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Apply for Principal for a Day program with Cobb Chamber

Get an inside look at one of our county’s strongest assets and become a Principal for a Day! With a commitment of a half workday, participants will have the chance to meet one-on-one with one of Cobb County’s outstanding principals to gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges and strengths local schools face on a daily basis. Participants will shadow a local principal, meet with the faculty, as well as spend time in the classroom with students. This program will take place on Feb. 19 in Cobb County Schools and on Feb. 25 in Marietta City Schools.

To Apply online  CLICK HERE. If you would like to participate, please complete the online application byFriday, Jan. 30. For information about becoming a Principal for a Day, contact Amy Goggins at or 770-859-2335


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Submit your proposal for Cobb Chamber’s Worksite Wellness Awards

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The Cobb Chamber of Commerce Worksite Wellness Committee is accepting proposals from Cobb County businessesdesiring to establish or expand worksite wellness initiatives.  A total of seven awards will be granted: two $5,000 awards; four $2,500 awards; and one $1,000 award.

Incentives are made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Transformation Grant (CTG).  For information on other community health initiatives visit

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, December 17th. Proposals (one per applicant) may be submitted electronically to

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Cobb Chamber announces Public Safety Employee of the Year Nominees

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As part of the 15th annual Public Safety Appreciation week, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce will honor Cobb County’s finest during a special recognition program at the Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast event held at the Cobb Galleria Centre on Oct. 6. The breakfast will kick off a weeklong effort to celebrate public safety personnel in Cobb County.

Preparations for such an event begin months in advance with the nomination process for the Public Safety Employee of the Year Award in addition to other awards, such as the Medal of Valor, Award of Merit and the Distinguished Achievement Award. Residents, government officials, public safety agencies and business officials are given the opportunity to nominate public safety personnel for the honor. This year the Cobb Chamber received 19 nominations.

The Chamber would like to congratulate the following people on their nomination for a public safety recognition award:

Agent Kyle Arnold

Acworth Police Department


Detective Shannon Arrowood
Marietta Police Department


Detective Tom Bastis
Cobb County Police Department


Fire Engineer Steven Bradley
Cobb Fire & Emergency Services


Officer Daniel Brown
Kennesaw Police Department


Police Dispatch Specialist Trina Dean
Kennesaw State University Police


Fire Engineer Dave Dwyer

Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services


Officer Adam Hainline

Kennesaw Police Department


Officer Darin Hull
Cobb County Police Department


Lieutenant Duane Manns
Southern Polytechnic State University Police Department


Investigator Bob Morris
Cobb County Sheriff’s Office


Officer Paul Reynolds

Marietta Police Department


Officer Tom Rooney
Smyrna Police Department


Officer Charles A. Spann Jr.
Chattahoochee Technical College Police Department


Emergency Medical Dispatcher Erica Tillman

MetroAtlanta Ambulance   


Officer Charles Vill
Cobb County Police Department


Public Safety Units


Marietta Fire Department


Camellia LaLonde and Ty Daniels

MetroAtlanta Ambulance


Kennesaw Mountain Law Enforcement Team

National Park Service

Award winners were chosen by a committee of volunteers. Cobb County Public Safety Director Sam Heaton is the chairman of the Cobb Chamber’s 2014 Public Safety Committee. Presenting sponsors for the breakfast are Cobb EMC and Northside Hospital. The Awards sponsor is LoRusso Law Firm, P.C. Media sponsors include Cobb County Government and BIZ 1190 – WAFS AM and Talk 920 – WGKA AM. Silver sponsors include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; C.W. Matthews Contracting Company; Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson; Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Genuine Parts Company; Georgia Power Company; GLOCK, Inc.; LGE Community Credit Union; MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service; Puckett EMS; Six Flags Over Georgia; and T&T Uniforms. The patriot sponsors are Cobb Galleria Centre, Eye Consultants of Atlanta, Marietta Trophy & Engraving and Publix Super Markets.

For more information on Public Safety Appreciation Week visit


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Nominations Open for the Sam Olens Business Community Service Awards

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Are you a non-profit looking to recognize one of your community partners? Submit a nomination for the 2014 Sam Olens Business Community Service Awards to honor that company.

The Sam Olens Business Community Service Awards, presented by the Cobb Chamber and Georgia Trend magazine, recognize deserving Cobb Chamber member businesses for service to the community through support of not-for-profit organizations. Any Cobb business, large or small, that has given back to the Cobb community is eligible for nomination. Businesses nominated will then be asked to complete an application.

All nominations must be submitted by Sept. 26Click here to fill out an online nomination form.

For more information about the Business Community Service Awards, contact Sue Leithead at 770-859-2326 or


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Last Chance to Nominate: Honorary Commanders 2015 Class

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Honorary Commanders, one of the Cobb Chamber’s premiere leadership programs sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is seeking nominations for the 2015 class. Honorary Commanders is a cooperative effort of the Cobb Chamber, Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB), General Lucius D. Clay National Guard Center, Navy and Marine Corps. The Honorary Commanders Association annually selects community and business leaders and pairs them with military commanders in a yearlong program, giving those leaders the opportunity to learn more about local military activities, their impact on our economy and various aspects of the national defense system.

Please note that the Honorary Commanders program year requires a significant dedication of time and energy. We ask that you discuss the benefits of the program as well as the commitment involved with your employer. Each nominee will receive an email with application instructions once the nomination period has closed. You may nominate yourself.
Click here to complete a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by July 11.

For more information, contact Julie Kim at or 770-859-2348.

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Register by Friday for the 2014 Cobb Young Professionals annual charity golf tournament

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Join the future leaders of Cobb County for an afternoon on the golf course! Cobb Young Professionals will host its annual charity golf tournament on Friday, April 4, at Canongate Bentwater Golf Club. The charity tournament will begin with registration and a warm-up at noon, with a 1 pm reception and a shotgun start at 2 pm. Individual players without a foursome team will be given an opportunity to be paired after registration. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the winner’s preferred charity.

The cost is $45 per golfer and $180 per foursome, which includes a round of golf, one reception drink ticket and a $5 donation to the charity of the winning team’s choice.  Additionally, participants are encouraged to bring cash for mulligans, extra drinks, raffle tickets and other opportunities to donate to the winning charity. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 28 at noon.

Businesses can take advantage of the unique marketing opportunity through a hole sponsorship. Sponsorship participation provides an opportunity to show support to Cobb Young Professionals and the Cobb Chamber, as well as help the organization give more to the winning charity. The tournaments major sponsors include Bank of North Georgia as putting sponsor; Shenton Law as cart sponsor; and the PGA Tour Super Store as prize sponsor. For a full list of 2014 sponsors and event information, visit

For more information about Cobb Young Professionals, contact Hannah Gordon at 770-859-2359 or, or to become a hole sponsor at the tournament, contact Jason Sleeman at


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Nominations open for Cobb’s Cutting EDGE Technology Award

The Cobb Chamber seeks to identify outstanding Cobb-based companies that excel in manufacturing, processing or utilizes high-end technology in innovative ways with the first annual Cobb’s Cutting EDGE Technology Awards. The Chamber recognizes the significance of technology to commerce, economic growth and prosperity. This award gives recognition to exceptional companies who have shown their partnership to the vitality of Cobb County through their commitment to innovation.

Nominations are accepted annually, giving the community a chance to recognize those companies on the cutting edge of technology in Cobb. After being nominated, each company completes a thorough application based on the Cutting EDGE Technology standards. The application covers company information, economic impact, innovation, community impact, employee benefits and green initiatives. Seven awards will be given including users and creators of technology and a green tech/clean tech award. The Cobb’s Cutting EDGE Award winners will be selected by qualified industry professional judges.

Click here to view the nomination form. All nomination forms must be submitted by March 5, 2014.

Please join us at the first annual Cutting EDGE Technology Awards on April 9 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. to recognize the outstanding users and creators of technology in Cobb County!

For more information about Cobb’s Cutting EDGE Technology awards or to become a sponsor, contact Samantha Elrod at 770-859-2374 or


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A New Face for Leads to Success: Cobb Connections

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Beginning January 13, Leads to Success will be improved, transformed and renamed to Cobb Connections. Cobb Connections is a newly formatted networking program that builds relationships and promotes business-to-business development, as well as business to consumer. Attendees will still have the opportunity to give a 30-second elevator speech, but the newly formatted program features table discussions allowing attendees to share challenges and successful strategies for gaining new referrals.

Cobb Connections will be held the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Mansour Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary with a Cobb Chamber membership and pre-registration will be required.

Register for the first meeting of Cobb Connections >>

For more information about Cobb Connections, contact Amy Goggins at 770-859-2335


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Home Depot CEO: Company growing, market recovering


Home Depot chairman and CEO Frank Blake, keynote speaker at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast Monday, said the retail giant is exceeding growth expectations, which is a sign that the housing market is back.

Home Depot for the second quarter compared to 2012 saw the largest sales growth in same-store sales the company’s had in more than 20 years, he said.

“It is a sign of the housing market coming back,” Blake said. “But to give you a perspective on just the size and power of the company that Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank founded just slightly over 30 years ago, in three months of the second quarter of this year, our business grew $2 billion. That’s pretty amazing.”

Blake anticipates the market will continue to recover based on what’s happening in areas of the country hit hardest by the downturn, such as Florida, California and Arizona.

“It’s home price appreciation, so people, their houses are getting out of negative equity situations, and so people are willing to invest in their homes again,” he said.

A headwind to the recovery is that it continues to be difficult for families to get credit, particularly for new homeowners.

“As part of the correction to the crash there are very strict standards around mortgages and how much of a down payment you have to make and the (credit) score you need to get loans, and so it’s much harder to qualify for mortgages now,” he said. “Particularly for the first-time homebuyer, you’re seeing a lot of the younger generation that have significant student debt, and so you’re actually seeing a slowdown in sort of that early first-time homebuyer.”

Blake said much of the retailer’s growth is coming in the form of online sales, which spiked more than 50 percent in the third quarter.

“People, they want the comfort of shopping in their home, being able to pick up in the store, being able to return in the store, the breadth of selection online. We’re seeing big growth online,” he said.

The shale oil boom in North Dakota has allowed the retailer to open a new store in that state next month. There are also plans to open stores in Mexico.

“But you know, the new store growth is not the significant part of our growth stream. It’s mostly online and in-store,” he said.

Among those at the breakfast, held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, was county chairman Tim Lee, who said he was grateful that Home Depot’s corporate headquarters are in the county within the Cumberland Community Improvement District.

“Where Home Depot goes, so does the economy,” Lee said. “The stronger their sales are, it’s a good indicator as to where the economy is going overall, as people use more discretionary income for home improvement, and it’s also an indication that the building market, new homes, is starting to come back and show signs of improvement, which for our area specifically is a catalyst for economic growth. Combining their strength with the recent news of economic development in Cobb County (the Atlanta Braves moving here) the future looks bright for Cobb.”

Blake touched on the community service of Home Depot, such as the $80 million the retailer’s foundation committed to nonprofits dedicated to improving the homes of veterans.

Every year from Sept. 11 to Nov. 11, the company also makes a concentrated effort to serve its communities. This past eight-week span saw more than 350 projects to help veterans completed.

“Many of these projects are right here in Cobb County, from performing critical home repairs to building wheelchair ramps to refurbishing transitional housing for formerly homeless veterans,” Blake said.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Jon Gillooly, December 02, 2013. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Home Depot CEO Company growing market recovering)

Cobb Chamber to Host Health Care Summit

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The Cobb Chamber of Commerce will host the 2013 Health Care Summit on Oct. 21 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the most comprehensive and unique session of its kind in the country. With a lineup of keynote speakers, panelists and experts in the health care, insurance and pharmaceutical fields, this Summit will provide citizens and the business community with an understanding of what Health Care  Reform means for their organization, and the current politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act at the state and federal levels and what to do about it. Business leaders, human resource professionals and interested citizens are all encouraged to attend this one-day summit, including breakfast and lunch. The cost is $129 for general admission, and $99 for Cobb Chamber and Georgia Chamber members.

Along with high-profile keynote speakers, discussions will be led by panels comprised of experts on Health Care Reform, influential  organizations and government officials. All attendees will have the opportunity to interact with keynote speakers during the live discussion using special technology devices.

Work groups will also be held and led by health care experts, providing structured opportunities for strategic and tactical idea-sharing. These discussions will allow attendees to depart the Summit with a clear action plan relating to requirements under the new laws, options to address these requirements, and a prioritized, company-specific action plan for 2014.

Keynote speakers and panelists will include: Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens; U.S. Congressman Tom Price; Lt. Governor Casey  Cagle; Reynold Jennings, president and CEO of WellStar; Donna Hyland, president and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Ralph Hudgens, Insurance Commissioner for the State of Georgia; Dr. Rob Schreiner, executive medical director at Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Judith Monroe, CDC Director, Office for the State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support; and Steve Millard, president and executive director of the Council of Smaller Enterprises.

For more information, to sponsor, or to register, visit, or contact Sue Leithead at or 770-859-2326.


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