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Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

ATLANTA -- Many Sam's Club locations near Atlanta are taking part in the Business Savings Expo through Sunday, February 17, where small businesses can get extra savings on items for their companies.

A spokeswoman for the Expo reported that savings can reach $2,500, and apply to 200 items which help business owners save more. The savings are offered at checkout, no coupons or rebates are needed. 

"Sam's Club wants to provide local business owners with the tools and goods they need to lead each day with increased confidence and optimism," Betty Marshall, vice-president for Sam's Club southeast operations said. "Everyday our associates strive to positively impact and serve small business members, who are so important to the fabric and success of our country. We hope by offering savings atop low prices that Sam's Club can contribute to increased small business success in 2013."

The nearby stores offering the savings include: 

 

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. 

Rhubarb Jones to speak at 52nd Annual Celebration

Rhubarb Jones to speak at 52nd Annual Celebration

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce will host its 52nd Annual Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17, ringing in what is sure to be another great year for business in Paulding County.

The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Kennesaw State University professor and former radio personality Rhubarb Jones will deliver the keynote address at the event.

Individual tickets for the 52nd Annual Celebration are $125 each. Learn more at pauldingchamber.org.

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

New Academy Sports + Outdoors to open Friday

New Academy Sports + Outdoors to open Friday

HIRAM, Ga. -- Academy Sports + Outdoors is gearing up to open its fourth store in 12 months.

The newest location will be at 4215 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway in Hiram.

To celebrate the franchise's recent success, the new store will invite children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Paulding County to a private shopping spree before the location opens to the public.

The shopping spree will take place on Thursday, Apr. 19; the store will officially open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 20. The first 70 customers in line on opening day will receive a free 20-inch Huffy youth bike.

Learn more about Academy Sports + Outdoors at www.academy.com.

ALDI coming to Hiram in March

ALDI coming to Hiram in March

HIRAM, Ga. -- German discount grocery store chain ALDI will open its newest metro Atlanta location in Hiram next month.

"We are pleased to bring this location to Hiram to help more customers stretch their dollars even further," said Thom Behtz, division vice president for ALDI. "As important as price is, there's only one way to attract and keep shoppers: you have to have quality products. When people try our ALDI exclusive brands, they find out that inexpensive can be great."

The Hiram ALDI will open Thursday, March 8 at 5746 Wendy Bagwell Parkway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

ALDI opened 75 new grocery stores in the U.S. in 2011 and plans to open 90 in 2012. Many of its 1,400 ALDI brand items are sold for up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets.