Category: Business


  DeKalb County Development Authority Dorian DeBarr     DECATUR, GA – The DeKalb County Development Authority unanimously approved Dorian DeBarr as the new president of the Decide DeKalb Development Authority. DeBarr joined the organization in 2016 and has served since 2019 as the interim president following the departure of Ray Gilley. “Mr. DeBarr has […]


President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law today (March 30, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.  Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said: “Today, President […]


ATLANTA—Gov. Brian P. Kemp today announced that Feit Electric, a California-based leading smart home and energy-efficient lighting brand, will invest more than $25 million in opening a distribution center in Henry County. This will mark the company’s first distribution center on the East Coast of the U.S. and create 120 jobs in McDonough. “I’m grateful […]


The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning local residents affected by the recent storms to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting business. “It is not uncommon for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms like the ones we had last week,” said Brian Catania, CEO of the Better Business Bureau. “Storm chasers […]


ATLANTA, GA – Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced today (March 10) that KIRCHHOFF Automotive, a German-based international supplier to the automotive industry, plans to invest $15 million in opening an assembly facility in Gwinnett County. The new development in Lawrenceville will create 73 new jobs. Individuals interested in assembly positions at the company’s Lawrenceville […]


  Pictured: Congressman Hank Johnson (front row), SBA’s Georgia District Director Terri Denison and Ruby Reisinger, area director of UGA’s Small Business Development Center   DEKALB, GA–Congressman Hank Johnson (GA04) on Thursday, March 4, held a virtual town hall meeting for small businesses in the Fourth District to provide updates on the federal government’s Paycheck […]


Pictured is the current  Blackhall Studios complex.     South DeKalb County poised to become home to Georgia’s largest movie production complex   DEKALB COUNTY, GA–Blackhall Global Partners, LLC (BGP) is kicking off its $250 million expansion in DeKalb County. This week, the company began filing for permits with DeKalb County’s Planning and Sustainability Department […]


By Terri Denison SBA Georgia District Office Director     The U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) continues to take steps to make the Paycheck Protection Program(PPP) more equitable for small businesses and underserved communities. Since the latest round of funding opened six weeks ago, the program has successfully reached smaller borrowers.   As of Feb. 28, […]

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