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November 29, 2011

Chamber Boston Butt fundraiser a HIT!


A huge round of applause to the following people:


Bill Faith - Bug House, Amit Patel -Holiday Inn Express, Lori and Rick Boyer - Holiday Inn Express, Tommy Cook - Digital Bridges, Dawn Williams - BB&T Bank, Lin and Linda McKnight - Birthflowers, April Humphrey - ServPro, Carly Floyd - Serenity Hospice, Elaine Fortson - Baldwin County National Children's Study


Another great group of people helped to make this happen too!



Century Bank, Chaplinwood, Exchange Bank, Beckham's Used Cars & Courtney Tollison


We sold 200 butts and have heard nothing but praise about the cooking! 

Thanks to our new "cooking comrades", Dixie-Que BBQ Team, and the help of our master chef volunteers (who stayed all night), we were able to pull this off successfully. The Chamber staff hopes everyone enjoyed them over Thanksgiving break!  


What's next?  We were thinking of hosting a Chicken-Que...but we want to hear from you on the date.  Click here to let us know what time of year is better for you...


Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 

to benef it

Boys and Girls Club of Baldwin and Jones County

"Great Futures Start Here" 


Thursday * December 8, 2011

5:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Crockett's Cafeteria




$5.00 Advance *$6.00 At Door


Breakfast with Santa!
Oconee Regional Healthcare Foundation will sponsor Breakfast With Santa on Saturday,
December 3, from 8-11 a.m. at the Milledgeville Country Club.  Tickets are $10 per person, and can be purchased at the Pink Bow Gift Shop at Oconee Regional Medical Center or by calling 478-454-3859.  Activities include face painting, a coloring station, Story Time Elf, sugar cookie decorating, a Secret Santa Shop and a waffle bar.
Do you have old computers you do not use?
The Sinclair Christian Academy High School Computer lab is in need of a few more computers. If you or a business that you are affiliated with have any computers that you no longer use and would like to donate please consider this cause. Please contact Heather Schulze at with any responses to the need. Thank you!
Do you have a significant event or promotion coming up in 2012?  Go ahead and save YOUR date for Feature Friday because the calendar is booked up through the end of the year! 
December Calendar:
the 2nd - Play! A Creative Studio
the 9th - Fun Factory
the 16th - State Farm
Merritt Massey
the 30th - CGTC  

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First Friday
December's First Friday event is offering lots of great things to do this Friday night starting at 5:30pm.
Listen to musical entertainment from Jordan Mann and Will Kendrick as they play their unique blend of popular acoustic, country, blues and classic rock. Visit Reggie Stanley for kids' activities and Maria Fontenot for face paintings. From 5:30 to 7:30 Digital Bridges will be hosting the Annual Wreath Auction, all proceeds go to the Empty Stocking Fund, so come out and help support a good cause and take home a wreath!  After the auction, get your blankets and lawn chairs and get cozy for our Holiday Movie Night, playing on the big screen will be Home Alone between the City for Annex building and Mary Vinson Memorial Library.

SBDCThe University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will offer the following continuing education programs. Unless otherwise noted, please register online or call 478-757-3609.


Who - The University of Georgia SBDC
What - Starting a Business
When - December 12, 2011, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where - Robins AFB

                                To Register Call 478-926-1256 

Details - Attending this class may be one of the most important decisions you make prior to opening your business because lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail. Topics for discussion include: personal, market, and financial feasibility; legal obligations for your business; estimating start-up costs and cash flow projections; financing alternatives; failure factors; and business planning. 

Who - The University of Georgia SBDC
What - Writing a Successful Business Plan
When - December 15, 2011, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Where - Robins AFB

To Register Call 478-926-1256

Details - The business plan is a road map, focusing business activities on the best use of resources - time and money.  An effective business plan is critical to the success of a company, especially if the company requires loan or investor financing. This seminar will explain the sections of a business plan, show what information is required for each section and demonstrate how to assemble a financial projection.



  • Dec. 2 - First Friday Holiday Celebration with Wreath Auction at Digital Bridges.
  • Dec. 3 - Oconee Regional Healthcare Foundation will sponsor Breakfast With Santa on Saturday,
    from 8-11 a.m. at the Milledgeville Country Club. Tickets are $10 per person, and can be purchased at the Pink Bow Gift Shop at Oconee Regional Medical Center or by calling 478-454-3859. Lots of fun activities!
  • Dec. 4 - Milledgeville Christmas Parade at 2pm
  • Dec. 6 - Riverbend State Prison will host a Grand Opening at 11am This event is open to the public!
  • Dec. 6 - Central State Hospital to host "A Joyous Holiday Celebration" 1:30-7pm. Admission is free and is open to the public.
  • Dec. 7 - Morning Brew at Digital Bridges 8-9am
  • Dec. 9-11 -  The Nutcracker. Dec. 9-10, 2011 @ 7 p.m./Dec. 11 @ 2 p.m.. Russell Auditorium (part of our Family Series). Admission: $12 - General: $8 - Children under 12
  • Dec. 15 - Business After Hours - Century Bank downtown 5:30-7:30pm 


  • Coldwell Banker SSK Realtors are hosting their annual fall food drive...drop off your donation and help someone in need!
  • Business Environment Survey is open - Click here to take!
  • Outdoor Creations is having their End of Season sale on pine straw - Only $2.25/bale while supplies last!
  • Play! A Creative Studio's Winter session begins November 1, 2011. They offer classes for children in Art, Music, Dance, Yoga, and Creative Movement. They also offer Art, Dance, and Yoga for adults! Pre-registration is happening now! Visit their website or call 478-451-3133
  • $2 Tuesdays! The Fun Factory offers $2 admission, $2 Skate Rental and $2 slice of pizza or hotdog and drink. 4pm-7:30pm EVERY TUESDAY!
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites celebrated "Rally To Serve Month" in October 2011.  This is a special time when they show appreciation for their associates, guests and community. In appreciation for our community, they are dropping rates to $89.00 for standard rooms until December 31,2011.  Spread the word for holiday guests!
  • Harrold's is still running their "Bargains From the Basement" sale. Come see what bargains and treasures you can find!

GC Students and Faculty

volunteering for MLK Jr. Day!!

Each year, Georgia College acknowledges Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sending students out across the Milledgeville community. This year, they will also have students from Georgia Military College and Georgia Technical College. Even the faculty and staff are involved! They are looking for volunteer projects and you can help! Students can participate in all kinds of manual labor, cleaning parks or buildings, painting rooms or walls, creating murals, working on beautification by gardening, etc... The goal is helping to improve the community. The main contact for volunteer projects is Emmanuel Little, the Director of Georgia College's Cultural Center. Contact him with any opportunities for these young adults to help out!  


The 5 Browns are coming to M-Town!

Georgia Military College Steinway Society and the Oconee Performing Arts Society will present The 5 Browns, Steinway artists extraordinaire, on Saturday, December 10, at The Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Georgia Military College. 

The 2PM Matinee performance will be interactive and educational as the Browns will speak to the audience and address questions from guests. 

The 7PM Holiday Show is nearly sold out and will include a coffee and dessert reception following the concert. 

Tickets are available by visiting or

calling 877-725-8849.

As always, thank you for your partnership with the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber!




Ashley Marcott

Investor Relations Director 

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