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Reality Check • Business After Hours • Membership Appreciation

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Chairman Chat..................................................5 Ribbon Cuttings...............................................6 New Members.................................................10 TShirt Tuesday...............................................12 HRP/Small Business Workshop..................14 Eggs and Issues...............................................18 Reality Check..................................................20 Brown Bag Baldwin.......................................22 BAH..................................................................24 Membership Appreciation...........................26 M2M News.........................................................28 Future Member Breakfast...............................30

2016 Board of Directors Chair

Tom Glover, Cogentes

Past Chair

Rev. David Luke, Flipper Chapel AME Church

Secretary/Chair Elect Coni Moore, Elite Gym

Treasurer/Chair Elect Elect

Derek Williams, Century Bank & Trust Billy Matthews, Bug House Pest Control Dana Davis, Central Georgia Technical College David Dyer III, Magnolia State Bank Frank Pendergast, The Brick Janice Sharp, Wal-Mart Kim Herrin, Coldwell Banker SSK Realtors Lauren Goebel, Goebel Media Group Lyn Chandler, Baldwin County Board of Education Matt Roessing, Roessing Law Firm Mike Martino, Bodyplex Milledgeville Natacha Ansley, The Market Basket Neil Dyer, Dyer Construction Company Dr. Noris Price, Baldwin County Board of Education

Ambassadors Chair: Amy Miller, Robins Financial Credit Union

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Editorial & Design Jennifer Baggarly

Amber Adams, Century Bank & Trust Colin McCulley, Protective Financial Services Cynthia Toskes, Fowler Flemister Dawn Williams, BB&T Desaree Murden, The Milledgeville Players Erin Andrews, The Union Recorder Gerald Andrews, Individual Janet Cavin, Baldwin County Family Connection Jennifer Minshew, Magnolia State Bank Jessi Jenkins, Georgia College Admissions Jessica Elliott, Exchange Bank Melissa Fort, Central Insurance Group Michael Payne, Smith Communications Nancy Fullilove, The Cottages at Woodland Terrace


Maryllis Wolfgang, Milledgeville CVB, Alicia Dal Lago


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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Chairman Chat It has been a wonderful year here at the MilledgevilleBaldwin County Chamber! Our CEO and staff have been diligently working to make sure businesses plug in and reap all of the benefits of being Chamber members. The upcoming year promises to be very exciting as our local economy grows and brings even more opportunities to our area. Do not miss out on all that is available to you and your business through our local Chamber! We want and need you to be involved! I am honored to be coming on as incoming Chair and look forward to serving you and this awesome community we call “home.� May you all be blessed through the holiday season and have a very prosperous and happy New Year!

Sincerely, Coni Adams-Moore

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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 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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Welcome... ADAMS ACRES RIVERSIDE EVENTS Mike James 150 Old River Bridge Rd. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.696.2282 AT&T Adena Williams 2510 N. Columbia St.• Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.451.4500 ATKINSON HARDWOOD FLOORS Larry Atkinson 408 Scuffleboro Rd. • Eatonton, GA 31024 770.241.6501 BOSTICK NURSING CENTER John Ritter 1700 Bostick Circle • Milledgeville, GA 31061 770.392.4754 ECONO LODGE Hasmukh Patel 3001 Heritage Rd.• Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.453.3551 FASTTRACK IMMEDIATE CARE Nikki Paulk 1909 N. Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.295.3000 GREATER WESLEY CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH Dr. Gloria Wicker 425 Belll Ave. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.452.5083 LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA Betsy Pressley 1905 N. Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.295.2212

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Winter 2016 the Chamber LOWE ELECTRIC SUPPLY Conery Williams 631 Hammock Rd. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.387.7363 PRINCESS WITH A PURPOSE Miranda Bryant 225 E. Dykes St. • Cochran, GA 31014 478.951.7153 RON STRAWSMA 190 Cambridge Way • Macon, GA 31220 478.474.2381 SANDRA WORSHAM 1929 Robin Circle • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.452.1672 STRAPACK, INC. Taka Nishio 101 Industrial Park Rd. NW • Milledgeville, GA 31061 SUPER INN Hasmukh Patel 2627 N. Columbia St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.452.3502 CRAIG MASSEE REAL ESTATE-VICKIE GREENE 1712 Columbine Rd. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 706.484.2779 VOYAGE OF HOPE Lisa Shinholster 341 E. Franklin St. •Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.234.0301 WADDELL & ASSOCIATES Ian McMullen 138 S. Wilkinson St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 478.453.4376

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If these walls could

Each of our mem-

ber businesses offer a unique story about who they are, what they do and how they do it. Let us work for you and tell your stories.

If you would like for us to tell

your story, just give us a tshirt and we will do the rest. This quarter we featured Nurturing Minds Tutorial, Central Georgia Technical College, Sunset Marina & Inn, A-PEC, Buffalo Wild Wings, Milledgeville Exchange Club, Three Rivers Home Health, Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville Imaging Center, Peach State Nursing Agency and Oconee Outfitters. To see who is featured each week, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 12 MBConnect

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Human Resource Professionals T

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 MilledgevilleBaldwin County community. In September Debbie Fry, with Health Insurance Options led the topic of “Employees transitioning to Medicare and how Medicare affects employer health coverage.” In October, Deborah Tapley and Tracie Kirkland of Randstad discussed the new FLSA regulations and specifically how staffing agencies can assist businesses so that they are compliant with the new regulations. In November, Hank Griffeth, City Planner provided a fun, hands-on activity for participants to understand and implement “Seven Life Lessons.” These lessons were perfect for motivation, conflict resolution and boosting morale in the workplace. 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, come take advantage of this member benefit. If you are knowledgeable on any of these subjects, we invite you to come speak to our group.

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Small Business Workshop The Chamber hosted a small business workshop in

October titled “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map,” which is an initiative to help local businesses increase their presence online. Attendees learned how to create an online listing and verify their business with Google My Business. The Let’s Put Our Cities On The Map program was designed to help strengthen communities by helping local businesses; businesses with complete listings can help generate economic value to individual communities. Local businesses are vital to America’s economic future. Small businesses comprise half of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and create twothirds of all new jobs. Small business success is vital to the growth of MilledgevilleBaldwin County. We strive to help businesses reach their full potential by offering workshops such as these. Of course it would not be possible without our faithful and generous sponsors; Century Bank & Trust, Cogentes, Five Star Toyota, Magnolia State Bank, MidSouth Federal Credit Union and Tri County EMC.

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WashingtonYouthTour June 8-15, 2017

•All-expenses-paid 1 week tour of Washington D.C. •Open to high School students 16 or older

Due s •visit ion 15 t a washingtonyouthtour.cms ry plic or call 478.986.8126 Ap ebrua F •must live in a home served by Tri-County EMC To apply

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

Accomodations located just a few miles from downtown!

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Eggs & Issues is designed to keep individuals, businesses and organizations informed by bringing in local leaders to discuss issues involving the community, while enjoying a delicious breakfast. We could not put on this wellattended event without our dedicated sponsors, Central Georgia Technical College and Magnolia State Bank. In September the topic was “Shaping our Future Workforce.� We heard from Teresa Phillips and Laurie Wallace, both with the Baldwin College and Career Academy, Emmanuel Little with the Georgia College Call Me Mister Program and Dr. Joe Peters, Dean of Education at Georgia College. Each discussed the positive impact their programs are having here, locally, on our workforce. In October we heard from a panel of speakers on the Proposed Constitutional Amendments. Lyn Chandler, Hank Edmondson, Skye Gess and Matt Roessing spoke on the various amendements. In November General Bill Caldwell of Georgia Military College gave an informative update on the various programs offered and the consistent increase in enrollment across all campuses. GMC has been a strong force in the community since 1879 and we look forward to enjoying the positive impact this institution and its graduates will have on Milledgeville-Baldwin County. Join us for our next Eggs & Issues on January 18 for our annual meeting. Winter 2016

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Each year the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Cham-

ber of Commerce hosts “Reality Check” at each of the three high schools...Baldwin High, GMC Prep and John Milledge Academy. Sophomores participate in this interactive simulation to experience life as an adult while giving them the opportunity to interact with YOU-our business leaders. Each student is given a unique life scenario where they must pay bills, balance checkbooks, and even account for vacation and leisure dining. They learn about hardships and triumphs of reality and how to be successful men and women in both the workforce and in the community. Reality shouldn’t be a rude awakening. Thank you to the businesses who manned simulation booths, we could not do it without your support and to BB&T for their sponsorship of this event. Winter 2016

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#BrownBagBaldwin “Please accept this gift from us to you; But there is something you must do. One word is written on each bag, you see; and inside each bag, something that fits each word to a “T.” Our hope is that you will laugh and smile; and enjoy the gift for a while. Then replace that gift with an item you choose; That represents your one word for another to use. Then pay-it-forward and give your bag to another; Could be a brother or friend or pastor or mother.”

Make sure to share your bag’s journey on social media using #BrownBagBaldwin Brown Bag Baldwin was launched by the Chamber after receiving a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Thanks to these funds, each of the nearly 400 City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County employees received a bag.

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H osted on Thursday, September 22 by the fabulous Andalusia

staff and Board. The weather made for a great evening complete with great food and lively sounds. A big thanks to Andalusia for offering their hospitality and lovely landscape. We would like to thank our sponsors, Department of Veteran Services, GMC, SunTrust Bank and Wilkinson County Bank.

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Thank you for a wonderful year, with your continued support and investment in the Chamber, we have made great strides to be the STRONG Chamber we set out to be. We could not do it without you and we are forever grateful for each and every business. Our members serve as the foundation of our organization. We wish to see you prosper in the years ahead. The Chamber is here to assist you in your business needs. Thank you to our sponsors Exchange Bank, Five Star Toyota, GEO, Longhorn, Magnolia State Bank and SunTrust for making this year’s Membership Appreciation Party the best one yet. 26 MBConnect

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Member to Member News Exchange Bank Announces Two New Senior Vice Presidents Exchange Bank President and CEO, Henry J. Pope, Jr., is pleased to announce that Roy D. “Casey” Washburn, III and Teresa “Terry” Kennedy were promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.

Tri-County EMC is accepting applications from high school students for consideration for the prestigious Washington Youth Tour, a unique, allexpenses-paid, leadership

Casey Washburn’s promotion is in

opportunity available once a

addition to his role as Chief Financial

year to students in Georgia.

Officer and Head of Operations.

The two chosen students will join 100+ youth from Georgia

Casey received his BBA in Finance

to represent the state during the 2017 Washington Youth

from Georgia Southern University.

Tour to be held June 8-15. This trip will give students a first-

He currently serves as a member

hand look at Washington D.C., a taste of democracy in action

of the Advisory Board of Directors

and encourage students to become active in their communities.

of Exchange Bank and is a member

To qualify, high school students must be age 16 or older and live

of the Milledgeville Kiwanis Club. Casey currently resides in Gray, GA with his wife Robyn, a first grade teacher at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, along with their children, Ella and Reeves. Terry Kennedy has been promoted

in a home served by Tri-County EMC. For more information visit or call 478.986.8126

Cogentes Celebrates 10th Year Business Anniversay

to Senior Vice President – Human

IT support and services

Resources, Business Development

provider Cogentes celebrates its

and Marketing. In addition, she

10th year in business, January

serves as the bank’s Strategic Plan

1, 2017. From its inception

organizer, coordinates directors’

in 2007, they have opened

and shareholders’ functions, as well

offices in Davisboro and metro

as, oversees Business Development,

Atlanta, bringing in a variety

Marketing and the New Horizons

of customers from the East

Travel Club. Terry is very involved in community affairs, currently serving as Vice Chair – Communities In Schools Board and is a member of the Milledgeville Rotary Club. Terry was recently appointed to serve on the Georgia Bankers Association Human Resources Committee. Terry and her husband, John, relocated from New York in 1980 and have two daughters, Jessica and Lauren, and four grandchildren, Kamren, Kolby, Kaiden and Kenna.

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Coast and abroad. In 2006, Tom and wife Amy decided to leave Atlanta and move to her hometown of Milledgeville, where they would raise their children, open a new office and begin a new adventure. Immediately, Cogentes immersed itself in Milledgeville-Baldwin County, creating a corporate culture of community service, educational support and bicycling advocacy for all. In the past ten years, President and CEO Tom Glover has served numerous leadership roles at the local and State levels, most recently as that of Board Chair to the Chamber. “In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re announcing some special deals throughout January 2017,” says Glover. Be sure and Like Cogentes on Facebook to learn more details in the upcoming New Year! Learn more about Cogentes:

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Member to Member News Sheridan completes another project in Milledgeville

Pure Chiropractic Celebrates 20 Years

Sheridan Construction partnered with

This October, Pure Chiropractic

Dunwody/Beeland Architects who

is celebrating 20 years of

provided design/build services for

bringing wellness to Georgia’s

the Milledgeville Youth Challenge

Lake Country.

Academy project. At the ribbon cutting for this project Georgia’s

Dr. Ted Smith, Wellness

First Lady, Sandra Deal spoke about

Chiropractor and owner/

the importance of education and the

founder of Pure Chiropractic,

benefit that the Milledgeville Youth Challenge Academy will have with regards to the State’s atrisk youth. We are proud to have been a part of the planning and implementation of this terrific project!

earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1991, which he attended on a golf scholarship. He later graduated with honors as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1996. He is also a member of the Georgia Council of Chiropractic.

Central Georgia Technical College remains strong Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, operates three campuses and five centers throughout an 11-county service area in middle Georgia. CGTC provides adult education, economic development, and academic programs and services to more than 30,000 individuals annually.

Many Putnam county residents still remember when Dr. Ted and his wife Karen opened Smith Family Chiropractic on the square in Downtown Eatonton. They immediately set out on their mission to educate, check, and adjust as many families as possible toward optimal health, through natural Chiropractic care. In 2006, they moved to their current location at Lake Oconee, to be more centrally

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and

located to Putnam, Greene, and Baldwin counties. In 2012,

Schools Commission on Colleges, CGTC offers over 200

Smith Family Chiropractic became Pure Chiropractic and

degree, diploma, and certificate programs, as well as flexible

expanded into a second location in Milledgeville on Log

course offerings with day, evening, and online classes.

Cabin Road.

Financial aid opportunities are available for students.

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Why Join?

he Chamber hosts networking events with other business professionals, increases your visibility within the community and connects you with resources that you need to thrive, including educational opportunities. The Chamber impacts local business environments and the local economy...a REAL win-win for everyone. Being a Chamber member adds credibility with customers and consumers, all while supporting your local community which increases quality of life for everyone. Join us in 2017 as we continue to strengthen Milledgeville-Baldwin County.

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Upcoming Events January



January 5 HRP Meeting Chamber Boardroom 8:00 A.M.

February 2 HRP Meeting Chamber Boardroom 8:00 A.M.

March 2 HRP Meeting Chamber Boardroom 8:00 A.M.

January 10 GA Chamber Eggs & Issues GA World Congress Center 7:30 A.M.

February 7 Middle Georgia Economic Outlook Luncheon Macon Centreplex 11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

March 15 Eggs & Issues Central Georgia Technical College 7:30 A.M.

February 15 Eggs & Issues Central Georgia Technical College 7:30 A.M.

March 23 Business After Hours 5:30-7:30 P.M.

January 13 MLK Day Community Breakfast Magnolia Ballroom 7:30 A.M. January 18 Eggs & Issues-Annual Meeting Central Georgia Technical College 7:30 A.M.

February 20-24 Georgia Small Business Week February 23 Small Business Workshop Chamber Boardroom

For a Full Calendar and to register for these events

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