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Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Bank of America Corp. reported Wednesday it hit its target of hiring more that 1,000 small business bankers in 2012, including 35 in Metro Atlanta.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank said it extended $280.2 million in credit to Georgia small businesses and $8.7 billion nationally last year. The $8.7 billion was an increase of 28 percent over 2011.

It recently reported net income of $2.8 billion for 2012. It also saw its head count shrink by about 5,000 employees to 267,190 in the fourth quarter, evidence that BofA is still trimming staff levels as it works to lower its expenses. Branches also continued to close, with BofA reporting 5,478 banking centers across its U.S. franchise at the end of the year, down from 5,702 centers a year earlier. 

Bank of America is the third-largest bank in metro Atlanta with 145 local branches and $20.4 billion in area deposits for a market share of 17 percent. 

Bridal show returns to courthouse

Bridal show returns to courthouse

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County's Winter Bridal Show will be back and better than ever in 2013.

The show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. The cost for brides-to-be is $6 by Jan. 11 or $7 at the door; grooms are admitted free.

Plenty of local wedding vendors will be on hand -- DJs, florists, bakers, travel agents and more. Event organizers will also offer free samples and give away $5,000 worth of door prizes.

The Winter Bridal Show will be held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

Learn more about the event at gwinnettcounty.com.

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Seven Years and Thousands of Updates Later, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.LeffsAtlantaMedia.com) Continues to Track and Report on Atlanta’s Diverse Media Community

It’s been seven years since Atlanta public relations executive Mitch Leff launched Atlanta’s most comprehensive database of local media, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), and the site continues to grow.  This month, the site will add a new section, “News from the PR Dept.,” tracking news items of interest to media and public relations professionals.

The new feature will appear on the Leff’s Atlanta Media blog and in the site’s monthly “Mitch’s Media Musings” newsletter and will include:

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble

Berry students to sell goods at Harry's Farmers Market

Berry students to sell goods at Harry's Farmers Market

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Berry Student Enterprises will sell some of its wares at Harry's Farmers Market in Marietta this weekend.

The student group will be at the Powers Ferry Road store from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Berry entrepreneurs will sell a bit of everything -- from cheese to mints to hand-made scarves.

"We could not be happier. This is a huge deal for the enterprises," Josh Fancher, a Berry sophomore from Lawrenceville and risk management specialist of the enterprise, said in a statement.

Participating enterprises include Martha's Herbs, Season's Harvest, Viking Creations and Viking Furniture. Each enterprise is made up of Berry students working closely with a faculty advisor.

For more information, visit berry.edu/studententerprises.

Deal would bring 300-room Marriott to Gwinnett Center

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners plans to discuss Tuesday a proposed "headquarters hotel" at the Gwinnett Center, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The agenda for Tuesday's work session contains an item calling for the "approval/authorization for the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau to formulate a recommendation with regard to the lease of a portion" of Gwinnett Center property for a headquarters hotel, the newspaper reports.

If approved, the deal would bring a full-service, 300-room Marriott to the Gwinnett Center property at Sugarloaf Parkway and Satellite Boulevard.

No community buy-in would be necessary, officials have said, the newspaper reports.

Owner of Simon Property Group recognized by CDP for climate change disclosure

Owner of Simon Property Group recognized by CDP for climate change disclosure

ATLANTA -- Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the world’s leading retail real estate company, recently announced two awards recognizing its commitment to sustainability issues.

Atlanta-area Simon properties include Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb.

For the second consecutive year, SPG has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with inclusion in its select Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Yet again in 2012, SPG was the only real estate company to be awarded the CDLI distinction.