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Gluten-free bakery opens in Dunwoody

Gluten-free bakery opens in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of a brand new business -- Dunwoody Bakery, an organic and gluten-free bake shop.

Members of the Chamber and the Dunwoody City Council joined bakery owner Jill Baker-Lesperance for a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 17.

Baker-Lesperance left a career in marketing to pursue her love for baking full-time in 2008. Her husband Scott and daughter Audrey help her bake. (Audrey loves to say that baking comes naturally to her, as her middle name is Baker!)

The new Dunwoody Bakery also has a section called the Be Nice Shoppe, which can be rented out for group events and meetings. Local artisans are also invited to display their wares in the shoppe; on the day of the ribbon cutting, it featured such items as soap, pillows and dog treats.

State Farm brings 500 jobs to metro Atlanta

State Farm brings 500 jobs to metro Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia's largest writer of homeowners policies will bring 500 jobs to a new operations center in metro Atlanta.

Deal made the announcement Friday that the jobs for State Farm will be located at the recently leased Atlanta Perimeter Operations Center located near Perimeter Mall.

Some existing State Farm employees will work at the new office, but it will be staffed predominantly by new hires. The company will look for the new hires to handle sales, service and claims for policyholders.

The office is expected to open later this year.

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Emily Sanders, Chairman and CEO of Sanders Financial Management, moderated a panel at the 14th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, held May 4, 2012, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Sanders, consistently ranked one of the top women in wealth management nationwide, led a discussion on “Developing Relationships That Support Entrepreneurial Success.”

The Women’s Leadership Forum is presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle, in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

The experts on the panel included:

UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

UHY Advisors Inc. today announced the appointment of Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for the Southeast practice. Bissell will be based in the Atlanta office, serving clients nationwide. She brings expertise in proposal writing, as well as design, process improvement and project management and will report to UHY Advisors’ Managing Director in the southeast, Frank Fenello.

“Beth Bissell’s extensive experience in proposal design and process will take us to a new level,” said Frank Fenello. “It’s vital that we provide our clients with materials that embody not just information but also the transformative power of what UHY Advisors offers companies.”

Nationally, UHY Advisors is one of the top 25 professional services firms specializing in business consulting and tax services to public and private companies in the Fortune 1000 and middle market.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

Bellissimo Accessories opens in Dunwoody

Bellissimo Accessories opens in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Bellissimo Accessories has come to Dunwoody. The city Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon last week on the newest addition to the Shops of Dunwoody shopping center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

"We are delighted. Our dream of launching this business has come true," said Patti Simpson, who co-owns the store with Rebecca Williamson and Brian King.

Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis and Councilman Terry Nall attended the ribbon cutting, along with local residents, business owners and friends of Simpson, Williamson and King.

According to the Dunwoody Chamber:

At Bellissimo Accessories, you will find the latest trends in jewelry, handbags, scarves and all other types of women's accessories. [The store is] dedicated to keeping women looking their best at affordable prices.

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce discusses business health and wellness programs

DeKalb --  (submitted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce) 


The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce's First Monday Lunch is a bi-monthly event that allows Chamber members and other representatives from the business community to hear from various business leaders and elected officials on current business trends and issues affecting the county and business in general.



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