Hiring to win

Natalie Teuton scrolls through a power point presentation as she addresses the group at the March 21 Seminar.

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The Gordon County Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Business Development Committee hosted a “Hiring to Win” seminar presented by the Small Business Development Center on Friday, March 21. More than forty professionals from Gordon and surrounding counties attended the event. Guest speakers were Cynthia Samuels and Natalie Teuton.

Cynthia Samuels is a Certified Executive and Business Coach. She is the founding member and President of Inspired Business Services, LLC founded in 2012 and Inspired Multifamily Services, founded in 2011.

Prior to founding Inspired, Cynthia served as Vice President, Advisory Services for a large rapidly growing technology company, where she built a $2.5 million portfolio during her ten years with that company.

Samuel’s background also includes the launch of two successful businesses within the optical market place and serving as Director of Operations for a contact lens manufacturing and research company. She and her business partner work together as a team to provide clients with information needed to attract, hire, assess, develop and retain top talent that will drive business profitability.

Natalie Teuton is a Certified Executive and Business Coach. Teuton joined Inspired Multifamily Services, LLC in January 2012 to partner with Cynthia Samuels. Prior to joining Inspired, Natalie served in a number of capacities for one of the largest global chemical companies. Her most recent position was Commercialization Specialist working cross-functionally with several business groups to facilitate market introduction of new technologies for more than a decade.

“This event was one of the best-attended seminars the committee has presented,” Raina Sanford, Director of Radiology at Gordon Hospital, Chair of the Marketing and Business Development Committee and Vice-Chair of Chamber’s Executive Board, said. “We were very pleased with the number of guests who attended and consider it evidence that personnel issues remain a major concern in small business.”

“The vast majority of businesses operating in Gordon County — or the United States for that matter — are small businesses. Our committee specifically targets the needs of that particular sector,” Josh McClure, Director of Marketing for Southeast Restoration Group and Vice-Chair of the Marketing and Business Development Committee, said. “We are charged via our mission statement with promoting a healthy small business and retail climate in Gordon County that encourages hometown spending and provides marketing support to the Chamber and its member businesses.”

The Small Business Development Center programs are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Small Business Administration and The University of Georgia. Dr. William C. Flewellen, former dean of The University of Georgia College of Business Administration, is primarily responsible for the establishment of the Small Business Development Center not only on The University of Georgia campus, but on university campuses across the nation.

The concept for the SBDC program originated when Flewellen and Reed Powell, dean of the School of Business at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona were serving on the national advisory council of the Small Business Administration.

The concept was simple: extend university-based knowledge to the small business sector similar to the Agriculture Extension Service.

In 1976, the SBA allocated some of its own money to fund eight pilot programs, one being at The University of Georgia. The success of these pilot programs paved the way for federal funding.

Senator Sam Nunn and others provided federal legislative support, and in 1980 President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Small Business Development Center Act.

In Georgia, Representative Lauren “Bubba” McDonald championed the SBDC concept. The Georgia General Assembly that directed the Board of Regents to establish The University of Georgia as the coordinating agency for the SBDC passed a resolution in January of 1977. The resolution also permitted the state to fund the SBDC program.

The Gordon County Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote an economic climate in Gordon County conducive to balanced growth and development in order to make the county a better place to live, work and play. It accomplishes its many programs of work through a network of committees with independent mission statements. Contact the chamber at 706-625-3200.