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Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Atlanta --  The first annual Dinner & A Cause Card benefiting the “Children of Conservation” project is now available.  The card costs only $50 and offers holders a 20% discount at great Atlanta restaurants while contributing 100% of the profits to the education of children and protection of wildlife in third world countries.  Giving Never Tasted So Good!  

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

Social media training classes scheduled in Atlanta

Social media training classes scheduled in Atlanta

Are you looking to learn the basics of social media and online marketing?  The Social Media Learning Series, created by mom blogger Desiree Peeples, is launching a series of one-day workshops teaching social media and how to use it to promote and market your product, service, or business.  The classes will cover four distinct areas of social media:

  • Blogging 101 - will teach students how to set up and launch their own custom WordPress blog.
  • The Smart User's Guide to Facebook and Twitter - will teach students how to use these sites to build relationships with their customers and clients.
  • Undertanding YouTube: The Basics - will focus on learning how to use online video to market and promote a business, product, or service.
  • Learning LinkedIn - will cover setting up a LinkedIn profile and how to navigat

Make road trips with kids more fun! 40% off travel toys, games + activity kits from TravelKiddy.com

Make road trips with kids more fun! 40% off travel toys, games + activity kits from TravelKiddy.com

Are you dreading summer travel because your kids fight and complain too much? Turn off the DVDs and get them actively engaged with stimulating, age-appropriate entertainment. CLICK HERE TO PAY $12 AND GET $20 worth of sanity-saving travel toys, games, and activity kits from TravelKiddy.com!

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Carroll unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

Carroll unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Carroll County's unemployment rate was 11 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

Perfect Father's Day Gift! $40 for Italian Silk Ties

Perfect Father's Day Gift! $40 for Italian Silk Ties

38% off preppy high-end ties and accessories from South Beach Ties. CLICK HERE to treat the man you love with 100% Italian Silk hand-woven ties.

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UWG contributed $410 million to West Georgia in 2010

UWG contributed $410 million to West Georgia in 2010

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The economy may still be running slow, but the University of West Georgia continues to be a powerful engine.

UWG contributed $410 million to the region's economy during the 2010 fiscal year, according to a newly released report. In 2009, the school contributed $364 million to the region's economy.

These numbers represents spending by UWG on personnel services, operating expenses and spending by students.

The report was issued by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

UWG also accounted for 3,954 jobs in the region, according to data collected and analyzed by the Selig Center between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.