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Atlanta reality show 'Catering Wars' to premiere Tuesday

Atlanta reality show 'Catering Wars' to premiere Tuesday

ATLANTA -- State and city officials are set to celebrate the kickoff of a new television series featuring Atlanta caterers and eateries.

Lifetime's "Catering Wars Atlanta" is set to premiere Tuesday at 10 p.m. The show follows four Atlanta catering companies as they compete against each other for recognition as the area's best catering company.

Officials from the Georgia State Film Commission and the National Catering Association of Atlanta will gather on the south steps of the state Capitol Tuesday at 11 a.m. to discuss the show's projected economic impact on the region.

Producer Rhona Silver and executives from Lifetime Entertainment and A&E are also expected to be on hand Tuesday.

Companies featured on "Catering Wars Atlanta" include Atlanta's Finest, Hottie Hawg's Barbecue, Ocean Catering Company and Pat's Party Perfect.

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams retires

ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams announced his retirement on Tuesday. According to a release, he told the Chamber's executive committee he will retire at the end of 2013 or when a replacement is hired.

Williams has served as the Chamber's president since December 1996, and had been at the forefront of a number of initiatives, including helping the city meet the standards of the Clean Water Act, to helping to attract more high tech, logistics and bioscience firms to Metro Atlanta.

At 68, Williams has served three years beyond the commitment he made in 1996 to serve until age 65. At the encouragement of the Chamber's executive committee, Williams has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the year, or until a replacement can be hired in 2014.

Pamela Byrd to discuss finding your path

Pamela Byrd to discuss finding your path

ATLANTA -- Learn more about the 3 Keys to Becoming a Confident Woman and the Logistics of Life.

Pamela is an advocate for human potential with an unwavering commitment to assisting women in their quest toward achieving something more. She has a distinct gift for helping others to uncover their value and regain their warrior status to move toward achieving their life’s goals. 

Pamela provides several backdrops for helping women to uncover their value.  She conducts boundary development seminars and journaling workshops throughout the Atlanta area, facilitates virtual Journaling Groups and weaves journal writing into every aspect of her coaching as a form of self-reflection, discovery and empowerment.

MOSAIC Group Wins Guildmaster Award for Customer Service

MOSAIC Group Wins Guildmaster Award for Customer Service

Metro Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] has been awarded a 2013 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer service. The company is owned by William Fadul and Rick Goldstein. GuildQuality, an independent customer satisfaction surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award since 2005 to celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and home services professions.

Over the past few months, GuildQuality reviewed numerous survey responses submitted by clients of Guildmaster candidates. In granting awards, GuildQuality considers two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. MOSAIC Group achieved a recommendation rate of greater than 90 percent from their customers, who were surveyed through GuildQuality.

 

NerdWallet: Atlanta best place to start a business

NerdWallet: Atlanta best place to start a business

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Atlanta is the best place to start a business, according to NerdWallett Inc., which runs a financial planning website.

NerdWallet said of our Big Peach: "Atlanta earned an A- on Thumbtack's Survey of Small Business Friendliness. The city's population is educated, as 46 percent have a Bachelor's degree, and the cost of living is low, making Hotlanta a top notch city in which to start a business Nearby Georgia Tech supplies plenty of technology talent to the city, and Atlanta is a growing tech hub. The Metro Atlanta Chamber is a great resource for entrepreneurs, offering CEO Roundtables, networking luncheons and monthly workshops. The Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Georgia provides low-cost training and free consulting."

JP Morgan Chase, Brookings Institution start Global Cities Initiative in Atlanta

JP Morgan Chase, Brookings Institution start Global Cities Initiative in Atlanta

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Metro Atlanta leaders will seek to grow the region's global business opportunities through a new initiative kicked off Wednesday by JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution.

The Global Cities Initiative, which is part of a five-year, $10 million multi-city effort ultimately will forge new city-to-city partnerships to create trade and economic relationships to prosper from the growing urbanization of the world's population. 

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the initiative takes advantage of growing businesses through exporting and by recognizing that the "Made in USA" brand is becoming increasingly valuable in the world. 

The two-day conference, held at the Academy of Medicine on the Georgia Tech Campus, will lead to a new Metropolitan Export Plan for Atlanta.