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Magnolia Manor on Coast garners Small Business of Year honor
Magnolia Manor received the 2009 Small Business of the Year Award Thursday during a ceremony at the Wetlands Center. Pictured (from left) is Magnolia Manor Director of Food Services Lisa Gallagher, Magnolia Manor Administrative Assistant Dale Tuttle, Magnolia Manor Administrator Rich DeLong, Chamber Director Kittie Franklin and Magnolia Manor Services Coordinator Mona Stembridge.

The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce awarded the 2009 Small Business of the Year Award to Magnolia Manor, a retirement community located on Timber Trail.

"Magnolia Manor is very deserving of this award," Chamber of Commerce Chairman Janet Thayer said. "They’ve been very stable for many years and recently experienced a bit of growth. They exemplify what a small business could be in this community."

Businesses are nominated for this award by business people throughout South Bryan and decided by a rating system from a Chamber award committee.

Thayer said the Chamber had a record number of votes and nominees this year, "which makes winning it that much more special."

"We’re very proud to be here in Richmond Hill," Magnolia Manor Administrator Rich DeLong said. "It would have been very easy for us to be in Savannah, where all the other retirement homes are, yet we seem to be leading the way. I speak to the administrators at all the other places in the area, and I can tell you that we are definitely holding our ground."

DeLong said the fact that they are experiencing growth during these tough economic times is proof of Magnolia Manor’s stability.

The Richmond Hill Magnolia Manor opened its doors in 1991. It has 100 independent living apartments and 20 assisted living apartments.

According to their website, "each resident’s total well-being is nurtured through our ‘Renaissance Living Initiative’ which offers a variety of physical, social and spiritual activities. From a well-balanced fitness program to classes in painting, flower design, Spanish language, and creative writing, residents of Magnolia Manor on the Coast thrive in this stimulating environment."

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