR teacher for Social Media

• One of your representatives may attend the breakfast

To request a sponsorship form, please contact (770) 957-5786. HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  www.henrycounty.com 

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT “EDUCATION DAY” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11

Elizabeth Davis, celebrating the success of Henry County Schools with the increase of 9.9 points for their CCRPI scores for 2019. What a tremendous and honorary time for our teachers and students of Henry County! Our final stop was at Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC). SCTC is a technical college that offers education classes from technical certificate programs to degree programs for high school students, recent graduates, new and/or returning students seeking new skills and training to help achieve their career goals. As a growing technical college in Henry County, the facility offered an array of programs in a new state of the art learning environment. From allied health programs, technical & industrial, public safety, to film and television programs, there is no challenge finding a suitable and rewarding program to prepare for the county’s appetite as the fastest growing county in Georgia. In conclusion, I felt that the experience of touring various educational institutions opened my eyes to myriad opportunities for my family and others I mentor. The piece of mind and convenience of taking your education to the next level in your own backyard is invaluable. I am excited about what’s to come for the future of our residents in Henry County and I am blessed and honored to be a part of it! This update was provided by Geni Reed, Branch Manager at Ameris Bank in McDonough, GA, and one of the Class of 2020 participants in Leadership Henry. An eight year resident of Henry County, Geni is honored to have the ability to serve and work in her community and is committed to grow in her future leadership roles.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020 (SPECIAL DATE IN JANUARY)

DROP-IN BETWEEN 9AM–3PM Toppan Room Henry County Chamber of Commerce 1709 Hwy. 20 West, McDonough GA 30253 Call 678-466-5100 – for more information.

SBDC Drop-in Consulting Service No Charge, No Appointment Necessary. 3rd Monday of Every Month (Except January) On the 3rd Monday of each month, professional consultants from the Small Business Development Center come to the Chamber to provide small business coaching assistance. If you or someone you know is a small business owner, a start-up or an entrepreneur with just an idea – all are welcome to stop by for a face-to-face consultation with the experts from SBDC.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RIBBON CUTTINGS HEARING DOCTORS OF GEORGIA-STOCKBRIDGE Contact: Colleen Baskett 550 Eagles Landing Pkwy. Ste. 201 Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 507-0384

GREEN FOR LIFE ENVIRONMENTAL, INC. Contact: Richard Frederic 1280 Rum Creek Pkwy Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 231-7523

TO INTRODUCE AND CELEBRATE YOUR BUSINESS IN STYLE

PLEASE CONTACT GARY SPARROW, MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR AT 770-957-5786 OR VIA EMAIL GSPARROW@HENRYCOUNTY.COM

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, serves all business owners at all stages of the business life cycle. SCORE Mentoring now offered on-site at HCCC Second and Fourth Monday of every month beginning in January, 2020 By Appointment Only Mark your calendars! Registration will be starting soon! 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Monday, January 13 Monday, January 27 To schedule an appointment, visit http://tinyurl.com/scoreatlapp

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Profile for Henry County Chamber of Commerce

HCCC Newsletter January 2020  

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