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Edward Jones Rep Welcomes Teachers Back to School

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Richelle Mathis of Edward Jones wanted to honor the teachers of Spring Hill Elementary School. During pre-planning, she was invited to come by and presented each staff member a large bottle of hand sanitizer- -a much needed item to help them stay well. She also had the opportunity to personally tell Principal Randy Hudson and the staff thank you for the way impact they make on their students in our community.


Municipal Election Candidate Qualifying Begins August 31

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The candidate qualifying period for upcoming Fayette municipal general elections runs from August 31 – September 4.  The general election takes place Tuesday, November 3, 2015

For the complete list of seats up for election and qualifying deadlines and dates, visit Fayette County Elections website:

NAECO’s David Bergmann Joins Board of Morphogenesis

Monday, August 24th, 2015

David C. Bergmann, Founder and President of aerospace and defense firm NAECO LLC, has joined the Board of Directors of Morphogenesis Inc., the Tampa-based developer of the promising cancer vaccine ImmuneFx™.

Bergmann, who earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Florida, has significant executive and leadership experience with such global brands as SIEMENS, Johnston Industries and Milliken & Company. He was a Computer Science and Mathematics Instructor at the University of South Carolina and a Mathematics Instructor at the University of Florida.

“David brings a wealth of business and product development knowledge to our board, and we look forward to his leadership as we move ahead with plans to develop our cancer vaccine, ImmuneFx™, into a formidable force in the battle against cancer worldwide,” said Patricia Lawman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Morphogenesis Inc. “We’ll also benefit from his thoughtful insights and disciplined guidance as a mathematical genius.”

Bergmann, who has 22 years of international business experience, is a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Fraternity and is active in Atlanta area business and civic leadership organizations. NAECO LLC, based in Peachtree City, Georgia, was named the 2015 Small Business of the Year in Fayette County, Georgia, and was twice named to the Inc.® 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S. The firm was twice nominated for the Governor’s Award for Georgia Manufacturer of the Year and earned an Outstanding Supplier Performance Award from EATON Corporation.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to receive mentoring & business guidance from Georgia’s top corporations

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Application deadline has been extended.

If you are a company or know of a company who is interested in this unique and highly competitive program, you are encouraged to submit an application to become a protégé company.  Nowhere else can you receive year-long mentoring and business guidance from Georgia’s larger businesses, some of them the state’s and the world’s largest corporations.

CLICK HERE for complete information and application details.

For additional inquiry contact:

Veronica Maldonado
Program Director
Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection
404-589-1824 ext 2112

Leave No Veteran Behind-Employment Opportunity Fair & Expo

Friday, August 21st, 2015
10:00 am

Leave No Veteran Behind Career Fair to be held at the Georgia International Convention Center (Hartsfield-Jackson Airport) on September 14 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA 30337

Job-seeking veterans, family members, and the community can join for free!

Get one on one interviews with federal agencies, prime contractors, and other companies to discuss contracting opportunities set aside specifically for veteran-owned small businesses.

Virtual/On-site interviews will be arranged with hiring managers!

Admission is free to all job seekers and veteran business owners seeking procurement opportunities and not exhibiting.

To register fill out the form below or click —>: LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND REGISTRATION FREE FOR VETS CLICK HERE

For more information, special accommodations, or vendor details contact Rhonda Smith at (202) 822-0011 or email or visit the website at or contact  Adrian Guglielmo at (917) 968-1357

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Run for Life Relay 5K

Friday, August 21st, 2015
8:00 am

Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center is having their Run for Life Relay 5K on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 from 8AM-11AM

4 Center Drive Fayetteville, GA 30214

To register contact

Summer Evening of Jazz

Friday, August 21st, 2015
6:00 pm


The 3rd Annual Summer Evening of Jazz is a fun evening for you to revel in a range of dynamic jazz sounds. From the award-winning LA-Based JAZZ IN PINK to young local phenom DARA CARTER, to the ever-popular saxophonist ANTOINE KNIGHT, this is sure to be a magical evening you won’t forget! Buy your tickets today and enjoy the soothing sounds of the Summer Evening of Jazz:


Concert Date: September 26, 2015    Concert Time: 6:00 PM WILL CALL Opens: 5:00 PM

Location: Southern Ground Amphitheater, 301 Lafayette Ave, Fayetteville, GA 30214


Lawn Tickets are $28.00 and Reserved Tickets are $38.00.  Concessions Available.

Terrace Tables (limited supply) are $500.00 for your party of 8 guests.

VIP Tables (limited supply) are $800.00 for your party of 8 guests.

VIP Tables include dinner catered by “Cut and Catered Your Way”.

Buy One get One Free Offer available to military veterans, college students, firefighters, and police officers. ID required.


Purchase tickets online today at!  Online fees apply.

Purchase tickets by mailing this order form by Friday, September 11, 2015.

Tickets purchased by mail must be picked up at concert WILL CALL on September 26, 2015.

Make check payable to FCDC. Mailing Address:  FCDC, P.O. Box 1223, Fayetteville GA 30214


Organized by the Fayette County Democratic Committee

For more information, contact Leonard Presberg by E-mail: or by Phone: 678-232-6183

Fayetteville Elementary Cub Run 5K

Friday, August 21st, 2015
8:00 am

Fayetteville Elementary School is hosting their 3rd Annual Cub Run 5K.

This event will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Fayetteville Elementary School 490 Hood Avenue Fayetteville, GA.

Sign-In and registration is at 8:00am and the event starts at 9:00am.

You can register in person or online at

Advance Registration fee is $20 per person or $40 dollars per family.

On site registration the day of the run will be $25 per person or $50 per family.

This event supports Fayette Elementary School’s The Leader in Me program.

Water and refreshments will be provided on site. Cub Run is open to all ages and includes a 1 mile fun run for small children. All minors must be accompanied by an adult that is registered for the race.

For more information, visit Fayetteville Elementary School’s website at or call (770) 460-3560


CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta Earns Top Honor

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Nation’s Leading Information Technology Company Presents Local Entrepreneur with its Prestigious Franchise of the Month Award

The small and medium-sized business (SMB) community south of Atlanta can add another notch in its belt.

CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta, the area’s premier IT service provider that specializes in working with local small and medium-sized businesses, has earned a top national honor. For the month of June, the company presented Doug Bates, president of CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta, with the coveted Franchise of the Month award.

“Doug is an extraordinary individual. His strengths go beyond business…as a person, as a friend, a family man and a mentor, he’s someone we can all look up to,” said Jeff Connally, president and CEO of Austin, Texas-based CMIT Solutions. “Doug has had an incredible past 12 months and we see that continuing for him. He has engrained his business into the fabric of the local business community in Fayette and Coweta counties.”

Bates has led CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta to the top of the CMIT Solutions franchise system in nearly every category the company tracks to determine the award winner, including client satisfaction, client retention, revenue growth, and the number of client devices managed.

“This is a tremendous honor for our CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta team,” Bates said. “The recognition serves as a testament to the hard work, determination and quality of my staff. The greatest reward is hearing a heartfelt compliment describing how we are contributing to achieving a client’s goals.”

CMIT Solutions’ services help companies keep their strategic IT goals in focus by ensuring their computer systems are running, their data is protected, their network is secure, and, most importantly, their employees are productive. As a result, business owners benefit from increased efficiency, strategic information technology advice, and the ability to implement technology changes to improve their competitive posture.

CMIT Solutions’ franchise offices are independently owned and operated. Unlike most local IT consultants, CMIT Solutions has established cost-saving relationships with well-known technology partners including Dell, Microsoft, and Intuit. Plus, being part of a national franchise offers the opportunity to tap into a large consulting network of knowledgeable business owners and corporate support staff.

For more information about CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta and its services, visit or

About CMIT Solutions

CMIT Solutions (CMIT) is a leading provider of information technology (IT) professional services and products to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and is uniquely capable of supporting SMBs anywhere, coast to coast in the United States. By focusing on developing and maintaining local, trust-based relationships with its customers, CMIT Solutions is able to meet all of their IT needs. CMIT Solutions offers a wide variety of services and products, including enterprise-class services, at prices small businesses can afford. Because of its growing geographic presence and partner programs, CMIT Solutions is a very attractive sales and/or support channel for larger firms desiring to reach the millions of small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. For more information, please visit

Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015 Now in Effect

Monday, August 17th, 2015

From the Georgia Chamber Center for Competitiveness:

The Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015, sponsored by Representative Kevin Tanner (Dawsonville), revises the amount and training requirements of the adult basic skills education program tax credit for employers who help employees get their GED.  The law took effect May 1, 2015.  It increases the current tax credit of $150 per employee to a possible $1,200 for each employee that completes the required training classes and successfully passes the skills education test.

For many individuals in service industry jobs, the lack of a high school diploma or GED is a significant factor in limiting career advancement.   Employers are often supportive of the efforts of their employees, but there are limited opportunities for workforce development within many of these existing industries.

This law revises and expands an existing state program that had been underutilized.   Under the previous program, employers would receive a $150 tax credit for paying for an employee’s GED.  However, many of the GED programs were significantly more expensive than $150 so few employers were taking advantage of the program.  The Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act raises the basic credit to $400 per employee who passes the basic GED test.  It further provides an expanded credit of $1200 per employee when that employee completes an approved training program while still being employed at his or her normal rate of pay.  This expanded program allows employers to fully invest in their employees’ education without disrupting their normal duties.

To participate in the tax credit program, an employer must submit an application to the Technical College System of Georgia- Office of Adult Education.  The Office of Adult Education pre-approves participation and ensures that the training is legitimate.  This certification will also allow the employer to claim the credit on their state income tax.  There are some limitations to this program that include: no single employer can receive more than $100,000 in a single calendar year, the credit may not exceed the employers income tax liability, and the total cost of the program may not exceed $1,000,000 per calendar year.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that individuals with a high school diploma earn $180 more per week than those individuals without.  Unemployment drops from 9% to 6% when this same level of educational attainment is achieved.  Under these averages, an individual could earn over $9,000 more per year in salary, which would result in a net tax revenue increase to the state.  If properly administered, this program should pay for itself on an annual basis.

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