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Macy's closing 6 underperforming stores around U.S.

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Macy's announced this week that they are closing six stores across the nation, in what the retailer said was a part of a normal review of business. None of the stores closing are in Georiga.

The stores closing include a Bloomingdale's Fashion Show Home Store in Las Vegas, and Macy's stores in Paseo, Colo., Belmont, Mass., Honolulu, St. Paul and Houston.

After the closings the chain will operate 798 stores in 45 states, including the Macy's Central division flagship store at Lenox Square. In Georgia, Macy's also has full-service stores at North Point, Athens, Cumberland, Greenbriar, Northlake, Perimeter, Augusta, Mall of Georgia, Columbus, North DeKalb and South DeKalb Malls, Arbor Place, Town Center, Stonecrest, Southlake, Savannah and Macon. There is one Bloomingdale's location in Lenox Square, and Macy's Furniture locations in Duluth, Alpharetta, at Town Center and at Perimieter Mall.

UHY Advisors ddds June Choi as consultant in Atlanta office

UHY Advisors ddds June Choi as consultant in Atlanta office

 UHY Advisors, Inc. today announced the appointment of June Choi as a Consultant. Choi will be based in the Atlanta office, serving UHY clients nationwide. She transfers to Atlanta from UHY’s office in Farmington, Mich., bringing exceptional experience in accounting, finance, and business consulting. Choi reports to UHY Advisors’ Managing Director in the southeast, Frank Fenello.

“June Choi’s background in financial and business consulting has made her a great asset to the UHY team in Michigan and we are excited that she’s joining us in Atlanta,” Fenello said.  “She adds some very specific expertise in several industries, including automotive and manufacturing, that will add great value to our clients.”

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Seven Years and Thousands of Updates Later, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.LeffsAtlantaMedia.com) Continues to Track and Report on Atlanta’s Diverse Media Community

It’s been seven years since Atlanta public relations executive Mitch Leff launched Atlanta’s most comprehensive database of local media, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), and the site continues to grow.  This month, the site will add a new section, “News from the PR Dept.,” tracking news items of interest to media and public relations professionals.

The new feature will appear on the Leff’s Atlanta Media blog and in the site’s monthly “Mitch’s Media Musings” newsletter and will include:

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble

Studio Movie Grill offering free tickets for Can-a-Thon

DULUTH, Ga. -- The new Studio Movie Grill in Duluth is offering free movie tickets through Friday for anyone who contributes to the 11Alive Can-a-Thon.

So far, the theater has given away hundreds of tickets to generous members of the community.

FULL COVERAGE | 30th annual 11Alive Can-a-Thon

Donations can be dropped off at the theater.

Studio Movie Grill opened Wednesday and offers in-theater dining, a full-service bar and first-run movies.

The theater, at 3850 Venture Drive, offers reserved seating through online ticket purchases, Dolby Digital technology, 3-D capability and a menu with more than 100 food and beverage options, the paper reports.

Deal would bring 300-room Marriott to Gwinnett Center

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners plans to discuss Tuesday a proposed "headquarters hotel" at the Gwinnett Center, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The agenda for Tuesday's work session contains an item calling for the "approval/authorization for the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau to formulate a recommendation with regard to the lease of a portion" of Gwinnett Center property for a headquarters hotel, the newspaper reports.

If approved, the deal would bring a full-service, 300-room Marriott to the Gwinnett Center property at Sugarloaf Parkway and Satellite Boulevard.

No community buy-in would be necessary, officials have said, the newspaper reports.

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.