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Clayton State Adds Two New Concentrations to MBA Program

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dr. Ali Dadpay, assistant dean of the College of Business at Clayton State University and director of the College of Business’ MBA program, has announced the addition of two new concentrations for Clayton State MBA students; Sports and Entertainment Management, and Human Resource Leadership.


The Sports and Entertainment Management concentration is tailored to the needs of those seeking employment in the booming entertainment industry in the State of Georgia. It offers classes on sports and entertainment marketing, the economics of entertainment industry, and the legal issues surrounding sports and entertainment.


The Human Resource Leadership concentration builds on the established success of Clayton State business students and responds to a growing market demand. In September 2014, the Clayton State Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) made history, winning the Best in Georgia Award (the Student Chapter of the Year) from the Society for Human Resource Management Georgia State Council.


The Clayton State MBA program is accredited by SACS and is also AACSB-accredited and is considered one of the best business programs in the Atlanta metro area.


Clayton State University has been recognized as one of the best investments in higher education in the state of Georgia and its MBA program is one of the most affordable AACSB-accredited degrees in southeast United States. The Clayton State MBA also has a strong international footprint. Among the 165 students currently enrolled are students from Ireland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Nigeria and China.


A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

FutureStaff Wins Best of Staffing Award for Fourth Straight Year

Friday, February 20th, 2015

FutureStaff, a leading staffing agency in the administrative, logistics, light manufacturing, and film production industries, announced today they have won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to their clients.  This is the fourth straight year FutureStaff has been recognized with this award.

For more information, visit

FCBOE RFQ for Envelopes

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Please see the attached Request for Quotes (RFQ). This RFQ can also be located on our website ( later today under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for participating in this solicitation.envelopes_rfq_20150825

FCBOE RFQ for Can Liners

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Please see the attached Request for Quotes (RFQ). This RFQ can also be located on our website ( later today under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for participating in this solicitation.can_liners_rfq_20150725


In reference to the quote for can liners we anticipate ordering four pallets of each size.

SBA-Georgia Offers Small Business Emerging Leaders Program

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Georgia District Office in collaboration with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will host the 2015 SBA Emerging Leaders Orientation.

Orientation will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gwinnette Chamber of Commerce located at 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097.

What is Emerging Leaders?   The Emerging Leaders is an intensive training initiative to accelerate high-potential small businesses’ growth in America’s urban areas.  This comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult participating companies to the next level and help them emerge as growing, self-sustaining businesses in their community.

Purpose of the Orientation:  To inform prospective candidates about the program and its eligibility requirements.

What types of businesses does Emerging Leaders target?  The Emerging Leaders advanced training series is open to the President, Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Chief Operating Officer of small businesses that:

  • Are located in Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties
  • Have been in active operation at least three years
  • Have generated, for the past three years, an average annual revenue of at least $400,000 not to exceed $10,000,000
  • Have at least one employee besides the owner(s)

There will be fifteen small businesses accepted for the 2015 Emerging Leaders program.  This program is provided at NO COST to participants.  The only cost is your time and commitment to successfully complete the curriculum over the course of seven months.  Note: This training program is only for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business.

For orientation register here:

Business executives interested in participating must also complete the online registration form at

Downloadable/Printable information:

Rinnai Finishes 2014 With Record-Breaking Unit Sales and Revenue

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

2014 proved to be a banner year for Rinnai America. As the number-one selling brand of tankless water heaters in the US and Canada closed out its 40th anniversary year here, it enjoyed both record unit sales and revenue, even surpassing pre-recession performance.

“In addition to breaking all-time company records in North America, we celebrated a number of other milestones in industry-leading product development and company exposure,” said Frank Windsor, Rinnai America’s General Manager.

On the product development front, Rinnai introduced the Ultra Series RUC models, the first tankless water heater in the industry that allows for both concentric or twin-pipe PVC venting on the same unit. Shortly after, Rinnai launched the Ultra Series RUR models, a line of condensing tankless water heaters for recirculation with or without a dedicated return line that incorporate integrated bypass technology to help users save time, money and natural resources by providing an endless supply of hot water faster.

Additionally, Rinnai began assembly of its Commercial Tankless Rack Systems at its headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia.

As part of the company’s high-profile marketing initiatives, Rinnai signed an exclusive sponsorship with popular NASCAR driver Cole Whitt in which its logo appeared prominently on the hood and driver’s side of the No. 26 Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters Toyota Camry team car in multiple nationally-televised races. The company also ramped up its product placement activities in which its tankless water heaters are used on well-known national home improvement television shows.

In 2014, Rinnai and many of its products were recognized by the press and industry groups as “tops” in the industry, including “best new products” recognitions by both Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines. The company was also named “Partners of Choice” by David Weekly Homes; its tankless water heaters were called “Product of the Year” by Ryland Homes; and CBUSA, the nation’s most progressive purchasing organization for custom and independent builders, selected Rinnai as its national contract partner for tankless water heaters.

“Being regarded as an innovator and business partner to our customers is the key to growing our business, while also growing theirs,” said Kirk Morrow, Rinnai America’s Sales Director.

“Our company’s successes in 2014 and continued market share dominance in North America demonstrate our industry leadership and dedication to developing the highest-quality, energy-efficient products. I would like to personally thank our valued customers and team members for making this banner year possible,” said Takashi Sonoda, President of Rinnai America.

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About Rinnai
Rinnai America Corporation, a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation in Nagoya, Japan, was established in 1974 and is headquartered in Peachtree City ,Georgia. Rinnai Corporation manufactures gas appliances including tankless water heaters, a wide range of kitchen appliances and heating and air conditioning units. As the technology leader in its industry, Rinnai is the largest gas appliance manufacturer in Japan and is the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America. Annual corporate revenues, including those of its subsidiaries, are in excess of $2.5 billion. With a global perspective to create 21st century products for the home and business, Rinnai Corporation commits itself to safety and the pursuit of comfortable lifestyles. For more information about Rinnai’s entire product line, visit

FCBOE RFG for Computer Lab Seating for Sara Harp Minter Elementary School

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Please see the attached Request for Quotes (RFQ). This RFQ can also be located on our website ( later today under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awardsshme_labseating_rfq_20150446

Learn @ Business/School Work Partnerships @ GA Skills Roadshow

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Georgia Skills Initiative Roadshow is a program that seeks to promote local school-business partnerships, facilitate dialogue between important community stakeholders and present these models to other businesses and interested schools.

Monday, February 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fayette Chamber of Commerce
600 West Lanier Avenue, Suite 205
Fayetteville, GA  30214

The event will showcase two very successful apprenticeship partnerships with a question and answer period to follow.

Speakers from Georgia Department of Education, German American Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County School System, Georgia Department of Economic Development, The German Consulate, West Georgia Technical College, Felix-Fechenbach-Berufskolleg, Grensebach will be on hand.  The newly elected Georgia State School Superintendent is tentatively scheduled to speak.


For additional information, please contact

Patrick Wallace, Whitewater High School

Michaela Claus-Nix, German Department of Education

ARC Wants to Hear from Fayette – YOUR Chance to Give Input

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Atlanta Regional Commission is conducting a region-wide survey to learn more about how people think innovative technologies, like driverless cars, advanced teleworking capabilities, more integrated apps, and additional transit-connected job centers will impact the way we live, work and travel over the next 25 years.  The input gathered through this survey will help ARC develop and update the Region’s Plan, which is a long-range comprehensive plan for transportation, land use, community development, water quality, workforce training, arts and culture, as well as aging and health resources.

The survey is visual, interactive and brief. It allows for open-ended comments throughout. ARC will continue to conduct these surveys over the course of updating The Region’s Plan, set to be adopted in the Spring of 2016.  This second Region’s Plan survey is available at and is open from now through the end of March 2015.

More information can be found at:

SBA to Give Inaugural State of the Region Address

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Inaugural SBA State of the Region Address

Monday, February 2, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EST)

by Cassius F. Butts, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Streaming live from the

Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center

In Atlanta

#SOTR2015   @SBASoutheast

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