DeniseRay

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

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. 

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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…

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…

joep

I was not blessed with ability to construct or mend things. Now, it can be argued that no skills, other than those necessary for life, are truly innate, but I’m convinced some are destined to be bad at certain tasks from the moment they are born. I would argue my handiwork around the house i…

DickJones

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.

joep

It is unfortunate that dogs, perhaps the most loyal, loving and friendliest companions we will ever have, are subject to the ravages of time. 

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2019 was a great year in Forsyth County, with many significant announcements and events that improved the quality of life for our citizens and our employees. In addition to many road improvement and pedestrian projects across the county, the addition of a new Health and Wellness Center aimed…

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2019 was another wonderfully busy year in the City of Cumming, and we are looking forward to even more great things in 2020.

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Each new year provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our achievements and plan for success in the coming year. The new decade is upon us, and 2020 will be an exciting year for the City of Milton as we continue to deliver on our promises and improve the quality of life for our citizens.

The year 2019 has been a great year for Fulton County Schools, and particularly for the amazing students, teachers and community in North Fulton. It is an honor to represent District 5 where I remain focused on providing opportunities for all kids to succeed in their chosen pathways.  

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This is our championship moment. Similar to any championship team, our ascent was born out of careful, intense preparation. We are on the brink of what is sure to be an exceptional, new decade.

RayAppen

So, every year about this time I am convinced that I’m probably going to have to skip this year’s Christmas/holiday column because I can’t think of anything positive to say. I have a hard time getting past how polarized we have become and all the many horrible events that have been transpiri…

DickJones

Are you happy with how many times you are turning your inventory? Have you run out of certain items that are in demand? Are you overstocked with other items that haven’t sold in a while?

GeoffSmith

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.

There is nothing like the groundbreaking of a new building to put one in mind of the future and expectations of what is to come. Recently, construction ceremonies held for both the new Crabapple Middle School and the Innovation Academy helped set the stage for Fulton County Schools in 2020. …

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As Roswell’s mayor, I am excited and proud to serve our community on a daily basis. Roswell is a vibrant, diverse city that is thriving. We are moving forward and 2020 is going to be another great year for us.

As 2019 comes to an end, I’m pleased to have the opportunity to reflect on a few of Fulton County’s accomplishments during the past year. There is plenty to be proud of, and I look forward to continuing our momentum throughout the coming year.

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Those of us fortunate enough to call Alpharetta home can look back on 2019 as another wonderful year for our city. And as we look ahead to 2020, we have every reason to hope the new year we will be even better.

Milestone birthdays seem to warrant celebrations, so I decided to honor my next one in a non-traditional way. I came up with the idea of one new experience for each year of my life. I identify with “_0” as my age next year, partly because I don’t share my age, and “_0” was suggested as a sol…

GeoffSmith

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. 

DickJones

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.

GeoffSmith

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. 

DickJones

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.

GeoffSmith

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. 

DickJones

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.

SteveHudson

One thing you may not know about me is that I enjoy a good movie. I especially enjoy the iconic lines that come from some of my favorites — lines like “I’ll be back” from “The Terminator” or “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” from “Jaws.” 

DickJones

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.

GeoffSmith

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.

Over the three council meetings in December the Alpharetta City Council is detailing our city’s most pressing infrastructure needs. The first week will be about parks, the second week about roads and bridges, and the 3rd week is about public safety and financing options. 

SteveHudson

Sometimes it’s fun to meticulously plan a trip, charting every place you’ll go (and a good place for good barbecue for lunch). Such trips are remarkably un-stressful because you know exactly where you’ll be when and so don’t have to worry about where you’re going to go. You’ve planned it all…

DickJones

Competing and winning in the marketplace is a top necessity in growing your small business. Often times, however, small business owners don’t know why they win or lose. 

GeoffSmith

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 …

PatFox

Any day now, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint a replacement for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down at the end of this year. The appointment will run through next year when Georgians will elect someone to serve the final two years of Isakson’s term.

DickJones

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.

GeoffSmith

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…