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. 

DickJones

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.

SteveInRoswell

With the arrival (at last) of fall, pretty much everybody I’ve talked to feels better about pretty much everything. Those who love exploring the out-of-doors are especially delighted with this turn in the weather. Cooler days are great news for outdoors enthusiasts. The fact is that it’s jus…

Share your thoughts with our editorial staff. Your letter may appear in the next edition of your Herald Newspaper.

DickJones

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…

GeoffSmith

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. 

GeoffSmith

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. 

DickJones

As a small business owner, have you documented all of your major processes? Having definable, repeatable and measurable processes in your business is a proven way to improve the efficiency of your operations. And when you improve efficiency, you are bound to improve the effectiveness of your…

Geoff Smith

Data released by the Georgia MLS shows that the housing market in Metro Atlanta is still pushing ahead, despite any rumors of an economic slowdown or lack of inventory under $300,000. 

One of the first steps in taking action on behalf of others is finding an organization whose work is sustainable. Trying hard — even very real effort — is not necessarily resulting in help to anyone; good intentions are not always good deeds. 

PatFox

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — For years now, groups like the national Coin Coalition have lobbied Congress to ditch the penny.

PatFox

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — These days there’s so much gridlock and partisan fighting in Washington that it seems impossible to enact even the most apolitical, common-sense changes. And before you project your own beliefs onto me, let me be clear, I’m talking about the penny.

Carson Cook

These days there’s so much gridlock and partisan fighting in Washington that it seems impossible to enact even the most apolitical, common-sense changes. And before you project your own beliefs onto me, let me be clear, I’m talking about the penny.

On March 23, 1858, Milton County was officially established and roughly covered the area presently known as North Fulton with Alpharetta designated as the Milton County seat. Milton County encompassed the present-day cities of Milton, Johns Creek, Mountain Park, and parts of Roswell and Sand…

SteveHudson

Fall is a great time for fishing! As the water begins to cool, many fish seem to go on a feeding frenzy that can make for some memorable days on the water. No matter what kind of fishing you like to do — fly, spin, bass, trout, or what-have-you — it really is a great time to be on the water. 

Do you spend a lot of time pursuing opportunities, and they just don’t happen?  Qualifying an opportunity to determine if you should put in the time and effort to pursue it is a critical success factor for improving your win rates. The more precise you are in qualifying an opportunity on the…

This year, the Georgia Trustees Wine & Spirits Challenge had entries from seven of the state’s 19 distilleries. Georgia wineries, cideries, and meaderies also participated. Gold and Silver award winning products will be poured at the annual banquet, slated this year at the fabulous Metro…

SteveHudson

One unexpectedly pleasant part of fishing is the whole process of getting ready for a fishing trip. Rod? Check. Reel? Check. Waders? Check. Fly box?

joep

Fatherhood is a venture into the unknown, and much of being a dad is learning on the fly. But I am here — with my extensive three months experience as a dad — to answer some of the pressing questions you may have as you prepare to enter dad-dom.

After 12 years of coaching youth sports, I have thrown out a lot of sayings to the players on my teams. Some of them have made the cut and continue from season to season. Others land flat and get thrown by the wayside. But after this long, I have some that are tried and true and really are l…

joep

A few months ago, a consultant working with Milton on its master plan for the park at the former Milton Country Club property said a major aspect of reopening the site is giving it a name. After all, a name provides a sense of place, such as Providence Park or Birmingham Park. It can also se…

SteveHudson

 A few weeks back I talked about egg cartons. Egg cartons? Yep. They are the perfect thing for holding rocks if you happen to go rock collecting, which is what I then proceeded to do.

DickJones

Are you using email marketing to keep in touch with your current customers? Do you use email marketing as a means to attract new customers? If not, you may not be on an even playing field with your competitors who are. Today, 94 percent of internet users between the ages of 18-64 send or rea…

GeoffSmith

With app-driven ride-sharing programs like Uber and Lyft woven into the fabric of our communities, and self-driving cars on the horizon, the Buckhead Community Improvement District inked a contract last week to incorporate the systems into a public-like transit service. 

RayAppen

Four young teen boys in the 1960 Ford Galaxy were beginning to panic as they navigated down I-95 to Miami. They kept getting pulled over by State Troopers. A taillight out was out. It was past sundown now and they had already received one warning.  

As a member of our community, now is the perfect time and opportunity to honor the contributions, service and dedication of our librarians by nominating your favorite Librarian for the prestigious national “I Love My Librarian” award.

SteveHudson

What is it about butterflies? Like most folks, I enjoy watching them flutter around the flowers in the yard or the hanging baskets on the porch. 

joep

The pregnancy is over, the delivery is complete, the hospital stay has concluded, and you are home with your baby, reveling in this new role of dad. 

PatFox

When the Beatles released “Abbey Road” on Sept. 26, 1969, we were all ready for a diversion.

DickJones

Do you currently have a definable, repeatable and measurable sales process in your business? Is this process documented? Does everyone on your sales team follow this process? 

GeoffSmith

Plans may finally be coming together in Alpharetta for a 62-acre tech village that could now include one or two Fortune 500 companies. The site is attractive to large employers because of its proposed sense of place, mixed-use concept and because it ties into the proposed Alpha Loop. 

joep

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.

DickJones

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 …

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!)