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Cobb Community Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits Present A Fresh Look at Board Engagement

July 29, 2016

An engaged board is a powerful asset for a nonprofit. The key to unlocking that asset is ensuring that the work of the board is tied to the strategy of the organization and not simply maintaining the status quo. Join us for a conversation about activating your board’s leadership capacity in fundraising, board recruitment, and advocacy—by inspiring your most vital volunteers with vision.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 • 10 to 11:30  a.m.
Cobb Chamber of Commerce Community Room
240 Interstate North Parkway – Atlanta, Georgia  30339
Sponsored by the Cobb Community Foundation

What You’ll Learn:

  • Board Member Recruitment
  • Committee Activation
  • Board Fundraising Responsibilities
  • Board Outreach & Advocacy

This event is complimentary and exclusive for members of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

About the Presenter: Karin Douglas, Senior Consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits Karen has served the nonprofit sector for more than two decades as a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and in boardrooms, where she guides nonprofit executives and key volunteers as they develop vision, focus, and a compelling message that paves the way for sustainable fund development and community engagement. Most recently, Karin was the chief development officer at Communities in Schools of Georgia, a position in which she worked closely with community leaders throughout rural, suburban and urban Georgia.

Karin has held fundraising and external relations positions at Davidson College, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Georgia Tech, in addition to the Children’s Defense Fund and American Red Cross.

To enroll:

Questions? Please contact the Georgia Center for Nonprofits at 678-916-3080 or via email at

Council for Quality Growth and Revitalize Marietta to host half-day forum

July 28, 2016
The Council for Quality Growth and Revitalize Marietta will host a half-day forum on Aug. 24 with stakeholders, developers, and county leadership to explore the development opportunities within Cobb County. See the flyer below for more details or learn more and register at

Confirmed Speakers

  • Teri Anulewicz,Smyrna City Council
  • Jeremy Becker,JLL
  • Mayor Derek Easterling, City of Kennesaw
  • Heath Garrett, Revitalize Marietta
  • Jack Halpern, Halpern Enterprises
  • Dana Johnson, Cobb County Community Development Agency
  • Mark Lawson, Gateway Marietta CID & Kennesaw State University
  • Chairman Tim Lee, Cobb County Board of Commissioners
  • Mike LeFerle, The Home Depot
  • Tracy Rathbone, Town Center CID
  • Malaika Rivers, Cumberland CID
  • H. Jerome Russell, Russell New Urban Development, LLC
  • Beth Sessoms, Marietta Office of Economic Development
Click here to learn more and register!
Sponsorships are available!
Contact Amanda Janaskie at or 770-813-3381 for information.2016 Cobb OO Sponsorship Flyer

Loudermilk Hosts a STEM-Focused Career Fair for the Community

July 27, 2016

Washington D.C. (July 21, 2016) | With nearly a quarter million software developer jobs remaining unfilled, and Metro Atlanta being a top 10 site for STEM careers, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) will host a STEM-focused Career Fair on August 19th at the KSU Center of Kennesaw State University.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a job or a career change to get connected with some of the top companies in the country,” said Rep. Loudermilk. “These companies are hiring for careers of the future and are eager to fill over 3,000 available positions.”

Attendees will have a chance to meet with 75 companies in Atlanta who are hiring right now. Some of these companies include: World Pay, Southern Company, UPS, Cox Communications, Lexis-Nexis, Kubota, WellStar, and SITA. It is completely free to attend.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., experts will be conducting career building workshops on sharpening interview skills, resume writing or updating, and building a professional brand, as well as workshops on starting a business.

Who: Rep. Loudermilk’s team and 75 STEM-focused companies in Atlanta.

What: Career Fair

When: Friday, Aug. 19. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Kennesaw State University, KSU Center

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Bartow and Cherokee counties and portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. Rep. Loudermilk serves as a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Science, Space and Technology. He may be reached at (202) 225-2931 or by email at


WellStar’s New Watchman Procedure Helps Prevent AFib-Related Stroke

July 21, 2016

Patients living with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib) now have access to a new treatment option that significantly reduces the risk of stroke. WellStar Kennestone Hospital is the first to offer the treatment publicly in Georgia. The WATCHMAN device is designed to keep harmful blood clots from entering a patient’s blood stream which could potentially cause a stroke.WATCHMAN_physicianHand

AFib is the most common heart rhythm problem and studies have found that a third of people living with the untreated condition experience a stroke. Studies have also found that AFib-related strokes are more frequently fatal and disabling.

“Approximately 90 percent of strokes in individuals with AFib originate from blood clots that have formed in the left atrial appendage,” said Amar Patel, M.D. co-medical director of WellStar’s Structural Heart & Valve Program. “The WATCHMAN device plugs off the left atrial appendage (an unnecessary tissue structure in the adult heart), thus preventing clot formation and entry into the bloodstream.”

Anti-coagulants or blood thinners – such as warfarin – are often effective at curbing this type of stroke. However, some patients with AFib are unable to tolerate long-term anti-coagulation for various reasons, including previous gastro-intestinal or intracranial bleeding, those who work with heavy machinery or those who are at high risk of falling. In this case, the WATCHMAN device is a highly effective treatment option as an alternative to long-term anticoagulation.

“Traditionally these patients have had to make a choice between protecting themselves from a stroke and increasing their risk of bleeding from the medication,” Patel said. “With the WATCHMAN device, the majority of patients can typically stop using blood thinners after 45 days.”

Patients with non-valvular AFib with certain risk factors such as increased age, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, vascular disease and prior stroke are typically considered candidates for the procedure.

The 1-1½-hour procedure is minimally-invasive and is performed by a multi-disciplinary physician team including an interventional cardiologist, an electrophysiologist, an interventional echocardiographer and an anesthesiologist. Because the left atrial appendage is shaped and sized differently in different people, ultrasounds help the team take measurements to choose the appropriately sized device. While the patient is under general anesthesia, the physician team guides the WATCHMAN device into the heart through a flexible tube that travels from a vein in the upper leg.

“Folks are typically discharged after only one night,” Patel said. “Patients feel great the next day and are ready to go home. It’s a great thing to see.”

After 45 days, there is a 92 percent success rate for patients coming off of warfarin therapy. For the remainder of the patients, it typically just takes a little more time. After a year of healing, greater than 99 percent of patients studied were able to come off of warfarin therapy.

“With procedures such as the WATCHMAN, TAVR, MitraClip and Convergent Care, WellStar remains at the forefront in offering the most up-to-date structural heart procedures,” Patel said.

For more information about structural heart procedures, visit or call WellStar Cardiovascular Surgery at 770-590-4180.

About WellStar Health System

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit


Georgia Business Leaders United Launches

July 21, 2016


Town Centre at Cobb offer extended hours and special deals for 2016 Tax Free Weekend July 30-31

July 21, 2016

With the back-to-school season right around the corner, Calhoun Premium Outlets, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Phipps Plaza, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb are helping local shoppers stock up on all the necessities during Georgia’s 2016 Tax Free Holiday. On Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, Atlanta-area shoppers can enjoy a state sales-tax exemption on school supplies, clothing, electronics and other back-to-school items.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Select centers will also host back-to-school celebrations and offer shoppers additional opportunities to save big during the Tax Free Weekend.


Calhoun Premium Outlets

455 Belwood Rd. / Calhoun / 706.602.1305 / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

  • Extended Mall Hours:
    • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Lenox Square

3393 Peachtree Rd. NE / Atlanta / 404.233.6767 / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

  • Regular Mall Hours:
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mall of Georgia

3333 Buford Drive / Buford / 678.482.8788 / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

  • Extended Mall Hours:
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Sunday: noon – 7 p.m.
  • Special Event: Back-to-School Fashion Event
    • Saturday, July 30 from 1-3 p.m. in the Von Maur Court near Sephora
    • Before it’s time to hit the books, join Mall of Georgia for its Back-to-School Fashion Event to preview the latest in back-to-school trends. Enjoy a fashion show, DJ, photo booth, giveaways and more!

North Georgia Premium Outlets

800 Hwy 400 S / Dawsonville / 706.216.3609 / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

  • Extended Mall Hours:
    • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Special Activities:
    • Capture the last days of summer with a complimentary Back-to-School photo booth
      • Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31 from 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, July 30 from noon-5 p.m. in the Gazebo
    • Shoppers can get back into the school “groove” with tunes from DJ Crazy Mike
      • Saturday, July 30 from noon-2 p.m. in the Gazebo
    • Special Promotion:
      • Shoppers will receive a special gift with purchase and a Simon drawstring backpack on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 when they spend a minimum of $150 at one store, while supplies last. Visit Guest Services located in the Food Pavilion for more information.

Phipps Plaza

3500 Peachtree Rd. NE / Atlanta / 404.262.0992 / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

  • Regular Mall Hours:
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: noon – 5:30 p.m.

Sugarloaf Mills

5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy / Lawrenceville / 678.847.5000 / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

  • Regular Mall Hours:
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Special Event: Back-to-School Bash
    • Saturday, July 30 from 1-4 p.m. in the Food Court
    • As part of Tax Free Weekend, Sugarloaf Mills is hosting a special Back-to-School Bash! Shoppers can enjoy six fall fashion segments, hosted by Atlanta-area lifestyle bloggers. Attendees can also enjoy a DJ, braid bar, candy station, lip lounge and more! The event is FREE and open to the public.

Town Center at Cobb

400 Barrett Pkwy. / Kennesaw / 770.424.9486 / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

  • Extended Mall Hours:
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Sunday: noon – 7 p.m.
  • Special Event: Back-to-School Bash
    • Saturday, July 30 from 1-3 p.m. in Center Court
    • Families are invited to get back into the school groove with Town Center at Cobb with a Back-to-School Bash! Shoppers can enjoy a DJ, giveaways and other fun activities for family members of all ages. The event is FREE and open to the public.

For more information, visit

Attention Small Businesses: Commercial Mats Can Save You Money

July 20, 2016


Our friends at Pilgrim Mat Services explain the importance of commercial mats for small business owners in reducing facility maintenance costs and slip and fall accidents. Did you that Wausau Insurance company estimates that the average slip and fall injury cost is greater than $12,000? Commercial mats can make a big difference in protecting employees and guests from accidents as well as reducing the likelihood that lawsuits will follow. Marketing your small business to the local community is essential in paving the way for success. Custom logo mats display your brand beautifully, setting your business apart from the rest. Small businesses operating on a tight budget can also use commercial mats to reduce overall facility maintenance costs. These mats trap dirt and grime into the core of the surface, improving the cleanliness of your facility. Read more.


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