The OPEN program for entrepreneurs recently graudated another class of budding businessmen and women as part of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce's mission to help and grow local businesses.
The guest speaker at the March 15 graduation ceremony was Pastor Eric Suddeth, a retired AT&T Telecom executive who now heads The Emmanuel Community Church in Conyers, which has a congregation of about 700.
This year's spring class includes:
Esther Akbar Williams
Sequetta Ray Blackmon
The instructors for this semester were:
Co-chairs Julian Harwell of Financial Designs & Solutions and Brian Howe of ThinkTank Coaching
Lisa Sims of The IT Mechanic
Scott Hartsell of imijit Technology Solutions
Susan Paul Smith of SPS Communications
Danny Lockhart of A Clean & Tidy Carpet Cleaner, Inc.
Fred Curling of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
Mark King of Scott Foster State Farm Insurance
Wilson Mathews of Wilson F. Mathews Insurance Services
Anita Smith of Custom Engraving & Signs, Inc
Benny Atkins of National EMS
Joe Cunningham of Gold’s Gym
Mac Broughton of BCC Services
Doug Smith of SPS Communications
Cal Rueping, CPA of Rueping Associates P.C.
Ron Carley, CPA of Ron Carley The Accounting & Tax Service
Ammie Elliott of BB&T
Laura French of Talley, French & Kendall, P.C.
The OPEN program is a six-week long program that brings successful business men, women and owners to share their experiences and explain the advantages, challenges and pitfalls to be expected in business ownership. The next OPEN class will be offered in September 2011.
To find out more about O.P.E.N. contact the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce at (770) 483-7049.