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The Savannah Chamber Weekly Digest
Everything You Need to Know From the Chamber

October 18, 2021

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Savannah Mayor Confirms Rock n' Roll Marathon | November 6 – 7

Last week, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson gave the green light to the Rock n’ Roll Marathon scheduled for November 6 – 7.

“Overall, and as most people can see, the Savannah hospitality and tourism industry has bounced back nicely and is recovering from the pandemic slump of 2020,” said Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah. “Welcoming back the Savannah Rock n’ Roll Marathon, at the same time as border openings in Canada and overseas, will help us to attract runners from around the nation and the world for this great event.”

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Business on the Move at New Realm Distilling Company | Tuesday, October 19

Join us for October’s Business on the Move at New Realm Distilling Company. Attendees will be able to experience the relaxed historic setting of New Realm through craft cocktails that feature New Realm’s house-made spirits and a tap list full of New Realm’s Georgia-born craft beers. Enjoy a fantastic view of the city and relax while you make connections with fellow Chamber members.

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Courses & Conversations at the Gingerbread House | Tuesday, November 2

At this lunchtime networking opportunity, participants will begin their meal with an appetizer course and networking with the people at their table, then after 20 minutes, rotate to another table to enjoy their entrée with another group. Finally, a third rotation will bring them to the third group of peers to enjoy a final course of coffee and dessert while they talk about who they are and what they do. After three rotations and a full meal, each attendee will leave with business cards from new potential clients and partners.

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Upcoming Networking Opportunities:
Tuesday, October 19
Business on the Move at New Realm Distilling Company ›
Tuesday, November 2
Courses & Conversations at the Gingerbread House ›
Business on the Move at Tapley’s Mercantile and Antiques ›
Wednesday, November 17
Veterans Day Salute & Military Update Lunch ›
Wednesday, December 1
Eggs & Issues Legislative Breakfast ›
THURSday, December 9
Year-End Business Meeting


Leadership Savannah Establishes the Ed Feiler Scholarship

Longtime community and Chamber leader Ed Feiler, a founding member of Leadership Savannah, passed last week at age 86. After Leadership Savannah reformed in 1975, Feiler served as the organization's first president, promoting diversity and building relationships across communities that embraced different races, religions, and gender. Ed Feiler loved Savannah, and he loved fostering the growth and development of future community leaders even more. Leadership Savannah has named an endowed scholarship after Mr. Feiler to provide a one-time tuition contribution to a deserving applicant in honor of his life's work.

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Give Change That Counts Launches Txt2Give Change That Counts Fundraising Campaign

Give Change That Counts has officially launched their Txt2Give Change That Counts Campaign to help establish day centers for the homeless throughout Savannah and Chatham County. As the holiday and giving season nears, Give Change That Counts asks the business community to donate by texting “GIVE” to (912) 200-8753. Donations will fund the establishment of day centers that include start-up costs, renovations, supplies, coordination, utilities, and more.

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165th Airlift Wing Celebrates 75 Years in Savannah

The 165th Airlift Wing, a unit of the Georgia Air National Guard, celebrated its 75th-year last week. First arriving in Savannah in 1946, current and former members of the Georgia Air National Guard at the 165th Airlift Wing gathered to celebrate this incredible milestone and the Guardsmen who made it possible. Stationed at Savannah Air National Guard Base, this unit serves domestically and overseas, supports the community, and recently stepped up to defend the community amid the global pandemic. 

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Welcome our newest members and remember to do business with your fellow Chamber members!

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UGA Small Business Development Center Receives Grant from Truist Foundation

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center received a $42,000 grant from the Truist Foundation to establish an entrepreneurship academy. The Truist Entrepreneurship Academy will be a two-year training and development program designed to support small business owners and entrepreneurs. 

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Participate in Shop and Dine for United Way Day | November 6

United Way of the Coastal Empire is calling on local businesses to participate in their 2021 fundraising campaign, “Shop and Dine for United Way Day,” Saturday, November 6. It’s an opportunity to show community support as well as a chance to contribute on your company’s behalf to this amazing cause. United Way will spotlight participants on social media channels, potentially driving more business your way.

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Thank you to these members for their continued support through their membership.

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Join SAVANNAH Score for BizPitch Savannah 2021 Competition | November 5

SAVANNAH Score’s annual BizPitch will take place Friday, November 5, from 4 – 6:30 p.m. at GSU’s Armstrong Center. The event will feature eight finalists who will pitch their business idea to a panel of judges comprised of successful entrepreneurs, business people, and bankers. The three finalists receiving the highest scores from the judges will be named the “BizPitch Savannah 2021” winners.

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Igneo Technologies to open first U.S. facility at SeaPoint in Savannah

Late last week, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that e-waste recycling company Igneo Technologies will invest $85 million in opening its first U.S. electronics recycling facility at the Port of Savannah. This is expected to create at least 150 jobs in Chatham County once Igneo is fully operational. “Georgia continues to lead the nation in highly competitive projects, and it is great to see cutting-edge companies like Igneo choose our state,” said Governor Kemp. 

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SCAD Named #1 Creative Media and Entertainment School in the World

Congratulations to SCAD for being named the #1 Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment Schools and Colleges in the World for 2021 by The Rookies. They also earned #1 Best Motion Media Graphics Schools in the World for the sixth year in a row and the #1 Best Product Design School in the World.

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Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cutting and grand opening events, and join us in congratulating the below members who recently hosted a celebration!

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Visit Savannah Attends Travel + Leisure’s World's Best Awards Reception in New York City

Travel + Leisure Magazine named Savannah one of their Worlds Best at a ceremony in New York City last week. Visit Savannah Chairmen Pritpal Singh and Visit Savannah President Joseph Marinelli were in attendance to accept the award from T+L Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Gifford. "Our city has firmly established itself as one of America's top places to visit," said Marinelli.

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Chamber Holds October Speed Networking at Savannah Country Club

Last week, the Chamber hosted this quarter's Speed Networking event at the Savannah Country Club. Each member had the opportunity to connect with 40 new contacts, all before 9 a.m. This exciting and fast-paced event included a complimentary 'Peace Honey' sampling provided by Savannah Bee Company, who sponsored the event. Members walked away with dynamic interactions, valuable connections, and meaningful exchanges with so many new faces.

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Visit Savannah Sales Team Hosts International Assessing Officers Association for Conference Site Visit

The Visit Savannah Sales Team welcomed the International Assessing Officers Association (IAAO) to Savannah for a site visit in preparation for their August 2025 annual conference. IAAO is a nonprofit, educational, and research association. It is a professional membership organization of government assessment officials and others interested in property tax administration.

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Visit Savannah Host National Geographic UK Journalist

Last week, the Visit Savannah media relations team partnered with Explore Georgia to host travel journalist Aaron Millar of National Geographic. He experienced Savannah's food, history, and art culture, hitting many Savannah landmarks, attractions, and businesses.

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MLK Visitor Information Center Is Ready for Fall

The Visitor Information Center team on MLK has been busy getting into the fall spirit this week, adding fun and spooky décor to the center. Visitation has pick-up, including a visit from the Hammond family from Baltimore, Maryland, who are beekeepers and in town to visit Chamber member, the Savannah Bee Company.

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