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Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

ATLANTA -- Many Sam's Club locations near Atlanta are taking part in the Business Savings Expo through Sunday, February 17, where small businesses can get extra savings on items for their companies.

A spokeswoman for the Expo reported that savings can reach $2,500, and apply to 200 items which help business owners save more. The savings are offered at checkout, no coupons or rebates are needed. 

"Sam's Club wants to provide local business owners with the tools and goods they need to lead each day with increased confidence and optimism," Betty Marshall, vice-president for Sam's Club southeast operations said. "Everyday our associates strive to positively impact and serve small business members, who are so important to the fabric and success of our country. We hope by offering savings atop low prices that Sam's Club can contribute to increased small business success in 2013."

The nearby stores offering the savings include: 

 

Chick-fil-A employee honored by Work-Based Learning program

Chick-fil-A employee honored by Work-Based Learning program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A teen cashier at the McDonough Chick-fil-A is January's recognized student in the Henry County Schools' Work-Based Learning initiative.

Kady Spivey is a senior at Union Grove High School. In addition to her work at Chick-fil-A, her many accomplishments include participation in the Future Business Leaders of America and National Tech Honor Society, and selection for Georgia's prestigious Governor's Honors Program.

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Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Bank of America Corp. reported Wednesday it hit its target of hiring more that 1,000 small business bankers in 2012, including 35 in Metro Atlanta.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank said it extended $280.2 million in credit to Georgia small businesses and $8.7 billion nationally last year. The $8.7 billion was an increase of 28 percent over 2011.

It recently reported net income of $2.8 billion for 2012. It also saw its head count shrink by about 5,000 employees to 267,190 in the fourth quarter, evidence that BofA is still trimming staff levels as it works to lower its expenses. Branches also continued to close, with BofA reporting 5,478 banking centers across its U.S. franchise at the end of the year, down from 5,702 centers a year earlier. 

Bank of America is the third-largest bank in metro Atlanta with 145 local branches and $20.4 billion in area deposits for a market share of 17 percent. 

Henry County HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning Program

Henry County HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning Program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Jordan McDuffie has been named the Henry County Work-Based Learning Program's Student of the Month for December.

McDuffie is a senior at Henry County High School in McDonough. He works as a cashier and bagger at the Publix at Paradise Pointe at Lake Dow.

He is proud of his job. "It has taught me how to deal with a busy schedule and discipline myself," he said.

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In addition to working at Publix, McDuffie maintains an A average and runs varsity track. He hopes to go to college and study forensic anthropology.

His supervisors are impressed with his work ethic.

"Jordan makes sure our customers leave satisfied and he exemplifies the Publix spirit," Publix employee Jennifer Nash said.

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble

Ola HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning program

Ola HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Amanda Berstler is October's Student of the Month for Henry County's Work-Based Learning initiative.

Berstler, a senior at Ola High School in McDonough, works part-time as a teller at Delta Community Credit Union. She believes her work at the bank makes her more marketable for future job opportunities.

"The Work-Based Learning program is fantastic because it has taught me responsibility and time management skills that will help me throughout future endeavors," she said. "It is a blessing to experience everything that I get to learn at Delta Community Credit Union."

The Work-Based Learning program provides students at Henry County's nine high schools with valuable work experience and career guidance. Christina Hinz, Ola High's Work-Based Learning instructor, calls Berstler a model student for the program.

Briggs & Stratton to shutter Ga. plant for 4 weeks

Briggs & Stratton to shutter Ga. plant for 4 weeks

ATLANTA -- Briggs & Stratton Corp. cited ongoing drought conditions as it announced that the company will temporarily shutter a McDonough, Ga., facility that makes lawn and garden equipment.

Production will be suspended from Oct. 29 through Nov. 25. About 340 hourly employees and 200 temporary employees will be laid off during the shutdown.

The company said Monday it wants to reduce its equipment supply amid lagging demand.

Drought conditions have affected large portions of the United States since May.

The company said it will not discontinue parts shipments to customers during the period.

The Wisconsin firm said the temporary action should have no significant impact on its income forecast for fiscal 2013. The company initially projected net income of $60 million to $75 million. That's $1.25 to $1.55 per diluted share.