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Cobb Chamber Business After Hours at Wellstar


Cobb Chamber’s East Cobb Business Association will host Business After Hours at WellStar’s East Cobb Health Park on Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm. Cocktails and food will be provided. RSVP by December 1 to (470) 644-0300 or

WellStar’s East Cobb Health Park is located at 3747 Roswell Road NE.


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Happy Thanksgiving, East Cobb! EAST COBBER wishes you a safe and happy holiday!


* The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in the fall of 1621 after surviving a year in the new world.

* To spur the struggling economy in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Thanksgiving occur on the third Thursday of November, making the holiday shopping season longer.

* It remained that way until 1941, when Congress declared Thanksgiving to be held on the fourth Thursday of  November once more.

* The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1924. It featured Central Park zoo animals, people in costumes, and floats. The first large helium-filled balloon was of Felix the Cat in 1927.

* Black Friday, the phrase for the day after Thanksgiving, was coined by the Philadelphia Police in 1966, who were not happy about the traffic the day brought to their city.

(Source: COZI)


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Small Business Saturday Multi-Author Event at Book Exchange


On November 29, from 10am-4pm, Marietta Book Exchange, Cobb County’s longest continually operating, Independent Bookstore, has planned a day of special events on Small Business Saturday, and customers are invited to attend the festivities. In addition to special prices on a selection of books, clever and sassy gift items, shoppers also will have an opportunity to visit with a number of Southern authors who will be on hand at various times throughout the day to support this local small business.

Mary Kay Andrews, Raymond Atkins, Romily Bernard, Lynn Cullen, Carolyn Dingman, Elizabeth Dulemba, Joshilyn Jackson, Susan Rebecca White, and Renea Winchester – accomplished writers and part of the Atlanta Metro area community – will mingle with customers, and discuss and autograph their books:

10:30 am: Children’s Story Time. Author/illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba reads Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia

11am-1:00pm: Romily Bernard-Remember Me (Teen Fiction) & Elizabeth Dulemba-A Bird On Water Street (Middle school age)

1-3pm: Joshilyn Jackson-Someone Else’s Love Story, Susan Rebecca White-A Place At The Table, & Renea Winchester-Farming, Friends, & Fried Bologna Sandwiches

2-4pm: Lynn Cullen-Mrs. Poe, GA Author of the Year Raymond Atkins-Sweetwater Blues, & Carolyn Dingman, debut novel-Cancel The Wedding

2:45-4pm: Mary Kay Andrews-Save the Date, & Christmas Bliss

For more information call 770-427-4848, visit the store’s website at or the store’s Facebook page at BOOK EXCHANGE/MARIETTA, GA.


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Delta Community Credit Union Presents $32,100 to Children’s Miracle Network

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Delta Community Credit Union ( presented a check for $32,100 to Children’s Miracle Network to help young patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The money was raised during the seventh annual Delta Community Tees Up “Fore” Kids Golf Tournament, held at Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw on Oct. 27.


Donations made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2014 are earmarked to help provide care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. “Charity care is a vital part of the service we provide to patients,” said Children’s Healthcare Representative Brittany Wilson. “Families from all walks of life may find themselves overwhelmed by unexpected or long-term medical care. Donations like this allow Children’s to provide care to all patients, even when their family’s resources are exhausted.”


In addition to the golf tournament, Delta Community employees and members take part in other fundraisers, year-round, to support charities, chambers of commerce and schools. “In 2014, Delta Community will contribute more than $600,000 to worthwhile organizations,” said Jai Rogers, Delta Community’s vice president of Business & Community Development. “This tournament is one of many fundraisers and community events that demonstrate our commitment to the financial and physical well-being of the communities we serve.” More information on Delta Community’s philanthropic and community programs is available on its website on the Community Programs page.

9 States with the Fastest Job Growth

Success and Failure Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

1. North Dakota – 3.3 percent

2. Texas – 2.6 percent

3. Arizona – 2.6 percent

4. Utah – 2.5 percent

5. Colorado – 2.4 percent

6. Idaho – 2.3 percent

7. Florida – 2.3 percent

8. Oregon – 2.2 percent

9. Georgia – 2.0 percent

(Source: Kiplinger)


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East Cobb Mediation Services Joins Cobb Chamber, Hosts Open House

Chuck Detling and Michael Opitz

Pictured are Chuck Detling and Michael Opitz, a registered mediator with East Cobb Mediation


The Cobb Chamber welcomed East Cobb Mediation Services as its newest member at East Cobb Mediation’s Open House last week. Members of the East Cobb Mediation team, friends and family gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, then celebrated joining the Chamber with a ribbon cutting prior to the conclusion of the evening’s events.

“We’re proud to be actively involved in our community and are here to assist the residents of Cobb County and surrounding areas whenever they need domestic mediation services,” said Chuck Detling, who works with East Cobb Mediation and is also a partner with the Marietta-based Detling Law Group.

East Cobb Mediation takes a client-centered, holistic approach to managing the entire mediation experience, including:

  • Providing a comfortable, neutral space in which to conduct the mediation session
  • Appointing a registered, professional mediator to help resolve your dispute
  • Hosting a breakfast or lunch (depending on the time of your session) on-site for your convenience
  • Managing all aspects of the billing and payment process

To learn more about East Cobb Mediation Services or to schedule an appointment, call 404-596-8543.


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Delta Community Credit Union Launches East Cobb Speakers Bureau

Delta Community Credit Union announces the establishment of a Speakers Bureau. The panel, which consists of experienced Delta Community professionals, is designed to provide accessibility to subject-matter experts across a wide array of financial specialties.

The following Delta Community professionals are available for speaking opportunities and lectures pertaining to the financial services industry or other related topics, particularly for metro Atlanta businesses, civic organizations, colleges, schools and not-for-profit organizations:

  • Hank Halter, Chief Executive Officer
  • Matthew Shepherd, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Jay Gratwick, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Bill Mesplay, Senior Vice President of Internet Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Bill Buchanan, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
  • Bob Walsh, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer
  • Carol Sundberg, Senior Vice President of Payments and Member Service
  • Pam Davis, Deputy Chief Lending Officer
  • Jan Tripp, Vice President of Investment & Insurance and President/CEO of Members Insurance Advisors, LLC
  • Jai Rogers, Vice President of Business and Community Development
  • Eve Nimkar, Vice President of Marketing and Communication
  • Kimberly Hoovestol, Director of Credit Administration

“We look forward to offering subject matter experts on a wide variety of topics for the benefit of the communities we serve,” said John Kennedy, assistant vice president of Corporate Communications. “Our Speakers Bureau represents our mission of helping people get more out of their finances and offering trusted advice and better value on the financial services people use every day.”

For more information, including speaker bios and details on how to request an individual speaker, visit the Speakers Bureaupage of the Delta Community website or send an email to speakers@DeltaCommunityCU.Com.


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LongHorn Steakhouse to raise money for Lupus Foundation of America

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LongHorn Steakhouse will host a “Dining for Dollars” charity event on Monday, November 17 to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter. To participate, visit the East Cobb LongHorn, 4721 Lower Roswell Road, between 11am and 10pm on November 17.

Guests who wish to participate can request a voucher from the restaurant upon arrival. At the conclusion of the meal, the voucher will be attached to diners’ bills and 10 percent of the total tab will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter.

LongHorn Steakhouse aims to make a positive impact in the Atlanta community. For several years LongHorn has hosted “Dining for Dollars” events, benefiting multiple local and national philanthropic organizations.



Massage Therapy Room for Rent

Massage Therapy Room for rent in established multidisciplinary office. Beautiful office, beautiful room with cross referrals available to share amount other practitioners. $400 dollars per month. Perfect for Licensed Massage Therapist with existing practice to share space, please call: 770-565-2882 to set up a time to see space.


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Thank a veteran with a free haircut. Great Clips awards customers with free haircut cards to give veterans.


When we see men and women in military uniforms, many of us want to walk up and thank them for devoting their lives to preserve our freedom. Now, you can show our appreciation by awarding active or retired U.S. military members a free haircut. It’s all part of the “Thank a Veteran” promotion from Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand. Great Clips leaders say the gesture is one small thank-you for our veterans’ service to country.

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On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active/inactive/retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of service, any day before Dec. 31, 2014.

“We’re honored to help the entire nation show appreciation for the men and women who have served our country,” says Great Clips CEO, Rhoda Olsen, who is married to a Vietnam veteran.  “We invite everyone to come into a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) to purchase a service and pick up a free haircut card. Give the card to your veteran neighbor, family member or just someone you notice is a veteran to thank them for serving our country. It’s one small way to show you truly care and appreciate their service.”

How It Works:

  • Customers come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 and, with the purchase of a service, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
  • Limit one card per customer.
  • The free haircut cards are redeemable by veterans at any U.S. Great Clips from Nov. 11–Dec. 31, 2014 with proof of service. The promotion applies to veterans only.
  • Veterans who visit Great Clips in the U.S. on Nov. 11 receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to redeem by Dec. 31. After Nov. 11, veterans must have a free haircut card to get the free haircut.

“Many of our franchise owners, corporate staff and Great Clips stylists have served in the military, or have family members or customers who have served, so we are all excited to be a part of this nationwide ‘thank-you’ to our men and women in uniform,” says Terri Miller, Great Clips vice president of marketing & communications. “To make sure as many veterans as possible have the opportunity to get their free haircut, we extended this promotion through the end of the year. We want to give these great people more time to visit a Great Clips and redeem this thank-you card for a free haircut in honor of their service.”

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