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“One thing we know for certain is that most people want the opportunity to be gainfully employed and successful in their lives.”

Labor of Love for unemployed Thousands of unemployed and underemployed metro Atlantans are expected to attend Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless’ second annual Labor of Love on Sept. 3. The Labor Day event, which provides food for the needy and job readiness training, takes place at Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood in Atlanta from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It takes place in partnership with the Georgia Afemo Omilami Department of Labor and Convoy of Hope. Afemo Omilami, HFTH’s chief operating officer, said Labor of Love is designed to support, encourage and honor everyday workers who are the country’s backbone. “One thing we know for certain is that

most people want the opportunity to be gainfully employed and successful in their lives,” Omilami said in an Aug. 24 statement. Job counselors from the Department of Labor’s North Metro Center will offer resume writing and interviewing tips. They also will advise attendees on how to complete job applications and the best ways to dress successfully for an interview. Convoy of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit, will give bags of groceries to at least 1,500 families. Its goal is to provide help and hope to people in need. Georgia’s unemployment rate is 9 percent, exceeding the national average, which is 8.2 percent. For more information, call Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless at 404755-3353.

Makeover for Moreland Avenue Moreland Avenue is getting a makeover. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved a $187,450 contract to Ed Castro Landscape Inc. on Aug. 28 to landscape the median between Bailey Street to south of Cedar Grove Road. The company will add new ground cover and plant shrubbery along the route, which is also State Route 42. Commissioner Larry Johnson, whose

District 3 includes the area, said he is committed to its revitalization efforts. “Moreland Avenue is a gateway into DeKalb from neighboring counties and we should do all we can to make this area inviting and attractive to businesses and investors,” he said after the vote. Moreland Avenue is home to many industrially zoned properties and businesses adjacent to residential communities.

National nod for businesswoman DeKalb County businesswoman Denise DeBurst Gines has been named a 2013 Top Ten Business Woman of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association. DeBurst Gines, president of the ABWA’s Hidden Hills chapter, is the owner of Lasting Legacies LLC, a video autobiography production company that creates family legacies through video and family genealogy photo books for anyone from any com- D. DeBurst Gines munity. For the past six years, she has been a producer/interviewer for the HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African-American oral history archive. DeBurst Gines said she is humbled to be recognized. “I just do what I do best and love what I do both professionally and personally,” she said. She said ABWA gives her a platform and a

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sisterhood, which encourages her to strive to more than she imagined she could do. The ABWA’s Top Ten Business Women is a national program that honors 10 outstanding members for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement. DeBurst Gines is the Hidden Hills Chapter’s 2012 Woman of the Years as well as the 2012 Woman of Year for the Atlanta Area Council of ABWA. She is also a former board member of the Atlanta Urban League Guild and is a trained volunteer HIV/AIDS prevention counselor who administers HIV tests and conducts seminars on women and HIV/AIDS during community awareness programs with AID Atlanta. René Street, ABWA executive director, said it is a privilege to recognize outstanding women. For more information, visit www

Come experience Stone Mountain’s Best-Kept Secret for chef inspired Caribbean-Fusion cuisine, Specialty Cocktails and Extensive Wine List

Health care talk for Stonecrest group “Health Care Reform – How Does It Impact Your Business?” will be discussed at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Stonecrest Business Alliance. The meeting takes place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites near the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. Panelists include state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick; Sabrina Scott, a practice administrator and hearing officer for the Department of Community Health; insurance representatives; and Dr. Al Scott, president and CEO of DeKalb Women’s Specialists. Greg Mosely, an employee benefits broker and counselor with W.S. Pharr & Co., and Fred Bland, president of Bland and Associ-

ates Inc. also will make presentations. A continental breakfast will be served. The nonprofit alliance is made up of business owners, landowners, residents and other stakeholders. It is working on a creating a Community Improvement District to push for growth and development. In February, the Stonecrest area received a $100,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to study a growth strategy for a live-work-play community anchored by the 1.3 million square-foot Mall at Stonecrest. For more information and to register for the meeting, visit www.stonecrestbusiness or R.S.V.P. at 404-368-7033.

SBA webinars focus on disasters A series of free webinars in September may help business owners prepare for and rebound quickly from any kind of disaster. The U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery are hosting the preparedness planning series in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign as part of National Preparedness Month. SBA says it wants to help business owners take charge of the well-being of their companies, the safety of employees, and the sustenance of local economies by being prepared to rebound quickly from catastrophes. This summer, millions of businesses across the country were forced to close their doors in the aftermath of power outages, approaching wildfires, and flooding caused

by tropical storms. The webinars will be held Wednesdays at 2 p.m., followed by Q&A sessions: n Sept. 5 – “10 Steps to Prepare Any Organization for Disaster” with an introduction from James Rivera, associate administrator for SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.  n Sept. 12 – “Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees.”  n Sept. 19 – “Utilization of Social Media During a Crisis.”  n Sept. 26 – “Surviving a Crisis, Large or Small: Real Life Lessons Learned.” Business owners who recovered from disasters will discuss proactive emergency planning. To register, visit www2.agilityrecovery .com/npm.

New faces at DeKalb Chamber The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has new managers for marketing and publication and administration and special projects. Noelle Lloyd is the new marketing and public relations manager, while Noelle Lloyd Bianca Mallory is the administration/special projects manager. They replace longtime employees Kim Davis-Mitchell and Janniece Leonard, who left the chamber after nine years in early August as part of a reorganization. Leonardo McClarty, the chamber’s president, said Lloyd and Mallory bring new ideas and insights that will help the chamber improve its offerings to members. Lloyd, who has worked with Fox Chicago News, the Chicago White Sox and Loyola University Medical Center’s Credit Union, began work Aug. 27. She is responsible for managing outreach and communication, media relations and social media strategy.

Mallory’s diverse background includes serving as a paralegal and executive assistant and project manager for a technology and gaming company. She is pursuing a bachelor’s in paralegal studies from Kaplan University. Bianca Mallory McClarty said the departures and arrivals will help the chamber address the complex issues of the future both within the membership and the DeKalb County community. He said that it is common and natural to question change. “Let me reassure you that your chamber is doing fine,” he wrote in an e-mail to members. “We enter the second half of the year ahead of our budgeted plan. After much discussion at the board of director level, it was determined that … we must restructure. This decision was undoubtedly difficult and taxing, yet it is one that we believe will position us for future growth.”

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Thank you for your continued interest in the MARTA I-20 East Transit Initiative! With significant stakeholder and public input, the study has identified a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for transit improvements in the I-20 East Corridor: an extension of the existing MARTA rail line from the Indian Creek Station to the Mall at Stonecrest, and new Bus Rapid Transit service along I-20 between downtown Atlanta and Wesley Chapel Road. As the project moves into environmental studies, the public is invited to attend one of the upcoming Public Scoping Meetings to learn about the LPA, and discuss any environmental or community concerns in the study area. If you are unable to attend any of the meetings advertised, please provide your written comments to Janide Sidifall, Office of Transit Systems Planning, MARTA, 2424 Piedmont Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30324-3330, by October 15, 2012. For more information or to submit comments online at the project website, visit:

Monday, September 10 6-7 PM: Open House 7-8 PM: Presentation & Q/A Trees Atlanta 225 Chester Avenue Atlanta, GA 30316 Tuesday, September 11 6-7 PM: Open House 7-8 PM: Presentation & Q/A Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center 3181 Rainbow Drive Decatur, GA 30034 Thursday, September 13 6-7 PM: Open House 7-8 PM: Presentation & Q/A Lou Walker Senior Center 2538 Panola Road Lithonia, GA 30058

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