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Nov. 19 - Chatham Emergency Services Donates Ambulance to Woodville Tompkins High School

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 19, 2019 - Chatham Emergency Services recently donated an ambulance to Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School. CES’s CEO Chuck Kearns delivered the ambulance to the school and met with school officials to discuss how the ambulance will play a role in the education of various students.

The school’s Medical and Allied Health Program was created for students who are interested in pursuing a career in first response. These students will use the ambulance to see firsthand the various components of the vehicle and how the equipment plays a role in lifesaving techniques and capabilities. The automotive department of the school will also use the ambulance to explore the mechanics of the truck.

“We’re happy to donate this ambulance to assist in the education of students who are interested in emergency medical services and want to pursue a career as an EMT or Paramedic,” said Kearns. “Chatham Emergency Services proudly supports Savannah Chatham Public Schools and its efforts to provide hands on training and education to build and sustain the future workforce of the healthcare industry."


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Nov. 19 - Enmarket Announces Latest Acquisition of Bryan County Store, Zip-In Foods

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 19, 2019 - Enmarket, the largest and fastest-growing convenience store operator based in the coastal Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry region, has acquired the former Zip-In Foods near Fort McAllister State Park. The store is the 125th Enmarket location overall and its second in Bryan County.

“Our customers have been asking us to add an additional Richmond Hill location to serve this side of the county,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “This acquisition makes it possible for us to expand in that market very quickly. The site will receive a significant remodel in 2020 so that we can integrate all of our programs into the store.”

The store is located at 15163 Georgia Highway 144, at the highway’s intersection with Fort McAllister Road, and will serve visitors of Fort McAllister State Park and its associated boat ramp, as well as the growing residential population in and around Richmond Hill.

Giesick described the new location as a strategic one for Enmarket and noted that the remodeled location will retain the popular foodservice operation that local residents have enjoyed for years.

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Nov. 13 - Savannah SCORE Announces Winners of Its "BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” Entrepreneurial Competition

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 13, 2019 - Three aspiring local entrepreneurs have been chosen as the winners of Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” entrepreneurial competition.

Twenty-nine aspiring entrepreneurs applied for the competition. The seven applicants with the best business ideas were selected to pitch their ideas at the event to a panel of judges and a large audience, including Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach. Every finalist did a great job of pitching their idea. But the three finalists the judges chose as winners, based on the strength and financial viability of their ideas and the quality of their pitches, in alphabetical order are:

  • Charlene Dimond – “Integra Nutrix” – A unique integration of holistic therapies and traditional nursing practices to promote healing and well-being
  • Ashley Elm and Carmen McCullum – “The Culturist Union” – Co-working space for women who own a small business, freelance, or work from home, who seek a place to engage with other women for work and enjoyment.
  • Maria Vaughan and Michael Wedum – “COR Compost” – A green alternative to how trash is processed focusing on natural decomposition as a way to create nutrient-rich agricultural resources.

Each winner received $2500 in cash and $8,500 in professional services to help them launch their new Savannah-based businesses.

The six “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” judges were:

  • Jen Bonnett, VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and Executive Director, The Creative Coast
  • Carl Biathrow, Business Development Coordinator, City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity
  • Dean Burnette, Managing Business Broker, Best Business Brokers
  • Radford Harrell, Catalyst for the Advanced technology Development Center
  • Jen Jenkins, Owner, Foxy Loxy Café who is also involved with The Coffee Fox, Henny Penny Art Space and Café, and Fox & Fig
  • Lisa Narcisse, Market Leader IV and Vice President, BB&T
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Nov. 13 - Georgia Trust Announces Its 2020 List of State’s 10 ‘Places in Peril’

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 13, 2019 - The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released today its 2020 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state.

Sites on the list include: Antioch Baptist Church in Crawfordville (Taliaferro County); Asbury United Methodist Church in Savannah (Chatham County); Cary Reynolds Elementary School in Doraville (DeKalb County); Central State Hospital in Milledgeville (Baldwin County); Fountain (Stone) Hall in Atlanta (Fulton County); Heritage Park in Griffin (Spalding County); John Nelson Deming Home in Valdosta (Lowndes County); Masonic Lodge #238 in Dalton (Whitfield County); Nolan Crossroads in Bostwick (Morgan County); and Rose Hill School in Porterdale (Newton County).

With a congregation celebrating 150 years, the Asbury United Methodist Church on Savannah’s Abercorn Street stands as the only African American United Methodist church in the historic Victorian District. The building dates to 1887 and needs many repairs to regain its place serving the full community. Deterioration due to water intrusion has left many portions of the building unusable. Faced with the choice of remaining in the historic building or seeking a new place of worship, the congregation is determined to raise the necessary funds to stay.

“This is the Trust’s fifteenth annual Places in Peril list,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites.”

Places in Peril is designed to raise awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.

Through Places in Peril, the Trust will encourage owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ proven preservation tools, financial resources and partnerships in order to reuse, reinvest and revitalize historic properties that are in peril.

Sites on previous years’ lists include: Zion Church (Talbotton), an 1848 Tudor-Gothic style church that suffered from lack of maintenance and funding, was recently awarded $100,000 for restoration work from the Historic Columbus Foundation; the Foster-Thomason-Miller House (Madison), a fire-damaged architecturally significant house, was sold to a preservation-minded buyer through the Madison-Morgan Conservancy’s newly established revolving fund; the Lyon Homestead (Stonecrest), one of the oldest houses in DeKalb County, was stabilized by Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance with funding from DeKalb County; Underground Savannah, the city’s collection of endangered archaeological sites, is one step closer to being protected as the local government moves forward with establishing an archaeology ordinance; and Furber Cottage (Atlanta), a former dorm built in 1899 in the Atlanta University Center Historic District, was destroyed by fire in 2019.

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia's diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use. As one of the country's leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations, the Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia's "Places in Peril." The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House). 

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Nov. 13 - Savannah Golf Championship announces Enmarket as first tournament Proud Partner

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 13, 2019 - The Savannah Golf Championship recently announced Enmarket as the tournament’s first official Proud Partner. In addition, Enmarket will become the Official Convenience Store of the Savannah Golf Championship.

As part of Enmarket’s partnership with the tournament, the Savannah Golf Championship will be debuting “Official To Go Cups” for fans at the 2020 event. In addition, the Savannah Golf Championship will host the Enmarket Charity Classic Tuesday of tournament week. The event will take place at The Landings Club – Oakridge Course with proceeds benefitting Enmarket’s charity partners.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Enmarket as the first Proud Partner of the Savannah Golf Championship,” said Tournament Director Cheyenne Overby. “Savannah is truly a remarkable location for professional golf and Enmarket is a crucial part of the Savannah community. We look forward to continue providing fans a chance to get up close to the PGA TOUR’s next generation of stars with Enmarket’s support.”

Enmarket was founded in 1963 as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in Savannah. The company currently employees over 1300 people and operates 125 locations throughout Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life.

“We’re excited to extend our commitment to the Savannah community through our new partnership with the Savannah Golf Championship,” said Enmarket President Brett Giesick. “And we can’t be happier positioning our inaugural Golf Classic at The Landings Club in support of our charity causes.”

In addition to announcing Enmarket as the event’s first Proud Partner, the tournament also introduced several new enhancements for 2020, including:

  • Schooner Cove Suites presented by Publix – a brand new venue on the most exciting and unique hole at the tournament, the short par-4 fifth hole, known as Schooner Cove. The venue will provide access to multi-level suite and outdoor and indoor seating. Daily tickets, which include two drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided by Publix, will be available when tickets go on sale January 22.
  • The all new Savannah Golf Championship Charity 5K benefitting tournament charity partners. Registration will open to the public beginning Dec 2.
  • The new Savannah Golf Championship website. The new site features an upgraded platform designed to help enhance fan experience.

With 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season (since 2013), the Korn Ferry Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. Twenty-five TOUR cards are reserved for the leading points earners at the end of the 25-event Regular Season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals that follow the Regular Season in August.

During the PGA TOUR’s 2018-19 season, five players from the Korn Ferry Tour’s Class of 2018 won titles, including Cameron Champ (Sanderson Farms Championship), Adam Long (The Desert Classic), Martin Trainer (Puerto Rico Open), Max Homa (Wells Fargo Championship) and Dylan Frittelli (John Deere Classic).

In the TOUR’s 2019-20 season, two players from the Korn Ferry Tour class of 2019 have already captured titles, including Lanto Griffin (Houston Open) and Brendon Todd (Bermuda Championship). Scottie Scheffler, who finished second at the 2019 Savannah Golf Championship, has made the cut in all five PGA TOUR starts this season and finished T3 at the Bermuda Championship.

The Savannah Golf Championship will enter its third year on the Korn Ferry Tour schedule in 2020, with the event set for March 28-31 at The Landings Club – Deer Creek Course.

For more information about the Savannah Golf Championship, or to experience the tournament’s new website, please visit

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