Monthly Archives: October 2020

Ivey Homes

Faces of Success

Mark and Matt Ivey of Ivey Homes have long been trusted names in residential, multi- family and development in Columbia County. The award-winning builders are committed to constructing 100% Energy Star Certified new homes and townhomes, and their cutting-edge Ivey Wise homes, developed exclusively by Ivey Homes, are healthier for the families that live in them and for the environment. More cost-efficient to operate, an Ivey-Wise home reduces monthly utility cost to save homeowners money each month. Ivey Homes have communities in Evans and Grovetown, GA and North Augusta, SC.

672 Industrial Park Dr Suite 200
Evans, GA 30809
(706) 868-9363
iveyhomes.com

Champion Orthopedics

Faces of Success

At Champion Orthopedics, we understand how important it is for our patients to get the best comprehensive and advanced treatment for their injury or condition so they can get back to enjoying an active lifestyle. From sports medicine to total joint replacement, Champion Orthopedics is a full services specialty clinic with some of the most highly trained physicians in the CSRA with a team approach to complex orthopedics care. We offer expertise in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for all orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. Care is stronger and more successful by bringing all of our orthopedic services under one roof:
• Board certified and fellowship trained physician evaluations and treatment
• Diagnostics and imaging, including onsite MRI
• Surgical specialties including spine and advanced technology robotic assisted and anterior  approach joint replacements
• Rehabilitation with Physical Therapists and Certified Athletic Trainers

1706 Magnolia Way • Augusta (706) 210-7529 211
High Gate Loop • Aiken (803) 293-1160
champion-orthopedics.com

Evans Medical Group

Faces of Success

Evans Medical Group is committed to providing the highest quality healthcare possible. In a Christ-like manner, they serve their patients and fellow workers by showing sensitivity, respect, compassion, integrity, and humility. The medical team serves people in the entire Central Savannah River Area as well as in nations throughout the world, specializing in newborn care, well/sick child care, adolescents, adult medicine, well woman care, and geriatric care. In August, Evans Medical Group opened a new, larger complex, allowing for the best experience for new and returning patients. The state-of-the-art facility brings the same experienced and devoted care provided by the team’s five doctors, physicians assistants, and nurse practitioner. The residents of the CSRA have known and trusted Evans Medical Group for more than 30 years. The medical team looks forward to seeing and serving their patients as this new chapter begins.

1205 Town Park Lane • Evans
(706) 868-3100
evansmedicalgroup.com

Georgia Miller Photography

Faces of Success

Georgia Miller Photography evolved out of Georgia’s love for people and her love for celebrating life’s beautiful moments. Capturing memories that will last a lifetime is her passion, and weddings, elopements and engagements are her specialty. Georgia believes that every couple has a unique story, and she aims to create a personalized experience that is tailored to her clients.

georgiamiller.com

Augusta Plastic Surgery

Faces of Success

Introducing the faces behind Augusta Plastic Surgery. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Christopher Ewart and Dr. Michael Tarakji, specialize in transforming patients’ lives and providing amazing results. You will find them perfecting their craft in Augusta Plastic Surgery’s onsite operating rooms at their new, state-of-the-art surgery center.

 

569 Furys Ferry Rd • Martinez
AUGPLASTIC.COM
(706)  724-5611

Signature Interiors & Gifts

Faces of Success

Interior designer Michael Siewert is always hard at work, and that dedication is about to pay off in a big way. His newly constructed, 10,000-square-foot shopping center, The Signature Shops on Furys Ferry, will open in mid-November. Signature Interiors & Gifts, his flagship business, will occupy a 5,000-square-foot space in the center. Michael also is opening a new ladies’ shoe store, Signature Soles, in one of the five bays.

OPENING SOON:
Signature Shops on Furys Ferry
(706) 447-1503
michaelsiewert.com

Greenbrier Veterinary Services

Faces of Success

Dr. Wheatley and her staff at Greenbrier Veterinary Services understand that fur babies are family. With a new, larger, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, they nurture the human-animal bond with comprehensive, compassionate, professional pet care. Services include:

Services include:
• Separate dog and cat waiting areas
• Heated exam table in cat exam room
• Comprehensive exams and bloodwork
• On-site laboratory and pharmacy
• Pet dentistry services
• Laser therapy
• Digital diagnostic procedures
• Prescription and therapeutic diets
• Monthly disease and parasite prevention
• House calls

1715 General Wood Parkway • Evans
GREENBRIERVETSERVICES.COM
(762) 233-2380

Eye Guys – Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Augusta, PC

Faces of Success

Since their inception, The Eye Guys have continuously set the standard for eye care in the CSRA. As the region’s only provider of Laser-Assisted cataract surgery and Contura Custom LASIK, their dedication to leading-edge technology is surpassed only by their commitment to personal patient care.

At The Eye Guys, the staff members work hard to make their patients the top priority throughout every step of their care. Every eye is different, and so is every patient. That’s why the doctors develop individual treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. This personalized approach is the driving force behind the exceptional results The Eye Guys patients have come to expect.

1330 Interstate Pkwy • Augusta
(706) 651-2020

eyeguys.com

A & D Carpets & Hardwoods

Faces of Success

Hardwoods, carpet, tile, laminate, water proof flooring, area rugs — you’ll find all of this and people you can trust at A & D Carpets & Hardwoods. Angela and David Key founded the company more than 40 years ago, and the 19-member staff includes their daughters, operatoins manager Becky Critell and Davina Key-Strickland, sales/marketing manager and decorator. “

“Our staff is like family to us, and we only send our best in-house certified installers into our customers’ homes,” says Davina. “We never use subcontractors. We believe it’s important to run an honest business, and we all have the same morals and work ethic.”

In addition to being named Best Flooring Company by readers of Columbia County Magazine for nine years, A & D Carpets and Hardwoods also was awarded a Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau.

320 South Belair Road • Martinez
(706) 863-8879

aanddcarpets.com

 

Gardelle Lewis, Jr.

Faces of Success

Augusta native Gardelle Lewis of Meybohm Real Estate has a reputation for results. He began his career in 1983 by being named the company’s “Rookie of the Year.” He has continued to win
numerous Meybohm awards including top agent in annual sales, repeated selling and listing agent of the month awards and top customer service score results.

Consistently one of the top performers in the local market for 37 years, Gardelle has been listed in the top 1% of Realtors nationwide. He was featured in a Smart Money magazine story that highlighted the achievements of four Realtors in the country, and he has been named Best Real Estate Agent by Columbia County Magazine readers multiple years. He is a Certified Residential Specialist, Seller Representative Specialist, Military Relocation Professional and Certified Negotiation Expert.

Gardelle cares about his clients, and they know they can trust him with their biggest investment – their home.

Licensed in Georgia & South Carolina
(706) 833-3375

gardellelewis.com

Allegra – Image 360

Faces of Success

Reaching the right audience can be a challenge for any business. However, the marketing experts at Allegra make it easier for you to find success.

For nearly 40 years, owners Rosemary and Larry Lynn and their staff have provided turnkey solutions for customers, from print, design and marketing services to specialty items, branding and signage.

ALLEGRA
(706) 860-7366
allegraaugusta.com

 

IMAGE 360
(706) 869-1505
image360ags.com

128 Commercial Boulevard • Martinez

D.J. & Co. Salon, Spa & Gifts

Faces of Success

The best hair salon and spa is what you’ll discover at D.J. & Co. Salon, Spa & Gifts Inc. 12,000 clients and counting think so, come in and see for yourself. We employ the best educated stylist and spa team in the C.S.R.A. Our mission statement is simple, “provide our guest with the finest service backed by the best education time after time.”Consistency in providing the best service available is in part why we’ve been one of Augusta’s top salons since 1992. Come experience our experience and you’ll become a regular client, we guarantee it. We thank you and look forward to servicing you and your referrals.

139 Davis Road • Augusta
(706) 868-9400
djandco.net

Sally Kolar Photography

Faces of Success

From working from home to going to school online, this year has been a time of unexpected togetherness for many families. However, one thing has stayed the same – nothing brings families together like the holidays. And no one captures those warm holiday feelings like Sally Kolar Photography.

At her indoor/outdoor portrait studio on River Watch Parkway, Sally can create special moments for your family with a customized photo shoot full of creative ideas. With her extensive experience and eye for
detail, Sally can make the most camera-shy person feel at ease.

4384 River Watch Parkway • Evans

SALLYKOLAR.COM
(706) 513-7290

Look Before You “Like”

Buzz

Many posts on Facebook are created by scammers trying to collect as many “likes” as possible and steal your information.

You’ve seen them before. Facebook posts designed to grab your attention and stop your scrolling. But think before you comment or “like” something on Facebook because it may be “like-farming” fraud.

“Like-farming” is when scammers create eye-catching posts designed to get many likes and shares. There are many versions.  Some tug at your heartstrings, others tempt you with offers to win a new car or RV. Posts often give people emotional reasons to click, like, and share, such as adorable animals, sick children, the promise to win big, or political messages.

For example, a post advertising a free RV recently made the rounds on Facebook, using the pandemic to draw attention:

“With a lot of people out of work and Covid-19 keeping them out of work we know money is tighter more now than ever! So by 4 PM Monday someone who shares and also comments will be the new owner of this 2020 Jayco Greyhawk RV, paid off and ready to drive away, keys in hand – Jayco.” 

The actual company, Jayco, a BBB Accredited Business, responded on Facebook, saying:

“We are not running a giveaway for a 2020 Seneca or any other Jayco RV. We have taken the necessary steps to report the page(s) responsible for the misleading giveaways. If we ever do run any official Jayco sales event or giveaway, it will be promoted through our official Jayco company page. In addition, we would never ask for your personal information, under no circumstance should you provide your personal information to anyone.”

Malicious Intent
As with many scams, like-farming has several different aims. When scammers ask you to register in order to win something or claim an offer, this is a way to steal your personal information.

Other versions can be more complex. Often, the post itself is initially harmless – albeit completely fictional. But when the scammer collects enough likes and shares, they will edit the post and could add something malicious, such as a link to a website that downloads malware to your machine.

Other times, once scammers reach their target number of likes, they strip the page’s original content and use it to promote spammy products. They may also resell the page on the black market. These buyers can use it to spam followers or harvest the information Facebook provides.

Protecting Yourself

  • Use your good judgmest. If a post says you can win something just by sharing the post, it’s probably not true. If a post tugs at your heartstrings and isn’t about someone you know personally, be wary about the truthfulness of its contents.
  • Don’t click “like” on every post in your feed. Scammers are counting on getting as many mindless likes as possible, so be sure you only “like” posts and articles that are legitimate. Don’t help scammers spread their con.
  • Be cautious when it comes to sharing your personal information. Never give out personal information, such as your full name, telephone number, address, etc. to a person or company you don’t know or trust.
  • Update your web browser and antivirus. Make sure you always have the latest version of your browser and antivirus. That way, if you do accidentally click on a scammer’s post, you will likely be warned that you are about to visit a suspicious site.
  • Look for the blue checkmark. Many social media platforms verify pages from brands and celebrities so that users can decipher real pages versus copycats. Make sure you look for that trust mark before liking and sharing content.

For more information on avoiding scams, visit BBB.org and to report a scam visit BBB.org/scamtracker.

By Kelvin Collins
President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving the Fall Line Corridor, Inc.