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FCBOE RFQ for Utility Trailer for McIntosh HS

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Please see the attached solicitation. This can also be located on our website ( under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.



New Resource: Workforce Development Portal

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Metro Atlanta eXchange for Workforce Solutions (MAX) has a free web portal with real-time information about workforce development providers in the region. MAX includes an easy-to-use interactive map of more than 500 workforce development providers in the metro Atlanta region, data and trends on workforce issues, local workforce news and events, and additional resources. MAX exists to strengthen connections and promote information sharing among workforce development stakeholders in metro Atlanta, and act as a catalyst to improve the region’s economic competitiveness and growth. This portal was developed through a joint collaborative comprised of more than 20 organizations, taking into account the critical challenges facing job seekers in metro Atlanta. Ultimately, this portal will help workforce agencies and providers collaborate with one another and connect more qualified employees to qualified jobs.

The MAX Provider Portal is now live:

If your organization is not listed in the portal and you would like to have it added, please go to

Panasonic Automotive Systems Co, JP Morgan Receive MAC Global Impact Awards

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Four companies were selected as Atlanta’s most notable leaders in international business at the 2015 Global Impact Awards, held Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s (MAC) annual Global Impact Awards event honors international business excellence, innovation and leadership.

Award finalists and winners were honored at a luncheon event at the Georgia Aquarium.

The event winners by category are:

Foreign Investment  – Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America- A global automotive technology leader headquartered in Peachtree City, Ga. The company ranks as the third largest employer in Fayette County with 437 permanent and 400 contract employees. Its R&D division, located in the heart of Georgia Tech, is committed to innovation and startups in the automotive and electronic space.

Global Business Growth – The Task Force for Global Health- The Task Force for Global Health administers programs to improve the health of millions of people by creating access to vaccines and strengthening health systems in the developing world. In recent years, the Task Force has become the largest philanthropic organization in Georgia and the fourth largest in the U.S. This recognition helps strengthen metro Atlanta’s brand as a hub for global health.

Global Partner – Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV)- The Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building metro Atlanta’s positive image globally. The organization works with the U.S Department of State to develop a broad spectrum of professional and cultural exchange programs for emerging world leaders during their visits to Georgia.

Innovation – OutSystems- OutSystems’ Rapid Application Delivery (RAD) platform enables companies to build, manage and change enterprise mobile and web applications three times faster than traditional methods. There are mMore than 400 enterprises that run over 36,500 instances of OutSystems Platform in 25 counties across 22 industries. The company has 31 employees in its Atlanta headquarters.

Global Impact – JPMorgan Chase & Co.- Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., a leading global financial services firm with operations in more than 60 countries. In Atlanta, Chase has been heavily involved in various initiatives focused on raising the profile of global commerce and promoting metro Atlanta’s global brand.

“Global commerce is an integral part of economic development for our region,” said Hala Moddelmog, MAC president and CEO. “The global mindset of the companies honored today enhances Atlanta’s diversity, fuels economic growth and makes our region more competitive globally.”

Now in its sixth year, the Global Impact Awards showcase excellence and innovation in international business, honoring MAC members who have gone above and beyond, exhibiting excellence in the area of global commerce.

SBA Small Business Forum – Thursday, Apr. 24

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The Small Business Administration’s Small Business Forum, in conjunction with Georgia Congressman David Scott’s annual jobs fair, will host a jobs fair at the Georgia International Convention Center. Events to be held durinig the job fair include:

  • Borrowing for your small business
  • Resources to help you start and grow your small business
  • Federal procurement and certifications

The event will take place on April 24, 2015, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337

Admission is free. Seating is limited and registration is required.  Parking information will be emailed to all registrants.

Click here to register:

Club Z! & Capstone Blend to Serve Students & Families

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

PrintCapstone logoSometimes, when two things come together like peanut butter and chocolate, Calvin and Hobbes, campfires and s’mores, or beaches in the summer . . . life just gets better!  So when Club Z! In-Home Tutoring met Capstone Educational Consultants, the seamless capability of preparing students for college ramped to an entirely new level.  It’s not a merge, it’s a natural, organic blend of what makes sense for high school students in Fayette County.  Families can be well served by having an expert on hand to walk through the journey of preparing for the ACT, the new PSAT or the new SAT.  By teaming up with Capstone Educational Consultants, Club Z! now has a new Test-Prep Concierge to serve the entire process!  It’s full-service for college preparedness, all in one spot. And it’s the ONLY place in Fayette County that offers this seamless, personalized service, completely customized to meet you along the journey.

Elaine Powers, Powers Heat & Air Named GA Contractor of Year

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Elaine Powers, owner of Powers Heating & Air in Peachtree City, was recently named “2015 Contractor of the Year” by the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia (CAAG), a statewide non-profit professional trade association based in Atlanta that represents HVAC or “conditioned air” contractors around the state which are professionally licensed by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Powers has serv ed on CAAG’s Board of Directors for a number of years, is the current treasurer and legislative committee chairperson of the statewide association and is a director in the Metro Atlanta Air Conditioning Contractors Chapter of CAAG.

A Fayette County resident for more than 40 years, Elaine and her husband founded Powers Heating & Air in 1979.  They have been members of the Fayette Chamber since 2013.

Clayton State-Fayette to Hold MBA Open House April 18

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

An opportunity to learn more about South Atlanta’s most affordable AACSB-accredited MBA program in Supply Chain Management, offered by Clayton State University, is coming to Peachtree City on Apr. 18.

An open house for the Clayton State — Fayette MBA program will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 18, at the Clayton State — Fayette instructional site, 100 World Dr., Ste. 100, Peachtree City, from 10 a.m. to noon.

This 20-month, fast-track Fayette MBA program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The program will be offered on Saturdays and in a lock-step, cohort format to build stronger relationships among students so as to increase communication and the sharing of experiences. The curriculum will be rigorous and is designed to prepare graduates to operate successfully in a rapidly changing global world of business.  The next cohort will begin in August 2015.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting Sasha Parsons McFarlane at  or (678) 466-4529.

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

Comcast Provides Choice and Cutting Edge Products for Businesses

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Recent news from Comcast:

One of the most important benefits of Comcast’s  transactions with Time Warner Cable and Charter will be providing their services to more businesses and the introduction of increased competition among communications companies, resulting in innovation and cutting edge products and services.

These benefits are real and quantifiable.  For example, the combined reach of the Comcast and TWC networks bring many benefits to enterprise customers – including the ability to link multiple offices spread across major markets like San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Boston, or Philadelphia.  In total, Comcast expects to generate almost $8 billion in price reductions due to our competitive entry in the enterprise business segment through the TWC transaction.

Nearly 600 thoughtful and positive comments from a wide range of supporters – including business organizationsbusinessesprogrammersdiversity groups and community partnersacademics and public policy leaders, and state and local leaders – have been submitted to the FCC about the proposed transaction, in large part because of the increased investment, innovation, and competition it will generate.

In Texas, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce stated that the “businesses and consumers of Fort Worth would benefit from access to these top-of-the-line services, and by approving the proposed transaction, the FCC could allow Fort Worth to catch up to current Comcast markets.”


FCBOE RFG for Printers

Monday, April 6th, 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.


Aventure Aviation Recognized as Georgia’s Small Business Rock Star

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Aventure AviationIMG_5381 was recognized by the state of Georgia as a Small Business Rock Star today at a luncheon hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA).

“Georgia’s small businesses have a big impact on every community in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “This is an opportunity to put a spotlight on Georgia’s small businesses and in particular, highlight some of our fastest growing small businesses through our new Small Business Rock Stars program.”

“Aventure is honored to accept the Rock Star Award,” said Zaheer Faruqi, President of Aventure Aviation. “We have been supported by the State in many ways and have reached out to the Georgia Department of Economic Development for guidance on several occasions.”

“Last September, Aventure participated in its first trade mission trip to China which covered Shanghai and Beijing,” Faruqi said. “The Georgia office in Shanghai (Paul Swenson and his team) did an excellent job familiarizing us with business practices in China, translating and printing business cards, and aiding in preparation of company brochures in Chinese. They helped set up appointments and took us to meet several companies. We have already received five small purchase orders from an aviation company in Shanghai. Without this “start-up” help, there is no way we could have initiated the business relationship. Based on the recent success, Aventure will participate in an aviation trade show in Beijing later this year.”

Aventure has been the recipient of various other local, state and regional awards such as: Exporter of the Year for the State of GA – U.S. SBA 2009, Exporter of the Year for the Southeast U.S. Region – U.S. SBA 2009, Fayette County Small Business of the Year – Fayette Chamber of Commerce 2011, and GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Award – Georgia Department of Economic Development – 2014.

Six Georgia companies were recognized as Small Business Rock Stars during the luncheon for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business. Winners included Guardian Centers (Houston County), Savannah Bee Company (Chatham County), Water Shadow Enterprises, LLC (Fulton County), Aventure Aviation (Fayette County), Madjax (Grady County) and TSAV (Athens-Clarke County). 54 nominations were submitted and reviewed and vetted by a panel of judges.

“With almost 98 percent of Georgia companies employing fewer than 100 people, small business has a big economic impact in Georgia,” said GDEcD Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Mary Ellen McClanahan. “The Rock Star recognition provides the perfect opportunity to showcase how important small businesses are to the state.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s small business efforts and outreach are directed by GDEcD Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Mary Ellen McClanahan. To access more information about these programs and more visit and

About the Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.

About GEDA
Celebrating 51 years of service excellence, the Georgia Economic Developers Association is the leading professional organization advancing Georgia’s economic vitality. GEDA is a non-profit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit
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, 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, Raytheon, and Lockheed Hercules aircraft parts. Since 2001, Aventure has earned numerous industry recognitions, including ATE&Mʼs “Best Spare Parts Provider 2011” award. Aventure also has been ranked among America’s fastest growing private companies for 2011, 2012, and 2013 by Inc. Magazine.

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