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B2B Luncheon WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

This week’s Chamber News incorrectly listed the date for next week’s B2B Luncheon.

The actual luncheon date is WEDNESDAY, April 9, 201411:30 a.m.
The Chamber Meeting Place


New Format!

B2B Luncheons provide amped up strategic networking over lunch. Only have time for a quick bite? Make the most of your lunch break by dining with us.

Wendy Kinney joins us for the FIRST month of a 6 month series covering “Bulls-Eye Networking” where you will learn how to turn business cards into money.

Bulls-Eye Networking:
-Learn how to make first conversations memorable
-Identify systems to move from hand-shake to recognition
-Determine ways to encourage acquaintances to think about you
-Find out why associates don’t refer you
-See how easy it is to make yourself credible
-Acquire new clients from advocate endorsements
-Ramp up networking skills, not just activity
…….and MORE!

Online registration: $10
At the Door: $15

*(Reimbursement of online registration will be given with 48 hour notice of cancelation. With less than 48 hour notice: Seats are transferrable but not refundable)

Peachtree College Planning Hosts College Planning Workshop

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Peachtree College Planning is holding an informational meeting to discuss “How to choose the best college for your student AND your pocketbook”

Wednesday, April 16, 20146:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Chamber Meeting Place
600 West Lanier Avenue, Suite 205, Fayetteville

This will be a valuable workshop for all parents with college-bound students. This workshop will focus on high school Sophomores and Juniors. Parents, bring your students!

In this informal workshop you will learn:
 How to help students decide which colleges to apply to.
 What the colleges really want to see in your student’s application.
 The 5 questions to ask colleges before your student visits or applies to a college.
 How to maximize your student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants, and other money.
 How to attend a private university for a public college price?
 Why procrastination can (and will most likely) cost a family thousands of dollars.
 How to use the financial aid system to get your student a SCHOLARSHIP!! Even if you make good money.
 We will provide a detailed time-line for success.
 Plan for a full hour, we’ll use every minute of class time…and bring your student!

IMPORTANT:  This workshop will show how families with annual incomes of $80,000-$225,000 received financial assistance to help pay for college education-using case studies.

RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY!  or 770-810-5885 to reserve seats.

CAF Dixie Wing 1940s Hangar Dinner & Dance Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

1940s Hangar Dance Returns

Fundraiser to benefit flying museum, American aviation history

 PEACHTREE CITY, GA (March 24, 2014) – On Saturday, April 26, 2014 the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will host “Keep ‘em Flying”, a World War II-theme hangar dance and dinner, complete with big-band performances and 1940’s Hollywood stars, all surrounded by rare World War II aircraft and memorabilia.  The nostalgic festivities will be held at the Historical Airpower Facility, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field (KFFC), Peachtree City, 6pm-11pm.

“Keep ‘em Flying” guests will hear the Peachtree Jazz Edition perform big band tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.  Described as “one of the best bands in Atlanta”, the Peachtree Jazz Edition has a loyal swing dance following and is returning to “Keep ‘em Flying” for the eleventh straight year.

Also performing will be Bombshells United, a female trio that performs ’40′s classics by the Andrews Sisters and other stars.  Artistic Director Alison Chambers has assembled over 20 actors to portray famous entertainers from the era.

“Keep ‘em Flying” is one of several highlights scheduled during WWII Heritage Days, April 26-27.   The weekend will commence with an opening ceremony at 10am, followed by a line-up that features historic aircraft, vintage military vehicles, antique cars, educational displays and demonstrations.

The theme for the weekend is Honoring the Women of The Greatest Generation.  WWII veterans and Rosie the Riveters from the Atlanta area are expected to attend the opening ceremony.

Proceeds from the dance are used to cover costs associated with hosting WWII Heritage Days, as well as the ongoing preservation of the group’s historic aircraft and “Education Through Living History”, a World War II history program made available by CAF Dixie Wing volunteers to schools and youth groups free of charge.

Tickets for “Keep ‘em Flying” are $50 before April 21st, $60 at the door.  Reserved tables and group discounts available.  1940s attire encouraged.  The dance will be held rain or shine. No refunds please.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 678-654-2464.  For more info, visit

Comcast to Power Wide Area Network for Jim Ellis Automotive Group

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Comcast Business today announced that Jim Ellis Automotive Group, Atlanta’s largest family owned and operated automotive group, has deployed Comcast’s Ethernet services to connect all of its dealerships on one wide area network. The fiber-based network provides the #3 dealer in the U.S. in Internet sales volume, with the scalable bandwidth needed to support online sales and customer service, business applications hosted in its private cloud and Wi-Fi for on-site customers.

Starting as a single dealership more than 40 years ago, Jim Ellis Automotive Group has grown to a network of 14 dealerships that employs over 900 local residents at locations across metro Atlanta including Marietta, Kennesaw and Buford. The company sells new and used vehicles including brands such as Audi, Buick, Chevy, GMC, Hyundai, Maserati, Mazda, Porsche, Volvo and Volkswagen. In addition, the company services all the brands it sells and has a collision center that is manufacturer-certified to perform repairs on any of its brands.

Jim Ellis Automotive Group’s locations were once linked by T1 connections that were costly and complex to manage across various providers, and increasingly too slow to support its digital business requirements. In addition to needing faster Internet speeds to support online sales and Wi-Fi for customers, the company also began using a new, bandwidth-intensive Dealership Management System (DMS) to help manage finance, sales, parts, inventory and administration across its dealerships. To bring more convenience to its customers’ mobile lifestyles, the company also developed the Jim Ellis Garage App for iOS and Android that gives customers local traffic, weather, access to owner’s manuals and the ability to schedule service appointments.

“Whether it is allowing customers to view our available inventory, purchase a car online, schedule service appointments or take advantage of our Wi-Fi service, the Internet drives virtually all aspects of our business,” said Eddie Gonzalez, IT Systems Director, Jim Ellis Automotive Group. “Comcast Business was uniquely able to provide a comprehensive network solution that touches every part of our organization across all of our locations, and gives us the performance and bandwidth required to support our digital initiatives.”

To address Jim Ellis Automotive Group’s need, Comcast installed its Ethernet Network Services to provide wide area connectivity between the company’s 14 locations, including 50 Megabits per second (Mbps) connections to its main campuses in Marietta and Chamblee, and 10 Mbps connections to its 12 other locations. The group also added two Ethernet Dedicated Internet lines at its Marietta and Chamblee campuses that provide each with a 50 Mbps connection.  With this network solution from Comcast Business, Jim Ellis Automotive Group can now contact one vendor for fast response time and simplified billing.

“Jim Ellis Automotive Group is a great example of a forward-thinking company that is leveraging technology across its operations to make an impact on the most important part of its business – customer satisfaction,” said Bob Deckard, regional vice president, Comcast Business. “With our advanced and redundant fiber network across metro Atlanta, it was easy for Jim Ellis Automotive Group to connect all of its sites using our high-performance Ethernet services, giving them a consistent platform to help drive their diverse technology initiatives.”

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.

Follow us on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at

 About Comcast Cable

Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to businesses and residential customers. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit for more information.

Peeples Elementary Vying for Innovative School Crown

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Peeples Elementary School right, here in Fayette county is eligible to be crowned one of the most innovative schools in the nation!  Peeples has an entry in the 2014 Follett Challenge.  They need the help of the community to win.  30% of their total score is based on online votes.  Please take a few seconds to vote and help a Fayette County school get the national recognition it deserves!  Vote daily until April 4th, 2014.  Peeples thanks you for your support.  Search Peeples and vote!

Job Fair Hosted by Congressman David Scott

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Congressman David Scott proudly announced that he will host the 11th Annual 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair on Friday, March 28, 2014, 10am to 3pm, at the Georgia International Convention Center.

This year’s employers are looking to fill 4,207 positions and include: AFLAC; Atlanta Fire & Rescue; Albany Police Department; Atlanta VA Medical Center; Art Institute of Atlanta; AT&T; Clayton County; Cobb County; Comcast; Douglas County EMS; Federal Air Marshals; Georgia Power; GLOCK; Home Depot; Hyatt Regency Atlanta; JB Hunt Transport; Kaiser Permanente; Kroger; Lowe’s; MARTA; New York Life; Randstad; SunTrust; Tyco Fire Protection; United Distributors; UPS; Regions Bank; Waffle House; Wal-Mart; Wells Fargo; WorldPay; and more!

Additionally, Congressman Scott’s Jobs Fair is partnering with HomeSafe Georgia and key banks to deliver mortgage aid and foreclosure prevention resources to homeowners facing unemployment or underemployment while they seek new work. HomeSafe counselors and bank representatives will be available on site to provide direct counseling. Participating banks and counselors include: Bank of America; BB&T; Citi Mortgage; D&E Group; Fannie Mae; Federal Housing Administration; Georgia Department of Community Affairs; HSBC; HUD; M&T Bank; NID; Ocwen; Regions; State Home Mortgage; SunTrust; U.S. Bank; VA; Wells Fargo; and others.

Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA to Airport station and board the free ATL SkyTrain to the Convention Center or take MARTA to College Park station and board a special MARTA bus shuttle to the event.

What: Congressman David Scott’s 11th Annual 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair                                                                      
Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse | College Park, GA 30337

For more information, please call 770-432-5405 or visit

Capstone Educational Consultants: Navigating the Maze of College Admissions

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
6:00 pm

Capstone Educational Consultants presents: Navigating the Maze of College Admissions
Location: Truett’s Luau Patio
Date: May 6, 2014— 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE!

With so many bombarding ideas on what’s most important, understanding the college admissions landscape is imperative when applying to colleges. This one hour discussion will:

•Address many myths that often drive our methods of college selection
•Identifying those things that really matter and make the most difference
•Discuss practical ways to strengthen your personal profile

Click here to view the Capstone seminar flyer.  For more information, please see the two links below where parents can learn more and register.

Capstone’s Website:

Seminar Registration Center:

Capstone Free College Planning Seminars

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Capstone Educational Consultants is excited to announce a very robust schedule of topics that capture the college-bound journey.  They are being held at exciting new locations throughout Fayette County.  Mark Cruver will be presenting these free seminars on a wide variety of topics including:

  • Selective College Admissions Strategies
  • Choosing the Right College For YOU!!
  • Using Your Summer Wisely for College Planning!
  • Navigating the Maze of College Admissions!
  • 3 Secret Questions on the College Application

The goal of these seminars is to further equip our parents and students for the challenges ahead with practical tools they can implement today in planning for college.

Click here to view the Capstone seminar flyer.  For more information, please see the two links below where parents can learn more and register.

Capstone’s Website:

Seminar Registration Center:

Free Webinars From SCORE

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

SCORE LIVE Webinar 3/27: Hot Markets! Hot Trends! Hot Businesses! Great Ideas For Small Business Owners

Spring is (finally) here and there’s no better time to embrace new concepts, ideas and markets to propel your small business. Find out what business trends you should incorporate into your company, what markets are driving sales and how you can give your business a spring cleaning. To register, please visit their website at

SBA and NWBC Host #STEMforHer Twitter Chat for Women’s History Month

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Women business owners are invited to learn more about increasing opportunities for entrepreneurs in high-growth industries and how to advance their small business ventures through a #STEMforHer live Twitter chat on March 24, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (@SBAgov) and the National Women’s Business Council (@NWBC).

#STEMforHer is an online dialogue aimed at advancing the conversation on women and girls pursuing careers and entrepreneurship in science, technology, engineering and math.

Erin Andrew from the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership will share tips and insight on how SBA can help women overcome the hurdles of growing their businesses.

Also joining the dialogue is small business owner Divya Nag, co-founder of Stem Cell Theranostics (@Dnag09). She will share her inspiring story about her path to becoming one of STEM’s youngest women entrepreneurs. Other prominent women innovators including Goldie Blox (@GoldieBlox) and Girls in Tech (@GirlsinTech) will also take part.

Join the conversation as the SBA and NWBC help to move the needle forward on empowering women’s entrepreneurship.

WHAT:                 SBA & NWBC Twitter Chat:  STEM and Growing Hi–Tech Firms                          

WHEN:                 Monday, March 24, 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

HOW:                   Hashtag: #STEMforHer

No registration is needed, but you must have a Twitter account

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