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AdvancED founder to speak at Eggs & Enterprise

AdvancED founder to speak at Eggs & Enterprise

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The founding president and CEO of AdvancED is the keynote speaker at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's April Eggs & Enterpirse breakfast.

Dr. Mark A. Elgart is known as a leader in achieving educational quality. He developed the AdvancED School System Accreditation protocol, and is constantly working on ways to improve the accreditation model.

Before founding AdvancED, Elgart taught math and science, and was a school administrator at the middle and high levels. He lives in Alpharetta with his wife and two children.

Learn more about AdvancED at advanc-ed.org.

The GNFCC Eggs & Enterprise breakfast will be held Tuesday, Apr. 23 at Mt. Pisgah UMC. Admission is $25 for chamber members and $50 for non-members.

Visit gnfcc.com or call 770-993-8806 ext. 306 for more information.

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. 

Registration opens for upcoming media training

Registration opens for upcoming media training

To be as impactful as possible in today’s fast-paced, media-driven business environment, executives must understand how to work with media to their best advantage, and how to leverage that to most effectively represent their company in interviews.

On March 22, 2013, Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta reporters with local sources and experts, will offer a media training session to maximize your company’s opportunities for success and growth.  

“Media training is often an expense that growing companies with tight budgets feel they can’t afford, but such training is vital to helping a business prosper,” says Atlanta media relations expert Mitch Leff, who for more than 20 years has worked successfully with Atlanta media.  “Atlanta is an influential media market and there’s no more effective way to market your company than a well-placed interview.”

North Fulton Chamber to hold gala at St. Regis

North Fulton Chamber to hold gala at St. Regis

ATLANTA -- The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will hold this year's Chairman's Gala at the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead.

Northside Hospital is the title sponsor of the event, which will be on Saturday, Mar. 23 at 6 p.m.

Festivities include a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and music from the Atlanta Soul Band. The gala is a black-tie optional event.

Several awards are scheduled to be presented at the gala, including the Harry Rucker Junior Volunteer of the Year Award, the Pioneer Award, the Board Member of the Year Award and the Ambassador of the Year Award.

Call 678-397-0556 to learn more or buy tickets.

The St. Regis Atlanta is located at 88 West Paces Ferry Road NW.

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. 

5 advantages of having a virtual accountant

5 advantages of having a virtual accountant

ATLANTA -- A metro Atlanta-based accounting firm is part of a growing business trend: providing outsourced financial services. Not just bookkeeping, QuickBooks services or tax planning— but the duties of an entire accounting department, including those of the chief financial officer— are now done virtually, in the clouds.

To stay ahead of industry trends Chris Smith, a Certified Public Accountant and former corporate controller who is owner of CB Smith & Associates, P.C., began offering remote accounting services in 2006. He knows firsthand how small to midsize businesses can reap financial advantages by outsourcing. Here are five:

·        Cost savings. Businesses can save money on the health insurance, payroll taxes, physical office space and other costs a full-time employee would incur.

Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton sue HSBC over predatory lending

Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton sue HSBC over predatory lending

ATLANTA -- Three Atlanta-area counties have filed a lawsuit claiming that British bank HSBC engaged in predatory lending that ended up costing them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties say the bank aggressively signed minorities to housing loans that were likely to fail. The counties say it caused tremendous damage, including extra expenses and lost tax revenue.

The lawsuit says the banks violated the Fair Housing Act, which provides protections against housing or renting policies or practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or handicap.

A lawyer for HSBC said he couldn't comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in October. A federal judge has given the bank until Jan. 25 to file a response.