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Panasonic Ventures into Autonomous Tech

Monday, April 25th, 2016


Panasonic, a top player in infotainment systems and batteries for electric vehicles, is muscling into the fast-growing market for autonomous-drive cars.

The company intends to exploit its deep expertise in cameras and cockpit displays to gain a foothold. Last month, Panasonic announced plans to boost sales of safety technology by 52 percent to nearly $4 billion in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.

As if that weren’t enough, the Japan-based mega-supplier is helping Tesla Motors build its EV-battery factory in Nevada — a project that gained a sense of urgency this month when Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced 325,000 preorders for the Model 3 sedan.

Tom Gebhardt, 56, president of Panasonic Automotive Systems Co. of America, spelled out the company’s plans in an April 8 interview with Staff Correspondent David Sedgwick.

Q: Is it true that Panasonic wants to develop the human machine interface — that is, the cockpit controls — for autonomous-drive cars?


Aventure Aviation Receives Global Impact Award

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Aventure Aviation is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the seventh annual 2016 Global Impact Award. This year’s ceremony took place at the Global Impact Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 20 at the Georgia Aquarium.

The event is hosted by the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Global Commerce Council to honor international business excellence, innovation and leadership. Companies and organizations compete in four categories: foreign investment, global business growth, innovation and global partner. Aventure won the award in the Global Business Growth Category, beating out major competitors Equifax and InComm.

This category recognizes a metro Atlanta organization or company that has exhibited significant growth globally in terms of international investment, export of goods and services and/or international partnerships. Attending on behalf of Aventure were Zaheer Faruqi, President, Talha Faruqi, Vice President of Operations and Maria Brodzik, Controller.

“We are grateful for this recognition from the Atlanta Metro Chamber in the area of Global Trade,” said Talha Faruqi. “This award is a testament to our great team at Aventure who work tirelessly in our offices across the world to serve our customers.”

The luncheon was emceed by Fred Blankenship, morning anchor for Channel 2 Action News, and the keynote speaker was David Abney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UPS.

Active Shooter & Workplace Violence Seminar at Harbin Agency

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The Harbin Agency is hosting an Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Seminar. Featured guest Adam Dillon, from East Coast Risk Management, will enlighten business leaders on preemptive strategies for active shooters and workplace violence and how to properly prepare your own crises management plan. All business owners are invited to register and attend.

Date: April 21st, 2016

Arrival Time: 8:30 a.m.

Ending Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: 215 Greencastle Road, Tyrone, GA 30290

Complimentary breakfast will be provided for all  guests.

Kindly RSVP to Harbin by April 18th, 2016 or via email at

MORE INFO HERE:   Harbin Seminar Information

Smart Business Marketing Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
12:00 pm

Take advantage of one hour full of Smart Marketing ideas and tips to take your business to the next level.  Lunch and drinks provided!

 Relationship Marketing

Kim and Linc Larson, Relationhip Marketing mentors, have 20+ years combined experience marketing for medical practices and providng leadership skills to the military.

  •  Learn a powerful way to increase customer retention and referrals
  • Follow-up like a pro to increase customer buy-in   
  • Create life-long client relationships

 Promotional Marketing

Patti Kadkhodaian has managed promotional marketing for hundreds of AJAKO clients in the last two decades. She founded the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta, which has raised over $150,000 for local charities.

  • Incentives to increase revenue 
  • Keep your company top of mind
  • Think unique for your next event

 Sustainable Marketing

Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing Guru and the Creative Director at Dirt1x, creates sustainable marketing for small businesses. She rocks branding, sales materials, websites and growth strategies.

  • The essential marketing pieces every business needs
  • To fold or not tri-fold? Choosing flyers for success
  • How you can increase your % of closed sales


Questions?  Please contact Kim at 678-877-0576 or Ellie at 770-301-8706


Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

WHEREFayette Chamber of Commerce – 600 W. Lanier Ave #250, Fayetteville, GA 30214

Aventure Aviation Recognized as GLOBE Award Recipient

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Go Global Ron ZF AQ with Governor Deal

Aventure Aviation with Governor & Mrs. Deal

At the annual Go Global Reception, Governor and First Lady Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) presented 26 companies with a GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Award. This state-led awards program highlights companies that entered into a new international market in the previous year.

“The ability to remain competitive both domestically and internationally is vital in our ever-changing economy,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “In just under a year, 26 companies expanded into 102 international markets – this makes it clear that Georgia is an ideal place for business growth. We congratulate the GLOBE Award winners, value our partnership with them and look forward to continuing our support in their future progress.”

In 2015, the 26 GLOBE Award winners from 15 counties across the state collectively expanded into 102 new markets. A significant percentage of winners represent Georgia’s fast growing small business industry.

These companies contributed to the state’s continued export successes. In 2015 Georgia exports topped $38.5 billion and reached 217 countries and territories.

The Go Global reception is an annual event that allows Georgia companies to network with Georgia’s international representatives from Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Europe, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“Leveraging international trade opportunities is integral to economic development in Georgia. Companies in nearly every county in Georgia have utilized GDEcD’s international trade services to expand their business on a global scale,” said GDEcD Deputy Commissioner of International Trade Mary Waters. “Receiving a GLOBE Award not only provides a chance for companies to be recognized for their hard work, but it also highlights the opportunities we offer at the state level to help companies thrive in competitive markets.”

Among the winners, a few of the most popular new markets included China, Italy and Malaysia.

This year’s GLOBE Award winners include: 

Aventure Aviation

Bell Plantation, Inc.

MMJ Labs/Buzzy Pain Solutions

Daniel Defense, Inc.

Digital Element

Discover Destinations

Dustex LLC

GF Health Products, Inc.

Hydro Dynamics, Inc.

Interactive Communications International Inc.


Master Wall Inc.


Millennium Mat Company

One-World, Inc.

Poriferous LLC

Pyrotechnic Specialties Inc.

Red Brick Brewing Company

Richland Rum

SASCO Chemical Group, Inc.

Savannah Bee Company

ServiceCentral Technologies, Inc.

Signature Pet Products

Sustainable Corporate Network

Synensys, LLC




The following entities were sponsors for the 2016 Go Global reception:


Atlanta Metro Export Plan

Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce/ Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority



Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department

Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Savannah Economic Development Authority and World Trade Center Savannah

The Development Authority of Clayton County

Coweta County Development Authority

Georgia District Export Council

Griffin-Spalding Development Authority

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce



State Board of Workers’ Compensation Educational Seminar

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
8:00 am

The Georgia State Board of Worker’s Compensation will hold a half day educational seminar  Thursday, March 17th at the Columbus State University.

The program will include presentations regarding new developments at the State Board, legislative and case law developments, and updates on Board Rules. The seminar will include an interactive presentation for employers and others about the importance of the Posted Panel in a workers compensation claim. There will also be a discussion on the features of ICMS-II, EDI and features of the Board’s website. A panel consisting of local claimant and defense attorneys, employers and physicians will discuss medical and legal issues that can occur after the first 30 days of a workers’ compensation claim. Finally, the seminar will feature a lively audience participation presentation where the attendees will debate hot topics within the workers’ compensation realm, with an Administrative Law Judge making the ruling! Popular topics to be discussed and debated include Defenses to Workers’ Compensation Claims, Posted Panel issues, Medical Concerns, Return-to-Work problems and more

This program will be beneficial to any individual involved in the workers’ compensation process including:

  • Employees
  • Employers/Self-Insurers
  • Human Resource Personnel
  • Insurance Agents/Claims Professionals/ Workers’ Comp Adjusters/Clerks
  • Rehabilitation Specialists/Nurses/ Occupational Health Nurses
  • Medical Service Providers / Office Personnel
  • Hospital Claims Personnel
  • Workers’ Comp Attorneys/Paralegals
  • Safety and Risk Managers

You can attend this informative seminar for only $85. Discount given for multiple registrations from same company (see registration form for discounts). This includes all continuing education fees for submitted and approved applications, course handouts and refreshments.

CEU’s have been applied for in the following professions: Insurance Agents/Workers’ Comp Adjusters (must have GA license number), Case Management, Disability, Rehabilitation and Nursing (CRCC, CDMSC, CCMC & AAOHN), Attorneys (Georgia CLE’s), Human Resource Professionals (HRCI)

Visit to follow CEU approval updates and for Sponsorship Opportunities.

Accreditation forms will be available at the completion of the program.

Please email for more information or call 404-656-5656



City of Fayetteville Small Business Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
6:00 pm

The City of Fayetteville is hosting a town hall meeting for small businesses with the city limits to have a forum to share their issues and concerns affecting their business.  All Fayetteville business owners are invited.

Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. at Fayetteville City Hall


FutureStaff Wins Inavero’s 2016 Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

*Earned by less than two percent of all staffing companies in the U.S. and Canada

FutureStaff, a leading employment company in the light industrial/office staffing industry, announced today they have won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and the permanent and temporary employees. On average, clients of winning companies are nearly three times more likely to be completely satisfied and talent of winning companies are 50% more likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning companies.  Award winners make up less than two percent of all staffing companies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence.

Focused on being a matchmaker between its clients and jobseekers, FutureStaff received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 75.5 percent of their clients and 80.9% percent of their talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average.

 “Our company works hard to make service a priority and we are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts in this way.”  FutureStaff’s President, Lee Whetstone said.

About FutureStaff

FutureStaff is a family owned Georgia Corporation that just celebrated its 33rd anniversary. FutureStaff is A Best of Staffing Diamond Award winner, because they have won the Client Inavero Best of Staffing Award 5 years in a row. FutureStaff’s primary goal is to be a successful matchmaker between the employer and job seeker. When their job seekers become valued employees, they see that their clients will prosper.

FutureStaff services the following communities, Fayette, Coweta, Conyers, and surrounding Atlanta areas. They are currently recruiting for positions in Accounting, Administrative, Customer Service, Clerical, Catering, Machine Operators, Material Handlers, Forklift Operators, and Warehouse & Logistics. FutureStaff is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Inavero

Inavero administers more staffing company client and talent satisfaction surveys than any other firm in the world. The company serves as the American Staffing Association’s exclusive service quality partner.
About Inavero’s Best of Staffing

Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing companies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates.

To find out more information about FutureStaff, please visit or call 770.254.8766.

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.

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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.

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