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North Fulton Chamber hosts forum on Connect 400

North Fulton Chamber hosts forum on Connect 400

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast forum last week for regional transportation leaders to discuss MARTA's Connect 400 Transit Initiative.

About 90 people attended the forum. Attendees included business and community leaders in the GA 400 corridor, according to Chamber spokeswoman Debbie Ryals.

Connect 400 is an 18-month study that covers GA 400 from northbound Interstate 285 to McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek.

"This study is a huge step toward advancing exploration of new transportation alternatives in this market," Ann Hanlon, COO of the North Fulton Community Improvement District, said in a statement.

Rylas said Connect 400 will identify the GA 400 corridor's needs and look at alternatives that will allow smoother sailing for all drivers. The Chamber's forum gathered input about the corridor's transportation needs from the local leaders in attendance.

CaraVita founder named Small Business Person of the Year

CaraVita founder named Small Business Person of the Year

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Beth Cayce is the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Person of the Year.

The honor is awarded annually to the most outstanding business executive in North Fulton County.

Cayce is the founder and CEO of CavaVita Home Care in Roswell. CaraVita provides in-home care services for more than 16,000 seniors in metro Atlanta, according to the chamber.

"I am honored to be named Small Business Person of the Year by the GNFCC and consider the award a reflection of the excellent work of my entire team," Cayce said after receiving her honor. "For CaraVita, the goal has always been to help the families of Roswell and north metro Atlanta meet the challenges of caregiving. We've worked tirelessly to help seniors achieve and maintain independence wherever possible."

Cayce received the award during the chamber's August Eggs & Enterprise breakfast.

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.

Falcons to take over Eggs & Enterprise

Falcons to take over Eggs & Enterprise

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons will "rise up!" and take over the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's next Eggs & Enterprise breakfast event.

Jim Smith, the Falcon's chief marketing officer and SVP, will attend the Aug. 28 meeting to talk about the team's upcoming season and many community engagements.

Smith will take the place of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who had a conflict come up, according to a statement from chamber president Brandon Beach.

Eggs & Enterprise will be held at the Windward Marriott in Alpharetta. To register, visit gnfcc.com. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 24.

Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala Honors 2 JASG Members

Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala Honors 2 JASG Members

The Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG), recently honored two outstanding leaders in the Japan-Georgia relationship at the Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel in Buckhead.

The 2012 Mansfield Awards Winners: Mr. Alex Gregory, Chairman of the Board, president & CEO of YKK Corporation of America and Mr. Tom Yamamoto, Senior Advisor of Murata Electronics North America.

State Farm brings 500 jobs to metro Atlanta

State Farm brings 500 jobs to metro Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia's largest writer of homeowners policies will bring 500 jobs to a new operations center in metro Atlanta.

Deal made the announcement Friday that the jobs for State Farm will be located at the recently leased Atlanta Perimeter Operations Center located near Perimeter Mall.

Some existing State Farm employees will work at the new office, but it will be staffed predominantly by new hires. The company will look for the new hires to handle sales, service and claims for policyholders.

The office is expected to open later this year.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System –Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, June 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 205, Sections A & B of the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta, GA 30310.  The Board will elect officers for the program year, which begins July 1, 2012

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.