Spotlight in Business: Law Office of Jennifer Baxter PC

November dip. JenniferThe Law Office of Jennifer Baxter, P.C. is a general practice law firm providing quality, affordable legal services to the Dalton community. I believe that navigating the legal process can be intimidating for even the savviest person, so it’s important to have legal representation that can take a complicated process and make it simpler. That’s what I strive to do for my clients, whether it’s an individual involved with a divorce or a small business looking to purchase the assets of a competitor.  My goal is to make the law a tool that people can use instead of a problem they have to deal with.

The great thing about developing long term relationships with clients is that I know them on a personal and professional level, so I am in a better position to help them protect their business and personal assets and to achieve professional and personal goals.  I emphasize to my clients that so many legal problems can be prevented with just a small amount of proper planning.

In the age of the internet, it’s easy to set up an LLC, find a sample contract to use or file your own divorce online, but my job is to help you anticipate and prepare for the broader implications of what that means for your business or personal assets.  I am proud of the work I do to help my clients see the big picture beyond just the situation at hand.

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Voluntary Product Stewardship Program Announced for Post-Consumer Carpet

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) announce a voluntary product stewardship (VPS) Program to assist sorters of post-consumer carpet diverted from the nation’s landfills.

The VPS Program is market-based and designed to accept and manage all applicable post-consumer carpet, regardless of polymer type or primary materials or construction. The Program will provide financial assistance to qualified U.S. Sorters who divert post-consumer carpet.

“CRI is pleased to offer financial support for the VPS Program,” said Dan Frierson, Chairman of the Board of CRI. “Our members are participating voluntarily as part of our government relations activities, and have committed $4.5 million for the program’s the initial year. The VPS Program will be a bridge for sorters as new technologies and applications are developed to increase market driven demand for all post-consumer carpet.”

CARE_logo_2c_RGBCARE will act as the stewardship organization for the VPS Program. Since 2002, CARE members have diverted more than 3.25 billion pounds of carpet from U.S. landfills.

“The VPS Program is the key next step in our mission to divert more carpet from U.S. landfills,” said Brendan McSheehy, CARE’s Chairman of the Board. “Sorters may use funds from the program to partner with their customers to divert carpet and recycle carpet back into useful consumer products, such as recycled carpet fiber, carpet cushion, broadloom, carpet tiles, and a wide range of plastic products”.

The VPS Program is scheduled for launch in January 2015. Sorters who qualify for financial assistance can expect to begin receiving funds by the end of June 2015.

Sorters may qualify for funds by completing all required documents and submitting quarterly reports on their business results to CARE. The organization will be conducting a series of webinars beginning in December 2014 to help sorters understand the eligibility process.

For more information, visit www.carpetrecovery.org and click on the VPS tab.

About the Carpet and Rug Institute

CRI is the leading industry source for science-based information and insight on how carpet and rugs create a better environment for living, working, learning and healing. The Institute’s mission is to serve the carpet industry and public by providing facts that help people make informed choices. Its best practices promote a balance between social, economic and environmental responsibility for the long term. CRI does this for its industry, yet it strives to be a model corporate citizen for all industries. Website: www.carpet-rug.org

About Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the landfill diversion, reuse and recycling of post-consumer carpet, through market-based solutions that benefit the economy as well as the environment.

Since 2002, CARE has diverted more than 3.25 billion pounds of carpet from landfills in the United States and promoted the use and development of products containing materials derived from carpet. CARE members include independent carpet recyclers, carpet manufacturers, dealers, retailers and suppliers and non-governmental organizations.

For more information about CARE, visit www.carpetrecovery.org.

January Diplomat of the Month: Congrats Misty Silvers!

Get to Know your Diplomat of the Month!

MistyWhat is your favorite thing about being a Diplomat? Staying connected to the community, meeting new people and fellowship with my diplomat friends.

What was your first job? My mother’s store, Riverside Grocery at age 13 – best stock girl around!

Who are your role models? My mother – for showing me how to be hardworking, strong and loyal.  Eleanor Roosevelt for her voice and teaching women to use theirs.

What do you love most about your job?  THE AFG CLIENTS!!! I love getting to know our current clients, meeting new ones on a daily basis and being able to help them with their insurance needs when insurance isn’t everyone’s favorite topic these days.  It keeps me extremely busy but I love the simple rewards of a “thank you” when I have helped someone.
Misty Silvers
Adcock Financial Group

Small Business Person of the Year 2014! Congrats T. J. Kaikobad!

Membership Matters!

We talk about Chamber membership each year, but this year we thought we’d interview our Small Business Person of the Year.  Let’s see what T.J. Kaikobad, owner of the Dalton Depot has to say about Chamber Membership.

KAIKOBAD, TJT.J.  You have been a chamber member for as long as I can remember.  Please tell me why?

95% percent of my business is conducted within the community, 95% of the members are directly engaged personally and professionally in the community.  By working with the Chamber, we are dealing directly one on one with our demographic.  Chamber members are our clients.

Not being Chamber member would be like owning a food truck that services a manufacturing facility and then going on break when the factory is out for lunch, it just doesn’t make sense.

It gives me an opportunity to engage with the members and with our business community.

For me, the key thing to membership is, if someone writes a check for membership dues and says “well now it’s going to do wonders for my business”, that’s not going to happen.  It’s like saying just because I drop my child off at school they should get all A’s.  But we all know that’s not so.  You have to follow up, put in effort, give them encouragement and so on.  Same goes with your Chamber membership, you have to follow up, put in effort and do your part.  It doesn’t have to be time consuming, you can look at the website for targets.  Ask yourself who is my demographic and contact them.  Why not introduce yourself and do business or mail them a coupon for your service?

The Chamber is like electricity, because you have it in the house doesn’t mean the lights are on.  You need to use your membership, flip the switch.  Whatever action you take creates light in the room.

kaikobad, helms, phillipsWhy is it important for a business to be involved? 

If you’re not involved you’re not in the game.  Back to the school analogy, ask a parent “Is it important to be involved with the PTA, take cupcakes to school for a party or sign the report card?”

Sure it is, it’s the same way with membership.

For example, read your ChamberLink, see what is going on in the business community.

It’s just farming, it takes effort and time.  Sowing the seed doesn’t happen overnight, you sow, tend, and monitor before you reap the rewards.  You may come to several events, months may pass, maybe even years.  But when people start to establish your name with your company AND need your product or service, they will call you.  Chamber members are faithful.  

TJ LDWHow has the Chamber helped you grow?

Exposing me to members, providing feedback to our business, helping direct people who make inquiries about where to eat.  These are just a few things I have entrusted the Chamber with throughout the years.

Also, when I needed a product or service I knew I could trust a Chamber member!  They have been an excellent referral base when I needed something in my business.

The Chamber has also served as my voice when I haven’t had time or the capital resources to be heard.  They represent local business on the local, state and national level.  That’s something I can’t do alone.

Brian AndersonWhat’s been your favorite part of membership?

Well that’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. I can’t!  To name a few, Leadership Dalton-Whitfield, serving on the Executive Board of Directors, and the camraderie and friendship of the other members,

When I look at my hand and say which of these fingers can I do without.  I can’t.

And I can’t be a thriving business person without my Chamber!