Business: NorthSide Bank merger almost complete. Cave Spring Manor one of state’s small business ‘success stories.’ Tellus to celebrate ‘May the 4th Be With You.’ Small Business Development Center offers next ‘Ready, Aim, Fire’ classes.



The May edition of Georgia Trend magazine features a look at successful small businesses and among those profiled is Cave Spring Manor, a family owned assisted living campus founded by the Bailey family. Sue Bailey talks of retiring to Cave Spring with no thoughts of re-entering the care business until her daughter had the idea. In the article, Bailey walks readers through the creation of Cave Spring Manor, crediting the Small Business Development Center’s Matt Pearce (Rome office) for his guidance. (You hear Matt each month on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM). You can see more of the article here.

NorthSide Bank’s merger almost complete: First Chatsworth Bankshares Inc., parent of First National Community Bank, and NorthSide Bancshares Inc., parent of NorthSide Bank based in Adairsville, are merging. Once the all-stock merger is completed, it will all be known as First National  Community Bank. FNCB’s branch footprint will extend along I-75 from Cartersville to Dalton. The combined organization will have approximately $300 million in assets, $250 million in deposits, 83 associates, seven branches across four Georgia counties, and a loan production office in Chattanooga.

“We are incredibly excited about this partnership, which combines two community banks in Northwest Georgia, geographically connected, expanding the footprint for the customers of each bank,” said Johnny Waters, FNCB’s Chairman. “We also look forward to delivering significant long-term value for our combined shareholders as a result of this transaction.”

Said Larry Flowers, NorthSide’s President and CEO, who will assume those roles for both FCBI and FNCB following the transaction added, “We are very excited about the opportunities that will be generated through this partnership between our very customer-centric organizations. Our cultures, core values, and strategies align very well, and we are both extremely committed to the respective communities we serve.”

The transaction, which is expected to close before July 1.

Founded in 2005, NorthSide Bank has $126 million in total assets and $107 million in total deposits. It operates the main office on Ga. 140 in Adairsville as well as branches in Cartersville and Calhoun.


Small Business Development Center offers two editions of Ready, Aim, Fire! — beginner and intermediate — in Jasper May 16. The beginner program is designed to help business owners better focus their marketing efforts and expenditures by accurately identifying their specific target customers and cost-effectively communicating to them through social media. The intermediate program will help you learn how to make the most of your time and money using social media. For those who are ready to take the next steps, we will go into details of posting and budgeting. The beginner course is from 10 a.m.-noon and costs $49. The beginner and intermediate package goes until 3 p.m. and costs $49. Lunch is included. Location: Pickens County Chamber of Commerce in Jasper. For more, contact the development center at 706-622-2006; email at or click Ready, Aim, Fire!

Tellus Science Museum offers ‘May the 4th Be With You’ events this Saturday: From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., suit up and save $2 on admission. The details: “We are looking for intergalactic heroes who would like to bring out their inner Jedi! Cut out, decorate and complete your selection of a Princess Leia, Chewbacca, R2D2, Yoda or Darth Vader Star Wars mask. Hang out in the theater to watch how to make 3 incredible Star Wars crafts at home: use paper lanterns to create droid BB-8, a trash can to make R2D2, and a foam noodle to create a light saber! Dress in a Star Wars costume or T-shirt and receive $2 off of general admission.” Tellus

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