Awards abound for designing women

Jennifer and Barbara with award

As the 21st century dawned, Barbara Elliott started to consider making a career change. A certified public accountant, she longed to move away from numbers and ledgers for more creative work. “I have always enjoyed and had a flair for design. I started seriously thinking that was what I wanted to do for a living,” […]

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Island twist makes south DeKalb restaurant special

Grillers served in a “bowl” made from a scooped out pineapple are a specialty at Taste Buddz. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

Alana Simpson has started three businesses since graduating from Georgia State University’s business school with a degree focusing on hospitality. She said she’s never had one take off the way the restaurant she opened two months ago has. “Our success is my biggest challenge right now. We’re so busy it’s hard to keep up,” she […]

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Lawn referral service cuts path from customer to provider

Founders of GreenPal, from left, Ross Brooks, Bryan Clayton, Zach Hendrix and Gene Caballero, say they believe there isn’t another business like theirs in the country.

8 Business innovations often start with the observation that there has to be a better way. That’s how GreenPal started, according to Gene Caballero, one of the company’s four founders. GreenPal matches lawn services with homeowners needing yard work. “That sounds simple,” Caballero said, “but we discovered a lot of frustration among homeowners looking for […]

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Moving on up with Two Men and A Truck

Moving on up with Two Men and A Truck

The name can be misleading. Two Men and A Truck is now actually thousands of men and thousands of trucks at 330 locations worldwide. Also, the business was founded not by two men but by a woman.  Approximately 30 years ago teenage brothers Brig and Jon Sorber started offering their services as movers to make […]

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Tucker company helping autistic adults find work

Karen Lynn, founder and president of Mister Migs. Photos by Travis Hudgons

For young adults with autism, searching for employment after graduating high school can be a tough task. In the United States 76 percent of young adults with autism and developmental disabilities are unemployed and 68 percent have stopped looking for a job.  Nonetheless, owners of Mister Migs—a dog clothing company based in Tucker—want to do […]

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Farmers market owner: It’s as much about people as food

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Attendees to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce 2016 Apex Business Awards and Luncheon Ceremony on May 25 at the Marriott Century Center heard from the owner of a business that for many is as much a DeKalb County icon as the carving on Stone Mountain. Robert Blazer, founder and owner of Your DeKalb Farmers Market, […]

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Community leaders express support for Doraville TAD

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In a May 12 meeting hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce in the chamber’s Decatur headquarters, the city of Doraville and other interested parties presented to representatives of the news media information supporting a proposed tax allocation district (TAD) at the former GM Doraville plant. TADs, first authorized by the state in 1985, allow […]

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Jamba Juice offers nutrition-oriented fast food

Jamba Juice offers nutrition-oriented fast food

Jamba Juice in April held grand openings at five area stores, marking the brand’s expansion into the Atlanta market. Among the stores celebrating on April 23 was the store on North Decatur Road.  Ernie Young, operations director for the store—one of several operated by Aimee and Julian Peterson of For Pete’s Sake LLC—said the California-based […]

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