January 2015 Features

  • You’ll Need More Than Passion to Start a Business

    January 30, 2015

    Passion is an overused term in business. You keep hearing “do what you love.” But you need to be thinking about whether your passion is truly sufficient enough to start a successful business.

  • Randstad Predicts Atlanta's Hot Manufacturing and Office and Administration Jobs in 2015

    January 29, 2015

    Following a positive trend in 2014, many economists and reports suggest the U.S. economy and job market are positioned to yield steady growth in 2015. So what manufacturing and logistics and office and administrative jobs and skill sets will be in greatest demand for Atlanta workers?

  • Chris Clark Discusses The Georgia Chamber's 2015 Initiatives, 100th Anniversary

    January 27, 2015

    2015 marks the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s centennial year. Lucy Adams, Senior Editor, spoke with Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Chris Clark, about the Chamber’s plans to expand Georgia2Georgia, remain active in the political sphere, promote leadership in Georgia’s communities and commemorate its 100 year milestone.

  • Are You Ready for These Hiring Trends?

    January 26, 2015

    With all signs pointing to real positive movement in the U.S. economy, it’s not surprising that the The 2015 CareerBuilder U.S. Job Forecast has some good news for Americans seeking jobs or raises. In 2014, the study reports, hiring increased broadly, and that trend is likely to be even more pronounced this year. What does it mean for small business owners?

  • KPMG Names Milford McGuirt Managing Partner of Atlanta Office

    January 23, 2015

    Milford McGuirt, with nearly three decades of experience serving major businesses, universities and government entities in Atlanta and across the nation, has been named the new managing partner of KPMG’s Atlanta’s office, the Big Four firm announced today.

  • Porsche Unveils GTS Club Coupe in Atlanta

    January 22, 2015

    Celebrating six decades of the largest Porsche club organization in the world, Porsche Cars North America is commemorating this milestone with a 60 unit limited-production run of the Club Coupe based on the 911 Carrera GTS. Known as the GTS Club Coupe, the 430 hp sports car is painted in a color unique to this model appropriately named "Club Blau," which was created exclusively for this anniversary edition by the Porsche Club of America.

  • Metro Atlanta Chamber Launches New Public Policy Advisory Board, Names Chief Policy Officer

    January 21, 2015

    The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) announces the launch of a new Public Policy Advisory board, led by Richard J. Dugas, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of PulteGroup and Beth Adcock Shiroishi, president of AT&T – Georgia. It will provide guidance and important feedback to MAC’s public policy staff as the Chamber advocates for pro-business policies and initiatives.

  • Crawford & Company Launches Global Client Development Division

    January 20, 2015

    Crawford & Company announces the consolidation of its Global Client & Business Development (GCBD) and Global Markets (GM) groups into Global Client Development (GCD). Global Client Development will be led by Emanuel Lauria, chief client officer and executive vice president.

  • Georgia Tech Takes Next Step Forward to Expand Presence in Atlanta's Technology Square

    January 19, 2015

    The Georgia Institute of Technology has taken another step to reinforce its commitment to support and enhance the Institute's innovation ecosystem and economic development role in Midtown Atlanta's Technology Square. The Institute, advised by Cushman & Wakefield, issued a request for qualification for private developers interested in the expansion of Technology Square.

  • 3 Points to Getting Online With Your Business

    January 16, 2015

    When you first think of getting online with your business, what comes to mind? Probably a website. Luckily today there are several ways to have an “online presence” for your business. Not all of them involve a website. In fact, social media and ecommerce platforms can serve as stand-ins for a website until you are ready. Here are some things to consider.

  • Atlanta-Based First Advantage Expands Global Operations with New Dubai Office

    January 15, 2015

    First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group company and the leading global provider of background screening analytics and identity solutions, today announced the expansion of its business into the United Arab Emirates.

  • Georgia Chamber “Eggs & Issues” - Education, Transportation Initiatives Key to Georgia Maintaining Competitive Edge, Top Business Ranking

    January 14, 2015

    The state’s top three executives--Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston--stayed on message and virtually read from the same page at the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” held yesterday at the Georgia World Congress Center. An attendance of nearly 2,000 executives, business owners, elected officials and Chamber of Commerce members celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary while warmly welcoming the pro-business remarks of the state’s leadership.

  • Hans Gant Joins Batson-Cook as VP of Business Development

    January 13, 2015

    Batson-Cook Construction has recently hired Hans Gant as Vice President of Business Development – Manufacturing and Industrial. A veteran economic developer with vast senior-level experience, Gant will work with existing clients and new businesses to determine partnership possibilities and business opportunities throughout the state and southeast region.

  • Spending Money on Social Media: What is Worth it?

    January 12, 2015

    When it comes to finances, business owners are always talking about paid search and SEO and all of the various costs that go along with both. However, as your business begins to grow, you’ll find that looking at your online marketing in even smaller sections is a great way to keep your finances in order. This brings up social media.

  • Don’t Expect To Sell Your Business To Fund That Golden Retirement

    January 09, 2015

    Business owners who are expecting to sell their companies to fund their golden retirement years may be in for a surprise. They simply may not be able to sell their businesses when they want to, or get the amount they want from the sales.

  • Georgia’s Global Gateway Staged to Grow in 2015

    January 08, 2015

    Curtis Foltz, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority, looks forward to another year of record growth in 2015, which is slated to ring in with the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and a continued focus on efficiency.

  • Mercedes-Benz USA Announces Move of Corporate Headquarters to Atlanta

    January 07, 2015

    Mercedes-Benz USA has announced that it will relocate its corporate headquarters to Atlanta, Georgia, in a move designed to better serve its growing customer base and strengthen the company's position for long-term, sustainable growth.

  • Is Your Business Ready to Rock and Roll in the New Year?

    January 05, 2015

    Let’s say your business has been chugging right along for several years now. You formed an LLC or incorporated in order to establish a solid legal foundation for your company. But what loose ends do you still need to tie up as you move into the new year?