Our Mission

Savannah Master Calendar (SMC) is a media and marketing company that builds and strengthens relationships between local companies and the greater Savannah community by partnering area businesses with local charities and nonprofits, promoting community events, and educating locals about the many benefits of networking and philanthropy.

We provide numerous services to the community including a free master calendar that local nonprofits and community leaders can use to promote their events, a free weekly newsletter  that keeps over 30,000 locals informed of upcoming events, and daily local events coverage on our social media pages.

Additionally, we provide event planning and marketing services to local businesses, linking them with charities and nonprofits working to make positive changes in our area.

Our Vision

Savannah is a beautiful, historic city, and one that is growing and changing rapidly. Through building connections and promoting stronger relationships between the locals, businesses, and organizations that call Savannah home, we’re working to help our city become a more prosperous, inclusive, and neighborly community.

About Our Founder

Marianne Ganem-Poppell is the Owner of Savannah Master Calendar, the Hostess City’s most comprehensive event and networking calendar, which is distributed to more than 44,000 local business professionals weekly. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Valdosta State University prior to spending more than a decade in the fast-paced world of fashion merchandising.

A third generation Savannahian, Marianne’s love of the Coastal Empire brought her back to her roots at the family’s thriving business, Johnnie Ganem’s, where she discovered a passion for helping local businesses succeed while simultaneously giving back to our community. Excelling in multiple customer service roles, Marianne has been able to gain a unique perspective on the customer experience. Specifically, she has identified teams who strategically operate with the intention of going above and beyond existing expectations in order to leave a lasting positive impression and build customer loyalty. This has become a true passion project within the ever changing world of marketing. As the owner of SMC, Marianne has been sought out to assist countless organizations implement and execute a solid, successful marketing path.

Marianne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Business Association and is the 2021 Chairperson for the Small Business Council for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce (as well as a Chamber Ambassador). She also sits on the marketing committee for the United Way of the Coastal Empire in addition to passionately championing numerous philanthropic initiatives, including the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Big Wigs and American Diabetes Association Kiss-a-Pig campaigns. Marianne is a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Savannah Class and was recently named a recipient of the Next Generation Rising Stars in Savannah, which honors local business leaders under the age of 40. Marianne and her husband Rob are the proud parents of three active boys: Lawson, Brady Thomas, and Palmer—and two shelties, Princess Paddle and Beau.

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