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The Douglas County Chamber's mission is to support, promote, and attract business for the advancement of our community.


Take An All-American Road Trip at the 2018 Chamber Golf Classic!

Friday, September 21st Mirror Lake Golf Club | Villa Rica

The Douglas County Chamber will host the annual Chamber Golf Classic on Friday, September 21st at Mirror Lake Golf Club. More than 250 golfers are expected to participate in the 2018 Classic, presented by GreyStone Power. Golfers and participants will take an “All-American Road Trip” at this year’s tournament, with over 100 sponsors who will each create road trip destination themed exhibits and activities at each hole. This event is open to any golfer; you do not have to be a Chamber member to play. The Chamber Golf Classic has consistently been known as one of the most memorable golf tournaments in the region. Golfers will be treated to great meals all day at the Breakfast Café, Grills on the Green for lunch, and dinner at the 19th Hole After Par-TEE sponsored by Georgia Power. Golfers also have the opportunity to have a team photo taken with their names featured on the electronic (PGA style) leader board sponsored by Gas South. There will be more than 100 businesses represented including Gold Sponsors: Country Financial, Kaiser Permanente, and WellStar Douglas Hospital and Silver Sponsors: AT&T, Douglas County Board of Education, and HRC Engineers, Surveyors & Landscape Architects. Prizes will be awarded for the Putting Contest, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin contests in addition to the chance to win a car during the Hole In One Contest. Golfers will be provided with swag bags sponsored by Assured Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing, filled with great gifts and will also have a chance to win raffle prizes provided by sponsors at each hole on the course.

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• Welcome New Members • August Calendar • Member News • July Snapshots • Chamber CHOW Corner ...and MORE!


Registration officially ends September 13th, but this event is expected to sell out early. More information can be found at Please contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022 about sponsorships or to register as a golfer.


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CHAMBER CHATTER Learn more about Douglas County Chamber programs and events.

Meet Our New Director of Leadership & Talent Development! The Chamber staff and Board of Directors is pleased to introduce our newest team member, Ruby Byers as the Director of Leadership & Talent Development. She be will be focusing her efforts on working with our Chamber Foundation, Small Business programming and more.

Anything but Ordinary Events Celebrates One Year in Downtown Douglasville. Anything but Ordinary Events and More owner, JaMelia Stroud, staff, family, and Chamber representatives celebrated one year in business by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on May 17th. Anything but Ordinary Events and More is a venue with a warm earthy feeling, a stylish twist, and flair. They are located at 6650 West Broad Street in downtown Douglasville.

20/30 Fast Track Program Now Offered at Gold's Gym Douglasville. Gold’s Gym principal owner, Gordon Johnson, Wellness Director, Jennifer Hite, staff, clients, and Chamber representatives celebrated the new 20/30 FastTrack Program by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on June 14th. 20/30 FastTrack brings an awareness that teaches real food for real life. The program is offered at both Gold’s Gym locations in Douglasville.

Wyatt's Pharmacy & Medical Equipment Celebrates Renovated Showroom. Wyatt’s Pharmacy & Medical Equipment owner, David Tucker, staff, customers, and Chamber representatives celebrated their recently renovated space by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on June 27th. Wyatt’s Pharmacy’s mission is to meet the pharmaceutical and medical equipment needs of their customers in the West Georgia area by providing the highest quality of medical equipment, supplies, and services. They are located at 3750 Veterans Memorial Highway in Lithia Springs.

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SNAPSH TS Marcus Inyang tested the new DaVinci Robot at the Comcast Business After Hours at WellStar Douglas Hospital.

Thank you to the Douglas County Economic Development Omar Daniel, Rosie Holley, and Authority for sponsoring the GreyStone Power Luncheon in June Carolyn Sellers at the Georgia featuring local industries in the community! Power Business4Breakfast. Superintedent Trent Attendees enjoyed North and Ana-Elis Perry at the breakfast by luncheon in June. Atlanta's Finest Catering at the Georgia Power Business4Breakfast at Gold's Gym.

Mark DeNyse enjoyed networking with Chamber members at hte GreyStone Power Luncheon in June. Congratulations to the participants of the 2018 Small Business Sustainability Program, we are so proud of you!

Billy Mahew and Craig Owens, President of WellStar, enjoyed catching up at the Comcast Business After Hours in June.

Thank you to this month's networking event sponsors: June GreyStone Power Luncheon Sponsored by

June Comcast Business After Hours Sponsored by Skip Johnson and the Gold's Gym team did an outstanding job sponsoring the Georgia Power Business4Breakfast in July.


For information about upcoming 2018 networking events, visit

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2018 Small Businesses of Excellence It is with great pride that the Douglas County Chamber and our partner the Douglas County Sentinel present the 2018 Small Businesses of Excellence, recognized for successful operations and growth as well as service in our community.

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7981 Highway 78 | Winston 404.535.1965 | Atlanta’s Finest Catering is a multiservice, family-owned, catering business with over 32 years of experience catering all kinds of events from elaborate weddings to anniversaries, birthdays, retirements and corporate business events. Their professional staff provides a one-stop shop for all their clients’ needs LQFOXGLQJIRRGOLQHQVGHFRUÀRZHUVZHGGLQJ cakes and bar services.

404.791.5503 Belletti Photography is a boutique photography business focused on providing quality services with an emphasis on exceptional personal service. Shannon Belletti has over a decade of experience and has won numerous awards including Best Photographer in Atlanta. Photography services include weddings and special events, family portraits, corporate headshots, real estate, studio products and more.

8460 Hospital Drive | Douglasville 770.949.8988 Brookview Apartment Homes is a 216-unit apartment community featuring one, two and three bedroom apartments. The complex was built in 1968 and is managed by JMG Realty, Inc. The staff at Brookview strives to provide a sense of community by having positive interactions with their residents and hosting a variety of fun and engaging events.


Connally, Jordan & Associates, P.C., CPA 8483 Campbellton Street | Douglasville 770.920.2890 | With more than 51 years of experience, Connally, Jordan & Associates, P.C., CPA has become the premier full-service accounting ÂżUPLQ'RXJODVYLOOHDQG0HWUR$WODQWDZLWK ORFDODQGLQWHUQDWLRQDOFOLHQWHOH7KHÂżUP specializes in tax preparation for individuals and businesses, bookkeeping services, payroll, ÂżQDQFLDOSODQQLQJFHUWLÂżHGDXGLWVHUYLFHV QuickBooks ProAdvisor, tax resolution and estate planning.

G and E Studios 678.427.9255 | www.gandestudios. Gary and Elaine Jones own and operate G and E Studios. They are a professional, award-winning team of photographers and videographers. G and E Studios’ JUDWL¿FDWLRQFRPHVIURPWKHQHZUHODWLRQVKLSV they continue to build. Their goal is to be a part of your professional family – Where Your Vision is Our Mission!


Metro Garage Doors, Insulation & Fireplaces 7464 Bankhead Highway | Dougalsville 770.489.9726 | 0HWUR*DUDJH'RRU,QFLVDIDPLO\RZQHGDQG operated company, serving the metro Atlanta area since 1992. They pride themselves on truly being a family-owned, employee driven company. They RIIHUWKUHHSURGXFWVJDUDJHGRRUVÂżUHSODFHVDQG insulation. They offer services, repairs, replacements and installations for residential and commercial customers.

Murphy Law Firm, LLC 2I¿FH3DUN'ULYH_'RXJODVYLOOH 770.577.3020 | Murphy Law Firm helps Georgia families UHFRYHU¿QDQFLDOO\IURPVHULRXVLQMXULHV resulting from auto and work accidents. They do WKLVE\¿JKWLQJLQVXUDQFHFRPSDQLHVWRJHWWKHLU clients the compensation they deserve. Murphy Law Firm also hosts a number of charitable programs, including Teacher of the Month LQ'RXJODV&RXQW\DQGWKH³5HDFKIRU<RXU 'UHDPV´6FKRODUVKLS

Sam & Roscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant 7450 Douglas Boulevard | Douglasville 770.949.1165 Sam & Roscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the longest serving, independent, ¿QHGLQLQJUHVWDXUDQWLQ'RXJODVYLOOH,WLVDOZD\V their goal to offer the highest quality of food and service to their guests. They continue to appreciate the support of the community during the past 31 years.

The Zachos Team, Inc. 404.419.3500 | The Zachos Team, Inc. is owned and operated by Paul Zachos and is a team of realtors that helps SHRSOHLQ'RXJODV&RXQW\WKURXJKWKHSURFHVVRI purchasing and selling real estate from contract to close. They live, work, and serve in the FRPPXQLW\RI'RXJODV&RXQW\3DXOKDVHDUQHGD VSRWLQWKHWRSRIWKH.HOOHU:LOOLDPVRI¿FH in the southeast in volume with total sales reaching RYHUELOOLRQIRUWKHSDVW¿YH\HDUVRXWRI approximately 400 agents.

Wenck Travel TransAmerican Computer Consulting, LLC 8601 Baldwin Parkway, Suite 201 Douglasville | 678.439.5528 TransAmerican Computer Consulting, LLC (TACC) offers small businesses highly skilled and reliable personal service to maintain and develop their network systems. TACC maintains and consults for over 400 clients throughout Georgia, and continues to grow and expand their services. They provide services including IT sales and support, hosting services, monitoring services, disaster recovery services, and security auditing.

770.852.1925 Wenck Travel began making travel arrangements for clients in 2008. In 2016, they became an independent agency with a vision to help clients recognize travel as part of a health-focused lifestyle and see its value in strengthening relationships. Wenck Travel is committed to helping clients make WUDYHODUUDQJHPHQWVDVVPRRWKO\HI¿FLHQWO\ economically, and stress-free as possible.

For more information about the Chamber and programs offered for small businesses, contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022 or visit

Wyattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pharmacy & Medical Equipment 3750 Veterans Memorial Highway |Lithia Springs 770.948.8825 |

Wyattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pharmacy was founded in 1963 with the vision of creating a drug store that puts FXVWRPHUVDWLVIDFWLRQ¿UVW6LQFHWKHQWKH\KDYH become a landmark in Lithia Springs as the premier pharmacy in the area. They offer over SUHVFULSWLRQVIRURQO\¿YHGROODUVDQGELOO most insurance plans. Wyattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also offers medical equipment that includes motorized wheelchairs, recliners, shoes, and more.

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MEMBER NEWS... We are pleased to support and celebrate our member's accomplishments!

Chapel Hill High Graduates Win 1st Place at FBLA National Competition. Myles Davis, Khalil Edmondson, and Cory Raxton, competed with more than 12,000 students at the national level in Emerging Business Issues. They had to research crowdsourcing as an effective way to raise money for a valid purpose; and argue the negative, that crowdsourcing is ineffective because it can be used for personal gain. They performed a six minute speech in front of a panel of judges. They first competed in a preliminary round against over 100 other teams from across the country. The top 14 finalists then competed in the performance finals. The Chapel Hill team placed first overall at the FBLA Awards of Excellence program.

Cultural Arts Council Awards Full Scholarships to Attend Summer Camps. The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County and the Douglas County Department of Parks and Recreation joined forces once again to offer the annual intensive summer arts camp at Hunter Park. This year the CAC was happy to award 4 ART-portunity scholarships to deserving students in the Douglas County community. Two school scholarships were presented to Jadah Cooper and Jeselyn, both students at North Douglas Elementary and two community scholarship were presented to Emily Gay and Charnell Session. All four of these young ladies were presented their ART-portunity scholarship at the CACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Meeting which took place on Thursday, June 14th.

DCSS Achieves 2018 GSBA Distinguished School Board Status. Douglas County School Superintendent Trent North is proud to announce that Douglas County Schools are being served by a Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) 2018 Distinguished School Board. The recognition program was designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures and advance student learning and achievement. For more member news, visit

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! ACCURATE PERSONNEL Shaun Henson 33 S. Roselle Road Schaumburg, IL 60193 404.683.6154

RARE PEARLS MENTORING & LEADERSHIP PROGRAM, INC. Judy McClendon-Redmond PO Box 6086 Douglasville, GA 30134 407.341.5867

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA INC. SIGMA OMEGA OMEGA CHAPTER Deborah Jones PO Box 2307 Douglasville, Georgia 30133 678.773.4053 FARMER'S HOME FURNITURE Tom Gillispie 5793 Fairburn Road, Suite B Douglasville, GA 30134 770.942.4524 GERALD DEAN REALTY GROUP Gerald Dean 9993 Village South Drive Douglasville, Ga 30135 770.634.7554 LEGALSHIELD Lisa Richardson 1945 David Drive Douglasville, Georgia 30135 770.733.6042 MB COMPANIES LLC Lee Bryson 678.570.4477 PEACH STATE PUBLICATIONS Eli Lussiana 254 N. Broad Street Monroe, GA 30655 770.207.6187

Interested in becoming a member? Call TODAY at 770.942.5022 or visit

REVENUE MANAGEMENT PAR EXCELLENCE, LLC Mary Giles-Wright 7421 Douglas Boulevard Douglasville, GA 30135 855.239.2355 SAPPHIRE SERVICES, LLC Tyrell Rutledge 3400 Chapel Hill Road Douglasville, GA 30135 404.397.8322 THE BOOTH FAIRY, LLC. Suzy Puckett 404.850.4493 VANSANT'S LAWNMOWER SALES & SERVICE Mark Ingram 2089 Midway Road Douglasville, GA 30135 770.942.2060 WILLIAMSON EYE CARE Michelle Williams 3780 W. County Line Road Douglasville, GA 30135 770.920.0007

Attend the AMP'D Braves Night Out on August 28th!

Georgia Highlands Hosts Career Fair on Wednesday, August 1st.

Register at Contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022 for more information.

Meet Our Chairmans Club


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The goal of the Douglas County School System is to provide a challenging, comprehensive instructional and curricular program for all learners; to provide a school environment that is safe and supportive and enhances the learning process; and to improve communication throughout the school community. The Douglas County School System’s excellent teachers are enthusiastic professionals who strive to maximize each student’s achievement. The school system’s mission is to provide a quality education for all students in a safe, supportive environment. Their vision is to build a community of lifelong learners that become responsibleindividuals, independent thinkers, and productive citizens.

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Georgia Power guarantess high reliability, low prices and high customer satisfaction as the cornerstones of their commitment to customers, but the commitment doesn’t end there. They are are equally dedicated to being good corporate stewards and giving back to the communities they serve.





After months of research, community input, and planning, Douglas UnitE Partners will unveil plans for Douglasville and Douglas County including: NEW Community Branding Strategic Plan Presentation from Avalanche Consulting Live Music, Entertainment & Activities for All Ages Remarks from Local Leaders on Initiatives Already in Motion.‫ژ‬

Free & Open to the Public. Refreshments provided. BE A PART OF THE CONVERSATION!

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Boost Your Business to Success Quicker with the Entreprenuer Success Series!

Promote Your Business in the 2019-2020 Official Community Guide of Douglasville, Villa Rica, and Douglas County. The Douglas County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the next edition of the 2019-2020 Official Community Guide of Douglasville, Villa Rica, and Douglas County.




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Boost your business to success quicker with our Entrepreneur Success Series. Only $199 (or $59/class)!

*Early Bird Discount Available for Chamber Members!




This publication helps tell our story about all of the wonderful amenities our area has to off er including our superior educational systems, top-notch recreational opportunities, and first-class healthcare professionals and facilities to name a few. As the voice of the business community, the Chamber boasts many member companies and organizations offering an array of products and services that are also a very important piece of our message. We encourage you to become part of the Chamber’s Official Community Guide to help solidify our message and maximize your marketing potential. This publication offers: • Two years of exposure for your business or organization • Printed and online versions of the publication • A targeted distribution aimed at individuals and other companies you want to reach • Several advertising sizes, rates and opportunities so any Chamber Member can participate


A sales representative from our new publishing partner and fellow Chamber Member, Peach State Publications, will be in our area and will contact you soon. Please schedule a short meeting with them to Join the SBDC and DC Chamber for a five course series that will teach discuss the project and available opportunities. To secure a prime you everything you need to know about basic business ownership. Do location or be one of the first to learn more, please complete the you have what it takes to be a business owner? After this series, you form and send via email to Whitney Constien at the Douglas County will be on your way to entrepreneur success. Aren’t ready for the whole Chamber at A Public Service and Outreach Unit of the University of Georgia. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Jane Smith at or 678-839-5082.

series? That’s ok. You can also sign up individual classes within the series for $59 per class, or sign-up for the whole series and save almost $100 collectively.

ONLY $199 (OR $59/CLASS)!

Thank you for supporting your community and your Chamber. We look forward to serving you further as we continue to bring new businesses, visitors, and residents to Douglas County!

Not a Chamber Member? That's okay! Special incentives available. Contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022 for more information.

MEMBER RENEWALS Thank you for your continued investment in the Chamber! Bradford Hegler State Farm Children's Voice: CASA, Inc. Cobb & Douglas Public Health Cobb/Douglas Community Services Board Contour Engineering, LLC Customs Services & Solutions, Inc. Douglasville Books Freedom World Financial Ministries Gables Sporting Goods & G&G Wholesale Gold's Gym of Douglasville Gordon Food Service Highway Services, Inc. Hire Dynamics Home Depot, Lithia Springs Janet Newton Photography Kritters Country Club Magnolia One Realty Merle Norman Cosmetics Multi-Pest Services Murphy Law Firm, LLC Pioneer Land Group Resurgens Orthopaedics Scofield, A Sika Company Stallings Insurance Agency, Inc. Tulman Eye Group Universal Home Care and Services



Leadership Douglas Alumni Social Sponsored by GreyStone Power Corporation At the Centre at Arbor Connection


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Ribbon Cutting for DC Government Annex Building Youth Leadership Douglas Retreat



Chamber 101: Member Orientation*


9a 12p

Government Affairs Meeting* Chamber Diplomat Meeting At the Douglasville Conference Center



Georgia Power Business4Breakfast Sponsored by Whitley Garner at Rosehaven


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Good Morning Connections Leads Group* BIG Success Leads Group at WGTC


8:30a AMP’D Board of Directors Meeting* 1p Youth Leadership Douglas Meeting*


11:30a Ribbon Cutting at Smoothie King



SBDC Entrepreneur Success Series Part 1: Starting a Business *


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Board of Directors Meeting* GreyStone Power Luncheon 2018 Annual Meeting Sponsored by Mercer University At the Centre at Arbor Connection



Foundation Board Meeting*



SBDC Entrepreneur Success Series Part 2: Writing a Business Plan *


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Good Morning Connections Leads Group* BIG Success Leads Group at WGTC


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Small Business Committee Meeting* AMP’D Braves Outing


11: 30a Ribbon Cutting at Medicas Medical Clinic, LLC





SBDC Entrepreneur Success Series Part 3: Finding Money for Your Business * 11:30a Ribbon Cutting at Farmer’s Home Furniture 5 p.m. Comcast Business After Hours Sponsored by Foxhall Resort Joint Chamber Connections Meeting *Events held at Chamber



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Check out this month's featured restaurants! Week of August 12th

MEET OUR CHAMBER DIPLOMATS! The Chamber Diplomats play a very important role in our Chamber. Enjoy getting to know our volunteers and their favorite things about being a Chamber Diplomat!





What is your favorite Chamber event?

What is your favorite Chamber event?

I love the Member Appreciation Cookout!

I enjoy the Chamber Golf Classic, it is a great event for everyone!

The Café at

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Week of August 26th

What is your most embarrassing Chamber moment? Coupons MUST be printed. Find your copy in a Douglas County Sentinel or at

When they started to call me "the newspaper lady" - I love my coupons!

Who is your go-to Chamber member? West Pines Golf Club, gotta work on that swing for the Golf Classic!

Learn more about our Diplomats at


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GreyStone Power is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Chamber Matters August 2018  
Chamber Matters August 2018