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We'd like to send out a huge "Thank You!" to all the vendors, merchants, "Elves" and visitors that made our first Winter Wonderland Big Expo such a huge success.

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Happy Holidays!

from your Chamber staff!

 

 

At the December 3rd Women of Prosperity Luncheon at the Newnan Country Club, we were inspired and empowered by CTCA's Anne Meisner, and we had a great time learning from our fellow businesswomen in the Chamber! 

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Georgia Education Top Stories
November 21st
The Georgia Chamber has long supported efforts to ensure that students throughout our state are taught to rigorous academic standards that will prepare them for post-secondary education or the workplace and that will allow our state to remain a globally c...
November 20th
The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed new regulations that would greatly expand the regulatory jurisdiction over waters throughout the United States as part of the “Clean Water Act.”

7 critical global economy business skills

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/business-brains/7-business-skills-desperately-needed-in-todays-economy/

 

1. Data mining/analytics: Mass-computerization and mass production cause organizations to differentiate themselves via the way they can understand and act on data.

2. Cross-cultural competency/ communications:  "Today’s skill sets could cause workers to be posted in any number of locations—they need to be able to operate in whatever environment they find themselves." [Anna Davies, Devin Fidler and Marina Gorbis, authors of Future Work Skills: 2020.]

3. Social business acumen: Professionals need to be well-versed "in forms such as video, and able to critically analyze them," according to the Institute of the Future report.

4. Automated manufacturing: Factory managers and workers need to understand and design the systems and processes that encompass today's production lines, including everything from robotics to 3D printing. 

5. Entrepreneurship:  There are 3 types of entrepreneurship.

A. The ability to form a startup

B.  The freelancer who provides project-based services

C. An internal entrepreneur ("intrapreneur") launches new products or a new piece of the business.

 

6. Design mindset: "Sensors, communication tools and processing power will bring new design opportunities."

7. Cybersecurity:  There is insatiable demand for professionals who can protect valuable data and networks.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140729124058-10999323-10-soft-skills-you-need-to-master-now 

10 Soft Skills You Need to Master Now

Heather R. Huhman 

July 29, 2014

Your experience and hard skills might get you initially noticed by employers, but it’s your soft skills that will advance your career.

 77 percent of employers believe soft skills are just as important as hard skills.

10 soft skills to master:

1. According to Millennial Branding, 84 percent of companies look for candidates who have a positive attitude.

2.  73 percent of companies value strong work ethic as one of their top soft skills.

3. Eighty-three percent of employers value excellent communication skills in the workplace.

4.  73 percent of employers seek dependable candidates.

5. According to Millennial Branding, 74 percent of employers desire candidates who can work in a team.

6. Sixty-six percent of employers value individuals who are self-motivated.

7. Fifty-seven percent of employers desire candidates who can stay organized at work and manage multiple priorities.

8. Half of employers believe it’s important for employees to be flexible at work.

9. 57 percent of employers look for people who are able to work well under pressure.

10. There are a number of reasons 46 percent of employers value confidence in the workplace.

 

 

http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123427791

Who's on my team?

Col. Greg Green
375th Air Mobility Wing Vice Commander

10/9/2014 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- 
   There are three qualities I seek in a person chosen to become an integral part of my team: strong character, a rigorous work ethic and a positive attitude.
 

   Strong character aligns with our first Air Force core value --integrity.  Strong character encompasses not only integrity, but also trust, loyalty, steadfastness, polite consideration of others, and a strong moral compass. 
   Rigorous work ethic enables a person to recognize when a job needs to be done, and then demonstrate initiative to complete it without micromanagement.  The resulting pride in successful task completion builds confidence in the entire team.
   A positive attitude is necessary to maintain the kind of morale necessary for top performance and team success.  The most exciting job in the world can be made miserable because of the lousy attitude of a team mate.  You can enjoy even the most difficult task if surrounded by people with positive attitudes.  Life is simply more enjoyable when surrounded by people who project positive attitudes.

   Each of the three characteristics highlighted is contagious and can create the new organizational culture. 

 

 

 

http://www.spherion.com/careerboost-blog/a-strong-work-ethic-will-take-you-places/

 A strong work ethic will take you places!

 

Employers seek it; performance depends on it; satisfaction is derived from it; and career progression is the fruit of it. What is it? A strong work ethic!


Employers seek it
It’s that intangible quality that star employees exemplify daily in their determination to do the best job possible—regardless of whether someone’s eye is on them or not. Why? They take pride in their work.

Performance depends on it
Companies that want to hold a position of leadership in their industry know it requires talent with the skills and motivation to consistently produce outstanding results. So, this becomes the standard that guides their hiring decisions.

Satisfaction is derived from it
No matter what profession you find yourself in, when you are skilled at what you do and people recognize it, there is a deep sense of satisfaction that wells up within you.

Career progression is the fruit of it
If you desire to advance in your profession, a strong work ethic will keep your career moving upward. Every employer wants an employee with this kind of mentality. Your willingness to work hard and give 150 percent will not go unnoticed.

Hard Skills Not Enough For Job Success

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects that over 1.5 million students will graduate with a bachelor's degree in 2014. These new potential employees come “preloaded” with the requisite technical skills that their careers require.

Yet, despite this, many find themselves unable to adequately perform in a competitive marketplace due to their lack of interpersonal skills otherwise known as soft skills.

There it is, the thing that colleges still haven’t quite gotten a handle on instilling in their graduates. Unless we as individuals understand how to communicate, cooperate, and coordinate with others, we are at a significant disadvantage—especially in the workplace. According to Mark Murphy (author of Hire for Attitude), 46% of new hires fail in the first 18 months, and of those new hires, 89% fail for reasons associated with attitude.

Do we really need to put so much emphasis on ‘playing nice?’

We're all adults, but we all have different approaches to getting things done, especially due to our diversity in experience, demeanors, age, goals, and cultures, sometimes all on the same team. 77 percent of employers say that soft skills are just as important as hard skills

Georgia Government Top Stories
November 21st
The Georgia Chamber has long supported efforts to ensure that students throughout our state are taught to rigorous academic standards that will prepare them for post-secondary education or the workplace and that will allow our state to remain a globally c...
November 20th
The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed new regulations that would greatly expand the regulatory jurisdiction over waters throughout the United States as part of the “Clean Water Act.”

Ward Named President of GA. Association of Assessing Officials

Beverly Ward, Chairman of the Coweta County Board of Assessors, was installed as President of the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials (GAAO) at the 67th Short Course in Assessment Administration, held this this week at the University of Georgia in Athens.

 

GAAO is the 1600 plus member association comprised of Tax Assessors and appraisers from across Georgia as well as representatives from the state Department of Revenue and the private sector.

The Carnegie Hosts "Social Security: When Do I Collect?"

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:30PM, investment representative, Jennifer Camp presents an informationalsocial_security.jpg program designed to address questions about Social Security, such as "How does Social Security fit into my retirement income plan", "When should I start taking benefits" and finally, "What about taxes".  The end-goal will be to provide information that will make better sense of what impact Social Security will have with respect to personal financial goals.

There will be no sales pitch involved in this program. Jennifer Camp is employed by Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, which provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.

The Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange Street in downtown Newnan on the historic Courthouse Square.  Call to reserve your spot at 770-683-1347.

 

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National Institutes of Health News Releases
December 17th
National Institutes of Health-supported study examines prescribing patterns.

Real Men Wear Pink

images.jpgNewnan (Oct. 1, 2014) – As part of its commitment to the fight against breast cancer, Piedmont Newnan Hospital has enlisted the help of 10 prominent men in the Coweta County community to help spread awareness about breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. The campaign is designed to increase the number of women who take preventative action in the fight against the disease.

These 10 men have agreed to become the names and faces in the battle against breast cancer, which affects one in eight women in the U.S. They’ll take part in community events such as a “Pink Out” night at Newnan High School on Friday, October 24, all while leading by example by asking the women in their lives to get screened for breast cancer.

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Carnegie_art_1.jpgTHE CARNEGIE AND NEWNAN COWETA ART ASSOCIATION ROTATE ART FOR THE SPRING

The Carnegie and the Newnan Coweta Art Association partnered up to present a variety of art for the grand opening of the building. The Newnan Coweta Art Association has rotating exhibits in the Carnegie. There is an art gallery on the second level.

"Our program and meeting room attendees really enjoy strolling through the art gallery.  The Newnan Coweta Art Association has once again provided us with a wonderful variety of paintings," said Amy Mapel, Carnegie Director.

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Improvements at Community Welcome House

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Christmas for the Children

Have you ever wondered if Santa misses a child on Christmas?  One young man did. Being part of making children smile is why on Christmas Eve his F150 (Santa’s Sleigh) is loaded with gifts for the ride to bring smiles on children’s faces. The young man in the Santa hat explains to the children that he is Santa’s helper and asked personally by Santa to deliver to them. Behind the F150 are his elves in various vehicles from van to car. Why is this delivery special?  Because this young man wants all children to experience waking up to Santa having come.

 In the chaotic world of today we often forget the true meaning of Christmas; the birth of Jesus. For some of us we have wonderful memories of reading the Christmas story, singing Christmas carols, the cup of hot cocoa, making Christmas cookies, candy canes, the Christmas stockings hung on the mantel and waking up to find presents from Saint Nick.  Family Patterns Matter understands this as does Santa’s helper behind the steering wheel of the F150.

The project has been part of the F150’s Christmas Eve journey for several years. Last year Family Patterns Matter became the host non-profit. Why? Because this young man’s mother is the CEO of the organization and it is a perfect fit. Family Patterns Matter has the soul mission and purpose to address the unmet needs of our youth. The blessings we receive by giving and the memories given to those who are the recipients, last a lifetime. And when this young man was a little boy, with his freckled face he looked up at his mom and said; “Why was I the lucky one?” His story is one of love and family. Being part of the foster care system he came into foster care as an 11 month old blond hair blue eyed bundle of love. His life is a testament of how a positive role model in a child’s life at any time impacts who you are.

Currently we have a list of families who have contacted us. Children ranging from the ages of infant to 16 years. Our hope is that each one will have at least one gift to open. We have 38 children who have not been chosen yet. Our list includes 25 families. If you would like to bring a smile to a child you can visit our website at www.familypatternsmatter.org and go to the page Christmas for Children and we will send you the information you will need. Or e-mail familypatternsmatter@gmail.com  

There are two parts to Christmas for the Children:.#1 to address the unmet needs of  the 25 families who are not part of another giving project and #2 that special delivery on Christmas Eve. The youth advisory board for Family Patterns Matter helps with both parts of this project.   You can choose #1 or #2 to give to. Remember it makes a child smile. 

Our drop off location is The Rutledge Center, 61 Hospital Rd.; Newnan.

 

Merry Christmas,

 

Linda Kirkpatrick and (Santa’s Helper) Tim Kirkpatrick     

 

P.S. Santa checks with the other organizations so we are not duplicating families to make sure all children will have a visit from Santa.

 

 

 

Coweta Tax Assessor Beverly Ward now President of State Association

 

Chairman of the Coweta County Board of Assessors, was installed as President of the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials (GAAO) at the 67th Short Course in Assessment Administration, held this this week at the University of Georgia in Athens.

 

GAAO is the 1600 plus member association comprised of Tax Assessors and appraisers from across Georgia as well as representatives from the state Department of Revenue and the private sector.

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