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ArtsBridge Foundation

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Amy Selby, Natalie Barrow

ArtsBridge Foundation

ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education non-profit outreach of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre,
has served over 300,000 students from 54 Georgia counties as well as Alabama, Florida, South Carolina
and Tennessee. With a mission to educate, inspire and motivate Georgia’s youth through the arts,
ArtsBridge is committed to providing high quality performing arts experiences for students of all ages.
ArtsBridge programs include Field Trips to Cobb Energy Centre for performances by leading national and
international artists, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Shuler Awards, which celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre programs, master classes and the ArtsBridge FamilyPerformances Series.

This week, Amy Selby of Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and I hosted Natalie Barrow, Director of Arts Education & Community Outreach, for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s ArtsBridge Foundation.  She shared great information about the ways she and her team are working to foster the arts for our community, particularly for our young people.

She explained the value of arts education in overall academic performance, with students who participate in developing artistic expression, skills, and thinking demonstrating higher achievement than peers who do not.  We talked about how the variety of innovative services they offer require significant financial resources to be able to sustain them.

The ArtsBridge is actively seeking partners in the philanthropic community, be it with enterprises or individuals/families, to be able to maintain, and indeed grow the reach and extent of services they can provide.

Special Guests:

Natalie Barrow, Director of Arts Education & Community Outreach, ArtsBridge Foundation  linkedin_small1  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  instagram-logo-transparent-png-i11 (16x16)

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Amy Selby, VP Marketing & Communications, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce  linkedin_small1  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  youtube logo  WP logo

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce


AGLCC Hosts T Mobile, DiOGi Pet Services and Training, Out Front Theatre Company

T Mobile Business Solutions

Emma Foulkes, Paul Conroy, Jasmine Shoemaker, Bruce Logue, Courtney DeDi

AGLCC Hosts T Mobile, DiOGi Pet Services & Training, Out Front Theatre Company

AGLCC’s Emma Foulkes and Bruce Logue host AGLCC Platinum Corporate Partner, T Mobile’s Jasmine Shoemaker and Victoria Mosley, Courtney DeDi, founder of DiOGi Pet Services & Training, and Out Front Theatre Company on this week’s show.

T-Mobile Business is a team of professionals dedicated to helping businesses identify opportunities to run more efficiently and with higher productivity. We are no longer just a wireless company, we are a technology company that listens to customers and address their pain points. Any solution you can think of that you need to positively impact your business we either make or partner with someone who does.

Out Front Theatre Company exists to tell stories of the LGBTQIA experience and community, through theatre and the performing arts, to the greater Atlanta area.  Paul spoke about how the theater got its start, seeking to provide an entertainment venue that would serve the members of this community by presenting works that are relevant and important to them.

DiOGi Pet Services & Training is Atlanta’s premiere dog walking, pet sitting and dog training company.  DiOGi has been in business since 2010 serving the in-town areas of Atlanta. Their specialty is caring for pets with behavioral issues and special needs. Courtney, the owner, is a PetTECH pet first aid and CPR instructor, and the entire DiOGi team is trained by her so we can provide the best and safest possible pet sitting and dog walking experience possible.

DiOGi has 2 CPDT-KA certified dog trainers on staff who work hand in hand with their team of dog walkers and pet sitters to ensure effectiveness on all fronts for their training clients who also utilize DiOGi’s other pet services. The DiOGi team is required to volunteer with pet related non-profits as well as attend educational seminars quarterly so that they can all be the most informed pet care professionals available. From VIP Taxi rides and field trips to daily dog walks and sleepovers, DiOGi is Atlanta’s most trusted company to care for the furry, feathered and scaled babies within the comfort of their own homes and surroundings.

Special Guests:

Paul Conroy, Out Front Theatre Company

Jasmine Shoemaker and Victoria Mosley, T Mobile Business Solutions

Courtney DeDi, DiOGi Pet Services & Training


Talking 3 Key Trends for Healthcare Marketers to Leverage in 2017


Talking 3 Key Trends for Healthcare Marketers to Leverage in 2017

On this week’s episode I sat down with an associate of TopRight Partners, Will Allred, to talk about a recent blog post by TopRight founder, Dave Sutton, where he wrote about 3 key trends for healthcare marketers to leverage in 2017.  We dug into those and Will shared insight into how the marketing leader can tailor their message to best reach their clients in the marketplace and differentiate themselves from

The Midtown Business Radio studio is located within the Atlanta Plaza office suite of TopRight Partners, an Atlanta-based strategic marketing consultancy whose team of experts is focused upon helping the mid-sized to large enterprise better tell its story, employ the most effective strategy around that story, and execute systems that will transform the business for both internal and external clients.

The TopRight Partners website explains one of their core philosophies this way, “No one wants to be interrupted. Or ‘talked at.’ Or ‘sold to.’ We seek authentic. We expect relevant. And we want it only when we are good and ready for it. This calls for marketing to make a change: A change in how customers understand you, engage with you, experience you. This is called Transformational Marketing. This is how you Move TopRight.”

KSU College of Continuing and Professional Education

KSU College of Continuing and Professional Education

KSU’s Jennifer Henderson

KSU's College of Continuing and Professional Education

Melissa Amaviska and David Drake

KSU College of Continuing and Professional Education

Jennifer Henderson, program manager at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. She handles the following certificate programs: Paralegal, Human Resources, Personal Financial Planner, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, Payroll and Professional Investigator.

Melissa Amavisca knew from an early eage she wanted to enter the healthcare fiels. After graduationg Harrison High School, she enrolled at KSU and began working on her undergraduate degree core studies. The original plan was to enter KSU’s renowned WellStar School of Nursing, but after several years of applying to no avail, Melissa began to explore other options and considered the continuing education route. Amavisca has taken the Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician and EKG Technician healthcare programs at KSU’s Continuing Education. After completing each certificate training course, she passed the state and national exams for each program and acquired a CPCT (Certified Patient Care Technician) certification. Amavisca currently works in the ER at WellStar Paulding Hospital.

David Drake is the founder and CMO for, LLC. He re-did his corporate site as the final project in class.  reOneSpot is a turn-key, cloud-based, enterprise solution for real estate brokers, agents and their clients. His business streamlines and automates the entire real estate transaction workflow from lead management, client management, all the way though the closing, including financial management and commission calculations for each transaction.

Cobb Co Chamber Hosts Six Flags and Cobb Travel and Tourism

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Gene Petriello and Megan Stambaugh

Cobb Co Chamber Hosts Six Flags and Cobb Travel and Tourism

This week Amy and I hosted Megan Stambaugh, Partner Services Director, Cobb Travel and Tourism, and Gene Petriello, Properties Communications Manager for Six Flags Atlanta to learn about economic impacts of attractions such as Six Flags and others, as well as what efforts are under way to foster continued growth.

Some will describe Six Flags Over Georgia as Thrill capital of the South. 290-acre thrill-park with some of the fastest, tallest and wildest rides in the country. Features more than 40 rides, shows and attractions and 12 world-class roller coasters.  New for 2016, North America’s First Virtual Reality Roller Coaster- The New Revolution, Bugs Bunny Boomtown and DC SUPER Friends.

Two new interactive kid’s zones themed after everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes cartoon characters and DC SUPER heroes featuring 12 new rides and attractions that the entire family can enjoy together.  Free with park admission, Six Flags Over Georgia features Hurricane Harbor, a 7-acre waterpark with the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity waterslide, Tsunami Surge. Six Flags Over Georgia features its seasonal Fright Fest Halloween event and recently added Holiday in the Park winter celebration featuring more than one million LED lights. Visit for more information.

Cobb County remains a regionally and nationally known travel destination providing a rewarding and memorable experience to all visitors. Cobb County will continue to be recognized as a preferred destination among planners of conventions, trade shows, and special events, as well as leisure travelers.

The Cobb Travel & Tourism website talks about the organization’s vision for what it hopes to achieve on behalf of the Cobb County economy this way,

Cobb Travel & Tourism focus:

• To be the main source of quality leads for hotel that will enable consistently higher occupancy rates than regional competitors

• To be the primary destination marketing organization for Cobb County

• To remain instrumental in creating strategic partnerships and alliances among industry stakeholders

• To remain a leader among convention & visitors bureaus with similar budget classifications

• To remain committed to partnership growth through providing valuable benefits and excellent customer service

• To be financially stable and efficient in delivering services

AGLCC’s Emma Foulks Talks Out In The Kitchen


Carlton Brown, Angel Touwsma, Elizabeth Odem


Emma Foulkes, Vadam Clementi, Carlton Brown

AGLCC’s Emma Foulks Talks Out In The Kitchen

On this week’s episode, AGLCC’s Emma Foulks Talks Out In The Kitchen with Occasional Occasions’ Chef Carlton Brown and Chef Vedam Clementi, author of “Vedam’s Gluten Free & Fabulous! Recipes From A Southern Gay Househusband.”  Both chefs are contributing their culinary treats for the upcoming Out In The Kitchen event December 7 at the W Midtown.  Also joining us were Elizabeth Odom and Angel Touwsma from the W’s sales and marketing team to talk about why the W enjoys hosting this and other AGLCC events.

Chef Vedam Clementi is a gluten free personal chef and the author of “Vedam’s Gluten Free & Fabulous! Recipes From A Southern Gay Househusband.” After suffering for over two decades with misdiagnosed health issues, Vedam was diagnosed with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, and had to learn to cook a new way – completely gluten free. The cookbook not only offers Southern dishes but also includes gluten free basics, how to create your own flour blend, how to set up a gluten free kitchen and home, breakfasts, soups, side and main dishes, desserts and some of his and his husband’s favorite dishes and cuisines.

Chef Vedam is a personal chef providing delicious gluten free meals customized to your tastes and needs and conveniently prepared in your home. Whether you want to plan a special dinner, or to have frozen, easy-to- reheat prepared meals for those days you are too busy to cook, he will work with you to develop a delectable gluten free menu. Vedam also offers customized gluten free hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and complete meals for parties and corporate events.

Understanding the challenges of gluten free living, Vedam offers in-home cooking classes and guidance on setting up a gluten free kitchen and home. He is also busy creating new recipes for his next gluten free cookbook which will focus on more vegetarian and health-conscious recipes.

Offering boutique-style catering services for your private, corporate, or non-profit affair, Occasional Occasions by
Carlton will make your Occasional Occasion truly memorable. Founded in 1994 by Carlton A. Brown, Occasional Occasions by Carlton has been serving clients, corporate and private, throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area. What we offer you is not only great food, but elegant presentations and impeccable service. Visualize all of this and you will foresee how Occasional Occasions by Carlton will create your event, personalized to your needs and operating comfortably within your budget.

W’s 14th Street address places you in the heart of Atlanta’s most dynamic neighborhood, Midtown, with
over 22 miles of urban redevelopment at your fingertips, picturesque Piedmont Park in our backyard, and
world-class shopping, dining and nightlife surrounding. you’ll appreciate having the city at your fingertips.

Ignite your stay in one of W’s 466 unique, spacious guestrooms and suites with unmatched floor to ceiling
Atlanta skyline and park views.  Upon arrival, guests walk into a dramatic open air Living Room, amplifying the energy that W Hotels are known for with sounds from impromptu and often intimate performances featuring what’s new/next from the Atlanta music scene. Delight in classic and modern twists on New South favorites at TRACE, our Midtown Atlanta restaurant.

The W scene continues to unfold as the guests arrive to the signature glass lift and connect instantly with SPG keyless room access.  Weekend adventurers escape here to indulge in Bliss spa and FIT, W Atlanta Midtown’s 24/7 gym. For those seeking outdoors, grab a bike and hit the Beltline or take a walk on the natural side exploring Piedmont Park. And when the sun sets, free your inner night owl at some of Atlanta’s chicest clubs.

City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling

City of Kennesaw

Derek Easterling

City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling

I had the opportunity to meet City of Kennesaw Mayor, Derek Easterling, at the 2016 Cobb County Library Foundation Gala.  The mayor began his current term in January of 2016.  And it was immediately clear he brings an authentic, obvious passion about his city, and the growth it is experiencing both economically and in population.

Kennesaw has been recognized for numerous awards including:

  • Personal finance website WalletHub which produces research reports and surveys ranking “best” and “worst” on varying topics, ranked the nation’s best small cities (the 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000) across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economic Health, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life and 5) Safety. Then overall scores were calculated based on the weighted average of 30 relevant metrics. Cities were grouped in percentiles, so a 90th percentile represents the top 10% percent of small cities in America. Kennesaw ranked in the 91st percentile and was the highest ranked small city in Georgia!

Derek talked about the variety of developments and improvements around the city that make it such a desirable place to locate a business and to live, as well as partnerships they are looking to forge to continue and indeed, accelerate the city’s progress.


trade shows

Kevin Gaffney


I caught up with Kevin Gaffney, Show Director for the Medtrade trade show and conference held fall and spring here in Atlanta at Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC).  He also serves as Group Show Director for Emerald Expositions LLC, overseeing several of the trade show/conference events in addition to the Medtrade show.

Medtrade serves the home DME community, providing a large vendor exhibition, along with numerous educational offerings designed to help retailers, and other members of the home DME business community better manage their businesses in line with the current regulatory and reimbursement climates.

Medtrade’s website describes the event this way, “Medtrade brings the home medical equipment community together under one roof, providing attendees and exhibitors with opportunities to build successful business relationships. Hundreds of HME manufacturers and thousands of HME providers join us each year for the largest annual sourcing opportunity for durable medical equipment and find the HME products to satisfy today’s growing demand in an ever-changing environment.

Medtrade Spring is coming February 28-March 1, 2017 and early registration is available HERE.

Special Guest:

Kevin Gaffney, Show Director, Medtrade and Group Show Director, Emerald Expositions  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1


Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and Loud Security Services

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

John Loud

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and Loud Security Services

This week we continued our monthly series featuring Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and business leaders from the Cobb County area.  My guest was founder of Loud Security Services, John Loud.  In addition to being CEO of an award-winning business in Cobb County, John also sits on the Executive Committee for the Cobb County Chamber.

We talked about how the company got its start, the fact that, yes, his name really is “Loud”, as well as some of the things the chamber is working on to foster economic development for the businesses and residents of Cobb County.

AGLCC 2016 Community Awards

Community Awards

Emma Foulkes, Jack Kinley, Bruce Logue, Cale Robert Hall, Paul Beauchamp

AGLCC 2016 Community Awards

On this week’s episode with AGLCC, co-hosts Emma Foulkes and Bruce Logue host current AGLCC President, Jack Kinley, and 2016 Community Awards recipients, Cale Robert Hall, of Creative Approach, and Paul Beauchamp, of Gayborhood, and  Jack Kinley talks about awards AGLCC won at recent national conference.

More info soon!