Skyline Equipment

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Skyline Equipment Co. has been in business for 41 years and does hydraulic repairs. Skyline Equipment sets itself apart through its customer service; Skyline believes in treating customers the way they would like to be treated.  Skyline Equipment has been a member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce for 35 years. “Chamber membership helps us save on our workers’ compensation insurance through its Drug Free Workplace program.”

2007 Liberty Expressway
229.883.3093
Contact: Ronnie Poole


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Central Monitoring, Second Harvest Food Bank Warming Albany One Coat At A Time

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Once again Central Monitoring is teaming up with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southwest Georgia to collect new and gently used coats to distribute – free of charge – to local children and adults. The Albany “One Warm Coat” project is being held in collaboration with a national endeavor with the same name. Coats of all sizes are welcome; children’s sizes are most needed.

“The program is an easy way for all of us to pass along coats and jackets that we no longer need,” said Central Monitoring Owner/President Judy Randle. “Our donations of something so simple and so essential may very well turn out to be the best holiday gift received by many people in our community.”

With the help of the Albany Fire Department, Central Monitoring is making donating a coat simple: Coats may be taken to any Albany fire station or to Central Monitoring’s headquarters at 522 Pine Ave. From there, Central Monitoring will collect the coats and give them to the Second Harvest Food Bank, which will distribute them locally.

While this important community project will continue through the holiday season, the sooner the coats are donated, the sooner they will be provided to families that need them. So we encourage people to make the donations now.

The Albany “One Warm Coat” project’s official kickoff will be November 17, 2016. The “One Warm Coat” project will run through January 16, 2017. The One Warm Coat hotline is 229-434-1176.


Who: Sponsored by Central Monitoring on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank of Southwest Georgia

What: The community is requested to donate new and gently used coats which will be given free of charge to local families

Where: Donated coats are being collected at all Albany Fire Stations and Central Monitoring, 522 Pine Ave.

When: November 17, 2016 thru January 16, 2017

Why: To ensure that everyone in our community has a warm coat this winter

Info: 434-1176

 

Woodall and Pflepsen

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Woodall and Pflepsen, started by George Woodall in 1976, is a law firm offering legal representation of individuals in the areas of  bankruptcy, Chapter 7 and 11, workers compensation for injured workers, veterans disability claims and Social Security disability claims. Woodall and Pflepsen is a small law firm with a long established connection to the community and has been a member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since 1997. “We appreciate the publicity provided by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.”

405 W. Tift Ave.
229.883.2621 | www.woodallpflepsen.com
Contact: Keith Pflepsen


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Ashley Furniture Homestore

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Ashley Furniture Homestore offers furniture, mattresses, accessories and various other décor items as well as a free in-home design service. Ashley offers different finance options to accommodate every customers’ needs. Ashley Furniture community partner program provides the opportunity to engage and support Albany and many of its organizations. Ashley Furniture Homestore joined the Chamber before the retailer even opened its doors. “The Chamber provided significant support during our soft opening. We created awareness throughout the community by promoting an open house with a flyer placed in the Chamber magazine. The turnout from the Chamber and the community was overwhelming. We have since then continued to utilize the Chamber magazine and website.”

1223 N. Westover Blvd.
229.317.4580 | www.ahs-se.com
Contact: Liz Quinn


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Leadership Albany Offers FranklinCovey Courses

Leadership Albany is excited to announce our partnership with FranklinCovey to bring their popular training to our community at a discount. Our initial offering focuses on personal effectiveness by including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, and Project Management Essentials.

Each course is available online and on demand so that you and your team can choose the best time to incorporate this training into your individual schedules. The number of passes available for this is limited and the time to complete the courses is February 28th. Contact Mary Ligon for more information.

Turner Job Corps Center

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Turner Job Corps has been in Albany since 1978, and is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16-24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. Turner Job Corps is dedicated to developing the whole person and achieves that through a variety of Center classes and workshops. Turner Job Corps has been a member of the Albany Area Chamber since 1978. “The Chamber provides us with a wealth of opportunities to network and make Albany a great place to live.  Turner Job Corps staff serve on the Chamber’s Education Committee, Small Business Resource Committee and serve as Ambassadors.  We are active participants in the Business After Hours and Business Expo and other events organized by the Chamber.”

2000 Schilling Avenue
229.434.0383  | www.atlantaregion.jobcorps.gov/jc
Contact: Elizabeth Brown


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MERTS, LLC

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MERTS has been in business for more than 65 years, and in June 2014  was purchased by Larry Hilldore of Pathfinder Systems. The company provides specialized solutions to the unique problems of concrete producers including new construction, engineering, project management, and repair operations. MERTS plants are completely customizable and built to last. MERTS has been a member of the Albany Area Chamber for more than 37 years. “Chamber membership puts the focus on local businesses.  Even though we’ve been located in this area for many years, we are still relatively unknown.  We’re extremely proud to be the Star Business of the Week and get our name out there.”

500 Oakland Ct.
229.435.3315  | www.merts.com
Contact: Angela Holder


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Retired Albany surgeon Charles Gillespie receives Medical Association of Georgia award

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Dr. Charles B. Gillespie, a retired Albany surgeon, received the Physician’s Award for Community Service during a ceremony that took place in conjunction with the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) 162nd House of Delegates meeting in Savannah recently.

The MAG award recognizes physicians who demonstrate a love for their community outside the regular scope of practice, officials with MAG said.

“As the chair of the committee that Gov. Jimmy Carter appointed in the early 1970s that formed Georgia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, Dr. Gillespie was instrumental in establishing the regulations for the EMS service in Georgia,” outgoing MAG President Dr. John Harvey wrote in a nomination letter for the award. “He also reformed the EMS training process in a number of important ways, including the implementation of an EMT oath that was adopted throughout Georgia and is now used across the U.S. and beyond.

“Dr. Gillespie has been a tireless advocate for a universal 911 service in Georgia – and he is widely considered to be the ‘father’ of emergency medical services in Georgia.”

MAG recognized physicians in several categories at the meeting. Gillespie, who retired from practicing medicine 20 years ago, won an award in another category during a prior year — making the most recent award the second he has received from MAG.

“It (the community service award) means a lot for me to get it, especially since it recognizes not only my medical works but my service to the community as well,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie established Albany Technical College’s EMT training program in 1972, which now has a training center bearing his name. The retired surgeon has served as a member of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Emergency Health Services Advisory and Medical Directors Advisory councils, the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare, the Georgia EMT Committee and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

As a member of the Governor’s Military Affairs Committee, he came up with the idea to install directional and mileage road signs to help visitors get to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, a concept he extended to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, and Air Force bases in Warner Robins, Fort Benning and Fort Stewart.

Gillespie also worked with Humana to reduce the number and complexity of the pre-certification processes for more than 400 Tricare surgical procedures. As a member of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Commission, he played a key role in the design and construction of a $12 million terminal at the airport.

Outside his role as a physician, Gillespie said his contributions to the airport commission are among the ones he is most proud of.

“The airport commission is one of the more favorable ones,” he said.

Gillespie received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1961, and he completed his orthopedic residency at Grady Hospital in 1966.

Courtesy of The Albany Herald
By Jennifer Parks