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NerdWallet: Atlanta best place to start a business

NerdWallet: Atlanta best place to start a business

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Atlanta is the best place to start a business, according to NerdWallett Inc., which runs a financial planning website.

NerdWallet said of our Big Peach: "Atlanta earned an A- on Thumbtack's Survey of Small Business Friendliness. The city's population is educated, as 46 percent have a Bachelor's degree, and the cost of living is low, making Hotlanta a top notch city in which to start a business Nearby Georgia Tech supplies plenty of technology talent to the city, and Atlanta is a growing tech hub. The Metro Atlanta Chamber is a great resource for entrepreneurs, offering CEO Roundtables, networking luncheons and monthly workshops. The Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Georgia provides low-cost training and free consulting."

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

JP Morgan Chase, Brookings Institution start Global Cities Initiative in Atlanta

JP Morgan Chase, Brookings Institution start Global Cities Initiative in Atlanta

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Metro Atlanta leaders will seek to grow the region's global business opportunities through a new initiative kicked off Wednesday by JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution.

The Global Cities Initiative, which is part of a five-year, $10 million multi-city effort ultimately will forge new city-to-city partnerships to create trade and economic relationships to prosper from the growing urbanization of the world's population. 

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the initiative takes advantage of growing businesses through exporting and by recognizing that the "Made in USA" brand is becoming increasingly valuable in the world. 

The two-day conference, held at the Academy of Medicine on the Georgia Tech Campus, will lead to a new Metropolitan Export Plan for Atlanta. 

Registration opens for upcoming media training

Registration opens for upcoming media training

To be as impactful as possible in today’s fast-paced, media-driven business environment, executives must understand how to work with media to their best advantage, and how to leverage that to most effectively represent their company in interviews.

On March 22, 2013, Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta reporters with local sources and experts, will offer a media training session to maximize your company’s opportunities for success and growth.  

“Media training is often an expense that growing companies with tight budgets feel they can’t afford, but such training is vital to helping a business prosper,” says Atlanta media relations expert Mitch Leff, who for more than 20 years has worked successfully with Atlanta media.  “Atlanta is an influential media market and there’s no more effective way to market your company than a well-placed interview.”

Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Sites Also Begin Offering

Free Tax Preparation to metro-Atlanta Households Earning $49,000 or Less

 

Press Conference Speakers

 Carlis Williams, Region IV Administrator, US Department Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families

Peggy Bogadi, IRS Wage & Investment Commissioner

Bill Bolling, Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Deborah Lum, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency

Karen Rogers, Director, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Weed and Seed 

Jason Nguyen, Osborne High School VITA Site Representative

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Bank of America Corp. reported Wednesday it hit its target of hiring more that 1,000 small business bankers in 2012, including 35 in Metro Atlanta.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank said it extended $280.2 million in credit to Georgia small businesses and $8.7 billion nationally last year. The $8.7 billion was an increase of 28 percent over 2011.

It recently reported net income of $2.8 billion for 2012. It also saw its head count shrink by about 5,000 employees to 267,190 in the fourth quarter, evidence that BofA is still trimming staff levels as it works to lower its expenses. Branches also continued to close, with BofA reporting 5,478 banking centers across its U.S. franchise at the end of the year, down from 5,702 centers a year earlier. 

Bank of America is the third-largest bank in metro Atlanta with 145 local branches and $20.4 billion in area deposits for a market share of 17 percent. 

1st Annual Author's Forum

1st Annual Author's Forum

The 1st Annual Author's Forum on January 24th at 5pm at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. This is a free event to help you kick start your relationships for 2013.