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Updated May 1, 2023 at 12:50 p.m.

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Savannah SCORE and Wells Fargo present the 10th annual State of Small Business

Savannah SCORE and Wells Fargo will present The 10th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. The free event will be held from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Torian Auditorium at Savannah State University, located in the Howard Jordan building of the College of Business Administration. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

Savannah area business leaders from different sectors will each have three minutes to present a brief overview of the current state of affairs in Chatham County as it pertains to their industries. They will then offer their key insights into what this means to the future of Savannah and the small business owner.

The conference is free and open to the public. Visit to RSVP. 

Tharros Place and Juvenile Court announce customized lunch and learn series

Tharros Place, a new nonprofit that will provide services for survivors of human trafficking, announced a lunch and learn series to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking and its impact in our local community. The sessions, to be held virtually on Wednesdays in May from noon to 1 p.m., will be customized for the following audiences:

  • May 3: Tourism Industry (targeted towards individuals involved with tourism, hotels, airports, travel, shipping, businesses, etc.)

  • May 10: Healthcare Industry (targeted towards individuals involved in healthcare such as nurses, doctors, those working in medical offices, and other healthcare professionals)

  • May 17: Parents (targeted towards individuals with children)

  • May 24: General Public (a general overview of human trafficking, signs to look out for, and how to protect our community)

“Last year in Georgia, 494 minors with an average age of 14 were identified as victims of human trafficking. Chatham County ranks fourth in the state for the number of sex trafficking cases of minors,” said Julie Wade, Executive Director of Tharros Place. “It takes all of us working together – across all industries – to put a stop to human trafficking, and education is the first step.”

The sessions are free and open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about human trafficking. Participants from outside of Savannah are also welcome to join. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to register, visit

Plant Riverside District to host high-energy Cinco de Mayo dance party

Plant Riverside District will host a special Cinco de Mayo Dance Party at District Live featuring live music by LPT, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based 10-piece Afro-Cuban salsa orchestra as well as drink specials to celebrate the holiday, including Tequila Sunrise Margaritas and Bandera de Mexico Mojitos. Widely considered the ambassadors of Salsa and Afro-Cuban music in the Southeast, LPT uses music to bridge gaps between cultures and will deliver a high-energy performance. DJ JB Dizzy from the Tropical de Noche Crew will close out the night with music that’s perfect for dancing. The party will continue until midnight.

“We invite local residents and visitors to put on their dancing shoes for a very special evening celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the heart of Savannah’s Entertainment District,” said Scotty Henley, Director of Entertainment at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. “We’re thrilled to present LPT live in concert, along with DJ JB Dizzy, for an unforgettable evening.”

In addition, Savannah Tequila Co. at Plant Riverside District will offer a variety of Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials, from Chicken Pozoles to Cecina Tacos with refried beans, guacamole and queso fresco. To round out the Cinco de Mayo festivities at Plant Riverside District, guests can also enjoy a Flamenco Trio from Miami, Fla., performing live on the Montgomery Park Stage from 6 to 9 p.m.

Visit for more information and tickets. 

Realty One Group Inclusion Principal/Broker, Savannah Native Janet Howard featured speaker at National Association Of Realtors Legislative Meeting

Realty ONE Group Inclusion Principal/Broker Janet Howard has been selected as a speaker at the National Association of Realtors Legislative Meeting- RISMedia Power Broker Forum, taking place this May in Washington D.C.. The RISMedia Power Broker Forum will address real estate challenges and opportunities that residential realtors will face for the second half of 2023.

“I believe everyone should have the knowledge, access and the tools to be successful in the real estate business. The coastal Georgia/Low Country housing boom is being recognized across America and I am excited to share how we are managing all of this demand and growth at the RISMedia Power Broker forum”, said Janet Howard.

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. REALTORS® come to Washington, D.C. for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities, and the industry trade show. This year’s Legislative Meetings take place May 6-11, 2023. Learn more about the event by visiting

Historic Savannah Foundation promotes Colleen Reynolds to assistant director

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, has announced the promotion of Colleen Reynolds to the position of Assistant Director. Reynolds has most recently served HSF as the associate of Events & Development.

“Historic Savannah Foundation is delighted to promote Colleen to this new role,” said HSF CEO and President Sue Adler. “Her passion is working with people and among her many strengths are coordination and implementation. As HSF has expanded our campus over the last two years, Colleen will be managing the maintenance and preservation of our properties, event planning, and overseeing special projects and tasks.”

Reynolds’ work history includes directing group business within the hotel industry, building a successful couture interior design firm, managing the operations of a non-profit arts organization, and running a special events company, Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University.

“Every day I feel lucky and honored to work at HSF," said Reynolds. "My goal always is to work to strengthen our organization’s sense of purpose and to be creative and collaborative with our team in making things happen.

Published May 1, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

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