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Gwinnett Chamber holds 2013 Global Trade Summit

Gwinnett Chamber holds 2013 Global Trade Summit

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Through their Community and Economic Development Initiative, the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2013 Global Trade Summit in August. 

Set for August 13 at 8:30 a.m., Partnership Gwinett and representatives from the Chamber will be on hand to talk about resurces and tools Gwinnett businesses can take advantage of to help enhance international trade opportunities. 

The meeting will be held in the 1st floor Education Room at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway. Registration is required, and the meeting is $10 to attend. 

Speakers lined up include: 

Theater of the Stars in need of funds

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's Theater of the Stars must hold an emergency fundraising campaign or risk shutting down.

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Theater of the Stars producer Christopher B. Manos posted a letter Wednesday on the non-profit company's website, saying it needs to raise $500,000 by July 12 or it will close its doors for good. It must also raise an additional $500,000 by Aug. 30 to continue the 2013 season, which includes productions of Disney's The Little Mermaid, STOMP and Cats, according to the letter.

Conway MacKenzie Inc. builds litigation support services as Glen Jenkins joins as Director

Conway MacKenzie Inc. builds litigation support services as Glen Jenkins joins as Director

Conway MacKenzie Inc. has recently added Glen Jenkins as a director to its Atlanta regional office. Jenkins will help build the firm’s commercial and bankruptcy litigation support services in the Southeast and provide his expertise in forensic accounting. This announcement was made by Greg Charleston, senior managing director of Conway MacKenzie and leader of the turnaround and restructuring firm’s Atlanta office.

As consultants to counsel or as expert witnesses, Jenkins and other Conway MacKenzie experts analyze and present the economic issues, bringing order and clarity to the financial evidence. “Our firm’s commitments to rigorous analysis and preparation have earned us a reputation for providing credible and effective expert testimony,” stated Charleston. “Ultimately we transform abstract notions into recognizable processes to help decision-makers comprehend the issues. I know Glen will develop creative solutions to difficult problems to help serve our clients.”

IKEA Top Drawer! Where Furniture, Art, and Charity Collide

IKEA Top Drawer! Where Furniture, Art, and Charity Collide

IKEA, The Life Improvement Store, is bringing the best students artists from from SCAD, The Art Institute of Atlanta, GA State, and ATC to design/decorate a one-of-a-kind IKEA 3-drawer TARVA dresser that will be raffled for charity. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Devereux Georgia, a non-profit organization licensed to serve children ages 8-21 who are experiencing emotional and behavioural challenges brought on by abuse, neglect, mental illness, sexual exploitation, or intellectual/developmental disabilities. 

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

CEO chosen for Atlanta BeltLine development firm

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Board of Directors has named transportation and development consultant Paul Morris as its CEO.

Officials said Wednesday that Morris has nearly 30 years of international experience in positions related to transportation, urban redevelopment, natural resource management, public parks and more.

Before being named Atlanta BeltLine CEO, Morris served as deputy secretary for the North Carolina Department of Transportation and did consulting work for an investment firm before that.

City officials say the Atlanta BeltLine is a redevelopment project that will create a network of public parks and multi-use trails along a 22-mile railroad corridor that encircles many of the city's neighborhoods.

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.