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Atlanta City Council creates small business advisory group

The Atlanta City Council has approved legislation to create a small business advisory council. The legislation establishing the advisory group, which was introduced by Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and approved last week with 14 yes votes and one abstention. The advisory council will provide policy recommendations to the City Council about how to help small businesses …

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Logistics Technology Corridor looks to state for future growth

As support continues to grow for the Savannah Logistics Technology Corridor, the task force behind the endeavor is looking to the 2020 Georgia General Assembly for the next step in the corridor’s future as several incentives are presented to the delegation for consideration. “This is a team effort between the Savannah corridor and the (Fort Gordon …

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Nearly 1,000 employees in Atlanta suddenly lost their jobs over the holidays

Workers said that Premier Surfaces in Alpharetta notified them in an email that, after nearly 20 years, the business was shutting down effective immediately. Nearly 1,000 employees in metro Atlanta and nationwide suddenly lost their jobs during the holiday break. Workers said that Premier Surfaces in Alpharetta notified them in an email that, after nearly …

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Metro Atlanta Business Program Helps Local Entrepreneurs Thrive

The Start:ME Accelerator helps local businesses gain networking and management opportunities through a 14 – session initiative. TIM MOSSHOLDER / PEXELS.COM Fifty small businesses in the metro Atlanta area have been selected to participate in a program designed to help local business owners develop skills, gain insights and grow opportunities for networking. Their owners do …

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Top Georgia House Republican: a fan of film tax credit, not so much of Atlanta airport takeover

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, at a Capitol press conference on Thursday. Credit: Maggie Lee   One of Georgia’s most powerful political leaders is open to modifying some policies dear to Atlanta. But Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, is not joining any move to completely get rid of the state’s film …

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Gwinnett County’ $1.84 billion budget includes funding for 179 new workers

Photo: Emily Haney   Gwinnett County will spend $1.84 billion to operate its government this year, including hiring more than 150 new employees — most in public safety. Commissioners approved the county’s largest budget in history on Tuesday, with little discussion or debate. They added several items to the original $1.83 billion proposal, including $250,000 as a match …

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UK interest rates could be cut soon, central banker hints

LONDON –  U.K. interest rates could be cut as soon as this month to shore up an economy that’s barely growing even as some Brexit uncertainty has dissipated, the Bank of England’s outgoing chief hinted Thursday. Mark Carney said in a speech that there is a “debate” within the bank’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee “over the …

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Democrats' contempt for Trump fuels an online cash surge

WASHINGTON –  Democrats’ online fundraising behemoth ActBlue routed more than $1 billion in campaign contributions to the party’s candidates and causes in 2019, a groundswell that dwarfs what it helped raise during the same period of any past election cycle. The platform allows grassroots activists and big-dollar donors alike to chip in $5 to their favorite …

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Atlanta could raise its customers’ recycling fee after its contractor’s rate tripled

The fee the city of Atlanta charges its customers for curbside recycling services could go up as early as March as it deals with the news that the rate its private contractor charges has tripled. At a November Atlanta City Council utilities committee meeting, the city’s public works department announced the rate the contractor, Conyers-based …

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Georgia-based startup wins love from 'Shark Tank' investor (Video)

If anyone can face a cast of millionaire investors like the sharks on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” surely it’s someone who has cracked the case on lulling fussy toddlers to bed. The founders of SlumberPod, a Columbus, Ga.-based startup that designs a quick-assembly privacy pod that helps babies and toddlers sleep, appeared on the show to pitch …

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