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If the coronavirus has shown us anything, there are far more epidemiologists, virologists and health experts in America than most could have ever imagined. Well, if you consider the comments being thrown around on social media, anyway.

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Most journalists work a lifetime in the industry writing thousands of articles and never come close to winning a Pulitzer Prize. It is the hall of fame for reporters, photographers, novelists, poets and cartoonists. Inductees include the likes of Robert Frost, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein an…

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Chambers of Commerce are the great conveners in a time when we cannot convene. The Greater North Fulton Chamber brings together private and public to build not just great business but also great communities. As a regional chamber, that goal also means celebrating and respecting the unique di…

Carl

Almost 20 years ago I was a student at Alpharetta Elementary. I remember waiting to be dropped off in the carpool line — early morning, still dark, sitting in our 1989 Volvo 240 DL hatchback. I faintly recall teachers or principals outside the double doors of the east wing, opening car doors…

RayAppen

I think the most difficult aspect of the pandemic is the uncertainty. We humans do not make decisions well, nor do we live comfortably, under conditions of uncertainty.

joep

On March 15, the call to quarantine came for my wife and I. Beginning the next day, we would both be working from home, and preparations began.

RayAppen

I think the most difficult aspect of the pandemic is the uncertainty. We humans do not make decisions well, nor do we live comfortably, under conditions of uncertainty.

RayAppen
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An old friend sent me an email with this poem attached. It is going viral on the internet, but I like it so much that I want to reprint it here for any of our readers who have not yet seen it. My friend is in his 80s now, is a retired physician, and is probably as scared as you and I are. He…

PatFox

I began my career in journalism at a small weekly newspaper in central Kansas in a town about as far removed from metro Atlanta as Neptune.

hansappen

During this difficult time —health-wise and economically — recall how our country has responded in the past when the chips were down and our families, neighbors, friends and allies were in harm’s way.

SteveHudson

There is news this month from Hacienda Hudson: specifically, Wife of Mine has taken up watercolor painting!

DickJones

Are your top performers getting promoted based on the ongoing results they are achieving? Do you have a promotion model in place that encourages your employees to work hard to earn more status and money? Promoting your best performers is beneficial in many ways, including creating a culture …

Whether it’s a natural disaster, a criminal incident such as a mass shooting or fraud, or even a global pandemic, every business — no matter the size — will at some point experience an event which could have a substantial impact on its survival. 

DickJones

As a small business owner that works long hours each day, are you carving out some time to keep in shape? Do you allocate time in your busy schedule to work out and get some physical fitness? Staying physically fit will help you stay mentally fit and enable you to do a better job in running …

GeoffSmith

After a long day of serving up fresh, hot refinance mortgages to my deserving customers, I popped into my local Publix to pick up a few things Brenda asked me to get.

SteveHudson

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter – but at other times it’s the big things that cause all the excitement.

DickJones

Are you having challenges managing your technology in your small business? Do computer problems or issues with software and printers take up too much of your time?  Most small business owners rely heavily on technology to run their business, and it is very important that they manage and main…

GeoffSmith

While most downtown areas are typically considered “entertainment” districts, none in Atlanta really compare to what Tyler Perry is cooking up on and around the 330 acres he bought near Fort McPherson in 2015. He’s putting the “entertainment” in entertainment district. 

Like lots of other fishing enthusiasts, this is the time of year when I start thinking about getting my gear ready for spring and summer fishing adventures. So, I gather up all my flyrods and lovingly spread them out over the nearest flat surfaces (that is, most of the house) and then loving…

GeoffSmith

The pieces are edging into place for what could be an absolutely stellar buying and selling season for residential real estate here in Atlanta.  

DickJones

Are you constantly doing one thing after another in running your small business? Are things “slipping through the cracks” and not getting done on time because you are juggling so many things at once? Is your workday getting longer and longer trying to get everything done? 

SteveHudson

Like lots of other fishing enthusiasts, this is the time of year when I start thinking about getting my gear ready for spring and summer fishing adventures. So, I gather up all my flyrods and lovingly spread them out over the nearest flat surfaces (that is, most of the house) and then loving…

SteveHudson

Unless you’ve been living in your basement for the last few weeks, you may have noticed that it has rained…and rained…and rained. There have been brief flashes of sun, but the picture that my mind paints is one of deluges and monsoons. 

DickJones

Are you getting all your tasks and activities completed each day? Do you feel that you don’t have enough time to get all your work done? Are things slipping through the cracks and not getting done? Maintaining and managing a to-do list can help you get more done and help you to focus on your…

GeoffSmith

Many years ago and right out of college I worked for a good ol’ boy who owned a successful home remodeling company. We’d get to the job site on a blustery morning, the kind where the wind feels like tiny icicles stabbing through your clothes, knowing that we were outside all day. Before we c…

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Boomers are not the generation who dumped tea into Boston Harbor, but they are the children of a whole nation of parents who grew victory gardens, rationed gas and felt fully a part of the average citizen’s effort to avert totalitarianism during World War II. A different, unimaginable danger…

joep

Recently, I accepted my wife’s request to join her at a party thrown by her employer.

DeniseRay

Authorities are raising awareness of a highly addictive substance about to hit the streets: Girl Scout cookies. 

DickJones

Are you meeting your customer’s expectations? Are your customers satisfied? Existing customers are the source of current revenue, future sales and referrals to others. Statistics indicate that it is six to seven times more expensive to attract a new customer than it is to sell an existing cu…

GeoffSmith

I was talking to a client last week who works at the CDC and was doing data analysis on the coronavirus that has swept China. She had heard mortgage rates were really low and was asking about a refinance. I blew her mind when I told her the low rates were in large part due to the virus. 

DickJones

Are you achieving your sales objectives and personal goals? Do you lead your company in performance? Have you ever thought about what makes a top performer successful? In my 40 years in the business world, I have admired and learned from top performers and have concluded that all of them hav…

SteveHudson

I want to tell you about the wall. Yes, the wall. But no, not that one.

Dear neighbors, if you’re like me, you may have experienced some frustration with a recent commute or walk around town. Notice traffic is worse than before? Sidewalks are cracking more than usual? Crossing the road just doesn’t seem safe anymore?

GeoffSmith

If you are tired of looking at traffic along I-285 and Ga. 400, I have a solution: Watch GDOT’s new video of its planned managed express lanes. There is very little traffic in those videos. 

DickJones

Are you having trouble attracting new customers? Have you ever wished you could convey your message to a lot of potential customers at the same time? Conducting seminars is a very productive way to save time and attract new customers.

GeoffSmith

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?”

DickJones

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.

SteveHudson

Resaca Battlefield Historic Site, up north a little ways in Gordon County, is a hiking destination I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. From what I’d heard, it had a lot going for it — history (lots of that), a variety of hiking opportunities, and the fact that it’s literally right off I-75. 

DickJones

Do you understand your customers? Are you aware of their priorities and interests? Have you reached out to them in a formal way to research what is keeping them awake at night?

GeoffSmith

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…