Page 1 a henry county chamber of commerce publication


JUNE 2014

Hampton • Locust Grove • McDonough • Stockbridge

in this issue

The Chamber Just Wants to Have Fun!

Chairman’s Message 2 Business Profile 3 Calendar 4 SBDC 5 YLH & Leadership Henry 6 Henry Happenings 7 Chamber Briefs 10 Chamber Membership 10 Business After Hours 11 Business Boosters Luncheon 12 Ribbon Cuttings 13 Chamber Golf Classic 13

Comfortably South of Atlanta The Henry County Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice for the business community, provides quality services and programs that meet the needs of its members, improves the economic environment of the community and creates a legacy of leadership for the future.

Only Chamber member businesses can buy ads on the Chamber website?

Fun. This was the word of the night as some quirky new additions were unleased

during the 2nd Annual Belles, Bulls & Buck$ fundraiser. Between carnival games, men in hoop skirts strutting the stuff, and ole’ Belle being watched like a hawk while waiting for her to drop her “chips,” there was nothing ho-hum about the evening.       Chantelle Head-Atkins was out of the running for the $5,000 with the first number drawn, but her pain was eased with $250 cash.  When Belle finally came to terms with the fact she had an audience that wasn’t leaving, she dropped her “chips” in such a way that made both Linda Clark with C & C Fence as well as Jonathan Pierce both $355 richer.     Four “belles” qualified to participate in the First Annual Running of the Belles and battled it out across the pasture, bonnets bouncing.  Jason Montrois, the top fundraiser, also proved to be the fastest belle, taking home the coveted trophy.  Jason and his fellow belles raised almost $1,000 for their respective non-profits.     After the last football had been tossed and the cow thoroughly milked, everyone gathered ‘round to see who would take home the $5,000 grand prize in the reverse raffle.  One by one the numbers were marked off until only two remained.  When all was said and done, it was John Newman, owner of Classic Landscapes, who was holding the winning ticket.  “I now know how the costs of the mission trips soon to be taken by my family of four will be covered,” quipped Newman after being presented with his “big check.”     The event was made possible by several wonderful sponsors:


Chairman’s Message

Charlie Scott

The Future Looks Bright The foundation of economic success is a talented and capable workforce that can deliver goods and services to the customers of a business in an effective and cost efficient way. This month, I want to celebrate the educational systems that Henry County enjoys and briefly address their growing importance to our community. The Henry County Board of Education and School Superintendent Rodney Bowler govern the 40,000 plus students enrolled in the county’s public school system. They have adopted specific performance goals that ensure that the Henry County Schools will remain at the forefront of educational achievement. Their dedication to excellence is showing great promise as we have recently seen that test scores for elementary and middle schools have improved reflecting the goals established by the Board. When coupled with the private schools located in Henry County, the opportunities for a top notch education from Kindergarten through High School are broad and effective in Henry County. The County is also extraordinarily fortunate to have a Charter School affiliated with the Henry County Board of Education and co-located with Henry County High School. The Academy for Advanced Studies is one of the top Career Academies in the State of Georgia. While it has an excellent program for providing academic excellence in its own right, it has the added advantage of having Clayton State University, Gordon State College and Southern Crescent Technical College locations embedded in the same facility. The great advantage to this is that the students who qualify and are interested can enter into a dual enrollment with the Career Academy and one of these

post-secondary institutions. They can take, pass and receive college credit for many of their first and second year college courses, generally at no expense. What a tremendous bargain for the student and their families and what an educational opportunity for the community. Due to the unique capabilities of the Academy for Advanced Studies, students can pursue one of multiple career pathways including banking and finance, health sciences, engineering, culinary arts, agricultural studies, broadcasting and many other career choices. As an example of the impact that the Academy can provide, one local manufacturer in Henry County recently attended an event at which they were introduced to the Academy program and had the opportunity to tour the facility. Following this tour, they immediately made a $2,500 contribution to the school and committed to internships to have the students participating in their actual work environment. For more information about AAS, visit

With the beginning of classes at Southern Crescent Technical College’s newly constructed Henry County campus, worldclass technical education is now readily available to Henry County residents. This is not your parent’s trade school. SCTC has state of the art facilities and laboratories to train in engineering, health sciences, electronics, digital communications and far more. To add to the potential SCTC brings to our community, the residents of Henry County have approved the expenditure of approximately $6 Million in proceeds from the SPLOST IV tax to assist in the construction of the second of eight proposed Charlie Scott is President and CEO of Piedmont Henry

buildings on the campus. Additionally, the State of Georgia’s budget for FY 2015 included $900,000 for design and engineering work on the second building to enhance our local efforts. Henry County is also very fortunate to have other post-secondary educational opportunities right here at home. Mercer University recently celebrated the 10year anniversary of its McDonough campus. Students wishing to obtain either undergraduate or advanced degrees from Mercer have that opportunity right at home. DeVry University has a Henry County Campus offering a range of job-specific programs that are designed to allow a student to progress from school to employment in a seamless manner. The Henry County Chamber of Commerce is proud of its support of these and other educational initiatives. The Chamber’s Education and Economics group has been instrumental in the growth and development of many of these programs. Our efforts have brought together community leaders in both business and education in an ongoing effort to enhance the educational opportunities available to our residents and to ensure that the training needs of major employers are being met. The road to economic excellence begins in school and Henry County Chamber of Commerce is proud that the collective efforts that we support are well along the path to creating a world-class work force. Everyone working together will undoubtedly continue to generate the capable and talented workers that major industries have as such a top priority in their location searches. There is no doubt that the future of Henry County is good and getting better.


Business Profile Hampton Inn Atlanta McDonough

About the Company The new Hampton Inn Atlanta McDonough at Avalon Court in McDonough is a brand new 80-room hotel featuring guest rooms, meeting space, and common areas. It is so new, that it has not yet opened its doors, but is expected to do so soon, making it Henry County’s newest hotel. Hampton Inn is part of the Hilton line of hotels. Friendly service, fresh clean rooms, comfortable surroundings, every time is their commitment and your guarantee at the Hampton Inn. Hampton Inn amenities also include free hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi. The new location at Avalon Court is built according to Hilton’s design with interior entry/corridor access. Dimple Thakorbhai will transfer to the Avalon property to manage the 15 full-time and 3 part-time employees of the hotel. A grand opening will be announced soon. Community Support Hampton Inn has had a presence in Henry County for a number of years and has found ways to give back to the community by hosting the

community based vocational instructional groups with the Henry County Schools. Every Thursday, students come in and experience the hotel workplace. The hotel also supports “Shop with a Deputy” during Christmas and the Georgia Sheriff’s Association golf tournament benefiting youth homes. Chamber Involvement Recognizing the value of Chamber membership, the new Hampton Inn Atlanta McDonough has already joined the Chamber – even before the doors open! Hampton Inn McDonough has been a loyal Chamber member since 1996. For more information about Hampton Inn, contact Dimple Thakorbhai 770-957-5808

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I-75 • Exit 216 145 Industrial Blvd. McDonough, GA

Dimple Thakorbhai, General Manager

Re: Chamber Job Postings “We have had good luck with posting jobs on the Chamber website. We wanted to hire someone local, so advertising locally worked for us. Posting the jobs and receiving resumes couldn’t have been easier. The pool of candidates was excellent. When we have future job openings we will definitely put them on the Chamber website.”

Dawn Cooper, Consolidated Copier Services, McDonough

Companion Care Cremation Services

910 Dailey Mill Road McDonough, GA 30253

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JUNE 2014 Sunday









4 8 AM Leadership Henry BOD, BR

8:30 AM Community Connections Comm, BR





8 AM Youth Leadership Henry BOD, BR

5-8 PM Starting A Business Workshop, HR












11:30 AM Government Affairs Committee, HR




8:30 AM CVB BOD, BR 10 AM Membership Comm, BR



23 11:30 AM HCCC Executive Comm, BR




3 PM One Henry Econ Devp Comm, BR

10 AM Small Business Council, BR 11 AM Business Boosters Luncheon, HR


25 7:30 AM HCCC BOD, BR 12 PM Ambassadors Luncheon

5:30 PM Business After Hours, Pin Strikes Entertainment Center


Chamber Staff David Gill, President and CEO Laura Luker, Director of Tourism NEW DIRECTOR NAME, Director of Communications Gary Sparrow, Membership Director Phyllis Reeves, Information Specialist 2014 Board of Directors Executive Committee Charlie Scott, Chairman, Piedmont Henry June Wood, Chair Elect, Individual Member Leonard Moreland, Secretary/Treasurer, Heritage Bank Eddie Ausband, Immediate Past Chair, The Ausband Agency, Inc. Brad Thomas, Vice Chair for Economic & Cultural Development, Snapping Shoals EMC William Strickland, Vice Chair for Chamber Development, Bellamy-Strickland Chevrolet-Buick-GMC Shane Persaud, Vice Chair for Government & Education, Communities in Schools of Henry County

Jeff Mills, CVB Chair David Gill, HCCC President and CEO CLASS OF 2014 James Chafin, Henry County State Court Lisa Kinchen, Southern Journal Magazine Leonard Moreland, Heritage Bank Sharon Ponder, Bennett International Group, LLC William Strickland, Bellamy-Strickland Chevrolet-Buick-GMC Brad Thomas, Snapping Shoals EMC CLASS OF 2015 Herschel Arant, Central Georgia EMC Greg Hammonds, Whaley Hammonds Tomasello John Newman, Classic Landscapes, Inc. Rhett Tucker, Checks Superstore Laura Turner, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta June Wood, Individual Member

CLASS OF 2016 Toni Davis, Individual Member Wayne Lowrey, United Community Bank Melissa Malcom, Melissa P. Malcom, LLC Steve Nail, Nail Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Shane Persaud, Communities In Schools of Henry County Denise Sowell, Cap1tol Street Financial Services Group Ex Officio Members Tommy Smith, Chairman, HC Board of Commissioners Mayor Billy Copeland, City of McDonough Mayor Robert Price, City of Locust Grove Mayor Steve Hutchison, City of Hampton Mayor Tim Thompson, City of Stockbridge Rodney Bowler, Superintendent, Henry County Schools Bill Herndon, Chairman, Henry County Development Authority Roderick Burch, Henry County Water Authority Mary Evans-Battle, Chair, Leadership Henry

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Business Opportunities in Georgia’s Film and Television Industry (Part I of a III-Part Series)

By Judiffier Pearson, Business Consultant, CSU SBDC Since 1972, Georgia has built an impressive resume with over 800 film and television projects under its belt. However, the industry has boomed since the 2008 implementation of Georgia’s Film Tax Credit incentive program. To add perspective on the economic impact in the last 6 years, there were over 330 feature films, TV movies and shows, commercials, and music videos filmed in the state in 2012. These projects resulted in $3.1 billion dollars invested in Georgia, up 30% from the previous year at $2.4 billion. In 2013, production investments rose to $3.3 billion. Georgia currently ranks 3rd behind Louisiana and California in US feature film production. In 6 years, Georgia’s entertainment industry has grown from $526.1 million in 2008 to $3.3

billion in FY 2013. This upward trend is not only good news for the state’s 25,000 working production professionals, but also for Georgia’s small businesses. When television networks, Hollywood studios, production companies and independent producers spend money in Georgia, this includes support services and goods that make production possible. There are certain business offerings that can be transferred or extended to the film and television industry. Examples of offerings that can be easily transferred are catering, dry cleaning, transportation services, housing accommodations, and equipment rentals. Some of the other business opportunities may require your organization to supplement core competencies with specialized training, like film budgeting, production payroll, and

tax credit audits. What all film and television business opportunities have in common is the necessity of a good network. True business networks are based on trusted professional relationships. Gaining business access to the “Hollywood of the South” requires competence AND participation in the community behind-the-scenes. In the next two installments, specific business needs for film and television productions will be discussed and what competencies your organization needs in order to capitalize on these areas of opportunity. To learn more about how your established business can expand its professional network and service/ product offerings to serve this market, please contact us at, or call 678-466-5100.


Leadership Henry Class of 2014 Graduates The members of the Leadership Henry class met in the Grand Ballroom at the Eagles Landing Country Club the evening of May 13, enjoying fellowship with fellow class members, guests, and the LH Board of Directors. Images from the various program events were displayed on the screen at the front of the room, evoking smiles and comment as class members talked about what they’d learned during their year as program participants. The class enjoyed a wonderful dinner; and as the plates were being cleared away, Hands On Henry co-chairs, J.D. Hardin and Scott Whitmire, shared their perspectives on the class and the program. Their remarks reflected the depth of the bonds that had been forged in the program, the broad base of knowledge of community that

had been learned, and the commitment to leave a positive impression on their community as leaders going forward. Emeritus board member Joyce Rodgers announced the class members individually as they came forward and received their certificates of program completion from the board. Ms. Rodgers then presented the “Heart of Henry” award to Mr. Whitmire. Scott was selected by the vote of his classmates as the person who exemplified the servant leadership values of Leadership Henry. The evening ended with a charge from former LH alumni, Dana Lemon, exhorting the class to apply the valuable lessons they had learned over their program year to their personal and professional lives.

Join us in celebrating the graduation of the Leadership Henry Class of 2014: Amanda Maddox Ben Thomason Brent Meredith Brian Andrews Charlotte Allen Christopher T. Williams Claire Cline

Danielle Roberts Deborah W Harper Dr Kimberly Anderson Frank Askew Greg Russell J.D. Hardin John (Jack) C. Bowdoin Kristie Grier

Mark Wheeler Michael A. Strickland Nicole Elkins Olivia Himebook (Katey) Patrick McHugh Scott Whitmire Sharon McDonald

Youth Leadership Henry Class of 2014 Graduates The Locust Grove Event Center was the perfect location for the Youth Leadership Henry Board of Directors to congratulate this year’s class on their accomplishments. Class members and their parents enjoyed music by members of the Ola High School Orchestra while they shared memories of the program as pictures of their year in review were displayed on the six screens throughout the hall. Shane’s catered an excellent dinner, and all enjoyed a congratulatory graduation cake as they listened to the speakers. Each year the board selects a male and female participant who exemplifies the qualities of Youth Leadership Henry. This year’s student speakers, Miss Erin Moore and Mr. Tripp Ausband, did an excellent job describing what the experience meant to them and what they gained from the program. Both speakers were especially grateful for the

opportunity they had to do a service project on April 19 to help the folks at Shining Light Ministries, a residential recovery home located in McDonough that assists women to overcome addictions and take back their lives. The class members were touched by testimonies from graduates of that ministry, and enjoyed working with them to beautify the campus and then to fellowship with them at lunch. Mr. Earl Parker was the keynote speaker at graduation, challenging class members to be agents for positive change in the future, while remembering their family’s love for them and the importance of maintaining the connections made through YLH. The program ended with the presentation of certificates to graduates of the Youth Leadership Henry Class of 2014. Please congratulate these exemplary young people when you see them in the community:

Arry Allen - Ola High School Aminat Animashaun - Dutchtown High School Taylor Arnold - Union Grove High School Tripp Ausband - Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Thomas Bivens - Ola High School Hannah Bloodworth - Union Grove High School Michael Brewington - Community Christian School Madison Cobb - Union Grove High School Katie Curran - Community Christian School Chrissy Curry - Ola High School Braelyn DiNino - Ola High School Brianna Dougherty - Stockbridge High School Allison Durham - Union Grove High School Hannah Gasaway - Union Grove High School Riya Gehani - Dutchtown High School Taylor Harrison - Union Grove High School Kylie Harrod - Woodland High School Korrey King - Henry County High School Rachel Langston - Community Christian School Cameren Lofton - Union Grove High School Justice Miller - Woodland High School Erin Moore - Union Grove High School Evan Mullvain - Luella High School

Karen Phan - Woodland High School Jessica Phillips - Ola High School Jessie Powell - Union Grove High School Avry Pritchett - Ola High School Nia Redd - Stockbridge High School Loriel Reynolds - Union Grove High School Nathan Rhineheimer - Union Grove High School Kayla Rice - Union Grove High School Jamie Rodriguez = Woodland High School Doug Rokosz - New Creation Christian Academy Kristen Sarver - Ola High School Bre’auca Thompson - Stockbridge High School Devin Toni Butler - Union Grove High School Alexis Vickers - Union Grove High School Amelia Vu - Strong Rock Christian School Haylie Whitlock - Ola High School Cassidy Wright - Ola High School Madison Wright - Ola High School

Apply for next year’s class! Interested persons can visit our web page at, “like” our Facebook page, or email us at to get the link for the online application and learn more about the program.

it’s happening in Henry Comfortably South of Atlanta Summer Camp on the farm June 3 – 6 & June 10 – 13 Southern Belle Farm

O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine June 6, 13, 20 & 27 Summer camp and day care groups are invited to join Atlanta Motor Speedway us for Summer Camp at Southern Belle Farm.  We will host summer field trips for groups with a minimum of 15 people, who will enjoy a little summertime fun on the farm!  Summer Camp activities will include: • Hand picking blackberries • Taking a hayride tour of the farm • Visiting with farm animals • Watching a dairy milking demonstration • Jumping on the giant Jumping Pillow … and other farm fun! Advance reservations are required.  The cost is $8/ person (children & adults).   To submit an online reservation request visit

2014 Park it @ the Market – Hampton’s Friday Farmer’s Market June 6- August 29 - 10 am- 1 pm McBrayer (City) Park

Competing nearly every Friday night from May through September, local competitors power up for weekly drag racing among several divisions. Everything from full-blown dragsters to grandma’s grocery-getter will compete in side-by-side, heads-up drag racing along the speedway’s pit road eighth-mile drag strip. The Show-N-Shine Car Show offers fans a chance to show off their rides in the comforts of the NASCAR garage. Participating Show-N-Shine vehicles will be displayed on the frontstretch prior to the start of opening ceremonies, allowing fans an opportunity to walk on the track and look at the show cars up close. Admission is only $8 and children five and under are free. Visit for more information or call (770) 946-4211.

15th Street Pizza 10th Anniversary Celebration Enjoy lunch and camaraderie in the park! Purchase June 7 – 4:00 p.m. Georgia Made jewelry, baked goods, artwork and more! 15th Street Pizza & Pub

Join 15th Street Pizza and Pub in celebrating their 10th anniversary. There will be live music, great specials, giveaways, games with prizes and a cask from Henry County’s own JailHouse Brewing Company will be tapped.

Ladies Night Out on the McDonough Square June 12 - 6pm – 9pm McDonough Square

The Main Street McDonough Program and the McDonough Square Merchants look forward to seeing you and your friends downtown. Participating merchants will have prizes, fun offerings and/or special discounts for guests. Don’t forget to register for the drawings and the Grand Prize Giveaway. For more information call 770-898-9311 or visit www.

Atlanta Motor Speedway’s grassroots racing series Thursday Thunders runs ten weeks throughout the summer giving NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow the opportunity to compete each week in Legends and Bandolero cars. Kids ages six to 11 are admitted for just $2 while adults pay only $6; spectator admission is free for children ages five and younger. Visit www. for more information or call (770) 946-4211US

Legends Bandolero Nationals June 28 Atlanta Motor Speedway

Performing Arts Summer Camp June 16-20 McDonough Presbyterian Church

Does your child enjoy dance and drama? Are you looking for a fun summer camp opportunity that is local and affordable? Join us this summer for our Performaing the Arts Summer Camp where your child Exotic Driving Experience can experience being in a show complete with singing, June 13-15 dancing and drama. Campers will be working with Atlanta Motor Speedway For more information visit or professionals in the field to learn a musical in 1 week. call 1 (855) 822-0149. On Friday, they will perform on the stage at The Henry Performing Arts Center. Level 2: Those having completed 4th through 8th grades 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Cost $150 (Registration limited to 40 students)

The top Bandolero racers from across the country will descend upon Atlanta Motor Speedway as the one-day event will take place on the 1/4-mile ‘Thunder Ring,” a flat racing surface located on the frontstretch. The Bandolero Nationals typically consist of feature races for each division with the lineup set by the cumulative total of points earned during qualifying and inverted heat sessions prior to the features. Bandolero cars serve as a starting point for many drivers to enter racing, with drivers split into two groups based on their age, the Bandits and Outlaw divisions. The Bandits division is for drivers ages 8-to-11 with racers ages 12 and up competing in the Outlaw division.  Visit www. or for more information.

Driving 101 June 20-22 Atlanta Motor Speedway

Noah’s Ark Camp Safari June 27-28 For more information visit or call Noah’s Ark (877) 722-3527.

Are you ready for Camp Safari?! This is an amazing opportunity to get really close to the animals and get to know the Keepers at Noah’s Ark, have surprise animal encounters and feed the tigers! Call Sherri at 770-9570888 Ext. 233 for more information. If you want to reserve your spot, please be advised that space is limited and you will need to pay at the time you make your reservations! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

Art in the Park June 14 - 10am – 5pm McDonough Square

McDonough Arts will host the event on the McDonough Square. For more information and an application, visit

Exploring the Arts Summer Camp June 16-20 McDonough Presbyterian Church

Does your child enjoy the arts? Are you looking for a fun summer camp opportunity that is local and affordable? Join us this summer for our Exploring the Arts Summer Camp where your child can experience a variety of artistic interests. Every day your child will attend sessions in Art, Drama, Literature, Dance and Music. Our Art Camp finale will host a variety of performances our campers have practiced throughout the week. Level 1: Those having completed Kindergarten through 3rd grades 9:00 am until 12:00 Cost $100 (Registration limited to 100 students)

Visual Arts Summer Camp June 16-20 McDonough Presbyterian Church

Thursday Thunder June 5, 12, 19, 25 & 26 Atlanta Motor Speedway


Does your child enjoy creating works of art? Are you looking for a fun, local and affordable summer camp opportunity? This is the perfect camp for those campers that would like to participate in the sessions of art, literature and music without being in the forefront of the dance performance. Our Campers will work with Cinema on the Square qualified professionals to create works of art that will be Mr. Peabody & Sherman presented during the Art Camp finale. Don’t miss out on June 7 - 8pm – 9pm this fantastic summer camp opportunity! McDonough Square Students having completed 4th through 8th grades For more information visit www.mainstreetmcdonough. 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Cost $150 com or 770-898-9311. (Registration limited to 25 students) Faculty consists of professionals in the art field.

Sounds on the Square Mackie Creek Band June 21 - 7pm – 8pm Historic McDonough Square

1st Concert of the Summer! For more information visit or 770-898-9311.

A Year With Frog & Toad Presented by The Henry Players June 26-29 – Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. & Sun. 2:30 p.m. Noah’s Ark’s famous trio known as the BLT (bear, lion Henry County Performing Arts Center Birthday Party for the BLT June 21 – 11:00 a.m. Noah’s Ark

& tiger) are turning 13. You are invited to celebrate with them. There will be a picnic lunch, music and guest speakers. Reservations required - $25 basket lunch or $100 VIP lunch. Contact Kandi for more details at 770.957.0888.

3rd Annual Love & Home Grown Tomatoes June 21 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Heritage Village Garden @ Heritage Park

The Community Gardens of Henry County is once again sponsoring a delicious tomato sandwich buffet which will include garden tours, great music, a silent auction, vendors, door prizes and a kids’ fun area. Tickets are available online at

A Year With Frog and Toad - This whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, funfilled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.




Publication of is made possible in part by the support of the Board Members of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Thank You!

City of McDonough

Henry County Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau

Billy Copeland, Mayor

1709 Highway 20 West Westridge Business Center McDonough, GA 30253



8 Macon Street McDonough, GA 30253 770.389.9060 x102

Tim Thompson, Mayor 770-389-7910



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Welcome to our NEW Chamber Members Durden Chiropractic Clinic, Inc

2014 Membership Campaign Resulted in 31 new Members The Chamber’s 2014 Membership Campaign ran for five weeks through the month of April and the first week of May. There were five teams. Team Captains were Judy Coker, Melissa Malcom, Kim Devine, Brian Brakefield & Angel Rollins. The teams were assisted by Membership Committee Chair Steve Nail and Ambassador Committee Chair Genie Griffin.

The membership campaign began with a kick-off luncheon hosted by Kirby G’s on April 2. Following the conclusion of the membership drive, an awards lunch was hosted on May 8 by Merle Manders Conference Center, and Miranda Allen provided lunch catered by Italian Oven. During the campaign, a total of 31 new members were added, resulting in $10,594 in dues revenue. The winning first place team was: Kim Devine (Captain), Kim Rainer, Nicole Elkins & Tim Rose. Melissa Malcom’s team took second place and Judy Coker’s team third. The individual top producer was Kim Devine; Kim brought in six new members and $2,250 in member dues. HCCC Chairman of the Board, Charlie Scott, attended the event and thanked the participants for their hard work on the campaign.

Marilyn Durden 850 Hampton Rd McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 631-7600

The Self Team at Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners

Performance Physical Therapy and Wellness Centers

Barney Poole 917 Eagles Landing Pkwy Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 506-6993 We Care For All, Inc

Michael Self 245 Country Club Dr Stockbridge, GA 30281 (413) 454-7460

Jennifer Fry 330 Daileys Plantation Court McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 946-0500

Michael Lear 2097 Hwy 20 West McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 719-1111

Amina Thornton 108 Woolsey Road Hampton, GA 30228 (770) 897-0082

The Southern Credit Union

Adams Homes

Judy Mapp 1825 Pennslyvania Ave. McDonough, GA 30253 (678) 432-5495

John Clayton Davis P.C.

Clay Davis 30 Woodruff St McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 957-3492 Krispy Kreme

Jacob Hathaway 120 Georgia Highway 138 Stockbridge, GA 30281 (678) 565-6317


P&D Printing, Inc

Stephen Pyle 814 Pavillion Ct. McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 954-0121

Primal Fitness Personal Training

Erin See 25 Seabolt Rd. Locust Grove, GA 30248 (404) 914-0623 Cathy G. Duke

30 Woodruff Street McDonough, GA 30253 (404) 374-3180

Crystal Lake Golf & Country Club

Curry’s Collision

Robin Pierce 908 Hampton Rd. McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 898-1979

SteelCo Buildings, Inc.

Shane Millwood 55A Oxford Business Pkwy. Oxford, GA 30054 (678) 212-2190

Nationwide, Price Insurance & Financial Group

Joseph Price 2094 Jodeco Rd. McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 866-2138

Jason Schwendinger P.O. Box 579 McDonough, GA 30253 (678) 232-8466

Padres Mexican Restaurant

Todd Fallaw 902 Hwy 81 E McDonough, GA 30252 (770) 957-5806 Joye Moore 80 Macon Street McDonough, GA 30253 (678) 432-9958

Welcome New Chamber Members!

The Chamber held a reception for members who have recently joined the Chamber at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club on Tuesday evening, May 6. These functions serve to not only welcome the new members and provide them an

excellent opportunity to network with fellow new members; it also provides a platform to showcase the benefits of membership and the ways the Chamber helps businesses with marketing, savings, education and involvement.

To our RENEWING Chamber Members Absolutely Flowers Action Limousines Active Pest Control Carpenter & Company, CPAs, PC Carrington Green Comcast Spotlight Consolidated Copier Services Courthouse Square Market Crichton Mullings & Associates, P.C. Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church Edward Jones Investments - David Shofman Edward Jones Investments - Lin Watts Fairfield Inn & Suites Fermentations, ETC Georgia’s Own Credit Union Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc.

Henry County Soccer Association Heritage Bank Image Builders Advertising Jeff Mills McDonough Hospitality & Tourism Board McDonough Presbyterian Children’s Academy PACE Counseling and Training Center Premier Elevator Company, Inc. Renfroe Enterprises, LLC ServiceMaster of South Metro Southern Heart Specialists, P.C. St. Vincent de Paul of St. James the Apostle Storage Xxtra Sutherland’s Foodservice, Inc. United Hospice of Atlanta


business AFTER HOURS

June Business After Hours

Get your bowling shoes out. Dust your bowling ball off. Grab a pair of socks and join us at Pin Strikes for a great time of competitive bowling networking. What better way to unwind after a hard day’s work than to roll a bowling ball down a 10-pin alley? Tim Mullen at Pin Strikes plans to make sure that you experience the attention, quality of food preparation and hospitality of this wonderful venue. If you missed this experience last year, you missed cuisine that

looked like something from a cruise ship with carved fruits and vegetables, delicious meats and desserts. Once the networking is over, Tim invites us to form teams to challenge, cheer or critique our bowling skills. It’s always fun to network at Pin Strikes! Business After Hours are monthly networking events hosted by Chamber members for current and potential Chamber members and invited guests (adults only

please). The events are free and you do not need to RSVP to attend. Join us and get to know your fellow chamber members, business neighbors, and to make new friends. Bring plenty of business cards for networking and for a chance to win door prizes. Each month there is a Chamber jackpot drawing -- but you MUST be present to win. Why not make this event even more fun and bring a door prize?

Hosted by: Pin Strikes Entertainment Center 3478 Mount Zion Road, Stockbridge Thursday, June 26th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Photos from 2013 BAH at Pin Strikes

SCORE is a national not for profit organization which assists small businesses. Last year, on a national level, SCORE’s volunteers donated 1,158,220 hours of their time to help: • 37,054 start up businesses • Create 82,206 jobs • 50,791 clients to increase revenue and profitability • Mentor and train 140,391 small business owners and entrepreneurs

SCORE has numerous offices in the Atlanta area, including Henry County at the Chamber of Commerce. A mentor is available on Fridays to counsel local business at no charge. An appointment is required and can be made at SCORE also presents a multitude of local workshops and many are free. Others have a minimal charge. To register for a workshop, visit localworkshops.

Partners in Education

The Henry County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation presents a $2,500 directed gift from Toppan Interamerica, Inc. to the Henry County Academy for Advanced Studies in April 2014.

From left: June Wood, member of HCC Education Foundation Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of directors for SCTC; HCCC Chair-Elect; David Gill, HCCC President and CEO; Congressman Lynn Westmoreland; Kevin Smith, Toppan InterAmerica, Inc.; John Uesseler, AAS CEO ; Herschel Arant, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Academy for Advanced Studies

Chamber Briefs. Congratulations to... Vanessa Jackson Michelle Strickland Vanessa Jackson & Michelle Strickland, Co-Managers of Hudson Self Storage – Stockbridge, on being honored by their company as Managers of the Year for 2014. These ladies go the extra mile in our

community, hosting networking meetings to help residents find jobs, assisting many of our Debi Keane non-profits, assisting children and so much more – in addition to their normal duties. Henry County Schools Executive Director of Student Support Services, Henry County Debi Keane, who was presented with the Schools on being state’s Herb Garrett Advocacy Award from the one of only seven Georgia Council of Administrators of Special school districts Education (G-CASE) for her contributions to nationwide selected to receive phase two helping students with disabilities. funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote strategic planning Henry County Schools Luella Elementary and redesign centered on personalized teacher, Dr. Cathy Schreiber on being named learning at six Henry County Schools. Georgia’s Gifted Teacher of the Year for 2014 by The Georgia Association for Gifted Children.

competition. For 2014, the Clayton State SAM chapter placed second for the James Rutherford Trophy in Orlando, following a first place finish in 2011 and 2012 and a second place win in 2013.

Dr. Cathy Schreiber According to the association, the award is presented to “a gifted education teacher who has demonstrated exceptional teaching, dedication, and positive parent relations in his/her school, community, or the state of Georgia.”

Piedmont Henry Hospital on receiving the “Get With The Guidelines® -- Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

If you are a Chamber member with good Clayton State University and its Society news to share, send your logo and/or photo for Advancement of Management (SAM) and information to NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, team for the fourth straight year finished in and let us congratulate YOUR business! the top two teams in their division in national



Boosters luncheon

Chamber Members are Networking Experts!

June Business Boosters Luncheon Forming two lines, members practice networking

June 19, 2014 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM You may not be wearing sunglasses and signing autographs, but you are still reaping some of the benefits of the film industry, just by being a resident of Henry County.  Join us for the June Business Boosters Luncheon and hear about the growing impact on our local economy from the television and film industry.  You may be surprised at the movie and television shows that have ties to Henry County.  We are a camera-ready community, and well known works such as The Walking Dead, Resurrection, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, Hunger Games: Catching Fire are just a sample of the projects that have been filmed in part in Henry County.  Learn about how your location or business can be considered as a venue for a film or television project, as well as how local businesses are involved in supporting these projects.  It is said that an expert is someone from 50 miles

away, but we are fortunate to have our own film/tourism expert right here in Henry County. Tourism, including the television and movie industries, is a large part of our local economy and you can hear about all of the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau programs and activities from the Henry County CVB’s Director  of Tourism, Laura Luker.  Plan to join us for an update on this exciting new part of our tourism efforts. The cost for this catered lunch is $12 for Chamber members who register and pay online or $15 at the door and $20 for non-members who register and pay online or $23 at the door. Reservations are required by June 17 for planning purposes and can be made and paid online at Go to the Events calendar, then the BBL for June 19. To cover catering costs, no-shows will be billed. Lunch will be catered by Outback Steakhouse.

Over 55 attendees honed their networking skills at the April 17 Business Boosters Luncheon featuring Heather Chaney from the Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University. The Chamber’s Small Business Council Chairman, James Chapman, charged participants to begin networking prior to lunch by sharing their first and worst jobs with one another. The charge quickly turned into a challenge of how to get them to stop networking long enough to get their lunch! Over lunch, it was determined that Alice Cunningham with Destinations 4 Fun had the worst job as she recalled her days of working with lab rats! During lunch each person was given the task of telling their table two truths and a lie – which spurred excitement and easy conversation. Given some of the things people shared, it was difficult to sort out fact from fiction. Following the meal, Heather had the group form opposing lines, giving them instructions on how to meet new people, shake hands and begin a conversation. Again, the challenge was to end one conversation in order to move to the next person! Hooters of McDonough provided a tasty lunch. Half of the participants took home great door prizes. To view all the photos from this luncheon, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Heather Chaney, CSU SBDC, provides networking instructions

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Save the Date

Tuesday, September 30 Sign-Up or Sponsor the 2014 Chamber Golf Classic

April 17 Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Center 1109 Eagle’s Landing Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281 Contact: Monica Smith (404) 367-2096

April 23 Shane’s Rib Shack

2148 Highway 20 McDonough, GA 30253 Contact: Rachel Turk-Settle (770) 957-8818

April 29 Krispy Kreme

120 Highway 138 Stockbridge, GA 30281 Contact: Jacob Hathaway (678) 565-6317

April 22 Gander Mountain 1970 Jonesboro Road McDonough, GA 30253 Contact: Jim York (678) 604-8530

April 24 Adams Homes

1825 Pennsylvania Avenue McDonough, GA 30253 Contact: Michael Kruszynski or Judy Mapp (678) 432-5495

Available Sponsorships: • Putting Green - $4000 • Tee Box - $4000 • Scorecard - $2000 • Gold - $2,500 • Silver - $1,500 • Tent - $500 The Chamber invites you to participate in its 2013 annual Golf Classic at Eagle’s Landing Country Club on Tuesday, September 30. Sponsorships are available that afford your business recognition at this prestigious event. As a sponsor, your company has the opportunity to exhibit on the course and to send staff members, key clients or customers to participate in the tournament. If a sponsorship does not fit your budget, enter a team of four players for $800. There will be a hole-in-one contest for an all-expenses-paid trip (admission, meals and accommodations) for your entire team to the 2015 Masters, and a putting green contest with a cash prize for the winner, plus other contests and prizes during the event.

Every LIFE has a story. Celebrate it!

May 9 Miller & Key, P.A. 79 Lawrenceville Street McDonough, GA 30253 Contact: Suesan Miller (770) 515-0951

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FINANCIAL FOCUS Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing In many areas of your life, you’re probably aware that it’s useful to keep emotions out of your decision-making — and that’s certainly the case with investing. However, it can be difficult to keep your feelings from influencing your investment decisions. But you may find it easier to invest with your head, rather than your heart, if you know a little something about two different cycles: the market cycle and your emotional cycle. Let’s start with the market cycle. If you’ve been investing for a while, you’re aware (probably highly aware) that the financial markets are rarely static — they are always moving up and down, at least in the short term. (Over the very long term, a period

of many decades, the markets have trended up.) But these short-term movements, while perhaps appearing as “zigs” and “zags” on a daily basis, actually form a pattern, or a cycle, that can last for months or years. These cycles are known as bull (up) or bear (down) markets. Going back to the Great Depression, the average bear market has lasted 21 months, while the average bull market has extended for 57 months, according to research from Standard and Poor’s Index Services. These market cycles greatly influence investors’ attitudes and behavior. In fact, they lead to the formation of investors’ emotional cycles. During bull markets, investors

tend to feel optimism, excitement and even euphoria. But once a bull market ends and a bear market begins, investors start getting nervous. And the longer and deeper the bear market, the greater the depth of emotion felt by investors. These emotions can begin as anxiety and then progress to denial, fear, desperation and panic. Furthermore, market cycles and emotional cycles don’t really align. For example, investors may well experience euphoria when the market has reached its high point and a bear market has just begun. For a while, then, these investors, fueled by their euphoric feelings over the big gains they’ve achieved, may continue

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pouring money into the market, even as it’s declining. This type of behavior, though, is probably better suited for when the market is already at a low, when investors’ dollars will buy more shares. Conversely, investors may reach the peak of their fearfulness at the end of a bear market, just when things are about to turn around. At this point, their fear may hold them back from investing — even though, with prices low, it can be a good time to invest. Clearly, basing investment decisions on emotions can lead to poor choices. So don’t get caught up in this pattern. Instead, strive to follow a disciplined approach to investing. Build an investment portfolio that

reflects your objectives, risk tolerance and time horizon, and seek to hold appropriate investments for the long term. Of course, you may well need to make adjustments along the way, but do it for the right reasons — such as a change in your goals or in the investments themselves — rather than as a reaction to the current market cycle. Our emotions are powerful, and their power can increase when applied to such a meaningful aspect of our life as our finances. But if you can detach yourself, as much as possible, from the emotional cycle of investing, you can avoid considerable angst — while helping clear the path to pursue your goals.

Call today to see how our unique, face-to-face approach makes us best suited to help long-term investors meet their current needs and future financial goals.

Financial Advisor Lin Watts, AAMS® 305 Olde Towne Way McDonough, GA 30252 (678) 583-1325

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