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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.

RELATED | Clermont Hotel sold

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.

U-Haul ranks Atlanta No. 26 growth city

U-Haul ranks Atlanta No. 26 growth city

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- U-Haul International, Inc. ranks Atlanta No. 26 on its annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report released Friday that measures the nation's top growth areas for families that moved during the past year. 

Pittsburg takes the top spot with the highest percentage of growth, U-Haul said. 

"The report, reflective of growth patterns in the United States during 2012, was complied based on nationwide trends in cities of all sizes and reflects communities with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area," said John "J.T." Taylor, president, U-Haul International, Inc.

"Growth cities were then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each area," Taylor added.

The U-Haul 2012 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report was compiled from more than 1.6 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions, the company said. 

Four Metro Atlanta Caribou Coffee stores closing April 14

Four Metro Atlanta Caribou Coffee stores closing April 14

ATLANTA -- Coffee retailer Caribou Coffee said Monday they were closing four locations in metro Atlanta on April 14 as part of a larger set of store closings.

The company said it will close 80 locations nationally, and convert another 88 locations to Peet's Coffee locations, including the company's remaining nine stores in metro Atlanta.

The local stores that will be closing will be the locations on North Druid Hills Road, the Norcross store on Peachtree Parkway, and both Marietta locations -- on Powers Ferry Road and on Johnson Ferry Road.

The chain, America's second largest coffee chain behind Starbucks, was acquired in December 2012 by Joh. A. Benckiser, the German company which also recently acquired the West Coast coffee chain Peet's.

GA Tech graduates make more money

ATLANTA -- It truly pays to graduate from Georgia Tech.

Our partners at the Atlanta Business Chronicle report that the college lands in the top 25 when it comes to students who earn the most money, after graduation.

Tech's college of computing ranked number 12, with an average salary of over $63,000

Tech's college of engineering came in at number 16, with an average salary over $62,000.

Georgia Tech is the only Georgia school on the list.

UHY Advisors to offer Project Management Professional Training in Atlanta

UHY Advisors to offer Project Management Professional Training in Atlanta

UHY Advisors, Inc. today announced it will begin offering training classes for the highly regarded Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. The certification is offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI), which sets the standards for project management. UHY is offering business professionals a chance to enroll at a 25 percent discount, and open enrollment is underway.  In addition, CPAs participating in this training are eligible to receive up to 32 hours of CPE credits.  The first set of classes will be held in Atlanta from April 15 – April 17.  Subsequent training sessions will be held in Michigan and Texas later in the year.