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Cobb Schools Foundation to Host Volunteer of the Year Awards

April 11, 2014

Cobb Schools FoundationThe Cobb Schools Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the schools, staff and students of the Cobb County School District, is proud to announce the 2014 Cobb County Schools Volunteer of the Year Awards presented by the Atlanta Hawks. The awards luncheon is set for Thursday, May 1 11 a.m. the Atlanta Marriott NW.

This event honors 112 volunteers from each school in the Cobb County School District, selected by members of the individual school. The luncheon includes entertainment, awards, door prizes and the announcement of the Elementary, Middle and High School Volunteer of the Year! Over 300 principals, administrators, Board members and volunteers from all areas of the Cobb County School District will be in attendance.

To make this event a success, the Cobb Schools Foundation is currently seeking sponsors and donations. Sponsorship packages begin at just $500. Click here to download a sponsorship form.

For more information, please contact Sheri Brante at sheri.brante@cobbk12.org  or 404-903-9192.

Imaging Solutions and Services, Inc. Joins FileBound Partner Program

April 8, 2014

Cobb Chamber member Imaging Solutions and Services, Inc., a Memphis-based solution provider with almost 20 years of experience serving clients across the nation, recently joined the Filebound Partner Program and participated in the Partner Jumpstart Program. FileBound by Upland Software, Inc., a leading provider in cloud-based document and workflow automation, recently reaffirmed its commitment to reseller success by introducing the new Partner Jumpstart Program. The onboarding program is designed to ensure the success of new members who make the transition to FileBound. On average, the first six resellers selected to participate closed their first order one-third sooner than partners who did not participate in the program and have a substantially larger pipeline of potential business.

“We understand that taking on a new product can be disruptive to a reseller’s business, and they can’t wait six months or a year to begin to see a return on their investment, “commented Jon Ellers, who leads FileBound’s channel recruitment and development programs.  “This program helps our new partners reduce the time it takes to build a pipeline of FileBound opportunities and close those opportunities sooner, making the transition much smoother.”

In its first quarter as a Filebound partner, Imaging Solutions and Services, Inc. implemented a solution for a national financial services provider of specialty investment products and has several other projects in the works in the automotive, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

“We are extremely pleased with the strength of the FileBound software and the support we have received from the staff at Upland Software,” says Jay Borrow, president of Imaging Solutions and Services, Inc. “By combining FileBound with our team’s experience of partnering with our clients to address key business challenges and our complementary document conversion services, we create comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that deliver unsurpassed results, a real winning combination for our clients.”


About FileBound

FileBound delivers cloud-based business process automation and document management applications that improve the operation of any organization by connecting users with the information they need to work more efficiently and effectively. With FileBound, customers can build automated workflow processes and centrally manage documents to improve compliance, collaboration and access to information. FileBound applications can be deployed locally or as a cloud-based service and have been implemented by organizations of all sizes around the world. FileBound is part of the Upland Software family of cloud-based enterprise work management applications, and shares Upland’s commitment a customer-centric approach to innovation, excellence and applications that deliver measurable results. For more information, visit filebound.com.


About Upland Software

Upland Software is a leading cloud provider of Enterprise Work Management software. Upland offers a comprehensive family of applications that help organizations to align their goals, projects and programs, optimize their resource utilization and workflows, efficiently manage content and information, and empower teams to collaborate and work effectively. From strategic planning to work execution, Upland enables business results for more than 1,200 enterprise clients with 300,000 active users in over 50 countries. To learn more, visit uplandsoftware.com.


About Imaging Solutions and Services, Inc.

Imaging Solutions and Services Inc, serving clients for nearly two decades, is a nationally recognized, award-winning systems integrator, business process consultant and outsourcing services provider focused on applying enterprise content management (ECM) technologies to deliver business process improvement. As a premier-level partner with the document imaging industry’s leading component and software manufacturers, Imaging Solutions and Services, Inc. has a proven track record of partnering with clients to clearly identify business challenges and apply technology and services to deliver integrated business application and workflow automation solutions that result in increased operational effectiveness and improved performance. More information about Imaging Solutions and Services, Inc is available at issi-online.com.

Jim Ellis Automotive Group Drives Up Internet & Network Services Performance with Comcast Business

April 3, 2014

Atlanta’s largest family owned automotive group turns to Comcast Business for great customer service, simplified billing and online sales, and to help its business with more efficient vendor management, connecting all of its 14 metro Atlanta dealerships on an advanced network

ATLANTA – March 27, 2014 – Comcast Business today announced that Jim Ellis Automotive Group, Atlanta’s largest family owned and operated automotive group, has deployed Comcast’s Ethernet services to connect all of its dealerships on one wide area network. The fiber-based network provides the #3 dealer in the U.S. in Internet sales volume, with the scalable bandwidth needed to support online sales and customer service, business applications hosted in its private cloud and Wi-Fi for on-site customers.

Starting as a single dealership more than 40 years ago, Jim Ellis Automotive Group has grown to a network of 14 dealerships that employs over 900 local residents at locations across metro Atlanta including Marietta, Kennesaw and Buford. The company sells new and used vehicles including brands such as Audi, Buick, Chevy, GMC, Hyundai, Maserati, Mazda, Porsche, Volvo and Volkswagen. In addition, the company services all the brands it sells and has a collision center that is manufacturer-certified to perform repairs on any of its brands.

Jim Ellis Automotive Group’s locations were once linked by T1 connections that were costly and complex to manage across various providers, and increasingly too slow to support its digital business requirements. In addition to needing faster Internet speeds to support online sales and Wi-Fi for customers, the company also began using a new, bandwidth-intensive Dealership Management System (DMS) to help manage finance, sales, parts, inventory and administration across its dealerships. To bring more convenience to its customers’ mobile lifestyles, the company also developed the Jim Ellis Garage App for iOS and Android that gives customers local traffic, weather, access to owner’s manuals and the ability to schedule service appointments.

“Whether it is allowing customers to view our available inventory, purchase a car online, schedule service appointments or take advantage of our Wi-Fi service, the Internet drives virtually all aspects of our business,” said Eddie Gonzalez, IT Systems Director, Jim Ellis Automotive Group. “Comcast Business was uniquely able to provide a comprehensive network solution that touches every part of our organization across all of our locations, and gives us the performance and bandwidth required to support our digital initiatives.”

To address Jim Ellis Automotive Group’s need, Comcast installed its Ethernet Network Services to provide wide area connectivity between the company’s 14 locations, including 50 Megabits per second (Mbps) connections to its main campuses in Marietta and Chamblee, and 10 Mbps connections to its 12 other locations. The group also added two Ethernet Dedicated Internet lines at its Marietta and Chamblee campuses that provide each with a 50 Mbps connection.  With this network solution from Comcast Business, Jim Ellis Automotive Group can now contact one vendor for fast response time and simplified billing.

“Jim Ellis Automotive Group is a great example of a forward-thinking company that is leveraging technology across its operations to make an impact on the most important part of its business – customer satisfaction,” said Bob Deckard, regional vice president, Comcast Business. “With our advanced and redundant fiber network across metro Atlanta, it was easy for Jim Ellis Automotive Group to connect all of its sites using our high-performance Ethernet services, giving them a consistent platform to help drive their diverse technology initiatives.”

 

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

For more information, call 866-429-3085.

Follow us on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to businesses and residential customers. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

SBA and Yelp Team Up to Host Event on How Small Business Can Successfully Engage and Manage Online Reputation

March 21, 2014

In this day and age, an online review about a customer experience can spread like wildfire, and potentially tarnish the reputation of a business in mere seconds. The U.S. Small Business Administration, a federal organization dedicated to providing support to small businesses across the nation, is teaming up with Yelp to host an event to help Georgia small business owners successfully engage with online reviewers and manage their online reputation. The free, in-person event will take place on Wednesday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the KSU Center at Kennesaw State University.

With the rise in popularity of customer reviews, it is becoming increasingly important for business owners to actively engage with customers to thwart potential threats, as well as connect with loyal and potential customers. The 90-minute event will include panel discussions featuring best practices for getting started with online reviews, tips on how to handle critical feedback and respond to reviews, and ways to generate more buzz by creating exciting promotions and monitoring customer leads. Additionally, the event will provide small business owners invaluable insights into how businesses can join the conversations that are happening about their business online.

The event will provide an informal networking opportunity with refreshments, and is provided at no cost to participants.

For more information, visit www.sba.gov/ga, or contact Patrice Dozier at 404-331-0100 ext. 411. Media interested in attending should email Mark Gibson at mark.gibson@sba.gov to register.

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia Receives High Mark in 2014 J.D. Power Study

March 19, 2014

For the fifth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia has ranked the highest in member satisfaction in the South Atlantic region, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Member Health Plan Study. The South Atlantic region comprises of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The study measures member satisfaction among 138 health plans in 18 regions throughout the United States by examining several key factors that influence the member experience.

Scoring a total of 784 points on a 1,000 point-scale, Kaiser Permanente scored 109 points above the South Atlantic region’s average for overall membership satisfaction. The nonprofit health plan organization received the region’s highest scores in several categories, including coverage and benefits, cost, provider choice, customer service and information and communication.

Kaiser Permanente’s health plans are delivered by the multi-specialty Southeast Permanente Medical Group, which includes more than 450 physicians. With easy-to-access tools on kp.org, all members have online access to useful medical information, medical records and tools to communicate with their provider. Additionally, members have access to My Health, which gives registered members the ability to perform tasks online, such as scheduling appointments and ordering prescription refills.

As a proud member of the Chamber, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is committed to quality and affordability, and providing members with outstanding patient care.

Liberty Mutual Promotes Prom Safety Driving With Crashed Car Demo At Cobb High Schools

March 18, 2014

Liberty Mutual Insurance, a proud member of the Chamber, partnered with two local high schools to send a powerful message to students and the community: drinking and driving is a deadly combination, especially during prom season. To heighten awareness about the threat of drinking and driving in Mableton and Austell and throughout the entire country, Liberty Mutual provided South Cobb High School and Pebblebrook High School with a crashed vehicle for a safety demonstration for juniors and seniors earlier this month.

The Boston-based insurance company understands the important role schools play in curbing dangerous behaviors on prom night. According to a 2011 survey conducted by Liberty Mutual and SADD of more than 2,200 high school students, 89 percent of teens reported their schools have programs and policies in place to prevent students from engaging in dangerous behaviors, such as under-age drinking at school-related functions. The study found that only six percent of high school students say they have driven under the influence on prom night. This is a contrast to the perception of this behavior among their peers in a study conducted in 2009, which found that 90 percent of teens felt their peers would be more likely to drink and drive after prom than any other times of the year.

The recent partnership with the two local Cobb high schools is part of an ongoing campaign aimed at promoting prom driving safety among teens in the community. To help teens and parents navigate the early driving years, Liberty Mutual provides helpful resources and easy-to-navigate tools online at LibertyMutual.com/TeenDriving, including a Parent/Teen Driving Contract designed for families to discuss responsible driving habits, and to customize mutually agreed consequences and rewards for behaviors such as text messaging, speeding, seat belts and alcohol and other drug use. Additionally, the website provides state-by-state driving laws, practice permit tests and video demonstrations of safety driving techniques.

After learning about safety driving, and with prom season just around the corner, teens and parents at South Cobb High School and Pebblebrook High School are prepared to rule the road.

Cobb Chamber Congratulates Members on “Top 20 Rising Stars Under 40” List

March 13, 2014

The Cobb Chamber is proud to congratulate sixteen members for making the Cobb Business Journal’s Top 20 Rising Stars Under 40” list. The Marietta-based publication recently released its list in recognition of the top rising stars under 40 years old in Cobb County. The list honors those individuals who are driving change in business, law, politics and the arts.

The Chamber is proud to have key members and volunteers on the list of rising stars in the community.

The Chamber’s own Brooks Mathis, who joined the team in 2011, is the vice president of Economic Development and executive director of Cobb’s Competitive EDGE. Since joining the Chamber, Mathis has played an instrumental role in leading efforts to bolster economic development in the community, including the new jobs and investments, over the past three years.

In addition, the Chamber is proud to honor the following members and volunteers who made this year’s rising stars list:

  • Lola Ajayi, owner of Mathnasium
  • Jennifer Blomquist, owner  and president of Blomquist Builders Group
  • Mandy Burton, marketing strategist at WellStar Medical Group
  • David Cole, attorney at Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLP
  • Caitlyn Cooper, chief fundraiser at Comm360
  • David Cunningham, field supervisor at Superior Plumbing
  • Daniel Diemer, general manager of Day’s Chevrolet
  • Mamie Doyle, owner of Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes, Cakes & Such
  • Adam Emrich, financial comptroller at Georgia Power
  • David Johnson, senior relationship manager at Community Southern Bank
  • Austin Mann, owner of Austin Mann Interiors
  • Leslie O’Neal, attorney and founding partner of O’Dell & O’Neal Attorneys
  • Ryan Patrick, real estate attorney at Smith, Tumlin, McCurley & Patrick, P.C.
  • Angela Shipp, director of publications and digital media at Cobb EMC
  • Todd Thrasher, managing partner of Brooks Chadwick Capital
  • Jason Waters, first vice president and commercial relationship manager at SunTrust Bank

As committed members of the Chamber, we are honored to celebrate your commitment and service to the community!

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