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13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Thirteen Georgia bars have made Southern Living magazine's list of 100 Best Bars in the South.

Says Southern Living, "We sipped our way through the South to compile a list of our 100 favorite Southern bars. From down-and-dirty dives to sleek and buzzy cocktail lounges, these spots are sure to liven up any Friday night."

Georgia bars on the list are:

* The National, Athens
* Normal Bar, Athens
* The World Famous, Athens
* Argosy, Atlanta
* The Brookhouse Pub, Atlanta
* H. Harper Station, Atlanta
* Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta
* One Flew South, Atlanta
* The St. Regis Bar, Atlanta
* Kimball House, Decatur
* Paper Plane, Decatur
* Pinkie Master's Lounge, Savannah
* The Sparetime, Savannah

Macy's to lay off 2,500 workers, close 5 stores nationally

Macy's to lay off 2,500 workers, close 5 stores nationally

NEW YORK -- Retailer Macy's will lay off approximately 2,500 workers as it restructures its business, it said Wednesday afternoon.

The layoffs and other cost-saving changes are expected to to generate savings of about $100 million beginning this year, the company said in a press release.

"We have identified some specific areas where we can improve our efficiency without compromising our effectiveness in serving the evolving needs of our customers," said CEO Terry Lundgren in that press release.

The retailer will close five Macy's stores in early spring 2014. The stores that will close are in Fiesta Mall, Mesa, Ariz.; Metcalf South Shopping Center, Overland Park, Kansas; Jamestown Mall, Florissant, Mo., Medley Centre, Irondequoit, N.Y.; and Fashion Place Mall, Murray, Utah.

It will also combine its Midwest Region with its North Region to create a new North Central Region.

Macy's has eight stores in metro Atlanta.

All About Developmental Disabilities honored by Home Depot Foundation

All About Developmental Disabilities honored by Home Depot Foundation

DECATUR, Ga. -- On November 19, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) was inducted into the Building Community Network Class of 2013 at The Home Depot Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ annual Building Community Network Kick-Off Luncheon, held at Piedmont Park.

AADD (www.aadd.org) is an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating lifelong support, education and opportunities for children, adults and families living with developmental disabilities.

Twenty Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations were invited to join this year. Each also received a surprise $20,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation. AADD board president Lisa Blanco and AADD executive director Kathy Keeley were invited to join the class of 2013.

Sterling Risk Advisors’ Garret Lazenby named to Board of Directors of Transportation Club of Atlanta

Sterling Risk Advisors’ Garret Lazenby named to Board of Directors of Transportation Club of Atlanta

DECATUR, Ga. -- Garret Lazenby, a broker with Sterling Risk Advisors, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Transportation Club of Atlanta (TCA).  He will serve for a one-year term.

Lazenby helps lead the transportation, logistics, and supply chain practice for Sterling Risk Advisors.  His passion goes beyond the transportation, logistics, and supply chain industries to include a broad range of insurance solutions for professionals, general commercial business, and community associations.

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

Ex-investment manager sentenced in fraud scheme

ATLANTA -- Federal prosecutors say a former Atlanta investment adviser accused of stealing money from more than 50 clients has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Officials said Monday that 37-year-old Benjamin DeHaan, of Decatur, stole more than $2.5 million of his clients' money between January 2010 and May 2012.

Investigators say DeHaan used the money to buy a new house in Memphis, Tenn. and pay other personal expenses.

After stealing clients' money, authorities say DeHaan emailed them fraudulent account statements.

DeHaan was charged with wire fraud and has been ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term. He's also ordered to pay more than $6.9 million in restitution.

Prosecutors have said DeHaan represented more than 110 clients.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include: