Latest Business Blog News

Aventure Aviation First Round Winner of Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Metro area leaders today announced the first-round winners of the inaugural Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant program powered by Chase which boosts support for small and medium-sized businesses looking to begin exporting or to increase their export programs. Thirty-five companies from metro Atlanta were selected as semi-finalists in the competition and will each receive a reimbursement grant of up to $5,000 to apply toward expenses related to building export capacity and activities.

Nearly 70 companies, ranging in size from pre-revenue startups to small and established medium-sized businesses, applied for the 35 available grants. The semi-finalists represent a wide array of industries, including traditional and advanced manufacturing, professional services, food and beverage, apparel and technology companies. Women-owned and minority-owned businesses are among the semi-finalists. Also, grant awardees represent 12 different counties, eight of which are within the metro Atlanta 29-county region.

Aventure Aviation in Peachtree City is a round one grant winner.

“We are thrilled that one of our local companies was awarded this grant. The funds will help this homegrown business increase their overseas sales which we anticipate will lead to more jobs and local investment here in Fayette County,” said Carlotta Ungaro, president & CEO of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce.

- See more at:

South Metro Development Outlook Conference: Register Today!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

This year’s South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) conference will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in College Park, Georgia.

Now in its 14th year, South Metro Development Outlook has grown to become the largest conference of its kind in south metropolitan Atlanta.  It serves as a platform to convene professionals with an interest in fostering smart growth in the Southern Crescent.  SMDO features the following seven counties: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding, South Fulton, and the city of Atlanta.

The Conference consistently features some of today’s hottest topics, and this year is no exception.  There will be highly acclaimed industry experts and government officials providing invaluable informationand insight on the following topics:2016 Economic Forecast and Development Update;Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance Takes Off; Education Legislation and its Impact on South Metro; Millennial Movement; The Digital Age and South Metro;and more!  It will culminate with the Lunch Session, which is being sponsored by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Fifth Third Bank.


South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) is the brainchild of Michael Hightower who is the Managing Partner at The Collaborative Firm, a land use planning, program management and real estate development company located in East Point, Georgia.

SMDO serves as a platform to convene elected officials and industry professionals with a common interest in examining and discussing relevant growth-related issues in the southern crescent. It highlights the following seven South Metro counties and the southern part of Atlanta: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton.

Each year, South Metro Development Outlook features highly acclaimed industry experts and government officials providing invaluable information on topics of interest, and SMDO 2016 is no exception. Specifically, the featured topics for this year’s conference include 2016 Economic Forecast and Development Update; News from Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance; The Digital Age and South Metro; New Education Legislation and its Impact on South Metro; and the Millennial Movement on the Move.

Last year’s conference was a major success according to the feedback provided by those in attendance. It attracted over 650 attendees who listened intently as notable speakers provided insights on South Metro’s economic development surge. The conference culminated with a presentation by aviation general manager, Miguel Southwell, who gave updates on new developments planned for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which included Aerotroppolis, Airport City and the Master Plan Study.

SBA Accepting Nominations for Small Business Week Awards

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

National Small Business Week has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963. During this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors small business owners and entrepreneurs for their outstanding achievements through various awards.

SBA is currently seeking nominations from the public for exceptional entrepreneurs. You can use this online portal to submit your nomination for the awards listed below. For eligibility requirements and selection criteria, see the “Nomination Guidelines.” Nominations must be submitted by 3:00 pm ET, January 11, 2016

Click here for full information.

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

close X