Our network

Business

Free Style Art for kids! $10 = 2 Hr DROP IN Art Session at The Little House of Art ($20 Value)

Free Style Art for kids! $10 = 2 Hr DROP IN Art Session at The Little House of Art ($20 Value)

Drop in for family art making fun any time, Monday-Friday 10am to 6pm! Limit 1 per child. CLICK HERE to save 50% off Two Hour Free Style Art Session at The Little House of Art in Brookhaven ($20 value)

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS WED, SEPTEMBER 14TH AT MIDNIGHT

ScoopMama.com brings you the Insider Deals on Local Family Fun! We offer our subscribers unbeatable family-friendly deals with savings of 40-75% off kid-friendly activities, stores, restaurants, services and more. Please sign up today to get the Inside Scoop (it's free to join). Follow us on Twitter or LIKE us on Facebook!


Looking for a new activity to inspire your tots? We've got you covered...in paint.

$15 = $30 worth of stylish Nursingwear + Bras from Expressiva (50% off)

$15 = $30 worth of stylish Nursingwear + Bras from Expressiva (50% off)

Calling all breastfeeding Mamas: CLICK HERE FOR great savings on nursing tops, bras, dresses, comfortable sleepwear plus slings, nursing covers and more!

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH AT MIDNIGHT

ScoopMama.com brings you the Insider Deals on Local Family Fun! We offer our subscribers unbeatable family-friendly deals with savings of 40-75% off kid-friendly activities, stores, restaurants, services and more. Please sign up today to get the Inside Scoop (it's free to join). Follow us on Twitter or LIKE us on Facebook!


With all the demands that come with a new baby, a fashionable wardrobe may not be at the top of your list.

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.

Create Jobs? Listen To Small Business

Create Jobs? Listen To Small Business

ATLANTA -- While the Labor Department says the nation didn't add any jobs last month, Gary and Melynda Birnberg managed to add 25 percent to their workforce.

Small businesses like their Which Wich sandwich shops generate the vast majority of all jobs.

So maybe Washington should be listening to them.

Gary Birnberg:

"I have to tell you we're opening our fourth store in three years and we feel pretty good about that achievement."

Melynda Birnberg:

"It's very scary. It's very scary to take the risk. But we've been very successful so far."

Gary:

"People will find value, and we're creating value. Value in our products; value in our service; value in our employees."

Melynda:

"If you're willing to be honest and you're a hard worker and grow with us, you certainly can gain momentum."

ACVB extends CEO's contract

ACVB extends CEO's contract

ATLANTA -- William Pate will remain at the helm of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau for at least a few more years.

The ACVB executive board voted Wednesday to extend Pate's contract until Dec. 31, 2015.

The new contract includes an increase in salary from $316,000 to $395,000 and a one-time bonus of $85,000 "for exceeding expectations," according to ACVB chairman Ben Shanley.

Other changes to the contract include a reinstatement of annual payments to the supplemental retirement plan and the removal of a $200,000 additional incentive.

"I am enjoying the industry and the people," said Pate, who became president and CEO in 2009. "More importantly, we're making an impact."

Before joining the ACVB, Pate was the chief marketing officer for BellSouth Corp.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.

DEKALB: Vote on new smoking ban deferred

DEKALB: Vote on new smoking ban deferred

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County Commissioners have pushed back a vote on an expanded anti-smoking ordinance within the county. 

DeKalb's Board of Health has been pushing the tighter ordinance for months.

They claim second-hand smoke averages out to more than $500 in healthcare costs for each county household.

But owners of DeKalb's eight strip clubs have protested that including them in the ban will encourage their customers to go to competitors in other counties.

The extended smoking ban would also include parks, ATM lines and other outdoor locations.

County commissioners had been scheduled to make a decision on Tuesday, but after hearing both sides, delayed their vote until their next regularly scheduled meeting in two weeks.

Some businesses, like restaurants that are already under a county smoking ban, say customers will get used to it.