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North Augusta Chamber Connection - October 2012

North Augusta Chamber Connection - October 2012

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Produced by the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce
OctOber 2012
Business • OppOrtunity • COmmunity • Heritage
Janet Baumgardner is SmallBusiness Person of the Year
Janet Baumgardner, localowner of Comfort Keepers,is the Greater North AugustaChamber of Commerce’s 2012Small Business Person of theYear.Baumgardner was recog-nized by the chamber, fellow business owners, her employ-ees and others in the commu-nity on Thursday at the con-clusion of the North AugustaSmall Business Expo at the North Augusta CommunityCenter.Amidst applause, she wipedaway tears as she made her way through the exhibitor  booths to the stage to accepta plaque from Terra Carroll, North Augusta chamber presi-dent.“It takes a team, a family be-hind you to do what you haveto do,” Baumgardner said.Comfort Keepers, an in-home health care provider, began in 2002 with one clientand one employee – Baum-gardner.The business has expandedover the years and now has 28full-time employees servinghundreds of seniors in the CS-RA. The volume and revenuehas increased since 2002 at anaverage of 35 percent, accord-ing Baumgardner’s nominationform.The award was particularly poignant since Baumgardner and her Comfort Keepers or-ganization are celebrating the10th anniversary of her local business.But Baumgardner said sheknows, as last year’s recipient pointed out in her introductoryremarks, the pride of being asmall-business owner is notin the money. It’s in a job welldone and representing your community well.It’s in 12- to 16-hour days,seven days a week, and nothaving the luxury to hang a“closed” sign in the windowwhen you feel like playinggolf, said Rachel Franklin, lastyear’s Small Business Personof the Year award recipient.Franklin is co-owner of theSno-Cap Drive-In and CarolinaOaks Bed and Breakfast.“I was just blessed,” Baum-gardner said. “I just can’t tellyou how I felt. You do work hard and don’t think you’re go-ing to get recognized. Aboveall, it’s not my business; it’sGod’s business. I started out toserve him.”The nomination for Baum-gardner’s award noted, “Janetunderstands the heart and the passion needed to do her jobas a franchise owner of an in-home care company.”In addition, the nominationreferences her caring nature,her compassion and empathyfor the clients of ComfortKeepers, and her efforts tomake hers a business of excel-lent service. The nominationfurther commented, “Janet isa good example of why small business owners make NorthAugusta a prosperous and agreat place to live and raise afamily.”In her 10 years, Baumgardner has expanded her business,
making it the top ofce in the
Southeast region in 2003. Inaddition, her Comfort Keepersfranchise has moved from tworooms at 709 West Ave. to six
ofces and nally to her pur 
-chase of a historic home at 511West Ave. Her business movedinto the new location in Febru-ary 2006. Not only were Baumgard-ner’s business achievementsrecognized, but her community
406 West AvenuePO Box 6246
North Augusta, S.C. 29861
VOICE: 803.279.2323FAX: 803.279.0003
The Greater NorthAugusta Chamber of Commerceadvocates for the business communityand providesopportunities for  business engagementsand growth.
BOard OfdireCtOrs
Michelle Bennett
Serotta MaddocksEvans & Co. CPA’s
Jon Dawkins
Pal Brewer 
Past Chair 
Rodney Ingle
Southern Bank & Trust
Bernard Kitchens
Bridgestone Firestone
Bill Hixon
Hixon Realty & Ins. Co.
Rechelle Dallas
The Star 
Hap Greenway
 Allstate Insurance Co.Susan EverittGoodwill Industries
Brett Trner 
Rhodes Financial
Michelle Jones
Ga-Lina Physical Therapy
Patricia Allen
Savannah River Remediation, LLC
Nyles Ellefson
Kevin Toole
First Citizens
Don Goggans
 Austin Industrial
Todd Glover 
City of North Augusta
Ray Fleming
 Aiken Co. School Board
Will Williams
Economic DevelopmentPartnership
The North Augusta Cham- ber of Commerce’s BusinessExpo was held on Thursday,September 13th at the NorthAugusta Community Cen-ter. The event was held from4-6pm with the Small Busi-ness Person of the Year award being presented at 6pm, withthe Business After Hors thatfollowed. Over 50 vendorswere represented with our Presenting Sponsor beingSRP Federal Credit Union.Our Signature Sponsors wereComcast, Aiken Standard,Savannah River Nuclear Solu-tions, Fox 54, The Star, NHC,talk radio 1380, UniversityHealth Care Systems andGeorgia Health Sciences Uni-versity. Our Gold Sponsorswere A.B.Beverage, SecurityFederal Bank, Coca-Cola, andAT&T, Center for PrimaryCare and Serotta Maddocks,Evans, CPA.A BIG THANK YOU toour Ambassadors for their hard work and dedication tothe Event. Mrs. Terra Carroll,President of the North Au-gusta Chamber of Commercewelcomed the participantsand the public to the 2012Business Expo. Mrs. Carrollintroduced Brett Turner, AnAmbassador and Board mem- ber as our MC for the evening.Brett introduced out Sponsorsand recognized our Table-TopVendors. There were door  prizes given out and withthe Network Game, 2 $50.00 bills were awarded to thelucky person whose sheet wasdrawn!!! The FBLA studentsfrom North Augusta HighSchool worked the BusinessExpo. Those attending were:Hannah Reese, Joey Baldwin,Paul Liner, Rachel Branum,Autumn Freeman, HannahWilliams, Alaina Miller andHyuri McDowell and DanielPipper.Al’s Family Resturant wasour caterer for the BusinessExpo. We were supplied with
an aray of nger foods that
were a hit with everyone.Coca-Cola and A.B. Beveragesuppl;ied our refreshments.
 See more photosfrom the Business Expo on page 4.
North Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Busines Expo
See Baumgardner, page 2 
Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce
406 West Avenue North Augusta, SC 29841
The Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to the2012 North Augusta Women in Business Series
Thursday, October 11, 2012
North Augusta Community Center495 Brookside Avenue
North Augusta, SC
Luncheon and Program 
Women are well known for their ability to multi-task. Learn simple ways to increase your efficiency and take your skills to the next level.
Presented By: Dena Thomas, Advanced Services
Member Individual Ticket $20 # tickets ___________
Member Table (seats 8) $150 # tables ____________
Non-Member Individual Ticket(s) $25 # tickets ___________
Table Top Sponsor $100 # table-tops_______
(includes: 8ft skirted table, 1 luncheon ticket, and recognition from podium)
 Attendee Name(s): _______________________________________________________________________________Organization: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________Phone: ________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________
Deadline for Reservations is OCTOBER 8
, 2012
Fax form to:
or Mail form to:
P. O. Box 6246 North Augusta, SC 29861
 The Women in Business Series is proudly presented by:
Our A.M. Connection started back on August 22, 2012. Our Speaker/Sponsor for this Eventwas Dena Thomas of Ad-vanced Services. Dena spoketo our group on “Being a GreatPlace to Work Makes Work more Fun”. The Invocationand pledge was given by BrettTurner of Rhodes Financial.Michelle Bennett introducedthe head table which includedthe new Chamber President,Terra Carroll. Alia Naffouj pre-sented the quarterly awards tothe Ft. Gordon attendee. FBLAstudents were introduced, Han-na Reese, she placed 10th in the Nation in FBLA CommunityService and Henry Shuford.Al’s Family Restaurant cateredour Breakfast. Sponsor recog-nition and Speaker introduc-tions were given by MichelleBennett, Chair of the NorthAugusta Chamber Board.Door prizes were given out;the next A.M.Connectionwill be on September 26th at7:15am.
A.M. Connection
WFXG, the Raycom-owned
FOX Broadcasting afliate
serving the Augusta/Aikenmarket, is pleased to announcethe appointment of ShannonHodges Powell to the role of Marketing Director.“We are excited to have anexperienced professional likeShannon onboard and know
that she will make signicant
contributions to our team atFOX 54”, commented BarryBarth, WFXG FOX 54, VicePresident and General Man-ager.In her role, Shannon will beresponsible for growing theWFXG FOX 54 Brand, pro-vide marketing assistance for sales projects, and initiatingcommunity outreach efforts.She will also oversee promo-tion and commercial produc-tion.Shannon is a creative profes-sional with proven experiencein marketing, advertising, pub-lic relations, media relations,sales, event planning and exe-cution. Most recently, Shannonwas employed at WRDW-TV,also, as Marketing Director.There, she was responsible for a wide variety of activities in-cluding coordinating the mar-keting process both on-air andwithin the community, as wellcreative services, advertisingsupport, station branding, in-teractive/social marketing, andall station events and promo-tions.The Atlanta, Georgia native began her TV broadcastingcareer with WXIA in technical production, moving to creativeservices producer for WSB-TV, where she worked with theAtlanta Falcons for three pre-seasons before joining GeorgiaPublic Broadcasting.“I am very excited to joinsuch an experienced and pro-fessional team,” Shannon will join WFXG Fox54 after Labor Day.About WFXG Fox 54 ....Raycom, an employee-ownedcompany, is one of the nation’slargest broadcasters and ownsand/or provides services for 48 television stations in 36markets and 18 states. Raycomstations cover 12.6% of U.S.television households and em- ploy nearly 3,500 individualsin full and part-time positions.In addition to television sta-tions, Raycom owns RaycomSports (a marketing, produc-tion and events managementand distribution company inCharlotte, NC) and Tupelo-Honey Productions (a Sportsand Entertainment Productioncompany based in New York),as well as Broadview Media (a post production/digital signagecompany based in Montgom-ery).For more information con-tact; Barry Barth at 706-650-6202 or bbarth@wfxg.com.
WFXG FOX 54Announces New Marketing Director
and civic involvements were,as well. She volunteers at theYellow Jessamine Festival andthe Jack-o-lantern Jubilee. Shesits on the board for the NorthAugusta Noon Lions Club,and she and her ComfortKeepers team kicked off theStop Senior Hunger initiativein February, which workedin conjunction with GoldenHarvest Food Bank to collectthousands of pounds of food.Baumgardner and ComfortKeepers were the foundingsponsor of the North AugustaSenior Health Expo, and shesponsored the EducationalConference for Alzheimer’sCaregivers of Aiken County.Carroll said it’s importantfor the chamber to recognizesmall-business owners likeBaumgardner because in cit-ies across the United States,85 percent of businesses aresmall businesses, meaningthey have 50 or fewer em- ployees. These businesseslast within their home com-munities from generation togeneration.Small-business owners likeBaumgardner put their heartand soul into what they do,Carroll said.
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Page 2 • October 2012
 Artist of the Month -September: 
Fred Jennings
A BIG THANK YOU to Bush’s Flower Shop,located at 111W. Pine Grove Avenue in North Augustafor providing us with Roses for a Good Neighbor Day.Everyone who visited the Chamber was encouraged totake one!!! Thank you Larry Anderson.
Thank yo
Fred Jennings is our Artist for September. Fred started painting around 1995, he enjoys painting in Primarily inAcrylics and some Oils. Fred retired from SRP in 1989and started painting because it is a lot of fun. He has re-sided in North Augusta since 1955 and is basically a self taught artist. Fred belongs to the North Augusta ArtistGuild which plays a very important part for the artists in
 North Augusta which are frst class. Fred stopped paint
-ing about 8 years ago and has just started back because heenjoys painting, it is a great hobby that can be done in anykind of weather. Come visit Fred Jennings artwork nowthru September 28th at the North Augusta Chamber.
 Artist of the Month - October
Karen-Denise Montgomery
Karen-Denise Montgomery grewup in rural south Alabama where allof her entertainment involved theChattahoochee River. She graduatedfrom the University of Montevallowith an academic scholarship with
a BFA in fne art in 1989. She met
her husband in Nashville, Tn, butmoved to North Augusta to becloser to family. She is currently theretail manager for Cracker Barreland will be rekindling her paintingskills in her free time. Karen-Deniseis an avid reader, runner and cycler and uses our Greenway frequently.The North Augusta Artists Guildhas been an amazing group andshe couldn’t thank them enough for their hospitality and support. Shecan be reached at 803-221-5610.
New MembersRenewing Members
Penny N. Carter WasdenFirst Class Motorz, LLCTe Handy Hardware StorePizza CentralState Farm Insurance & Financial Services-Chad Stalvey Advanced ServicesUnited States Army Signal Centerand Fort GordonSno-Cap Drive-InEdge Salon and SpaTe Kinder Kids Academy 
September 26
AM Connection, 7:15am, North AugustaCommunity Center, Golden Harvest
September 27
Ribbon Cutting, 11:45am, Pizza central,Georgia Ave, old Buck’s Pizza
October 3
Ambassador’s Meeting , 8am, Chamber Ofce
October 10
Ribbon Cutting, Belk, Grand Reopening 9:30am
October 11
Women in Business Luncheon 11:30am, NorthAugusta Community Center, Dena Tomas,Advanced Services, Speaker
October 13
Kinder Kids, Justice or Kids Gals,Woodside Plantation
October 18
5-7, Palmetto errace, State o the Region
October 22
River Club Gol ournament
October 24
AM Connection, Ray Fleming, NA ServicesNetwork, Speaker 7:15am, North AugustaCommunity Center
North Augusta Chamber of Commerce
October 2012 • Page 3

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