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Macon Mogul Winner Selects Location, Announces Hiring for New Downtown Macon, Georgia Business

The Gateway Initiative is pleased to announce the plans for a new business tenant and employer in downtown Macon, Georgia. TailsSpin, a premium pet food, supplies, and services retailer and the first-place winner of Gateway’s Macon Mogul business competition, has recently signed a lease for the retail space at 570 Mulberry Street in downtown Macon. Interior renovations of the space and preparations for move-in are well underway, and the TailsSpin team, led by owners Jusak Yang Bernhard and Jeff Manley, are eager to become a part of the downtown Macon, Georgia business community and neighborhood.

Through the collaboration of The Gateway Initiative, NewTown Macon, and Main Street Macon, entrepreneurs Jusak Yang-Bernhard and Jeff Manley, owners of TailsSpin, have had the opportunity to view some of downtown Macon, Georgia’s hottest and most beautiful historic business properties during the selection process for a location for their new Macon retail business; and they have reached a decision. Macon Mogul winners TailsSpin have selected and signed a multi-year lease for the 3,000 square foot retail space at 570 Mulberry Street. The new business will also bring two new residents to downtown Macon. Plans are on track for an opening date this summer for TailsSpin in Macon, and the new Downtown store has tentatively planned a grand opening in August. TailsSpin’s management plans to hire six Macon residents for the new downtown Macon, Georgia business. Applications for employment can be downloaded at www.tailsspin.com, and completed applications may be emailed to [email protected] TailsSpin cites its company’s mission, to serve its community and serve as a bridge linking pets, pet owners, pet rescue agencies, and local non-profit and governmental organizations, as a major factor in its success in its two Savannah locations, where TailsSpin regularly hosts low-cost vaccine clinics and semi-annual pet care and adoption fairs; and Yang-Bernhard and Manley are eagerly looking forward to being actively involved in Macon’s local pet welfare community at their new downtown Macon location.

The Macon Mogul business competition, a project of The Gateway Initiative funded through the Peyton Anderson Foundation, was conceived with a goal to draw attention to the wealth of opportunity that downtown Macon provides for aspiring entrepreneurs and visionary professionals. Professional judges, including Matthew Liao-Troth, Dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College, and Lucas Hopkins, Lecturer of Marketing at the School of Business at Macon State College, reviewed applications from over ninety entrants and selected the top twenty aspiring Macon Moguls as finalists for the competition. The finalists were then invited to participate in business-planning workshops and one-on-one advising sessions led by local college professors of business to develop their professional business plans, which were submitted and exhibited for the final phase of judging. As the first-place winner of the Macon Mogul business competition, TailsSpin was awarded a grand prize business startup package valued at over $50,000, including the following for one year: renovations and retail space in downtown Macon, business startup professional services, media advertising schedules, coverage in Georgia Trend magazine (Macon Feature Edition), Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce membership, and a grand opening ceremony. In addition to the grand prize winner, finalists and entrants with promising business plans are also being supported by The Gateway Initiative, along with NewTown Macon and Main Street Macon, in their efforts to secure space and funding sources for their business concepts in downtown Macon.

The Gateway Initiative, funded by the Peyton Anderson Foundation, is a community collaboration of Macon, Georgia's key organizations, attractions and institutions that are collectively promoting Macon’s creative edge, uncommon spaces, and unique opportunities. The innovative, community-wide plan is designed to foster collaboration and leverage resources for the mutual benefit and economic growth of Macon’s citizens, businesses, and organizations by connecting efforts to promote Macon to a regional, statewide, and national audience. The Gateway Initiative is a multifaceted, highly strategic plan of work that builds on the momentum of existing efforts among the community’s diverse organizations to encourage investment and promote Macon’s sites, events, cultural scene, livability, and affordability.