Our network

Business

Your 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide

Your 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide

 

Here is The 2011 Woodstock Holiday Guide you didn’t know you need until now!  It amused me to write something that no one asked for!  Since no one asked, and possibly no one cares, here is my 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide.  These are my top 7 (who says a list has to have 10) recommendations for holiday gifts that may not come to mind at first, but would make great gifts.  All have a Woodstock connection!  Disclosure:  I have no financial interest in any of these items or companies.

1.       For kids from 1 to 92- The Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia, written by Susan Rosson Spain and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba.  Merry Christmas from the Peach State!

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

VIDEO: Black Friday brawl at Ellijay Walmart

The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Metro Atlanta postal facilities face chopping block

Metro Atlanta postal facilities face chopping block

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to close some Georgia mail facilities, part of a nationwide effort to cut costs. Officials predict the closings would also slow the delivery of first-class mail.

The cuts would close 252 of the nation's 461 mail processing centers beginning next spring. They would result in the limination of roughly 28,000 jobs.

The Georgia facilities in danger of closing are in Acworth, Albany, Athens, Augusta, Cartersville, Columbus, Douglasville, Marietta, Savannah, Swainsboro, Valdosta and Waycross.

The cuts are part of $3 billion in reductions aimed at helping the agency avert bankruptcy next year. They would virtually eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day, a change in first-class delivery standards that have been in place since 1971.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

Vinings Business Association Hosts Annual Oktoberfest

Vinings Business Association Hosts Annual Oktoberfest

 Robert Meyring believes in giving back to his community in extraordinary ways.  Prior to starting the Meyring Law Firm in 2007, he started a professional neighborhood landscape service that beautified hundreds of Atlanta homes.  He continued to operate the neighborhood service throughout Emory Law School and sold it shortly before entering the practice of law.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.