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Norma West with COUNTRY Financial, Michele Trauger with Healing Spirit Mobile Massage and Scott Forester with Forester Consulting

Tess Turrin, Michele Trauger, Norma West, Scott Forester

Tess Turrin, Michele Trauger, Norma West, Scott Forester

Norma West/COUNTRY Financial

For more than 85 years, COUNTRY Financial has been helping people to balance their need to protect what they have with their desire to build for the future. They serve about one million households and businesses throughout the US. They can protect what you have like your car, home, business and family. And they can help you build for the future with guidance on reaching your own retirement dreams or – for business owners – those of your employees. Their financial representatives are knowledgeable, down to earth, backed by a team of experts, and best of all – local. That means you get personal attention coupled with the expertise of financial planners, investment managers and product-specific professionals. They are rated A+ with AM Best and on the Fortune 1000 list, they are 654.

Michele Trauger/Healing Spirit Mobile Massage

Healing Spirit Mobile Massage provides mobile massages for in home, parties, events, festivals and office chair massage in Gwinnett and surrounding counties. There’s no denying the power of bodywork regardless of the reasons one chooses to receive a massage: stress relief, increase range of motion and/or pain management. Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

Scott Forester/Forester Consulting

Forester Consulting is a privately held firm that partners with small to mid-sized clients to maximize their new business revenue and client acquisition. The firm was formed after years of listening to small and medium sized business owners and executives who were constantly looking for a resource who could provide real sales and new business direction and strategy. Today they work with owners and management teams to identify the key components of their companies’ sales initiatives and guide them to exceedin the results they need to grow as a business.

Dr. Heavenly Kimes with Heavenly Dental Associates and Gregory Levett Sr. and Gregory Levett Jr. with Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home

Gregory Levett Jr, Angel Nowlin, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Gregory Levett Sr, Tess Turrin

Gregory Levett Jr, Angel Nowlin, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Gregory Levett Sr, Tess Turrin

Dr. Heavenly Kimes/ Heavenly Dental Associates

A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables Heavenly Dental Associates to provide the quality dental services their patients deserve.  They provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health.  Should a dental emergency occur, they make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible.

Gregory Levett Sr. and Gregory Levett Jr./ Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home

Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory is nationally recognized as the top rated funeral home in Georgia with a reputation for excellence, leaving a legacy as a first class funeral business. They are the premiere family owned and operated funeral home in Atlanta servicing families locally, nationally and internationally, staffed by well-trained professionals providing reliable, caring and dignified services. They specialize in traditional arrangements providing, comfort and emotional support during your family’s period of bereavement.

Tino Mantella with Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Hardeep Melamed with PurseN

Hardeep Melamed, ANgel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Tino Mantella

Hardeep Melamed, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Tino Mantella

Tino Mantella/Technology Association of Georgia

It’s a new world for tech, and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has emerged as a world-class membership organization and an engine for economic development for the state of Georgia. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances Georgia’s tech-based economy.


  • 22,000+ members
  • 2,000 Member Companies
  • 200+ Events per year
  • 34 Societies

Hardeep Melamed/PurseN

PurseN provides luxury lifestyle organizational travel products, accessories and handbags for women and soon men. Their customers are high-end department stores, boutiques, luxury resorts and spas and corporate clients. They are a women-owned business with their corporate headquarters in Atlanta and they manufacturer overseas.

Janel Bowles with The Bowles Firm and Jacqueline Furlong with Recycling Management Resources

Janel Bowles, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Jacqueline Furlong

Janel Bowles, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Jacqueline Furlong

Janel Bowles/The Bowles Firm, LLC

The Bowles Firm, LLC provides quality debt relief service to individuals and small business owners seeking relief from burdensome financial liability. They understand that for many the mere thought of filing bankruptcy brings stress and often leads to feelings of shame and shock. Their missions are to provide first class service, to give every client the personal touch and attention each case deserves, and to provide every client with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions. Their caseload is well-managed and as a valued client of their firm, all cases are handled by Attorney Janel O. Bowles who has over 18 years of Bankruptcy Law experience.  Their commitment to protecting their clients and handling all matters with a personal touch sets them apart.

Jacqueline Furlong/Recycling Management Resources

Recycling Management Resources is a plant based recycling group focused on maximizing its client’s recyclable paper, plastic and metal scrap. They specialize in both commercial and industrial recycling in the southeast.

Tommy Estes with Estes Heating & Air, Carol Moore with Newnan Centre, Brandy Swanson with Sandler Training and Dr. Lauren Millman with Suwanee Spine & Wellness Center

Angel Nowlin, Carol Moore, Lauren Millman, Brandy Swanson, Tommy Estes, Tess Turrin

Angel Nowlin, Carol Moore, Lauren Millman, Brandy Swanson, Tommy Estes, Tess Turrin

Tommy Estes/Estes Heating & Air

Estes Heating and Air (now transitioning name to Estes Services) was founded in 1949 by N. B. Estes. Tommy Estes has led the company for the past 20 plus years and is now assisted by son Brian and General Manager John Waldorf. Over the years the company has grown to one of the largest and most respected HVAC companies in the country. In addition to all phases of heating and air service and installation, the company now has extensive plumbing and electrical departments. Estes is also a leading insulation and home performance contractor. In fact, Estes was the first Carrier dealer in the country to become a certified Carrier 360 contractor.

Currently the company has 130 employees and expects sales to exceed 21 million in 2014. Estes Services grew over 12% in 2013. The company has won many awards including the Best Contractor to Work For in the Southeast, the ACCA and Georgia Power Contractor of the Year and most recently Contracting Business’ Residential Contractor of the Year (selected from all HVAC contractors in the country). Estes has received Carrier’s Presidents Award 3 of the last 4 years. Tommy Estes is one of three people in the country selected to Carrier’s Hall of Fame this year. These are just a few achievements of the company as Estes Heating & Air is a great company with a great tradition.

Carol Moore/Newnan Centre

Opening to rave reviews in June 2013, the beautifully appointed Newnan Centre offers space for many different types of events such as corporate meetings, banquets, fundraisers, wedding receptions, social events and tradeshows. Guests from 10 to 650 can be accommodated, depending on the type of set-up.

Brandy Swanson/Sandler Training

Sandler Training, Simon, Inc. is a sales performance organization providing consulting, coaching and training programs in business development, sales and sales management, customer service, leadership and communications. Providing their client companies a personalized development experience in their training centers located in metro Atlanta, and onsite at their business locations worldwide.

Dr. Lauren Millman/Suwanee Spine & Wellness Center

Suwanee Spine and Wellness Center specializes in providing a unique and specialized form of chiropractic known as Upper Cervical care to the Suwanee community and surrounding Gwinnett County. The unique approach is built upon the foundation that unless you correct the underlying cause of your problem, the likelihood of you healing is often slow or non-existent. When you can effectively correct the underlying dysfunction, your body, in turn, can heal. Their spinal care procedure effectively and uniquely evaluates the state of your whole body, which in turn effects your overall health.

Dr. Lauren Millman is the owner and Upper Cervical chiropractor of Suwanee Spine. She specializes on long term body correction and maintaining that proper spinal alignment. Suwanee Spine and Wellness Center offers specialty chiropractic care as well as Neuromuscular Therapy and Personal Training/Corrective Postural Exercises.

Celeste Johnson with KO Tax and Financial Services, Sharon Spicer-Evans and Beverly Shepard with Spicer-Evans Models & Talent Agency, and Robin Dickson with Allure Dance Atlanta

Sharon Spicer-Evans, Celeste Johnson, Angel Nowlin, Beverly Shepard, Tess Turrin, Robin Dickson

Sharon Spicer-Evans, Celeste Johnson, Angel Nowlin, Beverly Shepard, Tess Turrin, Robin Dickson

Celeste Johnson/KO Tax and Financial Services

KO Tax and Financial Services is a financial firm that values financial education for the community it serves. Services offered include: accounting, bookkeeping, auditing, sales taxes and payroll, bank relationships and financing, business valuation, tax planning and preparation, and credit restoration. Beyond the services listed, KO Tax and Financial Services specializes in small business consultation and offers tax classes.

Sharon Spicer-Evans & Beverly Shepard/Spicer-Evans Models & Talent Agency

Spicer-Evans Models & Talent Agency is a Gwinnett County/metro Atlanta-based agency founded by Vicktor Evans and Sharon Spicer-Evans, former runway models with more than two decades of experience. The Spicer-Evans Models & Talent Agency is shoulders above the rest, when it comes to helping aspiring models achieve industry success. The agency’s exciting bookings include promotional work for major hair companies, fashion shows and trade shows, along with magazine portrayals and other print

They specialize in development and management, offering workshops and other training tools that prepare their clients to face the modeling world with poise, style and self-confidence. They utilize top-notch make-up artists, stylists and photographers who are dedicated to the profession and to our clientele.

Spicer-Evans’ recent promotions include those with Strength of Nature, a national hair care company with an array of brands: Pro-Line, African Pride, Beautiful Textures, Dream Kids, Elasta QP, Soft & Beautiful, Mega Growth and Naturally Free. A recent commercial featuring Spicer-Evans models can be seen at

Robin Dickson/Allure Dance Atlanta

Allure Dance Atlanta provides the instruction of Ballroom Dancing in group and private dance lessons. Allure has been in business for six years and they have taught hundreds of wedding couples their personalized dance, along with countless other folks to look good on the dance floor at all social functions.

Ed Henderson with Synergy America and Men with Ties, and Mark Potter with Conduit Inc. and CANVAS Magazine

Ed Henderson, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Mark Potter

Ed Henderson, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Mark Potter

Ed Henderson/Synergy America & Men with Ties

Synergy America (1993)  is a minority, women owned, full-service Professional Services firm located in Atlanta, GA. They have 20 years of experience in staffing, consulting and professional services. They specialize in the fields of IT, engineering, finance and accounting, healthcare, executive placement and all professional staffing services. Synergy America can help fill any position, whether it’s contract, contract to hire, or a permanent position. They have highly trained and seasoned experts who are proven… getting superior results by focusing within a given area of expertise sets them apart! Their passion at Synergy America is finding the right SOLUTION and TALENT for your specific organization while servicing the communities in which they live.

Men with Ties was founded in 2010 as a Christian based 501(C)(3) human service agency providing Life Readiness Training & Communal Engagement programs for males from ages 9 to 18 with an emphasis on low-income families at risk in urban America. They prepare the children for the future… TODAY!

Mark Potter/Conduit Inc. & CANVAS Magazine

Conduit Inc. creates and designs high level content marketing programs including custom magazines, e-campaigns, and events. With a flagship magazine, CANVAS, as the cornerstone, Conduit Inc. has built a solid reputation with clients like Ricoh, Fuji, Canon and CooperVision.

Pamela Hogan and Sharon Spicer-Evans with Georgia Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics, Andy Morgan with The Morgan Law Group and Larry Foster with Rivet 360 Digital

Andy Morgan, Pamela Hogan, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Sharon Spicer Evans, Larry Foster

Andy Morgan, Pamela Hogan, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Sharon Spicer-Evans, Larry Foster

Pamela Hogan & Sharon Spicer-Evans/Georgia Institute of Cosmetology and Esthetics

The Georgia Institute of Cosmetology and Esthetics is one of the most creative cosmetology and esthetics schools in the northwest region in the metro Atlanta area. They provide hands on training and teach you all about what the beauty industry has to offer.

Andy Morgan/The Morgan Law Group

The Morgan Law Group is a full service transactional law firm providing legal counseling and support services to businesses and business owners primarily in the areas of corporate law, business law and contracts law. Typical transactions would include business formation, drafting and negotiating transaction documents, agreements and contracts, deal structuring, private equity financing and business acquisitions and sales.

Larry Foster/Rivet 360 Digital

Rivet 360 Digital is the central point for providing uniquely disruptive, game-changing ideation and 360, marketing solutions for brands. Rivet 360 Digital brings together a long tradition of excellence, a spirit of innovation and over a half century of marketing experience from our founding partners in addition to a large network of strategic partners and providers.

Rivet 360 Digital is a unique hybrid of an advertising agency and marketing firm. This means they combine both disciplines with an understanding of the Internet. They believe that in order to achieve full brand continuity, all marketing communication should be developed in the same place. And so they’ve assembled a network of talented, creative individuals of exceptional skill and vision. Rivet360 is structured to maximize smart thinking and creativity. When you work with them, you’re working directly with senior staff, each one with extensive experience in advertising and marketing. Their tight, efficient working style keeps costs down and clients satisfied.

Michael Gordy with Fulton Services, Thad Joiner with Sunbrook Academy and Chris Horne with Vocalogic

Thad Joiner, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Chris Horne, Michael Gordy

Thad Joiner, Angel Nowlin, Tess Turrin, Chris Horne, Michael Gordy

Michael Gordy/Fulton Services

Fulton Services is a residential/light commercial plumbing heating and cooling service company. Fulton Plumbing was founded in 1922 in Atlanta. HVAC services were added in the early 1980’s. The company became Fulton Services a few years ago to raise awareness of the multiple services that were offered. Fulton Services has long had a reputation of providing the highest level of service for people who expect the highest level of service. All technicians are licensed in their trade, drug tested, thoroughly background checked, and continually undergo training on new technology and client service techniques. They go the extra mile to take extreme care for their clients’ homes while taking care of the issue at hand.

They also take pride in treating their employees with the same level of high service they expect them to take care of their clients. They are well paid with a good benefits package and are able to take time off when needed for any reason in their life. That is why almost everybody working for Fulton Services has been there for over 10 years, and some as many as 30 years.

Thad Joiner/Sunbrook Academy

Sunbrook Academy is a child care franchise company with 6 Atlanta Locations serving children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. By enrolling your child at Sunbrook Academy, you’re making the decision to provide your child a priceless advantage. Every detail of the Sunbrook experience has been meticulously planned to create the most effective and enjoyable child-friendly environment for social, emotional and academic development. Enhanced by progressive educational tools, dynamic, leading-edge materials and a carefully selected professional staff, Sunbrook Academy is a nationally-recognized leader for early childhood development. No other program can duplicate the Sunbrook approach. They are proud to provide you and your family with a full range of opportunities for discovery and growth for a lifetime of success.

Chris Horne/Vocalogic

Vocalogic provides affordable business telephone services and web services to the Atlanta area.

Shane Underwood with Think Green Lawn Service, Darchell Exum with After School Sports Academy and Lloyd Lofton with American Eagle Financial Services

Lloyd Lofton, Darchell Exum, tess Turrin, Shane Underwood

Lloyd Lofton, Darchell Exum, Tess Turrin, Shane Underwood

Shane Underwood/Think Green Lawn Service

Think Green Lawn Service is providing the homes of Georgia with beautiful lawns and unsurpassed customer service. Using only the highest quality products, Think Green is able to achieve a stronger, healthier, more luxurious lawn for you and your family. They offer several services to homeowners and businesses including fertilization and weed control, tree and shrub Care, mosquito control, core aeration and much more.

Darchell Exum/After School Sports Academy

After School Sports Academy provides a safe and supervised place for kids to play and learn from the time school lets out until their parents pick them up after work – a place away from the dangers of the streets with people who care. They fill these critical hours with enriching experiences that help build life skills to keep them motivated and help kids make better choices. The After School Sports Academy offers homework help, tutoring, sports, exercise activities, hygiene instruction, Etiquette, healthy snacks, field trips and celebrations. Transportation is provided from their school to the academy! For more information, call 678-705-2275 or email

Lloyd Lofton/American Eagle Financial Services

American Eagle Financial Services is dedicated to providing consumer and financial products that provide quality with value pricing. They wish to establish a successful partnership with their clients, staff members and partner companies, that respect the interests and goals of each party. Success is measured by their clients choosing them because of their belief in their ability to meet or exceed their expectations of price, service and expertise.