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

MARCH 2018


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A Women's Leadership Conference

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The Douglas County Chamber is pleased to announce its new women’s event, Who Runs the World: A Women’s Leadership Conference. The conference is part of the Chamber’s Professional Development Series for 2018 powered by GreyStone Power Corporation. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 21st, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Centre at Arbor Connection. The half-day conference will highlight the ability of all women to create positive change in their communities and in their own lives - both professionally and personally - while recognizing the extraordinary power that exists when women come together to support one another. The conference will feature two professional motivational speakers, Stefanie Diaz and Kristy Dickerson. Tickets start as low as $59. Admission price includes professional keynote speakers, breakout sessions, a light breakfast, lunch, shopping at “chick” exhibits, games, prizes, and a keepsake journal. To register for the event, visit

Featuring Speakers

Stefanie Diaz

In this Issue:

A Douglas County native, Stefanie Diaz is the Founder of Women Only Entrepreneurs (W.O.E). She is a speaker, community builder, and brand expert with a talent for empowering entrepreneurs. Her strength is in galvanizing unstoppable women and giving entrepreneurs confidence in the way they speak to the market as well as a platform to do so.

kristy dickerson



CEO and Co-Founder of START Planner, Kristy Dickerson is a motivator, entrepreneur and productivity expert. Her passion is pouring into others and inspiring them to make positive change happen in their life. She has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc. and delivers inspirational keynotes at universities and conferences across the U.S. Kristy brings her business savvy and a relatable story that leaves the audience engaged, informed and motivated!




Apply to be Teacher 4 A Day on March 27th The Douglas County Chamber, Douglas County School System, and Brighten Academy invite business leaders, parents and community leaders to spend a day in the life of a Douglas County teacher at this year’s Teacher 4 A Day. Guest teachers will spend half a day shadowing a teacher and celebrating the tremendous work educators do every day to make an impact on Douglas County students. County Schools. The deadline to apply is March 13th. Applications are available at For more information about the Teacher 4 A Day program, email response@douglas.k12. or at 770.651.2037.


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

Heritage Bag - Novolex opens New Facility in Douglas County

Submit Applications by March 15th at 5 p.m.

Heritage Bag plant manager, Jeff Classen, staff, and Chamber representatives celebrated their new facility by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on January 25th. Heritage Bag is located at 8096 East Highway 78 in Villa Rica. Heritage Bag is a division of Novolex, a product packaging company.

Lead the Way: Apply for Leadership Douglas 2019

Georgia Blue Foot & Ankle Celebrates Grand Opening Georgia Blue Foot & Ankle owner, Dr. Danielle Green-Watson, staff, family, friends and Chamber Representatives gathered to celebrate the grand opening of their new location by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on February 8th. Georgia Blue Foot & Ankle is located at 3387 Highway 5 in Douglasville. They offer podiatric services specializing in Pediatrics, trauma, sports medicine and diabetic limb salvage.

DC Chamber Welcomes Connally to 2018 Chairmans Club

T. Dennis Connally Shareholder & Founder

The Douglas County Chamber is pleased to announce its newest member of the 2018 Chairmans Club: Dennis Connally with Connally, Jordan & Associates P.C., CPA. The mission of the Chairmans Club is to convene community-minded, senior level business people to be visionaries for the Chamber and a voice for business in our community.

Connally, Jordan & Associates, P.C. CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

The Douglas County Chamber is now accepting applications for the 20182019 Class of Leadership Douglas. The mission of Leadership Douglas is to identify, encourage and develop leadership abilities so that its participants grow both personally and professionally. Participants in Leadership Douglas benefit from getting to know one another and from the exchange of ideas and experiences. They gain knowledge and understanding on crucial issues facing our community, while also attaining leadership skills. They also develop a network of relationships with other leaders of various backgrounds throughout Douglas County. This professional leadership curriculum is achieved through a ten-month program of structured activity where students become familiar with all aspects of our community. Leadership Douglas utilizes professional leadership trainers while also utilizing community resources for courses such as Health and Recreation, Economic Development, Arts and History, Public Safety, Social Services, Education, Government Affairs, and Water Resources. To download an application, visit or contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th.

2018 Seniors: Apply for the Foundation Leadership Scholarship The Douglas County Chamber Foundation is proud to offer multiple scholarship opportunities to high school students from Douglas County schools. These scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors exemplifying outstanding leadership qualities. The first place scholarship is $1,000 and the second place scholarship is $500 with the Board Scholarship awarding $500. Applications are due by March 15th at 5 p.m. For more information visit


Mayor Robinson and Ms. Dot Padgett were all smiles at the Winter Ball.

SNAPSH TS The City of Douglasville, Douglas County Chamber Diplomats, Marcus Inyang LD students spent the day learning Board of Commissioners, and Chamber and Margaret McCarley are always about industries including DeNyse members spent the morning of willing to serve others at the Companies and ResMed during their February 7th at the State Capitol for Douglas networking events. class day in February. County Day at the Capitol.

Thank you Gary Miller and GreyStone Power for being the Presenting Sponsor of Winter Ball!

Gail Moore and Ben Chambers enjoy networking at the Business4Breakfast.

Tharon Johnson and Todd Rehm entertained the crowd at the 2018 Politcal Perspective during the GreyStone Power Luncheon. Dr. Ronnie Bolar and wife daned the night away at Winter Ball.

Karla Beedles and Marigold Edwards enjoyed the Georgia Power Buisiness4Breakfast at WGTC.

Adam Carter and David We had a great turnout at Kaplan dicussed the topics the Comcast Business After presented at the Hours in January! Live2Lead Encore Event on February 2nd. VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE EVENT PICTURES FROM Proof of the Pudding provided a delicious "Tuscany Feast" at the February luncheon. EACH MONTH! For information about upcoming 2018 networking events, visit

Thank you to this month's networking event sponsors: January Comcast Business After Hours Sponsored by: Wren's Body Shop & Carrabba's Italian Grill

Georgia Power Business4Breakfast Sponsored by: West Georgia Technical College GreyStone Power Luncheon Sponsored by: WellStar Douglas Hospital

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

Gold's Gym 32nd Annual Charity Tournament Makes Biggest Contribution Yet

The Gold’s Gym 32nd Annual Charity Tennis Tournament made its biggest impact ever on the Douglas county community this year. Over the years, the tournament has raised over $200,000 for local charities, but this year was especially impactful, with the event raising $9,000 to donate to local charities.

DeNyseCompanies Selected to Create New Cobb Galleria Sign Congratulations DeNyse Comapnies! The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, which owns and operates the Cobb Galleria Centre, has approved a new, 100-foot tall marquee sign to stand outside the facility. DeNyse was the lowest bidder for the project. They also created the Atlanta Braves signage for Suntrust Park in 2017.

Congratulations to the 2017 Community Award Winners!


HRC Engineers, Surveyors & Landscape Architects


YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR Ellen McBrayer, Jones-Wynn Funeral Home



Jennifer & Allen DeNyse

Margaret McCarley, Brookview Apartment Homes

CHAMBER SPIRIT AWARD Michelle Volk, Silverton Mortgage

Brian Wright Named Ambassador Staffing Agency's Sales Person of the Year Congratulations Brian! Ambassador believes in investing in client/ employee partnerships which benefits everyone in the long term. They have built many long-standing relationships with companies and individuals who consistently turn to Ambassador because of a mutual trust and an assurance that the company has their best interest in mind.

March Member Spotlight DOUGLASVILLE SCHOOL OF DANCE Established in 1975, Douglasville School of Dance (DSD) takes pride in offering a quality dance program in a loving and nuturing atmosphere. Little did owner and director, Sheryl Clay, know how much DSD would grow over the next 43 years. Douglasville School of Dance is located at 3504 West Stewart Mill Road in Douglasville, about a half mile from the Chick-fil-A! DSD offers classes to students ages 2.5 years old to high school seniors. The staff teaches classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and pointe. They also have performing group opportunities for middle and high school students. Clay and the DSD staff belive the most unique aspect that sets their studio apart from others is being able to teach dance for 43 years. They not only teach dance, but they view DSD as a ministry to share God's love! For more information about classes, contact the office at 770.942.8063 or visit their website,

Sheryl Clay Owner/Director

Meet OurChairmans Club



Gil Shearouse

The Water and Sewer Authority has been delivering quality water and wastewater service to Douglas County residents since 1986, and has been performing innovative stormwater management service since 2003. Their goal in water and wastewater treatment and stormwater management is to protect, maintain, and enhance the environment, public health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

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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.

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WellStar and Mayo Clinic. Working together. Working for you. As a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, WellStar is even closer to achieving our vision of world-class healthcare. Through this innovative collaboration, WellStar doctors have special access to Mayo Clinic knowledge, expertise and resources while patients continue to receive care delivered right here, close to home. And now with even more WellStar locations working together with Mayo Clinic, you get peace of mind knowing that we are here for you.

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Innovation. World-class care. WellStar. For more information, please visit For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 inpatient hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.

We believe in life well-lived.

MEMBER RENEWALS Thank you for your continued investment in the Chamber!

American Red Cross - Blood Services Ameriprise Financial Patti H. Puckett Bliss Products and Services Bojangles' Chick-fil-A, Arbor Place Mall Coloplast Douglasville ACE Hardware Gray Electrical Contracting, LLC Haralson Termite & Pest Control Harkins & Silliman Dentistry Heirway Christian Academy Jeff Field & Associates Junior League of Douglas County, Inc. Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC Professional Mojo Proof of the Pudding The CarePlace The Flying Locksmiths - Atlanta Northwest United Community Bank Wyatt's Pharmacy & Medical Equipment


8a– 5p Leadership Douglas Social Services Day


2 – 6p

Youth Leadership Douglas Meeting


8 – 9a

Georgia Power Business4Breakfast Sponsored by Jones-Wynn Funeral Home


8a 8a

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


9a 12p

Government Affairs Committee Meeting* Chamber Diplomat Meeting



Ribbon Cutting at OrthoAtlanta


8a Board of Directors Meeting* 11:15a Chairmans Club Reception 12p GreyStone Power Luncheon Sponsored by Georgia Highlands College Maximizing Your Millennials Featured Speaker: Dr. Kent Wessinger At the Douglasville Conference Center


9a - 1p Who Runs the World: A Women’s Leadership Conference Powered by GreyStone Power Corporation Featuring Stefanie Diaz & Kristy Dickerson At The Centre at Arbor Connection


8a 8a

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


8a 9a

Teacher 4 a Day Small Business Committee Meeting*



Comcast Business After Hours Sponsored by Douglasville CVB At the Douglasville Conference Center



Joint Chamber Connections Meeting

* Event held at the Chamber

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! COMMITTEE TO ELECT MATTHEW KRULL Matthew Krull P.O. Box 2294 Douglasville, GA 30133 770.475.0475

DOUGLAS COUNTY DEMOCRATS Lisa Martin P.O. Box 55 Douglasville, GA 30133 770.685.6424

PLANET FITNESS ADAMSVILLE Danielle D'Amelio 3599 MLK Jr. Drive Atlanta, GA 30331 404.699.7620

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 most embarassing Chamber moment?



RELEVANT CONNECTION MINISTRIES Melvin Green P.O. Box 224 Douglasville, GA 30133 678.695.3568

I love the Atlanta Braves, so definitely the young professionals outing to the Braves game.

MISSY'S HOME COOKING Melissa Johnson 1068 Merchants Drive, Suite 610 Dallas, GA 30132 678.672.7631


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

When you're not at a Chamber function, where can you be found?

Spending time with my two puppies, cheering on the Braves or hanging out with my friends!

I mispronounced a scholarship recipients name at the awards luncheon.

Who is your go-to Chamber member when you shop locally? I love Merle Norman! Learn more about our Diplomats at

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 CHAIRMANS CLUB Connally, Jordan & Associates, P.C. CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS douglas county

Making Life Better

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Owned By The People We Serve GreyStone Power is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Chamber Matters March 2018  
Chamber Matters March 2018