Film Competitions For A Cause

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2017 Featured Businesses

The Sentient Bean serves only organic, fair trade coffee to ensure that low income farmers receive a fair price for their products so they may care for their families.  Owners Kristen Russell and Claren Jamerson are conscious of the impact business has on the community and the world.


Locally, The Sentient Bean is best described as "Savannah's Living Room".  At the south end of Forsyth Park, they offer a welcome space every Monday for community discussion. Each meeting focuses on a  subject concerning the community, often including guests and a panel of speakers, participants are encouraged to stimulate conversation and thoughtful action.


Competing for:  Emergent Savannah

Maven Makers is Savannah’s makerspace—a beautiful and spacious workshop full of tools, materials and ideas to inspire your next creative project. Take a class and kick your skills up to the next level.  Owners Ty Donaldson and Tim Cone are working to establish a collaborative and innovative structure that equips and empowers the community through accessible resources and adaptive learning inside a makerspace.


But did you know that they also work with at-risk youth and the local shool for autism to provide free hands-on job skills training?  


Competing for: Design For Ability

Green Truck Pub does simple food the hard way - by handmaking everything from ketchup and pimento cheese to salad dressing and veggie patties. They also make a point to use only booths, bulletin boards, mirrors, tables and chairs made, or salvaged and resold, by locals!  But wait, there's more:  they also recycle their glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, metal & cooking oil.  


Owners Josh Yates and Whitney Shephard wanted to have a restuarant that was good for the body but also the soul.  As part of the community, they support local organizations that are doing good things, most notably through their regular "Pint Night" fundraisers.


Competing for: Forsyth Famer's Market

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