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We are now 12 years removed from the recession that crashed a huge party in our country, spurring regulators and policy-makers to implement stiff new checks-and-balances. I was asked by a friend the other day: “are we better off now?”

Do you attend networking events as part of your weekly routine? How many networking events are you going to each month? Attending networking events should be a top priority for small business owners because they can help generate a lot of new business leads.

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Henry County officials have shown they are hungry for new, large-scale projects that will complement its close proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson and Atlanta Motor Speedway. The county is starting the new decade off with a bang as a $250 million residential development was just submitted for re…

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — After a year of clearing regulatory hurdles, the vision of a diverse group of local business leaders has come to fruition. Loyal Trust Bank will officially celebrate its opening Jan. 10. 

Is your sales team generating enough new leads each day to meet their sales objectives? Lead generation is the starting point for growing sales and keeping a steady stream of qualified leads in your pipeline will ensure that you will continue to grow your small business.

COLUMBUS, Ga.— Synovus Mortgage has announced the arrival of veteran Atlanta originator Silvia Taylor and the Taylor mortgage team. The Taylor team originated more than $225 million in loans in 2018 and is a top lender for local homebuilders and a preferred lender with builders and developer…

Let’s just start off that we all agree we were way too gluttonous over the holidays, and it’s time to clear out the clutter and find the right laser-focus that is going to make 2020 the best year ever.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Cadillac Jack, the longtime morning host of Kicks 101.5, and his wife, Donna Choate, are gearing up to release the first episode of their new podcast. It’s a new career direction for Jack, who was terminated from the station this summer.

Once again, experts are surprised to see mortgage rates lower today than from where they began the year — to the point where I am actually refinancing the loans that I made last January. 

Are you beginning to plan out your budgets for 2020? Have you allocating enough money for the growth initiatives you have planned? Creating a budget that helps you manage cash flow and achieve your business objectives is a very important component in enabling growth for all small business owners.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Synovus Bank has named Matt McClure market executive for Northeast Atlanta. McClure joined Synovus in April 2010 and was previously senior vice president before his promotion. Synovus’ Northeast Atlanta market includes Forsyth, Gwinnett, DeKalb and North Fulton counties.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The small number of for-rent apartments in Johns Creek increased by 140 units this year with the opening of EVOQ Town Flats, a 4-floor community aimed at downsizers. 

Another year has passed and we still do not have enough houses for everyone that wants them. In fact, 91 percent of the market right now is under-supplied. 

Are you hiring a lot of new employees? Recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees takes a lot of time, but once they are hired, you need to get them productive as quickly as possible. Having a good onboarding plan and process is a necessity for all small business owners.

About 18 years ago I had the pleasure of attending The Norton Agency’s annual forecast event. It began with loud, high-energy dance music, then fog with colored lights bouncing across it. Amid all that, in walked Frank Norton Jr., an unassuming data-hound with a degree from Georgia Tech. 

Have you been looking for ways to improve the value of your small business? Are you maximizing your return on the assets you have in your business? Using a “value framework” that was created over 60 years ago may help you identify ways to do this.

ROSWELL, Ga. — WellStar’s Family Medicine practice at 260 Rucker Road cut the ribbon Nov. 22 for the office’s official grand reopening. The Family Medicine practice offers comprehensive health care services for children and families — including diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, chronic d…

Are your sales efforts focused on mass marketing? Do you send the same marketing messages to everyone? Marketing to everyone with the same message and using the same vehicle to deliver your message is sub-optimal to taking a segmented approach.

From a political point of view, things may seem rocky, volatile and uncertain. As for the economy, it’s been kind of a dull ride as investors and corporations play things safe, waiting to see how the political dust will settle.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Georgia Trustees celebrated the state’s best in wine and spirits recently at the fifth annual Wine and Spirits Challenge at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. The formal awards banquet recognized the industry’s top producers and vintners.

Thanksgiving is now over, or about to be over, and us Georgia Bulldog fans are getting ready to see if we can avoid a year-long brag-fest from those engineers who graduated in downtown Atlanta. Of the 113 times we have played each other, it has only happened 41 times, but when it does, when …

ATLANTA — Georgia’s 2019 job gains have fluctuated wildly from expectations – the result of a host of economic factors, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.

Is your small business growing as fast as you would like? Successful small businesses continually look at the challenges they face and develop plans to address each of them. The key is to understand where to focus your attention.

With one of our most humbling of holidays right around the corner, I’m inspired to talk even more about how grateful I am to be living here in Atlanta. Thanks to all of you who work hard to make sure this is one of the most vibrant places to live, work and play in not just the entire country…

You can say it’s because of the low unemployment rate, or that it’s just the preference of millennials, but the reality is, companies are now spending a lot more money to relocate their offices in cool places with a lot of amenities so they can compete for better employees. 

Are you meeting with people who can’t make a decision to buy your products or services? Do you have trouble gaining access to key decision-makers? Getting access to decision-makers is critical to making a sale, and understanding how to do that is a key to success.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — EVOQ Town Flats at Johns Creek recently announced that Dutch Monkey Doughnuts in Cumming will open a new concept in Johns Creek. It will be located inside of the apartment community at the intersection of Medlock Bridge Road and Bell Road. 

Do you have a training program for your employees? When someone joins your company, do they go through a formal training program to become familiar with your standard operating procedures? Most small businesses owners do not leverage the value of training their employees and subsequently sub…

My first real job out of college was that of a full-time newspaper reporter. It was one of the greatest jobs there is, getting to meet with all kinds of people and getting to see firsthand what goes on in a community to make things happen. 

One of the largest residential projects in the metro area is being proposed in Peachtree Corners on 115 acres that sprawl along the Chattahoochee River. The development will include 916 units of residential housing aimed to serve as an “age-in-place” community.