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First Black President Elected to BBA Takes Office

First Black President Elected to BBA Takes Office

On Thursday, December 16, Elizabeth Gill, 2009 past president, will present the 2011 Board of Directors slate to the membership at the Buckhead Business Association’s weekly breakfast and networking meeting .The event is held at the City Club of Buckhead and starts at 7:30 AM.

As the current president-elect, Lolita B. Jackson will subsequently become the first African-American president of the Buckhead Business Association.  2011 also denotes the 60th anniversary of the BBA.

As the external-affairs manager of the metro-east region for Georgia Power, Jackson immerses herself in the community on a daily basis.  Jackson is a committed board member of the Center for Visually Impaired, the Atlanta Food Bank, and the Atlanta Business League and is a co-chair of the energy and environment committee for the Concerned Black Clergy.

Jackson has been a board member of the BBA for three years and is a graduate of Leadership Buckhead class of 2003.

New Statewide Non-Profit Helps Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

New Statewide Non-Profit Helps Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

December 10, 2010, Atlanta, GA…..Startup businesses were responsible for sixty percent of all new jobs created in 2009, according to a recent article in Entrepreneur Magazine. Finding financing for a new business is one of an owner’s biggest headaches and is likely to be more challenging in the years ahead. 

That statistic points to the urgent need for training in better financial skill sets, which will jumpstart the long term success rate of small businesses,” says Charles H.

Paul Share of Conway MacKenzie Earns Designation as Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor

Paul Share of Conway MacKenzie Earns Designation as Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor

Paul Share, director at Conway MacKenzie Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in turnaround and crisis management, has earned his certification as Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).

Metro Atlanta Chamber Meet for Annual Meeting on December 1st

The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) Annual Meeting will meet on Wednesday, December 1st, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in the Centennial Ballroom. The MAC will honor its members and partners, and recognize their accomplishments at, this, MAC's 151st annual meeting.

This year Bill Linginfelter, area president Georgia/South Carolina, Regions Bank and 2010 MAC Chair; John Brock, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises and incoming 2011 MAC Chair; and Sam A. Williams, president, MAC will be recognized and inducted into their positions for the year.

The MAC is an instrument used to connect the business community and to drive economic development and public policies that promote the substantial growth of the Atlanta business forecast. Currently this organization serves about 4,000 member companies.

Retail Stores Hoping for Online Push of Shoppers

DORAVILLE, GA -- The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the start of the busy holiday shopping season. But many people got a jump on that by hitting the stores Thursday or going online.

Ironically, retailers are now using the popularity of internet shopping to try and get customers back into the stores. Indeed, in many ways this year, Black Friday isn't waiting till Friday.

Major stores opened Thanksgiving Day to give themselves a drum leg up on the bottom line.

"I do my shopping first, get my sales, then you go eat; then you rest up for 5 o'clock," said Lorraine Grant, as she went from aisle to aisle at Kmart in Doraville.

Many shoppers were like her, preferring to go against the grain and avoid the crush at the cash register.

"Jewelry, lots of jewelry deals," mused shopper Josanne Heath. "Not a lot of people are out here, so there are not a lot of crowds to deal with."

UHY Advisors Named As Finalist in 2010 Client Advisor Awards

ATLANTA -- UHY Advisors GA today announced that it has been recognized as a finalist for the 2010 Client Advisor Awards.  The Client Advisor Awards is the country’s only award program honoring the economic impact of Professional Services Firms, advisor professionalism and ‘clients of choice.’  Established in 2005, the program sets the standard for best practice behavior and results in the relationships between professional services firms and their clients. 

Award recipients will be unveiled during the 2010 Client Advisor Awards luncheon on Dec.

"Make A Wish" Family Day, November 6th

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia has partnered with Atlanta-based Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolled products and beverage can recycling.   Novelis has donated $200,000 to the foundation to be used to grant wishes and $50,000 for event sponsorships, representing the single largest corporate gift to date for the Make-A-Wish chapter.

In its 16th year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama has granted nearly 5000 wishes.  Eighty-three percent of all funds raised are used for granting wishes to children.

Novelis will celebrate the partnership by inviting several wish families and Make-A-Wish board members to join them in a family day event at their new facility at 3560 Lenox Road in Atlanta.   The event is scheduled for Saturday November 6, from 11:00am-1:00pm.  

For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama visit www.ga-al.