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The Party of LIFE: Back-to-School Community Block Party

July 22, 2014

LIFE University of Marietta, GA is hosting a back to school community block party this upcoming August and it is an event you don’t want to miss! There will be music, informational sessions, giveaways, bounce house, giant slide, face painting and balloon art. Guests will also be treated to such cookout favorites as hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs.

Participants are eligible for giveaways and drawings with prizes of gift cards, backpacks, iPads, pedometers, scientific calculators, stylus pends, water bottles, t-shirts and school supplies. This event is free admission for the community, youth, and families.

The purpose of the LIFE Back-to-School Community Block Party is for community outreach designed to provide local families with ways to holistically support the healthy development of the community’s children – mind, body, and spirit – and familiarize them with LIFE’s unique vital health philosophy and program offerings.

There will be exhibits and displays at the event which will reflect LIFE’s focus on maximizing health through good nutrition, exercise, positive psychology, positive business, and exercise science.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 2 from 11 to 1 p.m. It is located at the Lyceum Park and Standard Process Amphitheater if weather persists.

For more information, contact

Georgia Construction Association Honors Brasfield & Gorrie

July 18, 2014

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Brasfield & Gorrie announced that the company has been recognized by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. (AGC Georgia). Brasfield & Gorrie’s Atlanta office received six Build Georgia awards, including three first-place awards and three merit awards at AGC Georgia’s annual convention June 5-8, 2014, in Destin, Fla.

The three projects recognized by AGC Georgia with first-place awards are Columbus City Services Complex in Columbus, Ga.; Northside-Cherokee Towne Lake Medical Office Building in Woodstock, Ga.; and Word of Faith Riverside EpiCenter in Austell, Ga.

The three projects recognized by AGC Georgia with merit awards are 77 12th Street in Atlanta, Ga.; St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, Ga.; and the Medical Center of Peach County in Byron, Ga.

The annual Build Georgia awards program is designed to recognize outstanding achievements by Georgia construction firms and honors the talented and dedicated men and women in the office and field who make up the state’s construction industry.


About Brasfield & Gorrie

Celebrating 50 years in business, Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure, and water/wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,600 employees, and its 2013 revenues were $2.3 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 22nd among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2014.

Support the YWCA of Northwest GA at the Atlanta Dream’s Cobb County Appreciation Night

July 18, 2014
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Cheer on Atlanta’s own WNBA team while supporting the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. The Atlanta Dream is sponsoring their first Cobb County Appreciation Night on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. at Philips Arena, with a portion of the ticket sales going to support the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, an organization committed to creating a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault. Tickets range in price from $24 – $46 and should be purchased directly from the Atlanta Dream using the following link for the YWCA to receive a donation from the purchase:

During the game, purple ribbons will be distributed to promote domestic violence awareness and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia will be awarded a 2014 Inspiring Women Award from the WNBA.
Domestic violence affects one in four women in their lifetime; and sexual assault affects 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in their lifetimes.

“With Cobb County’s estimated female population this means that more than 88,000 women are affected, who are your mothers, sisters, colleagues and friends. We have a goal of selling 1,000 tickets to Cobb County Appreciation Night and we need the help of the community to buy tickets and to share the information to help us raise funds to help serve and protect these women. Blocks of tickets are also available for companies wishing to purchase tickets for employee recognition and entertainment.” states Holly Tuchman, CEO and Executive Director of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.

About the YWCA of Northwest Georgia
The vision of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, established in 1917, is to create a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault. Serving primarily Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding counties, the organization provides programs and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For details on the YWCA’s programs and services, or how to be part of the solution, contact 770-427-2902 or visit To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 770-427-3390.

Helping Make Cobb Home: The Wendy Bunch Team

July 10, 2014

Wendy Bunch Remax 2013The Wendy Bunch Team, RE/MAX PURE services the public in both the home buying and home selling experience. Strategically guiding buyers and sellers from the beginning stages to the finale of “Contract to Close” is the goal of RE/MAX PURE. Utilizing a concentrated team effort and established industry proven resources, clients progress by use of comprehensive data-driven comparative market analysis to extensive internet, mobile, media and print marketing.

Professional opinion is offered for everything from price negotiation, contract terms, financing option, attorney recommendation or choices for inspectors and vendors. The Wendy Bunch team aids in community growth through stabilizing the housing market one closing at a time.

Growth and branding are primary at RE/MAX PURE. The Wendy Bunch Team makes both a priority with community, clients, and colleagues and team agents. They proudly brand their work ethic and community involvement, as well.


Business profile:

Owner: Wendy Bunch

Industry: Real Estate

Year Established: 1996

Location: Marietta

Number of Employees: 14

Percentage of growth in 2013: 54%

Did You Know?: Wendy Bunch is one of the top 10 sales in Georgia, top 10 sales in Cobb County, Cobb Association of REALTORS past president and REALTOR of the Year Alumni


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WellStar Pediatric Center Opens July 7

July 10, 2014

MARIETTA, Ga. (July 7, 2014) – WellStar Health System is expanding the quality and accessibility of pediatric care in Northwest Georgia. WellStar Pediatric Center opened its doors in Kennesaw July 7, offering a range of medical services specifically designed for patients from newborns up to 21 years old.

Families in Northwest Georgia often travel long distances to receive pediatric care tailored for young patients. With WellStar Pediatric Center, families can stay close to home and receive a wide range of services. Patients will benefit from low-dose radiation imaging tests, sports injury rehabilitation, pediatrician office visits and afterhours care.

“Our smallest patients require specialized care,” said Avril Beckford, M.D., chief pediatric officer for WellStar Health System.  “Parents have been traveling long distances and experiencing long waits to receive pediatric care. WellStar Pediatric Center provides the child-centered care in our community that parents have been asking for. WellStar is able to deliver on our mission to provide world-class care close to home for families in Northwest Georgia.”

Surrounded by comforting aquatic décor and caring team members, pediatric patients will enjoy playing with kid-friendly technology including an interactive fish tank wall in the waiting room. The center’s specially trained pediatric experts include radiologists, pediatricians, subspecialists, physical therapists and supportive child life specialists – professionals who guide and reassure children and their parents during tests and procedures. Pharmacy services will also be available as a benefit to save parents an additional trip to the pharmacy for commonly prescribed medicines.

Children often do not understand medical tests – something that may cause anxiety or scare them. At WellStar Pediatric Center, a child-sized CT, known as a “kitten Scanner,” paired with an interactive cartoon will allow young kids to scan an alligator, a robot and other toys. They’ll see the scan of the toy on the screen and hear the story of how the toy ended up needing the scan.

“Through play, these little patients will learn what to expect during their own imaging tests,” Beckford said. “We wanted to give them these fun tools to help calm fear of the unknown and turn the experience into something new and fun.”

Once in the imaging suite, children will be soothed by choosing a living projection of environments such as a seascape view from a submarine window or a cartoon jungle scene with monkeys and zebras. Accompanying music and natural light will further set the scene with the goal of making the patients as comfortable as possible.

The OrthoSport WellStar Rehabilitation area will feature the use of a low-impact Hydro Track, an underwater treadmill that cuts recovery time in half in a safe environment.

The WellStar Pediatric Center will be open seven days a week to accommodate patients and their parents:

  • WellStar Medical Group’s KenMar Pediatrics will have offices at the Pediatric Center with appointments available from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., plus a fast track service from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. with no appointment necessary.
  • The afterhours component of the center is available to any child, no matter the child’s primary care physician. Hours are Monday through Friday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. No appointment needed.

The new WellStar Pediatric Center is located at 1180 Barrett Parkway NW in Kennesaw. Visit or call 770-956-STAR (7827) for more information.

About WellStar Health System

Recognized as the fifth most integrated healthcare delivery system in the country, WellStar Health System is the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia and serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties. The vision of WellStar is to deliver world-class healthcare. A national leader in the transformation of healthcare delivery, WellStar launched the Center for Health Transformation and the Georgia Health Collaborative that will have far-reaching effects on healthcare both locally and nationally. WellStar includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital) and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; the WellStar Medical Group; Urgent Care Centers; Acworth Health Park; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and the WellStar Foundation. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit

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Helping You Achieve Results: Warrior Pride Fitness

July 9, 2014

Warior Pride Fitness logoWarrior Pride Fitness is a group personal training fitness facility specializing in CrossFit and nutritional counseling. A tribe of clients has been built who are dedicated to improving their health and fitness, encouraging their fellow warriors to do the same.

With CrossFit, there is strive to forge elite fitness with clients. This is accomplished through constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement. Constantly varied means that the workouts performed change every day to avoid boredom and plateaus. Exercise is performed at high intensity because that is the best way to achieve results. It is a relatively high intensity workout, meaning that the intensity level is based on an individual’s fitness level and ability.

On any given day you may see the warriors squatting, deadlifting, Olympic lifting, sprinting, doing pushups, pull-ups, flipping large tires, pulling sleds and much more. Warrior Pride designs all of the workouts so their clients don’t have to. This ensures that their clients are doing the right thing every time they step foot in the gym to ensure results and safety.

Warrior Pride’s company culture is one that values helping others and doing so with integrity. Warrior Pride Fitness has a staff that has worked very hard to achieve a high level of health and fitness, and all have a strong desire to lead others to do the same. Employees make sure they practice what they preach and deeply believe in overall health, not just weight loss.


Business profile:

Owners: Jill Hughes, Jason Goggans and Johnny Morris

Industry: Fitness Center

Year Established: 2008

Location: Marietta

Number of Employees: 9

Percentage of growth in 2013: 42%

Did You Know?: Warrior Pride Fitness participated in multiple community service projects such as the Murphy Harpst Charity Drive, Operation Stars and Stripes Solider Food Drive, Due West Elementary Field Day, Due West Health and Safety Fair and MUST Ministries Food Drive.


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Working for the Smaller Partners: Veterinary Products Inc.

July 8, 2014

Veterinary Products Inc CMYK_2014Veterinary Products Inc. is structured as a co-op and stocks products that animal hospitals use daily in their exam and surgery rooms. Combined with their vendor partner, Animal Health International, VPI members have access to over 3,400 competitively priced items. In 2013, VPI invested in an independent, third party research study of its stockholders to get an understanding of their perceptions of VPI and from their perspective, what the strengths of VPI are.

VPI was built with the interests of the smaller veterinary practice in mind. Because VPI was focused by veterinarians, and the business model was built from the ground up for veterinarians, VPI is able to treat every stockholder fairly and equally regardless of the size of the practice. VPI’s mission is to help preserve the independent veterinarian practice model. VPI takes pride in providing personal service, fast delivery and access to smaller quantities of product as needed.

VPI understands who its key customers are – the smaller one-to-two doctor practices. The pharmaceutical companies and manufactures of medical products focus on the large corporate hospitals because that is where the big purchases are, but these smaller practices make up 80 percent of the animal hospitals in the U.S.


Business profile:

Owner: Bob MacDonald

Industry: Goods Merchant Wholesalers

Year Established: 1994

Location: Kennesaw

Number of Employees: 16

Percentage of Growth in 2013: 9.1%

Did You Know?: In 2013, VPI sales totaled $8.2 million.


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Twitter: @vpivets


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