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Oct. 17 - Savannah SCORE Announces New Date for 2nd Annual “BIZPITCH SAVANNAH™” Entrepreneurial Competition

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 17, 2019 - On Nov. 1, 2019, Savannah’s award-winning chapter of SCORE will present its popular “BizPitch Savannah™” entrepreneurial competition. This “Shark Tank”-style event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at The Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

Eight aspiring local entrepreneurs, chosen from 29 applicants, will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and professional services to help them launch their new business.

The eight “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” finalists are:

• Latora Bostic – “Geechee Grub” – Savannah’s first restaurant featuring authentic Gullah food and history.

• Charlene Dimond – “Integra Nutrix” – A unique integration of holistic therapies and traditional professional nursing practices to promote healing and well-being.

• Elbi Elm and Carmen McCullum – “The Culturist Union” – Co-working space for womxn who own a small business, freelance, or work from home who seek a place to engage other womxn for work and enjoyment.

• Andrew Holdnall – “Camphibian” – A Travel Trailer that has the boat stowed within it.

• Kerri King and Kenneth Mayer – “Bad Gateway Games” – Innovative new video game, “Before It’s Too Late,” with a spooky, but cute, nostalgic aesthetic and a focus on exploration and atmosphere, not hyper-violence.

• Fausta Luchini – “Fausta’s Place To Ponder” – Trauma Sensitive Coaching for compassionate professionals who are impacted by the trauma their clients have experienced.

• Maria Vaughan and Michael Wedum – “Code of Return Compost” – A green alternative to how trash is processed focusing on natural decomposition as a way to create nutrient-rich agricultural resources.

• Brandon and Contina Walters – “GamePlex Garage” – A 75-minute STEAM-based workshop that encourages creativity and learning through science, engineering, art, and teamwork.

Michael Siegel, Savannah SCORE Chairperson, said, “We are excited to be presenting “BizPitch Savannah™” again this year. This fun and exciting event is a great way to promote entrepreneurism, create new local businesses and jobs, and help the people of Savannah understand how important small businesses are to our community and our economy.”

Siegel added “We could not be presenting this fantastic event without the support and generosity of our many sponsors and donors. They include The City of Savannah, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Assistance Corporation, Savannah Economic Development Authority, BB&T, MassMutual, Wells Fargo-The Private Bank, Buy Local, Savannah Downtown Business Association, Georgia Southern University, GateHouse Media, HunterMacLean Attorneys, UGA’s Small Business Development Center, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Ad Specialty, Stafford Media Group, Podcast-On-The-Go, Kenkel Design,, and Sand Dollar Accounting Services.”

“BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” will take place on Friday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah. Admission to the event is free and all are invited to attend.

SCORE is the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Over the past two years, Savannah SCORE has helped to create 299 new Savannah-area businesses and 497 new non-owner jobs. The Chapter was recently honored as SCORE’s “2019 Mid-Market Chapter of the Year” and is the only Platinum-level SCORE chapter in the State of Georgia.

For more information about “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019”, go to If you would like to schedule a free mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE business mentor, please go to or contact the SCORE office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 912-652-4335 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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Oct. 15 - Savannah Convention Center Receives ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 15, 2019 - ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, recently honored the Savannah Convention Center with a 2019 Readers’ Choice Award.

“ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that Savannah Convention Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth Senior Editor Marcia Bradford. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that Savannah Convention Center indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”

Meeting professionals nominated exemplary meetings sites throughout the year and voted on their favorites via online ballot. The awardees will be featured in the December 2019 Awards issue of ConventionSouth magazine.

“We’re so proud to be the recipient of this award for the fifth time,” said Savannah Convention Center General Manager Sherrie Spinks. “Our staff goes above and beyond to ensure that each and every one of our clients has an outstanding experience at our facility, so this is truly a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

A complete list of award winners can be found online at

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Oct. 8 - Infinity, Inc. Recognized as Cybersecurity Champion for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 8, 2019 - For 15 years, October has been known as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Managed IT services provider Infinity, Inc. recently announced its commitment to NCSAM by once again participating as a Champion and joining the growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. 

NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to this year’s NCSAM theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ which encourages everyone to #BeCyberSmart through cybersecurity best practices.

Now in its 16th year, NCSAM continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing all Americans with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. This far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Security of our networks and data has become the overriding concern of every technology service provider today and nearly every business owner,” says Infinity, Inc. CEO Chuck Brown. “The threats are constant, they’re everywhere, and protection is critical for clients to be able to trust companies with their business. Infinity is proud to promote better education and practices not only this month but all year long.”

For more information about NCSAM 2019 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month. 


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Oct. 9 - The Garden City Empowerment Center and Step Up Savannah to Host SNAP Benefits Event Oct. 16

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 9, 2019 - The Garden City Empowerment Center and Step Up Savannah are partnering to help qualified people in Chatham County access SNAP benefits. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, is a federal nutrition program that helps individuals and families stretch their food budget and buy healthy food by providing monthly benefits via an EBT card. 

The SNAP benefits event will take place om Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Garden City Empowerment Center, 4704 Augusta Road, Garden City, Georgia.

During this event, Step Up Savannah will help determine if individuals and households are eligible to receive SNAP benefits and help them through the application process. Step Up will also offer assistance to those who need to renew their eligibility to receive SNAP benefits. This event is free and open to the public and a great opportunity to speak to a program representative face-to-face, ask any questions, and gain access to this critical assistance program.

Step Up Savannah will also help with applications and information for:

  • Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS)

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • Medicaid and other healthcare resources (PeachCare)

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

For more information, please contact Step Up Savannah’s Public Benefits Specialist Kimberly Paulk at (912) 232-6747.

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Oct. 4 - Final major module for Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project arrives onsite

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 4, 2019 - The final major module for construction of the Vogtle 3 & 4 units has arrived onsite, meaning all 1,485 major modules required to complete construction have now been manufactured and safely delivered. The arrival of the final major module marks the completion of sourcing construction modules from 25 suppliers and vendors from around the globe. These modules help streamline the construction process, since they are made in advance of arriving to the project site and ready to be assembled into larger components that make up the nuclear units.

Since 2011, major modules have been delivered to the site by rail and truck and include a range of plant components such as floor and wall sections and supporting structures that surround the containment buildings and reactor vessels. Some of these modules have become what are now the containment structures and a 20-room building housing critical components for the units, amongst other sections of the units.

In addition, several milestones for Unit 4 have recently been achieved including the second of four concrete placements for the operating deck inside the containment vessel. The placement of 58 cubic yards of concrete forms a 2-foot-thick floor in support of the loading and staging of equipment inside containment in preparation for the third containment ring and top head placements. To date, more than 667,000 cubic yards of concrete have been placed for units 3 & 4, enough to build a sidewalk from Miami to Seattle.

Workers recently set the Integrated Head Package (IHP) on its stand on the operating deck inside the Unit 4 containment vessel. Weighing 475,000 pounds, standing 48 feet tall, and containing more than three miles of electrical cables, the IHP will sit atop the reactor vessel during normal operations and is the integral piece used in monitoring and controlling the nuclear reaction that will occur.

The project workforce remains at an all-time high with approximately 8,000 workers on site. With more than 800 permanent jobs available once the units begin operating, Vogtle 3 & 4 is currently the largest jobs-producing construction project in the state of Georgia.

Follow the progress being made at the site with the Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Online Photo Gallery.

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