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  • Georgia Small Business Leaders Profit from Speakers' Expertise/Experience at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Event

    June 17, 2019

    This past Wednesday nearly two hundred small business leaders from across Georgia had the opportunity to benefit from attending the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Small Business Series” held in Atlanta: a notable list of fifteen, experienced peers and experts in the small business market segment shared practical advice, anecdotal narratives, and statistical information to help inspire owners, who might want to incorporate them in their business models and plans.

  • VSU Develops Initiative with Miller Electric Company to Offer Higher Education to the Company’s 2,000 Employees

    June 14, 2019

    Valdosta State University, as part of its unwavering commitment to serving as a resource for industries in the region and beyond, has worked with Miller Electric Company, a national electrical contractor based in Jacksonville, Florida, to offer the company’s 2,000 employees the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree through the university.

  • Governor Kemp Makes Historic Appointment for Insurance Commissioner

    June 13, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp made history by appointing Doraville Police Chief and Brigadier General John King to serve as Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner and Safety Fire Commissioner. King is the first Hispanic Insurance Commissioner and statewide constitutional officer.

  • Freight and Logistics Commission will Look at All Options

    June 12, 2019

    Democrat and Republican lawmakers in Georgia agree that logistics and moving freight across the state will be a key issue when they meet under the Gold Dome again in January 2020. To prepare for those discussions, a Joint Commission of the state House and Senate has been appointed to study and consider different options.

  • Team Moody Sparks Innovation

    June 07, 2019

    Moody Airmen had the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas before a panel of 23d Wing and local community leaders during the base’s second annual Air Force Spark Tank competition, May 3rd, here in Valdosta.

  • Matt Arthur: Improve Horizons for Millions of Georgians Outside Metro Atlanta

    June 07, 2019

    Metro Atlanta continues to be the hub of economic activity in Georgia and the Southeast, with no sign of slowing down any time soon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Atlanta has had a 43% growth in jobs since 1991, more than 20 percentage points higher than the national average. It has the fourth fastest population growth in the nation—nearly six million people live in the metro region.

  • Small Business Hiring and Wage Growth Hold Steady in May

    June 06, 2019

    The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch for May shows job and wage growth were essentially unchanged from the previous month. The national jobs index stands at 98.76 and has been relatively stable throughout 2019. Hourly earnings have increased 2.53 percent ($0.67) over the past 12 months, remaining slightly ahead of the 2018 average growth rate (2.49 percent).

  • Georgia Chamber Partners With U.S. Chamber To Host Small Business Series June 12th

    June 05, 2019

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be partnering to host the Small Business Series on June 12, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mason Fine Art and Events in Atlanta.

  • Georgia Power Customers to See Credit on June Bills

    June 05, 2019

    The second of three credits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will be applied directly to Georgia Power customers’ bills in June. These credits are a result of the reduction in Georgia Power’s federal corporate tax rate from 35% down to 21%.

  • Congress Passes Disaster Relief Bill

    June 04, 2019

    Help is on the way. Nearly nine months after farmers in South Georgia were devastated by Hurricane Michael, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill Monday, sending the measure to President Donald Trump. The legislation was approved 354-58 by Congress.

  • 10 Most Expensive Places to Retire in the U.S.

    June 04, 2019

    Retirement might be a financial struggle for many retirees, but there is a segment for whom money is not a problem. To help those who like to dream big, Topretirements.com has developed a list of the 10 most luxurious places to retire. Communities where the hardest task is to choose whether it will be the beach club, marina, golf course, or take the plane out for a flight.

  • UGA SBDC: Launch of New Small Business Accelerator Series for Rural Georgia June 18th

    June 03, 2019

    The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC) will launch the first class in their new Small Business Accelerator Series, Accelerate Your Marketing: Grow Business and Build Loyal Customers, in Moultrie on June 18th.

  • Conservative Writer Talks Free Speech at Georgia Public Policy Foundation

    June 03, 2019

    The Georgia Public Policy Foundation hosted longtime National Review writer and free speech expert David French last week. Besides being his writing duties, French is a veteran of the Iraq War and has spent much of his career as an attorney fighting for free speech rights.

  • Small Businesses Gain Big Wins from Community Involvement

    May 31, 2019

    Strapped and under-resourced small businesses might have the very most to gain from community involvement. Authentic outreach can be a powerful way to expand the company’s relationship network, raise business awareness and build loyalty among customers and employees. goBeyondProfit’s Corporate Generosity Research Report cites that 71 percent of Georgia’s employed adults prefer to buy products from companies who are generous to the community.

  • 2021 MLB All-Star Game Awarded to Atlanta & SunTrust Park

    May 31, 2019

    Major League Baseball announced Atlanta as host to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. The annual matchup between the American League and National League’s top athletes will be played at SunTrust Park. This marks the third time Atlanta welcomes the Midsummer Classic, the first since 2000.

  • Invesco to Expand Atlanta Global HQ with 500 Jobs and $70M Investment

    May 31, 2019

    Governor Brian Kemp announced that Invesco, one of the world’s leading investment managers, plans to significantly expand its global headquarters in Atlanta, adding 500 jobs and investing $70 million as part of a major expansion of its business.

  • VSU Investment Club Gives Students Real Stock Market Experience

    May 30, 2019

    When it comes to learning about financial investments, games and virtual simulations are helpful, but nothing comes close to the learning experience of investing with real money, said Dr. Elvan Aktas, professor of finance and director of graduate programs at Valdosta State University’s Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration.

  • Georgia Public Policy Foundation Releases Study on Healthcare Waivers for Georgia

    May 30, 2019

    The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has long advocated for market-oriented solutions to Georgia’s healthcare challenges. As one way of accomplishing this goal, the Foundation supports the use of a Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Georgia General Assembly has authorized Gov. Brian Kemp to use this tool to pursue more flexibility in how Georgia administers certain aspects of the ACA.

  • Reynolds Lake Oconee to Host Second Annual Reynolds Cup, October 1st-3rd

    May 30, 2019

    The second annual Reynolds Cup presented by National Car Rental, a golf tournament for leaders in business who thrive on the competition and camaraderie that are the spirit of the game, is set for Oct. 1-3 at Reynolds Lake Oconee, the award-winning golf community and destination resort between Atlanta and Augusta.

  • Proposed Legislation Designed to Help Americans Prepare for Retirement

    May 29, 2019

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) joined Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut Tuesday and re-introduced bipartisan legislation that he says will help Americans ensure they do not outlive their retirement savings.

  • 11th Annual Historic Preservation Award Winners Announced

    May 28, 2019

    May of each year is National Historic Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “This Place Matters,” a campaign for showcasing one’s favorite historic building. The city of Valdosta is celebrating with the 11th annual Historic Preservation Awards. These awards are given to a select few who have gone above and beyond to rehabilitate and preserve a particular contributing historic building or construct a new building which blends well with the historic character of the District.

  • Global Payments and TSYS Combine to Form Leading Pure Play Payments Technology Company

    May 28, 2019

    Global Payments, a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions, and TSYS, a leading global payments provider offering innovative solutions across the issuing, merchant and consumer segments, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals.

  • Senators Isakson, Perdue Secure Long-Awaited Disaster Aid Funding for Georgia

    May 24, 2019

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., praised Senate approval of critical disaster relief funding for Georgia and other states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. Isakson and Perdue have fought for months to secure disaster funding for Georgia, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

  • Beer Industry Contributes $8.1B Annually to Georgia's Economy

    May 23, 2019

    Just ahead of Memorial Day, which marks one of the top beer selling holidays of the year and the start of the summer beer selling season, a new economic impact study shows America's beer industry contributes $8.1 billion annually to Georgia's economy and supports 54,084 jobs in the state.

  • Georgia Credit Union Affiliates Awards Volunteer of Year to Southeastern Credit Union Board Chair

    May 22, 2019

    Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, the state trade association for credit unions, recently awarded a 2018 Volunteer of the Year distinction to Anthony Payton, Board member for Southeastern Credit Union.

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