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Atlanta's Best Places to Work honored

Atlanta's Best Places to Work honored

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- So where are the best jobs in metro Atlanta?

On Sept. 13, Atlanta Business Chronicle named the 2013 Atlanta's Best Places To Work during a sold-out event at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.

Each year, Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with Quantum Workplace surveys the metro area's employers to find those that have discovered how to become one of Atlanta's Best Places To Work.

This year more than 560 companies and organizations were nominated and more than 400 participated in the surveys.

Quantum used analytical tools to rank the top employers in three categories: the top 10 in the large employer category (501 employees or more in the metro area), the top 30 in the medium employer category (101 to 500 employees) and the top 60 in the small employer category (10 to 100 employees).

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

Gwinnett Chamber holds 2013 Global Trade Summit

Gwinnett Chamber holds 2013 Global Trade Summit

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Through their Community and Economic Development Initiative, the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2013 Global Trade Summit in August. 

Set for August 13 at 8:30 a.m., Partnership Gwinett and representatives from the Chamber will be on hand to talk about resurces and tools Gwinnett businesses can take advantage of to help enhance international trade opportunities. 

The meeting will be held in the 1st floor Education Room at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway. Registration is required, and the meeting is $10 to attend. 

Speakers lined up include: 

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. 

Ex-Ga. insurance agent arrested in fraud scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says a former metro Atlanta insurance agent has been arrested on fraud charges.

Hudgens said Thursday that 30-year-old Juan Pablo Navas, of Mableton, is charged with six counts of insurance fraud, three counts of financial transaction fraud and four counts of forgery. He's accused of pocketing premiums customers paid him for insurance coverage.

Hudgens says several of Navas' clients complained they were getting cancellation notices from their insurers, saying their insurance was being cut because of lack of payment.

Hudgens says the agency Navas worked for has covered customers' missing payments and Navas surrendered his insurance license May 14.

Navas is being held in the Gwinnett County jail and it's unclear if he has an attorney.

Gwinnett's Avenue Webb Gin rebranded

Gwinnett's Avenue Webb Gin rebranded

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- The Avenue Webb Gin is now The Shoppes at Webb Gin.

The outdoor shopping and dining area was purchased by Bayer Properties in November 2012 and the company wanted to re-brand the venue, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Stores include White House | Black Market, Chico's DSW Shoes and Ted's Montana Grill.

The Shoppes at Webb Gin is located at 1350 Scenic Highway in Snellville.