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Membership Appreciation • Ribbon Cuttings • Business After Hours

Season’s Greetings from Our Georgia College Family to Yours. Share this holiday season with us by experiencing the holiday decor at the Mansion, joining us for the Nutcracker and the Holiday Concert, and much more.

Contents Chamber Chat......................................................... 5 Ribbon Cuttings..................................................... 6 New Members....................................................... 10 Cross County Veteran Appreciation.................12 T-shirt Tuesday..................................................... 14 Business After Hours.......................................... 18 Partners in Education...........................................21 Reality Check........................................................22 HRP & CGHA....................................................... 23 Membership Appreciation.................................24 M2M News............................................................ 26 Eggs & Issues............................................................30

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2017 Board of Directors Chair

Coni Adams-Moore, Elite Gym

Past Chair

Tom Glover, Cogentes

Treasurer/Chair Elect

Derek Williams, Century Bank & Trust


Lauren Goebel, Goebel Media Group Dr. C. Nolan Stephens, Healing Hands Chiropractic Dana Davis, Central Georgia Technical College David Dyer III, Magnolia State Bank Cliff Charnes, The Local Yolkal Cafe Fred Godin, Georgia College Jennifer Rainey, Harmony Crossing Jim Watkins, GMC Kim Herrin, Coldwell Banker SSK Realtors Lyn Chandler, Baldwin County Board of Education Matt Roessing, Roessing Firm Mike Martino, Bodyplex Milledgeville Neil Dyer, Dyer Construction Company Dr. Noris Price, Baldwin County Board of Education Wanda Addeo, Overview, Inc.

2017 Ambassadors Chair: Amber English, Century Bank & Trust

MBConnect is published quarterly by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce. To advertise or to update your contact information, please email

Editorial & Design Leah Gillett

Colin McCulley, Protective Financial Services Desaree Murden, The Milledgeville Players Erin Andrews, Erin Andrews Media Jennifer Minshew, Citizens Bank of the South Jessica Elliott, Exchange Bank Jordan Norville, Magnolia State Bank Mary Beth Lees, The Bellamy Melissa Fort, Central Insurance Group Michael Payne, Smith Communications Nancy Fullilove, The Cottages at Woodland Terrace Dr. Nicole Juntz, Magnolia Medical Group Shelley Moore, Cut-Rite Glass & Mirror


Alicia Dallago Maryllis Wolfgang 130 S. Jefferson St. | Milledgeville, GA 31061 Phone: 478-453-9311 Fax: 478-453-0051 Winter 2017

Staff Angie Martin, President & CEO Kara Lassiter, Membership Development Director Leah Gillett, Chief of Creative Operations Anna Meeks, Office Assistant

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Washington YouthTour June 7-14, 2018

•All-expenses-paid 1 week tour of Washington D.C. •Open to high School students 16 or older •must live in a home served by Tri-County EMC To apply •visit washingtonyouthtour.cms or call 478.986.8126

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Tri-County EMC Quarter Page Ad Chamber Connect Contact: Kim Broun Communications Specialist 478.986.8126

Find everything you’ve been looking for in a bank all in one place. From checking and planning for the years ahead, to lending and our travel club – plus the latest convenient technologies. You’ll find it all at Century!

Downtown - 141 S. Wayne St., Milledgeville l (478) 453-3571 Northside - 1800 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville l (478) 453-7631 LPO - 1040 Founders Row, Suite A, Greensboro l (706) 453-0553

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Chamber Chat It is hard to believe we are wrapping up the year in just a few short weeks. And, although it may sound cliché, I really do feel like this year has flown by. But, when I reflect back on all that we celebrated during our seventieth anniversary year, I am overjoyed by our many achievements. Not only did we “rock” the 70 Strong in ’17 campaign, we were able to thank each and every one of our members, for all they do for the Chamber. We were able to highlight over 25 years of awarding the Small Business of the Year. We were able to mold local students into future leaders through our Youth Leadership Baldwin program, and also develop current leaders in our Leadership Baldwin program. We were able to host the Young Gamechangers in our great community and look forward to being the implementation organization for their recommendations in 2018. Most importantly, we were able to remain the #1 business resource in Milledgeville-Baldwin County because of the strong and continuous support we receive from our invaluable members. Thank You! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year!



Investors DIAMOND Georgia College

PLATINUM Century Bank and Trust • Exchange Bank • The GEO Group • Georgia Military College Magnolia State Bank GOLD Cogentes SILVER BB&T•Bug House Pest Control •Central Georgia Technical College • Citizens Bank of the South •Fowler-Flemister •Tri-County EMC •Triumph Group Inc • The Union Recorder • Walmart BRONZE Chaplinwood •Coca-Cola • Georgia Department of Veteran Service• Georgia Power • Green Acres •Midsouth Credit Union • Robins Federal Credit Union • Sinclair Custom Awards Winter 2017

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Bealls Outlet

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Galloway’s Floor Decor Want to have A ribbon cutting in the MBConnect? If you have opened a business, celebrated the anniversary of an existing company, or moved locations, you are eligible for a ribbon cutting! Give us a call today to join the Chamber and schedule your ribbon cutting!

Call us at (478) 453-9311

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Welcome... BURNS GORE REALTY Mary Burns 1686 N Columbia St, Suite A • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 454-0077 DIVERSIFIED MAINTENANCE Billy Goff 153 S ABC St • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (800) 239-7483 DOODLE’S CUPCAKE BAKERY Keith Grant 140 N Jefferson St • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 288-0854 ERIN ANDREWS MEDIA (478) 363-3372 10 MBConnect

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Winter 2017 the Chamber GALLOWAY’S FLOOR DECOR Nancy Galloway 2675 N Columbia St • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 452-0111

HARMONY CROSSING Jennifer Rainey 112 Harmony Crossing, Suite 4 • Eatonton, GA 31024 JACK R. KRAPF 236 Old Plantation Trail NW • Milledgeville, GA 31061 JIMMY JOHN’S Donna Patterson 100 S Wilkinson St • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 344-0444 OCONEE HOME INSPECTION Robbie Hattaway (478) 456-2267 PAXEN LEARNING SERVICES Jennifer Giovannini 105 Fieldstone Dr, Ste 107 • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 957-0345 TOMMY WILLIAMSON PHYSICAL THERAPY 2763 N Columbia St, Ste B • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 461-0424 Winter 2017

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Cross-County Veteran Appreciation On Thursday, November 9th, the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, EatontonPutnam County, Greene County, Jones-Gray County and Washington County Chambers of Commerce joined together at the Georgia Military College Legislative Chamber to celebrate Veterans across county borders. This was the first event of its kind, allowing businesses from different counties to network and make new connections. We are so thankful for all the veterans, both in attendance and at home, that sacrificed so much for our country. We want to thank each of the Chambers for everything they provided to make this evening a success. We also want to thank GMC for generously setting up the space and supplying delicious food for the evening, and to Alicia Dallago, for capturing the event through her photos.

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The Adventures of Milly the Owl With Christmas coming up, I wanted to work extra hard to make everyone in my town feel loved. I left my beautiful Bellamy apartment that morning and grabbed some of their fresh, complimentary coffee on my way to the car. This owl definitely needs her coffee fix. To start my day off, I stopped by Century Bank so that I could get some cash out for my day of giving! They were so nice and got me back on my way super fast! I felt like I needed some extra fuel to get me through my day so I headed over to Waffle House. I got a huge plate of chocolate chip waffles to keep me going! My first stop for my day of giving was Overview, Inc. Not everyone has a way to stay warm in the winter, so I donated money that helped them supply blankets and good socks to those in need. I want everyone to feel loved on the holidays. Afterwards I headed over to the Twin Lakes Library with a huge box of books I had in my trunk. Everybody deserves a chance to read, so I decided to donate my old children’s books to help out! I hope they enjoy them as much as I did! After carrying all those books, I was super hungry again! I drove over to The Brick and realized that I could get yummy pizza AND continue my day of giving back! I voted for a few bras in their bras-for-acause fundraiser to help raise money for Georgia Cancer Support. I finished off my day at the Exchange Club Christmas Parade and got to see so many beautiful floats! It really inspired my Holiday Spirit! I hope everyone in Milledgeville will feel happy and loved during this season of giving!

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Business After Hours The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce held Business After Hours at Adams Acres Riverside Events on September 28th. We had a fantastic crowd that evening and everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by BirdCat BBQ . Live Music accompanied the beautiful landscape as guests chatted and enjoyed the nice weather. We are thankful to have such wonderful members who love to get involved! We want to thank our sponsors, The Department of Veteran Services, Green Acres Health and Rehabilitation, and Tri-County EMC for making the evening possible!

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Apply for free usingMilledgeville-Baldwin promo code FREE Chamber of Commerce

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Thank you to the wonderful 2017-2018 members who support the education of our community!

Advanced Disposal Services

Elite Gymnastics

Murphey Insurance


Exchange Bank

Northridge Christian Church

All-Phase Electric

First United Methodist Church

Oconee Radio Group

Animal Hospital of Milledgeville

Five Star Toyota of Milledgeville

Oconee Vendor

BB&T Beckham’s Used Car Bodyplex Milledgeville Bojangles Restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings Bug House Pest Control Cansino Stribling & Cook LLP C.Seth Rion, MD FACS

Flagg Chapel Baptist Church GEO George E. Martinez, MD Georgia Power Georgia’s Old Capital Museum Goebel Media Group Grant Hatcher CPA, Inc.

Protective Financial Services Rev. David Luke River Edge Behavioral Health Center Roberts Roofing ServPro Sheridan Construction Sinclair Custom Award Designs, LLC Smoothie King

Captain D’s

Greater Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church

Southside Tire & Brake

Central Georgia Towing & Recovery

Healing Hands Chiropractic

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Central State Hospital

Hearing Associates of Middle Georgia

State Farm Insurance

Century Bank Chick-Fil-A Citizen’s Bank of the South Clubhouse Connect at River Edge Coca-Cola United Cogentes, Inc Communities in Schools Cornerstone Medical Staffing Craig Massee Realty Custom Signs & Designs, Inc. Diversified Maintenance Dr. Gloria Wicker Dr. William B. Lee II, DDS Elite Gymnastics Exchange Bank Dr. Gloria Wicker Dr. William B. Lee II, DDS

Heritage Printing Holiday Inn Express Horsedreams

T-Bones Nursery T&S Hardwoods Tent-Sational Events

Janet Hogan Harrison DDS P.C.

The Cottages at Woodland Terrace

KC Eady Insurance Repair

The GEO Group, Inc.

Keith & Paige Barlow

The Local Yolkal Cafe


The Market Basket

Lake Country Lanes LLC

The Roessing Firm, LLC

Lowe’s Home Improvement

The Union Recorder

Lyn Chandler

Tidal Wave

Madaina Nunn

Triumph Precision Components

Magnolia State Bank Marisol San Inocencio, MD McDonald’s Merritt Carpet Cleaning Midsouth Community Federal Credit Union Milledgeville Housing Authority

Volume Hyundai Waffle House WHB Wealth Management Group Wilkinson Used Cars Zschimmer & Schwarz

Moores Funeral Home

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REALITY chECK -2017-

Reality Check is a program for our local high schools intended to teach students about the challenges they may face as an adult. The students spend time trying to navigate through “adult life,� and learning about how their choices impact their lives down the road. We had a great time at the Youth Challenge Academy, GMC, and JMA working with the students and helping educate them so that they can prepare for a bright and productive future! We want to thank our wonderful volunteers for investing their time and energy with these young adults!

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In October, we heard from April Screws with the Georgia Crime Information Center who joined us and discussed hiring, firing, and background checks in terms of legality, policies, and procedures. In November, we heard from Brian D. Everett, a management partner for Leadership Management International, who presented on the impacts of generational differences in the workplace and how to use those differences positively.

Save the date for an upcoming Health Fair brought to you by the Central Georgia Healthcare Alliance and Central Georgia Technical College. The event will begin at 3:00 pm and includes an open house, tours of the school, and vendors from various areas of healthcare. The cost for vendors is $25, which includes a 6 foot table and two chairs. Please email Angie Martin at today to register as a vendor and let us know about any special needs your table will require.

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Membership Appreciation Grill & Chill Street Party We had an absolute blast at our Membership Appreciation Street Party event on October 19th. Everyone enjoyed delicious burgers grilled on site by Buffington’s and cooled off with smoothies from Smoothie King. Overview, Inc. brought in the Stereotype band from Nashville, and they definitely got people up and dancing! Slice surprised us with a mind-blowing Burger Cake that tasted even more amazing than it looked. The evening concluded with a Raffle Drawing for our T-Shirt Quilt and an additional drawing for a 2018 Chamber Membership! Erin Andrews took home our quilt and Jordan Norville from Magnolia State Bank won his business the 2018 Chamber Membership! This event wouldn’t have been possible without our super sponsors, BB&T, Buffingtons, Citizens Bank of the South, Cogentes, Exchange Bank, GEO, Magnolia State Bank, Overview, Inc., Robins Financial Credit Union, Slice, Smoothie King, The Union-Recorder and Walmart. We also want to thank Maryllis Wolfgang for capturing the fun times in her beautiful photos!

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Member to Member News Photographer Maryllis Wolfgang celebrates 10 years and introduces new line of services Crazy W Creations (Maryllis Wolfgang) celebrates 10 years in business this year. What started as a hobby is today a business supporting businesses by helping create their image to the public. As Official Photographer for the MBC Chamber of Commerce and Managing Photographer (and feature writer) for Milledgeville Living Magazine, Wolfgang is compelled to make the shot in any environment and lighting condition and represent the subject in the most positive manner. Wolfgang enjoys supporting her community through Georgia Cancer Support, CASA, Macon Volunteer Clinic and other charity events. Wolfgang is a member of Friends of Allied Arts Council and former board and current member of Middle Georgia Arts Association. She has shown and sold her landscapes in juried arts festivals throughout the southeast and has won numerous awards. By invitation, Wolfgang “captured” Milledgeville for the new Citizens Bank of The South, and her work adorns the public areas of the bank. Conceptual imaging by Wolfgang has served members of the real estate industry. Using Photoshop Wolfgang “flips” the forlorn home or building, demonstrating it’s potential. While Wolfgang will continue the work she is doing representing businesses with conceptual imaging, commercial headshots and events, she will be providing a new line -- Professional Legacy Family Portraiture. A recipient of seven generations of family photos, she is passionate about the importance of capturing and printing family images to display and pass on to future generations. Time and technology change, but well captured prime quality professionally printed images endure so the children of our children and their children will be able to look back and see their ancestors. Maryllis Photography will work with you to achieve that family photo of which you will be proud to display.

Exchange Bank Welcomes Chris Gibson as Vice President & Loan Officer Exchange Bank President & CEO, Henry J. Pope, Jr., is pleased to welcome Chris Gibson to Exchange Bank as Vice President & Loan Officer. Chris obtained his B.S. in Biology, with a double minor in Chemistry and Business Administration, along with his MBA from Georgia College. He began his banking career at Century Bank & Trust and then joined BB&T in 2003 as an Assistant Area Operations Manager. He progressed in his career, serving Macon and Milledgeville as Assistant Vice President/Financial Center Lender, Commercial Lender and most recently working as the Milledgeville Vice President/Market Leader. Chris has been active in the community since he attended Georgia College. He is a member of the Kappa Sigma International Fraternity, Former Board Member of the GCSU Foundation, past-President of the GCSU Alumni Association, Board Member of the J. Whitney Bunting School of Business Advisory Board, Board Member Communities in Schools of Milledgeville/Baldwin County, and a graduate of both Leadership Baldwin and Leadership Macon. He is married to Karen Gibson (Robertson), who is a worker’s compensation attorney at McArthur Law Firm in Macon. They have two children, Jude (8) and Cooper (8 months old). In his spare time, Chris enjoys tennis, golf, and coaching Little League.

Maryllis Wolfgang Phone: 478-457-5084 Email:

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Member to Member News Exchange Bank Donates To United Way

Georgia Military College Finishes Strong in 2017

Exchange Bank employees united together to raise over $12,500 for United Way of Central Georgia through a combination of fundraisers, employee pledges, and corporate donations.

Georgia Military College Preparatory School is steeped in tradition. From the military formation every morning to the sight of our cadets standing at attention as our nations colors are lowered in the evening. Among the pride of our cadets are GMC’s robust athletic and fine arts opportunities.

This year’s campaign “Be The One” focused on the idea that one gift and one volunteer hour can alter a life. Combine those individual actions and together we can create a movement.

This year we are proud to claim one national championship and several back to back state titles.

To engage with our community, employees collected blankets, gloves, and hats to donate to the Georgia War Veteran’s Home. Also, employees were able to spend a Saturday providing lunch and playing Bingo with the Veterans. To inspire our youth, employees collected board games, recreational balls, along with art and school supplies to donate to the Boys & Girls Club. Several employees were able to enjoy an afternoon playing dodgeball with our local youth at the Boys & Girls Club. To provide for those in need, employees collected canned and nonperishable foods to donate to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. Exchange Bank is proud of the generous staff for coming together to make a dynamic impact in our community.

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Cadet Lyssa Blair competed in the National Ultimate Raider competition and came in first place. Our Mixed Raider team also came away with third place in the nation and a repeat as state champions this year as well. Our boys cross country team claimed their second state championship in as many years. Aaron Kirkland took first overall for individual in the state. Several of the boy’s team will also compete in the national competition. In our fine arts program the team from GMC performed The Pajama Game and swept the region championship. They also were able to place second in the state against some fierce competition. We are extremely proud of all of our students, coaches, faculty, and staff that worked so hard this year to help achieve national and state recognition.

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Member to Member News Bike Walk Baldwin’s 2018 Spring/Summer Events February 10th 11th 2018: Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League Leadership Summit. NICA Coaches from 45 GA student mountain bike teams will meet in Milledgeville for their annual leadership conference and will experience exciting trail rides at both Bartram WMA and Selma Erwin Nature Preserve. March 10, 2018: Old Capital Classic, hosted by Chain Buster Racing. This all-new edition to Chain Buster Racing’s Southeastern Endurance Cup Series introduces Milledgeville’s Bartram Forest’s trails to 250+ regular Chain Buster Racing participants. March 24, 2018: 12th Annual April Fools Ride, hosted by Bike Walk Baldwin. Milledgeville’s long-running casual classic touring ride, this fun, early spring event brings returning and new bicycling fans from all over the Southeast together in the spirit of riding. 32, 64 and 81 mile distance options available, offering a choice for all to enjoy. June 2, 2018: 6th annual Red Clay Ramble, hosted by Chain Buster Racing. Part of their Southeastern Gravel Series, the Red Clay Ramble’s annual gravel grinder is a 56 mile race staged in Putnam and Jones County, featuring some of Georgia’s most beautiful back roads and some of the nation’s most fierce gravel racing competitors. For more information about these and other Bike Walk Baldwin events, please call: (478) 451-9601 or visit our Facebook page:

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Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues allows chamber members to meet with local leaders to discuss issues impacting the community. While the delicious breakfast is a plus, the chance to engage in a dialogue about topics impacting the future of the community is even better. These events are especially successful thanks to our loyal sponsors, Central Georgia Technical College and Magnolia State Bank. We also want to thank the Local Yolkal and Waffle House for this quarters breakfast. On September 20th, Sheriff Bill Massee and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office joined us to give a thorough update on the most recent challenges facing the Sheriff’s Office as well as how they are striving for new goals. In October, our District Engineer, Jimmy Smith, from the Georgia DOT gave a presentation on behalf of the Department of Transportation. Attendees were updated on past, current, and future projects related to Baldwin County and the surrounding areas. In November, Navicent Health Baldwin joined us to give the community an update on the hospital. Rhonda Perry and CEO Darren Pearce both spoke about specific areas that need improvement as well as aspects in which the hospital already has strengths. We want to thank all of our Eggs & Issues guests for attending and staying up to date on the many facets of our community. Check out our newsletter to make sure you stay up to date on the next Eggs & Issues series! Winter 2017

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Upcoming CHamber Events Wondering how to register for your favorite events? Just go to Milledgevillega. com/calendar to see any upcoming events we have open for registration!

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