The Award Winning Monthly Newsletter
of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
December 2011
Chamber News
Carroll Chamber
receives state
Chairman.Robie York
Prater & York LLC
Chairman-Elect.Leonard Woolsey
Vice Chairman.Gary Leftwich
Treasurer.Kathy Yates
Georgia Power
Past Chairman.Dr. Faye McIntyre
Richards College of Business.UWG
Sue Bloodworth City of Mt. Zion
Amy Brown State Farm Insurance
Ben Butler Tanner Medical Center
Mark Camp Advantage Office Solutions
Casey Coleman City of Carrollton
Jay Collins City of Villa Rica
Kent Edwards Carrollton City Schools
Ann Fazio Garrett, Stephens, Thomas & Fazio PC
Rick Ford City of Temple
Mark Foster Walker Cadillac-Buick-GMC
Lucy Gamble City of Whitesburg
Chris Gammon Printpack
Tom Hall Southern Sales & Marketing
April Harris The Squire Shop
Mark Herring Addison Smith Mechanical Contractors
Gary Hewitt Southland Insurance Agency
Tammy Hughes BB&T Bank
Chip Jakins Carroll EMC
Wayne Johnson ESW Investment Company
Anita Jones West Georgia Technical College
Heidi McGuire The Town Planner
Jimmy Meigs City of Bowdon
Steve Minor Tisinger Vance PC
Derick Newton Edward Jones Investment
Trent North Carroll County Commission
Alicia Michael Carrollton Collision Center
Ann Newman Bank of North Georgia
Jason Newman Die-Tech
Tim Warren United Community Bank
Larry Wood City of Villa Rica
2011 Board of Directors
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to over 800 Chamber members and community leaders.
200 Northside Drive, Carrollton, Georgia 30117
Phone: 770-832-2446
Fax: (770) 832-1300
Carroll County
Chamber of Commerce.
fostering a dynamic business
and community environment .
Daniel Jackson . President & CEO daniel@carroll-ga.org
Brian Dill . Vice President, Economic Development & Global Commerce brian@carroll-ga.org
Donna Armstrong Lackey . Vice President, Business Development & Community Relations donna@carroll-ga.org
Suzy Montalto . Director, Accounting & Administrative Services suzy@carroll-ga.org
Suzy McCorkel . Director, Programs & Events suzymc@carroll-ga.org
Cara Welch . Membership Recruitment & Sales Associate cara@carroll-ga.org
Joan Finch . Information Specialist & Drugs Donft Work Coordinator joan@carroll-ga.org
Kathy Walker Rupp . Administrative Assistant, The Burson Center burson@carroll-ga.org
Staff Directory
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lence in chamber management. Over the past year,
the Chamber Executive Committee, president Daniel
Jackon and Chamber staff, led by Suzy Montalto, Director
of Accounting & Administrative Services, have
been capturing documentation to illustrate the checks
and balances that are in place for the successful administration
of the Carroll Chamber.
The Carroll Chamber will be submitting application
to the US Chamber in 2012 for national accreditation.
gThis is not about awards and recognition, it is about
insuring that our Chamber is the best it can be to better
serve our members,h says Jackson.
Chamber awarded organizational accreditation
The Carroll County
Chamber of Commerce
has received the Certificate
of Accreditation by
the Georgia Association
of Chamber of Commerce
Executives. During
the GACCE Leadership
conference in Cohutta
Springs, Georgia,
Carroll Chamber chairelect,
Leonard Woolsey,
accepted the award from the GACCE chair-elect Kali
This award is in recognition of organizational excelPlatinum
Thank you 2011 Forward Carroll Sponsors!
AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA/AgSouth Mortgages
Decostar Industries, Inc.
Prater & York, LLC
West Georgia Technical College
Milestone Investment Management, LLC
American Sign Depot, Inc.
Edward Jones Investments.Fred O'Neal
Fairfield Plantation Property Owners Assoc.
First Baptist Church, Carrollton
Garrett, Stephens, Thomas & Fazio PC
Grant $$$$$ for You!
Hannah Electric Co.
Janus International
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Upcoming Events
December 1.5:00-6:30pm
Young Professionals Network
@ Irish Bred Pub
December 2
Chamber Spirit Visit
December 6.5:00-7:00pm
Networking After Hours
@ Milestone Investment
December 7.8:30am
Ambassador Committee
@ Chamber
December 8.7:30am
Membership Breakfast
@ UWG.Z-6
December 12.11:30am
Chamber Board Meeting
@ Chamber
December 15.8:00am
Chamber 101
@ Chamber
Chamber will be Closed:
Dec. 23-26 & January 2
January 14.6:30pm
Chamber Annual Dinner
@ UWG.Campus Ballroom
January 18.11:30am-1:00pm
Business Success Luncheon -
Hiring Right from the Start
@ Burson Center
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The 2009 Carroll Leadership Academy alumni recently gathered
for a reunion.pictured l to r: Derick Newton, Edward
Jones Investments, Vicki Hardin, UWG, Jacqueline Dost,
Keep Carroll Beautiful, Jay Trawick, Jay Trawick Landscape
Design, Ben Butler, Tanner Health System and Joe Tyus
Duncan, Certus Bank.
The Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently
graduated the 2011 class of area business and development
professionals including Carroll County participants Kurt Kraft,
chairman of the Villa Rica Development Authority and Ryan
Roenigk , owner of ROENIGK Digital Craft. Graduates from
the Region 4 Multi-Day Training Program. were provided an
opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities
of economic and community development on the local, regional,
and state levels.
The 2011 Farm-City Week harvest dinner highlighted this
yearfs honorees, Wendell Hoomes, Special award for volunteerism;
Sue Horn, Business award for Star News; and, Roger
Harrod, Agri-business award for Georgia Deer Farm. Farm-
City Week recognizes the partnerships between the rural and
city business community and support of Carroll Countyfs
unique resources.
West Georgia Cycling, a mobile bicycle repair business, celebrated
their start-up with a ribbon cutting with Chamber volunteers
and friends.
GA Academy grads Farm-City Week Awards
Ribbon cutting Leadership alumni
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West Georgia Cycling
Adam Alvord
213 River Ridge Drive
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 678-476-4974
Email: adamalvord@att.net
Category: Bicycle sales and service
Caldwell Sales, Inc.
Kelly or Leisel Caldwell
18285 Hwy. 431
Wedowee, AL 36278
Phone: 877-959-5253
Email: kellyandleisel@ilovelakewedowee.com
Website: www.lakewedoweelife.com
Category: Tourism
West Georgia Travel
Leslie Anderson
547 Newnan St.
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 770-836-8200
Email: leslieanderson@vacation.com
Website: www.westgatravel.net
Category: Travel
McKinley & Son Jewelry
Larry Glass
1517 South Hwy. 27
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 678-664-0490
Email: sales@mckinleyandson.com
Category: Jewelry & Pawn
Blue Steakhouse
Ernie Robinson
104 Adamson Square
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 770-838-5559
Email: blue.steakhouse@gmail.com
Website: www.bluesteakhouse.com
Category: Restaurant
Chris Dameran
1819 Four Notch Rd.
Carrollton, GA
Phone: 770-862-9089 or 770-621-6679
Email: chris.dameran@c-w-c.com
Website: www.c-w-c.com
Category: Furniture Sales
The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis
Susan Trigger
690 Dallas Hwy. Ste. 201
Villa Rica, GA 30180
Phone: 678-840-8446
Email: info@npcatlantis.com
Website: www.mpcatlantis.com
Category: Physician
FORP Travel
Precious White
P.O. Box 1207
Villa Rica, GA 30180
Phone: 770-459-7055
Email: info@forptravelclub.com
Website: www.forptravelclub.com
Category: Travel
Shadrix Lane, P.C.
G. Gregory Shadrix
414 College St.
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 770-830-0809
Email: awood@shadrixlane.com
Website: www.shadrixlane.com
Category: Attorney
Western Inn
Hohit Patel
180 Centennial Drive
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 706-260-9495
Email: hohit_patel19*60@yahoo.com
Category: Motel
Barnhart Crane & Rigging
David Stephens
300 Burns Park Rd.
Gadsden, AL 35903
Phone: 259-492-1102
Email: dstephens@barnhartcrane.com
Website: www.barnhartcrane.com
Category: Crane Service
Welcome to our new members!
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Workforce Education
Award of Excellence
The Carroll Chamber Workforce Education
Committee is accepting nominations of
a worthy individual to receive the 2011
Award of Excellence. The nominee must
demonstrate generous commitment to
improving workforce competitiveness in
Carroll County; furthering the
pursuit of educational excellence in their
business and/or personal activities; and,
encouraging and/or supporting other
organizations to undertake workforce
education improvement efforts.
Please submit your Nomineefs name and
contact information by Dec. 7 to
Suzy McCorkel, suzymc@carroll-ga.org
or by fax to (770) 832-1300.
Thank you to our renewing
Abra Auto Body and Glass
All About Animals Veterinary Services
American Sign Depot
Bruce Solutions
Carroll County CASA
Clear Channel Radio
Greg Cooks Fine Jewelry and Diamonds
Harvest Your Dreams Travel
Indulge Salon and Day Spa
J & R Tire, Inc.
Linco Properties
Mellow Mushroom
Office Ink Plus
Off-Road Innovations, Inc
Olive Tree
Paul Davis Emergency Services
Sonic Americafs Drive-In
Southland Insurance Agency
Sportsplex Health and Athletic Club
Unleash the Pawsitive
West Georgia Mobile Hydraulic, Inc.
Wyndham at Fairfield Plantation
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Volunteer TODAY!
Literacy is for Today and Tomorrow
In support of a
brighter future for the
residents of
Carroll County!
Volunteer with LIFT Today
Call Laura Miller (678)890-2357
An abused or neglected
child needs your strength.
Become a
Court Appointed
Special Advocate!
P.O. Box 310
Carrollton, GA 30112
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One in six workplace deaths, and
one in four workplace injuries,
involve drugs or alcohol use. By
implementing clear rules regarding
drug use and communicating the
consequences of using drugs or
alcohol during work, drug use as
well as the number of work-related
accidents and injuries will
significantly decrease.
Over 77% of all illicit drug users are employed. Small and
medium-sized firms employ 80% of the U.S. workforce
where drug testing policies & programs are not in place.
Absenteeism, increased healthcare costs and decreased productivity
due to alcohol and other substance abuse costs your
company $1,000 per employee per year.
Georgia State and Federal contract and grant recipients must
certify that they maintain a drug-free workplace program
throughout the duration of the contract: (OCGA 50-24-3).
Do you know how much your workers compensation
insurance is? 7.5% of that could be staying in your
pocket. Learn how to become a Georgia certified gDrugs
Donft Workh company in 5 easy steps. Itfs a win-win, you
have a drug free business and save 7.5 %.
Call Joan for more information: 678-890-2352.
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Want a stronger presence with over 800 business connections?
Thank you for considering an enhanced investment in your Chamber.
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