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Kmart closes Athens store for final time

ATHENS, Ga. - The Kmart store in Athens along Barnett Shoals Road closed for the final time Sunday.

The store was among a list of 120 stores nationally that Kmart's parent, Sears Holdings, said late last year they would be shuttering nationwide. Locations in Douglasville, Jonesboro and on Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta have already closed.

RELATED | 4 Metro Atlanta locations among Kmart stores to close

Employees in the store were offered the opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart stores.

Kmart stores in Marietta, Covington, Canton, Mableton, Snellville, Hiram, Peachtree City, Cartersville, Carrollton and Rome remain open.

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Emily Sanders, Chairman and CEO of Sanders Financial Management, moderated a panel at the 14th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, held May 4, 2012, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Sanders, consistently ranked one of the top women in wealth management nationwide, led a discussion on “Developing Relationships That Support Entrepreneurial Success.”

The Women’s Leadership Forum is presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle, in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

The experts on the panel included:

Committee votes against commercializing Gwinnett airport

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- An airport citizens review committee voted Monday against privatizing or commercializing the Gwinnett County airport, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post. The committee's vote was due to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on May 8.

The vote was led by members who have protested a proposal to add commercial flights at Briscoe Field. That lead to a split vote on the majority of measures considered by the group -- with six members voting in favor and five abstaining, the newspaper reported. Some members of the committee were bothered by what they saw as a rush to vote and said they would have liked more time before a decision was made.

The recommendation will be made to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, which will have the final say. Commissioners have also been split on the issue.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

Hobby Lobby Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Lawrenceville Store

Hobby Lobby Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Lawrenceville Store

Hobby Lobby Stores, a privately held retail chain of arts and crafts stores, announces the completion of its newly relocated store in Lawrenceville, GA with a grand re-opening celebration on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. The new 67,000 square-foot retail facility, formerly Linen’s N Things and Goody’s, is located at Lawrenceville Suwanee Road & Walther Blvd in the Lawrenceville Market Shopping Center. Mr. David Adams will continue to serve as the store manager.

Tradebank Sponsors Car in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Tradebank Sponsors Car in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Tradebank-Logoed Car Set to Compete March 18, 2012, at Bristol Motor Speedway

ATLANTA (March 15, 2012) — As Tradebank International Inc. (Tradebank) celebrates its 25th year in business, it’s doing big things, including its first-ever primary sponsorship of a car and driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Tradebank is pleased to announce its partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) to debut the No. 10 Tradebank Chevrolet car in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., in Bristol, Tenn. NASCAR veteran David Reutimann is set to compete on Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m. EST. The NSCS will be televised on Fox (check the local listing).