Military Veteran Needs Your Vote for $150K Small Business Grant

Military Veteran Needs Your Vote for $150K Small Business Grant

Warner Robins, Ga.- Air Force Veteran Brian Wyatt, owner of B-EZ Graphix, needs help from the community as he vies for a $150,000 small business grant through Chase Bank’s “Mission Main Street Grants” online campaign. He only needs 250 votes by Oct. 17 to be eligible for the next round of getting his business plan viewed by a panel of judges such as actor/entrepreneur Nick Cannon and co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” Carla Hall.

Last month, after five and a half years, Wyatt completed his enlistment as a Senior Airman in the 461 Air Control Wing of the Robins Air Force Base and was awarded the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Regional “Airman of the Year” in 2013 among competitors in 12 southern states. He has been a freelance graphic/web designer for 10 years, working with the Macon Indoor Flea Market locally and other clients in Atlanta, Chicago, and Memphis, Tenn. Wyatt submitted his application to use the $150,000 grant money to expand his staff, purchase office space and upgrade technology.

"B-EZ Graphix has revolutionized the way we communicate with our members,” said Juan F. Garcia, President of the Middle Georgia Chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association. “The newsletter and web design has streamlined and made passing information to our members and social media followers faster and kept every member more informed than ever before. No other chapter website has come close to what we have been able to accomplish."     

B-EZ Graphix is very involved in the community by offering complimentary services to local organizations like the Ruth Hartley Mosley Women’s Center of Macon, Ga. and provided free logo designs, highly discounted business card and website design services to non-profit organizations in Georgia and beyond. In the month of October, a portion of proceeds from B-EZ Graphix will be donated to the Georgia Alzheimer’s Association. Also, B-EZ Graphix has sponsored and donated to events like the Champaign-Urbana Day Fashion and Talent Show in Central Illinois, toy drive in Wyatt’s hometown of Chicago, and The Simply Giving Project in Memphis, Tenn.

"No other agency is reaching out to help these organizations the way we are,” Wyatt said. “We make their grassroots marketing efforts easy and effective by refining their professional image into a visual brand that grabs people’s attention. This grant will help extend our reach."

Votes can be submitted at www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/21165.

Mission Main St Grant

Visit www.b-ezgraphix.com for a design quote or more information.

 

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About B-EZ Graphix

The primary mission of B-EZ Graphix is to encourage entrepreneurship by making the marketing and brand development process easy and affordable for start-ups, non-profit organizations and minority-owned businesses. These organizations represent an "untapped" market that larger marketing agencies tend to ignore for larger, more established and profitable enterprises. B-EZ Graphix accomplishes this by working closely with clients to design and develop their brand products, such as logos, websites, business cards and much more. Additionally, B-EZ Graphix supports the re-branding and strategic marketing efforts of established enterprises by providing a cost-effective option to outsource their needs.

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COUNSELING CENTER OFFERS NEW EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PACKAGE

AUSTELL, Ga. – Agapé Christian Counseling Center has created a new Employee Assistant Package for local businesses. ACCC is offering this professional service to help with employee morale and to increase productivity for the employer, which leads to happier employees and job stability. Also, this Employee Assistance Program can be added to your benefits package for new recruits.
 
The primary function of Christian Counseling is to assist individuals with emotional and mental support. ACCC’s certified Christian Counselors can provide that avenue for employees to express thoughts, emotions, and concerns in their family, work, or social lives and assist them with hardships of death, divorce, or marital difficulties.
The certified Christian Counselors have experience in dealing with individuals in a one-on-one setting and in a group setting. Currently, ACCC host monthly seminars and workshops in the community, and various organizations such as the Salvation Army. Also, H.O.P.E. Family Resource Center utilizes their services. ACCC has provided relationship/marital and domestic abuse advice on local radio shows.
 
The new Employee Assistance Package is budget-friendly for local businesses without skimping on the quality of the work and service provided.
PACKAGE includes the following:
-Give the Employee Assistance Program presentation to staff so they know it’s available and how to utilize the services
-Provide Flyers to place around office/facility so employees see contact info privately
-5 counseling sessions per year (3 face-to-face and 2 phone sessions)
COST- $400/month
BONUS: ACCC can plan & execute a team building workshop with employees semi-annually.
 
ACCC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the counseling needs of adult individuals, couples and groups and hosts free monthly workshops for the community on various subjects through its W.O.W. Ministries (women of worth).

Women’s Luncheon to Endorse Sisterhood

SMYRNA, Ga.- Catty fights and talking behind each other’s backs are a few stigmas associated with the cliché of how “women don’t get along”. Instead of buying in to that cliché, Ieshea Hartwell, Founder of Agapé Christian Counseling Center (ACCC), decided to plan and host a “Sistah Friend Luncheon” Fundraiser to honor and celebrate sisterhood. The event takes place at the Taylor-Brawner Hall in Smyrna on Saturday, August 23rd. It is for women to bring other women, who have impacted their lives in a positive way- that woman could be her mother, sister, aunt, friend, cousin, neighbor, co-worker, etc.

“As women, we don’t spend enough time telling our sisters that they have it going on,” Hartwell laughs. “This event is all about taking that first step to making it a part of our own lives and hopefully it will break cultural and generational curses.”

All guests will be highly encouraged to wear hats for the “Parade of Hats” Runway portion of the program. ACCC’s brother organization, Men on Point, will prepare the food for the luncheon and serve the ladies as a way of honoring them. The keynote speaker is Elaine Bryant, a speaker who definitely is after God’s own heart. Bryant currently serves on ACCC’s Board of Directors as the Treasurer.

The tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at https://celebratesistahfriends.eventbrite.com or you can purchase them directly from the ACCC by calling 404.913.6221

ACCC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the counseling needs of adult individuals, couples and groups and hosts free monthly workshops for the community on various subjects through its W.O.W. Ministries (women of worth).

Empowerment Sessions have Leaders Sharing their Vulnerable Side

MABLETON, Ga. – Last year there seemed to be a headline every other month about a pastor or leader attempting or committing suicide. As a general rule, most leaders do not reveal to their followers when they’re frustrated or having personal issues. So where can these leaders talk out their frustrations or reveal their weaknesses or shortcomings? Agapé Christian Counseling Center has created the “Embracing Love Empowerment Sessions,” a small, invitation-only, open forum for women leaders to release all of those burdens without fear of judgment. The first round of participates opened up immediately at the first hour and a half session on April 28th.
 
“I shared some things tonight that I have never had the courage to say out loud,” said one participate.
Another participate said, “Thank you for allowing me to completely be myself; to exhale and woosah"
 
Because there is no agenda, the attendees are small in number so each person has time to share. All participates are leaders in the community, in churches, and in business. The topics range from Challenges in relationships at work, personal or the community, and the pressure of being held to a higher standard. Although, the ladies in the first session are leaders in different industries, they shared a commonality that the “Embracing Love Empowerment Sessions” gave them- a voice to be vulnerable.
 
“I openly praised God for my obedience after hearing all of the women share and tell me how each of them were blessed by this experience,” ACCC’s Executive Director Ieshea Hartwell said. “It really turned out to be something that was really needed.”
 
The next “Embracing Love Empowerment Session” will be Tuesday, May 20th at a location disclosed in Mableton on the invitation. If anyone would like to participate in the future sessions or if anyone wants to book a session with their own group of leaders, email info@agapecccinc.org.
 
ACCC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the counseling needs of adult individuals, couples and groups and hosts free monthly workshops for the community on various subjects through its W.O.W. Ministries (women of worth). www.AgapeCCCinc.org

Local Nonprofit Celebrates Anniversary with Favorite Annual Event

Smyrna, Ga. - Tackling taboo subjects has been the primary success of W.O.W. Ministries, a women’s program through Mableton-based Agapé Christian Counseling Center. Since W.O.W. Ministries launch in March 2012, guests anticipate the “SHE’s GOT GAME” event, where there is an open discussion about sex, in-laws, abuse, etc. This year, the event will take place at the Smyrna Community Center on Saturday, March 22nd at 6pm. It is free and open to the public but everyone has to RSVP.
 
“It is a blessing that the event we created to launch W.O.W. Ministries is still a highly-anticipated event that our guests ask us about through-out the year,” said Ieshea Hartwell, ACCC’s Founder/Executive Director. “It’s a testament that when you do things in Kingdom Quality fashion, the people will receive it. This is our favorite event and we hope our guests leave just a little bit more knowledgeable and open-minded than when they arrived.”
 
There will be a panel of judges of comprised of local counselors and a keynote address. Guests will get the opportunity to mingle and network with each other, sample the appetizer and dessert bar, recap the major success stories of the previous year, hear upcoming news and have opportunities to win prizes. Be sure to follow on Twitter @AgapeCCCinc and search hashtag #SGG2 for updates. To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/1cmmra4.
 
ACCC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the counseling needs of adult individuals, couples and groups and hosts free monthly workshops for the community on various subjects through its W.O.W. Ministries (women of worth).