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Contents Office Chat.........................................................5 Ribbon Cuttings...............................................6 New Members.................................................10 Eggs and Issues...............................................12 Tshirt Tuesday................................................14 HRP...................................................................16 Annual Awards Dinner and Gala...............18 Golf Classic.....................................................22 Business After Hours....................................24 M2M News......................................................26 Youth Leadership Baldwin.............................30 70 in 17 Celebration..........................................31

2017 Board of Directors Chair

Coni Adams-Moore, Elite Gym

Past Chair

Tom Glover, Cogentes

Treasurer/Chair Elect

Derek Williams, Century Bank & Trust

Secretary

Lauren Goebel, Goebel Media Group Dr. C. Nolan Stephens, Healing Hands Chiropractic Dana Davis, Central Georgia Technical College David Dyer III, Magnolia State Bank Deepak Kumar, Metropolis Cafe Fred Godin, Georgia College Jennifer Rainey 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

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Amy Bailey, Serenity Hospice Care Amy Miller, Robins Financial Credit Union Colin McCulley, Protective Financial Services Desaree Murden, The Milledgeville Players Erin Andrews, The Union Recorder Gerald Andrews, ICR Power Washing 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

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Office Chat I joined the Chamber this past May as the Chief of Creative Operations. I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to use my experience in graphic design and social media in a way that will allow me to actively participate in the Milledgeville community. After I graduated from Georgia College in 2016, my husband and I decided that we wanted to make Milledgeville our home. We loved the small town feel and close-knit community that we found here. I could not believe how everything fell in to place when I started working at the Chamber. Not only do I get to work with a fun, enthusiastic team, but I get to support the very people and businesses that comprise the community I live in. I have truly enjoyed getting to know the members of the Chamber so far and can’t wait to get to know even more of our local businesses. I look forward to working with all of you! Sincerely,

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Investors DIAMOND Georgia College

PLATINUM Century Bank and Trust • Exchange Bank • The GEO Group • Georgia Military College Magnolia State Bank GOLD Cogentes SILVER 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 Power •Green Acres •Midsouth Credit Union Robins Federal Credit Union • Sinclair Custom Awards

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Welcome... BUTLER FORD Brian Shepherd 2631 North Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 453-9391 BUTLER HONDA Brian Shepherd 2631 North Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 453-9391 THE CLUB AT LAKE SINCLAIR Mike Kelly 3700 Sinclair Dam Rd. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 452-3525 COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Kreg Bryan 440 North Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 453-9628 DIRECT FURNITURE OUTLET Mitchell McGraw 2480 North Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061

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...to the Chamber EATONTON COTTON WAREHOUSE Dan Lowery 118 North Jefferson St. • Eatonton, GA 31024 (866) 536-0654 HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS Pamela Jackson 2600 North Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 295-1144 MILLEDGEVILLE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING CENTER Amanda Wilson Harper 366 Log Cabin Rd. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 456-6219 MILLEDGEVILLE FILM FESTIVAL Jeremiah Bennett P.O. Box 2026 • Hardwick, GA 31034 (478) 451-9601 MILLEDGEVILLE-BALDWIN COUNTY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Lauren Abis 1500 James Ave. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 lauren.abis@gmail.com SELECT FLOOR COVERING Brent Rogers 153 Garrett Way • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 452-0437 STAN ALDRIDGE 134 Meeks Rd. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 wsaldridge@yahoo.com TONY HAVIOR AUTOMOTIVE Tony Havior 917 North Wilkinson St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 295-0462

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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 monthly events are especially successful thanks to our dedicated sponsors, Central Georgia Technical College and Magnolia State Bank. In March, Matt Poyner, Executive Director of the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County discussed the results of the most recent BREP survey. BREP, or Business Retention and Expansion Program is a locally based survey given every three years. In addition, Dr. Noris Price, Superintendent for Baldwin County Schools, presented an update on workplace preparedness. In April, State Senator, Burt Jones, and State Representative, Rick Williams, led the meeting that morning. They discussed the most recent legislation passed for the state of Georgia and explained the impact it would have for the Milledgeville-Baldwin community. In May, we heard from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Representatives on a presentation titled, “Envision Today for a Bright Tomorrow.� Brittany Bullock and Marsellas Williams, both government specialists at the MGRC, led a discussion on long-range planning and economic development efforts.

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The Adventures of Milly the Owl

I can’t wait to tell you all about the adventures I’ve been having! I woke up this morning and headed straight to T-Bones’s Nursery to pick out some new flowers for my yard. It was really hot outside, so I flew over to the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant to have a drink and cool off. By then it was almost lunch time, but I realized I had forgotten my wallet at home! I stopped in Citizens Bank, got some money out for lunch and headed downtown. I was really feeling like pizza, so I went to The Brick and ordered a few slices. With my belly full, I decided to take a stroll. Imagine my surprise when I strolled straight up a to a beautiful red carpet! The Milledgeville Film Festival was having their annual Gala, so I got a picture with some film-makers! Maybe I could star in a film, or at least in a play. I flew over to see what productions The Milledgeville Players were putting on. I watched the actors performing and realized that I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kind of bird. My wings were starting to get tired, so I stopped by State Farm to see if my insurance covered wing exhaustion. Jake the turtle said I’d be better off taking my car, so I decided to drive. I drove by a rotating Oconee Concrete truck on it’s way to a construction site. I wonder if it was bringing concrete to Sheridan Construction’s newest building project in Milledgeville! On my way home, I passed Georgia Military College and stopped to admire the beautiful architecture. I walked around a bit and suddenly found myself running to keep up with the Habitat for Humanity 5k! I was so inspired that I wanted to start my own business too! I quickly flew over to Exchange Bank to see if I could get a loan for my new business! I don’t know what kind of business I want to start, but I know exactly where I want it to be: the wonderful town of Milledgeville!

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Human Resource Professionals The Chamber initiated the HRP Group to serve the needs of human resource professionals by creating a community to build and sustain partnerships. Professionals responsible for payroll, benefits or recruitment can join this group. HRP provides education, leadership and research to human resource professionals in the Milledgeville Baldwin County community. In March, John Fenton with JF Healthy Living discussed tactics for handling stress in the work place during his presentation, “The Brain Body Connection-the Power of Energy Circulation and Managing Stress.” In April, Carolyn Dallas, a field rep for Congressman Hice and Andrew Ross, a field rep for Senator Isakson, delivered a federal update in legislation pertaining to HR professional’s work with hiring, firing, payroll, benefits, health coverage and taxes. In May, Lisa Rackley of the Georgia Small Business Development Center discussed HR issues common in small businesses and ways that the SBDC can assist with them. In June, Lisa Shinholster from Voyage of Hope shared various tools meant to help reduce conflict and encourage engagement in the workplace. The meetings allow our members to create a more resilient business structure as well as prepare for the future with confidence. HRP meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 8:00 am in the Chamber Boardroom. There is never a shortage of engaging conversations and meaningful connections. This event is free to our members, so we encourage every one of you to take advantage of this helpful resource. If you have experience in any Human Resource fields, we invite you to lead a meeting.

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Annual Awards Dinner & Gala 2017 The Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner and Gala was held Saturday, June 3 at Magnolia Ballroom. The event was kindly sponsored by Exchange Bank and Georgia College​. We had a fantastic evening honoring many phenomenal achievements from our Chamber businesses. Cogentes was named the 2017 Small Business of the Year. We honored our three additional finalists including, Scenic Mountain RV Park​, Serenity Physical Therapy & Wellness​, and T-Bone’s Nursery​. The Chamber also had the pleasure of honoring several other individuals and organizations throughout the evening. The Ambassador of the Year award went to Melissa Fort​for her commitment to the Milledgeville community. The Rising Star Award went to The Roessing Firm. The Making A Difference Award was awarded to Cafe Central Milledgeville​. LeeAnn Robinson was honored as teacher of the year for the Baldwin County School District. We also want to thank Maryllis Wolfgang​ for the wonderful photographs of the event.

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Georgia War Veterans Home Personal Care at Its Finest for Veterans of War 2249 Vinson Hwy., Milledgeville, GA 31061 For more information contact the Admissions Coordinator at 478-445-4295

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Golf Classic On Friday, April 21st, we held our biggest event of the year, the Annual Golf Classic. This years event was held at The Club at Sinclair and marked 22 years of this popular event. We want to thank our generous sponsors, Century Bank & Trust, The GEO Group, and Zschimmer & Schwartz for making the day possible. The tournament included a shotgun start, lunch, mini-contests on the course, an awards ceremony and raffle prizes. However, the most exciting part of the day had to be the Golf Ball Drop. Anticipation filled the air as 1000 golf balls poured from the top of a firetruck’s ladder. The golf ball that got closest to the pin belonged to the lucky Termiere Scott, who took home the grand prize of $1000! We want to thank all of our members who came out to support the Chamber and their community. It’s because of you that this year’s Annual Golf Classic turned out to be even better than the last. We’d like to give additional thanks to Coca-Cola, El Tequila, Johnnie McDade Grocery, Battery Warehouse, Bayne’s Army Store, Lowe Electric Supply, Kroger, Tidal Wave Auto Spa, Oconee Outfitters, Walmart, Pittman Automotive, Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance, Amici, Belk, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and G&S Gas for donating all of our raffle and flight prizes. See you on the green next year! Summer 2017

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BUsiness After HOURS On Thursday, March 23rd, we kicked off the season with a Business After Hours hosted at Buffalo Wild Wings. The event featured plenty of great food and a raffle for a recliner donated by Farmer’s Furniture. Over 80 guests attended and were able to hear from the doctors at Ortho-Georgia regarding many of the services they provide to the Milledgeville community. We would like to thank our sponsors, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Ortho-Georgia for making the night possible. Networking is always better with wings.

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Member to Member News Overview, Inc. Employee completes ROMA Certification Overview, Inc. would like to congratulate Wanda T. Addeo, Executive Director, on the successful completion of the exams and field work necessary to become a Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer (NCRI). “Results Oriented Management and Accountability,” or ROMA, is the performance-based management system implemented nationwide throughout the community action network. As a Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer, Ms. Addeo will ensure Overview, Inc. meets the federal requirements set forth by the Office of Community Services (OCS) as a condition of receiving Community Services Block Grant funds. Ms. Addeo is committed to the success and growth of Overview, Inc and the service it provides to the local area as well as the people our community. Ms. Addeo serves on the Board of Directors of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Community Action Association and the Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board. In her free time, Ms. Addeo enjoys reading, traveling and attending Northridge Christian Church. Milledgeville Main Street and The Green Market Join Forces Milledgeville Main Street and The Green Market are joining forces to focus their energy on one community farmers market for the 2017 season. Milledgeville Main Street will collaborate with the Green Market to help reach a wider range of customers and become even more successful and vibrant. The Green Market takes place every Saturday until October from 9am-12pm at the Pavilion, located at 222 W. Hancock St. On the second Saturday of each month, Main Street hosts a handmade crafts and yard sale that is open to the public for vendors to sell their wares and old treasures. The sale will take place in conjunction with the Green Market. To register for the sale, fill out an application on the Main Street website, milledgevillemainstreet.com or email Deana at dthornton@milledgevillega.us. There will be a $10 fee to setup and all crafts and yard sale vendors will setup on the lawn. 26 MBConnect MBConnect 26

Serenity Physical Therapy and Wellness Wins “Best Fitness Center” for 2017 Do you want to get PROFOUND RESULTS from every minute that you put into exercise? Improve your posture? Prevent injury? Perfect your sport? Equipment based Pilates is for you.... no matter your age or fitness level. You will FEEL THE DIFFERENCE!! Maria Johnston, PT, owner, introduced Pilates to this region in 2002. Studio director LeAnna Sheppard continues to grow the program to now include four instructors and 30 classes per week. Serenity is excited about winning ‘Best Fitness Center’ among the seven People’s Choice Awards received by Serenity for 2017.

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Left to right: Instructor Deena Braddy and Studio Director LeAnna Sheppard perform a Pilates routine during the June Family Wellness Festival at Oconee Regional Medical Center

Do you want to get PROFOUND RESULTS from every minute that you put into exercise? Improve your posture? Prevent injury? Perfect your sport? Equipment based Pilates is for you....no matter your age or fitness level. You will FEEL THE DIFFERENCE!! Maria Johnston, PT, owner, introduced Pilates to this region in 2002. Studio director LeAnna Sheppard continues to grow the program to now include four instructors and 30 classes per week. Serenity is excited about winning 'Best Fitness Center' among the seven People's Choice Awards received by Serenity for 2017. Certified health coach, owner, Linda Kerce, can help you lose weight and keep it off, calm cravings, and look fabulous! "You will move from the 98% who have lost weight only to gain it back, to the 2% that keep it off,” says Kerce.

Certified health coach, owner, Linda Kerce, can help you lose weight and keep it off, calm cravings, and look fabulous! “You will move from the 98% who have lost weight only to gain it back, to the 2% that keep it off,” says Kerce.

Serenity was recently honored by The Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber with a second small business of the year nomination. "We have always loved contributing to our community in any way possible; it's very important to be a part of its growth, its benevolence and its strength,” says Kerce. “We are proud to be the among 2017 honorees and congratulate the other nominees as well.”

Serenity was recently honored by The MilledgevilleBaldwin Chamber with a second small business of the year nomination. “We have always loved contributing to our community in any way possible; it’s very important to be a part of its growth, its benevolence and its strength,” says Kerce. “We are proud to be the among 2017 honorees and congratulate the other nominees as well.” For more information, call today: 478-453-0041. Serenity Physical Therapy & Wellness 107 Sportsman Club Rd NE Milledgeville GA 31061 FB: www.facebook.com/serenityptwellness/

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Member to Member News Trevor Evans Receives 2017 Exchange Bank Scholarship Each year, Exchange Bank has the privilege to honor the achievements of graduating seniors by awarding a $1,000 scholarship to one student from each of our markets in Milledgeville, Gray, and Lake Oconee. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be attending a college or university in Georgia. A selection committee reviews the candidates based on academic achievement, proven leadership ability, career interest, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement. The 2017 Exchange Bank Scholarship Recipient for Milledgeville is Trevor Evans from John Milledge Academy. Trevor is the son of Timmy and Susan Evans. He will be attending Georgia College to pursue a career in education and coaching. Trevor will also be playing on Georgia College’s Baseball Team. A reception was held at Exchange Bank on June 15, 2017 to honor this year’s scholarship recipients along with their families, school officials, and Exchange Bank Board of Directors and Officers. Pictured L-R are Billy Allen, Exchange Bank Board Chair, Timmy Evans, Trevor Evans, Susan Evans, and Henry J. Pope, Jr., Exchange Bank President & CEO.

Antebellum Inn Welcomes a New Manager Please join us in welcoming Milledgeville native Ginger Dennis Haley as the newest Innkeeper and Manager of the Antebellum Inn and Soho Lofts. Ginger spent the past 15 years working as a preschool teacher, adjunct instructor teaching computer classes at CGTC, and substitute teaching in the local public and private schools. “I enjoy decorating, cooking special dishes for family and friends, doing home renovations, and having something to take care of. When I met Kim and Marty, the Inn’s owners, and we started discussing all the different aspects of running a bed and breakfast, I knew this was going to be something special in my life and I just had to be a part of it!” Summer 2017

Magnolia State Bank Welcomes Kevin Mathis as the Regional President Kevin Mathis recently joined Magnolia State Bank as the Regional President with responsibility for all banking operations in the Magnolia State Bank franchise area. Prior to joining Magnolia, Mathis worked nearly five years for State Bank & Trust in Gray, GA as their Market President for Gray/Jones County. Mathis, 57, has worked in banking and lending since 1980 for large and small banks such as Gwinnett Banking Company in Lawrenceville, GA, BB&T, First Union, C&S Bank and The Farm Credit System. In his current role, Mathis leads a team of 22 customer friendly community bankers to help customers achieve financial goals and safely manage their money. Kevin and the team at Magnolia plan to increase Magnolia’s contribution to parent Bank of Eastman by expanding their customer base, enhancing customer service focus and delivering state of the art banking products and services to customers in a friendly community bank atmosphere. Kevin and his wife, Suzanne, live at The Legacy at Sinclair in Milledgeville with their 2 dogs, Ace and Samson. They have lived on Lake Sinclair for 8 years, but are moving into “town” to become more involved in the community. The couple has 4 grown children (3 in middle Georgia) and 2 grandchildren. When not working, Kevin and Suzanne spend time together and with family. They like to bike ride and have recently started yoga and Pilates at Harmony Hot Yoga in Milledgeville. Kevin plays golf and with their move to Milledgeville, Suzanne has plans to learn. Kevin Mathis can be reached at Magnolia State Bank at 100 E. Greene Street in Milledgeville. The phone is 478-453-2265 and his email is kmathis@magnoliastatebanks.com.

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Member to Member News Georgia Cancer Support Receives Donation from Magnolia State Bank When it comes to community partnerships, Georgia Cancer Support has much to be thankful for. A wide variety of friends such as The Market Basket, The Council of Catholic Women, Georgia Military College and John Milledge Academy have worked tirelessly to raise money and food donations for cancer patients of Baldwin County. One of their corporate supports, Magnolia State Bank, has been there from the beginning. In 2012 when Robbie White founded Georgia Cancer Support, her goal was to provide both financial resources and spiritual support to fellow cancer patients with little or no means of their own. Robbie’s mission spoke to Magnolia State Bank’s Cheryl Crumbley. “We wanted to partner with a charity that our employees and customers could relate to,” says Senior Vice President Ms. Crumbley. “Cancer has touched virtually everyone we care about. So, since 2012 we’ve organized a variety of fundraisers, such as an annual bake sale and Cancer Awareness Ribbon sale. Our Junior Board has an annual Easter Basket fundraiser. The bank then makes a matching donation to Georgia Cancer Support. We’re proud to be their corporate sponsor and of the hard work they do to help local cancer patients.” To learn more about Georgia Cancer Support or how to apply for help, please visit their website: www.georgiacancersupport.com or call Debra Blackshear: (478) 256-2072.

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Milledgeville Film Festival Finishes Fourth Year Stronger than Ever With the month of April came warm temps and fresh faces as new filmmakers flush with the promise of Southern Hospitality ventured into Milledgeville. This year, over 460 submissions from more than 40 countries vied for coveted programming spots and feature film placement, each in hopes of winning the famed Milly Award for their efforts. Filmmakers from Japan, Spain, the Czech Republic and other countries enjoyed five days of screenings, panels, workshops and networking. Local business owners generously supported the film festival by arranging special touring activities and providing meals & entertainment to the festival guests. “We’re excited and pleased at the tremendous growth we see each year,” says founder Jeremiah Bennett. “Filmmakers love the way they are welcomed here- from the way they are greeted to the way they are treated; our festival provides a level of Hospitality matched by none other. We’re proud of all the positive feedback we hear during and after the event and always work on new ways to take that to the next level. We have amazing sponsor and volunteer support which we are tremendously grateful for. Looking forward to 2018!” 2018 festival dates and venues will be announced soon; for more information, please visit their website: www. milledgevillefilmfest.com and follow on FB: www.facebook.com/MilledgevilleFilmFestival/

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Member to Member News Introducing Co-op de Ville, Milledgeville’s new bike cooperative Announcing Milledgeville’s first bike cooperative initiative, “Co-op de Ville”, a student-run small business incubator directed by Bike Walk Baldwin (BWB). Located in Harrisburg’s historic Do Drop Inn, the Co-op de Ville offers high school students entrepreneurial experience as they learn the fundamentals of running a bike repair shop. “We are thrilled to be driving this project,” says BWB president Tom Glover. “The concept came from the WeCycle Atlanta model, focusing on youth involvement in the cycling community. After presenting the idea to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia last year, we received a grant for creating the program. Things are finally in motion; we have a location, donated bikes and a student manager. There’s a Chamber ribbon cutting planned for Saturday July 1st, 10am; we’ll be grilling hotdogs and enjoying good music, so come out and join the celebration!” Co-op de Ville @ Do Drop Inn is a community bike cooperative helping residents obtain and maintain reliable bikes in an under served bicycling community.

Meet the Summer Intern Staff at Cogentes This summer marks the 3-year anniversary of Cogentes’ IT Internship program. Students from Baldwin High School’s Work Based Learning program and Georgia College’s IT Department have earned course credits while learning career enhancing technical skills. Most of our interns create part-time and full-time employment paths for themselves, either with us or with other employers. Several of our interns were recruited by major corporations such as Ralston-Purina and UPS before graduation. “We are fortunate to have colleges and high schools in our community that offer intern programs,” says Cogentes owner Tom Glover. “As a small business with a focus on community involvement, these programs are a perfect vehicle for connecting students with real-world experience. Mentoring students is one of our favorite ways of giving back.” Learn more about Cogentes: www.cogentes.com or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cogentes

Learn more about Bike Walk Baldwin: www.bikewalkbaldwin.org | www.face or call Bryce Shows, (406) 599-9440. Scenic Mountain RV Receives Top Marks from the Good Sam Club Good Sam, the largest RV club in the RV industry, inspects parks once a year and rates them based on criteria related to the parks. Factors that affect ones score include the facilities and services offered, the general cleanliness and upkeep of the facilities and grounds, and appearance of the park as a whole. Scenic Mountain RV Park is very proud to have earned one of the highest ratings possible through the Good Sam system with a 9 or above in every category. We will now be able to display our score in our print and digital media so that our customers will know that they are staying at an RV Park of the highest quality. Summer 2017

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Youth Leadership Baldwin

On Wednesday, May 17th, the Leadership Baldwin Alumni Board and the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce were thrilled to recognize the five graduates of the Youth Leadership Baldwin Class of 2017. Each graduate was recognized during the Egg’s and Issues Breakfast at Central Georgia Technical College. These graduates were all high school juniors who participated in the Leadership Baldwin Program. By completing the course, these extraordinary students grew as individuals, built relationships with peers and community leaders, and broadened their knowledge of local government, business, and civic activities. We are so incredibly proud of these graduates and their efforts to become the next leaders in our community. The Chamber is excited to see how these young ladies will put their talents and leadership skills to practice in the future!

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Summer 2017


70 Strong in 17

2017 is an extra special year for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce. This is the year that we celebrate 70 years of partnership with the Milledgeville Community. Since we began in 1947, the goal has always been the same: Provide the scaffolding on which local business and organizations can depend for guidance and support. We are here for you, but we are also here because of you. You make connections, always lend a hand, and constantly strive for your best. We are able to look to the past with gratefulness and look to the future with enthusiastic anticipation. Thank you for standing by us for the past 70 years. We couldn’t do it without you!

Summer 2017

Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

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Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber 130 South Jefferson Street Milledgeville, GA 31061

Upcoming Events Georgia Congressional Luncheon Tuesday, August 15 10:30 am - 1:00 pm Macon Marriott City Center

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August August 3 HRP Meeting Chamber Boardroom 8:00 A.M. August 15 CGHA Meeting Chamber Boardroom 3:00 P.M.

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September September 20 Eggs & Issues Central Georgia Technical College 7:30 A.M.

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September 28 BAH 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.

FOR A FULL CALENDAR OR TO REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS

please visit our website

www.milledgevillega.com

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