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Chamber Helps Local Leaders Sharpen Skills with New Programming
Business

Chamber Helps Local Leaders Sharpen Skills with New Programming

The South Fulton Chamber is on the move. The organization unveiled new offices in December and has been working on the relaunch of Leadership South Fulton. The relaunch kicks off with Leadercast this Saturday, June 7. It’s one of the largest one-day leadership events in the world. The event brings a host of renowned speakers to South Fulton via a broadcast, including Gayle King, and Andy Stanley. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Gateway Hotel (2081 Convention Center Concourse). The programming distinguishes the South Fulton Chamber from most chambers in the country. Dyan Matthews, president of the South Fulton Chamber, attended Leadercast last year in Alpharetta with guest speaker Mae Jemison. She said that while most chamber leadership...
Councilwoman Gilyard Turns Focus to Small Business Development
Business

Councilwoman Gilyard Turns Focus to Small Business Development

Last weekend, Councilwoman Naeema Gilyard invited local vendors to set up shop and share their products with members of the community during an Artisan Bazaar at Renaissance Middle School. It’s just one of the events she’s put on her calendar this year to cultivate relationships with small business owners, and explore ways to support them in an area that hasn’t had much development. “District 4 is so unique, you have a lot of undeveloped land and not a lot of buildings,” she said. “That’s something we need really desperately. I’m dedicated to making it happen.” She hinted that she’s already made some headway. In the interim, she’ll be inviting business owners to attend her small business roundtable on July 11, where they’ll be encouraged to brainstorm and share ideas on how they ...
Goodwill Opens New Store on Old National Highway
Business

Goodwill Opens New Store on Old National Highway

Earlier today, Goodwill of North Georgia opened the doors to its new store located at 6175 Old National Highway. Among the ribbon-cutting ceremony attendees were Mayor William "Bill" Edwards and Christopher Pike, the City of South Fulton's economic development administrator. The Old National location is the 62nd to open in North Georgia and the newest addition to a network of more than 160 independent, community-based Goodwill organizations in the United States and Canada. “Our new store offers a modern and fun shopping experience,” says Elaine Armstrong, vice president of marketing. “Shoppers can expect to find household treasures, bargain-priced clothing, great deals on books and more. Thrift shoppers know what to expect at a new Goodwill store, but even if you haven’t visited us bef...
Atlanta Habitat Asks for Input on Expansion to Old National
Business, Zoning

Atlanta Habitat Asks for Input on Expansion to Old National

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity will host a public meeting with property owners in the Old National area on Thursday, March 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Diamond Hall and Conference Center located at 5495 Old National Highway, #C9. Atlanta Habitat representatives will speak with owners regarding a pending zoning modification with the City of South Fulton for recently purchased land at 5620 Old National Highway. Representatives previously met with members of South Fulton's city council in January at Atlanta Habitat's headquarters on Memorial Drive to discuss the project. Atlanta Habitat plans to open a satellite operations center that will include the metro area's second ReStore, a reuse store that accepts donations and sells home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retai...
BenchMark Physical Therapy, Rainbow Shops to Open on Old National
Business, Old National

BenchMark Physical Therapy, Rainbow Shops to Open on Old National

Old National Marketplace at 6385 Old National Highway is welcoming three new tenants. BenchMark Physical Therapy and Rainbow Shops will open later this year. WNB Factory is currently open and operating. BenchMark Physical Therapy is a family of physical therapy brands that operates and supports more than 350 clinics across 15 states. Rainbow Shops is an international fashion retailer with more than 1,000 locations. WNB Factory, also known as Wings N Burgers Factory, serves a variety of burgers, wings, sandwiches, salads and seafood. Old National Marketplace is a 235,081-square-foot shopping center comprised of a variety of national and regional tenants. The property is managed by Inland Property Management, LLC. According to the company, the three new leases total more than 16,000 squ...
Star-Studded Event Marks Official Opening of Gocha’s Breakfast Bar
Business, Food

Star-Studded Event Marks Official Opening of Gocha’s Breakfast Bar

Last Thursday, the stars shined a little brighter as South Fulton resident Gocha Hawkins celebrated the official grand opening of her upscale breakfast cafe, Gocha's Breakfast Bar. The star-studded event was co-hosted by Hennessy VSOP Privilege and featured some of the cafe's signature dishes, including shrimp and grits, "Krunch-Tastic" french toast, "Better Than Yo Momma" biscuits and candied maple bacon. Mayor William "Bill" Edwards, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Baker and Councilwomen Catherine Foster Rowell and Carmalitha Gumbs joined Hawkins for the ribbon cutting ceremony, as did South Fulton Chamber President Dyan Matthews and Merlin Knight, vice president of membership services. Other special guests included Rasheeda Frost ("Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta"), author Monyetta Shaw, Malaysia Pargo...
Councilwoman Rowell: District 1 Is Open for Business
Business, Government

Councilwoman Rowell: District 1 Is Open for Business

While several districts are under a moratorium, barring the acceptance of applications for rezoning and variances, Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell wants developers to know that District 1 is open for business. The councilwoman hosted a District 1 Economic Development Summit and Bus Tour on November 30. She, along with Economic Development Administrator Christopher Pike, highlighted opportunities, incentives and development tools available in the City of South Fulton, including its new development authority. “I am taking a proactive approach to attract quality businesses to grow the area,” said Rowell. “I know that we can create and sustain businesses when prospective developers and landowners understand the landscape of our community and offer goods and services that the community wa...
Eight Vendors Selected to Provide Sanitation Services in South Fulton
Business, Government

Eight Vendors Selected to Provide Sanitation Services in South Fulton

The City of South Fulton is expected to complete the transition of public works services by November 19, which will include the launch of a new sanitation and recycling services model. Under the new model, residents will be allowed to select a sanitation services vendor that has met requirements outlined in Ordinance 2018-041. Approved vendors include: Advance Disposal, Community Waste Disposal, Fulton Sanitation, Lathan Home Sanitation, Reliable Sanitation, Republic Services, Waste Industries and Waste Management. It’s the last step to ensure the city continues to receive local option sales tax (LOST) dollars, approximately $24 million annually. Under Georgia law, in order to receive the funds a municipality must offer at least three of the following services: water, sewage, garbage coll...

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