Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:25:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Universal Home Care and Services relocates in Douglasville Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:44:13 +0000 11921891_1134588819902710_7969637580684960505_oUniversal Home Care owner, Pamela Ganny, staff, and friends celebrated the recent relocation of their offices by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on August 27. Universal Home Care is located at 8325Office Park Drive Douglasville, GA 30134.

Universal Home Care and is a privately owned company that provides senior care and companion care to help the elderly, anyone who is recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill and remain independently in their home. The staff is dedicated to being a liaison between their patients and the community while providing exceptional nursing care, and personal care. The home care services provided include: meal preparation, feeding, help with errands, bathing, dressing, grooming, and light housekeeping. Universal Home Care is also a complete source for medical supplies and equipment.

Chamber President and CEO Kali Boatright congratulated Pamela on her relocation, “congratulations on your new location and we appreciate your active role in our Chamber, we are thrilled to support you as you assist the people of the community. “ State Representative Micah Gravely was present and gave his congratulatory remarks and support.


For more information about Universal Home Care and Services contact Pamela at (678) 426-2701 or visit their website

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Sunbrook Academy Unveils Major Renovations Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:46:18 +0000 11879199_1135255953169330_6343167517429230186_oOver the past twelve years, Sunbrook Academy at Chapel Hill has grown to be a part of the Douglasville and Douglas County communities.  Hundreds of students have graduated from the Georgia Lottery Pre-K program, as well as the many that attended one of the industry-leading summer camp programs. Owner Thad Joiner, staff and Chamber representatives celebrated their nicely renovated building with a DC Chamber ribbon cutting on August 28. They are located at 6029 Professional Parkway Douglasville, GA 30134.

Sunbrook Academy at Chapel Hill cares for children from 6 weeks old up to 12 years old, making an impressive impact on the development of their students using the FoundationsTM Curriculum, which was developed and written for Sunbrook Academy at Chapel Hill.

Sunbrook Academy at Chapel Hill performed a two-month remodel which included easy to clean flooring, an entirely new playground with new play areas and equipment, brand new age and size appropriate furniture and new interactive toys in every classroom, creating more student engagement and hands-on learning. The 2016 school year will begin with the entire updated package. Sunbrook Academy is a part of 12 schools across Georgia, which comes with an incredible benefit to each student, parent and teacher as we begin the process of improvements throughout the school. The one-of-a-kind AfterSchool Zone and PrizeZone rewards students for completing homework, doing projects and participating in the daily events.  In 2014, Sunbrook Academy was voted the “The Best Child Care in Atlanta” by The Creative Loafing Readers of Atlanta. Sunbrook Academy serves the Metro Atlanta Area with twelve locations.

Chamber President and CEO, Kali Boatright, congratulated Thad on the remarkable new renovations, “we are thrilled about your updated facility and your continued membership with the Chamber.”

For more information about the programs and locations of Sunbrook Academy at To schedule a tour of the facility, contact director Tambra Turner at (770) 489-9008.

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Scoops Sweets & Treats Looking to Locate in Downtown Douglasville Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:08:47 +0000 Thank you to Main Street Douglasville for the following content:

covington (00000002)It’s official! Scoops Sweets and Treats are looking to locate in historic downtown Douglasville. As noted on their website, Scoops is more than your average ice cream shop. With more than 32 flavors of ice cream, along with homemade fudge, to the fabulous specialty cakes, to the chocolate and candy located from wall to wall, you will know that you have come to sweet tooth heaven.
“We are beyond excited about this huge opportunity for downtown Douglasville,” said Douglasville Downtown Development Authority Director Patrice R. Williams. “We envision a great partnership with the company, as they appreciate the charm and quality of life downtowns offer residents and visitors alike. We can expect that any building they purchase in our downtown will be enhanced and continue to be a major part of our community for generations to   come.”


Recently, the Douglasville Main Street Manager, Downtown Development Authority Director and DDA Board Member, Jeff Merbeck, traveled to downtown Covington to tour Scoops Sweets and Treats. “That location completely won us over, “said Williams. “The building is a focal point in the downtown, and the shop creates an experience for all ages to enjoy and appreciate. Having an ice cream specialty shop in our downtown will draw people not just from Douglasville or Douglas County, but from surrounding counties as well.”
Earlier this year, the Douglasville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Office kicked off the 2015 ice cream shop campaign. The highlight of this year’s activities was the ice cream social held in July on National Ice Cream Day.
“Even with the rain, our community came out to help us not only celebrate National Ice Cream Day, but highlight the fact that we really want and need an ice cream shop in our downtown, “said Main Street Manager April McKown. “In just a couple of hours, we handed out more than 700 servings of ice cream.”

In 2013, the Douglasville Downtown Development Authority held a strategic planning session to discuss short and long term goals for the downtown area. Many of the participants stated they wanted to see a coffee shop and ice cream shop in the downtown. With that direction, the downtown staff has successfully recruited several businesses to the area including a coffee shop.
“April and I, along with the DDA Board, are working hard to recruit someone who has a passion for owning an ice cream shop in a downtown,” said Williams. “We will continue to use social media to help spread the word and provide updates to the community.”
For more information on how to become a franchisee, please contact Downtown Development Authority Director Patrice R. Williams at 678.449.3028 or visit the Main Street Douglasville Facebook page at

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Governor Deal Announces Community Development Block Grant Awarded to the City of Douglasville Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:43:08 +0000 Thank you to Main Street Douglasville for the following content.

Governor Nathan Deal announced that the City of Douglasville will receive $426,200 for housing improvements through the Community Development Block Grant program. Along with Douglasville, cities and counties from across Georgia will receive a total of $36.8 million from the program to help grow local economies. The City of Douglasville will use the funds for neighborhood revitalization on Thompson Street.
“I would like to thank Governor Deal, Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Camila Knowles, along with DCA staff, Douglasville City Council, and city staff for their support and hard work in making this a successful application,” said Mayor Harvey Persons. “We are pleased that these resources will be combined with private investments and local funds to implement critical community development projects. The Community Development Block Grant demonstrates how state and local partners can work together with the private sector to create successes in local communities for families and businesses.”
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. CDBG funds are generally used for long-term community needs including housing, economic development and infrastructure. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“The funds received from the Community Development Block Grant will have a direct impact on the 42 individuals who live on Thompson Street,” said Community Development Manager Patrice R. Williams. “Not only will this change the lives of those residents, the benefits will be passed along to the entire community in immeasurable ways. These funds will help to begin the revitalization of a distressed neighborhood and promote economic development while uplifting the entire community.”
Over the past few years, the City of Douglasville has taken several steps to address housing needs within the community. In 2013, the City of Douglasville was selected to participate in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, which offers communities a three-year program of collaboration and technical assistance related to housing and community development. The objective of the Initiative is to help communities create and launch a locally based plan to meet their housing needs. As part of the initiative, community partners from various backgrounds were selected by Mayor and Council to serve on the
Douglasville Housing Group. In 2014, the City of Douglasville and the Douglasville Housing Group held several events and activities including a housing workshop, a housing seminar and a weatherization event sponsored by Georgia Power and the Tallatoona Community Partnership.
To learn more about the Community Development Block Grant and the Douglasville Housing Group, contact Patrice R. Williams at 678.449.3028 or

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Play in the 2015 Chamber Golf & Tennis Classic!! Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:26:15 +0000 The Douglas County Chamber will host the annual Chamber Golf & Tennis Classic on Wednesday, September 23rd at Mirror Lake Golf & Country Club. More than 250 golfers are expected to participate in the 2015 Classic, presented by GreyStone Power. The Chamber Classic is being co-chaired by Bank of North Georgia executive, Ray Kathe and Hughes-Ray Company President, Howard B. Ray. In addition to the golfers, there will be more than 100 businesses represented including Gold Sponsors: Kaiser Permanente and WellStar Douglas Hospital and Silver Sponsors: AT&T, Hughes-Ray Company, Georgia’s Own Credit Union and West Georgia Technical College.


The 2015 Chamber Classic has consistently been known as one of the most memorable golf tournaments in Douglas County. Golfers and tennis players are greeted at check-in, treated to breakfast in the ClubCorp Breakfast Café, lunch on the course from the Grill Sponsors, and dinner at the 19th Hole After Par-Tee sponsored by Georgia Power. Golfers also have the opportunity to have a team photo taken with their names featured on the on-site electronic (PGA style) leaderboard sponsored by Gas South.


Golfer’s will enjoy this year’s theme “Driving through the Decades”, celebrating the Chamber’s 70th Anniversary. The hole sponsors will decorate the course in decades ranging from the 1940’s to the 2000’s.

Prizes will be awarded for the Putting Contest, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin contests in addition to door prizes provided by all sponsors. Golfers will also have the chance to win a car during the Hole In One Contest sponsored by John Thornton Chevrolet and AutoNation.


For non-golfers, the Chamber offers a Tennis Classic with registration also beginning at 8 a.m. In the round-robin tournament coordinated by West Georgia Tennis Club, tennis players will battle it out for the highly acclaimed title of 2015 Tennis Classic Champion. The tennis tournament takes place at Mirror Lake Golf Club directly behind the clubhouse with a luncheon awards ceremony to recognize the winners.


Please contact the Douglas County Chamber at 770.942.5022 for more information on player registration. You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to play in the tournament. Forms and more information can also be found at the Chamber website

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Young Professionals Connection Awards 2015 Continuing Education Scholarships Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:05:29 +0000 DSCF0398DOUGLASVILLE (August 19, 2015) – The Douglas County Chamber’s Young Professionals Connection (YPC) announced the recipients of the annual YPC Continuing Education Scholarship at the GreyStone Power Luncheon on August 18th.

The YPC Continuing Education Scholarship is designed for young professionals from a Chamber Member business or organization to continue their education on any level; whether pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, a technical certification, or simply returning to school for a refresher course or class specific to their professional development.


The Young Professionals Connection is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. YPC combines personal and professional development through social, community service and professional activities, helping members connect with peers, connect with community and connect with a bright future! YPC’s mission is to create an inclusive and collaborative network of resources that empowers talented individuals to achieve their goals for professional growth and success; provide employers with an engaged and competitive workforce; and propels Douglasville/Douglas County forward.

Due to the great success of the YPC Cornhole Tournament fundraiser in May, the group was pleased to increase the number of scholarships awarded from one recipient to three. The 2015 Continuing Education Scholars were Nicole Hilton with Cole Hill, LLC, Steven Williams with Stallings Insurance Agency, and Megan Bryant with the Bank of North Georgia.

If you are interested in learning more about YPC and its functions, please contact Sara Ray at 770.942.5022 or visit

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Bijuju Opens at Arbor Place Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:15:29 +0000 DSCF0304Bijuju owners, Abe and Bijuju Safa, customers, and friends celebrated their recent opening in Arbor Place Mall of Douglasville by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on July 31.

Bijuju is a ladies clothing and accessories boutique that delivers a very unique shopping experience. Their main focus is and always will be to offer affordable fashionable clothing, jewelry and accessories in a beautiful setting and build relationships with customers and employees. It is a place where every woman who walks through the door feels celebrated and beautiful no matter how much she spends.

Chamber member Frank Irons from West Georgia Contracting was the general contractor for the construction. He welcomed Abe and Biju to the Chamber, “we are thrilled to have Bijuju as a new member and look forward to helping you continue to make your customers feel beautiful! “

For more information about Bijuju, contact Abe at 770-947-6880, or visit

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Mr. Appliance Opens in Douglasville Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:37:19 +0000 DSCF0355 Mr. Appliance of Douglasville owners, Jamie and Gwyneth Leggett, and friends celebrated their recent opening in Douglasville by holding a DC Chamber ribbon cutting on August 13.


Mr. Appliance® of Douglasville makes it a priority to deliver exceptional and timely service. Their team of appliance professionals truly care about providing top quality service and the support their customers deserve, no matter how big or small the job may be.


Whether the need be maintenance, inspections, or fast repairs, clients can always count on Mr. Appliance of Douglasville to do the job. They offer residential and commercial services. They take pride in exceeding the expectations of their customers by repairing their appliances so that they run in tip top shape, and saving money in the long run. No matter the type of appliance, technicians are ready to help.


Chamber President and CEO, Kali Boatright, welcomed Jamie and Gwyneth to the Chamber, “we are so excited to have Mr. Appliance as a new member and look forward to helping you continue to assisting residents and businesses in our community! “


For more information on services provided by Mr. Appliance, contact Jamie or Gwyneth at (770) 779-1199, or visit their website at

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Ambu-Stat Celebrates Three Years in Douglasville Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:48:07 +0000 DSCF0204Ambu-Stat, a non-emergency ambulance service, celebrated three years in business with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting on July 21st. Executive Manager, Rita Ortiz, staff, and Chamber representatives were present for the event at their office located at  8331 Office Park Drive in Douglasville.


Ambu-Stat provides 24 hour non-emergency ambulance service, seven days a week. Their ambulances are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are staffed by at least two emergency medical technicians licensed by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Ambu-Stat is dedicated to treating each client as if they were part of their family. The dedicated and experienced EMTs are committed to transporting clients safely and expediently to   dialysis centers, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, medical centers, or any other clinic. Ambu-Stat will take care of all the billing work for clients to ensure quick payments and as little stress and hassle as possible.


Douglas County Chamber Diplomat and Bank of the Ozarks Vice President – Branch Manager, Olivia Howard, congratulated Rita on behalf of Douglas County Chamber, “congratulations on all of your accomplishments over the past three years and your impending growth – you are an inspiration to other local businesses!” commented Howard.


For more information on Ambu-Stat, contact Rita at (770) 489-2545 or visit

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Kritters Country Club Finds a New Home in Douglasville Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:27:45 +0000 DSCF0166Kritters Country Club, Douglasville’s premier pet boarding and daycare facility, has found a new home. As the result of rapid growth since opening its doors in 2011, the business recently moved to a larger building located at 7377 W. Strickland Street. Owner, Beth Mitchell, staff, clients, and Chamber representatives celebrated the opening of the new facility with a ribbon cutting Thursday, July 17th.


In just four years, Kritters Country Club has become a favorite among pet owners in Douglas County and surrounding areas. With more consumers making significant investments in away-from-home care and the appearance of their pets, the facility answers the need for safe and affordable lodging and expert grooming services.


Owner Beth Mitchell and her staff are dedicated to providing a safe, fun and nurturing environment for dogs, cats and other small pets when they are away from home. Whether their clients are there for boarding, daycare or grooming, the professional and courteous staff is committed to providing the best possible care and ensuring they feel safe, secure and loved.


“We love all the ‘furry babies’ who come to visit and treat them as if they are part of our own families,” says Mitchell.


The new Kritters Country Club sits on nearly five wooded acres easily accessed from surface roads and the interstate. The former site of a custom cabinet manufacturer, the 9,500-square-foot building has been transformed into a first-class pet care facility with kennels to accommodate dogs of all sizes, six daycare rooms, four exercise yards, a large cat room and on-site professional grooming services.  The facility also boasts a state-of-the-art surface and air disinfectant system that kills allergens, viruses, bacteria and mold before they have a chance of causing illness or infection, maintaining a healthy environment for pets and employees.


Pets are provided comprehensive care while they are boarding that includes feeding, administration of medications and human interaction. Kritters Country Club also provides access to affordable exams, vaccines and other veterinary services through its monthly vaccine clinic with a licensed veterinarian.



Douglas County Chamber President and CEO, Kali Boatright, congratulated Beth on behalf of Douglas County Chamber, “we are so proud to stand here today with you and celebrate your growth and new location. We appreciate you choosing to continue to locate your business in Douglasville, and look forward to many more years with your business!” commented Boatright.


For more information on Kritters Country Club, contact Beth at 770-489-7500 or visit


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