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Aug. 16 - Critz Tybee Run Fest To Donate $53,000 to Local Charities Following 2019 Race

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 16, 2019 - Following another successful annual race, Critz Tybee Run Fest recently announced that an estimated $53,000 will be donated to local non-profit organizations that foster education and healthy lifestyles for children and teens. All funds that will make up the donations were raised from sponsorships, advertising, and race entry fees from the 11th Annual Critz Tybee Run Fest held this past February.

After last year’s 10th annual race, Critz Tybee Run Fest celebrated a monumental milestone- having raised and donated more than half a million dollars for children’s non-profit organizations in the Tybee Island/Savannah community since the race’s inception. 

The race’s unique 2-day format, combining 5 races to total a 26.2-mile marathon distance, and race courses that highlight some of Tybee Island’s most historic landmarks attract a large number of supporters and race contestants each year. Races included a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 2.8 Mile Beach Run, and 1 Mile race, along with a 1/7 Mile Kiddie Run for the smallest participants. 

For the first time in the race’s history, Critz Tybee Run Fest created a unique t-shirt design for runners that participated in all five races, totaling a full marathon. Those participants now have something to proudly wear to remember their specific 2019 race accomplishments. 

To become part of the 2020 Critz Tybee Run Fest or for more information, please visit the Critz Tybee Run Fest website at

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Aug. 16 - Stay cool, save money as summer heat wave hits Georgia

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 16, 2019 - With a summer heat wave upon Georgia, Georgia Power urges customers to take action to minimize the impact of higher temperatures and increased energy use on electric bills. The company is committed to providing information and choices that give customers the options they need to reduce energy use and save money every day.

Tips, Tools & Resources

Georgia Power offers tips, tools and resources that can help all customers save money and energy during the heat of summer, and throughout the year. Hundreds of easy energy tips, whether you own a home or rent, are available at The website also includes access to a free online energy checkup and a variety of rebates plus incentives for both homes and businesses.

Simple summer tips to save money and energy include setting manual thermostats to 78 degrees in the summer for peak efficiency and make the most of programmable thermostats, which help decrease energy use based on your lifestyle. Also, it’s very important to have your air conditioner professionally serviced now to ensure it's running efficiently. Change filters and trim plants around outside units so they can receive proper air flow.

Additionally, Georgia Power’s My Power Usage program, a free service-connected to Georgia Power online accounts, allows customers to track their daily energy use online, project their monthly bill and stay within a set energy budget. 

Conduct a Rate Plan Review

Georgia Power offers a variety of flexible and customizable rate plans to fit every lifestyle. Ensuring that you are on the most economical rate plan for your use is one of the most effective ways to keep your energy costs low.

Customers can explore Georgia Power rate plans at, including:

  • Smart Usage – This plan can provide savings by implementing small changes in how and when you use electricity. Electric appliances such as clothes dryers, ovens and dishwashers are some of the biggest energy users and, by using these appliances at different times, you can reduce your monthly energy bill.
  • FlatBill® – This plan offers a 12-month fixed contract price that does not fluctuate when your power usage does – eliminating surprises and preventing higher bills during the summer months.  
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) – A great option for electric vehicle (EV) drivers who can charge their EVs during nighttime hours and take advantage of lower-priced energy.  
  • Nights & Weekends – If you can shift when you use electricity during the summer months to the evening, the Nights & Weekends rate is for you. By changing when you wash dishes, do laundry or cool your home, savings add up annually.  
  • PrePay – One of Georgia Power’s newest rate plans, this option allows you to pay as you go and add funds as needed. This plan requires no deposit, credit check or reconnection fees.

Bill Payment Assistance

Georgia Power also offers bill payment assistance. The company works with customers to coordinate payment arrangements and discounts such as the Low-Income Senior Citizens Discount, and can connect them with community organizations that may be able to help them pay their bill including The Salvation Army's Project SHARE program. Additional information is available at or via phone at 888-660-5890.

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July 31 - Enmarket to Raise Funds Throughout August for LLS’s Light the Night

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 31, 2019 - 

All 124 of Enmarket’s convenience stores across Georgia and the Carolinas will join the fight against blood cancers in August, marking the seventh consecutive year the stores have helped raise money during the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night campaign.

The stores’ month-long campaign will involve selling Light the Night paper icons for $1 each to support the non-profit’s mission to cure blood cancer and to help patients and their families.

To date, Enmarket’s participation in the organization’s major fundraiser has raised over a total of $500,000. This year, the convenience store chain hopes to partner with its customers to add $150,000 to that number.

Each year, the event spurs friendly competition among the stores and last year, the Port Royal, South Carolina, location won bragging rights for the most money raised at a single store.

“Our customers and our employees enjoy this fun and easy way to support an important cause,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “Our mission is to enrich life in the communities we serve, and we do that in a variety of ways, from our Encourage Health speaker series to the LLS campaign. This particular icon sale gives customers a chance to join thousands of other customers to make a major impact with a small donation.”

The money that’s raised will be donated to LLS at the annual Light the Night program, set for Nov. 9 on Memorial Health’s campus in Savannah. At that event, walkers carry illuminated balloons along the walk route – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory. For more information, visit

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Aug. 16 - Parker's Lands Spot on Inc. 5000's List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies for Fifth Year

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 16, 2019 - Parker’s, an award-winning convenience and food service leader headquartered in Savannah, Ga., has been included on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the fifth time.

Inc. released the complete list of honorees earlier this week and will recognize the winners in the September 2019 issue of the magazine and at the Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala, which will be held this October in Phoenix, Arizona.

Parker’s once again joins top U.S. companies like Microsoft, Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Pandora, Patagonia and Oracle. To make the cut, companies needed to achieve significant revenue growth between 2015 and 2018. 

“We’re deeply grateful to all of our loyal customers for making this incredible recognition possible,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be honored, once again, as one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies, delivering the ultimate in customer service, technology and food service to our customers.”

In recent years, Parker’s has redefined the role of a convenience store by adding freshly prepared, Southern-inspired food at Parker’s Kitchen locations across Georgia and South Carolina. In 2018, Convenience Store News honored Parker’s as the Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year. Parker’s has also earned accolades for donating a percentage of gas sales on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools and hospitals through the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative.

Always on the cutting edge, Parker’s is currently using predictive analytics and machine learning to determine the most seamless, frictionless and time-efficient ways to complete more than 125,000 daily transactions and to prepare the freshest possible food to meet customer demand.  

“For decades, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America,” said James Ledbetter, Editor in Chief of Inc. Magazine, “and this year’s set of winners places the bar very high indeed.”

With 58 stores throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina and a $50 million expansion into the Charleston, S.C. market currently underway, Parker’s is well on its way to becoming a billion-dollar company. Parker’s has enjoyed 20 to 24 percent annual growth every year for the past 19 years.  

Founded in 1976, Parker’s employs nearly 1,000 individuals throughout the region, who have access to innovative DailyPay technology, allowing for pay on-demand. The award-winning company has been recognized by USA Today for its impressive food selection and has earned raves as a top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.

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Aug. 14 - Volunteer positions now open for 2019 Savannah Food and Wine Festival

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 14, 2019 - The week that every wine enthusiast and food-lover look forward to every year is approaching. The Savannah Food & Wine Festival returns for its seventh year Nov. 4-10, 2019. Each year festival organizers work with dedicated volunteers in making the culinary and beverage events come to life.  

“Our volunteers get the experience of being up close and personal with chefs, talent and tastemakers during each of our events. This shining moment for our city could not happen without their support and time and therefore we love to offer everyone that helps us exciting perks”, said Michael T. Owens, festival co-founder. “We look forward to welcoming all of our returning volunteer friends and those that decide to join us for the first time this year.”

Volunteers will get a behind-the-scenes experience working with the award-winning chefs and the tastemakers and as a volunteer, you receive a volunteer t-shirt, souvenir wine glass, and the opportunity to receive discounted tickets as well as a FREE ticket to the River Street Stroll for those that work a cumulative hour minimum during the week. 

If you love to engage with those in the culinary world or simply looking for the opportunity to network over tasteful drinks and delectable dishes be sure to sign up today. Being a volunteer means that you play a vital role in the success of the event which gives back to the city in a big way with proceeds benefiting the Tourism Leadership Council Scholarship Fund, with educational opportunities for hospitality program students in collage and universities in the Coastal Empire and many local charitable organizations. 

To explore all the volunteer positions and learn how you can sign up CLICK HERE.

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