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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Entrepreneurial GSU team aims to GoLocal
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DeWayne Grice

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• Bi-Lo has entered the local pharmacy market with the addition of a full service pharmacy in their Statesboro Mall store. The pharmacy opened this week and will be open 8 to 8 M-F, 9-5 Sat, 11-5 Sunday.
• Thompson Pool & Supply, 29 N. Zetterower Ave., will be having a grand reopening on Saturday, from 10 til 2. Their original building was completely destroyed by fire a little over a year ago. They have rebuilt in the same location.
• Wall Orthodontics, owned by Dr.'s Mike and Marie Wall are building a new state of the art facility which will be located on Brampton Avenue in the Market District, directly across from Statesboro Children's Dental. They hope to be in the facility in the fall of this year. Builder is Brian Kent, Architect locally for exterior only is Palmer Architect but entire interior designed by Matlack-Van Every Designs in Santa Cruz California.
• Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church, 720 N. Main, has begun a $500,000 renovation and 3,000 sq.ft. addition to their nursery according to Pastor Chris Fowler. Chris Merritt is the contractor and they have an August completion date.
• Farmers Market Vendor of the week: Jacobs Produce. They have been in operation for 20 years and provide their clients with fresh produce, eggs and jams throughout the year.

        Please email DeWayne at dgrice@statesboroherald.com or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.

        Have you ever found yourself with a free evening, with absolutely nothing to do and wondered what might be happening around town that you would enjoy? Of course we all have, only to log onto Facebook the next day and see pictures of all your friends having an incredible time at an event you knew nothing about.
         It seems as though someone would create an app for that?
        That is exactly what a group of entrepreneurial GSU students are doing. Their mobile app is called "Go Local" and it is an innovative local event app that hopes to connect everyone in the Boro to local events and activities.
        Project leader Jonathan Chambers explains, "there is a hidden culture of things to do that many people miss out on simply because they don't know about it, can't find out or the communication streams are ineffective or outdated. We want people in the Boro to be fully informed, engaged and connected to all the opportunities Statesboro has to offer. This will serve to boost attendance at events, increase revenue to businesses, add volunteers and awareness and also increase engagement with the community. Imagine an app that was able to keep people better informed with the things they personally are interested in."
        The "Go Local" idea was hatched earlier this year when Chambers and his team competed in the first ever "3 Day Start Up" event hosted at the Entrepreneurial Center in City Campus. 3 DS is an annual event that is held simultaneously on college campuses all over the world. It is an entrepreneurship education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing.
        By winning the 3DS, they received an automatic bid to compete in the Fast Pitch competition in Savannah. They won that competition and received $2,500 seed money for their start up and one year free membership with Georgia Southern University's City Campus Virtual Business Incubator, a tool to support the start-up company with equipment usage, consulting and access to banks and investors.
         Dr. Dominique Halaby, with Georgia Southern, cites the team's success as a critical part of "our goal to elevate the bar on what it means to have an entrepreneurial environment and innovative ecosystem giving our students in Statesboro the same opportunities as students at Harvard to make them just as competitive in the job market."
        Chambers and his team are hoping to connect with local organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, DSDA, Statesboro Visitor's Bureau, etc. to bring all of their events into one main hub. They desire to give local businesses like restaurants a more high tech, digital way to stay connected to their customers to increase revenue to their target market.   Chambers is a nontraditional student, father and co-owner with his dad of Citric Solutions in Statesboro. The rest of the team includes: Francis Okechukwu , Jacob Alvez, Andres Florido, Adrian Marshall, Troy Cox, and Steven Dziama.

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