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

JULY 2018

DC Chamber Selects the Leadership Douglas Class of 2019

In this Issue:

The Douglas County Chamber is pleased to announce the members of the Leadership Douglas Class of 2019. Leadership Douglas is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. It selects diverse and qualified individuals to provide a structured program that enhances leadership skills and community involvement for the betterment of all citizens, businesses, organizations and governments in Douglas County.

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

1st row (L-R) – Jeff Noles, GreyStone Power Corporation, (Co-Chair); Teaa Allston - Bing, City of Douglasville; Michelle Crist, DC Economic Development Authority; Alisha Shaw, Youth Villages; Nell Boggs, Douglas County School System; Julia Areh, Georgia Highlands College; Sandy Gamble, Douglas County Chamber; Tammy Kone, Good Samaritan Center of Douglas County; Vanessa Brook, Assured Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing; Susan Culpepper, UGA Cooperative Extension – Douglas County; Trent North, Douglas County Schools, and Lyndsey Sargent, Water & Sewer Authority, (CoChair) 2nd row (L-R) - Bryce Linden, Hartley, Rowe & Fowler; Charles Camp, GreyStone Power Corporation; Taylor Pounds, HRC Engineers, Surveyors & Landscape Architects; Brandon Nutter, Douglasville Police Department; Katie Arfanakis, Harvester Christian Academy; Michael Montgomery, Business Electronics; Travis McDonald, Douglas County Government; Diana Zachos, The Zachos Team, Inc.; Tamika Day, TCD Consulting Group; Regina Brigman-Lake, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and James Strong, Douglas County School System


Not Pictured: Odessa Archibald, Georgia Power Company; Orrick Curry, Retired City of Atlanta Police Department; Darryl Trimble, Wealth Management Group of Georgia; Calvin Willis, Jeff Justice & Co. Realtors, and Santana Wright, CIty of Atlanta.

For more information about Leadership Douglas, visit

Congratulations to the 2018 Chamber Raffle Winners! The Douglas County Chamber is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Douglas County Chamber Raffle. A total of 350 tickets were sold by the Chamber Board of Directors. The raffle drawing was held at the Comcast Business After Hours sponsored by Pioneer Land Group at The Centre at Arbor Connection on May 31st. The evening was full of anticipation and excitement as each ticket was drawn. The winner of the first ticket drawn for the $100 prize was Rosco Sayyar. The $500 prizes for every 50th ticket drawn were awarded to Valerie Howell, Chris Stanley, Nancy Webster and Peggy Walker; Sayward Messelter, Charles Camp, Chris Pumphrey, Trina Smith, and Ira Noble. The final two ticket holders were present at the event and after a quick negotiation, Deynna Jones-Respress and Kyle Gable split the $2,000 and $10,000 prizes, awarding them $6,000 each.

$12,000 Raffle Winners Deyanna Jones-Respress and Kyle Gable

The Chamber Raffle supports the multiple community services and programs for Chamber Members such as networking events, monthly training seminars, the Buy Local program, and more. The mission of the Douglas County Chamber is to support, promote and attract business for the advancement of our community. The Chamber currently serves nearly 700 member businesses. For more information please contact the DC Chamber at 770.942.5022 or visit the website at 6658 CHURCH STREET, DOUGLASVILLE, GA 30134





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

Cabin Fever Roasters Celebrates New Location in Douglasville

Meet Our Summer Intern, Maya Jackson!

Cabin Fever Roasters owner, Rick Aloisi and Gayla Meier, staff, customers, and Chamber representatives celebrated the official grand opening of their new location by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on May 21st. They are now located at 7475 Douglas Boulevard in Douglasville.

Bloom Our Youth, Inc. Now Serving Douglas County Bloom Our Youth, Inc. Marketing and Development Director, Kristin Melton, staff, and Chamber representatives gathered to hold a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on May 23rd. Bloom Our Youth is a private, nonprofit foster care organization that recruits, supports and trains foster families. They are located in Fayetteville, but serve multiple communities including Douglas County throughout the state.

New Life Foundation, Inc. Celebrates Grand Opening of Discount Store New Life Foundation, Inc. (NLF) founder, Brenda Black, staff, friends, and Chamber representatives celebrated the grand opening of their retail store, NLF Discount Store, by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on May 24th. The NLF Discount Store is an outreach ministry of New Life Foundation, Inc. They are located at 2818 Fairburn Road in Douglasville.

The Farmer's Table Brings a Sweet Flavor to Douglas County The Farmer’s Table owner, Susan Henderson, family, staff, customers and Chamber representatives celebrated the grand opening of their new Sweet Shop by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on May 30th. The Farmer's Table is a local business and cafe featuring fresh fruits and vegetables sourcing those foods as close to home as possible. They are located at 3670 Highway 5 in Douglasville.

Maya is a junior at Georgia State where she majors in Political Science. She will be greeting guests as they walk in our door, and assisting with other projects. Welcome Maya!

AMP'D Gives Back to the Community During Their Serve Day Members of the Advancing Modern Professionals (AMP'D) program volunteered at Youth Villages Inner Harbour for their serve day on June 16th. The group gave a much needed face-lift to the current clothing closet at Youth Villages. They sorted through donations and grouped them by size, then put them in color-coded totes, complete with a key to reference to help staff locate things quickly. For more information about volunteering at Youth Villages, contact Kimmy Yon 770.852.6328 or visit their website at To learn more about AMP'D, contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.


SNAPSH TS Brian Wright and Janet Newton waited in anticipation to see if their raffle ticket number would win!

Juanetta Oliver and Iteeah Pounds started their morning with coffee and conversation at the Georgia Power Business4Breakfast.

Collin Cash, Matt Barrington, and Laura Mullins enjoyed catching up with each other at the Comcast Business After Hours in May.

Members enjoyed breakfast from Chick-fil-A at the Georgia Power Business4Breakfast sponsored by Hightower's Memorial.

Athena Bryant, Marigold Edwards, Stan & Patty Wenck, and Kellie Hunter at the Georgia Power Business4Breakfast in June.

The Chamber staff hosted team members from the Greater North Fulton Chamber sharing ideas & best practices!

Thank you to this month's networking event sponsors: May Comcast Business After Hours Sponsored by

We were thrilled to host teachers from the DC School System in June as they participated in a teacher externship.

James Harper and Chris Rentz had fun networking at the Comcast Business After Hours.

VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE EVENT PHOTOS! For information about upcoming 2018 networking events, visit

June Georgia Power Business4Breakfast Sponsored by

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

Congratulations Dr. Dimitri Arfanakis! In June, with the support of his family, Dr. Dimitri Arfanakis of Douglas Dental Care was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in New Orleans.

Local Businesses Unite to Surprise DCSS Teacher of the Year In a partnership created through the Chamber's Small Business Sustainability Program, West Georgia Cornhole, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and the Douglas County School System surprised Teacher of the Year, Lauren Cook, with a custom set of cornhole boards featuring her student's hand prints.

Arbor Place Donates a Store Full of Clothing to Two Local Nonprofits When a shoe store at Arbor Place Mall abruptly vacated their location, the mall made the quick decision to make a positive community impact from of a rare situation. The store left behind an entire store stocked with woman's accessories, men and women's clothing, and more than 4,000 pairs of brand new shoes. Arbor Place reached out to Loving Hands Ministry and Crossroads Church and they both responded quickly to the opportunity. Both nonprofits brought volunteers, multiple trucks, a church van, and cars to collect the donation and transport the product to their respective locations For more member news, visit

July Member Spotlight GEORGIA BLUE FOOT & ANKLE Georgia Blue Foot and Ankle is a premiere foot and ankle center providing quality care by using the latest, most innovative techniques, technology, and research. The doctors are highly trained in both forefoot and rearfoot surgery and are Board qualified in foot surgery. Their mission is to treat and provide the best quality of foot and surgical care in a safe and protective environment. To provide the most effective podiatric medical care for their patients, the staff implements optimal technique in combination with training to treat all podiatric pathologies. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact their office at 404.217.2700, or visit their website at Find Georgia Blue Foot and Ankle on Facebook at Georgia Blue Foot and Ankle, and Instagram @gabluefoot.


COMMON LANGUAGE Todd Perkins 404.797.9440

APA PUBLIC RESEARCH CENTER Earl Passmore 404.946.1977

COURTYARD/FAIRFIELD ATLANTA LITHIA SPRINGS Bridget Freeman 895 Bob Arnold Boulevard Lithia Springs, GA 30122 770.635.6500

ATLANTA METRO VENDING LLC Adrian Hunter Markes P.O. Box 44274 Atlanta, GA. 30336 404.354.0762

FIDELIS FREIGHT Teri Matich 404.662.3440

BROOKDALE SWEETWATER CREEK Chelsey Nemchik 1600 Lee Road Lithia Springs, GA 30122 770.819.6777

FIT2ELITE PERFORMANCE Robyn Topp 1292 John Belt Drive, Suite 203 Douglasville, GA 30134 404.788.5265

J.A.Y. & J.A.Y. VENDING ENTERPRISES, LLC Jayson Young 404.759.9886 LOVING HANDS MINISTRY, INC. Christine Bentley 6461 Church Street Douglasville, GA 30134 770.577.1777 MEDICAS MEDICAL CLINIC Sarah President P.O.Box 1215 Douglasville, GA 30133 770.616.7758 ONE L MEDIA Tiffany Loggins P.O. Box 6491 Douglasville, GA 30154 678.696.1098

Meet Our Chairmans Club

REPUBLIC FINANCE Christian Murray 9375 The Landing Dr. Suite G-150 Douglasville, GA 30135 770.949.6071 RICKY JORDAN'S AUTO REPAIR, LLC Ricky Jordan 2888 Veterans Memorial Highway Austell, GA 30168 678.945.7008 SMOOTHIE KING Nikhil Patel 9488 Highway 5 Douglasville, GA 30135 678.899.1777 www.smoothie

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


Ken Bernard

Sherrod & Bernard helps clients seek the compensation they deserve for thier personal injuries. Their experienced trial attorneys have handled a wide range of personal injury, wrongful death, car, truck and motorcycle accidents, workers’ compensation, insurance claims, and related civil matters throughout Georgia. The friendly lawyers and staff have a proven track record, equipping clients with the knowledge and resources needed to help with a variety of legal concerns. During a free consultation, they will begin to discuss the issues and complexities of the clients case, seeking a positive resolution.

Deyanna Jones

Comcast is one of the nation’s leading providers of communications, entertainment and cable products andservices. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, they employ over 100,000 employees nationwide with the goal todeliver the highest level of service and improve thecustomer experience.


MEMBER RENEWALS Thank you for your continued investment in the Chamber! Ambassador AML Communications, Inc. Aqua Tots Swim Schools Burke's Grill Cactus Car Wash Carros Metal Concepts, Inc. Coldwell Banker -Daneda Lipsey CRYE-LEIKE REALTOR D.C. Power Products, Inc. Douglasville Winair Einstein HR Express Oil Change-Douglas Blvd. Express Oil Change-Thornton Rd. The Farmer's Table Fortress Storage, Inc. Free At Last Bail Bonds, Inc. Grace Senior Living of Douglasville Hightower's Memorial Chapel Holiday Inn Express - Atlanta West Instant Imprints J. Smith Lanier & Co. Jim's Formal Wear Company Keller Williams Realty Cityside Melissa Murray & Associates, Inc. Roadmaster Drivers School Scott K. Camp, Attorney at Law Southern States Insurance Style Financial Acceptance Co., LLC Sugar Foods Corporation SunTrust Bank Thompson Insurance ThunderZone Entertainment Center University of West Georgia West Georgia Cornhole, LLC Whitaker Roofing Company Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home


Chamber Closed for Independence Day


8:30a AMP’D Board of Directors Meeting



Georgia Power Business4Breakfast Sponsored by Gold’s Gym Douglasville


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



GreyStone Power Luncheon 2018 Small Business of Excellence Awards Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente At the Centre at Arbor Connection


11:30a Ribbon Cutting at Benton House



Small Business Committee Meeting*



Ribbon Cutting at Courtyard/Fairfield Inn Atlanta LIthia Springs


11:30a Ribbon Cutting at Jones Federal & Appellate 5p Comcast Business After Hours Sponsored by OrthoAtlanta


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

* Event held at the Chamber



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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 WInter Ball, it is fun to get dressed up in a fancy dress!

The Chamber Golf Classic is always fun!

What is your most rewarding benefit of being a Diplomat?

What song best describes you?

Chapel Hill Road and Thornton Road Location

Week of July 15th

Week of July 22nd

Located inside Courtyard/Fairfield Inn Atlanta Lithia Springs

Coupons MUST be printed. Find your copy in a Douglas County Sentinel or at

I love that we get to meet a lot of people an network with them.

Basketball by Kurtis Blow

Learn more about our Diplomats at


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Making Life Better Owned By The People We Serve

Everyone likes better. And as we focus on better service with 24/7 convenience, we’re also making life better with affordable, reliable power. Did we mention that GreyStone Power’s rates are nearly 15% lower than Georgia Power’s? Out of 94 electric utilities, GreyStone ranks third for the lowest-priced electricity in Georgia! GreyStone Power. Focused on better service and lower rates.

Now, that’s better. * According to the 2018 winter rate survey by the Georgia Public Service Commission. Based on the average residential use of 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month.

GreyStone Power is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Chamber matters july 2018  
Chamber matters july 2018