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  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Dec. 01, 2018 - 11:08 PM

Bennett meets with Scottish business leaders

Cynthia Bennett, vice president of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, met with Scottish business leaders while in Scotland this summer.

Bennett met with her counterparts at the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CEO Val Russell and Development Manager Helen McBride. The visit was largely an exchange of “best practices,” Bennett said. Next, McBride arranged for Bennett to tour the world-famous Alex Begg factory. Woven in Ayr, Scotland since 1866, Begg & Co.’s famous handcrafts include scarves, wraps, and throws made from the finest cashmere, silk and lambswool angora yarns.

As a result of the visits, both the Newnan-Coweta Chamber and the Coweta County Development Authority are now in the process of officially establishing relationships with their counterparts in Ayr and Ayrshire. Ayr and the city of Newnan have been “sister cities” for 20 years.

“These new collaborations are exciting for both the local chamber and the development authority,” Bennett said.

She learned that Ayrshire is where the television drama series “Outlander” is filmed, so the area has some similarities to Senoia, where “The Walking Dead” is filmed.

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J&M Pools included in UGA 10th annual Bulldog 100 list

J&M Pools, which is based in Newnan, has been included in the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 2019 Bulldog 100 list of fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. More than 564 nominations were submitted for the 2019 list.

J&M Pools, founded by 2006 by UGA graduate Michael Durand and his brother Jacob Durand, specializes in all facets of the swimming pool market, including swimming pool installation and hardscapes, renovation and remodels of existing pools, repair and replacement services, and regular swimming pool maintenance.

“We’re so excited to be once again be part of this amazing group of companies,” Michael Durand said. “This is our fifth year in a row being honored as a Bulldog 100 honoree and we couldn’t be more proud of our team.”  

The 2019 Bulldog 100 includes businesses of all sizes in industries such as real estate, dining, technology and retail. Companies are based as far north as New York and as far west as California. Of the 100 businesses, 80 are located within Georgia.

“The Bulldog 100 program provides us with the opportunity to applaud the outstanding achievements of our graduates, broaden networks and inspire each other in our shared commitment,” said Meredith Johnson, executive director of the UGA Alumni Association. “These alumni are leading the way in business and building better communities.”

Business applicants were measured by their compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period. The Atlanta office of Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors verified the information submitted by each company. On Jan. 26, the UGA Alumni Association will host an event to celebrate the Bulldog 100 and count down the ranked list to the No. 1 business.

To view the full alphabetical list of honorees and to learn more about the Bulldog 100, see

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Local business connections and  opportunities

Dec. 4

Ambassador’s Meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, 23 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan.

Ribbon Cutting - Dunc's BBQ Kitchen, 12-1 p.m. 98 Jackson St., Newnan.

Dec. 5

Business Women's Network Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Newnan Country Club

1356 Highway 29 N., Newnan.

Dec. 6

Ignite's Six Figure Success Club Soiree, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, 23 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan.

Dec. 7

Ribbon Cutting - Urban Air Adventure Park, 3-4 p.m. 231 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan.

Young Professionals Holiday Party, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Lillian Gardens

83 Greenville St., Newnan.

For more information on these activities, visit