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It’s that time of year again. It is the three words that kids dread to hear: “Back to School”.  Wasn’t it only a few weeks ago that school was letting out for the summer? Get ready for football games, homecomings and the changing of the seasons! The schools in the Liberty and Chatham Counties will be starting back in the next few weeks. In fact, Liberty County Schools  start back on Thursday, August 4, 2011. The Savannah-Chatham County schools start back on August 22nd, except for Groves High School, which starts on August 8, 2011. The 3 elementary schools at Ft. Stewart also start back on August, 8, 2011.

Savannah area colleges and universities will start their classes in the next few weeks. It is hard to believe that it is time for the fall semester to start again!  Armstrong Atlantic State University  begins their fall semester on August 15, 2011. Savannah State University  starts classes on August 11, 2011. The Savannah School of Art and Design  starts their classes later on September 12, 2011.

How does self-storage and back to school time complement each other? Self storage is a perfect match for college students. Students can store their personal belongings in a self-storage facility near their college or university. This alleviates the need to move the items collected over the school year back and forth from home when the semester or school year is over. Students tend to accumulate lots of memorabilia over the course of their school year.  Having a self-storage unit gives the student a sense of privacy and security for their belongings that they just might not get when they have to move the items home. Self-storage facilities offer a flexible (month-to-month) renting schedule which is perfect for students who could just be storing their items for a few months. Renting a self-storage unit is a perfect solution for students who are traveling abroad for a semester or a year. Also, the time after college graduation is a time of major transitions for students. Recent graduates can store the items from their college dormitories or apartments in storage units until they get “settled” into their new jobs, apartments or cities. Storing items for a few months in between semesters or even post-graduation is the ideal solution for college students’ transitional needs.

Stop n Stor wishes all students a safe, enjoyable and happy school year!

Liberty County, Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Stop N Stor is honored to be a member of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce .  This Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role in promoting the communities and big and small businesses of Hinesville, Flemington, Midway, Riceboro, Walthourville, Gum Branch and Allenhurst. The headquarters of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart is also located partially in Liberty County. Hinesville is the Liberty County government seat and home of 3 Stop N Stor locations. According to Leah Poole, Executive Director, “The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce is proud to represent 450+ member businesses in Liberty County. Our members realize that through the Chamber, they can accomplish collectively what no one of them can do individually.”

What is a purpose of a chamber of commerce? According to the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce website, a chamber of commerce promotes legislation that retains & supports existing business, promotes tourism, industrial recruitment and encourages long-range community planning and development. Through membership in the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, business owners can receive networking outlets, exposure for their business via publications, events and business member referrals, community involvement and advocacy for their businesses with local, state and federal government. The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce provides discounts to members as well as offers an outlet to purchasing health care insurance through small business health insurance products.

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has members that help foster Georgia’s Work Ready and Entrepreneur Ready programs. The Georgia Work Ready program, founded in 2006 by the governor and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, is the first of its kind. The program encourages improving job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce while driving economic growth for Georgia. The Entrepreneur Ready program promotes Georgia as a great place to build a new business or move one’s current business.

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce sponsors ribbon cutting and ground breaking events, community involvement and business training and networking events . They play a crucial role in making Liberty County grow and prosper. Liberty County Chamber of Commerce sponsors and annual golf outing that Stop N Stor was proud to be a participant in as well as the recent ribbon cutting ceremony at the  new 746 Hwy 196 EG Miles Parkway Stop N Stor location. The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has helped Stop N Stor immerse their business into the Hinesville community. Since joining the Chamber of Commerce in 2008, Stop N Stor has had the opportunity to be involved in community networking events and advertising in chamber publications. They have created a unique tight-knit community in Hinesville and Stop N Stor is extremely proud to be a member of the chamber.


Stop N Stor’s ribbon cutting ceremony

Liberty County Chamber of Commerce  and Stop N Stor hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newest Stop N Stor facility at 746 Hwy 196, EG Miles Parkway in Hinesville on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. The event hosted board members and ambassadors from the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Stop N Stor owner Alan Dasher, staff of Stop N Stor and Hinesville Mayor James Thomas.
The facility recently opened its climate controlled building in May.  It contains nearly 300 climate-controlled storage units ranging in size from 5’x10’ to 10’x20’. This state-of-the-art facility offers 24 hour access, digital surveillance system, anti-pick locks and moving and packing supplies.
Catherine Cooper, Marketing Manager for Stop N Stor welcomed everyone to the event. Catherine spoke about Stop N Stor’s commitment to the communities of Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah via social media platforms, (like this blog!), military discounts and outreaching to help wounded military via Wounded Warriors Outdoors. The other speakers during the event were Barbara Finster, Board Member of Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Leah Poole, Executive Director of Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Mayor James Thomas.
Stop N Stor is very proud to be a part of the Hinesville and Liberty County community! Thank you to all who were a part of this wonderful ribbon cutting ceremony!


Downtown Hinesville, Georgia

[slideshow]Hinesville, Georgia was established in 1837. It’s had many ups and downs throughout the years, but the population of Hinesville has grown to over 30,000.  It is located about 40 miles southwest of Savannah. It is the county seat and largest city in Liberty County, Georgia.  Hinesville is located near Fort Stewart  the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. The base was an important training facility during World War II and was officially designated as a permanent fort in 1956. Since the 1970’s the fort has helped spur Hinesville’s population growth.

In 2004, the city government of Hinesville created the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority (HDDA) to help boost the revitalization of the downtown Hinesville properties. Downtown Hinesville is full of eclectic restaurants, shops and fun places to visit, including parks and museums. The museums include: The Old Liberty County Jail Museum, ITPA Telephone Museum  and the Fort Stewart Museum (on the base of Fort Stewart). There are many parks to explore in the downtown Hinesville area. In fact, every Thursday, there is a farmer’s market at Bradwell Park from 4-8pm. This market features local produce from Hinesville area farmers. This is a popular weekly event. You can check out pictures here . The Farmer’s Market runs every week to October 27th.  Come out and support your local produce farmers!

The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority is affiliated with the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce  and the Hinesville Area Arts Council . The Hinesville Arts Council sponsors events from French cooking classes to lunchtime concerts. Working together, these organizations are keeping Hinesville moving towards the future. Currently, the HDDA is working on developing properties and businesses for the Memorial Drive and Main Street Business district. Stop n Stor is proud to be a part of the Hinesville community!

Hinesville hosts bicycle riders from across Georgia!

Bicycle Ride Across Georgia 2011

This Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th, Hinesville will be playing host to up to 1200 bikers from Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG). According to the BRAG website (Source ) “BRAG is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing affordable family oriented, quality bicycle tours in and across Georgia, with an emphasis on bicycling safety, fun and education.” The 2011 BRAG event begins on June 4th at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and ends June 11th at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah. The 7 day trip route will cover 391 miles over a terrain of rolling hills to flat coastal plans. The average daily ride is 56 miles a day. While it is a pretty strenuous ride, this is not a race. It is more of an educational and recreational journey for everyone from seniors to young children. (Source)

There are designated cities across the route that will provide camping sites, usually at a local school, entertainment and activities for the riders. Georgia cities such as: Oxford, Milledgeville, Dublin, Metter and Hinesville will be hosting the riders for the night as they make their journey across the state. The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has been working for months with local officials to welcome the riders to Hinesville. The riders’ camp site will be at Snelson-Golden Middle School at 465 Coates Rd. Come out during the day and welcome the riders to Hinesville by lining the route into town! There is an official welcoming ceremony at the school at 6:00pm at the school. To the BRAG riders, welcome to Hinesville! We hope you enjoy your stay! Stop N Stor is a proud member of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce.

Photos from BRAG 2010
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