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Office Chat.........................................................5 Ribbon Cuttings...............................................6 New Members...................................................8 BAH: Holiday Social.....................................10 Tshirt Tuesday................................................12 HRP/Small Business Workshop..................14 Annual Meeting.............................................18 SBOY Past to Present.....................................20 Eggs & Issues..................................................22 STAR Student.................................................24 M2M News.........................................................27

2017 Board of Directors Chair

Coni Adams-Moore, Elite Gym

Past Chair

Tom Glover, Cogentes

Treasurer/Chair Elect

Derek Williams, Century Bank & Trust 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, Lake Country Pharmacy Jim Watkins, GMC Kim Herrin, Coldwell Banker SSK Realtors Lauren Goebel, Goebel Media Group 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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Editorial & Design Jennifer Baggarly

Amy Miller, Robins Financial Credit Union Colin McCulley, Protective Financial Services Cynthia Toskes, Fowler Flemister Desaree Murden, The Milledgeville Players Erin Andrews, The Union Recorder Gerald Andrews, Individual Janet Cavin, Baldwin County Family Connection Jennifer Minshew, Citizens Bank of the South Jessica Elliott, Exchange Bank 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


Maryllis Wolfgang


130 S. Jefferson St. | Milledgeville, GA 31061 Phone: 478-453-9311 Fax: 478-453-0051

Angie Martin, President & CEO Kara Lassiter, Membership Development Director Jennifer Baggarly, Marketing & Communications Director Elaine Fortson, Office Manager

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Ben and I are moving to Fortsonia, a community in Elbert County. It was a bittersweet decision, but we wanted to be closer to our families. I am going to miss Milledgeville and the people I fell in love with in this town. I thought I would be here until the end. I had been here several years and didn’t really know anyone unless they worked at Georgia Power or came into the office. I became an Ambassador with the Chamber and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet people. After retirement, I volunteered and helped in the office at the Chamber when needed. After several months I became an employee at the Chamber. It made a difference in my life; I felt like I was a part of this community. I have had the pleasure to work with three sweet, smart and hardworking ladies, Angie, Jennifer and Kara. I always looked forward to coming to work to see my three friends. They have always made me feel like I was a part of the Chamber. I take my hat off to them for what they do for the members and the community. I may be in another town but they will always be in my heart. Thank you to all of you who have blessed me with your friendship. I am going to miss this community and all of the wonderful people. May God Bless you all!

Happy Trails until we meet again...

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Investors Diamond Five Star Toyota Georgia College

Platinum Century Bank & Trust Exchange Bank GEO Group, Inc. Georgia Military College Magnolia State Bank

Gold Cogentes Sun Trust Bank

Silver BB & T Central Georgia Technical College Citizens Bank of the South Bug House Pest Control Tri-County EMC Triumph The Union Recorder Walmart

Bronze Chaplinwood Coca-Cola Department of Veteran Services Fowler Flemister Concrete, Inc. Georgia Power Green Acres MidSouth FCU Robins Financial Credit Union Sinclair Custom Awards Wilkinson County Bank

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Ribbon A3 Communications

Youth Challenge Academy

Lowe Electric

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Tamara Siragusa P.O. Box 294 • Hardwick, GA 31034 478.451.9601


Bill Jones 121 Executive Pkwy. • Milledgeville, GA 31061


Samuel Hampton 7632 Hammock Rd. • Macon, GA 31217 478.841.2592


Gordon Moore 2763 N. Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.452.8841

GEORGIA YOUTH CHALLENGE ACADEMY David Bill 451 Baland Cir. • Milledgeville, GA 31061

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Kristin Hope 747 GA Hwy. 49 W • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.457.7928


Brandi Ingram 2400 N. Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.452.0588


Saralyn Smith 691 Dunlap Rd. NE • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.453.9288

RISK MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES Ben Payne 108 N. Jefferson Ave. • Eatonton, GA 31024 404.867.6473


Kristine Slates 1841 N. Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.295.1300


Shannon Stubbs 121 E. Baldwin St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 678.491.7124


Joey Brumbelow 119 N. Wayne St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.295.1234 Spring 2017

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Holiday Social The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Holiday Social on December 15 at Georgia College’s Magnolia Ballroom. Each year the Chamber partners with the local community banks; Century Bank and Trust, Exchange Bank and Magnolia State Bank to host the social. Food was provided by Sodexo Catering, with lively holiday classics performed by Jake Bartley. Giving back to the community during the holiday season is important to not only the Chamber, but also to the local community banks. Several deserving organizations walked away with a monetary donation of $500 from each bank. Century Bank chose Cafe Central, Exchange Bank donated to the Old Capitol Museum and Magnolia State Bank chose the Empty Stocking Fund. Thank you to the nearly 200 guests who attended the Holiday Social, and the sponsors who make it all possible each year with their support. We will see you all again this December as we continue to bring this fun and festive tradition to the community.

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The Adventures of Milly the Owl

Milly lives atop one of the highest points in Baldwin county, Scenic Mountain R.V. Park, where she enjoys the magnificent views of the town from her perch. She decides one Tuesday that she will venture out to mingle with the fine people of the community. On her way, she passes a small engine plane flown by a student and his instructor from Silverwing Flight School. Milly hitches a ride into Milledgeville so she can rest her weary wings. Milly’s first stop is Bug House Pest Control. Rested from her brief flight, she lends them a wing and with her help, more bugs than ever are exterminated. Full from a mid morning snack of various bugs, Milly feels the need to test her wingspan with aerial yoga at Harmony Hot Yoga and Aerial Center. Milly is by far the best yogi in the class. Now nice and stretched, she gets some cardio in at Bodyplex. She can’t help but give a few hoots of encouragement to the others working out. Silly Milly. She works up quite an appetite after this and heads downtown to grab a chicken kabob at Metropolis Cafe where she enjoys the sun while feasting on their outdoor patio. Now that her belly is content, she meets up with Elite Gym’s Tumblebus to assist the instructors and kids by showing off her tumbling skills. Milly waves goodbye to the children as it is time for the children to head back to class. She soon realizes she needs to freshen up before heading to a show performed by Georgia College’s Theatre and Dance Department and visits Tidal Wave to get buffed and waxed. While visiting the downtown shops after the show, Milly stumbles upon a lost dog and she takes him to the Animal Rescue Foundation in hopes they can help find him a furever home. Check back next quarter to see where Milly flies next... 12 MBConnect

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Human Resource



he 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 December, the group heard from Mary Roberts, Director at Georgia College’s Career Center and Magan Bowen, Senior Coordinator for Employee Relations. In January, Mike Pace, Director of Business and Industry Training at Central Georgia Technical College presented to the HRP group. In February, Kia McCullough from the U.S. Department of Labor spoke to the group about OSHA regulations. We would like to thank all of the wonderful speakers for joining us and providing valuable information and resources to HR employees in attendance. Please join us the first Thursday of the month at 8:00 A.M. in the Chamber Boardroom for a lively discussion and a yummy breakfast. This event is free to our members and we invite you to come take advantage of this member benefit. If you are knowledgeable on a topic that interests the professionals, we invite you to come speak to our group.

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Small Business


Each quarter the Chamber hosts a small business workshop that is free for members.

This quarter, Jason Blakenship with the Better Business Bureau gave an overview to attendees on what the BBB does to assist businesses. The BBB helps people find businesses, brands and charities by providing recommendations of BBB accredited businesses. During the workshop, small business owners learned the standards against which businesses are evaluated to qualify for accreditation and how to file and/or answer complaints. The BBB also assists with the prevention of rip-offs and scams. The workshop proved valuable to those businesses who participated and the Chamber would like to thank Jason and the BBB for providing their knowledge and expertise. Please join us for our next small business workshop on May 2 in the Chamber Boardroom for another fun, hands-on workshop. If you would like to present at a workshop or have ideas for future topics, please contact us today. A special thanks to our sponsors, Magnolia State Bank and Robins Financial Credit Union.

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Annual Meeting Farewell to SIXTEEN

The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting on January 18 where they recognized board members and ambassadors for their contributions to the ongoing efforts of the Chamber. With close to 100 members in attendance, Chamber staff recapped the past year and discussed the strategic goals for the upcoming years, specifically for 2017. Tom Glover, outgoing Chair recapped 2016 and stated that serving as Board Chair has been an honor and privilege. Kara Lassiter, Membership Development Director highlighted some key milestones that included welcoming 58 new members, initiating Leadership Baldwin and Youth Leadership Baldwin as well as the creation of Tshirt Tuesday, a very successful social media campaign. Jennifer Baggarly, Marketing and Communications Director shared stats on social media numbers, magazine readership, newsletter reach and top performers of Tshirt Tuesday. Coni AdamsMoore, incoming Chair went through the Chamber’s Strategic Plan and identified goals for 2017 such as diversifying networking events and the Ambassador New Member Buddy Program. Angie Martin, President and CEO closed the program by thanking everyone for the work they put in that continues to make the Chamber STRONG. The Chamber would like to thank all of those in attendance and we look forward to serving the community in the coming years. If you have suggestions, recommendations or would like to know how you or your business can get involved, contact the Chamber today. We invite you to celebrate with us in honor of our 70th anniversary in 2017.

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at Previous Winners of Small Business of the Year Wilkinson Used Cars Jeff Wilkinson 410 N. Wayne St. Milledgeville, GA 31061

Phone 478.452.1913 Fax 478.453.2009

Wilkinson Used Cars has been around since 1953. Started by J.C. Wilkinson, the business has been handed off to one son at a time; Jeff Wilkinson joined the family business in 1965 and in 1999, Jeffrey Wilkinson joined. Winning Small Business of the Year in 1994 increased exposure for Wilkinson Used Cars in the community, long before social media and online advertising hit the market.

We opened Serenity Wellness Spa in August 2002. Over the years, Serenity has evolved into a wellness center that includes a physical therapy facility as well as a full service day spa & salon. The owners of Serenity are Linda K. Kerce, Maria L. Johnston and David T. Babb. We have always loved contributing to our community in any way possible, and it’s very important to be a part of its growth, it’s benevolence and its strength. It was a great joy to have been awarded SBOY in 2008 by our outstanding community. The support of Milledgeville and Baldwin county over the years has been unbelievably rewarding. Thanks to the Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber and all of our clients & friends for your loyalty!” -Co-owner, Linda K. Kerce

Coni Adams-Moore received SBOY in 2012 as owner of Elite Gym. Elite Gym opened in 1992 in Milledgeville. Winning SBOY allowed Elite Gym to plug into the community and led to double the enrollment the following year in 2013. Coni stated the Chamber has done wonders for her both personally and professionally. The SBOY distinction was used in all marketing material of Elite Gym, promoting the Elite brand and the elite designation. 20 MBConnect

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As we gear up for the Annual Gala and Awards Dinner, the Chamber is honoring previous Small Business of the Year recipients. This year the Chamber will name the 25th SBOY recipient. Bobby Brown Insurance opened in June of 1970 by owner, Bobby Brown. BBI Agency is an Independent Insurance Agency specializing in insurance services tailored to meet the needs of families and businesses throughout Georgia. Winning SBOY in 2013 gave credibility and raised the stature of the agency. BBI Agency has used the distinction throughout the years on marquee signs, website, ads and in their resume to recruit new insurance companies in which to partner.

Dr. Mike Martino, Adam Shields and Larry Mullis opened Bodyplex in November 2007 as a full service health club offering over 200 pieces of fitness equipment in a 38,000 sq. ft. facility. Bodyplex focuses on making fitness fun and changing people’s lives one pound at a time. Winning the SBOY in 2014 allowed Bodyplex to gain greater exposure throughout the Middle Georgia Area as well as gave employees a sense of pride by working at a facility that truly cares about the community and its health and wellness.

THE MARKET BASKET Natacha Ansley 370 Allen Memorial Dr. Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.452.5914

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The Market Basket, a fresh seafood market, opened in August 2003 and is owned by Natacha Ansley. Natacha strives to provide great customer service and the highest quality seafood possible. Winning SBOY in 2016 was a great honor for Natacha and the Market Basket. She had her eye on the prize since joining the Chamber in 2012. Winning SBOY has given her business increased exposure in Milledgeville and throughout middle Georgia.

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Eggs & Issues On February 15, Chamber members were updated on past SPLOST and potential future SPLOST projects during the monthly Eggs and Issues meeting. SPLOST is a a special-purpose local-option sales tax. SPLOST acts as a financing method for funding capital outlay projects. It is an optional 1% sales tax levied by any county for the purpose of funding the building of parks, roads and other public facilities. SPLOST investments in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County community have been continuous since 1990 and a total $125,000,000 has been invested to date. The Chamber endorses the continuation of SPLOST for the investment in capital projects, infrastructure, and quality of life projects in the community. We would like to thank the County Manager, Ralph McMullen, County Commission Chairman, Sammy Hall and Commissioners, Henry Craig and Johnny Westmoreland for attending/speaking to the audience on SPLOST. As always, thank you to our faithful sponsors, Central Georgia Technical College and Magnolia State Bank.

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Local Students & Teachers receive STAR Award

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Each year the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce honors students and teachers from our three local high schools for being chosen as STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) recipients. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. This year’s recipients included seniors, Erich Fietkau and teacher Ryan McCoy from Baldwin High, Andrew Watkins and teacher Amanda Mercer from GMC and Simran Kaur Brar and teacher David Gallagher from JMA. Each STAR student was awarded a $500 scholarship while the system winner, Andrew Watkins of GMC, received an additional $500. Each STAR teacher was awarded $100. Andrew Watkins and teacher, Amanda Mercer, will go on to compete for region honors in mid-March. This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Joe Peters, Dean of the College of Education at Georgia College. This year marked the 31st anniversary that the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber has been the local sponsoring organization for the Baldwin County STAR Program. Other local sponsors are Georgia College, Georgia Military College, Kiwanis Club of Milledgeville and Rotary Club of Milledgeville. The Chamber would like to thank the students, teachers, sponsors and guests for their role in making this year’s STAR program ceremony a huge success.

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Member to Member News Exchange Bank Welcomes Bonnie Butler

Jones to Lead Expert Team as New Bank Brand Moves to Milledgeville

Exchange Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, Henry J. Pope, Jr., is pleased to announce that Bonnie Butler has joined Exchange Bank as a Mortgage Originator serving the Milledgeville, Gray, and Lake Oconee communities. With nearly 20 years of banking experience, Bonnie brings a wealth of knowledge to our Mortgage Department. Since 2015, Bonnie has served as a board member for The Flannery O’Connor Andalusia Foundation. She takes pride in being an active member of the community by serving as a Leadership Donor for the United Way Agency since 2013 and participating in Relay for Life annually. She is married to Wayne Butler, owner of Butler Pool & Spa, and they have one son, Tristan, who is an Infantry Soldier, currently serving at Ft. Carson in Colorado.

An experienced team of local lenders has been employed to bring a trusted community bank name to Baldwin County. Citizens Bank of the South is a full service financial institution that began with a group of Sandersville businessmen and investors over 50 years ago. The former Citizens Bank of Washington and Bulloch Counties consolidated their market names in 2016 for the purposes of communication and distinction. With plans to open on Executive Parkway in Milledgeville this spring, Citizens Bank of the South (CBOTS) officers and directors recently announced the hiring of William Jones to fill the position of Baldwin County President. Better known as “Bill”, he will also serve as Corporate Vice President for the entire organization bringing over 30 years of industry expertise. Well qualified, Jones is a member of the Georgia College and State University Foundation Board of Trustees and serves as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. In the past, he has led the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce and Milledgeville Exchange Club. He has a BBA in Risk Management from the University of Georgia and holds graduate degrees from Georgia College and State University and Louisiana State University. The new bank president is a member of the Milledgeville Rotary Club and Milledgeville First United Methodist Church. Experienced bankers Barbie Pressas and Jennifer Minshew will join Jones to widen the scope of bank offerings and community outreach. Both women, having attended Georgia College and worked in the Milledgeville area for several decades combined will serve in supporting roles at CBOTS. Pressas’ extensive background in management makes her an ideal fit for customer service and branch operations. She will carry out the role of Branch Manager as the team moves to full function during the second quarter of this year. Minshew, the Milledgeville-Baldwin County native and Chamber Ambassador of the Year, will assist Jones in lending and executive duties. She will publicly represent CBOTS in all community endeavors including, but not limited to First Friday, Shop Small, the Deep Roots Festival and other sponsored organizations and events. Company CEO David Brooker confirms, “We have been excited about Milledgeville since we knew we could partner with Bill and his team of bankers. They’ve already demonstrated success in the industry while supporting community and business with a ‘hands-on’ approach. We are excited about the growth that continues in Milledgeville and look forward to being a part of it.”

Cogentes IT Support and Services: Meet Tim Yates If you’ve had problems with your office network, printers or hardware, chances are you’ve met Tim Yates, part of Cogentes’ middle Georgia team. Tim’s interest in technology support began during his high school/ tech school dual enrollment studies in 2004. In college, he continued his work and became skilled in electronics and computer repair. Later in 2013, fate stepped in when a Cogentes customer who knew Tim’s background recommended him as an IT support candidate to us. “I enjoy the challenge of helping people meet their needs and problem solving issues from a technological standpoint,” says Yates. His daily routine includes everything from disc & virus cleanups to hardware diagnostics and Office 365/ email management. After hours, Tim enjoys bicycling, coaching soccer and T-ball with his kid’s teams and managing his children’s Natural State level beauty pageant activities. He is married to Stephanie Yates and has 2 children, Aslan and Cooper. Learn more about Cogentes: FB: www. Magnolia State Bank announces Employee of the Quarter Magnolia State Bank is proud to announce Sandy Smith on being selected as the bank’s Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2016. Ms. Smith, who was employed by the bank as a loan processor for the Small Business Development Department since December 2015, was selected due to being a team player and her willingness to go above and beyond. She was recently promoted to SBDD Supervisor/Loan Underwriter. Ms. Smith has over 25 years of banking experience in all areas. Her motto is “Leave it better than you found it” and she fulfills this motto on a daily basis. Magnolia State Bank is honored to have Sandy Smith as an employee.

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Member to Member News Milledgeville Sports Spine and Wellness to become Magnolia Medical Group

Lake Country Pharmacy & Compounding Center ranked No. 8 on 2017 UGA Bulldog 100 List

We are happy to announce new & exciting changes to our Milledgeville office! Many of you have asked for us to expand our services. We have listened and our goal is to please our patients! We have added medical services in addition to our chiropractic care. Services including (and not limited to) trigger point therapy, rehabilitation, knee & back bracing and state of the art digital x-ray equipment. Your medical needs will be handled by our new Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Angela Penix. Angela brings over five years of experience as a Registered Nurse and over seven years of experience working as an LPN. Again, our chiropractic care is not going away, we are in fact growing our team! Dr. Nicole Juntz has relocated back to GA and will be joining Dr. Lance & Dr. Waddell. Dr. Juntz is very excited to reconnect with her old patients and meet those of you who are new. As we integrate our medical services, this will bring a new company name. Millledgeville Sports Spine Wellness will now become Magnolia Medical Group. We would like to take a moment to thank each of you. It is because of your continued support and referrals that we can provide you with new services and grow our team!

Lake Country Pharmacy & Compounding Center (LCP), based in none other than Greensboro, GA, was recognized as the No. 8 fastest-growing business owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2017 Bulldog 100 Celebration February 4, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. LCP, owned & operated by brothers, 2005 UGA College of Pharmacy Graduate, Carey A. Vaughan, PharmD and 2007 UGA College of Pharmacy Graduate, Chris A. Vaughan, PharmD, specializes in compounding services and is the Lake Oconee area’s only full service retail pharmacy offering all commercial prescription products, medically related over the counter items, and non-sterile as well as sterile compounded medication.

Childre Chevrolet-Buick-GMC Truck Celebrates 3 Years in New Location

Approximately 490 nominations were submitted for the 2017 Bulldog 100. The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including real estate, law, IT, consulting, retail and pest control. Companies as far west as California and as far northeast as New York, made the list this year. The average compounded annual growth rate for this year’s Bulldog 100 businesses was 44 percent. Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors partnered with the UGA Alumni Association to review nominated business’ financial records to determine the ranked list.

This August marks three years since we opened our brandnew, 25,000 sq. foot facility. Since opening our new building at 2710 N. Columbia St., we have seen tremendous growth in both our Service and Sales Departments. We have also grown to just over 30 team members, with each of us dedicated to making your visit here an enjoyable experience. Our goal is to provide you with safe, reliable service in the most efficient time possible. Whether you are coming in for a front-end alignment, new tires, oil change, or even to purchase a new car or truck, we encourage you to bring your four-legged friend and come take a walk around our WiFi-accessible Dog Park. Remember, at Childre Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, we don’t just try to sell you a new or used vehicle, we help you buy one. Give us a call at 478.452.4000, and check us out online at www.

“Being selected as a Bulldog 100 business is an honor in itself but to have made it on the top 10 list is humbling to say the least. We have been ranked with some of the best business professionals UGA has to offer. This has been a proud moment for Chris and myself to say the least,” said Carey Vaughan, PharmD. The Bulldog 100, coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association, recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA graduates.

Nominations for the 2017 Bulldog 100 were accepted between February and May 2016. To be considered for the list, each organization must have been in business for at least five years, experienced revenues in excess of $100,000 for the calendar year 2013, and be owned or operated by a former UGA student who either owns at least 50 percent of the company or is the CEO, president or managing partner. The Bulldog 100 recognizes the fastest-growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year compounded annual growth rate. To learn more about Lake Country Pharmacy & Compounding Center, visit them online at

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Member to Member News Serenity Physical Therapy & Wellness Adds New Equipment, Services to Line Up Recently, Serenity Physical Therapy & Wellness added several enhancements to their service offering, including a Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, a unique experience for the Lake area. Unlike traditional saunas operating at extremely harsh temps, infrared is a soothing therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improves sleep. Infrared sauna therapy offers many health benefits such as relaxation and stress relief, improved circulation, lower blood pressure and pain relief. It also stimulates weight loss, cell health and anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this service to our clients,” says co-owner Linda Kerce. “The response has been tremendous; it’s such a different sauna experience than what people are used to. You really have to try it to feel the Infrared sauna therapy difference.” Other recent additions include Certified Health Coach sessions with Linda Kerce; Dry Needling & Cupping with Maria Johnston and Colon hydrotherapy sessions. For more information, call today: 478-453-0041. Serenity Physical Therapy & Wellness 107 Sportsman Club Rd NE Milledgeville GA 31061 FB: Milledgeville Alumnae Chapter Hosted Annual Go Red Heart Health Awareness Event February was Heart Health Awareness month! The Milledgeville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated held its annual Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Event on February 4, 2017. The primary goal of the event was to educate women and men alike on the awareness of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Anil Puri, a local pulmonologist specialist spoke to the group. He explained to the group that “There are almost a half million deaths of females every single year from heart disease.” According to Puri, “One in 2.6 women dies from cardiovascular disease. He said cardiovascular disease is preventable. Knowing your numbers is very important in detecting and preventing heart disease and knowing one’s family history is vital. Patients should ask their doctors about their numbers when it comes to high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and glucose. The Milledgeville Alumnae Chapter provided free screenings to attendees so they would know their numbers. More than 100 men and women attended the event held at Oconee Regional Medical Center. By having this event, it allowed us the opportunity to reach, teach, and provide women with the necessary tools and resources to save lives. The Physical and Mental Health “Go Red” fall under Delta’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust Initiatives. The initiative is aimed at Catching, Coping, and Conquering chronic disease

Georgia College of Education Receives Distinction released the “Best College” rankings and announced the Georgia College Early Childhood Education degree as 4th out of 425 degree programs reviewed. The program was recognized for the field-based approach leading to theory and practice and the unique pairing of students to mentor leaders through the program. Additionally, the university’s Special Education degree program was ranked 19th out of 400 degree programs analyzed. The foundation in liberal arts, rigorous admission standards, multiple field experiences and a strong focus on leadership and advocacy provide a strong preparation for students at Georgia College.

Dr. Joanne Previts was named the nation’s Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education. During her seven years at Georgia College, Previts has served as a mentor leader and professor in the Middle Grades Education program at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is currently the co-editor of the Middle School Journal, a scholarly publication of the Association for Middle Level Education. Previts also received the 2016 University Excellence in Teaching Award for Georgia College.


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Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

Spring 2017



2816 N. COLUMBIA ST. 478-607-7587





we wash and vacuum YOUR CAR

Wash and vac provided with service at Five Star Toyota. Lifetime Warranty Subject to scheduled maintenance and records. See dealer for copy of warranty before completing any deal. Valid for as long as you own the car. Spring 2017

Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

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


Upcoming Events April



April 6 HRP Meeting Chamber Boardroom 8:00 A.M.

May 2 Small Business Workshop Chamber Boardroom 8:00 A.M.

June 1 HRP Meeting Chamber Boardroom 8:00 A.M.

April 18 CGHA Meeting Chamber Boardroom 3:00 P.M.

May 4 HRP Meeting Chamber Boardroom 8:00 A.M.

June 3 Annual Awards Dinner & Gala Magnolia Ballroom

April 19 Eggs & Issues Central Georgia Technical College 7:30 A.M.

May 16 CGHA Meeting Chamber Boardroom 3:00 P.M.

April 21 Golf Classic The Club at Lake Sinclair

May 17 Eggs & Issues Central Georgia Technical College 7:30 A.M.

June 20 CGHA Meeting Chamber Boardroom 3:00 P.M. June 22 BAH 5:30-7:30 P.M.


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