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20 Cobb businesses honored for communtiy contributions

20 Cobb businesses honored for communtiy contributions

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb Chamber has announced the winners of its 2013 Sam Olens Business Community Service Award.

The honor is presented to companies that support local non-profits. Each non-profit that nominated an award winner was given a $500 gift card to Home Depot.

This year's awards were given during the chamber's December First Monday Breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

The winners include:

524 Creative
Nominated by Cobb Community Foundation and Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Nominated by American Cancer Society

B+C Studio, Inc.
Nominated by Fountain Gate Life and Wellness

Chattahoochee Technical College
Nominated by Cobb Library Foundation and Cobb County Community Services Board

Ed Voyles Automotive Group
Nominated by Marietta City Schools

No hike in Cobb property taxes to pay for Braves stadium

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Thursday morning, Cobb County officials announced funding for the Atlanta Braves' new baseball stadium, to be constructed in the Cumberland-Galleria area.

The agreement calls for the baseball team to fund 55 percent of the project's cost, while the county will responsible for the remaining 45 percent. The team will begin playing in the new ballpark in 2017, and play there for at least 30 years.

The county's funding plan includes a mix of sources totaling $300 million. Officials said in a statement there would be no increase in the property tax millage rate for Cobb County homeowners.

John Shingler promoted To Principal at Sterling Risk Advisors

ATLANTA -- John Shingler has been promoted to Principal at Sterling Risk Advisors where he serves as a strategic risk advisor for the firm.  He has more than 32 years of expertise in the property and casualty brokerage industry.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Construction
  • Distributors
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Manufacturers

Before joining Sterling Risk Advisors as a strategic risk advisor and surety bond agent, Shingler held the position of Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Hamilton Dorsey Alston and Wachovia Insurance Services. Prior to this, he spent ten years as senior vice president and principal at Boger, Reid, and Flournoy before the firm’s purchase by Brown and Brown, where he served as Senior Vice President.

Atlanta reacts to the Braves leaving Turner Field

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced Monday morning that they plan to move to a brand new stadium in Cobb County for the beginning of the 2017 baseball season.

The Braves say they plan to build a new stadium on the northwest corner of the Interstate 75-285 interchange in Cobb County.

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"We are excited to announce plans to build a world-class stadium, which will open in 2017 at the NW intersection of I-75/I-285," the team said in tweets. "We have secured a large tract of property at this location & will work to build a world-class ballpark for our fans."

Chattahoochee Tech to hold employer seminar

Chattahoochee Tech to hold employer seminar

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will host "Risks and Opportunities of Being an Employer," a seminar for business owners and managers, later this month at its North Metro campus.

The event will be Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. It costs $10 to attend.

"Employers will have an opportunity to receive concentrated learning on key topics they need to understand for successful business management," Raushanah Butler, CTC's economic development coordinator, said of the seminar. "Participants will be able to get questions answered by an experienced panel in legal, HR, payroll and workers comp issues. The unique mix of panel members with specialized experience, combined with timely and key topics provides area business managers with a valuable opportunity to advance their business skills and effectiveness."

Topics to be discussed include employee satisfaction, payroll administration and effective safety programs.

John Earl joins Sterling Risk Advisors as broker

John Earl joins Sterling Risk Advisors as broker

MARIETTA, Ga. -- John Earl has joined Sterling Risk Advisors as a broker.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the surety and insurance business, with an exclusive focus on the construction industry.

Previously he was with the Graham-Naylor Agency, which merged with Sterling Risk Advisors in September 2013.  Earl’s insurance industry expertise includes construction, real estate and surety.

He has worked with hundreds of contractors throughout the southeast over his career and is active in a number of construction organizations, including the Associated General Contractors (AGC), Associated Buildings and Contractors (ABC) and the Georgia Utility Contractors Association (GUCA). He has worked on several committees within these organizations, including legislative, community outreach and management education.

Food Network star Alton Brown launches bow tie line

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Food Network star chef Alton Brown who makes his home in Marietta, and who is known for his numerous bow ties, is launching his own line of jaunty neck wear.

The line of bow ties, which is being offered by men's accessory label hook+ALBERT, go on sale Monday.

The bow ties have names that include: Tartan Sauce, Midnight Jam, and The Salmon Hunter.

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The price listed Monday on the website is $65.

Brown told BuzzFeed.com he started wearing bow ties about six years ago after he spotted "this sweet yellow bow with blue monkeys in a menswear shop in Oxford, Miss."