Chamber Weekly Newsletter for Feb. 28th - March 6th
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Chamber Weekly Newslettter for Feb. 28th until March 6th

  Sylvester - Worth County Chamber of Commerce

  "Ask not what your Community can do for you, but WHAT can you do for your Community"


Happy Anniversary Best Friends Humane Society!

787 Ephesus Church Rd. Poulan, GA

 We wish you many more years!!


Welcome New Member

Superior Machine Works, Rich Vanmatre

2555 U. S. Hwy 82 W.


Manufacturing -  Industrial Grade Machine, Fabrication and Welding




Last year was a huge success with over 30 members and 300 people in attendance. The 2nd Annual Chamber Business After Hours is scheduled for Thursday - April 19, 2012  from 5pm to 7pm. There is no charge but you must be a Chamber member to participate. . If the weather is threatening or if it rains we have scheduled a make-up day for May 1, 2012.  While space is limited we will try and accommodate all our members space will be given on a first come-first serve basis so get your reservation in today!!!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us here at the Chamber {229} 776-7718.



City of Sylvester

Fire Department

{Sylvester} - Chief Jody Yarbrough would like to remind everyone that Sunday, March 11th, is time to "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery." As you spring forward, take a few minutes to change the battery in your smoke detector and test it to ensure that it's working properly. If you need a smoke detector or new batteries installed or assistance in checking your battery/detector please call the Sylvester Fire Department at 776-8510.

Jody Yarbrough

Fire Chief


 Worth County School System

Parent/Teacher Conference Day will be Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Students will be released from school two hours earlier than usual.

All parents are invited to attend. Times for conferences are as follows:

Primary 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Elementary 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Middle School: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

High School: 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.


Manage Better, Grow Faster!

SBDC Grow Smart is a dynamic program from owners and senior managers. The program is designed for leaders of companies with:

At least 2 years of successful operation
Annual revenues of $300,000 or more
The opportunity and desire to grow

In seven sessions, learn to analyze and manage your business like a seasoned CEO.
• 35+ hours of class time covering all areas of business management
• Evaluate your business, competition, and target markets
• Hands-on, interactive program promotes sharing of best practices
• Expert speakers add insights to the topic of the day
• Step-by-step development of your company's strategies for growth

Combined with long term one-on-one consulting with SBDC professionals, learn to apply course principles to your business and build a strong foundation for growth.

Tuition is $895 per person, however $500 One Georgia scholarships are available to business owners.

Chamber members can also qualify for an additional $100.00 chamber discount.

Training materials, networking breakfast and lunch included.

Thursdays-March 29 - May 17, 2012
University of Georgia
Small Business Development Center
125 Pine Avenue
Albany, GA
Call: 229-420-1144

Sign up today! For more information, please visit our website link:


CALL 229 420-1144
or email


Farmers, Growers, Producers and Artisans, begin planning now for the 2012 Farmers Market!

May is only two months away. Depending on your product, you may have state, federal and county regulations to meet prior to the market days. Please review the criteria and submit your application now.

Deadline for Participation

All potential market vendors (produce, crafts, and food) must submit a complete application to the Sylvester Downtown Enhancement Office before the first market week in which the vendor intends to participate. Please give the review committee several weeks for the approval process. You may email to Brittany Evans at

If you have any questions about the operational guidelines, please contact John L. Green at 229-272-4262 or Brittany Evans, Downtown Manager at 229-430-7735.

Click here for guidelines:

Click here for Arts and Crafts application::

Click here for Farmers and Food



125 N. Main Street


1st Thursdays Downtown

 March 1, 2012

4p.m. - 8p.m.

Carrot Cake Slices to Benefit

Best Friends Humane Society

$2.00 per slice or 3 slices for $5.00



Congressman Austin Scott

8th Congressional District

Sumner City Hall

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

10:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

As part of Representative Austin Scott's ongoing commitment to serving the entire 8th District, Rep. Scott's office will hold mobile office hours for residents across Georgia's Eighth Congressional district.

Caseworkers and field representatives from Rep. Scott's office will be on hand to help with issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to veterans benefits. Constituents are encouraged to stop during the time listed above.

If you are unable to attend the time listed above, please visit:


Best Friends Humane Society Meeting & Elections

March 8, 2012

7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.

Margaret Jones Public Library

BFHS invites the community to the Spring meeting. Come out and share your comments and questions with the Board and the Shelter Staff. Members in good standing will vote to fill three director positions. Refreshments will be served and a good time will be had by all. We may even have a few of our adoptable Best Friends attend the meeting. Please join us and share your ideas.

Relay for Life Golf Tournament sponsored by


Saturday - 9 a.m. March 10, 2012 at the Pine Knoll Golf Course.

Team Registration Fee - $200.00

4 Person Team

Hole Sponsor Fee $ 50.00

Download your application here: Golf Tournament.jpg



Worth County Ag Pavilion

Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 7pm - 9pm

$20.00 Mother & Child

($5.00 per additional child)

All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society

You may purchase your ticket at the Chamber of Commerce

Contact the Chamber staff for more information 229-776-7718




 Affordable Home Ownership


Workshops - May 19, 2012

Henry Hall Woodard Recreation Center

9am - 3pm

Breakfast and Lunch will be served

$100 Registration

download: workshop flyer1.pdf workshop application (2).pdf


 Best Friends Humane Society Calendar Pet Photo Contest 

Contest opens at the 1st Anniversary Celebration of the BFHS shelter, $10.00 entry fee puts your pet in the running for Pet of Month May 31, 2012 Applications must be received no later than April 27, 2012. The first place winner will also be on the cover. Voting will take place May 12, 2012. 

For more information you may visit us online at www.BFHSWORTH.COM


Shelly McPhaul


click on your Best Friends below to print your application!!


American Cancer Society "Relay for Life"

Friday April 27,2012 

Worth County Relay for Life will host their annual American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" The event will be held at Gervaise Lawhorne Park "The Duck Pond" with opening ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. The Luminaria ceremony will follow at approximately 9p.m.

Purchase a Luminaria for $5.00

"Tribute Torch" for $100.00

"Memorial" Sky Lantern for $20.00

We welcome you, your family and friends to participate in this heartwarming and moving event.

Download your form today and make your donation by April 20, 2012 for Life 2012.jpg



Support your Worth County school system by becoming a mentor, tutor, reader, guest speaker, or donate supplies, school incentives, New/Used Equipment and etc...

For more information contact the Worth County Board of Education at {229}- 776-8600.

Print your application (2).pdf



The public is encouraged to take advantage of early voting now until March 2nd, available Monday thru Friday from 8a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Sylvester Local




Worth County Fire Rescue announced a plan to prepare local youth for an emergency or disaster on Friday.  Beginning next school year, Worth County High School juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take an 18 hour Community Emergency Response Team {CERT} class.

According to the CERT website:

The Sylvester Local




Lieutenant Commander Chris Williams will hold the third annual static display of military aircraft at the Albany airport on Friday, April 13, 2012. The public is invited the aircraft, talk with the pilots, and see your tax dollars at work. For more information, contact Williams at 229- 430-3955

The Sylvester Local


  IRS  TAX  TIPS 2012 - 32

Millions of taxpayers qualify for free tax preparation assistance from IRS-sponsored community-based, volunteer programs.

Local VITA site information is also available through a new online tool on the IRS Website - Taxpayers can search the word “VITA” in and click on the option “Free Tax Return Preparation For You by Volunteers,” followed by ”Find a VITA site near you” to access the tool. Site information is also available by calling the IRS toll-free number 1-800-906-9887. To locate the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit or call 1-888-227-7669.

 Links: Volunteer assistance program
Video: Free Help Preparing Your Tax Return
Podcast: Free Help Preparing Your Tax Return


STOP AND SHOP SYLVESTER-WORTH COUNTY: The Chamber wants everyone to visit     our local retailers and downtown merchants and give them an opportunity to meet    your needs. Let's keep our tax dollars local! ATTENTION MERCHANTS you don't have    to be a Chamber member to be a part of the STOP AND SHOP SYLVESTER-WORTH COUNTY campaign.  For more information please call the Chamber at (229) 776-7718.


A Big WELCOME to our Newest Members:

Cindy's Flower & Gift Shop

Country Bouquet Florist & Bridal Shop

Free Diagnostic Auto Repair

Fresco Italiano Restorante

Georgia Credit Financial Company

Georgia Pecan Company, LLC

Goldinger, Ann

Heritage Salon

Jay Crowe Attorney at Law

Lawhorne Storage Company

Personal Finance Service

Poulan Pecan Company

Powell's Refrigeration

Professional Sound Entertainment

 Relwof Farms Trucking, Inc.

Security Finance Company

Singletary Tire Company, Inc

Southern Auto Lock

Southland Transportation, Inc.

Superior Machine Works

William Rouse, Contracting

Worth County Elementary School

Worth County Motors

Thank you for renewing your Membership:

3 G's Auction

AIC Wireless

Andrews, Virginia

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

Agri-AFC, LLC Sylvester

Ashley's Business Solutions, Inc.

Astro Exterminating Service, Inc


B & C Sporting Goods

Banks Funeral Home

Binns, Georgia

Birdsong Peanuts

Brown Milling & Peanut Company

Brownlee-Bozeman Agency

Bryan & Jordan Body & Paint Shop

City of Poulan

City of Warwick

Colony Bank of Worth

Colquitt Regional Home Care

ConAgra Foods BSC AP

D & B A/C and Mechanical Service,Inc.

Dairy Queen of Sylvester, Inc.

Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

Dent, Fred

Doug Hughes Pest Control

Dr. Henry Gordon Davis Jr.,MD

Dr. Larry Daughtery, DMD, PC

Elite Images USA

EMC Engineering Services

Emerald Garden Center

Event Technical Services, Inc.

Farm Commodities, Inc.

Farmers Home Furniture

Fletcher-Yearta Jewelers

Ford Insurance Agency, Inc.

Futrill Auto Parts, Inc.

Geer, Becky

Georgia Forestry Queens

Georgia Peanut Festival

Georgia Power Company

Gibbs Pecan & Shelling

Globe Financial Services

Green Oaks Center

Hal Carter Construction

Heritage Bank of the South

Herring Business Products, Inc.

Herring CPA Group

Housing Authority of City of Sylvester

Hudson & NeSmith CPA'S

J. H. Harvey's Co.

Jefford Farms

Jim Hinton Oil Company of Georgia, Inc.

Johnson, Bryce

Johnson Electronic Systems, Inc.

Jolley, Charlotte

King, Donna

Kiwanis Club of Sylvester

Langdale Chevrolet

Lyon Management Company

Mary Alice Shipp CDC

McCrary, Sarah

McKellar, D Dorothy

McPhaul, John & Shelly

Medders Irrigation, LLC

Medders Associate Survey, Inc.

Medders Enterprises, Inc.

Mrs Georgees Play-kare

Mitchell EMC

Mobley Gin Company, Inc.

Moultrie Technical College

Nethers Old Fashion Pork Skins

Olam Edible Nuts/Universal Blanchers

Pa's Plants

Pap's Fried Chicken

Paragon Foods, Inc.

Personal Finance Company

Phoebe Worth Family Medicine

Phoebe Worth Medical Center

Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc.

Ruth's Cottage/The Pancake House

Shipp Shape Lawn Service

Southern Heritage Woodworks

Southern Woods Plantation, Inc.

Southwest Georgia Banking

Stuart Pate State Farm Agency

Sumner Peanut Co. Inc.

Sylvester Animal Hospital

Sylvester Plaza, LTD Partnership

Sunbelt Ford, Inc.

SunTrust Bank

The Melanie Hurst Corp.

Tift Regional Medical Center HealthPlus

Tyson Steel Building Products, Inc.

Warwick Blackshear Business

Warwick Heath Care

Williams Insurance Agency, Inc.

Woodmen of the World

Worth Air Heating and Cooling

Worth County Extension Service

Worth County Forestry Queens

Worth County High School

Worth County Middle School

Worth Finance Corporation

Worth Gin Company, Inc.

Worth Insurance Agency, Inc.

Thanks to all our members!! We could not do it without you, especially in this economic climate. You have all shown an extraordinary commitment to your community.  Community Support is the mainstay of any Chamber of Commerce and you are all NUMBER ONE in our book.


If you have upcoming events that you would like to share, please contact the Chamber and let us help to spread the word.
* Worth County is a Work Ready Community! Ask your Chamber of Commerce how you can become Work Ready, too!

A strong Chamber is the sign of a strong community. Ask how you can help increase membership to the Chamber!!
We are dedicated to keeping you updated on events in our Community and hope that we will see you there supporting your Community!

Karen M. Rackley
President/Executive Director
229-349-7703 (Cell)
Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce
229-776-7718 (phone)
229-776-7719 (fax)
229-776-6657 (GA Peanut Festival)

Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce

"Ask not what your Community can do for you, but WHAT can you do for your Community"

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