News and ribbon-cuttings from the Augusta Metro, Columbia County and North Augusta chambers of commerce.
The Leadership Augusta selection committee announced 30 individuals have been selected for the Leadership Augusta Class of 2021.
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce-affiliated professional development program started more than 30 years ago with the goal of identifying and educating current and potential community leaders in the Augusta region.
Class members include: James Allen, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; Brittney Alls, Augusta University; John Barksdale, Milestone Construction; Maritess Bell, University Health Care System; Sarah Childers, Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau; Amy Christian, Dickinson Architects PC; Ricky Coates, Augusta District Attorney’s Office; and Sheena Dorsey, Argos Health.
Also, Drew Epting, MAU Workforce Solutions; Shanteka Glover, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Will Godwin, South State Bank; John Hayes, Augusta University; Maria Henry Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA; Keldrick Hieke, Richmond County Tax Assessor’s Office; Wade Jackson, TPB Realty LLC and Stephen King Jr., Georgia Power Co.
Also, Chanette Lewis, Richmond County Solicitor General’s Office; Shauntia Lewis, Augusta Housing & Community Development; Rebecca van Loenen, Augusta Locally Grown; Heather McCoy, Augusta University; Michelle McKenzie RE/MAX True Advantage; and Mitchell Murchison, Cranston Engineering Group.
Also, Chiquita Richardson, Richmond County Marshall’s Office; Molly Richardson, TaxSlayer; Cathy Shaw, Fort Gordon Directorate of Family & MWR; Alicia Sweat, Burn Foundation of America; Briana Williams, Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co.; Tawanaca Williams, SRP Federal Credit Union; Keri Wilson, Augusta University; and Katie Wynn, Dynamik Consulting.
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual panel discussion on Aug. 20 to inform business owners on ways to safeguard their businesses ahead of economic downturn.
The panel of experts at the Third Thursday Business Builder will provide advice and key steps related to managing cash flow, credit, survival training and expense monitoring.
Panelists include Will Manning, Kathleen Ferguson and Jason Sowinski with Bank of America.
This virtual program is complimentary for members and $15 for prospective members. Register at augustametrochamber.com/events or contact Director of Events Sara Best at [email protected]
The North Augusta Chamber has launched a month-long initiative to spotlight local restaurants and retailers that may have been impacted by COVID-19 and are currently open and operating under health protocols.
The Flavor of Small Business in greater North Augusta campaign is designed to help chamber members get more recognition during the pandemic’s economic challenges.
“Many places have adapted their business model in order to survive. Many restaurants that were traditionally dine-in only are now offering to-go and curbside service,” Chamber President Terra Carroll said. “Retail is no different, with boutiques now offering online shopping experiences through social media, as well as DIY craft businesses hosting virtual workshops.”
The free, social-media campaign will take place through Sept. 4 and features a variety of social media posts and email blasts during this time period. The campaign is sponsored by BriTen Janitorial, a local viral remediation and verification authority, specializing in infection prevention.