Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership

FREQUENT Sheats Barber & Beauty Shop on FEB. 20th, 2020 to help raise up to $500 for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter!


As part of W&A Engineering’s 20th anniversary celebration, we will be launching a year-long program, the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership!

Throughout 2020, W&A will partner with 12 local businesses to highlight the work they have done in establishing their business as an important part of the culture and economy of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.

W&A will be asking each of the 12 businesses chosen, one per month, to name a nonprofit “beneficiary” and pledging to donate an amount equal to the business sales on the 20th day of the month, up to $500. Designating a nonprofit as part of this partnership is not only a way to give back, but also as an opportunity to recognize the significant role these community partners have in our economy.

The year-long partnership will operate under the W&A Cares Program. W&A’s corporate citizenship initiative, W&A Cares, is part of an ambitious effort to formalize and increase the firm’s commitment to “Building Better Communities” through service and financial support in five focus areas: Community, Economic Development, Education, Employee Well-Being, and Sustainability.

“Twenty years ago, I started a design and engineering firm in Watkinsville, GA. Since then, the business has grown into a multidisciplinary engineering firm with five core disciplines, nearly 50 employees with offices in Athens, Nashville, and Augusta, and a national footprint with project experience in over 45 states. I know the courage and vision it takes to start a business and the tenacity it takes to keep it going. The goal of the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership is to celebrate local businesses and nonprofits, and I sincerely hope our local community will join us for this 20th anniversary initiative.”

Jon Williams, CEO and President of W&A Engineering


Established in 1961, Sheats Barber & Beauty Shop is a multi-cultural salon and barber shop featuring versatile stylists and barbers. Owned by Candace and Herman Sheats, the family has kept their same location at 1296 W. Hancock Ave. in the heart of the Hancock Avenue National Register Historic District all these years. The building is divided into a barber shop on one side with four barbers and a beauty salon with six stylists on the other side. The barbers and stylists are independent business owners. One of the barbers, Mr. Leo Barnett, has been with Sheats Barber for over 50 years. Two of the salon stylists have been with Sheats for over 30 years. The Sheats are planning to keep the family tradition going for many years to come as their daughter, Babs Sheats, is also a stylist at the Sheats Salon.

Whether you’re looking for a haircut or coloring services, Sheats Barber & Beauty Shop in Athens, GA has you covered! Liven up your hair with a number of treatments such as hair cuts, color, and highlights done by professional stylists. Sheats Barber & Beauty Shop is currently accepting new customers at both shops. To make an appointment, call 706-548-1237.


Sheats Barber & Beauty Shop’s Beneficiary:

Athens Area Homeless Shelter believes every child deserves a safe, stable home. The Athens Area Homeless Shelter provides housing and emergency shelter for families with children under 18 experiencing homelessness. The parents they work with are some of the bravest, most resilient people, and the Athens community is grateful for the the work the shelter does to create opportunities for those in need to help them thrive.


For more information, please contact Amy Kissane, Corporate Citizenship Coordinator: or 706-310-0400.


Past Participants:

January Participant