Business Briefs

National “Baby Brunch” at Bubbles and Brushes

The second annual Macaroni Kid Baby Brunch will be held Feb. 22 at locations across the U.S. and Canada.

Locally, the event will be held at Bubbles and Brushes Art Studio in the SummerGrove Marketplace, starting at 9 a.m.

Macaroni Kid is a free weekly e-newsletter that informs busy parents and families about events and activities in their area.

"This is really exciting! " said Michelle Schwab, publisher and editor of Macaroni Kid Peachtree City-Fayetteville-Newnan. "We are among 50 publishers from across the US and Canada to host this special event. There are over 500 total newsletters published across the country each week and our newsletter was selected to host because the event sponsors felt they would get great involvement and feedback from the moms of this area! We publish every Wednesday and reach over 3,400 families.”

The Baby Brunch is an opportunity for parents to try out and review new products. Items to be tested include Stonyfield organic yogurts Weleda-North America certified natural baby and skin car products, BRITAX Seat Saver Waterproof Liner and Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Cream.

Local sponsors include Bubbles and Brushes, Babies R Us, The Music Garden, SignWithYourHeart and Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House.

A link to RSVP to the free event and a list of all products is available at .

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Yancey Brothers donates to WGTC

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation has received a $3,350 gift from Yancey Brothers Company in support of the Heavy Diesel Equipment Technology program at the college’s Carroll County campus.

“We are grateful to be partners with Yancey Brothers,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “Their continued support has been vital to this program.”

Yancey Brothers is the nation’s oldest Caterpillar dealer and one of the oldest operating companies in Georgia. Headquartered in Austell, Yancey Bros. Co. has 41 locations in Georgia. The company was instrumental in establishing the Heavy Diesel Equipment Technology program at WGTC.

“We are very happy with our relationship with West Georgia Technical College. We have always felt like a partner,” said Jim Larson, corporate training manager for Yancey Brothers. “It is because of the faculty and staff that this partnership has been such a success.”

Over the past 10 years, Yancey Bros. Co. has employed over 100 WGTC graduates in the areas of international truck dealership, heavy equipment, power generation, forestry, and Bluebird bus distribution.

“Everything we sell has a diesel engine and this program prepares students to work with our equipment,” said Larson. “That is what makes this program so important to us.”

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VFW’s Unmet Needs program helps veterans

The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ “Unmet Needs” program provides financial assistance to veterans, service members and their families facing unexpected financial difficulties.

The program awards emergency grants of up to $2,500 to help cover the cost of basic necessities, such as mortgage and rent, home and auto repairs, insurance, utilities, food and clothing. All grants are paid directly to the creditor and not to the individual.

The program began in 2004 and has awarded more than 3,500 grants totaling more than $4.8 million.

Burger King is a generous supporter of the program. Participating Burger King franchises have held a fundraiser each November since 2007, raising more than $2.3 million. Burger King has a Newnan restaurant on Bullsboro Drive.

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Lowe’s teams up with customers to support MDA Shamrocks program

Lowe’s stores across the country will again team up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the 32nd annual Shamrocks mobile program to help raise funds for children and adults affected by muscle disease.

Now through March 31, customers can purchase and sign $1, $5, or $20 Shamrocks mobile while shopping at Lowe’s stores.

Lowe’s and MDA first teamed up in 2001. To date, Lowe’s and its customers have raised more than $38 million for MDA.

Funds raised from the Shamrocks sales will help send thousands of children affected by muscular dystrophy and related disease to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at nearly 80 locations throughout the U.S.

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Jones joins Sunshine Botanicals

Jane Jones, former vice president of sales for Archway, has been named head of Customer Relations Management and Sales for Sunshine Botanicals in Newnan.

Cowetan Emily Fritchey is founder and CEO of Sunshine Botanicals.

“Ms. Jones has 30-plus years of experience developing and building strong customer relationships combined with a background in the beauty and fashion industry,” said Fritchey, and is a “perfect fit for our brand.”

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Keller Williams Realty recognized by “Training Magazine”

Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate franchise in North America and one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in the world, has been named the number two training organization, across all industries, by “Training Magazine.”

At an awards ceremony in San Diego to honor the “Training 125,” Keller Williams was recognized for the record growth, productivity and profitability gains that its training and education programs fueled last year.

Keller Williams was joined in the top five by Jiffy Lube, Capital BlueCross, CHG Healthcare Services and Mohawk Industries.

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Holyfield home bought by music mogul

The former home of boxer Evander Holyfield, reported to be the largest single-family home in the state of Georgia, has recently been sold.

The 109-room home is located in Fayette County and was bought by rapper Rick Ross.

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J. Smith Lanier nets top honors from Kemper Preferred

J. Smith Lanier and Company has been named to Kemper Preferred’s Inner Circle of Independent Agents.

The Inner Circle is a nationwide group of 250 independent insurance agencies that represent Kemper Preferred, which sells home, auto and package plus policies.

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