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Letter from the 2015 Chair and President/CEO THE NEWNAN-COWETA CHAMBER had an incredible year in 2015, celebrating some significant new awards and

milestones. As always, we couldn’t have achieved such a successful year without the many volunteers, committee chairs, our board of directors, and of course, our members! One of the highlights of the year was our Chamber being named the 2015 National Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). What an exciting time it was when our Chamber’s name was called at ACCE’s Annual Convention on August 12, 2016 in Montreal, Canada! Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life. We have long believed that our Newnan-Coweta Chamber is outstanding, and it was incredibly rewarding to see the hard work of all our Chamber members recognized on the national level. We also had a lot of fun in 2015, from our March Madness event at The Newnan Centre to our milestone event in the spring, the 30th Anniversary Golf Classic, our Small Business Awards Celebration in August and our best-ever Winter Wonderland Big Expo in November. Never content to rest on our laurels, we also used 2015 to continue to market Coweta County as “Prosperity’s Front Door” through our popular branding campaign. In December, we were pleased to share Coweta’s growing reputation as a healthcare destination through the launch of an updated Healthcare Annual Report. As we look ahead to 2016, we’re proud of what our Chamber has accomplished and look forward to even greater achievements ahead.

Sincerely,

Danny Beck, 2015 Chair and Candace Boothby, President/CEO

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Letter from the 2016 Chairman of the Board DEAR CHAMBER MEMBERS, I am so pleased to begin my year of serving as your 2016 Chair of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber. I look forward to working with all of you as the Chamber continues its mission of championing economic prosperity for its members and all of Coweta County. My job will be much easier thanks to the work of 2015 Chair Danny Beck. His efforts—along with those of the Chamber board, committee chairs and our outstanding Chamber staff—resulted in some incredible accomplishments last year, not least of which was our Chamber’s winning the National Chamber of the Year Award! As a result of these efforts, the Chamber now boasts almost 950 members and continues to be among the most respected and influential Chambers in the nation. We will continue the effort to educate, advocate and assure that Coweta County remains “Prosperity’s Front Door.” Some exciting things are planned for 2016. We have several new strategies in place to make sure Coweta County is the most Tony Ferguson business-friendly community possible, and we will be collaborating with public and private stakeholders to make this happen. We’ll continue our successful Prosperity’s Front Door branding campaign to market Coweta County. And new to the Chamber this year, we’re partnering with the German American Chamber to integrate the Work-based Apprenticeship Model into our Coweta culture. As always, we’ll be providing lots of great networking opportunities to allow members to connect with each other and grow their businesses. We’ll offer signature events as well as monthly and quarterly networking opportunities. Through our marketing efforts, we’ll be communicating the Chamber’s impact and value to both internal and external audiences. And of course we want to continue to be good stewards of the Chamber’s resources. We’ll be finalizing and implementing a tiered dues program to help us operate in an efficient and financially sustainable manner while also giving members the best return on investment possible. We’ll invest in our staff by providing professional development opportunities, and we’re also going to use new performance metrics within all divisions of the Chamber to help track our performance throughout the year. It’s going to be a great year at the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, and I look forward to joining you as, together, we work to make Coweta County an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

Sincerely,

Tony Ferguson, 2016 Chair, Newnan-Coweta Chamber

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1 Strength in Numbers – Our Chamber members include

more than 700 companies, representing more than 15,000 employees in Coweta County and including all industry types and company sizes.

2 Powerful Networking – Business-After-Hours, Power

Networking Lunch, and the NuLink Early Bird Forum are just a handful of events where you can build relationships with your peers.

3 Entrepreneur Support – The Chamber offers resources to assist your business at every phase, from start-up to growth and maturity of your business.

4 Marketing Opportunities – Receive member-only benefit listings in the Chamber’s Business Directory via hard copy or online at newnancowetachamber.org; take advantage of free publicity through exclusive services such as ribbon cuttings or hosting a networking event at your location; ramp up your visibility in the community by sponsoring a highly-publicized Chamber event.

5 Member Exclusive Discounts – Open the door to

exclusive Chamber discounts such as insurance (an average savings of $200+ per employee), Office Depot discounts, training and professional education seminars, and products and services from fellow Chamber members, including HotDeals.

6 Support Local Job & Career Growth – You’ll be a part

of promoting the well-planned vision for growth the Chamber advocates in Coweta County, and the Chamber’s work to strengthen our local economy and ensure economic prosperity for everyone.

7 Buy Local – The Chamber is at the forefront of

encouraging area businesses and residents to keep their dollars within Coweta County by making their purchases from local stores and vendors.

8 Members First – Our members look to their fellow

members first when it comes to finding products or services to purchase and 80% of the public is more likely to buy from a Chamber member. Additionally, you’ll get free, ongoing referrals from the thousands of customer inquiries received each month at the Chamber office; only Chamber members are referred.

9 Help Establish Policy – The Chamber is the voice of

business in our community. We actively engage with government entities at the local, state, and federal level to inform policy decisions that affect your company’s ability to thrive.

10 Great Return on Investment – The average Chamber

member’s investment is less than a dollar a day. Finding just one new customer through the Chamber pays dividends for years to come.


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ADVOCACY DIVISION Chamber releases new Healthcare Annual Report

Coweta County Safety Council focuses on workplace safety

ONE OF THE KEY AREAS of concentration for the Advocacy Division in 2015 was the continued effort to promote Coweta County’s unique role as a healthcare destination. Through our marketing initiative, we disseminated information about the increase of hospitals, clinics and specialty health services in Newnan. Following the marketing recommendations several years ago in the special report “Coweta County: Healthcare Center of Excellence,” our 2015 initiatives included the release of a Healthcare Progress Report that was shared with recruiters and realtors to use as a tool in promoting this area. The new report was launched in November at a reception at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan. The digital version of the Chamber’s new Healthcare Annual Report can be accessed at 365publicationsonline.com/ CowetaHealthcareAnnualReport2015. The Chamber also continued to provide funding for local nursing students to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam. The

THE ADVOCACY DIVISION supported Coweta’s industrial and general business by continuing its Industry Benchmarking Initiative series, which focuses on two increasingly important areas of business: human resources and job safety. Experienced local business people helped launch the program by sharing how they overcame challenges in successfully recruiting professional, technical and hourly staff in both start-up and expansion projects. As a result of this initiative, the Coweta County Safety Council was formed to provide guidance and training to businesses in Coweta County. This council is comprised of safety professionals who desire to share their collective knowledge to help local industry comply with OSHA regulations and ultimately keep the Coweta County workforce healthy and safe. The Safety Council believes that it takes the combined efforts of local companies and community resources to effectively promote safe work practices. In 2015, the Safety Council featured monthly programs ranging from emergency preparedness to ergonomics and hot weather safety. For more information on the Coweta County Safety Council, email info@ newnancowetachamber.org.

CNA designation is increasingly a requirement for those entering a Registered Nurse (RN) program at the college and university level, and covering the CNA exam fee is one way The Chamber is helping ensure the availability of qualified medical professionals in Coweta County.

Cathy Wright of the University of West Georgia and Mary Ann Bell of Coweta-Fayette EMC look over the latest edition of the Coweta Healthcare Annual Report during a reception to launch the new report.

The Coweta County Safety Council elected new officers in November. They include Ken Pinkerton of Grenzebach Corporation, chair; Jeff Johnson of Kason Industries, vice chair; Brian Ferrell of Yokogawa Corporation of America, Communications; and Rick Jones of the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority, Communications Backup.

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MEMBER ENGAGEMENT DIVISION

Programs Focused on Small Business Growth SMALL BUSINESSES make up a large portion of Coweta County’s business community, and they are the backbone of our Chamber as well. The “Small Business Matters” initiative provided opportunities specifically tailored for small businesses, such as Leads to Business, Power Networking Lunches, and the annual recognition of business success through the Small Business Awards. Nick Lakha of Paramount Hospitality Management of Newnan was named the 2015 “Overall Winner” for the Small Business of the Year Award.

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TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES to play a huge role in business, and The Chamber uses its website, newnancowetachamber.org, to offer “Coweta Tools for Business Success,” a place where members can access more than 600 low-cost online resources. These tools allow members to keep current without having to take time off from their busy schedules. Topics include Starting a Business, Growing a Business, Hiring/Managing Employees, Business Training, Going Green and more. For more information, visit coweta. toolsforbusiness.info. The Chamber also provides the

Do you ever wish…you could find local, state, and federal resources to grow your business, all in one spot?

How do I…make my business competitive and keep up with changing business and customer expectations? • Local and online business training resources

• Training Programs for Owners and Employees

Where can I find…tools and resources to easily hire, manage, and train employees? • All the forms needed to become an employer, hire employees, and comply with ongoing requirements • Job description tools • Workplace ergonomic tools • Employee manual template • New Hire Email service provides new employees required forms • Safety resources

• Using social networking to promote your business • Six Sigma quality for small business • Links to one-on-one help for manufacturing improvements

For answers to these questions and more, go to: coweta.toolsforbusiness.info 23 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, GA 30263 770.253.2270 • newnancowetachamber.org

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community with news of interest and free classifieds through the popular Access Coweta website. The Chamber continues to increase its social media presence with its blog, Chamber Chatter, and daily posts and Member Spotlights on Facebook.


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MEMBER ENGAGEMENT DIVISION

Signature Events Draw New Members, Create Connections MEETING NEW PEOPLE face to face is one of the most valuable aspects of Chamber membership. In 2015, many of our members took advantage of these great networking opportunities through committee involvement and attendance at our signature events. These events are designed to create connections, and often the networking results in leads generation. In 2015, The Chamber facilitated these connections through five signature events: the Annual Meeting, March Madness, the 30th Anniversary Golf Classic, the Small Business Showcase and Awards Celebration, and the Winter Wonderland Big Expo. Ribbon cuttings, Business-AfterHours networking events, NuLink Early Bird Forums, the Coffee Call Business Card Exchange, Power Networking Lunches and other meetings created even more opportunities for meeting new people and prospective customers.

March Madness and the Golf Classic were just two of the signature events where our Chamber members got to make new connections in 2015.

Chamber Members Have Access to Great Educational Opportunities

THE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ARM of The Chamber, Chamber University features strategic business-building educational programming for businesses at every phase of development. Topics featured over the past year have included Cyber Security Best Practices for Small Business, Secret Tech Weapons for Small Businesses, and How to Handle Difficult People. A variety of seminars and learning opportunities are presented to give members insight into important information. This training provides Chamber members with the tools needed to meet the ever-changing demands of the workplace. Chamber University also connects members with valuable resources to help them grow their business.

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BR ANDING CAMPAIGN

Chamber continues ‘Prosperity’s Front Door’ community branding campaign HOW A COMMUNITY chooses to market itself is a key decision, and since 2011, The Chamber has been using the marketing and branding theme of “Prosperity’s Front Door.” The “construction” of a doorway to prosperity was a group effort of community leaders in business, education and government, guided by the accomplished Great Southern Publishers of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Researching the community, its history and the perception of its people, Great Southern and The Chamber conceived of Coweta being a portal to a better, more prosperous community. Success and a productive future community was metaphorically like passing through a doorway and achieving a bright and prosperous future from the launching spot of Coweta County. Logos, colors and graphic depictions were produced and launched in 2012. The various entities closely associated with Coweta agreed to adopt and use these branding components on literature and other identifying vehicles. But what is it that makes Coweta’s boast of being “Prosperity’s Front Door” meaningful and not just a slogan? We identified the basic

Victories and Milestones: “Prosperity’s Front Door” continues to open the door to new opportunity

“pillars” of Coweta’s strengths—healthcare, education, business, shopping, housing and quality of life—to support the claim of being the front door to prosperity. The “healthcare” pillar has been an early focus of the campaign, and in the future we will be featuring the other pillars to give life and meaning to our marketing slogan. Our belief is that “Prosperity’s Front Door” will become more and more closely identified with Coweta County. Coweta’s strength is its people and leadership, its opportunities and possibilities. We have made a great start, and we know that our citizens, our businesses and our elected officials will continue to work together and be “Prosperity’s Front Door” for years to come.

THE NEWNAN-COWETA CHAMBER is the primary business advocacy organization in Coweta County. In 2015 The Chamber delivered plenty of opportunities for its members to prosper. Your Chamber achieved some impressive results to advance the agenda of business. Thanks to the support from almost 900 members, the following significant accomplishments were realized.

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2015 CHAMBER IMPACT Strengthened our reputation and voice as a proactive, business-friendly community • Supported Coweta’s focus on its impressive healthcare base by facilitating a healthcare destination focus, producing the Healthcare Annual Report, and funding exam fees for Certified Nursing Assistant dual-enrolled students. • Developed future strategic community focus areas as a result of hosting several Think Tanks and collaborating with the Economic Prosperity Council. • Engaged community and business leaders in strategic conversations that amplified the focus on workforce development and led to championing the German apprenticeship model. Delivered valuable assistance to help members with their growth needs • Provided leadership development and personal growth opportunities for business women, emerging young business leaders, and local industries through the highly successful Business Women’s Network, Young Professionals program and Industry Safety Council. • Afforded members access to resources through more than 160 development opportunities such as signature events, programs and committee involvement that helped members thrive and prosper. • Increased awareness of Chamber member businesses’ products and services through innovative and aggressive social media strategies.

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Assisted the business base of Coweta through strong organizational performance • Named the 2015 National Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, a strong indicator of outstanding performance. • Developed a dashboard with metrics to measure organizational progress. • Managed finances successfully, which resulted in more than 100 percent increase to the reserve fund that provides the Chamber a cushion for continued operational performance under unexpected fluctuations. • Increased awareness of Chamber value through weekly “impact messages” and targeted communications.

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ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE DIVISION

Newnan-Coweta Chamber named National Chamber of the Year CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING

achievements of the year for the Newnan-Coweta Chamber occurred on August 12, 2015 when it was named the National Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives at the group’s annual convention in Montreal! Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life. “We are deeply honored and proud to have won the 2015 Chamber of the Year Award,” said Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby. “It’s such a great accomplishment for our members and community.” Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. There are more than 7,500 chambers nationally.  Out of the 33 chambers nominated, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber competed with chambers not only in the United States but also Canada and Europe.  The Newnan-Coweta Chamber is the first chamber in Georgia since the award program began almost 10 years ago to be named a National Chamber of the Year. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals. In October, the Chamber hosted a special Chamber of the Year Celebration for members at the McRitchieHollis Museum in Newnan with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, special prize drawings, and rickshaw rides through downtown Newnan.

Celebrating the Newnan-Coweta Chamber’s win of the National Chamber of the Year Award at ceremonies in Montreal are, at front, Danny Beck of Beck Janitorial; second row, Samantha Brazie of Progressive Heating and Air, Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby, Vickie Kaiser of Piedmont Newnan Hospital; and at back, Valerie Ward of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, Mel Kendrick of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, Dennis McEntire of Newnan Utilities, Gina Weathersby of Communities In Schools, and Julia Oberhelman of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber.

The 2015 Chamber Chair, Danny Beck, and Past Chair Vicki Kaiser celebrate the Newnan-Coweta Chamber’s win of National Chamber of the Year in Montreal.

Newnan-Coweta Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby accepted the National Chamber of the Year Award on behalf of the Chamber.

At the October awards celebration in Newnan are, from left, Mark Whitlock of Central Educational Center, who along with Candace Boothby represented the Chamber in the interview portion of the Chamber of the Year competition; Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby; and Chair Danny Beck of Beck Janitorial.


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2015 PROSPERITY AWARDS

YOKOGAWA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

The completion of the company’s 60,000-square-foot expansion of the warehouse increased the local workforce by 215 jobs and met the demand for an increase in product, solution and service offerings.

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ANNUAL AWARDS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Maggie McSweeney, of Cardinal Waste Solutions, has been an active member of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber for the past three years and enjoys the opportunities to connect with different individuals and businesses through Chamber events. She currently serves as member of the Diplomats committee and works hard to make sure members of the Chamber are having their needs met by the organization. However, Maggie does much more for the Chamber than that and is described as someone always willing to lend a helping hand in any situation. She has been described as our “go to” volunteer because we know we can count on her to be there whenever we need her and she will go above and beyond the call of duty. Chamber members describe Maggie as someone who is always smiling and is just delightful to be around.

Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Maggie McSweeney, center, with 2016 Chamber Chair Tony Ferguson, at left, and 2015 Chamber Chair Danny Beck.

Chairman’s Award Winner Mark Whitlock, center, with 2016 Chamber Chair Tony Ferguson, at left, and 2015 Chamber Chair Danny Beck.

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Mark Whitlock is the CEO of Central Educational Center, a charter school that connects local businesses represented by the Chamber with the Coweta County School System and West Georgia Technical College. He also serves as the Director of Public Policy for the Coweta County School System. Mark has been an active member of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber since 2003 and loves the connectivity the Chamber brings to businesses, individuals and organizations to the community. Mark is described as a “go to” person, who is always calm in any situation and someone the Chamber board can rely on to keep them grounded. He worked hand in hand with Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby on the Chamber of the Year application and served on the interview panel which ultimately led to the recognition of National Chamber of the Year. Our achievements are a direct result in many ways from his contributions to the organization.

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2015 RIBBON CUTTINGS

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2015 RIBBON CUTTINGS

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2015 RIBBON CUTTINGS

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A+ For Coweta County Schools Newnan Utilities

Congratulates The Coweta County School System AdvancED, the international accreditation organization, recently praised the Coweta County School System as “exemplar” because of the high levels of the system’s educational programs, planning and management practices. AdvancED provides accreditation services to over 32,000 schools serving 20 million students. Coweta County School System’s scores on the review were significantly higher than the international average.

The accreditation team reported these comments from interviews with students, parents, teachers and

community stakeholders:

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CONNECTING MEMBERS

NuLink Early Bird Forums

These NuLink-sponsored breakfast events featured upscale programs and speakers and exclusive information at a fabulous location, The Newnan Centre. Above is speaker Nick Lakha of Paramount Hospital Management.

Coweta’s Biggest Trade Show

In November, the Chamber hosted its most successful Big Expo ever, the Winter Wonderland Big Expo, at the Summit Family YMCA. Presented by Delta Community Credit Union, this event features more than 100 exhibitors sharing their products and services with more than 1,500 attendees.

A Day on the Greens

Our 30th Annual Golf Classic showed why this annual event remains one of the most anticipated, sold-out golf events in the region.

Business Women’s Network

The Business Women’s Network had an exciting year, with programs ranging from the Women, Wealth and Wisdom Conference, with speakers including Lori Auten, Susan Conley and Corby Winters, at right, to the popular luncheon programs with such luminaries as WSB’s Monica Pearson, at left.


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CONNECTING MEMBERS

Young Professionals

Leadership Coweta

It was a busy year for the Leadership Coweta program as members worked toward the 2016 redesign of the LC program. Designed for those 21-45 and those “young at heart,” the YPs foster personal and professional development through social events, community service and professional opportunities for Coweta’s young professionals. Here, Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby along with YPs Samantha Brazie of Progressive Heating and Air, Jason Smith of Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Patrick Dillon of Century 21 prepare for the YPs’ Summer Swing Crazy Golf Par-Tee.

Welcoming New Members As a follow-up to its hugely successful 2014 membership campaign, the Chamber in March 2015 offered the March Madness Prime Time event to spotlight new members and welcome them to the Chamber.

Business-After-Hours Celebrating National Chamber of the Year Award

Each month, Chamber members gathered at various Chamber member businesses for networking while enjoying great food and drink. Something Special in Newnan hosted the April BAH.

To celebrate its win of the National Chamber of the Year Award, the Chamber hosted a COTY Celebration event for all members at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum in Newnan.


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2015 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD and 2016 BUSINESS PLAN

Small Business of the Year Award EACH YEAR The Chamber recognizes one of our area’s small businesses as the Small Business of the Year. This Award is a testament to the businesses that are key contributors to our local economy, those that lead the majority of our workforce across the threshold to prosperity. Awards are provided in the following categories: Entrepreneur, Growth, Employer and Overall. Small business is the economic engine

of our economy. Nearly 97 percent of all businesses are small businesses with less than 100 employees, and small businesses are 54 percent of the total workforce. The Chamber, SouthTowne Motors and UBS Financial Services are proud to recognize this vital segment of our local economy. SouthTowne Motors and UBS Financial Services are the title sponsors for this program.

OVERALL WINNER U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland presents Paramount Hospitality Management’s Nick Lakha with the Small Business of the Year Award for 2015. ENTREPRENEUR CATEGORY (1-5 employees) LifePlan Financial Advisors, Inc. Nick and Gwen Garrison

2016 BUSINESS PLAN

Chamber Chair - Tony Ferguson, Georgia Power Company

Chamber Mission: To champion increased economic prosperity for our members Chamber Vision: To be recognized as the premier and most influential business organization in Coweta

Voice of Business Division, chaired by Martin Pleyer, Grenzebach

GOAL: Be the voice of business by representing business interests at the local, state and national levels.

I. Learn, Leverage, Lead – Identify, explore, and understand the issues of greatest importance to Coweta businesses and develop strategies to influence and collaborate with public and private stakeholders to support a business-friendly community II. Prosperity’s Front Door®— Implement key community development strategies III. Support Work-based Apprenticeship Model – Partner with the German American Chamber to develop processes for integrating the system into our Coweta culture

Member Success Division, chaired by Tonya Whitlock, West Georgia Technical College GOAL: Enhance member success.

I. Networking Opportunities – Implement opportunities for members to connect through signature, networking and special interest groups II. Return on Investment and Profitability – Develop programs and opportunities to help members increase prosperity, profitability and performance III. Leadership – Implement opportunities to develop leaders

GROWTH CATEGORY (6-19 employees) FutureStaff - Lee Whetstone, Cheryl Whetstone, Cathy MacLaughlin and Sarah Thompson

Marketing Division, chaired by John Daviston, McKoon Funeral Home

GOAL: Communicate the impact of the Chamber and actively promote the community

I. Marketing – Communicate Chamber impact and value and what we are doing well through targeted strategies to internal and external audiences II. Prosperity’s Front Door® – Build and promote the PFD brand to improve awareness of the six pillars III. Access Coweta – Determine highest and best use that enhances members and community

Chamber Stewardship Division, chaired by Andy Miller, PrintSource

GOAL: Maintain the leadership and resources to carry out the mission and vision

I. Financial Stability – Finalize and implement tiered dues program to support revenue building strategy focused on operating efficiencies, financial sustainability, and member ROI II. Staff Excellence – Invest in staff professional development III. Performance Measures – Track performance metrics within each Division and report through scoreboard or dashboard to support knowledge-based board decision making and organizational efficiencies

EMPLOYER CATEGORY (20-99 employees) Georgia Pain and Spine Care Fred Miles, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, Naomi Oaks, Kent Remley, Donna Meyer

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2015 DIVISION STAFF/COMMITTEE CHAIRS and CHAMBER STAFF/SUPPORT TEAM

2015 Division & Committee Chairs

Samantha Brazie

Progressive Heating and Air Young Professionals

Garnet Reynolds

Jenny Rice

BB&T Leadership Coweta

Southern Company Golf Classic

2016 Chamber Staff

Gwen Garrison

LifePlan Financial Advisors, Inc. Business Women’s Network Lynn Love, Director of Strategic Growth & Programs; Ashley Biles, Director of Events & Communications; Bri Sanders, Member Relations & Events/Meeting Specialist; Candace Boothby, President and CEO; Valerie Ward, Executive Assistant & Office Coordinator

Nick Garrison

LifePlan Financial Advisors, Inc. Winter Wonderland Big Expo

Dennis McEntire

Newnan Utilities Economic Prosperity Council

Sharon Rogers

Newnan GNC Diplomats, Golf Classic

Shirley Key

Georgia Power Company Golf Classic

Paula Hasberger

The Southern Credit Union Leadership Coweta

Matt Brass

Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

Leadership Coweta

Tony Ferguson

Georgia Power Company Advocacy Division

Martin Pleyer

Martha Ann Parks

Knox and Panoply Member Engagement Division

Mel Kendrick Membership Representative

Celenna Davis Bookkeeper

C. Davis Bookkeeping Services., LLC

David Kent

Grenzebach Corporation Cancer Treatment Centers of America Organizational Performance Healthcare Steering Division Committee

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PrintSource Marketing Division Ambassadors

Barry Ashe Membership Representative

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2015 MEMBERS of the BOARD

Danny Beck, Chair Owner Beck Janitorial

Martin Pleyer, Vice Chair Chamber Stewardship

COO Grenzebach Corporation

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John Daviston

Vice Chair, Member Value

Marketing President Regions Bank

Dr. Tonya Whitlock

Mike Fitzpatrick

Knox and Panoply

Candace Boothby President & CEO

Newnan-Coweta Chamber

Vice President for Student Affairs West Georgia Technical College

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2015 MEMBERS of the BOARD

John Hall

President Newnan Division United Bank

Hasco Craver

Business Development Director City of Newnan

Rusty McKellar

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate

Jim Thomasson

Greg Wright

Owner 75 Jackson Real Estate LLC

President Coweta County Development Authority

Chamber of the Year Dr. Steve Barker

Superintendent Coweta County School System

Gerald Kemp City Executive Fidelity Bank

Chris Stephens CEO Coweta-Fayette EMC

Mark Whitlock

CEO Central Educational Center

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A Special Event Center in Peachtree City, Georgia THE LOFT at Due South combines the celebrated cuisine of Due South Southern Cuisine with a polished elegance that fuses perfectly for your special event. Our venue supports Rehearsal Dinners, Corporate Events, Wedding Receptions, All Day Meetings, and Family Events. THE LOFT at Due South is comprised of 3 separate rooms, The Main Ballroom, The Augusta Room (a/v equipped), and The Savannah Room (a/v equipped). Two seated balconies offer a very unique perspective on the surrounding area.

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2015 CHAMBER MEMBERS 1st Franklin Financial Corporation 75 Jackson Real Estate 85 South Out & About Magazine 92.5 The Bear A Balloon Affair A Better Way Ministries A Uniq Design A.S.P.I.R.E.S., Inc. Aberdeen Woods (Dolce Atlanta Peachtree) ABRA Auto Body & Glass Accelerated Performance Solutions LLC Ace Growlers Action Tire Active Pest Control Adamson Landscapes Advanced Health and Wellness Advanced Technology Logistics, Inc. Advantage Home Tours Affinis Hospice AG-Pro John Deere Ag South Mortgages Air Power Hydraulics Inc. Airforce Heating & Air, LLC George Alexander All City County Bail Bonds All Span Builders All Stars Academy & Early Learning Center, Inc. Allen Turner Law Allgood Pest Solutions Alliance Nurse Core, Inc. Allstate Insurance- Barber Financial Services Allstate Insurance- Dianne Parker AM Construction Amazing Smiles P.C. Amedisys Hospice and Home Health American Cancer Society American Freedom Heating & Air LLC American Material Specialist, Inc. American Red Cross, Georgia Three Rivers Chapter Anchored Images Productions Anderson Concrete Service, Inc. Andy's Nursery & Landscaping No. 3 Angela Munson for Coweta Probate Judge Ansley Park Health and Rehabilitation

Appraisal Associates Aquanaut Plumbing ARAC Roof it Forward ARK Properties, Inc. Arke, Inc. Arnall Grocery Company Art of Landscaping Arthur H. Murphy, CPA, PC Ascot Supply Corporation Ashe Sales & Consulting Ashford at Brown Ridge Apartments Ashley Furniture Ashmore Properties LLC Asian Chef Assured Benefit Services, Inc. AT&T Georgia Atlanta Gas Light Atlanta Range and Ordnance Atlanta's Finest Catering Atlanta's Professional Door Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group Automotive Associates of Atlanta Avalon Health & Rehabilitation Center Avery & Pope Wealth Management Aviation Enterprises LLC B&B Body Shop

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2015 CHAMBER MEMBERS Boss Photography Boss Tree Service Bowers and Burns Real Estate Boy Scouts of America Flint River Council Brian's Paint and Body II Brickhouse Grille & Tavern Brickman Brookdale Newnan Brooke Barnes State Farm Richard Brooks BTG Community Outreach, Inc. Bubbles and Brushes Art Studio Buck's New & Used Tires, Inc. Buffalo Rock-Pepsi Harvey Burger Butler Capital Management, a Financial Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. Butts Mill Farm & Restaurant Bypass Body Shop, Inc. C & W Roofing Co., Inc. C & D Grading C.C. JENSEN, Inc.

C.S. Toggery Caldwell Tanks Call2Cut Inc. Cal-Tec Cancer Treatment Centers of America Southeastern Regional Medical Center Cardinal Waste Solutions, LLC Randy Cardoza Cargill Meat Solutions Carmike Cinemas, Inc The Carolyn Barron Montessori School Cartown Auto Sales Cartridge World Casey Corporate Transportation Centerfield Baseball Academy Central Educational Center Century 21 Novus Realty Century Solutions Group, Inc. CES Communication LLC Charles R. Davis/Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners Charlie's Towing LLC CharterBank

Chick-fil-A at Thomas Crossroads Chick-fil-A Dwarf House of Newnan Children's Academy of Newnan Christian City Christopher Brothers Land Surveying, LLC Chromalloy Georgia (CGA) Chuck Johnson, CPA, PC Ciao Bella Medical Center & Spa Circle W Express City of Grantville City of Newnan City of Senoia Clark Atlanta University/ Educational Talent Search Clarke Associates d/b/a LCS Tax Preparation & Financial Services, LLC Clear Choice Management ClearWater Academy ClubCorp CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta Bob Coggin

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty/D Guillory Comcast Spotlight ComForCare Senior Services Comfort View Products The Commonwealth at Calumet Communities In Schools of Coweta County Community Action for Improvement Community Management Associates The Community Welcome House Complete Dental Arts, P.C. Comprehensive Program Services, Inc. Computer Advantage, Inc. Concordia Anesthesia, Inc. Construction & Development Co. Contemporary Catering Continental Societies, Inc. Con-way Freight Cook Office Equipment Cook's Pest Control Co.

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CoreLinc Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia Coweta Club Coweta County Airport Authority Coweta County Convention & Visitors Bureau Coweta County Development Authority Coweta County Fairgrounds & Conference Center Coweta County School System Coweta County Sheriff’s Department Coweta County Water & Sewerage Authority Coweta Dentistry Associates Coweta Equipment Rental Coweta Eye Care Coweta Monument Coweta Pool & Fireplace Coweta Samaritan Clinic The Coweta Shopper Coweta-Fayette EMC CPM Advanced Surgery Crain Oil Company

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2015 CHAMBER MEMBERS Crawford Grading and Pipeline, Inc. Crezent Managed Marketing CRI...Plus Crossroads Animal Hospital Crossroads Automotive Crossroads Center for TMS & Wellness Crossroads Podiatry Custom Molded Products, Inc. D.R. Bassett Contracting Dale Carnegie of Georgia Delavan Automotive Delta Community Credit Union Delta HomeCare Dickey's Barbecue Pit Dillard's at Newnan Crossing Direct Auto & Life Insurance Dixie Wing CAF Dogwood Veterinary Hospital and Laser Center Domino's Pizza Don Jackson Automotive Group Don's Automotive Dr. Joseph H. Morris, Jr. Dr. Nice Psychiatry, LLC

Dr. Ralph Davis, Chiropractor Dry Cleaning Connection DSL Coaching Group Due South Southern Cuisine Dustin Shaw Homes, Inc. Dwight Parks Contracting E.G.O. North America, Inc. E4 Holdings LLC Ecycle Atlanta, LLC Edgar Hughston Builder, Inc. Edward Jones Investments Art Holbrook Edward Jones Investments/ Ashley Stapleton Edward Jones Investments/ Josh Colwell Einstein Bros. Bagels ELAP Services, LLC Elite Foam Elizabeth Beers Ellen Communications, Inc. Elliott Chiropractic Clinic Elwood Staffing Encircle Roofing & Home Improvement Engineered Comfort Specialist Enterprise Rent-A-Car

ERTSS-Emergency Response Training & Support Services Inc. Estes Landscape Design Ethan Allen, Inc. EVP Photography Express Oil Change Fairburn Readymix, Inc. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Falcon Aviation

Family Friend Animal Hospital & Pet Lodge, PC Family Patterns Matter Fantastic Sams Hair Salons Farmers Insurance Agency Damita King Farmers Insurance Agency Brad Gohsman Fast Track Mobile Detailing FASTSIGNS of Newnan Fat Boy's Bar & Grill

Federated Insurance Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fidelity Bank FiduciaryVest Fields Insurance Fifth Third Bank File & Records Management Fine Lines Art & Framing First United Methodist Church

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2015 CHAMBER MEMBERS Fogo Data Centers Footpaths Aromatic Reflexology Forage & Flower Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club Frank's Family Restaurant Frazier Properties Fried Tomato Buffet Frost Cummings Tidwell Group, LLC Funds Pipeline - Aflac FutureStaff, Inc. General Nutrition Centers (Newnan GNC) Gentivity LLC Geopost Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts Georgia Bone & Joint, LLC Georgia Canine Georgia Central Mechanical, Inc. Georgia Commute Options Georgia Department of Labor/ Newnan Career Center Georgia Development Partners, LLC

Georgia Forestry & Wildlife Consulting Georgia Health Coverage, Inc. Georgia Pain & Spine Care Georgia Power Company Georgia Transmission Corp. Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc. Gerrit Park LLC Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc. Global Document Destruction Inc. Glover & Davis, P.A. Glover/Piedmont Insurance Golden Corral Goldens on the Square GoMED, LLC Good To Go HVAC Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers Goodwyn, Mills, Cawood GPS Vacations Grantville Pharmacy Graylin C. Ward, Attorney Great Southern Publishers, Inc.

Green Acres Lawn Care & Landscaping, Inc. Greenwise Construction, LLC Greenwood Group Greison Storage Mart Grenzebach Corporation Gresco Justin Griffith Group VI Construction Grundy's Paint & Auto Body GymGuyz Peachtree H&R Block Hamilton State Bank Hammond Services Happy Valley Development Corporation The Harbin Agency Hayes Computer Service Headley Construction Corp. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan Healthy Life Chiropractic Heartland Hospice Heartland Payment Systems Heritage Cadillac Heritage of South Atlanta Heritage Property Management Services, Inc. Higgins & Smith, LLC

Higgins Funeral Home at Hillcrest Chapel High Speed Signs & Designs Hollberg's Fine Furniture Holloway Utility Contractors, Inc. Homestar Financial Homestead Hospice Hometown Directories, Inc. Honey Baked Ham Co., the Cafe & Catering Honey-Do's-R-Us Hospital Discount Drug Center Housing Authority of the City of Newnan Hover Video Productions Hut No. 8 i To Eye Advertising Innovative Aviation Services, Inc. Inova Payroll Inc. Insignia of Newnan Insuretrust Integrated Waste and Recycling Solutions Integrity Air & Home Inspection Interstate Electrical Supply

Interworks Ivory Chevrolet J & L Backflow, Inc. J&M Pool Services, LLC J. Scott Taylor Agency, Inc./ Allstate Insurance Co. J. Smith Lanier & Company J.K. Boatwright & Co., PC Jack Peek's Sales, Inc. Jake Stanley, State Farm Jarrard's Buzzzz'N Magazine, LLC Jeff Lindsey Communities, Inc. Jeffries Eye Care Jekyll & Hyde's Jenco Sales, Inc. Marva Jennings Jeri Woodward, Kimbell Frank Realty JHC Corporation Jimmy John's Gourmet Subs Jimmy Rich State Farm Jones Builders, Inc. Jorge Amador, MD LLC Josey, Young & Brady Realty, LLC

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LaGrange-Macon highway still possibility By W. Winston Skinner winston@newnan.com The Georgia Department of Transportation drew up plans for a highway connecting Macon and LaGrange almost three years ago, and some regional officials would like to see that project move forward. Ed Bledsoe, a former mayor of Moreland who now serves on the

Three Rivers Regional Commission, asked about the road project at the most recent regional commission meeting. The current plan calls for the road to pass through Meriwether County – north of the county seat of Greenville. “Discussion has been underway for several years,” noted Carolyn McKinley, president of the

Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce. “Currently the conversation and activity is focused on securing federal funds for a feasibility study.” The project “would have tremendous impact on our entire region,” McKinley said. The highway could have major economic impact for Meriwether County. “Since the proposed route is

south of Coweta, it probably would not have as much there.” Still, there are Cowetans who see positive things coming from a LaGrange-Macon highway – even if its route is several miles south of the county line. “I think the highway would h e l p c o m m e r c e i n C owe t a

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By Sarah Fay Campbell sarah@newnan.com In this technology-driven, fast-paced, online world, there’s something to be said for the old ways. But some of those old ways, and old skills, are fading away. Cowetan Michael Sebacher wants to help preserve that knowledge before it is lost. The local blacksmith has a vision for a school where local artisans and craftspeople can share their skills with others. It could also be a place where those who don’t want to teach could still work on their crafts and display them. First, he needs the teachers. He’d like to talk to anyone local who does folk art and crafts who would be interested in being a part of the school. He’s also working on a location. It’s not necessarily limited to arts and crafts. Things like pickling and food preserving, and even beer and wine making might fit in, too. However, “we’re trying to avoid the tech slant,” he said. “The urge to make by hand, to create, is like the same level as the urge to reproduce or eat,” Sebacher said. Thousands of years ago, “you had to build your shelter, you had to build your weapons, build your tools. Every day you made something with your hands, every day you were processing food, processing animal hides. Everything was made. I think it’s a function of our species and now it’s gone,” he said. “We complain about kids always on their cell phones. What else have they got? Where are they going to go to learn anything?” Sebacher would love to have classes for young

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Old Luthersville bank building to be rehabilitated By Kandice Bell kandice@newnan.com

McConnell. “It sits right at the corner when you come into town. We want to rehabilitate the building to improve the community overall.” McConnell added that the city council, along with Mayor Bob Trammell, have had several meetings with various agencies in an effort to obtain funding for rehabilitation. “The city is applying for a Redevelopment Fund Grant (RDF) through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to stabilize and rehabilitate the building,” said McConnell. “Other cities are applying for grants to improve their buildings. We have learned that it is helpful for the city to have ownership of the building when applying for

these grants. The city does own the building.” “After the bank moved to a new location, the building was given to the city,” said Trammell. “It has even served as city hall and a police station.” According to Councilwoman Ginger Valentine-Hancock, the focus of the project is the preservation of historical Luthersville. “We want to maintain the historical value of these little cities,” said Hancock. “We want future generations to know how important this city was to the South and what they went through. The Luthersville Bank and Co. survived the Great Depression.”

The old Luthersville Bank Building will be renovated and, eventually, available for the use of another business. The downtown Luthersville building, constructed in 1905, was originally the home of Luthersville Bank and Company. In 1971, Meriwether Bank and Trust was located in the building. Until recently, the Southcrest Bank called the historic building home. The bank will relocate to North Main Street, leaving the structure empty. “That building is such a cornerstone in Luthersville,” said Councilwoman Diane TODAY

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By W. WINSTON SKINNER winston@newnan.com Turin is one of Coweta’s smaller towns, but the city has attracted the attention of a professional filmmaker. Barbie Beach – the quirky roadside attraction in town that features plastic dolls in various tableaux – may have attracted Daniel Espeut to Turin. The city’s 125th anniversary, however, provided some other authentic, small town Southern moments that led Espeut to collaborate with the town’s leaders in capturing some stories. Espeut is a producer and director. Among his best known projects are “Raised in the South of Norma,” “The É Report” and “Great Paint,” which chronicles the story of a family who leave behind the typical American lifestyle to become circus clowns. “We were pleased at the results from our 125th anniversary film documentary,” said Michael Frnka, who was one of the leaders during Turin’s 125th and was elected later this year to a post on the city council. Espeut “left us with two hours of film which included six interviews,” Frnka said. “The settings were not ideal – with the rain – so we are happy that they are pros.” City leaders are looking at options for using the footage to promote Turin. “It’s ours to do what we want,” Mayor Allan Starr said. Espeut met with Frnka, Starr, Councilman Tony Crunkleton and Tray Baggarly, director of tourism for Coweta County, while he was working on the final version of the 125th film. During the meeting at the Walter B. Hill Community Center, which houses the town’s offices, Espeut said the first part of the process is capturing stories on film. “You build the archive and then you go back,” he said. Frnka said the original footage shot for Espeut’s project will be archived. “Our intention is not to ever contaminate the original,” he said.

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