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Sterling Risk Advisors and Hall Booth Smith host seminar on employer rights and liability

Sterling Risk Advisors and Hall Booth Smith host seminar on employer rights and liability

Sterling Risk Advisors, an Atlanta-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm, and law firm Hall Booth Smith, P.C. hosted a breakfast seminar on “Employer Rights and Avoiding Liability” on June 27 at the Capital City Club Brookhaven. 

The seminar was an introductory discussion on employment law and how employers can avoid, resolve and prevail in employee disputes.  Hall Booth Smith partners Don Benson, Rich Sheinis & Kevin Abernethy presented.

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Cobb business owners invited to learn about financial health

Cobb business owners invited to learn about financial health

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Chamber will hold a seminar, presented by the Kennesaw State University Small Business Development Center that is open to all business owners in Cobb County.

By attending the Business University Seminar on June 27, a Chamber official reported that company owners and managers can learn how to evaluate how financially stable their business is. The seminar will teach about the fundamentals of financial analysis, including how to read financial statements and determine financial ratios. 

The information provided at the seminar can be useful to owners and managers as they develop company performance and work to meet goals. 

Some information to be included in the seminar will be financial scorecards, dashboards and benchmarks that give employees data on financial performance. Anyone who attends will receive a free scorecard template in Microsoft Excel format. 

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

Cobb Chamber is finalist for Chamber of the Year honor

MARIETTA, GA -- The Cobb Chamber of Commerce is a finalist for the annual Chamber of the Year award from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The Cobb Chamber is one of the three finalists in the ACCE's largest member category, competing against the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Lancaster, PA and the Salt Lake Chamber in Salt Lake City.

Up to five chambers of commerce have been recognized with the Chamber of the Year award since 2007, noting excellence in operations, member services and community leadership.

Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams retires

ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams announced his retirement on Tuesday. According to a release, he told the Chamber's executive committee he will retire at the end of 2013 or when a replacement is hired.

Williams has served as the Chamber's president since December 1996, and had been at the forefront of a number of initiatives, including helping the city meet the standards of the Clean Water Act, to helping to attract more high tech, logistics and bioscience firms to Metro Atlanta.

At 68, Williams has served three years beyond the commitment he made in 1996 to serve until age 65. At the encouragement of the Chamber's executive committee, Williams has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the year, or until a replacement can be hired in 2014.

Metro Atlanta tops list for suburban poverty

ATLANTA -- A new study shines the spotlight on suburban poverty, and metro Atlanta does not fare well.

The 24/7 Wall Street web site named Atlanta as the city where suburban poverty has sky-rocketed the most in the last ten years. The list was based on a recently published study by the Brookings Institute.

From 2000 to 2010, the poverty rate in metro Atlanta's suburbs nearly doubled. It happened across the area, from dense counties like Clayton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett to urbanized suburbs like Lawrenceville and Kennesaw to peripheral spots like Carrollton and Haralson County.

These were just the worst offenders; nearly every city and county in the metro area saw a rise in poverty rates over the first decade of the 21st century.

Taking chances that pay off: Sterling Risk Advisors celebrates decade of strong growth

Taking chances that pay off: Sterling Risk Advisors celebrates decade of strong growth

Atlanta Firm Expects to Double in Size Over the Next Five Years

Sterling Risk Advisors, an Atlanta-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm, marked its 10th anniversary this month.  Since the firm’s founding in 2003, it has grown from 13 employees to more than 50, with accompanying revenue growth of more than 400 percent.  The firm expects to double in size over the next five years.

“Sterling has seen strong growth for almost all of our ten years,” says Sterling principal Doug Rieder. “We have continued to focus on creating strong client partnerships and adding superior staff to serve them.  When you do that, revenues and positive growth follow naturally.”

Sterling has built a strong Risk Management/Insurance practice in a number of areas including: