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Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola and Firehouse Subs are partnering for a national sweepstakes centered on stock car racing.

Coca-Cola is sponsoring the Coca-Cola Photo Finish sweepstakes at Firehouse Subs locations through Apr. 21.

During the contest, life-size cutouts of participating Coca-Cola Racing Family members will be placed in FIrehouse Subs locations. Firehouse Subs guests can snap a photo with the cutout and submit it to win. Guests can submit photos via text to cocacolaphotofinish.com, or entries can be mailed.

Participating drivers include Joey Logano, representing the Georgia and Gulf region; Greg Biffle, representing the West and Central region; Danica Patrick, representing the Florida region; Denny Hamlin, representing the South region; and Tony Stewart, representing the Mid-Atlantic region.

Federal cuts lower Ga. extended unemployment

ATLANTA -- The state department of labor has announced extended jobless benefits for the unemployed are being reduced because of automatic budget cuts.

Georgia Department of Labor spokesman Sam Hall Monday said the U.S. Department of Labor has asked Georgia to reduce state unemployment benefits by 10.7 percent for the week beginning March 31. Hall says there are currently more than 61,300 extended unemployment recipients in the state.

Hall says regular state-funded unemployment insurance benefits will not be impacted by the automatic budget cuts.

The federal government is also reducing the Georgia Department of Labor's administrative funding grant by $ 3 million. The grant is used to pay costs of administering the unemployment insurance program, and Hall says it's too soon for the agency to gauge the impact of the cut.

Radiance Solar CEO James Marlow named Professional of the Year by TAG Smart Energy Society

Radiance Solar CEO James Marlow named Professional of the Year by TAG Smart Energy Society

Radiance Recognized for Innovations Accelerating Adoption of Smart Energy in Georgia

James Marlow, CEO of Radiance Solar, was named Professional of the Year by The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Smart Energy Society at the organization’s annual dinner and awards celebration on Jan. 17 on the Georgia Tech campus.  Solar manufacturer Suniva was named Company of the Year, a category in which Radiance Solar was also a finalist.

“Our TAG Smart Energy professional and company of the year demonstrate the leadership qualities that advance the economic, energy efficiency and innovation benefits of the smart energy economy in our region,” said Bob Miller, chairman of the group and Client Unit Director, Industrial Sector – Southeast for IBM. “We’re proud of James and Suniva, as well as all nominees and finalists for helping Georgia lead in smart energy technologies, solutions and growth.”

Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Sites Also Begin Offering

Free Tax Preparation to metro-Atlanta Households Earning $49,000 or Less


Press Conference Speakers

 Carlis Williams, Region IV Administrator, US Department Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families

Peggy Bogadi, IRS Wage & Investment Commissioner

Bill Bolling, Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Deborah Lum, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency

Karen Rogers, Director, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Weed and Seed 

Jason Nguyen, Osborne High School VITA Site Representative

MODA Floors & Interiors wins two NARI Awards

MODA Floors & Interiors wins two NARI Awards

ATLANTA -- MODA Floors & Interiors has received two awards from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. MODA is a flooring and window coverings resource with an 18,000-square-foot showroom in the West Midtown Design District.

The MODA, M Remodeling and Recentered Pieces' team entry won in the Residential Interior Element Category. Judges select COTY Award winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

"The stunning fireplace design makes it the focal point for the room and echoes the black & white color palette used throughout the beautiful home," said MODA President Dean Howell. The design features Stream Border rounded flat black tile.

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Bank of America Corp. reported Wednesday it hit its target of hiring more that 1,000 small business bankers in 2012, including 35 in Metro Atlanta.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank said it extended $280.2 million in credit to Georgia small businesses and $8.7 billion nationally last year. The $8.7 billion was an increase of 28 percent over 2011.

It recently reported net income of $2.8 billion for 2012. It also saw its head count shrink by about 5,000 employees to 267,190 in the fourth quarter, evidence that BofA is still trimming staff levels as it works to lower its expenses. Branches also continued to close, with BofA reporting 5,478 banking centers across its U.S. franchise at the end of the year, down from 5,702 centers a year earlier. 

Bank of America is the third-largest bank in metro Atlanta with 145 local branches and $20.4 billion in area deposits for a market share of 17 percent. 

1st Annual Author's Forum

1st Annual Author's Forum

The 1st Annual Author's Forum on January 24th at 5pm at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. This is a free event to help you kick start your relationships for 2013.