• 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.

  • UGA President, Mayor Reichert Discuss Collaborations and Future Partnerships

    January 05, 2017

    A meeting with Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert was an opportunity for University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead to learn more about the assistance the university provided Macon-Bibb before, during and after its government consolidation.

  • MEDC & MBCIA Reach New Economic Development Agreement

    January 04, 2017

    The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority and the Macon Economic Development Commission announce that the two groups have signed an agreement to restructure the Economic Development Team for Macon-Bibb County, that will be effective January 1st.

  • Matthew Michael on Planning for Next Year: How 30 Business Owners Set & Achieve Their Goals

    December 15, 2016

    We interact with hundreds of business owners and executive leaders each year and if you give us more than 10 minutes, the conversation will veer toward the goals for their business and ours. For most of us, we go to sleep and wake up thinking about our businesses. Today’s article will discuss the importance of creating a primary focus for the coming year and explore a few strategies for maintaining and achieving that focus.

  • Columbus State University and Middle Georgia State University Team Up to Host Program for Emerging and Front-line Leaders

    December 13, 2016

    The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University and Middle Georgia State University have teamed up to host “How Deep is Your Bench? Leadership Excellence Certification for Rookie Leaders,” a series of programs for front-line managers and emerging leaders in Middle Georgia.

  • UGA President, Mayor Reichert Discuss Collaborations and Future Partnerships

    December 08, 2016

    A meeting with Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert was an opportunity for University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead to learn more about the assistance the university provided Macon-Bibb before, during and after its government consolidation.

  • Latest Round of Grants Awarded to Launch Great Ideas for Downtown Macon

    December 07, 2016

    The Community Foundation of Central Georgia today announced the second round of funded projects from the Downtown Challenge, a three-year, $3 million grant program funding community-driven ideas to transform Downtown Macon, also known as the city’s urban core that stretches from the central business district to surrounding historic neighborhoods.

  • Michael Chalmers: Laying the Groundwork for Successful Hiring

    December 05, 2016

    Build a deck with a hammer alone? Paint a brilliant sunset with only one color? Set a holiday table with nothing more than a turkey? Not likely! Nor does it make sense to rely on a single element to guarantee success in finding that perfect job candidate to fill out a team.

  • 24th Annual Reindeer Run & Santa Stroll Scheduled for December 3rd

    December 01, 2016

    The 24th Annual Reindeer Run & Santa Stroll – benefiting Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health – will take place on Saturday, December 3rd. Funds from the race will support Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health’s “Healthy Me” childhood obesity program.

  • How to Train Temporary Workers During the Busy Holiday Season

    December 01, 2016

    Many businesses hire additional workers during the holiday season to help with increased demand. This year, retailers are expected to employ between 640,000 and 690,000 temporary workers, according to the National Retail Federation. Improperly trained temporary hires can present workplace safety risks. A 2014 study conducted by Travelers Insurance found that 28% of injuries happen within the first year of employment.

  • Greater Macon Chamber and Macon EDC Announce 2016 Business & Industry Awards

    November 17, 2016

    The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and the Macon Economic Development Commission announce the winners of the 2016 Business and Industry of the Year Awards. Qualifying businesses are evaluated on their economic impact to Central Georgia, as well as their corporate citizenship and volunteer activities.

  • Georgia Manufacturing Summit Keynote Speakers Tout Good-to-Great Experiences

    November 17, 2016

    As keynote speakers at the recent 2016 Georgia Manufacturing Summit in Atlanta, two prominent Georgia manufacturing executives provided good-to-great, real-life examples, strategies, and personal business philosophies to over 500 attendees.

  • 8 Tips for Retailers When Dealing with the Holiday Labor Shortage

    November 11, 2016

    With unemployment rates dropping and retail wages rising, small retailers who need seasonal holiday employees are facing stiff competition from big retailers this year, Monster.com reports. Adding to the crunch, since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, more consumers are projected to head to brick-and-mortar stores for last-minute gifts since they won’t be able to get products shipped fast enough. That means more customers and potentially less help. How can your business successfully compete for retail employees at this critical time of year? First tip: Start hiring now.

  • M&R Marketing: How to Create & Implement a Digital Marketing Strategy

    November 07, 2016

    As a business in today’s digital landscape, you are likely allocating a significant portion of your advertising budget toward online ad channels. With a heavy focus on digital, it’s important to establish a marketing strategy to ensure that you are focused on the correct channels and making the largest impact possible.

  • MGA Designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

    November 02, 2016

    Middle Georgia State University recently earned designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The University was granted this designation by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency who jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program.

  • Gary Wheat Selected as New Macon CVB CEO

    November 01, 2016

    The Macon Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce Gary Wheat as its new President and CEO, effective January 3rd. Wheat will relocate from Aurora, Colorado, where he has served as President/CEO of Visit Aurora, a destination marketing organization he launched in 2010. Wheat has led four CVBs, two of which he launched, and has been successful in developing innovative approaches to growing tax revenues and creating tourism products.

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