April 2015 Features

  • Robins Regional Chamber Celebrates 4th Annual Chamber Week

    April 30, 2015

    The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Chamber Week, May 4th-8th; an initiative which showcases the role that the Chamber plays in the community by focusing on leadership development, community and government advocacy, education and networking.

  • Spring Time, the Perfect Season for Refinancing or Buying a New Home

    April 29, 2015

    If you have started spring cleaning and stumbled across your mortgage documents, now may be a good time to consider refinancing. Interest rates on home loans continue to remain at an all-time low, and this also applies to new home purchases. State Bank & Trust Vice President Leigh Hartley advises homeowners to assess how long they plan to stay in the home and if the savings will outweigh the cost of refinancing.

  • Tickle Your Funny Bone: 20 Desk Toys for the Office

    April 29, 2015

  • KIA Motors VP to Speak at Manufacturers Appreciation Luncheon Thursday

    April 28, 2015

    The Macon Economic Development Commission and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon to recognize local manufacturers on Thursday April 30th. The keynote speaker for the luncheon will be J. Randy Jackson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc., who is from Macon.

  • Middle Georgia State, University of Northampton Sign Cooperative Agreement

    April 27, 2015

    Middle Georgia State and the University of Northampton, based in Northamptonshire, England, will exchange faculty and students and collaborate on research as part of an agreement established by leaders of both institutions.

  • AGL Resources Moves the Natural Gas Industry and the Economy Forward

    April 23, 2015

    Hank Linginfelter, Executive Vice President, Distribution Operations, articulates with ease the activities of AGL Resources, headquartered in Atlanta since 1856. “Every year we’re running pipes to new areas of the state. We want to serve customers reliably and safely. We want to keep costs low,” he says.

  • Macon Occupational Medicine Helps Businesses Maintain Worker Health and Safety

    April 22, 2015

    A healthy, safe workforce is a key ingredient for any successful business. Macon Occupational Medicine helps businesses of every size take steps to maintain the health and safety of their employees – from pre-employment physicals and drug testing to injury treatment and rehabilitation to worker's compensation compliance recordkeeping and reporting.

  • Mercer Trustees Approve Record Operating Budget, New Academic Programs

    April 20, 2015

    Mercer University’s Board of Trustees, meeting on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta, approved a record $237.1 million operating budget for 2015-16 and approved three new academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts.

  • Pete Tosh on Succession Planning: Turning Today’s Concerns into Tomorrow’s Readiness

    April 16, 2015

    Fortune 500 companies & small family businesses alike share a business need - insuring that they have the talent necessary to effectively lead their organizations in the future. One of the most significant contributions a leader can make is insuring his/her business’ continuity & sustainability - by having employees who are willing & capable of filling each key position with a plan for doing so when the need arises.

  • Q&A With GDEcD Director of Global Commerce Annie Baxter

    April 14, 2015

    In the first of a monthly series with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Director of Global Commerce for Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness & Food Annie Baxter discusses important transportation projects, innovations in logistics, and the economic development climate in Georgia.

  • Birch Achieves Record Breaking Organic Sales

    April 13, 2015

    Birch Communications, Inc., a leading nationwide provider of communications, network and cloud services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses, today announced it achieved record organic sales in the first quarter of 2015, achieving an overall sales increase of 113% compared to the first quarter of 2014.

  • Historic Macon Foundation Leading Macon’s Revitalization Efforts

    April 13, 2015

    When it comes to affecting change, some organizations roll up their sleeves and take matters into their own hands. This old saying couldn’t be more applicable than it is to what Historic Macon Foundation (HMF) does by preserving and restoring Macon’s historic sites and architecture.

  • Are Your Employees Getting Enough Sleep? (And if Not, Why Do You Care?)

    April 13, 2015

    It’s no secret to any harried entrepreneur that getting too little sleep has plenty of ill effects. But did you ever stop to think about the effect lack of sleep might be having on your employees. And, by extension, how that could be affecting your business?

  • Elite Environmental Services Builds Relationships for the Long Term

    April 09, 2015

    In business for 23 years, Elite Environmental Services has several customers who have been with the firm for 10 to15 years and one customer who has been there from the beginning. Long-term relationships are what the business is all about.

  • 2015 Georgia Chamber Red Carpet Tour Begins Today

    April 08, 2015

    The 2015 Georgia Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Tour kicks off today and runs through Saturday, April 11th. Twenty-four business leaders who are planning to locate or expand from throughout the nation and the world are participating in this year’s tour, which will visit the Governor’s Mansion, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and the Masters golf tournament in Augusta.

  • Career Women’s Network of Macon Presents 2015 Women in Leadership Luncheon

    April 07, 2015

    Career Women's Network of Macon (CWN) is pleased to present the “ 2015 Women in Leadership Luncheon” to be held Tuesday May 5th, 2015 at 11:45 am at the Macon Marriot City Center Hotel in Macon, GA. This year’s 2015 Women in Leadership Luncheon will feature Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, president & CEO of Navicent Health.

  • Michael Chalmers: Is Your Workforce Employed or Engaged?

    April 06, 2015

    In any random group, there is often someone with more energy, more spirit, more oomph than everyone else. That oomph factor is likely a sign of high engagement. In the workplace, engagement represents additional discretionary effort above and beyond what is typically expected of an employee. Middle Georgia Owner of Spherion Staffing Michael Chalmers shares some insight with us.

  • NewTown Macon and SCORE Host Entrepreneur’s Academy

    April 03, 2015

    The Entrepreneur’s Academy is a five-month course designed to develop and sharpen the knowledge of successful small business entrepreneurs. This program is geared to assist and mentor existing and future entrepreneurs in the Middle Georgia area. The academy curriculum will cover start-up basics, business concepts, marketing plans, financial projections, and funding sources.

  • FVSU President Ivelaw Griffith Announces Plans to Step Down

    April 02, 2015

    Fort Valley State University President Ivelaw Griffith has announced he will step down as president effective June 30, 2015.

  • Macon & Columbus Projects Advance in First Knight Cities Challenge

    April 01, 2015

    How do you choose 126 good ideas for cities from the more than 7,000 proposals submitted to the first Knight Cities Challenge? It wasn’t easy. But, as of today, 7 finalists from Columbus and Macon were chosen to submit final applications in three weeks with more details about their ideas.