• 5 Reasons to Attend The 9th Annual Georgia Logistics Summit

    March 20, 2017

    It’s Summit season again, and this is going to be the best one yet. Yes, we say that every year, but it just keeps getting better! This year will see the return of Summit staples like an address from Governor Deal, an update on the state of transportation in Georgia, and many other great presentations and discussions on industry best practices.

  • Young Harris College President Cathy Cox Appointed Dean of Mercer Law School

    March 17, 2017

    Young Harris College President and former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox has been appointed dean of Mercer University’s School of Law, effective July 1. She will succeed Daisy Hurst Floyd, who has served as dean since 2014, after serving in the position from 2004 to 2010.

  • Michael Chalmers: Fastest Route to Growth in 2017? Hire the Right People!

    March 15, 2017

    Lose weight, get organized, save money, learn a new skill, find true love. Sound familiar? These popular New Year’s resolutions are among the pledges made by more than 40 percent of Americans every January. However, only eight percent of us are successful in meeting the New Year goals we set for ourselves. Can businesses do better? They can if they set realistic goals, have the right resources on hand to execute plans and focus on what they do best.

  • Georgia Recognizes Four Companies as Small Business Rock Stars

    March 14, 2017

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with the Georgia Economic Developers Association recognized Georgia’s 2017 “Small Business Rock Stars.” GDEcD and GEDA hosted a luncheon where four Georgia companies were honored for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business.

  • Pete Tosh: 3 Steps to Strategic Leadership

    March 13, 2017

    Georgia Employers’ Association and the Focus Group presented the first session of the popular five-part Managerial Leadership Skills Series on January 27th. The following article by facilitator Pete Tosh provides background for the first session: Progressing from a Traditional Manager to a Strategic Leader.

  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony a Huge Success

    March 10, 2017

    On Feb. 25th, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame honored eight highly accomplished athletes during their annual induction ceremony held at the historic Macon City Auditorium. The group included football player Keith Brooking, golfer Laura Coble, tennis coach Manuel Diaz, football and track athlete Willie Gault, basketball player Matt Harpring, football player Garrison Hearst, athletic leader/golf coach Liz Murphey and football player Jeff Saturday.

  • Georgia Employers’ Association to Host Spring Leadership Conference

    March 09, 2017

    Company executives and HR professionals will convene at the Westin Jekyll Island in late March to learn from high level business leaders, nationally known attorneys and Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp. Secretary of State, Brian Kemp will review what to expect from the Georgia State Government in the coming year.

  • Registration Open for Georgia Small Business ROCK STARS Awards Luncheon on March 13th

    March 09, 2017

    Georgia holds the title as the number one state in the nation in which to do business—a title it has held for four years in a row. And when 98 percent of Georgia companies (employing under 100) are considered small businesses, it makes sense the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) would want to salute these business owners with Georgia Small Business Week taking place March 13-17.

  • Azalea House Uses Local Talent, Charm to Create Unique Southern Experience at Masters

    March 08, 2017

    The Masters Tournament returns to Augusta on April 3-9, and if you are looking to enjoy the week of golf amid true Southern hospitality, you’ll want to check out The Azalea House. According to General Manager, Chris DeMain, this premier hospitality facility, located on Azalea Drive in the National Hills neighborhood just across the street from the course, is fully focused on hospitality and understanding client entertainment.

  • Sen. John F. Kennedy: State of the Assembly

    March 06, 2017

    The rest of the nation looks toward our great state when it comes to criminal justice reform. This isn’t because we’re particularly radical; it’s because each of our branches of government constantly work toward common sense reform that makes it easier for private citizens to navigate the law.

  • M&R Marketing: 5 Reasons You Need a Marketing Plan for Your Business

    February 24, 2017

    Did anyone else just lift your head and realize the holidays are over and we’re almost half way through the first quarter of 2017? Every year, November through January seems to have a mind of its own, with no regard for what I need to get done. Our last couple articles have focused on helping you fight back and make the most of these important months in the life of your business. If you haven’t carved out the time to evaluate 2016 and plan for 2017, then this article is for you.

  • Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Visits State’s Only Nationally-Verified Level I Trauma Center at Navicent Health

    February 22, 2017

    The Honorable Nathan Deal, Governor of the State of Georgia, visited The Medical Center, Navicent Health on Tuesday to tour the hospital’s nationally-verified Level I Trauma Center. MCNH boasts the only Level I Trauma Center in the state nationally verified by the American College of Surgeons.

  • Georgia Touts Another Year as a Leader in International Trade

    February 22, 2017

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development released Georgia’s 2016 trade numbers, which reinforce the states position as a front-runner in the global economy and as a leader in international trade.

  • BTV Systems Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary in Middle Georgia

    February 14, 2017

    BTV Systems is excited to celebrate 50 years of business. The company was founded in 1967 as Bloomfield TV, a consumer and industrial electronics service facility before quickly evolving into a security company and security systems integrator.

  • 29th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt Highlights Southwest Georgia

    February 09, 2017

    Just weeks after two tornados tore through Southwest Georgia, the region played host to the 29th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt, one of the premier economic development events in the nation and the largest for that corner of the state.

  • Latest Survey Results for The Georgia Climate Index Suggest Major Shift in Outlook for Future Business Conditions

    February 07, 2017

    The results of the fourth quarter Georgia CEO survey suggests that Georgia business leaders feel more optimistic about the current business conditions in Georgia compared to the previous surveys. The purpose of the surveys is to better understand how general business conditions are impacting Georgia CEO subscribers on a quarterly basis. Georgia CEO partners with the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), a member of the College of Business at Georgia Southern University, to prepare, distribute and analyze the survey.

  • Matthew Michael: 3 Ways to Make your Business Goals Stick

    February 02, 2017

    If you’ve ever made goals for your business or for your life, you know how difficult they are to keep. You also know the joy that comes when you complete your goals and the stress and frustration that comes when you fail to make progress. The year slips by so quickly and without a plan in place to make your goals stick, you will likely find yourself at the end of the year wondering where all the time went.

  • Michael Chalmers: Is Money All that Employees Care About?

    February 01, 2017

    Like the Kardashians or a Super Bowl quarterback, the superstars of workplace perks make headline news. Unlimited vacation policies, free food, games and napping rooms may be enviable, but not every employer either can or may even want to offer these types of enticements to lure great employees. The good news is that employees are okay with that. In the absence of over-the-top perks, what else do employees want? Spherion has been asking that question for nearly 20 years. The findings of its Emerging Workforce Study tell us that what employees really want is fair compensation, career mobility, flexibility and integrity.

  • Blue Bird Awarded $4.4M to Develop Electric School Bus

    January 30, 2017

    In December of 2016, the Department of Energy announced that they would be awarding $15M to organizations in an effort to accelerate the adoption of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles. Blue Bird Corporation, a bus manufacturer located in Fort Valley, GA, was presented the largest amount at $4.4M in order to develop a zero-emissions, 100% V2G electric school bus.

  • Mercer Innovation Center, SparkMacon to Launch Start-Up Land Business Development Program for Middle Georgia Community

    January 30, 2017

    Mercer Innovation Center and SparkMacon are partnering to offer Start-Up Land, a business development program that is free and open to the public, designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who find themselves in the space between an initial idea and an actual business.

  • Historic Macon Seeks Neighborhood Input

    January 23, 2017

    Historic Macon Foundation will host a Neighborhood Incubator public meeting on Tuesday, January 24 capturing public input on how to improve and strengthen Macon’s neighborhoods. Discussion from the meeting will facilitate a neighborhood training program developed by University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for development of Leadership Development. The Neighborhood Incubator project is funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • Robins Air Force Base Reaches New Heights with FieldTurf

    January 19, 2017

    Airmen at Robins Air Force Base will now train and compete on the world’s leading artificial turf. This month the Georgia military base inaugurated a renovated outdoor field that showcases FieldTurf’s Classic HD system.

  • Leadership Georgia Announces 2017 Class & Programs

    January 19, 2017

    The Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees recently announced the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia. Sixty-three participants were selected from a pool of several hundred candidates. With a principal focus on “Georgia A State of Mind,” the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia will travel to Brasstown Valley, Jesup, Jekyll Island, Perry and Brasselton.

  • Georgia Employers’ Association Announces Managerial Leadership Workshop Series

    January 13, 2017

    Georgia Employers’ Association and the Focus Group are pleased to announce the 2017 schedule for the five session workshop series, Leadership that Enhances Organizational Results. The course is designed for organizational leaders, managers, and supervisors who want to improve their ability to achieve business results and meet their performance objectives.

  • Georgia Chamber Eggs and Issues: Government Leaders Optimistically Address Initiatives, State’s Future

    January 11, 2017

    Georgia’s top elected officials addressed their priorities and proposals to nearly 2,000 attendees at the Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast,” on Tuesday. The meeting coincided with the 2017 state legislative session opening this week.

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