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Atlanta independent public relations firms take home 3 Phoenix Awards at 2012 awards gala

Atlanta independent public relations firms take home 3 Phoenix Awards at 2012 awards gala

ATLANTA -- Five of Atlanta’s top independent public relation agencies were honored November 8, 2012 at the Public Relations Society of America/Georgia’s annual Phoenix awards. The awards are given for excellence in a range of public relations and marketing categories.

Leff & Associates won the Phoenix award for its work on Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2011 press conference announcing a new public service announcement starring 21 notable BGCA alums. The press conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  The goal was to use the star power of the PSA to focus attention on the services and opportunities Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers to the at-risk youth of our nation.

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.

Fulton County Agency Offers Free Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Fulton County Agency Offers Free Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Fulton County Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free Money Matters!: Basic Personal Finance for Aspiring Entrepreneurs  workshop on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, from 1:00pm – 4:30pm at the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library located at 9560 Spruill Road in Johns Creek, GA 30022.  Pre-registration is required by August 24.  Refreshments will be provided for registered participants.

Participants will learn how to assess their personal financial situation and how to:

  • Set and plan to achieve goals
  • Plan spending
  • Use financial institutions
  • Understand the ins and outs of credit
  • Plan for the unexpected
  • Take steps to protect assets

The workshop is free. To REGISTER or for more information call 404-613-7670.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System –Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, June 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 205, Sections A & B of the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta, GA 30310.  The Board will elect officers for the program year, which begins July 1, 2012

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

Michael Outlaw Receives Promotion at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta

Michael Outlaw Receives Promotion at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta

ATLANTA, May 1, 2012– Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Michael Outlaw has been promoted to Managing Director in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Atlanta. 

Michael, who has been with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and its predecessor firms, since 1996, is a native of Charleston, SC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and holds an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. Michael currently lives in Atlanta.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, a global leader in wealth management, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.  For more information, contact 404-266-6594.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

Community Foods - $1.79/lb Chicken On Sale Now

Community Foods - $1.79/lb Chicken On Sale Now
Have you heard of Community Foods?

Last month I placed my first order through Community Foods.  It’s actually based in Cumming, GA but they offer deliveries throughout Metro Atlanta.  The overall concept is that they sell 3 products – Chicken (hormone free, no steroids, etc.), Ground Beef (all natural, no hormones, etc.) and Tilapia.  Now my ideal Tilapia would be wild-caught, this tilapia is farm-raised.  But it’s really “pretty” (ha!  that always sounds so funny to say about food).

Right, now chicken just became available for delivery.  Click here to learn more about Community Foods and their $1.79/lb chicken.