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  • Curt Fowler: Minimizing Small Business Taxes in 2018

    December 05, 2018

    Your business exists to serve a human need. The better you meet that need the more you grow, the more people you can serve and employ and the more lives you can change. That is the beauty of capitalism. Don’t let minimizing taxes distract you from maximizing value.

  • #GivingTuesday 2018 Was Another Record Day of Generosity for Georgia

    December 05, 2018

    This November, we asked Georgia to #showyourlove for nonprofits, and our state came together in a record outpouring of generosity and community spirit. Today, we are thrilled to report that our second GAgives on #GivingTuesday campaign netted a grand total of $7.8 million in donations to our state's nonprofits – an increase of 15% from 2017 – including gifts of nearly $3.4 million through GAgives.org, and another $4.4 million across two dozen other donation platforms.

  • Report: Georgia’s Colleges and Universities Generate $16.8B Economic Impact

    December 04, 2018

    In 2017, the University System of Georgia had a $16.8 billion economic impact on the state of Georgia.. The report also found that the USG created 163,754 jobs last year, and 2.2 of those jobs were created for every one USG job in an institution’s home town.

  • First Lady Sandra Deal Completes 1,000th School Visit

    December 03, 2018

    First Lady Sandra Deal was joined by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs to visit The Academy Child Development Center in Oakwood, marking Mrs. Deal’s 1,000th school visit since Gov. Nathan Deal took office in 2011.

  • Consumers are ready to Spend This Holiday, but not Necessarily at the Stores

    November 29, 2018

    Holiday shoppers are more than prepared to buy in force this year. The only question is who will capture their dollars. Three out of four consumers (76 percent) plan to spend as much or more than they did last year, but, according to A.T. Kearney's 2018 Holiday Shopping Survey.

  • Korean Battery Manufacturer to Create More Than 2,000 Jobs in Georgia

    November 28, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that SK innovation, a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, is estimated to create more than 2,000 jobs and invest $1.67 billion in a new manufacturing plant in Jackson County in the long term.

  • South Georgia PRSA Chapter Hosts “Leveraging Your Social Responsibility” Thursday

    November 27, 2018

    The South Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will host “Leveraging Your Social Responsibility: How to Integrate Community Engagement into Your Organization’s Public Relations Strategy,” ‪on Thursday.

  • Leadership Lowndes Announces Class of 2019

    November 26, 2018

    The Leadership Lowndes Board of Trustees is proud to announce the Leadership Lowndes Class of 2019. The 2019 Leadership Lowndes Class members consist of a variety of local professions with differing backgrounds.

  • AT&T Names Venessa Harrison President-Georgia

    November 16, 2018

    Venessa Harrison has been named new state president for AT&T in Georgia. With over three decades of experience with AT&T and its predecessor companies, Harrison comes to Georgia after serving as AT&T-North Carolina’s state president since 2013. She succeeds Bill Leahy, who recently announced his retirement after a nearly-four decade career with AT&T.

  • Amazon Selects New York City and Northern Virginia for New Headquarters

    November 14, 2018

    Amazon announced that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for the company’s new headquarters. Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington.

  • Corporate Travel Pros Rank Delta No. 1 in Business Travel News Airline Survey for 8th Straight Year

    November 13, 2018

    For a record eighth consecutive year, the corporate travel community has ranked Delta No. 1 among U.S. airlines in the annual Business Travel News Airline Survey.

  • Sen. Isakson: Significant Victories for Veterans

    November 12, 2018

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, delivered remarks on the Senate floor on October 11th highlighting the Senate’s significant bipartisan victories on behalf of our nation’s veterans and to honor our veterans ahead of Veterans Day.

  • Small Business Optimism Reaches Post-Recession High Amid Continued Growth and Strong Economic Conditions

    November 12, 2018

    Continued growth and a strong economy have small business optimism reaching post-recession highs, particularly among male business owners, according to Capital One's latest Small Business Growth Index, a biannual survey of 500 small business owners gauging sentiment related to the economy, business conditions and plans for growth.

  • Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone Recognized as Top Zone in U.S. for Second Consecutive Year

    November 11, 2018

    Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone announced that it was awarded the “Top Free Zones Award” by Site Selection magazine for the second consecutive year. GFTZ, which is consistently increasing its client base, was chosen for this recognition following a confidential global survey of more than 1,000 supply chain executives and site selection consultants.

  • University System of Georgia Enrollment Increases to All-Time High

    November 08, 2018

    Fall 2018 enrollment in the University System of Georgia’s (USG) 26 colleges and universities totaled 328,712 students, an increase of 1.1 percent (or 3,509 more students) over the previous year. This fall’s enrollment continues a five-year trend of modest increases in student enrollment in the USG.

  • The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Announces List of State's 10 'Places in Peril'

    November 08, 2018

    The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released its 2019 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state.

  • Tickets Available for the 2019 Southeastern Credit Union Business Outlook Breakfast

    November 07, 2018

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce will host the 2019 Southeastern Credit Union Business Outlook Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 10th, at the Rainwater Conference Center. A highlight event for business leaders, the annual Southeastern Credit Union Business Outlook Breakfast provides a forecast of the year’s economic conditions at the local, state, and federal levels.

  • Georgia’s Top Food Product Contest Ready for another Year of Delicious Food and Friendly Competition

    November 07, 2018

    From pimiento cheese to prosciutto, Georgians take their food seriously. And they make some seriously good food. Each year the University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest highlights the state's burgeoning Georgia-made food industry and helps separate the great products from the good ones.

  • Site Selection Ranks Georgia’s Business Climate No. 1 for Sixth Straight Year

    November 06, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s business climate has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the sixth consecutive year by Site Selection, a leading economic development trade publication. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first state to hold this ranking for six consecutive years under leadership by the same governor.

  • SBA Kicks off National Veterans Small Business Week November 5th-9th

    November 05, 2018

    The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 5-9.

  • Georgia Chamber Launches Georgia Chamber SMART Plan

    November 02, 2018

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, launched the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan, a new comprehensive health program that offers rate stability and potential savings for groups with 2 to 50 eligible employees.

  • Will Bentley Named President of the Georgia Agribusiness Council

    October 31, 2018

    GAC is pleased to announce that Will Bentley has agreed to become the President of the Georgia Agribusiness Council effective November 1st.

  • Corporate Giving Increased for a Third Consecutive Year, Up 15% Since 2015

    October 31, 2018

    In the largest, most robust, industry-leading and internationally-recognized research of corporate social investment, CECP: The CEO Force for Good, in association with The Conference Board, found in their annual Giving in Numbers: 2018 Edition report that leading corporations are intensifying efforts to meet key societal needs around the world.

  • Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority Approves Development Agreements

    October 26, 2018

    At their regularly scheduled monthly board meeting, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority Board of Directors voted on and approved two development agreements that benefit the growth of local existing industries.

  • South Georgia Chapter PRSA: Creating a Strategic Plan That Brings Success Ocotber 30th

    October 25, 2018

    While most companies and organizations have a written strategic plan, often those plans are sitting on a shelf gathering dust. SMART Strategic Planning + Strategies for a Successful Outcome is the topic of the Oct. 30th meeting of the South Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

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