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ATL Regional Comm Needs YOUR Input for Regional Survey

Monday, August 18th, 2014

A new regional survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission seeks to find out exactly what the community thinks is important to ensure that metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, raises the best workforce possible and continues to be a great place to live.

Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan that will guide public policies and investments related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging and health resources. This survey is an important opportunity for the community to have an impact on this regional vision. Please share this survey with your contacts, friends and family to help guarantee that as many voices are heard from the community as possible. Below are sample Facebook and Twitter posts for possible inspiration.

The survey can be accessed on our website and will be available until September 30. For more information please contact Melissa Roberts at 404-463-3272.

Clayton State University MBA Program Offers Classes in Morrow and PTC

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Clayton State University MBA Program offers classes in both Morrow and Peachtree City.



International Trade Opportunities from GDEcD

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) released a Trade Opportunities Alert on July 29, 2014 with information on international companies seeking to purchase or distribute Georgia product.

When following up on a lead, please follow instructions and contacts listed.

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SBDC Offers GrowSmart Class for Business

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is bringing the GrowSmart program to business owners for the third time.  Whether in business for two years or twenty years, many small business owners are so busy working IN the business, they neglect working ON it.  If your business is growing or ready for growth, SBDC GrowSmart gives you the steps, tools and strategies to get there.

GrowSmart was developed by the Georgia SBDC Network to meet the needs of growing businesses. Combining the latest ideas with timeless business principles, GrowSmart will propel your business forward!  The Georgia SBDC Network has provided management training to thousands of experienced business owners using FastTrac and other powerful, innovative programs.

This program, provided in partnership between Clayton State SBDC, Georgia State SBDC and UGA-Dekalb SBDC,  will be held at the Georgia Power Company, 241 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta.  The program fee of $895 per person includes weekly networking breakfast and lunches and course material (partial scholarships available).  Program runs September 19-October 17.
For more information or to apply, click HERE   or contact Heather Chaney at 678-466-5100 or

Free Chick-fil-A Speaker Series Features William Pate

Monday, July 21st, 2014

In the spirit of fostering community and leadership, the Chick-fil-A Foundation sponsors a recurring Community Leadership Speaker Series. Throughout the year, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will bring nationally known speakers to discuss issues facing the community, education and today’s youth.

On August 8th the speaker will be William Pate, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Atlanta tourism industry is responsible for 42 million visitors per year, over 220,000 jobs and $12 billion in visitor spending.  Mr. Pate is a board member of many organizations including, Atlanta Sports Council, Children’s Healthcare of Georgia, College Football Hall Of Fame, Commerce Club, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Carter Presidential Center and the Woodruff Arts Center.WTF-CFA_SpeakerPlaybill_WilliamPate_v4_LQ

Share in a conversation with Mr. Pate about the importance of community involvement and leadership as philanthropy.

In addition you can sign up to  experience a FREE Chick-fil-A Home Office Backstage Tour, a guided walking tour featuring the story of Chick-fil-A Founder, Truett Cathy. You will also get a behind-the-scenes look at Chick-fil-A’s food, engage in fun interactions with the Chick-fil-A Cows and get a chance to visit our gift shop to commemorate your experience.

Visit the Chick-fil-A foundation website to register.

August 8th at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and conversation.
5200 Buffington Rd




UGA Griffin offers Winery Startup 101 Learn Everything “From Paperwork to Pouring”

Friday, July 18th, 2014
9:00 am

Winery Startup 101 Pub 2014Ready to start your own winery.  This workshop will teach you all you need to know to get started living your dream.

Winery Start-up 101

“From Paperwork to Pouring”

July 26th, 2014 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

University of Georgia-Griffin Campus

$50 registration fee includes lunch   To register go to

Some Topics to Be Covered
Thomas Payette – Winery Startup Consultant
What wine styles to be made (dry, sweet, etc.) also if mostly reds or whites. What kinds of wine to be made: bunch grapes, fruits or muscadine. All three determine what wine making equipment is needed.

  • Have a business plan – Know who and where you market will be.
  • Start small but build for easy expansion
  • Basic equipment needed for startup.
  • Building plans – accessibility
  • Plan space for events: indoors and out (weddings, festivals, wine dinners and private tasting events).
  • Other Speakers and Topics


Piedmont Brings Trusted Expertise of MD Anderson Cancer Network® to Georgia

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Atlanta, Ga. (July 11, 2014) – Piedmont is the only health system in Georgia to become an affiliate of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“Our affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network ensures our patients receive cancer care based on best practices developed by one of America’s leading cancer care providers,” said Kevin Brown, chief executive officer of Piedmont Healthcare. “While excellent care has always been provided at Piedmont, this collaboration takes our quality assurances to a new level.”

For 10 of the past 12 years, including 2013, MD Anderson has ranked number one in cancer care in the “Best Hospitals” survey published by U.S. News & World Report.

“MD Anderson Cancer Network was created to advance our mission of eliminating cancer by sharing our knowledge and extending our multidisciplinary care,” said Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president, MD Anderson Cancer Network.  “Piedmont is a respected organization with a long history of providing high quality, patient-centered care. Our new affiliation builds on Piedmont’s strengths by adding MD Anderson’s cancer expertise, and we’re confident it will raise the bar even higher for cancer care in Georgia.”

Piedmont is dedicated to providing excellent cancer care from detection, diagnosis and research to treatment, education, and support. Piedmont works to ease the struggles often associated with the cancer journey by providing patient navigators, financial counselors and free supportive therapies in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Newnan and Stockbridge. It is Piedmont’s dedication to Georgia residents affected by cancer that led the organization to raise its degree of collaboration in managing patient care with MD Anderson experts and become certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network. Currently, there are only 12 others in the nation.

MD Anderson’s best practices and protocols will be implemented at Piedmont Atlanta and Piedmont Fayette hospitals. In the future, Piedmont Henry and Piedmont Newnan hospitals are expected to become MD Anderson Cancer Network certified members as well.

“By teaming up, we’re combining the best of what we provide locally with the world-renown expertise of MD Anderson,” said oncologist Perry Ballard, M.D.  “This collaboration provides those Piedmont physicians also certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network with access to evidence-based, disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, early detection and follow-up care developed by a national leader in cancer care.”


About Piedmont Cancer

At Piedmont, we treat the patient – not just the disease. Piedmont’s interdisciplinary approach involves a team of cancer specialists including board-certified oncologists, a dedicated oncology nursing unit, surgeons, accredited technicians and nutritionists. These specialists collaborate to create a personal treatment plan based on each patient’s unique situation. Offering the newest diagnostic testing, groundbreaking therapies and surgeries, proven medical and radiation oncology, and effective pain management, Piedmont Cancer also provides specially–trained oncology nurse navigators to help guide patients through their cancer journey. Because cancer treatment involves more than medical care, free services and programs such as yoga, cooking demos, expressive art classes and counseling are also available to anyone affected by cancer at any phase in his or her journey through Cancer Wellness at Piedmont. For more information, visit

About MD Anderson Cancer Network

MD Anderson Cancer Network® is a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. It’s designed to advance the institution’s mission of eliminating cancer by deliveringMD Anderson expertise to community health providers. The network includes mission-aligned hospitals and health care systems across the United States committed to elevating the quality of care in their communities. Hospitals have direct access to MD Anderson clinical guidelines and best practices through membership in MD Anderson Cancer Network.

Boost Your Business with CSU Summer Classes

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center offers three classes this summer to help boost your business. Back by popular demand is  “Why Video Is The Ultimate Tool for Your Business” class taught by our video guru, Alisa Kirk on July 24th.  CSU is offering our first “QuickBooks: Step by Step” class taught on August 1st, by Robert Andoh, Certified QuickBooks Instructor and SBDC Consultant. Followed by our “Writing a Living Business Plan” class for people wanting to write or update their current plan; class taught by Judiffier Pearson on September 25th.

For more information and registration Click Here.

Comcast Unveils Easier & More Secure WiFi for Small Business

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014


New business wireless gateway from Comcast Business allows for separate private and public Wi-Fi signals through one integrated modem. This device makes Wi-Fi simple and cost-effective for entrepreneurs and their clientele.

June 3, 2014– Comcast Business  launched the nation’s first wireless gateway service built specifically for a commercial environment with an integrated modem equipped to produce dual-band Wi-Fi signals. The Business Wireless Gateway allows entrepreneurs to assign one private wireless signal for their back-office needs and a separate public signal (Xfinity WiFi) for customers or visitors, creating a simple and secure solution for businesses of all kinds that want to take advantage of the many benefits of Wi-Fi.

This device and Business WiFi service are included with most Comcast Business Internet plans, and Comcast Business supports the device and provides customer service 24/7.

“We are making the Business Wireless Gateway available nationwide because research has proven time and again that Wi-Fi is a game changer for brick and mortar based small businesses,” said John Guillaume, vice president of Product Development, Comcast Business. “Many different types of customers – coffee shops, law firms, real estate offices, gyms, libraries and more – want to attract and retain visitors to their location and give employees the tools they need to be more productive. Wi-Fi can be critical on both fronts, and this device can help make that easy to manage.”

A recent survey of “Main Street” small business owners by Bredin Research indicated that some small business owners who don’t offer public Wi-Fi to their patrons have concerns about technical support, cost and customer misuse. Developed by Cisco, Comcast’s new Business Wireless Gateway addresses each of these concerns and more:

Private Wi-Fi

  • Fast – more than enough Wi-Fi speed to handle the demands and multiple devices of today’s modern businesses.
  • Private – a network that is separate and distinct from the public Wi-Fi, so the business is not impacted by activity by patrons.
  • Cost Effective – included with most Comcast Business Internet tiers.
  • Helps Productivity – through an expanded Internet experience for employees, who can connect wirelessly and quickly to the internal network, cloud applications and shared devices like printers.
  • BYOD – the rising popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) policies further enhances the appeal of Wi-Fi in the business setting, as employees increasingly want to use their own devices for work.

Public Wi-Fi

  • Speed – according to third party analysis, Xfinity WiFi is the fastest Wi-Fi in the nation.
  • Happy Customers – ensure visitors’ Wi-Fi experience is positive, which can lead to repeat visits, customer loyalty and new business.
  • Become a Destination – be a part of the largest public Wi-Fi network in the country and listed on an interactive Wi-Fi locator map – available through the Xfinity WiFi app and online.
  • Easy Installation – no additional equipment or routers required for public Wi-Fi; the public and private Wi-Fi networks, available through one device, are set up by Comcast Business technicians.
  • Increased mobility – Businesses will receive two logins to access millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots for business or personal purposes while on the go.

“Today’s ‘main street’ small businesses want to offer Wi-Fi to their customers to get them in the store and keep them coming back, but concerns can arise from over security and how challenging it will be to set up and maintain a Wi-Fi network,” said Matt Davis, director of Consumer and Small Business Telecom Services at IDC. “The Business Wireless Gateway from Comcast Business gives SMBs a single box solution to quickly set up both public and private Wi-Fi, with public access being managed and maintained over the Comcast network. This can alleviate security concerns because customers are not accessing the same Wi-Fi network that your employees are.”

For more about Wi-Fi use in small businesses on social media, follow #SMBWiFi.

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

For more information, call 866-429-3085.

GDEcD’ offers many 
International Trade Opportunities

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) invites Georgia companies and organizations to participate in many international trade opportunities.  Trade missions to Germany, Columbia, China and Canada are just a few of the opportunities you will find.    For a full list of opportunities, please click here.

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