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The ansville me News THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2001,. Directory for Delivery The new 2001 AIX,TEL Phone Directory will be dis- ;sidents and businesses this month. provides complete white and yellow pages s for Manchester-Shiloh, Warm Springs and In addition, the directory also includes information attractions and outdoor activities, a communi- ty calendar of events, a list of local human services and utility numbers, and area maps. ALLTEL will distribute more than 5,400 copies of the directory by mail to area residents and businesses. For delivery information or to obtain additional copies of the directory, call 1 800-622-5226. Named Employee of Month John Ferrell is Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute Month for October. A senior property and supply super- visor in the institute's warehouse, he "firmly believes in getting the job done quickly and efficiently," according to his co-workers. His characteristic good humor and problem solving abilities are also appre- ciated by other staff members who say he is always willing to lend a helping hand - even if it means interrupting his lunch break. John Ferrell Ferrell transferred for Georgia's Department of Corrections to the Division of Rehabilitation Services and has been employed at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation since December 1999. He and his wife Gaynelle, daughter and two step- sons live in Thomaston. He was presented with the Heart Award" during a reception held in of the employee of the month. Lemmon Elected Angus Delegate A. Harvey Lemmon of Woodbury, has been elected as a delegate to the 118th annual meeting of the American Angus Association, Nov. 12 in Louisville, Kentucky, reports Richard Spader, executive vice president of the association. Lemmon, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri, is one of 349 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members in their state to serve as a state repre- sentative at the annual meeting. Representing 46 states and Canada, the delegates will participate in the busi- ness meeting and elect a new president, vice president and five directors to the association board. The association has more than 35,000 active mem- bers and is the largest beef breed organization in the world. Named Agent of the Month Marjorie Rowe has been named August Agent of the Month for Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Newnan/Coweta County office. Other top performers for the office during the month were Judy Summers, No. 2; and ligh Walls, No. 3. Mrs. Rowe, a listing agent and buyers agent, has worked in real estate in the Newnan/Coweta County area since 1979. A former broker/owner/manager, she has been with Coldwell Banker Bullard for the past seven years. In 2000, she was a member of Coldweil Banker's International Diamond Society, and she has previously qualified for the company's President's Club and Bronze Society. Her real estate training includes Coldwell Banker University's FastStart, Coldwell Banker System Orientation and Concierge Seminar. She is a member of the NewnardCoweta Board of Newnan chapter of American Business Women's Association, Junior Miss Coweta County Scholarship Committee and Luthersvflle Baptist Church. A Moreland resident, she is married to Jimmy Rowe. They have four children, Dennis, Deborah, Kimberley and Robyn, and six grandchildren. Tech Career Scholarships Offered BUSINESS MATTERS The Rotary Club of Meriwether County is offering scholarships for West Georgia Technical College to Meriwether residents. Three scholarships are available for anyone want- ng to become a licensed practical nurse and one for a gEaduating senior in any vocational field. Scholarship applications are available at the schools, Baptist Meriwether Hospital, West Georgia College or from any Rotarian. Chamber Holds Membership Drive Chamber of Commerce has nembership drive. For more information on the chamber, contact Jaynie at (706) 655-2558 or e-mail at jaynienes Business News Items Welcome00 Business news is sought about companies and busi- people in Meriwether, Troup and Talbot Counties. Items may be mailed to Business News Desk, Staw Publications, 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Ga. 31816 or faxed to (706) 846-2206. include a contact name and daytime tele- Reservists Won00 Jobs Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Pete Wheeler wants to remind National Guardsmen and Reservists called to active duty that their jobs will be waiting for them after discharge or release from service. "That's thanks to improvements in re-employment fights laws passed after the Persian Gulf War," Commissioner Wheeler recently commented. "These individuals will be able to perform their mission knowing they will not in ant' way be penalized for their military service to the country.": The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 calls for the returning vet- eran to be reinstated as if he or she had remained continuously employed. "And rightfully so," notes Commissioner Wheeler. "The law requires the person to be placed back in, at the very least, the same position, with the same benefits and seniority he or she would have accrued had they not been on military leave." The law applies to private sector J employment, as well as state, local, and federal government jobs, including the Postal Service. Employees should contact their per- sonnel/human resource office about their company or agency's procedures and requirements to restoring job rights. Commissioner Wheeler points out that individuals with specific questions should address them to the Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service listed in the govern- ment section of their local telephone directory. WALLS GO UP - Members of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia participated in an Old Fashioned Bam Raising at The Winshape House on Wildwood Road in Spalding County on Saturday, September 8. Approximately 65 representa- tives of builder and associate members firms, plus members of the Sales & Marketing Council, worked to raise the walls of The Winshape House, a foster home funded by S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fiI-A. The walls of the 5,000 square foot facility, which will house 12 children, were raised in one day. The Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia serves builders in Fayette, Coweta, Spalding, Heard and Medwether Counties. RECOGNIZING GOOD WORK - Jimmy Hudson, right, was presented with the presti- iious Service Excellence Award by Larry Crowell, store manager for American Home , .3, n er an, J Star Appliance Service. "Jimmy is not only a good technician," said Crowell, "he really goes that extra mile for his customers." Ballard Enters Troup Jerry Ballard Homes, one of the best known and most active home builders in the Metro South area of Atlanta, has entered the Troup County market with the opening of Savannah Place in the LaGrange area. Located at the intersec- tion of Tearer Road and Pyne Road, Savannah Place will have 47 homes with prices starting in the low $100,000s. The community will be built in two phases with eight homes in the first phase. Seven of these initial homes are already under construc- tion, and the builder plans to begin the roadwork in Phase II later this month. The homes in Savannah Place will hav flwee bed- rooms and two baths, and most of the homes will have vaulted ceilings in the great- room and trey ceilings in the master bedrooms. The exte- riors will feature mainte- nance free vinyl siding with brick and stone accents on certain models, and the homesites are generally three-quarters of an acre or larger. The community's loca- tion is convenient to LaGrange/CaUaway Airport, the industrial park, LaGrange College, West Point Lake, and West Georgia Medical Center. Savannah Place is being marketed by First Realty of LaGrange. More information about the community can be obtained by calling the real estate company at (706) 883- 6670. Founded in 1979, Jerry Ballard Homes is presently active in Coweta County, Clayton County, Troup County, and Henry County. The award winning compa- ny has a longtime commit- ment to provide "affordable elegance" for its homebuy- ers. Right Location Crucial fo]' Success Have you outgrown your current business space? If so, you should give serious con- sideration to location. How do you go about choosing a good business location? While there are many issues to con- sider when you are looking for space to house your busi- ness, make sure you ask your- self these questions: *Is location important for the success of my business? *What type of location is best for my business? *How much rent can I afford? *Is my proposed location appropriate for what I plan to do there? *Will I be able to retain and/or attract quality employees at the proposed location? For some businesses, location is everything. But for other enterprises, location may be much less important than finding affordable rental space. For instance, if you are a service business that does all your work at y our customers' locations, such as a roofer or a plumber, or a business that has little con- tact with the public, such as a wholesaler or Internet- based business, location might be irrelevant. The key to picking a prof- itable location is determining the factors that will increase customer volume for your business. Spend some time figuring out the habits of the customers you want to attract, and then choose a location that fits. Also, ask yourself: *Will more customers come if I locate near other similar businesses? *Will the reputation of the neighborhood or even of a particular building help draw customers? *Will customers drive? If so, where will they park? One major concern when looking for commercial space to lease is finding a place that you can afford. You should know, based on your financial projection, how much rent you would be able to pay each month. Do some homework. Research average rental costs in your area to make sure the amount you budget- ed for rent makes sense given the cost of commercial space in your area. Brokers and agents can be good sources of information on rental costs in various neighborhoods. They will generally give you an average figure for the cost of commercial space per square foot, per year, in a given area. Once you have this figure, you can compare it to the costs of other spaces you are considering. Keep in mind that the location you choose needs to be legally acceptable for whatever you plan to do there. A certain spot may be good for business, but if it is not zoned for what you plan to do, you could be asking for legal troubles. You should never sign a lease without knowing whether you will be permit- ted to operate your business in that space. If your zoning board has a problem with any of your business activities, and it is not willing to work out a way to accommodate your business, you may want to look elsewhere. These are some helpful tips from the BeUer Business Bureau of West gia, Southwest Georgia and East Alabama.