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SweetWater moving 420 Fest to Centennial Olympic Park

ATLANTA -- SweetWater Brewery's 420 Festival will move from Candler Park to Centennial Olympic Park for its 10th anniversary in 2014.

"We have nothing but love and gratitude for the folks at Candler Park for being such incredible hosts to our festival over the years, however we're very excited to now call Centennial Olympic Park home," said Freddy Bensch, co-founder of SweetWater Brewing Company. "Approaching our 10-year anniversary, we wanted to look long-term for opportunities that will help grow the festival, bring on bigger entertainment and provide better access for local patrons and those traveling in for the fest. This change allows all of that, plus a bigger footprint right in the heart of downtown Atlanta."

Origis Energy breaks ground on 19 solar power plants in Georgia

Origis Energy breaks ground on 19 solar power plants in Georgia

ATLANTA -- Origis Energy, a developer of solar power facilities around the world, announced that on-site construction has begun on two solar power plants with a combined capacity of 19 MWAC.

The first and largest project (16 MWAC) is located on a 150-acre site in Camilla, Georgia in Mitchell County. The second project (3 MWAC), which started construction shortly thereafter, is located on a 30-acre site in Woodbury, Georgia in Meriwether County. Subsidiary Origis Technics will serve as general contractor of the projects and several Georgia-based companies will build the facilities, including Radiance Solar, United Renewable Energy, Oxford Construction and Georgia Power Services.  These facilities will be among Georgia’s first large-scale solar power plants and both should come online by December 2013.

Sweetwater Beer in cans coming in 2014

ATLANTA -- Sweetwater Brewing Company says they are planning on offering canned versions of some of their signature beers soon.

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The first two brews to be offered, their flagship 420 Extra Pale Ale and their IPA, will be available in 2014. Other beers are expected to follow suit.

An exact date has not been announced yet.

3 Ga. Tech Students win job interviews with top Atlanta technology company

3 Ga. Tech Students win job interviews with top Atlanta technology company

ATLANTA -- Cardlytics, an Atlanta-based advertising and technology company, took talent recruitment to a new and exciting level this week with the first-ever Cardlytics Software Engineering Competition at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Nicola De Franceschi, a Georgia Tech graduate student from Italy, won the competition and was named IronCoder 2013, taking home a cash prize of $2,000 and, more importantly, securing an interview with the company.

Albert Shaw, a freshman from Johns Creek, took home second prize ($1000) and Matt Hagy, a graduate student from Greensburg, Pa., came in third place ($500 prize).  Both Shaw and Hagy will also get interviews with the Cardlytics engineering team.

Atlanta's Best Places to Work honored

Atlanta's Best Places to Work honored

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- So where are the best jobs in metro Atlanta?

On Sept. 13, Atlanta Business Chronicle named the 2013 Atlanta's Best Places To Work during a sold-out event at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.

Each year, Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with Quantum Workplace surveys the metro area's employers to find those that have discovered how to become one of Atlanta's Best Places To Work.

This year more than 560 companies and organizations were nominated and more than 400 participated in the surveys.

Quantum used analytical tools to rank the top employers in three categories: the top 10 in the large employer category (501 employees or more in the metro area), the top 30 in the medium employer category (101 to 500 employees) and the top 60 in the small employer category (10 to 100 employees).

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

ATLANTA -- Have you ever considered starting your own home-based business? Fulton County Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free workshop on Starting a Home-Based Business on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Suite 109, Atlanta.

Participants will gain valuable information to help them start and maintain a successful home-based business. Specific topics will include how to identify fraud and scams billed as business opportunities, space and time needs, identifying factors that contribute to success and much more.  

Fulton County Cooperative Extension hosts monthly classes on a variety of topics such as nutrition, financial management, diabetes and gardening. Classes are held in locations throughout the county.  Call 404-332-2400 for more information.

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

ATLANTA -- Many people dream of being their own boss, but struggle to make the leap.

Twelve years ago, Atlanta native Dana Spinola gathered the courage to turn her lifelong passion into a profession and opened her first clothing boutique, fab'rik.

"I get up early. I stay up late. My mind is always working," she said.

And it's perfectly understandable. Spinola has had a lot on her plate since starting fab'rik. She has since opened 21 boutiques and franchises. Her mission has always been frugal fashion -- less than $100 -- in a fun, inviting boutique environment.

Being your own boss can seem liberating, but many who make that leap say they end up working even more.