This article is number 18 in a series of profiles of the Cobb Chamber’s 2015 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Check back with Chamber Ink everyday in May for a new profile on a different Top 25 Business. We will wrap up the series on June 1 with the announcement of the 2015 Small Business of the Year.
NGA Staffing is a human resources staffing and consulting firm. They are devoted to employment services and also offer complete human resources, safety, OSHA and organizational development consulting to smaller companies in North Georgia. NGA Staffing takes an innovative approach to match employee and client needs.
The staffing firm maximizes each placement for success by screening candidates for the typical job interests, qualifications and skills. They evaluate each candidate with computer-aided interview processes, which assess their skill competencies, personal values and judgement process. NGA staffing gets chosen by clients’ for two reasons: flexibility and access to talent.
In today’s rapidly changing business climate, efficiency and effectiveness are crucial to an organization’s survival. This means having the right talent for the right job, whether that job is temporary or permanent. NGA staffing offers workforce flexibility to meet any and every need.
Owner: Debbie Underkoffler, President 50%, Larry Underkoffler, VP-Chief Operating Officer 50%
Industry: Staffing and Consulting
Year Established: 2009
Number of Employees: Full-time: 24, Part-time: 2, Sub-Contractors: 560
Percentage of Growth in 2014: 102%
Did You Know?: NGA staffing provides health care benefits to all temporary employees-a rarity in the staffing industry.
This article is number 17 in a series of profiles of the Cobb Chamber’s 2015 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Check back with Chamber Ink everyday in May for a new profile on a different Top 25 Business. We will wrap up the series on June 1 with the announcement of the 2015 Small Business of the Year.
Mopdog Creative + Strategy is a full service branding, advertising, marketing communications and strategy company. Their mission is to provide strategic, creative solutions for their client’s challenges. Their services include print and web design, social media engagement, marketing strategy, branding/corporate identity building, content creation and management and video production.
Their team is staffed with highly qualified and diverse professionals, who thrive in a collaborative environment. They have a thirst for knowledge and broadening their expertise. The staff at Mopdog has backgrounds in graphic design, fine arts, architecture, journalism, sound engineering and nonprofit fundraising.
The company recently added team leaders with nonprofit experience that will make Mopdog the “go-to creative marketing and strategy firm for nonprofits.” Mopdog’s company culture flourishes their staff represents the people of all ages and culture backgrounds, making their business diverse and capable of targeting any audience.
Owner: William Musial, Cheryl Musial
Industry: Marketing and Communications
Year Established: 1992
Number of Employees: Full-time: 16, Part-time: 2, Sub-contractors: 14
Percentage of Growth in 2014: 20%
Did You Know?: Mopdog has designed graphics and websites for romance authors, jazz singers and luxury architecture firms.
This article is number 16 in a series of profiles of the Cobb Chamber’s 2015 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Check back with Chamber Ink everyday in May for a new profile on a different Top 25 Business. We will wrap up the series on June 1 with the announcement of the 2015 Small Business of the Year.
Looking for spring flowers in the dead of winter? Look no further than K Mike Whittle Designs Inc. More than just flowers, they pride their business on doing what other florists say they can’t. K Mike Whittle Designs Inc. can transform your event with an arsenal of design elements such as flowers, props, for any theme, linens, tables, chairs and more, accomplishing whatever the client desires.
The full service retail florist, offers same-day local delivery of customized, traditional arrangements with flair. Clients can order online or by phone but a personal visit to the store is always a pleasure. Creating charming and memorable designs is what K Mike Whittle Designs Inc. strives for. Unique keepsakes and gift items such as sentimental plaques, are offered to add a personal touch to any flower design.
During the year, the store changes their displays to celebrate different seasons and holidays. Drop by the store in December and you will find yourself in an enchanting winter wonderland, or during Easter and meet the Easter bunny. From weddings to banquets, K Mike Whittle Designs Inc. can design something special for every costumer. Displaying their work on a large monitor, is their innovative way of showing exactly what they can do for their client. Having a creative touch on every design and incorporating the ideas of the client, is important to K Mike Whittle Designs Inc.
Owner: Kenneth Michael Whittle
Industry: Full Service Retail Florist
Year Established: 2009
Number of Employees: Full-time: 8, Part-time: 5, Sub-contractors: 10+
Percentage of Growth in 2014: 26%
Did You Know?: In April 2015, K Mike Whittle Designs Inc., opened a new DIY Center at the West Oak Center.
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This article is number 15 in a series of profiles of the Cobb Chamber’s 2015 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Check back with Chamber Ink everyday in May for a new profile on a different Top 25 Business. We will wrap up the series on June 1 with the announcement of the 2015 Small Business of the Year.
As a leader in technology in metro Atlanta and the Southeast, IT InterConnect (ITI) has become one of the major influencers in their market providing outsourced technology solutions. ITI delivers professional managed services to vertical market’s including transportation, education and legal and general business.
Larger companies find ITI to be a key asset for managing special projects. ITI finds themselves being brought in on the construction level to build technology from the ground up. Their large project management skills, proper staffing, training and dependability have helped them to build their company on relationships and earned trust of their clients.
IT InterConnect offers winning solutions that fit your needs. Their on-site admin allows for businesses without full time support staff, to count on IT InterConnect’s team of trained IT staff to be available when they need the help, “You are not just hiring one IT administrator, you get us all.” ITI helps your business plan from a technology standpoint to be prepared with the proper technology to meet your goals.
Owner: Jeff Lennox
Industry: Outsourced Technology Solutions
Year Established: 2001
Number of Employees: 3
Percentage of Growth in 2014: 20%
Did you Know?: IT Interconnect partners with 1,000 vendors to provide you with direct access to over 400,000 products.
This article is number 14 in a series of profiles of the Cobb Chamber’s 2015 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Check back with Chamber Ink everyday in May for a new profile on a different Top 25 Business. We will wrap up the series on June 1 with the announcement of the 2015 Small Business of the Year.
IAG Forensics is a certified public accounting (CPA) firm that specializes in forensic accounting, fraud investigation, business valuation and litigation support. The professionals of IAG have significant experience in forensic accounting and valuation services, often providing expert witness testimony in State and Federal Courts.
IAG’s goal is to provide superior service at reasonable cost, adding value to every case. As forensic accountants, IAG staff members possess the additional knowledge and understanding of the investigative and legal process. They focus on making a positive impact and providing value to every client in every case. IAG’s services are personal and customized to each client’s situation. They are accessible to their clients virtually 24 hours per day.
For several years, IAG has provided free legal services for organizations with a good cause. Their low cost structure allows IAG to provide world class client service at competitive rates, and their strategic relationships with other professionals allows them to tackle large and complex assignments at much lower cost than other forensic accountants with comparable expertise.
Owners: Laurie G. Dyke, Karen B. Fortune and Martin S. Varon
Industry: Certified Public Accounting Firm
Year Established: 2002
Number of Employees: 15
Percentage of Growth in 2014: 19%
Did You Know?: In 2014, IAG’s pro bono work was approximately $150,000 in equivalent fees.
The national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced today it has awarded five-year accreditation status to Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH), the first health department in Georgia to earn this status. This decision brings the number of governmental public health departments now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 75 in the U.S. There are only 13 health departments in the Southeast currently accredited.
PHAB is the independent accreditation organization which aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s tribal, state, local, and territorial health departments. The national accreditation program sets standards against which more than 3,000 public health departments can continuously work to improve the quality of their services and performance.
To receive national accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures. The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments regarding both their strengths and opportunities for improvement so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people in the communities they serve.
“This extraordinary achievement by our staff and partners demonstrates Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s commitment to our mission of providing the highest quality public health services to the residents of Cobb and Douglas counties,” said Dr. Jack Kennedy, M.D., District Health Director, Cobb & Douglas Public Health. “Our PHAB Site Reviewers were particularly impressed by the involvement and support of our numerous community partners, board members and staff who work together to improve the health of Cobb and Douglas residents.”
CDPH would also like to acknowledge Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald and her team at the Georgia Department of Public Health for their continued support in helping us achieve PHAB accreditation status.
“This is an outstanding achievement and recognition of the Cobb & Douglas Public Health District’s commitment to prevent disease and promote health and wellness among its residents,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “To be the first health district in Georgia to earn this distinguished designation is a testament to the expertise and dedication of the Cobb & Douglas Public Health staff, its partnerships within the community and the support of their boards of health.”
To learn more about Cobb & Douglas Public Health, visit: cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.
This article is number 13 in a series of profiles of the Cobb Chamber’s 2015 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Check back with Chamber Ink everyday in May for a new profile on a different Top 25 Business. We will wrap up the series on June 1 with the announcement of the 2015 Small Business of the Year.
As a full-service, Human Capital Consultancy, Human Resource Dimensions (HRD) can meet the human resource needs across various industries and company size. HRD offers a broad menu of dynamic client services ranging from complete support of the HR function to specialized consulting services and projects that address clients’ specific needs in talent acquisition, leadership development, training, labor relations, board compensation, benefits compliance and administration, as well as other complex HR needs.
One way that HRD stands out amongst the competition is their approach to human resources outsourcing support. The standard HR outsourcing model relies on third parties to identify contacts for recruitment and sales. HRD developed a partnership approach, with the HRD team serving as “boots on the ground” support for clients. HRD employees are positioned as an internal HR team, allowing clients to focus on their core business activities. The HRD team developed an online client portal tailored to each client to answer HR administrative questions and provide self-service tools.
Owners: Jim Dyak, Lawrence Gardner and Jennifer Brock
Industry: Human Resource Consulting
Year Established: 2007
Number of Employees: 28
Percentage of Growth in 2014: 48%
Did You Know?: Human Resource Dimensions has seen double-digit sales growth for the past three years—45% in 2012, 55% in 2013 and 48% in 2014.