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  • CSU Turner College of Business Announces the 2017 Business Plan Competition

    February 28, 2017

    The Turner College of Business will host the 2017 Business Plan Competition. The competition will award prize money in the amount of $3,000 (1st), $2,000 (2nd), $1,000 (3rd). All CSU students are eligible to compete. This year's competition is open to all residents of the Chattahoochee Valley Region.

  • Georgia Ports Mark Busiest Month Ever

    February 27, 2017

    The Georgia Ports Authority achieved outstanding January results, with double-digit growth across all business sectors and a 26 percent increase in total tonnage.

  • United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Celebrates End 2016 Campaign

    February 22, 2017

    United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley celebrated the end of their 2016 campaign Tuesday evening at the Courtyard Marriott in Phenix City, and revealed their highest ever campaign total of $7,123,001.

  • Georgia Touts Another Year as a Leader in International Trade

    February 22, 2017

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development released Georgia’s 2016 trade numbers, which reinforce the states position as a front-runner in the global economy and as a leader in international trade.

  • Pratt & Whitney's $386M Expansion to Bring More Than 500 Jobs to Columbus

    February 15, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Pratt & Whitney, a designer and manufacturer of service aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $386 million to expand its Columbus facility over the next five years.

  • 29th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt Highlights Southwest Georgia

    February 09, 2017

    Just weeks after two tornados tore through Southwest Georgia, the region played host to the 29th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt, one of the premier economic development events in the nation and the largest for that corner of the state.

  • Columbus One of 10 Cities Chosen for Civic Engagement Project

    February 07, 2017

    The Chicago Community Trust’s signature civic engagement initiative, which brings residents together in small mealtime conversations to talk about ways to make their neighborhoods stronger, safer and more dynamic, will expand nationally with $1.15 million in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • Latest Survey Results for The Georgia Climate Index Suggest Major Shift in Outlook for Future Business Conditions

    February 07, 2017

    The results of the fourth quarter Georgia CEO survey suggests that Georgia business leaders feel more optimistic about the current business conditions in Georgia compared to the previous surveys. The purpose of the surveys is to better understand how general business conditions are impacting Georgia CEO subscribers on a quarterly basis. Georgia CEO partners with the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), a member of the College of Business at Georgia Southern University, to prepare, distribute and analyze the survey.

  • Synovus Toast of the Town Announced for March 10th

    February 02, 2017

    The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the return of one of the premier events in Columbus, the Synovus Toast of the Town. The Eighth Annual Synovus Toast of the Town is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2017 at the RiverMill Event Centre. Savor world-class wines, handcrafted beers, and delicious Southern spirits while dining on food prepared by some of the region’s most celebrated chefs.

  • Michael Chalmers: Is Money All that Employees Care About?

    February 01, 2017

    Like the Kardashians or a Super Bowl quarterback, the superstars of workplace perks make headline news. Unlimited vacation policies, free food, games and napping rooms may be enviable, but not every employer either can or may even want to offer these types of enticements to lure great employees. The good news is that employees are okay with that. In the absence of over-the-top perks, what else do employees want? Spherion has been asking that question for nearly 20 years. The findings of its Emerging Workforce Study tell us that what employees really want is fair compensation, career mobility, flexibility and integrity.

  • SBDC StartSmart Being offered in Columbus February 17th through April 7th

    January 26, 2017

    In its seventh successful year, StartSMART, this Signature Program is offered once a year for entrepreneurs and business owners by The University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center in Columbus and by Statewide Sponsor, Wells Fargo. StartSMART will kick-off February 17th and run thru April 7th on Fridays.

  • 25 Tips for Staying Productive During a Flight Delay

    January 23, 2017

    Flight delays can be hard enough on the average traveler. But if you’re busy running a small business, those delays can be even more of a hassle. Fortunately, you don’t have to just accept a lack of productivity. There are plenty of ways you can use that delay to get stuff done. Here are 25 tips for staying productive during your next flight delay.

  • Leadership Georgia Announces 2017 Class & Programs

    January 19, 2017

    The Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees recently announced the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia. Sixty-three participants were selected from a pool of several hundred candidates. With a principal focus on “Georgia A State of Mind,” the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia will travel to Brasstown Valley, Jesup, Jekyll Island, Perry and Brasselton.

  • Heckler & Koch to Expand in Columbus

    January 13, 2017

    Heckler & Koch, a manufacturer of firearms and accessories, will invest $28.5 million to expand its existing operations in Columbus, Georgia. The new 50,000 square-foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park will be ready in the summer of 2017 at which time HK will consolidate its New Hampshire operations into Columbus.

  • Georgia Chamber Eggs and Issues: Government Leaders Optimistically Address Initiatives, State’s Future

    January 11, 2017

    Georgia’s top elected officials addressed their priorities and proposals to nearly 2,000 attendees at the Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast,” on Tuesday. The meeting coincided with the 2017 state legislative session opening this week.

  • AT&T Mobility Names New President of Southeast Region

    January 04, 2017

    AT&T has named industry veteran Michael Wittrock as President of the Southeast Region. Wittrock will oversee the sales and operations for more than 8,900 employees, more than 600 AT&T-owned retail locations, and more than 3,700 national retail partners and authorized resellers across the Southeast region.

  • Synovus Invests in CSU Growth Through First-Choice Campaign

    December 20, 2016

    Synovus Financial Corp. has extended its investment in Columbus State University by participating in the university’s First Choice Campaign and providing long-term support to various programs, including business and leadership development.

  • TSYS Announces Retirement of 40-Year Veteran William A. Pruett

    December 16, 2016

    TSYS announced the retirement of William A. Pruett as Senior Executive Vice President and President of TSYS’ North America Services segment, effective April 1, 2017.

  • Aflac Lands 2 Major Honors from FORTUNE and Great Place to Work

    December 15, 2016

    Aflac announced two major honors for the company and its workforce. Aflac was named to FORTUNE Magazine's 2016 lists of the Best Workplaces for Diversity and the Best Workplaces for African Americans, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. Aflac appears at No. 31 and No. 8, respectively.

  • Heath Schondelmayer Named President of Columbus Bank & Trust

    December 09, 2016

    Heath Schondelmayer, a 19-year veteran of Synovus/Columbus Bank and Trust, has been appointed President of CB&T effective January 1st. Schondelmayer replaces Billy Blanchard, Synovus Regional CEO and CB&T President and CEO, who will leave the bank at year end to join Jordan-Blanchard Capital, the Columbus-based private equity firm.

  • Transforming Healthcare: An Interview with Jim Zacharias, Executive Director of MyHealth Alliance

    December 08, 2016

    Skyrocketing cost and the need for high quality care has created the need for change in the healthcare industry. There is a dedicated and passionate group of healthcare professionals and physicians in Columbus working diligently to transform an ailing healthcare system into one that is affordable, accountable and sustainable. That group, led by Jim Zacharias, Executive Director of MyHealth Network and MyHealth Alliance, LLC, believes clinical integration is the answer to healthcare reform and society’s demands for improvements in the quality and efficiency of healthcare.

  • Michael Chalmers: Laying the Groundwork for Successful Hiring

    December 05, 2016

    Build a deck with a hammer alone? Paint a brilliant sunset with only one color? Set a holiday table with nothing more than a turkey? Not likely! Nor does it make sense to rely on a single element to guarantee success in finding that perfect job candidate to fill out a team.

  • Columbus One of 12 Cities Chosen for Leadership Academy

    December 01, 2016

    The National League of Cities selected Columbus, Georgia as one of 12 cities that will meet in Washington, D.C. Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, to explore and build equitable pathways to postsecondary education and workforce success. Each city participating in NLC’s Leadership Academy: Promoting Postsecondary and Workforce Success has made a commitment to address inequities in accessing and succeeding in higher education as well as gaining meaningful employment.

  • How to Train Temporary Workers During the Busy Holiday Season

    December 01, 2016

    Many businesses hire additional workers during the holiday season to help with increased demand. This year, retailers are expected to employ between 640,000 and 690,000 temporary workers, according to the National Retail Federation. Improperly trained temporary hires can present workplace safety risks. A 2014 study conducted by Travelers Insurance found that 28% of injuries happen within the first year of employment.

  • Georgia Manufacturing Summit Keynote Speakers Tout Good-to-Great Experiences

    November 17, 2016

    As keynote speakers at the recent 2016 Georgia Manufacturing Summit in Atlanta, two prominent Georgia manufacturing executives provided good-to-great, real-life examples, strategies, and personal business philosophies to over 500 attendees.

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