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Piedmont Fayette Hosts Relay for Life Survivors Dinner

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Piedmont Fayette Hospital cordially invites cancer survivors and their caregiver, spouse or guest to join us as we honor our community’s cancer survivors at the 2014 Relay For Life Survivor Dinner on Friday, April 25, New Hope Baptist Church (North Campus), 551 New Hope Road, Fayetteville, Ga.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Special guest Ronda Rich, best-selling author and syndicated columnist (, will share an emotionally inspiring message delivered with her signature heartwarming humor and southern charm. Registration is required. Register by April 14 at (select Survivor during the registration process) or contact Zach Morris at 770.632.6934 or

Piedmont Healthcare Receives Cancer Accreditation

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Piedmont Cancer recently became part of a select group of cancer networks in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). As part of the network, Piedmont Atlanta and Piedmont Fayette hospitals have been granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, cancer programs must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to facilities that exceed standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

“We take a very unique approach to treating cancer,” said John Goodman, executive director of oncology services at Piedmont Healthcare. “Collaboration among multidisciplinary specialists is key to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes. Our patients can rest assured knowing they’re in the best hands.”

When patients receive care at a CoC facility like Piedmont, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

“For years, we have recognized the power of treating the whole patient, going beyond medicine and supporting the patient’s emotional and psychological well-being,” said Goodman. “With the creation of Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, we were able to offer cancer patients, survivors and even caregivers free services and programs like counseling, yoga, expressive arts classes, cooking demonstrations and more.”

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Piedmont maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.

Currently, there are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, less than five percent of which are network programs. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at


 About Piedmont Cancer

At Piedmont, we treat the patient – not just the disease. Piedmont’s interdisciplinary approach involves a team of cancer specialists including board-certified oncologists, a dedicated oncology nursing unit, surgeons, accredited technicians and nutritionists. These specialists collaborate to create a personal treatment plan based on each patient’s unique situation. Offering the newest diagnostic testing, groundbreaking therapies and surgeries, proven medical and radiation oncology, and effective pain management, Piedmont Cancer also provides specially–trained oncology nurse navigators to help guide patients through their cancer journey. Because cancer treatment involves more than medical care, free services and programs such as yoga, cooking demos, expressive art classes and counseling are also available to anyone affected by cancer at any phase in his or her journey through Cancer Wellness at Piedmont. For more information, visit

About the Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.  For more information, visit:

Baby’s First Expressions Hosts Golf Tournament Benefiting March of Dimes

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Golf Fundraiser for March of Dimes

Hosted by:  Baby’s First Expressions Prenatal Imaging Center

Fundraising committee:

Baby’s First Expressions, Contact: Casey Gibson (4) 441-4655 / Gerree Gibson (404) 441-4518

 Date: May 5, 2014

 Time: registration starts at 6:45am Shotgun start at 8:00am

Place: Cotton Fields Golf Course

400 Industrial Boulevard, McDonough GA 30253

Sponsor Hole: $100.00 for Sponsorship (Company logo placed at a hole)

Entry Fee: $60.00 per player (includes green fees, cart and continental breakfast) Payment due April 25, 2014.

Format: Tournament will be played in scramble with 2-person teams single entries will be paired randomly.

Small Business Financing Forum – FREE WORKSHOP!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Small businesses often need working capital to conduct day-to-day business operations while starting and growing their business. This program discusses the options small businesses can use to finance these operations.

Maintaining financial viability is essential for anyone wanting to expand their business operations or to start a business.

Join us for this free workshop to explore financing programs and sources to grow your business.

Monday, April 21, 10 a.m. -noon
Clayton State University-East Campus Auditorium
5823 Trammell Road, Morrow

Fred Crispen, Celtic Bank


Brought to you by SBDC and Clayton State University

SBDC April/May Lunch & Learn Series

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Take advantage of the SBDC lunch and learn series on the latest social media marketing strategies for your small business.   REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION

All three lunch & learns will be held at the Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow.  Contact Heather Chaney at 678-466-5100 with any dietary restrictions.

Speaker Maggie Laton of Maggie Laton Marketing will teach you the latest tips and tricks from blogging, facebook, & LinkedIn.  CSU SBDC Consultant Alisa Kirk will teach you how to incorporate video into your marketing:

Why Blogging Should be Part of Your Marketing Plan

 Friday, April 18    11am – 1pm     $40

 Blogging is one of the best ways to ensure that your website is more than an online brochure. By creating content that showcases your business, expertise and knowledge, you are providing prospects with the information they need to decide that doing business with you is a great idea. Blogging also creates a changing website, which search engines like and will reward you for with higher rankings.

* The reasons your business needs a blog
* How to plan for the launch of your blog
* Setting goals for your blog
* Creating a content calendar
* Integrating your blog and social media for maximum exposure
* Tips for writing for your ideal client


Creating a Plan for Business Success on Facebook

 Friday, April 25      11am – 1pm     $40

Your customers are on facebook, are you?

Like any marketing tool, social media requires you to create a plan and set goals. This course will explain the importance of a facebook page for your small business and how to reach your customers.

* The difference between profiles and pages, and why you want a page
* How social proof on Facebook generates sales
* How social equity makes your clients more likely to buy
* Facebook is a tool in your marketing toolbox; not the whole toolbox
* What is Edgerank and how can you use it to reach your customers?
* 5 Categories of content you need to produce
* 5 Strategies for using photos to generate engagement

Why LinkedIn Is So Much More Than an Online Resume

 Friday, May 2      11am – 1pm     $40

 Your customers are on LinkedIn, are you?

“LinkedIn is the social media platform that everyone is on, but no one is using.” This description is becoming less and less accurate, but the truth remains. Too few professionals are using LinkedIn to build their networks and position themselves as experts in their fields. The ones who do, however, are realizing great gains.

* How to create a profile that gets results
* Recommendations and endorsements – Give to get
* How to reach 500 connections, and why it’s important
* Sharing information to increase your visibility
* Groups and how participation makes you the expert
* LinkedIn company pages that work
* How using LinkedIn well can make you money
* Creating an action plan for improving your activity on LinkedIn


Why Video is the Ultimate Tool for Your Business

 Wednesday, May 7      11am – 1pm     $40

 If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what is a video worth to your business?

Used effectively, video can enhance your brand, marketing, and client satisfaction. It can educate, entertain, and energize customers, but only when it’s relevant.

This informative workshop will show you how, where, and when video should be used in your business. You will learn from start to finish how to create a video and incorporate it in a marketing/outreach strategy through effective SEO.

We will also give you information on the latest software and equipment, along with hints for filming to the best advantage.


FREE Webinar! How to Hire, Train & Retain Top Talent

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

FREE SMALL BUSINESS WEBINAR at the Chamber!*made possible through the Georgia Chamber

Thursday, April 24
8:30-9:30 a.m
The Chamber Meeting Place

FREE for members

It is essential that businesses of all sizes, especially those relying on customer service and quality strategies, hire and retain a highly talented staff.  But how does a small business, often without the resources that the big guys have, select the right team?

This small business focused webinar will be presented by Dr. Jody Bradham, Executive Consultant with TalentQuest, a talent management firm.

  • Understand ways to fine-tune your selection process to make most effective use of limited resources
  • Stock your tool kit: available resources to support your candidate evaluation efforts
  • Now you’ve got them, how do you keep them?  Building employee loyalty

Bring your breakfast and spend the morning at the chamber learning how to build one of your business’ most important assets!

Southern Conservation Trust Seeks National Accreditation

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Southern Conservation Trust has embarked in its third decade of providing land protection, natural resource conservation, environmental education and passive recreation to South Metro Atlanta.  Recognizing the value of continuing to enlist the tools and resources needed to impact our community, Southern Conservation Trust is seeking to attain national accreditation through Land Trust Alliance.

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Southern Conservation Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. “Achieving accreditation is another step in ensuring that Southern Conservation Trust provides our community with well-conceived programs that add value to our community and meet or exceed best practices by professional environmental standards,” said SCT Board Chair Tami Morris.

“Building community support is vital to our mission and achieving accreditation allows everyone to be confident that the Trust is committed to ensuring our quality of life keeps nature nearby for future generations,” said Pam Young, Executive Director.

 The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Southern Conservation Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see

  • click left hand tag “Submit Feedback”
  • click “Submit a Comment on a Current First-Time Applicant”
  • choose “Southern Conservation Trust” as the applicant

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. The deadline to submit comments for consideration on Southern Conservation Trust’s application is June 1, 2014.

Take Fayette Civic Health Survey Conducted by Leadership Fayette

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Leadership Fayette Class of 2014 is working on a class project regarding the civic health of Fayette County.  To gather information for this project, they are conducting a brief survey of Fayette County citizens. This survey is intended to gauge levels of civic engagement in the county and to help identify potential ways to increase civic engagement.

Although this survey is also sponsored by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Fayette 2014 class, it is separate from the “Fayette Visioning Survey” recently conducted by Market Street.

Responses are completely anonymous and will help the Leadership Fayette class evaluate Fayette County in comparison to the results of the Georgia Civic Health Index study.


B2B Luncheon WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

This week’s Chamber News incorrectly listed the date for next week’s B2B Luncheon.

The actual luncheon date is WEDNESDAY, April 9, 201411:30 a.m.
The Chamber Meeting Place


New Format!

B2B Luncheons provide amped up strategic networking over lunch. Only have time for a quick bite? Make the most of your lunch break by dining with us.

Wendy Kinney joins us for the FIRST month of a 6 month series covering “Bulls-Eye Networking” where you will learn how to turn business cards into money.

Bulls-Eye Networking:
-Learn how to make first conversations memorable
-Identify systems to move from hand-shake to recognition
-Determine ways to encourage acquaintances to think about you
-Find out why associates don’t refer you
-See how easy it is to make yourself credible
-Acquire new clients from advocate endorsements
-Ramp up networking skills, not just activity
…….and MORE!

Online registration: $10
At the Door: $15

*(Reimbursement of online registration will be given with 48 hour notice of cancelation. With less than 48 hour notice: Seats are transferrable but not refundable)

Peachtree College Planning Hosts College Planning Workshop

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Peachtree College Planning is holding an informational meeting to discuss “How to choose the best college for your student AND your pocketbook”

Wednesday, April 16, 20146:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Chamber Meeting Place
600 West Lanier Avenue, Suite 205, Fayetteville

This will be a valuable workshop for all parents with college-bound students. This workshop will focus on high school Sophomores and Juniors. Parents, bring your students!

In this informal workshop you will learn:
 How to help students decide which colleges to apply to.
 What the colleges really want to see in your student’s application.
 The 5 questions to ask colleges before your student visits or applies to a college.
 How to maximize your student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants, and other money.
 How to attend a private university for a public college price?
 Why procrastination can (and will most likely) cost a family thousands of dollars.
 How to use the financial aid system to get your student a SCHOLARSHIP!! Even if you make good money.
 We will provide a detailed time-line for success.
 Plan for a full hour, we’ll use every minute of class time…and bring your student!

IMPORTANT:  This workshop will show how families with annual incomes of $80,000-$225,000 received financial assistance to help pay for college education-using case studies.

RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY!  or 770-810-5885 to reserve seats.

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