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Free Seminar from SBA

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
6:00 pm

How to Create Winning E-Books, Podcasts, Webinars and more

Presented by U. S. Small Business Administration Georgia District Office and Urban League of Greater Atlanta

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with the Urban League of greater Atlanta invites you to attend the Ignite Your Business with Content Marketing Series: How to Create Winning E-Books, Podcasts, Webinars and more.  Content is King!  So what is content, exactly?  Content is a broad term that refers to anything created and uploaded to a website.  By creating winning content you can convert browsers into buyers and customers into regulars or even better, brand ambassadors.  Unlike other forms of marketing content marketing can:

  •           Attract Customers
  • ·         Educate your buyers about a purchase they are considering
  • ·         Overcome resistance or address objections
  • ·         Establish your credibility, trust and authority in your industry
  • ·         Tell Your Story
  • ·         Build buzz via social networks
  • ·         Build a base of fans and inspire customers to love you
  • ·         Inspire impulse buys

Part One – Blogs, E-books and Videos

Part One is designed to introduce participants into the content creation process.   Starting  with first base: Blogs.  Your blog serves as the hub of your online content.  You will learn how  to make the perfect blog so you can post online with confidence.  Once you are  comfortable with making awesome blog posts, E-Books are the next progression. You will learn the nine steps to creating an E-book that people will want to read and share.  The final piece in Part One will be on Video.  You will learn everything you need to show your clients great content.  You will learn what equipment you need, shooting and scripting and how to promote your videos.


Location:  U. S. Small Business Administration, Peachtree Center—Harris Tower,

233 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA 30303

Click here to register:

For more information contact Ms. Charlotte Johnson 404-331-0100, Ext 405 or

Rinnai Corporation Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Rinnai Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of gas appliances. Established in 1920 as a manufacturer of pressurized oil cooking stoves, Rinnai has expanded its product portfolio to include a wide range of residential and commercial gas appliances for efficiently heating water, air and food. Specifically, this includes continuous flow tankless water heaters, wall-mounted and free-standing condensing boilers, highly sophisticated direct vent furnaces, vent-free heaters, air conditioning units, kitchen appliances such as tabletop stoves, ranges and ovens and washers/dryers. Rinnai products are known throughout the world for their superior quality and safety, gas- modulating valve technology and sophisticated thermostatic-control systems. The company has built its reputation upon achievements in technological innovation and manufacturing efficiency and is now one of the largest companies in Japan. Rinnai Corporation annual corporate revenues, including those of its subsidiaries, are in excess of $2.5 billion.

Headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, Rinnai maintains an international presence through 20 international subsidiaries and affiliates around the world. Rinnai America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation,  was established in 1974 and is headquartered in Peachtree City, Ga, and is responsible for the marketing and distribution of Rinnai Corporation’s innovative products in the US and Canada. All products distributed by Rinnai America have been approved by the CSA (formerly the American Gas Association) and adhere to the strictest company-enforced safety and quality procedures, as well as to the standards set forth by the American National Standards Institute. Since its inception in 1974, Rinnai America’s product line has grown from distributing spa heaters to marketing and distributing an extensive product line that today includes commercial-grade rice cookers, direct vent wall furnace, vent-free fan convector, wall-mounted and free-standing condensing boilers, and the highly efficient and technologically advanced Rinnai tankless water heating system.

As the technology leader in its industry, Rinnai is the No. 1 selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in the US and Canada. Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters operate only when the need for hot water is detected and shut down when the demand for hot water ceases, so they use up to 40 percent less energy than tank-style water heaters and produce an endless supply of hot water. Because Rinnai tankless water heaters heat water as it’s needed, there is no storage tank of hot water to deplete, which means a home can run several showers in a row or multiple hot water appliances at the same time with no fear of running out of hot water. In addition, tankless units offer a longer lifespan than tank water heaters as well as space savings; plus, they are ENERGY STAR® qualified. Together, these attributes make Rinnai’s tankless technology the superior source for hot water.

With a global perspective to create 21st century products for the home and business, Rinnai Corporation commits itself to safety and the pursuit of comfortable lifestyles. For more information about Rinnai America’s entire product line, visit

ARC Seeks Millennials for New Advisory Committee

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The Atlanta Regional Commission is actively seeking individuals from throughout the 10-county Atlanta region who are 18-38 years old, with a desire to help shape the future of the region.  Applicants will be considered for inclusion in ARC’s newly created Millennial Advisory Committee through December 19.

The Committee is being led by two of ARC’s youngest board members, Brant Aden PE, LEED GA and Amol Naik.  Mr. Aden is a Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Foresite Group, Inc, a firm focused on civil engineering, landscape architecture, structural engineering, telecommunications, transportation and other consulting services.  He joined ARC’s Board in 2013 and represents Citizen District 10, which includes portions of DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Mr. Naik is the Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel at Google for the Southeastern United States. Prior to attending law school, Amol was a journalist whose work included a stint at the Washington D.C. bureau of an international daily newspaper. He joined the Board of ARC in 2014 and represents Citizen District 4, which includes portions of Atlanta and Fulton County.

The leadership of the ARC Board felt compelled to actively engage this age cohort as recent research conducted by C&M/Civic Strategies for ARC indicates that young people between the ages of 18-35, are widely regarded as critical to the region’s future. Millennials are thought to represent the next generation of residents who will live and work in the Atlanta region, shaping and leading it for the next 30 to 40 years.  This generation represents 25 percent of the population of metro Atlanta.  The full report on Millennials in the Atlanta region, along with the application, can be found at

Comcast to Expand “gigabit Internet” in Atlanta

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Philadelphia-based cable television giant Comcast will expand its ultra-fast Internet service for businesses in Metro Atlanta. Faster Internet connectivity is considered an economic development tool for cities hoping to attract fast-growing technology, financial and medical services companies that consume large amounts of data. Comcast’s fiber network will extend to several multi-tenant office buildings, such as the Atlanta Galleria Office Park.

Full article listed below:

FCBOE posts Playground Renovations RFP

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Please see the attached Request for Proposals  (RFP). This proposal can also be located on their website (



FCBOE posts RFQs for Tabletop Charging Stations

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Please see the attached Request for Quotes (RFQ). This RFQ can also be located on their website (  under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards.



Georgia Transportation Summit in Athens, GA

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Governor Nathan Deal  will be the General Session Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Georgia Transportation Summit.  Held in conjunction with the 2014 Legislative Biennial in Athens, Georgia, this year’s summit is expected to draw 500+ attendees.

Guest speakers include:
Steve Gooch, Georgia State Senator & Chair, Joint Legislative Transportation Committee
Jay Roberts, Georgia State Representative & Chair, Joint Legislative Transportation Committee
Keith Golden, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation
Other Invited guests include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston. 

The afternoon General Session & Transportation Public Policy Briefing will address Georgia’s annual billion dollar transportation funding shortfall and proposed legislation to remedy.

Panel discussions:

  • Connecting Georgia: Ports, Airports, Freight & Logistics
  • Connecting the Atlanta Region: How the Atlanta BeltLine, GA 400/I-285 and the Atlanta Braves Traffic Improvements will benefit the region

Panelists include:

  • Brandon Beach, Georgia State Senate and President & CEO of the North Fulton CID
  • Andy Kirschner, Director-Cargo Sales, Americas, Delta
  • Page Siplon, Executive Director for the Georgia Centers of Innovation
  • Jamie McCurry, Sr. Director of Administration and Governmental Affairs at Georgia Ports Authority
  • Mark Middleton, Executive Director, Georgia Railroad Association
  • Paul Morris, President & CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine
  • Yvonne Williams, President & CEO of the Perimeter CIDs
  • Rob Ross, Vice President at Kimley-Horn and Associates

Register for the 2014 Transportation Summit.

Cost: $125

For sponsorship opportunities or questions about the event, please contact Zach Louis at or 404-223-2286.

SBA 2014/2015 Small Business Resource Guide Now Available

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Small Business Resource Guide is the most complete guide to starting and expanding your business. You’ll find information on counseling, training, capital, contracting, disaster assistance, business advocacy, local directories and more.

Electronic Edition available here!

SBA Accepting Nominations for National Small Business Awards

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Nominations: Due by January 5th, 2015 by 3 p.m. EST

ATLANTA– The U.S. Small Business Administration Georgia District Office is proud to announce that SBA’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.

The Georgia Small Business Week champion/advocate awards program is separate from the National awards submission program explained here in this release.  Further details will be provided early 2015 for the extended list of Georgia Small Business Week awards. 

This call for nomination is strictly the National awards program and the categories are listed below which includes the Small Business Person of the Year.

SBA has been following the mantra – Smart, Bold and Accessible in the way the agency conducts business. This is now the third year SBA has been using the online portal submission process, a great and smart improvement from years past. The improved dedicated web portal  provides all the guidelines and has made it much easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business Week.

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. For over 50 years, SBA will continue its tradition in honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses.

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week include the following awards:

  • National Small Business Person of the Year (chosen from among state award winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam)
  • Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery)
  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
  • The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (recognizes large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
  • SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year (for recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program)
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and Innovation Award (nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers)
  • Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award (nominations of SBA-funded WBCs)
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award (nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers)
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year

All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA’s Georgia District Office, Attn:  Public Affairs.  233 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 1900 Harris Tower. Atlanta GA 30303.  For contact information and other District Office information visit us online at

Aventure Aviation founder honored at ISB gala

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Zaheer Faruqi, a Peachtree City resident, was one of 50 honorees recognized as an “Influential Georgia Muslim” at the first gala sponsored by the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.  As part of the organizations mission the ISB called for nominations to recognize and honor certain leaders who have had an extraordinary impact on their community, who positively challenge those around them and who instill passion, conviction and confidence in others. Faruqi is the founder and president of Aventure Aviation, a world-class aviation logistics Company headquartered in Atlanta.

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