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The GPCA Challenges Other Associations to Join the Fight to Cure Blood Cancer

The GPCA Challenges Other Associations to Join the Fight to Cure Blood Cancer

Valera Jessee, Executive Director of the Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) challenges other non-profit associations to come together in support of the Light The Night Walk. "The Light The Night Walk brings together members in a friendly competition and supports the communities from which we draw our livelihood", said Jessee.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) relies heavily on funds raised through the GPCA. Since 2004, member companies of the GPCA have raised over $708,000. The goal this year is to raise another $100,000. What is unique about this partnership is that companies competing to eliminate your pest problem are joining forces for the common good.

Create Jobs? Listen To Small Business

Create Jobs? Listen To Small Business

ATLANTA -- While the Labor Department says the nation didn't add any jobs last month, Gary and Melynda Birnberg managed to add 25 percent to their workforce.

Small businesses like their Which Wich sandwich shops generate the vast majority of all jobs.

So maybe Washington should be listening to them.

Gary Birnberg:

"I have to tell you we're opening our fourth store in three years and we feel pretty good about that achievement."

Melynda Birnberg:

"It's very scary. It's very scary to take the risk. But we've been very successful so far."

Gary:

"People will find value, and we're creating value. Value in our products; value in our service; value in our employees."

Melynda:

"If you're willing to be honest and you're a hard worker and grow with us, you certainly can gain momentum."

2 more Georgia banks fail

ATLANTA -- Two banks in northern Metro Atlanta were closed Friday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Atlanta-based Georgia Commerce Bank will acquire banking operations, including deposits, of Patriot Bank of Georgia in Cumming and CreekSide Bank in Woodstock.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, all branches of the two banks will reopen as branches of Georgia Commerce Bank on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The FDIC estimates that the costs to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $44.4 million for Patriot Bank of Georgia and $27.3 million for CreekSide Bank.

The closings are the 69th and 70th FDIC-insured banks to fail in the U.S. so far this year, and the 18th and 19th in Georgia.

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UGA to hold free finance workshops for entrepreneurs

UGA to hold free finance workshops for entrepreneurs

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is holding free personal finance workshops for would-be entrepreneurs across the state starting later this month.

The first workshop with UGA's consumer economics expert Michael Rupured will be Sept. 21 in Tifton. Others will be held Oct. 27 in Cumming and Moultrie, Nov. 9 in DeKalb County and Ellijay and Nov. 29 in Brunswick and Perry. 

Additional workshops in Atlanta, McDonough, Marietta, Griffin, Forsyth and other cities are scheduled for early next year.

The four-hour sessions are aimed at people who want to start a new business and want to get their personal finances in order.

For details, visit UGA's Cooperative Extension website.

Calling all Momagers - Mom & Manager

Calling all Momagers - Mom & Manager

Hi fellow Momagers,

I'm Christine Martinello, wife, business woman, and Momager (mom & manager) of 3 teens aged 17, 15 and 13.  (What was I thinking, right?)  As a true 'sandwich generation' gal, we also have my parents living with us and we can't forget our dog Lucy.  Our household is a real blend of generations and strong views fueled by hormones.  We're launching kids through school and dealing with healthcare issues.  What a fun, fulfilling and meaningful life - most days anyway.  

For the past 16 years I've been owner of Training Solutions International and am a motivational speaker, trainer and author of 'The Momager Guide'.   The momager messages are all about how moms and women can lead in an influential, balanced and sane way.  If you're thinking, "What?  It's not possible."  Then read on and follow my posts.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.