For April 2021, Autism Awareness Month, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Business Insight Podcast recognizes Our World School, K-12, at H.O.P.E. Park located at 2680 Highway 42 North in McDonough, GA, for their commitment to young people in Henry County who have developmental disabilities and to their mission: "Preparing students to achieve their fullest potential".
Leading with an interactive online training program designed to move the Henry County hospitality community to a level of superior-grade customer service, the tourism team at Visit Henry County, GA, has launched "Customer Experience 101." The full complement of training including modules in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will roll out later in the Summer.
Visit Henry County, GA, the county's tourism and destination marketing organization, introduced the recently organized Henry County Artists Consortium with one of its first public-facing projects -- the installation of hand-painted "Squirrel Tables" at multiple locations around Henry County. Built and designed with various themes by thirty different local artists, the Squirrel Tables project features designs of local artists and seeks to better connect the art community and the people of Henry County. The two directors of the Artists Consortium, Greg Horton, CEO and owner of The Barn Beautiful, and Koren Conrad, CEO, and owner of Creativity Cafe, provide an overview of the Artists Consortium and its goals, talk about the origin of the Squirrel Tables project, and how it is genesis to an effort to create awareness of Henry County as a resource and destination for art enthusiasts and collectors.
Vaccines in Henry County, GA, were given to the first round of front-line healthcare workers at Piedmont Henry Hospital on Friday, December 18. Dr. William Watkins, Chief Medical Officer at Piedmont Henry Hospital, provides an update on the hospital's current status with COVID-19 patients and his thoughts regarding the timeline for the community to receive the vaccine.
The organizers of the Day of Joy event lay out the origin and plans for the event which is designed to remove and replace any negativity or anxiety with the inspiration that a day filled with joy brings.
Assistant Director of Nursing Amy Fenn, District 4, Georgia Department of Health, is one of the experts responsible for keeping the Henry County population healthy especially during a pandemic. On Thursday, June 16, Nurse Fenn reviewed the coronavirus case count and its trending and advised the citizens of Henry County how to keep stay healthy which will ultimately impact the viability of the economy. One sure way to help keep businesses open, she says, " Wear a mask." She provides information on preparing for the Fall when the flu season kicks in possibly at the same time that schools re-open.
Seth Woodrow, the Deputy District Environmental Health Director with District 4 of the Georgia Department of Public Health provides insight for the process of reopening restaurants, hair salons, and other businesses that are routinely inspected by the environmental arm of Henry County DPH. Woodrow also gives advice for Henry County citizens for protecting themselves and their families during the COVID-19.
Greg Cannon of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors leads the #HENRYSTRONG - We Will Get Through This Together campaign to show support for the medical professionals & first responders of Henry County. Listen and learn how the community can participate in the parade on May 6, 2020.
In Henry County, more than 2,600 jobs were supported by tourism and tourists generated $299 million in direct spend and $8.40 million in local taxes during 2018. Many of these jobs have been eliminated and the employees furloughed or laid off. To support hospitality workers laid off, furloughed or whose hours have been cut, the Henry County CVB has launched “Operation Help for Hospitality,” a food drive.
Partner Relations Manager, Janna Sveto shares information about Operation Help for Hospitality and how the food drive is working to support the industry that is so vital to the health and vitality of the Henry County tourism industry.
Monetary donations can be made through PayPal at www.VisitHenryCountyGeorgia.com/Support. Monetary donations will be used to purchase items wholesale/bulk through Sutherland’s Food Service to augment food items dropped off at participating businesses in Henry County.
Piedmont Henry's CEO Dr. Lily Henson steers hospital through COVID-19 pandemic as coronavirus cases continue to climb. Dr. Henson offers insight into the state of the hospital's preparedness as Henry County citizens do their part to curb the surge by sheltering in place and practicing social distancing.
The Federal Census Partner Specialist, Ife Oyeleye, who is leading the government's organized effort in multiple counties is based in Henry County. In this episode of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Business Insight Podcast, Oyeleye details the Census strategy for counting everyone and how the plan has been impacted by efforts to mitigate COVID-19.
Oyeleye is available to speak to groups and organizations about Census 2020 and shares her contact information below:
U.S. Census Bureau
Atlanta Regional Census Center
Cell: (678) 662-1814
Broadway Actor Jared Bradshaw grew up in McDonough, GA, and chose singing and dancing over soccer at the local middle school. With encouragement from his coaches, teachers, and family, Jared followed his dream and is today a successful actor working full time on Broadway. Jared's Bing Crosby Christmas Concert tour takes the stage in McDonough on December 20 for a one-night performance at the Henry County Schools Performing Arts Center.
Henry County Chamber President and CEO Joseph B. Henning sits down with Henry County Commission Chair June Wood to discuss the reasons why Henry County citizens should vote yes on SPLOST V. Henning presents a wide range of questions frequently asked by local voters to Wood who is adept in the transportation issues facing the county and concerned about the quality of life for all residents.
Hope White, owner, CEO, and operations manager at H. D. White Logistics joined the Chamber at the beginning of her first year of business as an LLC. Here she shares her business concept, strategic moves she's made and the progression to become a phenomenal success in just one year of business.
Starting on Monday, September 16, the Chamber will host a day of free consultation for small businesses in Henry County. The small business development center of the University of Georgia at Clayton state university is offering their professional consulting services – free of charge – on the third Monday of every month to small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Heritage Bank Marketing Director Lincoln Parks is leading a Hurricane relief effort for the Bahamas that seeks donations from throughout the Atlanta Southern Crescent to help those in dire need in the Bahamas. One month after Hurricane Dorian left thousands devastated without shelter, food or water, Lincoln reminds his friends and associates with the Henry County Chamber of Commerce that he is a native of Nassau and through his family connections he knows first hand that there is much need and that there will be for a long time. Donations may be dropped off at either of 4 locations including Heritage Bank at 203 Keys Ferry Street in McDonough and at 830 Eagle's Landing Parkway in Stockbridge, also at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove and at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Monetary donations are welcome and will be used to help with shipping costs to the Bahamas. Download Participating Drop-Off locations.