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OCT 25 - Business Buzzzzz

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce has launched its newly designed Web site, The new site adds more features and a fresh look that reflects the breadth of our community, while assisting area businesses, residents and newcomers in staying current of developments in the city's business, government and networking opportunities.

"Currently, our 2,100 diverse member businesses, large and small, influence Chamber programs and work together to enhance the economic climate of the Savannah Area for business growth and quality of life through excellence in programming, services and marketing," according to Bill Hubbard, president and CEO of the Savannah Chamber. " includes a complete list of Chamber member companies, a business calendar of events, as well as information about the Chamber's many programs, initiatives and networking opportunities."

Other features of the new site include a For Members section, an Economic Development section, a Public Policy section and more. Please contact Susan Smith for information about joining and being listed on by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 912-644-6434.


Kudos also to Hannah Byrne, owner and chief creative officer of Smack Dab Studios, who was recently featured in Georgia Trend’s prestigious “40 Under 40” issue. Byrne is one of only two Savannah-area individuals included in “40 Under 40: Georgia’s Best and Brightest,” which appears in Georgia Trend’s October 2010 issue.

The class of 2010 was selected from more than 300 nominations. Honorees represent business leaders from across Georgia who are under the age of 40 and have a record of impacting their profession, community and state.

“I am extremely honored to be a part of such an elite group of state-wide leaders,” said Byrne. “I feel fortunate to have an incredible team of talented and progressive thinkers to support me in all of Smack Dab’s innovative endeavors.”

Smack Dab Studios is known as the area’s premier go-to Web site development company, graphic design firm and knowledge-based virtual company. Smack Dab’s latest project includes developing an interactive, multi-media Web site that integrates the Georgia Historical Society’s comprehensive historical marker database with features such as GPS coordinates, Google Maps and a customized driving tour of the state’s historical markers.


Good news from the Jani-King corporate offices. Jani-King of Savannah has been named the #1 city for annual growth out of all 87 Jani-King regional offices throughout the entire United States. It is  also #2 in franchise sales per capita for all 87 regions nationwide.


The Coastal Bank has launched a community-wide initiative to raise money for the USO’s Operation Phone Home, which provides pre-paid phone cards to deployed military personnel to call loved ones while away from their families this holiday season.

“The small things make a big difference in the daily lives of the men and women of the armed forces,” said Mitchell Bush, president of USO of Georgia – Savannah. “These phone cards serve as an indication that we’re not forgetting what our soldiers go through. It’s a great way to brighten their holidays.”

Members of the public are invited to join The Coastal Bank and the USO in connecting deployed soldiers from the Coastal Empire and the Lowcountry to their loved ones during the holidays. A $5 donation with a personalized message will provide a soldier with a phone card to call home. Cards will be given to deployed members of the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Naval Reserve in December.

Members of the public can purchase a card online at or visit any of following Coastal Bank locations to make a donation to USO Operation Phone Home

“This is a small but important way for us to express our thanks to our brave troops,” said Tom Wiley, chairman, president and CEO of The Coastal Bank. “We appreciate their selfless service to our nation and hope they will return home safely.”


Jamie Deen, will host the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk Festival for Down Syndrome Awareness.

"I was raised with a real sense of community from my parents," says Deen, who will be leading the Buddy Walk for the second time. "And I just have a special place in my heart for children."

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23 in Forsyth Park, this year will be the fifth annual Buddy Walk, a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and costs $12 per person or $40 per family of four (price includes t-shirt, food, and festival activities).

The walk kicks off at 10:30 a.m., and the festival is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. A variety of entertainment will be available at the festival, such as live music, bouncy rides, train rides, carnival games, bake sales, and much more. Online registration for the Buddy Walk Festival is taking place at, or register by calling John or Candy Bogardus at 912-728-8505.


The Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity will launch its annual fundraising campaign and commemorate World Habitat Day on Saturday, Oct. 23 with Habitat Savannah Day at ReStore Savannah. The day's events will center around this year's theme, "What Will YOU Build?"

Parents and children are invited to experience Habitat Savannah Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Habitat Savannah's ReStore located at 1900 Victory Drive in McAlpin Square. Volunteers from SCAD will host children's activities to include: "If I had a hammer, I would build..." sketches of their dream homes, creating origami houses, decorating paper hammers, recycling project ideas, tool box building and story time readings.

SCAD students will also be creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces by merging various items sold at ReStore Savannah. Adults and children can vote for their favorite creation.

Adults can also take part in demonstrations, such as How to Convert Your High Flow Toilet to a Low Flow, presented by our ReStore experts.
In addition to Habitat Savannah Day events at the ReStore, volunteers from the local chapter of the United States Green Building Council will be working at Habitat Savannah's construction site located on Temple Street from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Habitat Savannah Day's goal is to educate Savannahians of all ages as to the urgent need for simple, decent and affordable housing throughout our city. Habitat Savannah will be seeking monetary donations Oct. 23, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011. Teams of volunteers led by Habitat Savannah's board and staff will reach out to the community to accomplish its goal of $30,000. Habitat Savannah is asking our fellow citizens- "What will YOU build?"- as we try to meet the housing needs of our 1100 applicants. With the community's help, Habitat Savannah can increase its home production by one more home in 2011. Habitat Savannah's goal is to build 10 homes annually beginning in 2012. Currently due to budget constraints, Habitat Savannah is building five homes per year.

It is Habitat Savannah's mission to eliminate poverty housing while building stronger families, establishing stable communities and creating a better world.

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