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MARCH 14: Business Buzzzzz

TailsSpin, a local Savannah pet supply store, has been awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®.  TailsSpin emerged as one of the 75 top small businesses amongst the nationwide applicants for the 2011 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award.

As a Blue Ribbon Award winner, TailsSpin is entered into the running for the Community Excellence Award.  This award is designed to highlight a business that has found success in the eyes of its community.  “We are so very honored and humbled to be representing our amazing Savannah community.  We truly feel Savannah is the only city where we are able to fulfill TailsSpin’s mission, building a community that bridges together pets, pet owners, pet rescue agencies, and the local government agencies,” commented Jeffrey Manley and Jusak Yang Bernhard, co-owners of TailsSpin.


The Richmond Hill City Center has officially been named a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified project by the United States Green Building Council.

Receiving several points over the qualification standards set by the USGBC, the collaborative efforts of sustainability by JT Turner Construction, Dawson Architects, 4PM Community Development Partners, and the city of Richmond Hill resulted in this important recognition.

“The Richmond Hill City Center’s LEED Certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and this project serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”


The organizers of TEDxCreativeCoast have announced that the second TEDxCreativeCoast will be held Friday, May 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.

Based on the theme “Inspiring Innovation,” TEDxCreativeCoast is now accepting submissions for the most fascinating and engaging speakers to present their forward-thinking ideas and discuss their passions, visions and ideas for Savannah and the world, all in 18 minutes or less. Presentations will be recorded and shared online at www.tedxcreativecoast. com and could appear on Submissions for speakers are due March 30.
To apply to be, or to nominate, a speaker at TEDxCreativeCoast, or for more information about TEDxCreativeCoast visit or


On March 10, Hon. Judge Tammy Cox-Stokes swore in Joseph J. Steffen Jr. as the chairman of the Chatham County Elections Board. This is the first time in recent memory the two Democrats and two Republicans elected to that board were able to unanimously select a chairman the last being Dick Richardson a generation ago. Steffen is currently the director of legal and government relations for Savannah State University. He is a Graduate of Wake Forest University and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law (William & Mary). He previously served as chair of the Savannah Historic Review Board and as a two-term city councilman. Steffen and his wife, Janet, live in Baldwin Park with their children, Amelie and Liam.


Hats off to EMC Engineering, a local civil engineering and surveying consulting firm with six other offices state-wide and which is partnering with the Cell Phones for Soliders program. EMC is calling on all Americans to support More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas by donating your unused cell phones.  Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect over 1 million cell phones this year to help keep troops connected with their families.

“Over the past few years, we have been amazed by the generosity of others.  But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue.” Says Brittany Bergqist, Cell Phone for Soldiers co-founder.  “It is easy for Americans to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their unused cell phones, and providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas.”

Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their phones at EMC Engineering Services, Inc. drop off locations which include:
• The corporate office:  #23 E. Charlton Street (corner of Drayton and Charlton Streets downtown)
• 1 Wiley Bottom Road at the Landings

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass with $21 of their own money.  Since then, the registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has raised millions of dollars in donations and distributed millions of prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

Donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone – the money is used to purchase prepaid calling cards which are sent to the troops.

EMC will have a booth in front of the building located at #23 East Charlton St. on St. Patrick’s Day.  Anyone donating a cell phone at the booth on St. Patrick’s Day will receive a ticket for admittance to use the facilities at our downtown location during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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