Business & Finance


Get a break from sales taxes on Aug. 1-2

Families shopping for back-to-school supplies and clothes will get a break from sales taxes on Aug. 1-2.

Walmart grants top $54 million

Three nonprofits serving residents of DeKalb County are among organizations in Georgia that have received more than $54 million in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation in the last fiscal year.

SBA seeking grant proposals

The Small Business Administration is seeking proposals for up to $1.5 million in grant funding to help small disadvantaged businesses in its 8(a) Business Development Program.

Workshop offers marketing tips

Small businesses can learn simple strategies to make their email and social marketing more effective at a July 23 workshop in the Conerstone Bank Community Room in Decatur.

Influx of students nudges jobless rate up

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate climbed to 7.3 percent in May as new graduates and students on summer break flooded the job market.

2014 Apex Award seeks business nominations

Business owners who run stellar small companies and other enterprises can be nominated now through July 18 for the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Apex Small Business & Champion of the Year Awards.

54 in new Leadership DeKalb class

Fifty-four established and emerging leaders are participating in Leadership DeKalb’s Class of 2015, which starts in August.

Stonecrest group seeks answers from county

The Stonecrest Business Alliance is hosting a public meeting on July 9 to get answers from the county on a number of issues and concerns.

Stonecrest group wants out of mega East Metro CID

Stonecrest area businesses and commercial property owners are opposed to the East Metro CID that voted in its first board of directors on June 20, and they say they won’t be a part of it.

Eligibility for mortgage assistance extended

Struggling homeowners still may qualify for mortgage assistance from HomeSafe Georgia.

‘Bridging the Gap’ forum to aid ex-offenders

Ex-offenders seeking jobs and more education won’t want to miss DeKalb Workforce Development’s “Bridging the Gap and Breaking Barriers” forum on July 9.

New signal coming on Flat Shoals Parkway

DeKalb Public Works crews are installing a new traffic signal on Flat Shoals Parkway between the Kroger at Chapel Hill Commons shopping plaza and the Village at Flat Shoals across the street that includes a Bank of America branch.

Hone work readiness skills at free workshops

Job seekers can brush up on their skills at DeKalb Workforce Development Work Readiness Workshops in June.

Forum addresses resources

Small-business and startup owners can get information about financing and other resources from a panel of bankers and county agents on June 18 at the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Financial Forum in Lithonia.

Farmers market opens in Stone Mountain

Shoppers can find fresh fruit and veggies at the Stone Mountain Farmers Market Tuesdays through Sept. 9 in the municipal parking lot on Main Street.