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MODA Floors & Interiors wins two NARI Awards

MODA Floors & Interiors wins two NARI Awards

ATLANTA -- MODA Floors & Interiors has received two awards from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. MODA is a flooring and window coverings resource with an 18,000-square-foot showroom in the West Midtown Design District.

The MODA, M Remodeling and Recentered Pieces' team entry won in the Residential Interior Element Category. Judges select COTY Award winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

"The stunning fireplace design makes it the focal point for the room and echoes the black & white color palette used throughout the beautiful home," said MODA President Dean Howell. The design features Stream Border rounded flat black tile.

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. 

Macy's closing 6 underperforming stores around U.S.

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Macy's announced this week that they are closing six stores across the nation, in what the retailer said was a part of a normal review of business. None of the stores closing are in Georiga.

The stores closing include a Bloomingdale's Fashion Show Home Store in Las Vegas, and Macy's stores in Paseo, Colo., Belmont, Mass., Honolulu, St. Paul and Houston.

After the closings the chain will operate 798 stores in 45 states, including the Macy's Central division flagship store at Lenox Square. In Georgia, Macy's also has full-service stores at North Point, Athens, Cumberland, Greenbriar, Northlake, Perimeter, Augusta, Mall of Georgia, Columbus, North DeKalb and South DeKalb Malls, Arbor Place, Town Center, Stonecrest, Southlake, Savannah and Macon. There is one Bloomingdale's location in Lenox Square, and Macy's Furniture locations in Duluth, Alpharetta, at Town Center and at Perimieter Mall.

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble

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.

Suwanee-based airline pulls out of Toledo 1 month after starting service

ATLANTA -- Suwanee, Ga.-based bargain air carrier Vision Airlines is pulling out of Ohio's Toledo Express Airport less than one month after it began flying there.

The carrier, which launched its Toledo-Myrtle Beach, S.C., service on June 1, says its last flight from Toledo will be June 29. Poor sales were cited in discontinuing the route, The Associated Press reports.

"Despite the port authority's efforts to support this service -- through waiving off all airport fees, including landing fees and terminal use fees, and an aggressive advertising and marketing campaign -- the traveling public did not support the route to the level necessary to maintain this air service," the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority says in a statement quoted by The Blade of Toledo.

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: