• Aflac Plans $100M Venture Capital Fund

    March 21, 2017

    Aflac Incorporated announced it is pursuing investment opportunities targeting early-stage companies whose mission is relevant to Aflac's core business. Designed to help the company enhance its strategic and innovative focus in both the U.S. and Japan, Aflac Corporate Ventures partners with technology accelerators to create the agility required to quickly identify and invest in early-stage companies, helping them accelerate innovation across the insurance value chain, including digital solutions that enhance the customer experience.

  • 5 Reasons to Attend The 9th Annual Georgia Logistics Summit

    March 20, 2017

    It’s Summit season again, and this is going to be the best one yet. Yes, we say that every year, but it just keeps getting better! This year will see the return of Summit staples like an address from Governor Deal, an update on the state of transportation in Georgia, and many other great presentations and discussions on industry best practices.

  • Path-Tec CEO Named 2017 Georgia’s Small Business Person of the Year Winner

    March 17, 2017

    Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announces Kevin Boykin, CEO of Path-Tec LLC in Midland, Georgia, is the 2017 Georgia Small Business Person of the Year.

  • Michael Chalmers: Fastest Route to Growth in 2017? Hire the Right People!

    March 15, 2017

    Lose weight, get organized, save money, learn a new skill, find true love. Sound familiar? These popular New Year’s resolutions are among the pledges made by more than 40 percent of Americans every January. However, only eight percent of us are successful in meeting the New Year goals we set for ourselves. Can businesses do better? They can if they set realistic goals, have the right resources on hand to execute plans and focus on what they do best.

  • Georgia Recognizes Four Companies as Small Business Rock Stars

    March 14, 2017

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with the Georgia Economic Developers Association recognized Georgia’s 2017 “Small Business Rock Stars.” GDEcD and GEDA hosted a luncheon where four Georgia companies were honored for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business.

  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony a Huge Success

    March 10, 2017

    On Feb. 25th, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame honored eight highly accomplished athletes during their annual induction ceremony held at the historic Macon City Auditorium. The group included football player Keith Brooking, golfer Laura Coble, tennis coach Manuel Diaz, football and track athlete Willie Gault, basketball player Matt Harpring, football player Garrison Hearst, athletic leader/golf coach Liz Murphey and football player Jeff Saturday.

  • TSYS President and COO Pam Joseph Named One of the Most Influential Women in Payments

    March 09, 2017

    TSYS announced that Pam Joseph, president and chief operating officer, has been named as one of the Most Influential Women in Payments in 2017 by PaymentsSource. It is the fourth time in the last five years that Joseph has been named to the prestigious list.

  • Registration Open for Georgia Small Business ROCK STARS Awards Luncheon on March 13th

    March 09, 2017

    Georgia holds the title as the number one state in the nation in which to do business—a title it has held for four years in a row. And when 98 percent of Georgia companies (employing under 100) are considered small businesses, it makes sense the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) would want to salute these business owners with Georgia Small Business Week taking place March 13-17.

  • Azalea House Uses Local Talent, Charm to Create Unique Southern Experience at Masters

    March 08, 2017

    The Masters Tournament returns to Augusta on April 3-9, and if you are looking to enjoy the week of golf amid true Southern hospitality, you’ll want to check out The Azalea House. According to General Manager, Chris DeMain, this premier hospitality facility, located on Azalea Drive in the National Hills neighborhood just across the street from the course, is fully focused on hospitality and understanding client entertainment.

  • Aflac's Tim Callahan Named SC Awards 2017 CSO of the Year

    March 07, 2017

    Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, announced that Tim Callahan, senior vice president of Global Security and global chief security officer at Aflac, has been named an SC Awards 2017 honoree in the Chief Security Officer of the Year category.

  • 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.