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Congressman Johnson announces 2014 winners of CBCF scholarships

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarships. The five winners hail from across the Fourth Congressional Dis


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Anthony Flack named vice president of Private Bank of Decatur

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Private Bank of Buckhead has named Anthony Flack Vice President and Relationship Manager. He will be based out of the Private Bank of Decatur location, and service customers across the Metro area.

Flack, a resident of Conyers, brings experience in banking and sales to the position, as well as a team approach honed during his time as a starter for the University of Georgia and playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

“Anthony is very focused on providing customers with superior care while strategically partnering with them to ensure their success,” says the bank’s Rob Beall, senior vice president and senior lending officer. “We are excited to have him join our team.”

The University of Georgia graduate (Bachelor of Science in Business, with a concentration in Marketing) was a starter for four years on the school’s football team, as well as part of the All Southeastern Conference Football Team. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the tenth round. Off the field, Flack has excelled as well, winning top sales and a Chairman’s award in his previous positions.

“I enjoy partnering with customers to find ways to reduce costs and maximize opportunities, always with an eye on cash flow and their...


DeKalb Chamber welcomes new board of directors


The DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce used their Feb. 12 77th Annual Meeting in Atlanta to introduce the community to new members of the chamber’s directors.

The new directors started their three-year terms on Feb. 12. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Board is comprised of 47 members.

New DeKalb Chamber directors include: Sondra Brooks, community outreach coordinator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Vincent Bucci, general manager of the Atlanta Hyatt Villa Christina; Tharon Johnson, managing director of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Ryand McClendon, assistant general manager External Affairs at MARTA; Trevor Quander, manager of Community Affairs & Economic Development at Atlanta Gas Light; and David Scott, senior vice president of the Integral Group.

The incoming directors will fill the slots vacated by board members whose terms expired this year and represent a cross-section of industries and companies with a local, regional and national presence. “Board members provide the strategic direction and shapes strategy for a 77-year-old business organization. The DeKalb Chamber board has always consisted of women and men who are highly distinguished in their respective fields,” said Katerina Taylor, president of the DeKalb Chamber. “The individuals selected represent major corporations, long time partners and small businesses in the...


Atlanta launches initiatives to help small businesses, women entrepreneurs


The city of Atlanta is launching two new initiatives to support entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses in Atanta.

The City of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) will provide resources to nurture the advancement of women-owned businesses. The incubator’s application process will open on Feb. 9 and selected candidates will be announced in late March, officials say.

“The launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses lending program in Atlanta represent our city’s commitment to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “With the support of Goldman Sachs, we can empower entrepreneurs by providing them the tools and resources necessary to create well-paying jobs and strengthen our economy.”

Goldman Sachs, through its 10,000 Small Businesses program, will provide loan capital to Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), giving entrepreneurs in Atlanta more opportunity to growth capital and the chance to apply to a business education program offered nationally by Babson College.

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The WEI incubator, located in downtown Atlanta’s historic Flatiron Building, will offer educational workshops, mentorship, legal advice and assist with marketing efforts. In addition, Microsoft will provide development software, coaching and grants to WEI through its Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC), which also...


Conyers-Rockdale Chamber honors community heroes


Pastor Al Sadler (center) receives the Gus Barksdale Lifetime Achievement Award from Conyers Mayor Randy Mills


Incoming Chair Deborah Armstrong receives the gavel from outgoing Chair T. Pat Cavanaugh. T. Pat Cavanaugh.

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce honored local heroes in the community and passed the gavel of leadership at its 31st Annual Meeting on Jan. 27.

“Our board and entire staff sincerely thank the volunteers that make the Chamber work and the members of the community whose often unnoticed contributions of their time and talents make this county remarkable,” said Chamber CEO Fred Boscarino. “From our beginning more than 61 years ago, we have proudly served this community and look forward to working together for an even brighter future.”

This year’s honorees included:

The Gus Barksdale Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Pastor Al Sadler of the Church of New Beginnings. Sadler is a chaplain at the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and president of the Citizens Progressive Club.

The Education Partner of the Year, DART Foundation. The foundation established in 1984, serves to advance
and encourage youth education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Community Spirit Award Winner, Gene Robinson and his Conyers Chick-Fil-A.

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Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick to host hearing on ANGEL investor tax credits


State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia) will hold a hearing to discuss House Bill 109, legislation that would eliminate the accredited investor requirement for the Accelerating Neighborhood Growth via Equity and Lending (ANGEL) tax credit.


The hearing is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 514, 18 Capitol Square, Atlanta.


At the hearing, Rep. Kendrick and Rodney Sampson, founder of Opportunity Hub, will discuss House Bill 109.


“The accredited investor requirement currently limits the amount of people who can invest and take advantage of the tax credit. This limitation narrows the access to capital for businesses, and thus reduces the ability for businesses to create jobs and grow the Georgia economy,” said Kendrick. “My bill would eliminate the accredited investor requirement so that normal individuals like you and me can invest. More investment in high growth businesses means more jobs for Georgians and more economic development overall for our state.”


For more information, contact Kierra McHenry at 404-656-0167.







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