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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rebecca Darwin, co-founder & CEO of Garden & Gun magazine, will be the keynote speaker for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Women In Business Signature Event on Nov. 18.

The event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Miller Theater at 708 Broad St., will feature Darwin’s words of wisdom from her career, which includes serving as the first female publisher of the New Yorker, marketing director of Fortune and as co-founder of the Southern-themed publication that won the National Magazine Awards’ General Excellence titles in 2011 and 2015.

Tickets are $35 for chamber members and $45 for prospective members. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, two drink coupons and the latest edition of Garden & Gun magazine.

Advanced registration is required at Seating is limited. Seats will be socially distanced, and masks are required. Contact the Augusta Metro Chamber’s Director of Events Sara Best at [email protected] or (706) 821-1300.

Applications are open for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Best In Business awards, which recognize small businesses, entrepreneurs and corporate citizens.

Honorees will be recognized at the Augusta Metro Chamber Member Economic Series on Dec. 10 at the Miller Theater.

Augusta’s Entrepreneur award recognizes an entrepreneur who has distinguished themselves not only by their success in business, but also their creativity, innovative spirit and community involvement.

The Corporation of the Year award recognizes a company who has distinguished themselves with outstanding commitment to business development, market expansion and community development in the metro area.

Eligible applications will be judged based on business growth and performance, community service, involvement and contribution and their investment to promote business development and quality of life.

For complete details and to download applications, visit All applications must be received by Nov. 20 to be eligible.

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Greg Dozier will be the guest speaker at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s Pre-Legislative Breakfast on Nov. 6.

The event, from 7:30-9 a.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, will feature discussions from elected officials and community leaders on public policy topics facing the region.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call (706) 651-0018.

Augusta University Health CEO Katrina Keefer will speak at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Luncheon Series on Nov. 18.

The event, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, will feature a presentation on national and regional health care trends.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call (706) 651-0018.

Williston Mayor Jason Stapleton has been named among the 44 graduates of the Class of 2020 of Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest leadership development organization.

Stapleton, who owns a property management and real estate development firm, has been mayor of the Barnwell County community of about 3,000 since 2013. He serves on the board of the South Carolina Association of Mayors and is a former chairman of the Barnwell School District 29 Board of Trustees.

Leadership South Carolina’s almost 2,000 graduates include former governors and statewide and local elected officials as well as leaders in business, education and of nonprofits.