Business Briefs

Welcome House establishes Foundation Stakeholder Program

The Community Welcome House, Coweta's domestic violence shelter, has established the Foundation Stakeholder Program. The program is designed to bolster public support by including special recognition and benefits for stakeholders, such as CMIT Solutions, Estes Landscaping, Molly Maids, Graphic Technique and Northwest Exterminating, to name a few.

Community leaders are an important part of CWH's mission of promoting a safe haven for women and children who have survived domestic violence.

"There are so many people in this community that help us," said Program Director Karen Kurtz. "Anything you can give — time, financial donations or thrift store donations — every little bit helps."

Anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence can contact Kurtz at 504-415-0258 or karen@communitywelcomehouse.org .

The Community Welcome House is committed to bringing our community together to end the cycle of domestic violence by empowering individuals, children and families who are survivors of domestic violence.

For more information, visit www.CommunityWelcomeHouse.org .

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Bank of the Ozarks named top performing bank

Bank of the Ozarks has been named as the top performing bank in the nation in its category by "Bank Director Magazine."

Bank of the Ozarks was ranked in the $1 billion and $5 billion asset category in "Bank Director's" 2013 Bank Performance Scorecard Highlighting America's Best Banks.

The annual scorecard uses five key metrics related to profitability, capital strength and asset quality. It ranks publicly-owned U.S. banks and thrifts that are listed on the NASDAZ OMX and NYSE EURONEXT stock exchanges. There are 289 institutions in this year's ranking, divided into three asset categories.

Bank of the Ozarks has been recognized several times, by multiple industry sources, as the top performing bank in the nation. Honors include 2011 and 2012 rankings by "ABA Banking Journal," and a 2012 ranking by SNL Financial.

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc, has reported record earnings in 14 of its 16 years since becoming a publicly traded company in 1997. The bank was established in 1903.

Bank of the Ozarks became a part of Coweta County in 2011, when the company acquired the assets of the former First Choice Bank, originally Farmers and Merchants Community Bank.

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SMF moves to Bullsboro

SMF Cycles, a speciality motorcycle, scooter and ATV dealer, has moved from its original location with stores on Jackson Street and Jefferson Street in downtown Newnan to 110 Bullsboro Drive, in the former home of Newnan Lighting.

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Community and Southern Bank acquires Essex Bank branches

Community and Southern Bank, which has branches in Carrollton and Douglasville, has announced a purchase and assumption agreement with Essex Bank to purchase Essex Bank's Georgia banking franchise, which includes branches in Loganville, Snellville, Grayson and Covington. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory approval.

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