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  • Chris Clark: The Call for Rural Resiliency

    July 27, 2020

    My Fitzgerald roots ground me and millions of other small-town Americans to a strong work ethic, value of family, and a deep-rooted faith. We believe in community and helping each other through the tough times. And we celebrate in parades and on back porches when things are good. Of course, those occasions often come from long battles and commitment.

  • Corsica Technologies - Business Continuity: More than Back Ups

    July 27, 2020

    Business Continuity for many organizations ends with the implementation of one solution – a system backup. There are many types of system backups including file-based or imaged based, onsite, or offsite, daily or hourly. And system backups are a major factor in the success of a business’s recovery, but it is not the only component.

  • Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Hosts Small Business Recovery Tele-town Hall

    July 27, 2020

    Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is pleased to announce his office’s fourth financial recovery tele-town hall titled, Rebuilding & Recovering Financially: A Path to Financial Recovery. The tele-town hall, will provide insight and advice for Georgia small business owners and entrepreneurs who are struggling during the current economic turmoil.

  • Film Productions Queuing Up in Georgia

    July 24, 2020

    Since our update earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic brought film and television to a virtual standstill, the Georgia Film Office and our partners have been hard at work on countless initiatives to keep our strong film industry in shape and supporting industry professionals and thousands of small businesses that fuel the TV and movie business in Georgia.

  • Registration Open for goBeyondProfit Forum: Creating a New Playbook for Leadership Communications

    July 23, 2020

    Georgia’s goBeyondProfit alliance will host a CEO-level Expert Forum, “Creating a New Playbook for Leadership Communications” via Zoom at 1 p.m. on July 28th.

  • Governor Kemp Calls on Georgians to Do "Four Things for Four Weeks" to Stop COVID-19

    July 22, 2020

    Governor Brian P. Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey are calling on all Georgians to implement "Four Things for Four Weeks" into their daily routines to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Closed, but Not “Closed”: SBDC Helps St. Marys Business Thrive during COVID Shutdown

    July 21, 2020

    Cottle & Gunn in St. Marys, Georgia, closed its doors in April when the state’s shelter-in-place directives took effect. But the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop owner Deborah Cottle from doubling — then tripling — her sales from the previous spring, thanks to a creative outlook, a new online store, and some help from the UGA Small Business Development Center.

  • Chris Clark: Reclaiming A Stronger, More Resilient Economy

    July 20, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic and the recession it has caused have been described as unprecedented. It has introduced new terms into our common language such as “social distancing” and “elbow bumping”. Simply put, it’s made us rethink how we shop, worship, educate and interact.

  • Trio of Trustees to Chair 2021 Georgia History Festival

    July 17, 2020

    The Georgia Historical Society announced today that Frank Blake, retired Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, Robert S. Jepson, Jr., Founder and CEO of Jepson Associates, Inc., and John Schuerholz, Vice-chairman emeritus of the Atlanta Braves will serve as the statewide Co-Chairs for the Georgia Historical Society’s 2021 Georgia History Festival.

  • Corsica Technologies: Improving Business Efficiency Post COVID-19

    July 17, 2020

    While businesses are relieved knowing they may be able to open soon, they are challenged with how to do so safely and efficiently. Since many companies were forced to shut down operations for six+ weeks, they are looking to create efficiencies to help them thrive post quarantine. While we do not have all of the answers, we do have some suggestions on ways to improve business efficiencies in your organization and gain a competitive edge in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Registration Open for goBeyondProfit Forum: Creating a New Playbook for Leadership Communications

    July 16, 2020

    Georgia’s goBeyondProfit alliance will host a CEO-level Expert Forum, “Creating a New Playbook for Leadership Communications” via Zoom at 1 p.m. on July 28, 2020.

  • AT&T Invests Nearly $5.5 Billion Over Three-Year Period to Keep Georgia Connected

    July 16, 2020

    AT&T* is proud to have the nation’s best and also fastest wireless 12 network, as well as the largest network in North America. From 2017-2019, we invested nearly $5.5 billion in our wireless and wireline networks in Georgia to expand coverage and improve connectivity in more communities.

  • Georgia Lottery Raises a Record $1.23B for HOPE and Pre-K

    July 15, 2020

    The Georgia Lottery Corp. today announced that fiscal year 2020 profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account amount to a record $1,237,345,246. This brings the total raised for education in the Georgia Lottery’s 27-year history to more than $22.3 billion.

  • SBDC Helps Manufacturer Keep Business in Operation

    July 14, 2020

    When COVID-19 forced Peerless Manufacturing in southwest Georgia to shut down in March, employees had no way to know how long they might be out of work. It might have been for good.

  • CSU’s Leadership Institute Moves Forum 2020 to Virtual Format

    July 10, 2020

    Plans for The Forum, originally scheduled as an in-person event Aug. 24-25, 2020, have been updated. The event, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, will now be hosted online from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day the week of Aug. 24-28. The week-long virtual event will feature a blend of new addresses and recorded presentations, including some of its “greatest hits” from the past 14 years.

  • Georgia Small Business Leaders Call for Community Support of Local Businesses

    July 10, 2020

    As Georgia small business owners and members of The National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council, we are urging all citizens of Georgia to be vigilant in supporting our community small businesses which are reeling from the impacts of COVID-19 and now widespread riots.

  • GDOT Seeks Public Input for Draft Statewide Transit Plan, with Emphasis on Rural Communities

    July 09, 2020

    The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the results and recommendations of the draft Statewide Transit Plan until July 30th. The SWTRP is a result of a comprehensive review of Georgia's public transit needs that charts the future direction of transit programs, aiming to improve access and mobility for all Georgians.

  • Georgia Council for the Arts Awards 148 Grants to Arts Organizations

    July 09, 2020

    The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, today announced the recipients of its Partner, Project and Arts Education grants as part of its initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2021.

  • Eric Tanenblatt: To Heal America, Look to National Service

    July 08, 2020

    Massive demonstrations and unrest stretching from America’s biggest cities to its smallest towns, a pandemic that’s already claimed the lives of more than 130,000 and a sputtering economy that’s displaced upwards of 21 million workers: By any measure, America is in a crisis.

  • Revamped Black Tie & Boots to Feature Sawyer Brown

    July 07, 2020

    The West Georgia Technical College Foundation has announced that long-time country music favorite Sawyer Brown will perform at its annual Black Tie & Boots concert October 2, 2020.

  • Governor Launches "Safety Promise" Campaign to Urge Georgians to Heed Public Health Guidance

    July 07, 2020

    Governor Brian Kemp introduced the Georgia Safety Promise, a safety campaign to remind Georgia businesses and the public of the importance of following COVID-19 safety guidelines by agreeing to simple - yet critical - measures that help protect Georgians from COVID-19, minimize spread of the virus, and keep Georgia open for business.

  • Chris Clark: What You Can Do As COVID-19 Continues

    July 06, 2020

    Political pundits and healthcare researchers can argue second wave or simply a continuation of the original COVID-19 pandemic. However, the fact remains that the virus which hit us so hard in the spring continues to be a potent force as we head into the summer months.

  • Georgia Lenders Funnel $14.3B to Small Businesses

    July 06, 2020

    Lenders across Georgia helped over 152,000 small businesses receive loans totaling more than $14.3 billion through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • CEO Confidence Improved in Q2 2020

    July 06, 2020

    The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence™, which declined to 34 in the first quarter of 2020, increased to a reading of 44 in the second quarter.

  • COVID-19 and Georgia: Fiscal Research Center Report Estimates the Pandemic’s Economic Impact

    July 01, 2020

    In the space of a month, from mid-March to mid-April, the COVID-19 pandemic had already taken a tragic human toll and created unprecedented economic decline. The United States saw businesses close their doors as shelter-in-place orders continued across the country.

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