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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).

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

ATLANTA -- Have you ever considered starting your own home-based business? Fulton County Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free workshop on Starting a Home-Based Business on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Suite 109, Atlanta.

Participants will gain valuable information to help them start and maintain a successful home-based business. Specific topics will include how to identify fraud and scams billed as business opportunities, space and time needs, identifying factors that contribute to success and much more.  

Fulton County Cooperative Extension hosts monthly classes on a variety of topics such as nutrition, financial management, diabetes and gardening. Classes are held in locations throughout the county.  Call 404-332-2400 for more information.

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.

Forever 21 reducing work hours due to ObamaCare

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Forever 21 Inc. is the latest national company to cut employee hours to counter the impact of ObamaCare.

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Policymic.com reported Forever 21 will limit non-management workers' hours to 29.5 a week, which is a hair below the 30-hour minimum ObamaCare considers full-time employment.

The changes begin Aug. 31, according to the policymic.com story.

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Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Cardlytics, the leader in Card-Linked Marketing, today announced a key addition to the leadership of the company. The company named Jim Morgan as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Morgan will lead the finance and accounting teams at Cardlytics, and will be based in Atlanta.

“Jim comes at a pivotal point for Cardlytics,” said Scott Grimes, CEO of Cardlytics “His global financial management expertise - and depth of experience in navigating significant growth - is exactly what we need to take the company to the next level.”

Ga.-based HoneyBaked Ham expands to Asia

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The HoneyBaked Ham Co. of Georgia, headquartered in Alpharetta, will expand internationally for the first time in the company's 55-year history through a partnership with Toranomon Ham Co. Ltd., HoneyBaked announced early Tuesday.

Toranomon will hold the rights to sell hams, turkey sides and desserts in Japan, HoneyBaked said.

HoneyBaked is targeting a launch later this year to include a storefront, e-commerce, sampling and a full marketing campaign specific to the region, the company said.

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.