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Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams retires

ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams announced his retirement on Tuesday. According to a release, he told the Chamber's executive committee he will retire at the end of 2013 or when a replacement is hired.

Williams has served as the Chamber's president since December 1996, and had been at the forefront of a number of initiatives, including helping the city meet the standards of the Clean Water Act, to helping to attract more high tech, logistics and bioscience firms to Metro Atlanta.

At 68, Williams has served three years beyond the commitment he made in 1996 to serve until age 65. At the encouragement of the Chamber's executive committee, Williams has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the year, or until a replacement can be hired in 2014.

Carol's Daughter launches new hair salon concept in Atlanta

Carol's Daughter launches new hair salon concept in Atlanta

Get ready naturalistas, Carol's Daughter launches its first hair salon, Mirror, a new concept in educational hair care. Mirror, located in the Carol's Daughter Lenox Square Mall Store in Atlanta, focuses on getting clients hair to its healthiest state via series of mandatory consultation tests, evaluations, teachings, and in-salon and at-home regimens. Founder Lisa Price, partnered with legendary healthy hair expert Robin D. Groover from Atlanta, for the salon. Groover will bring 20 years of hands-on experience to Lisa's desire to spread her healthy hair message.

Brian Frank named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

Brian Frank named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

 

Atlanta -- Morgan Stanley announced today that, Brian Frank, a Managing Director - Wealth Advisor, with the Premier Wealth Management Group in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to The Financial Times’ inaugural list of America’s Top 400 Advisors.

                                    

The “Financial Times’ Top 400 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who have a minimum of $250 million in assets under management (AUM) and ten years of industry experience. Qualified financial advisors were scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance records, experience, industry certifications and online accessibility.  Financial advisors also had to commit to complete anonymous quarterly sentiment surveys for the FT.

 

Springmont students share business ideas

Springmont students share business ideas

New business ideas sometimes come when we least expect them and from unexpected sources. Twelve students, ages six to 13, are getting a jump start on creating their new business as part of The Springmont School's ClubPreneur program.

Springmont's Marketing Director Andrea Horton teaches the steps needed to start a business, including identifying the need, researching the competition, determining pricing and generating buzz for the product or service.

Each student delivers a presentation outlining their business strategy. The concepts recently presented included a lemonade stand with distinctive flavors, a cleaning service, a workout video that allows viewers to earn coins to play a special video game, and custom-designed cases to accessorize your IPhone, IPad, IPodTouch or similar device.

MOSAIC Group Wins Guildmaster Award for Customer Service

MOSAIC Group Wins Guildmaster Award for Customer Service

Metro Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] has been awarded a 2013 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer service. The company is owned by William Fadul and Rick Goldstein. GuildQuality, an independent customer satisfaction surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award since 2005 to celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and home services professions.

Over the past few months, GuildQuality reviewed numerous survey responses submitted by clients of Guildmaster candidates. In granting awards, GuildQuality considers two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. MOSAIC Group achieved a recommendation rate of greater than 90 percent from their customers, who were surveyed through GuildQuality.

 

NerdWallet: Atlanta best place to start a business

NerdWallet: Atlanta best place to start a business

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Atlanta is the best place to start a business, according to NerdWallett Inc., which runs a financial planning website.

NerdWallet said of our Big Peach: "Atlanta earned an A- on Thumbtack's Survey of Small Business Friendliness. The city's population is educated, as 46 percent have a Bachelor's degree, and the cost of living is low, making Hotlanta a top notch city in which to start a business Nearby Georgia Tech supplies plenty of technology talent to the city, and Atlanta is a growing tech hub. The Metro Atlanta Chamber is a great resource for entrepreneurs, offering CEO Roundtables, networking luncheons and monthly workshops. The Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Georgia provides low-cost training and free consulting."

Atlanta's Clermont to be reborn as upscale hotel

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta landmark known for its lascivious lounge will be reborn as a classy hotel.

The Clermont Hotel near Midtown could reopen next year. Plans were filed in early April to transform the abandoned brick building into a 98-room boutique hotel.

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The project joins a growing list of efforts along Ponce de Leon Avenue, one of the city's most colorful corridors that's become a hot spot for urban redevelopment.

"It's going to happen -- we are definitely protecting a landmark building and participating in the revitalization of the corridor," said Michael Gamble, president of G+G Architects.