The man waiting for his new tires to be installed was in a talking mood. Punctuated by the yelping of impact wrenches, he talked at length about what is wrong with the modern truck market. You see, he said, the issue is that new trucks are way too big, technological and expensive.

ROSWELL, Ga. — Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s choice to open its 2019-20 season with the sultry Tennessee Williams’ classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” shows it still remains true to its tenet of bringing quality theater to the exurbs. And it succeeds.

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Have you ever thought about selling your small business? A lot of small business owners fail to maximize the money they can make from their business when they sell it by not “staging” it well before they want to sell it. Staging in this context is synonymous with preparing in advance to get …

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GeoffSmith

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal kind of shocked me when it stated that American incomes remained essentially flat in 2018. Our unemployment rate is at a historically low level, and as employers fight for quality employees, it should make good sense that wages would be going up. B…

After Hiroshima, it was said: “The world now accepts the miracle of the chain reaction that creates an atomic explosion; but we still refuse to accept the miracles of the human heart - and the chain reactions that are made possible by using that power.”

DickJones

Henry Ford has been quoted as saying “Whether you think you can or think you can’t… you’re right.” And he was right. This couldn’t be more important in starting, operating and growing a small business. So, do you think you can, or do you think you can’t?

GeoffSmith

When pressed, I’m happy to tell how I came through the near economic collapse our country went through in 2008. It’s a story about getting knocked way down only to work a hard row back up. I’m certainly proud, and I certainly had a lot of help from some great people.

Carson Cook

Labor Day weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending Dragon Con, Atlanta’s largest pop culture convention. 

joep

It is time we jump back into your entry into fatherhood, and I am here to serve as your expert on the subject with all of two months of experience as a dad under my belt. We will pick things back up where we left off — baby is finally here, and your family is coming together in the hospital. 

RayAppen

I take my reporter’s notebook to church because our minister, Ollie, almost always has topics in his sermon that I want to remember. So I take notes.

It is time we jump back into your entry into fatherhood, and I am here to serve as your expert on the subject with all of two months of experience as a dad under my belt. We will pick things back up where we left off — baby is finally here, and your family is coming together in the hospital. 

SteveHudson

Last week we were getting ready to do a little rock collecting, and I told you that I’d let you know how the trip turned out. But I’m going to put that off for a little while in order to let you know about what’s coming up on Saturday, Sept. 28.

GeoffSmith

Hat’s off to my 10th grade economics teacher Coach Gann at Crestwood High School, the theory of “supply and demand and the invisible hand” is playing out in extremes in the metro area’s office market. 

This is my last week at Appen Media this summer. I’ve spent two summers here, gaining experience, meeting great people and getting my own podcast (check out The Re-readables!)

DickJones

As a small business owner, one of your top priorities should be to build and maintain relationships. How well are you doing in expanding your contact list and staying in touch with everyone? While it’s easier said than done to maintain and enhance relationships you have, the better you do th…

GeoffSmith

I’m not sure there is really any stronger anticipation than the grueling month of waiting a college football fan goes through before the season kicks off. It’s like that drive home from picking up the family’s pizza on Friday night when you are starving and there are piping-hot pizza’s smell…

Our children return to the new school year asking an impossible question: “What will you do to keep me safe?” Instead of looking forward to the excitement of returning to school, students are worrying for their safety. The threat of gun violence has become a daily reality in our lives, gripp…

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath (D, GA-06) is co-sponsoring a major bill in Congress. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act addresses the threat of climate change. The bill, when passed, shrinks America’s carbon pollution, controls climate change, and unleashes technological innovation. It’s g…

SteveHudson

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being part of the Summer Adventures Day festivities at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. That event, held on Sunday afternoon, gave visitors (especially kids) the opportunity to sample outdoor activities ranging from canoeing and hiking to flycasting — and g…

Many charitable organizations focus on one area of need, but The Assistance League, formed in California in 1919, tackles many at once, very successfully. 

I started running again recently, and running is probably the task where time off hurts you the most. Running after just a month or so off hurts my pride, my thighs, my confidence, my calves, my brain, my chest and my relationship with neighbors who don’t wave back at me. 

DickJones

Every small business has vendors and suppliers they work with to provide them with products and services. Negotiating terms is a critical component to ensure they are getting the best payment terms for what they are buying. How are you negotiating terms with your vendors and suppliers?

Bugs. They’re part of summer, and sometimes you hate ’em.

GeoffSmith

I was right in the middle of writing an article that would have disappointed you interest rate hawks about how the Federal Reserve’s rate cut did not translate to a direct mortgage interest rate cut. Then the president flew in with an announcement of new tariffs on China, which sent rates sinking. 

DickJones

A major differentiator to successfully running and growing a small business is leadership. Small business owners who are great leaders are more successful.  

joep

It has all led to this. In previous installments we have covered a wide array of topics on preparing you for the day your bundle of joy arrives. You are still nowhere near what any person with even the most basic vocabulary would call “ready,” but there is no more time. Baby is arriving. 

SteveHudson

One thing I really enjoy is teaching young folks to fish. Their enthusiasm knows no bounds! We talk about fish, and they’re all ears. They’re fascinated by the gear, and they’re quick to learn basic spin casting. Then we go down to the water, and they learn to put bread or worms or maybe a b…

GeoffSmith

You want another reason that real estate is interesting to talk about: Since 2010, the housing market comprised about 15 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. 

DickJones

Everyone has heard the term “Elevator Pitch.” It reflects the idea that you should be able to tell someone what you do in the span of a short elevator ride. Typically, an elevator ride is between 30 seconds and one minute. Quickly telling someone what you do and the benefits of working with …

Fishing is a many-spendored thing. Sometimes, it’s fancy with high-tech rods and waders made of space-age fabric. Sometimes, it’s intense with metal-flake competition-grade bass boats and sophisticated copolymer lines.

DickJones

As a small business owner, have you given consideration to expanding your product lines? There are many reasons why small businesses should consider adding either new products or additional lines of business. Additionally, there are both pros and cons of doing this.

joep

It’s time to dive into some more tips and tricks to prepare you for fatherhood. If you missed my first installment, “So, you’re going to be a dad,” I am sharing all the fatherhood experience and expertise I have gained in my extensive background as a father, which now extends to a full month…

GeoffSmith

As a native of Metro Atlanta, I’m asked all the time: why didn’t you all plan better for all the people moving here? After stumbling for a good long while over answers, I’ve finally landed on one. The reason we have traffic issues isn’t a planning issue, it’s a funding issue. 

DickJones

As a small business owner, how often do you want to change your strategies and tactics to grow your business? Have you changed businesses processes to make them better, only to find out that they’re not? 

RayAppen

So, we are now in our 29th year of publishing our newspapers. We started our company in 1990. The paper we originally started in 1983, which means that our newspaper has been covering Alpharetta and Roswell news now for 36 years. That feels like a lifetime.

SteveHudson

Everybody likes a good deal. I know that I do, especially when I’m looking for a new sofa.

While I agree there is no place for rudeness, very little honking actually falls in that category. No one wants to be honked at, so all honking tends to be classified as rude. That said, horns are on cars for a reason.

Last week I saw a statement from Appen Media in regard to a dispute over transparency between Appen Media Group and the City of Roswell.  I will readily admit that I don't understand the nuance to open records laws; nor the manor at which my sister city responds. I actually just assume every…

SteveHudson

The Fourth of July weekend was really hot, and days like the ones we’ve just had make the prospect of standing in a cold trout stream particularly appealing. Any trout stream will do. But some are more well known than others. One of the most popular is the stretch of the Chattahoochee River …

DickJones

Small business owners have to make decisions each and every day. Some decisions are for simple things, like approving a payment to a supplier, while other decisions are more complex and can impact a small business in a profound way. Many small business owners have learned the consequences of…

GeoffSmith

As many of you know, I’m a news junkie when it comes to things that are happening here in Georgia. After reading articles in several papers this week, I’m going to ask a question I know most of you have a very passionate answer for: Is it possible that we need MORE people to move to Atlanta?