Business & Finance


Strong appeal to prohibit forced arbitration

Rep. Hank Johnson, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and 56 other members of Congress have sent a letter calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue a strong rule to prohibit forced arbitration agreements in consumer financial services and ...

Georgia cracks down on sham charities

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Secretary of State Brian Kemp have joined a federal and multi-state crackdown on four cancer charities that allegedly bilked more than $187 million from consumers.

DeKalb gets top Moody’s rating

DeKalb County has received the top rating from Moody’s short-term notes, and its general obligation has been reaffirmed as Aa3.

New brand for Development Authority

The DeKalb Development Authority will announce its new name and unveil the logo at its 40th anniversary celebration on May 27 at Agnes Scott College.

Class on growing your business

Presenter Cornelia Hicks will talk about new marketing strategies and trends at Engineering Business Growth on May 14 at the Stonecrest Library in Lithonia.

Urban League offers workshops

The Urban League of Greater Atlanta is offering a series of entrepreneurship workshops and events throughout May.

Document shredding, shoe drive

Residents can dispose of old tax records and legal papers as well as recycle gently worn footwear at a sensitive document shredding and shoe collection event on May 16 at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain.

Small-business forum in Clarkston

Small-business owners can glean insight from some of the top business leaders in Georgia at a forum and panel discussion on May 16 at the Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston.

Workshop on small business financing

Entrepreneurs and small-business owners can attend “Myths & Realities of Small Minority Business Financing” on May 7 at the SBA Georgia District Office in Atlanta.

Lithonia, GM site get cleanup funds

The Development Authority of DeKalb County has approved brownfield funding requests from the city of Lithonia and Doraville Sixty LLC, owner of the GM Plant now referred to as Assembly.

Everest Institute’s parent closes

For-profit Corinthian Colleges Inc., parent company for Heald College, Everest College, WyoTech, and Everest College Phoenix, ceased operations on April 27 and is closing the doors of its remaining 28 ground campuses.

Metro jobless rate down in March

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate for March was 5.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.1 percent in February.

DBE forum for business owners

Small-business owners can attend a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Forum on how to do business with the federal government on May 8 at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center in Clarkston.

Hiring funds available for employers

DeKalb has Workforce Innovation Funds available to help employers save on hiring costs and to provide work experience to workers unemployed for one year or longer.

Stone Mountain Train Depot gets a face lift

Stone Mountain Village residents and officials celebrated the completion of exterior renovations on its historic Train Depot with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 23.