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Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.

Mi Cocina to bring authentic Tex-Mex cuisine to the heart of Midtown this October

Mi Cocina to bring authentic Tex-Mex cuisine to the heart of Midtown this October

ATLANTA -- Texas-based Mi Cocina is set to open its first Atlanta restaurant in the heart of Midtown at the northwest corner of Peachtree and 11th streets in the 12th & Midtown development this October, serving hand-crafted, fresh and traditional Tex-Mex cuisine in a modern, elegant setting.

A Texas favorite for 21 years, Mi Cocina will introduce Atlanta to its Tex-Mex style of traditional Mexican cooking using only the highest quality ingredients made fresh daily. Serving lunch and dinner, signature items will include the famous Mambo Taxi frozen libation and dishes such as the Sunset Fajitas, Tacos “De Brisket,” homemade salsa and hand-dipped enchiladas. The menu will range from salads to combo platters including vegetarian and gluten free options

Mi Cocina’s warm and lively atmosphere will be family-friendly with an urban and polished feel. The two-level space will have more than 300 seats, including two private dining rooms.

Fulton County Agency Offers Free Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Fulton County Agency Offers Free Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Fulton County Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free Money Matters!: Basic Personal Finance for Aspiring Entrepreneurs  workshop on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, from 1:00pm – 4:30pm at the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library located at 9560 Spruill Road in Johns Creek, GA 30022.  Pre-registration is required by August 24.  Refreshments will be provided for registered participants.

Participants will learn how to assess their personal financial situation and how to:

  • Set and plan to achieve goals
  • Plan spending
  • Use financial institutions
  • Understand the ins and outs of credit
  • Plan for the unexpected
  • Take steps to protect assets

The workshop is free. To REGISTER or for more information call 404-613-7670.

Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala Honors 2 JASG Members

Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala Honors 2 JASG Members

The Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG), recently honored two outstanding leaders in the Japan-Georgia relationship at the Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel in Buckhead.

The 2012 Mansfield Awards Winners: Mr. Alex Gregory, Chairman of the Board, president & CEO of YKK Corporation of America and Mr. Tom Yamamoto, Senior Advisor of Murata Electronics North America.

Novare files plans for new Midtown high-rise

ATLANTA -- Developers have filed plans for the third Midtown apartment tower in less than a year.

Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development have applied with the city of Atlanta for a permit to build the project at 100 6th Street behind the existing 36-story Viewpoint condo tower.

The project would redevelop the site of the old Loca Luna and McCray's Sixth Street Tavern.

Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Co. presented the project to the Midtown Alliance earlier this year. In a press release, the developers said the new 23-story 320-unit high-rise would be finished by no later than 2014.

Novare, led by developer Jim Borders, is best known for his condo towers that dot Peachtree from Buckhead through Midtown, including Viewpoint. But overbuilding of intown condos, much tighter mortgage-lending and a shift toward a preference for renting have pushed demand in favor of apartments.

A college football championship in Atlanta?

ATLANTA - A BCS playoff system of sorts appears to be on the way.

A bracket system not unlike that used for the NCAA Basketball Tournament - but on a much smaller scale - may be on the way for a true college football playoff system as soon as 2014.

The traditional power conference commissioners - the SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Big 10, plus the athletic director of independent Notre Dame, have apparently agreed to rotate the national semifinals among the four current BCS bowl games - the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls.

Let's say, for example, the upcoming preseason ranking -- #1, LSU; #2, USC; #3 Alabama and #4, Oregon - would become the four teams selected under this proposal. There is not a consensus on how the four teams would be selected, and the method still has to be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee which meets in five days.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System –Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, June 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 205, Sections A & B of the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta, GA 30310.  The Board will elect officers for the program year, which begins July 1, 2012

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.