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SBA Program Boosts Small Businesses And Small Banks.

SBA Program Boosts Small Businesses And Small Banks.

   It may be one of the best federal programs you've never heard of.

   More than half a billion dollars in federally backed money opened the floodgates for hundreds of Georgia small businesses last year, thanks to an aggressively generous Small Business Administration program that cut fees and increased loan guarantees to 90%. 

   The incentives were wildly successful, providing a boost for new startups and for the banks themselves.  Nationally, the SBA-backed loans totalled more than 10-billion dollars from October to December.  The Small Business Jobs Act allowed for that three-month extension of the funding rules.

Social Media Agency, Mastermind, Creates Innovative Promotions on Facebook

Social Media Agency, Mastermind, Creates Innovative Promotions on Facebook

Mastermind, a top social media agency, is taking advantage of recent changes in Facebook’s promotions guidelines to create innovative opportunities for brands it represents and says marketers must adhere to some important rules to conduct effective promotions on the site.  The agency is currently creating new promotions for several clients under the revised guidelines.

 “The key new provision is that companies no longer need permission from Facebook before administering a promotion on the Facebook platform,” says Mike Gelfond, executive vice president, Mastermind.  “While these new promotion guidelines make it easier for companies to create Facebook promotions, it’s vital that what they implement has value for the brand’s target audiences.”

Gelfond notes that “social media platforms, Facebook in particular, offer an unmatched way for brands to connect with their customers.”

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Turner Construction Company Relocates to Green Office Building in Buckhead

Turner Construction Company Relocates to Green Office Building in Buckhead

Turner Construction Company, the nation’s largest builder of green buildings, has relocated its Atlanta office to a green office building that has been recognized by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as achieving LEED Gold certification. Turner’s Atlanta office is now located in Two Alliance Center, 3560 Lenox Road in Buckhead.

Turner’s office includes many green features that are expected to reduce energy and water use as well as provide improved indoor environmental quality for its employees and guests.

Public Schools in Georgia: the Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

Public Schools in Georgia: the Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

Author and Early Learning Authority Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, affectionately called ‘Dr. Bisa’, managing partner of Ideal Early Learning, LLC --an education consulting firm based in Atlanta, is sounding off in her latest blog about the fallout in the Atlanta Public School system’s alleged cheating scandal and performance of schools throughout the state of Georgia.  Ideal Early Learning, LLC, is one of a few chosen firms leading the way in Georgia to revamp the state’s education system starting with the professional development of early childhood educators and the eligibility requirements effective 2012 by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. 

Georgia has ranked among the lowest-performing states over the last decade in education.

Bank of America Customers Get Free Museum Day on Jan. 1 & 2

Bank of America Customers Get Free Museum Day on Jan. 1 & 2

Atlanta, GA--  

Not getting enough culture in your life? Let Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program enhance your cultural enrichment in the New Year. Through the program, cardholders receive free admission to some of the best cultural venues in the nation on January 1 and 2. As part of Museums on Us, now in its 14th season, more than 140 leading U.S. cultural institutions, including museums, historical sites, science centers and zoos, open their doors for free to bank cardholders on the first full weekend of each month.

Register for Women Owned Businesses-SBA Workshop on January 13th

Register for Women Owned Businesses-SBA Workshop on January 13th

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by James Hightower)

--Workshops will show how to Self Certify as a WOSB-- 

A SBA workshop will be held on Jan. 13, 2011 to give an overview of the agency’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program and how a company can self-certify as a WOSB.  The workshop is being held at the agency’s state office in the downtown Peachtree Center office complex, adjacent to the MARTA Peachtree Center station.  

The free workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

UHY Advisors Southeast Names Jeff Wilensky as Manager

UHY Advisors Southeast Names Jeff Wilensky as Manager

UHY Advisors Inc., a national tax and business consulting firm, has appointed Jeff Wilensky as a Manager in its Atlanta-based Southeast office.  Wilensky will be responsible for providing clients with Enterprise Optimization solutions, working to help companies optimize their businesses and improve performance and profitability.

Nationally, UHY Advisors is one of the top 20 professional services firms specializing in business consulting and tax services to public and private companies in the Fortune 1000 and middle market.  The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently rank