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Governor Nathan Deal visits Aventure Aviation Stand at Dubai Airshow

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Aventure Aviation recently exhibited at the Dubai Airshow, November 8-12th, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The biennial event was a huge success for the company. Governor Deal stopped by Aventure’s stand to lend his support. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation of Georgia dignitaries, including Commissioner Chris Carr and Mary Waters, Deputy Commissioner, International Trade, Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The Governor appreciated Aventure’s presence at the show and efforts to promote Atlanta and the state of Georgia with their marketing efforts in the UAE.

“This was our 7th time exhibiting at the prestigious Dubai Airshow. Approximately 15% of our revenues are generated from the Middle East region. We are pleased to bring to Peachtree City,
Fayette County and Georgia revenues earned by selling US manufactured aviation products,”commented Amyr Qureshi, Senior VP of Aventure Aviation.

The UAE and the US have seen bilateral trade increase by about 80% in the last decade. For the past six years, the UAE has been the largest trading partner for the US in the Middle East with $25 billion in bilateral trade and over $19 billion in trade surplus in 2014 alone.

Currently, the Dubai International Airport is ranked as the world’s busiest airport for international travelers. Dubai-based Emirates Airlines is the largest operator of the Boeing B777 with about 150 B777s in its fleet. Flag carrier Etihad Airways is the single largest customer for the Boeing B787 Dreamliner with 70+ aircraft on order.

About Aventure Aviation
Aventure Aviation is a leading ASA-100 accredited aviation parts and services company headquartered near Atlanta’s Harstfield-Jackson International Airport. With offices in Toronto, Dubai, Rabat, Cairo, Riga, and Istanbul, and representatives in strategic locations worldwide, Aventure’s dedicated team is available 24/7 to support the ever growing demands of airlines and MROs for routine and AOG parts. Aventureʼs services also include OEM distributorships, component repair & overhaul management, and surplus inventory consignment sales. Aventureʼs modern facilities include a large, purpose-built warehouse that stocks Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and Lockheed Hercules aircraft parts. Since 2001, Aventure has earned numerous industry recognitions, including Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance’s (ATE&M) “Best Spare Parts Provider 2011” award. Aventure also has been ranked among America’s fastest growing private companies for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Inc. Magazine.


ARC Survey Shows Transportation is Region’s Top Concern

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Transportation remains the region’s top concern, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) third Metro Atlanta Speaks public opinion poll, which was released today during the agency’s State of the Region breakfast.

According to the survey, 27 percent of respondents said transportation was the biggest problem facing the Atlanta region – the second straight year that transportation topped the region’s list of concerns. The economy, which was the second-most pressing issue last year, dropped to third as the region continued its recovery from the Great Recession. Crime replaced the economy in the number two slot.

Other key findings from this year’s poll include:

  • Support for public transit is strong, with 91 percent of respondents saying improving public transit is “very important” or “somewhat important” to metro Atlanta’s future.
  • 44 percent of respondents believe expanding public transit is the best long-term solution to the region’s traffic problems, while 31 percent preferred improving roads and highways.
  • Metro Atlanta residents are generally upbeat about where they live, with 67 percent of respondents rating the region as a good or excellent place to live and 76 percent rating their neighborhoods as good or excellent places to live.
  • Respondents had mixed feelings about the public education system. Of those surveyed, 53 percent rated public education in their local district as good or excellent, compared to 34 percent who said public education in the region was good or excellent.
  • Metro Atlanta residents are growing more optimistic. Just 14 percent of respondents said they expect things to get worse in the next 3-4 years, compared to 31 percent in 2013.

“This survey helps ARC and other decision-makers better understand this complex, fast-growing region,” said Doug Hooker, ARC executive director. “More broadly, Metro Atlanta Speaks will become an even more potent tool over time, as we’ll be able to track how the region’s views change on key topics.”

The 2015 survey, conducted by Kennesaw State University’s A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, asked 26 questions of 5,029 residents across 13 counties about key quality-of-life issues such as transportation, education, the economy, the arts and aging. The survey is statistically valid to county levels and has a 13-county margin of error of 1.7 percent.

Several new questions were added to this year’s survey, thanks to a new partnership between ARC and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Results from these questions included: 64 percent of respondents said they had attended a religious service in the past year, while 44 percent had volunteered to work a community event in the past year.

Supporters of the 2015 Metro Atlanta Speaks survey are the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, MARTA, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the North Fulton Community Improvement District and Invest Atlanta.

The full report includes county level results.

The 2015 Metro Atlanta Speaks poll surveyed residents in Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cob, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties.

SBDC to Hold Camera Ready Vendor, Business Planning and Starting Business Workshops

Monday, October 19th, 2015

SBDC is holding three valuable workshops over the next three weeks for small business owners and small business owners-to-be. Register today!

Starting A Business Workshop

This 3 hour workshop is a critical first step for new entrepreneurs.  It covers the important tools & resources a business owner needs in order to establish a solid foundation during the business’ early years. Hosted by the UGA SBDC at Clayton State University.

Date:               October 22, 2015

Time:               5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fee:                 $69 (50% discount for anyone who registers with you)

Location:         Clayton State University – East
Arbor Hall Room # 113

5823 Trammell Road

Morrow, GA 30260

Information:     Cheryl Greenerl   648 466-5100


Register at:


Writing A Living Business Plan

Whether you are starting a new business or growing an existing one, a business plan is crucial to your success.  Learn how to breathe life into the written document so that your plans can live and thrive beyond the pages.  This class will show you how to put together a strategic plan for multiple purposes, including: securing a loan; pitching to investors; launching a new venture; restructuring a company; and mapping the journey to hit new milestones.

 Instructor:        Judiffier Pearson, Business Consultant, UGA SBDC at Clayton State University

Date:               October 29, 2015

Time:               11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fee:                 $99 (Sample business plan and lunch provided)

Location:         Clayton State University

Clayton Hal, Room T116

2000 Clayton State Blvd.

Morrow, GA 30260

Information:     Cheryl Greenerl   678 466-5100


Register at:


Becoming A Camera-Ready Vendor

Are you interested in expanding your target market to serve the entertainment industry?  Come and learn how your small business can sell to film and television productions.

Facilitator:       Judiffier Pearson, Film & Entertainment Business Consultant, UGA SBDC at Clayton State University

Date:               November 4, 2015

Time:               9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee:                 $55 with Bronze Pass; $75 without Bronze Pass

Location:         Hyatt Regency Atlanta

265 Peachtree Street, NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Information:     Cheryl Greenerl   678 466-5100


Register at:


Small Business Development Center/Clayton State Office
One-on-one counseling for new and existing businesses including identifying sources of capital, specialized research, business plan development, accounting, marketing strategies and governmental regulation compliance.

Coweta-Fayette EMC’s Stephens Recognized with International Award

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The Georgia Electric Membership Corporation and Chris Stephens, CEO of Coweta-Fayette EMC, received the 2015 International Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

“Chris’s commitment to sharing the cooperative business model with developing nations spans more than a decade. He creatively started an annual skeet shooting fundraiser in 2003 to benefit our utility partners in Guatemala. He’s also personally provided support and training to electric co-ops in Costa Rica. His dedication to sharing the electric co-op business model around the globe sets an example for Co-op Nation,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.

The International Award recognizes exceptional dedication to the development international communities through electrification, cooperative development and global commitment.

More than 8,500 representatives from cooperative electric utilities across the nation attended the NRECA Annual Meeting February 23-25, during which they set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2015. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates received reports from NRECA officials, heard addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attended educational forums on major issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer owners.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.

Hoshizaki America Expands to Griffin

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Hoshizaki America is to expand its refrigeration product manufacturing plant and main distribution centre in Griffin, Georgia.

Originally opened in 2001, the Griffin plant is the original site which launched the line of Hoshizaki food service equipment in the USA.

“Due to tremendous growth we’ve experienced in recent years, we have outgrown our current facility,” explained Rick Bassan, director of plant operations at Griffin. “Our warehouse will expand to an additional nine shipping docks and the factory will increase significantly – allowing production levels to increase over 250%.”

With corporate headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia and a second manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia, Hoshizaki employees around 500 people in the Atlanta area.

Aventure to Exhibit at Aviation Expo / China 2015

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Aventure Aviation will participate in the Aviation Expo / China 2015, September 16-19, at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing, China. Attendees can visit Aventure at Booth 3-1.
The Expo is expected to be attended by trade visitors and high-level aviation dignitaries from across the globe.

As Chinese air carriers increase their aircraft orders, the spare parts demand by such carriers and maintenance organizations will also grow.With this in mind, Aventure is ready to exhibit its services and build new relationships.

“We are excited about exhibiting at this vital Aviation Expo as we continue to increase our market reach and customer base in China,” commented Zaheer Faruqi, President of Aventure.

“China has immense resources and the travelling masses are second to none,” commented Wei Sun, Aventure’s Account Executive for China. Both Faruqi and Sun will be present at the Aventure Booth. Visitors will receive a chance to win a Boeing China Clipper aircraft model.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to receive mentoring & business guidance from Georgia’s top corporations

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Application deadline has been extended.

If you are a company or know of a company who is interested in this unique and highly competitive program, you are encouraged to submit an application to become a protégé company.  Nowhere else can you receive year-long mentoring and business guidance from Georgia’s larger businesses, some of them the state’s and the world’s largest corporations.

CLICK HERE for complete information and application details.

For additional inquiry contact:

Veronica Maldonado
Program Director
Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection
404-589-1824 ext 2112

Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015 Now in Effect

Monday, August 17th, 2015

From the Georgia Chamber Center for Competitiveness:

The Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015, sponsored by Representative Kevin Tanner (Dawsonville), revises the amount and training requirements of the adult basic skills education program tax credit for employers who help employees get their GED.  The law took effect May 1, 2015.  It increases the current tax credit of $150 per employee to a possible $1,200 for each employee that completes the required training classes and successfully passes the skills education test.

For many individuals in service industry jobs, the lack of a high school diploma or GED is a significant factor in limiting career advancement.   Employers are often supportive of the efforts of their employees, but there are limited opportunities for workforce development within many of these existing industries.

This law revises and expands an existing state program that had been underutilized.   Under the previous program, employers would receive a $150 tax credit for paying for an employee’s GED.  However, many of the GED programs were significantly more expensive than $150 so few employers were taking advantage of the program.  The Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act raises the basic credit to $400 per employee who passes the basic GED test.  It further provides an expanded credit of $1200 per employee when that employee completes an approved training program while still being employed at his or her normal rate of pay.  This expanded program allows employers to fully invest in their employees’ education without disrupting their normal duties.

To participate in the tax credit program, an employer must submit an application to the Technical College System of Georgia- Office of Adult Education.  The Office of Adult Education pre-approves participation and ensures that the training is legitimate.  This certification will also allow the employer to claim the credit on their state income tax.  There are some limitations to this program that include: no single employer can receive more than $100,000 in a single calendar year, the credit may not exceed the employers income tax liability, and the total cost of the program may not exceed $1,000,000 per calendar year.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that individuals with a high school diploma earn $180 more per week than those individuals without.  Unemployment drops from 9% to 6% when this same level of educational attainment is achieved.  Under these averages, an individual could earn over $9,000 more per year in salary, which would result in a net tax revenue increase to the state.  If properly administered, this program should pay for itself on an annual basis.

FCBOE RFP for Probeware for Science Labs

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Please see the attached Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP can also be located on our website ( under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. This solicitation is also posted on the Georgia Procurement Registry.



FCBOE RFQ for KI Learning Seating

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Please see the attached solicitation. This can also be located on our website ( under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. You are asked to forward this to any interested party or vendor. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.



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