Our network

Business

Bank of America to hold homeowners assistance event

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Bank of America will be holding a Homeowner Assistance Event in Duluth for their local customers on Thursday. 

BOA customers will receive face-to-face assistance from specialists who can help evaluate their financial situation and provide them with personally tailored assistance. 

The event will be held at the Gwinnett Center, which is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. 

Those interested in attending the event can register online at Bank of America: Homeowner Event --- or they can call 1-855-201-7426. 

The event is being held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Appointments are available between 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m .

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola and Firehouse Subs are partnering for a national sweepstakes centered on stock car racing.

Coca-Cola is sponsoring the Coca-Cola Photo Finish sweepstakes at Firehouse Subs locations through Apr. 21.

During the contest, life-size cutouts of participating Coca-Cola Racing Family members will be placed in FIrehouse Subs locations. Firehouse Subs guests can snap a photo with the cutout and submit it to win. Guests can submit photos via text to cocacolaphotofinish.com, or entries can be mailed.

Participating drivers include Joey Logano, representing the Georgia and Gulf region; Greg Biffle, representing the West and Central region; Danica Patrick, representing the Florida region; Denny Hamlin, representing the South region; and Tony Stewart, representing the Mid-Atlantic region.

Olive Garden promises cheaper food, more options

Olive Garden promises cheaper food, more options

(NBC) -- Fret not, Olive Garden lovers: The "endless" breadsticks aren't going away.

But new management has big changes in store for the casual dining chain, which touts family-style Italian food and has struggled with declining sales.

The chain's president, Dave George told investors on Tuesday the changes include creating a new logo and toning down its the "Old World Style," the Tuscan-style stonework and wooden archways that have been a signature part of Olive Garden restaurants since 2000.

"You're not going to see stainless steel showing up tomorrow in a Tuscan Farmhouse," George said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

George, who became Olive Garden's president in January, said the look would be "more relevant." Olive Garden is part of the Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants chain that includes Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse.

Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

ATLANTA -- Many Sam's Club locations near Atlanta are taking part in the Business Savings Expo through Sunday, February 17, where small businesses can get extra savings on items for their companies.

A spokeswoman for the Expo reported that savings can reach $2,500, and apply to 200 items which help business owners save more. The savings are offered at checkout, no coupons or rebates are needed. 

"Sam's Club wants to provide local business owners with the tools and goods they need to lead each day with increased confidence and optimism," Betty Marshall, vice-president for Sam's Club southeast operations said. "Everyday our associates strive to positively impact and serve small business members, who are so important to the fabric and success of our country. We hope by offering savings atop low prices that Sam's Club can contribute to increased small business success in 2013."

The nearby stores offering the savings include: 

 

Credit union supports Gwinnett scholarship program

Credit union supports Gwinnett scholarship program

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Peach State Federal Credit Union has given $10,000 to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation scholarship fund.

The money will go to four scholarships awarded to exceptional Gwinnett high school seniors.

"I applaud Peach State Federal Credit Union for this effort," GCPS Foundation President David Seago said in a statement. "Gwinnett depends on the quality of the workforce, and it is a smart investment to help students achieve post-secondary success."

The GCPS Foundation is a non-profit that helps Gwinnett County students succeed in both school and life. Learn more at gcps-foundation.org.

Formerly Gwinnett Federal Credit Union, Peach State Federal Credit Union now serves Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee and Walton counties. It awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarship money and educational grants in 2012.

Fast growth earns recognition for 12 Gwinnett businesses

Fast growth earns recognition for 12 Gwinnett businesses

GWINNETT COUNTY -- Partnership Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development recognized twelve local companies who made the UGA Alumni Association's 2013 Bulldog 100 on Friday. 

UGA recognizes 100 of the fastest-growing businesses across the nation that are either owner or run by UGA alumni. 

"With more than 700 nominations for the 2013 Bulldog 100, businesses included on the list have proven to be highly competitive, successful companies," Stan Jackson, Director of Communications for the UGA Alumni Association. 

The twelve companies to make the list include Sovereign Systems (#3), Asa Carlton, Inc. (#22), The Service Team of Re/Max Legends (#29), RIA Solutions (#39), i9 Sports of NW Gwinnett & Hall Counties (#42), NovoLogic, Inc. (#49), Square 1 Art (#55), FineLine Technologies (#64), Innovative Outdoors, LLC (#65), Evans, Simpson & Associates, Inc. (#80), LAN Systems (#84) and Direct Technologies, Inc. (#98). 

Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Sites Also Begin Offering

Free Tax Preparation to metro-Atlanta Households Earning $49,000 or Less

 

Press Conference Speakers

 Carlis Williams, Region IV Administrator, US Department Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families

Peggy Bogadi, IRS Wage & Investment Commissioner

Bill Bolling, Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Deborah Lum, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency

Karen Rogers, Director, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Weed and Seed 

Jason Nguyen, Osborne High School VITA Site Representative