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Atlanta ‘creative city’ secures $1.75M in loans, sets site-work date

The owners of the historic Pratt-Pullman Yard have secured $1.75 million in federal funding to begin environmental rehab of the 27-acre former industrial complex and turn it into an entertainment district — with the aim of opening a portion of the site to the public by the fall. Atomic Entertainment LLC, whose principals include Adam Rosenfelt, owns the site and is leading the transformation with newly approved funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Brownfields Program. Invest…

‘It’s Complicated’ podcast: Edible Brands makes it cheaper to become a franchise owner

Small businesses have a big impact on the economy in metro Atlanta — as you can read about in this week’s special report. In addition to small, independent companies run by entrepreneurs, nearly 28,000 small businesses in Georgia are franchises, according to the International Franchise Association. They include fast food restaurants, fitness centers, massage parlors and schools. Prior to the spread of the global pandemic, the number of franchises across the state was expected to increase by 2.3%.…

Mental Health: Building Resilience in the Workplace

THE PANELISTS Raechell Dickinson, Deputy Director, Human Resources,Gwinnett County Government
Alisha Penick, Chief People Officer, YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Nicole Z. Stelter, Sr.Manager, Customer Engagement Team Lead, Mental Health, Addiction, & EAP Consulting, Workforce Mental Health, Kaiser Permanente
Michael J. Staufacker, Assistant VP, Health Management, Emory University
John Wright II, CEO and Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright The mental health of employees is important,…

Education is key to ensuring personal and professional growth during uncertain times

We are in uncharted territory as a nation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people in our communities are feeling a high degree of uncertainty around their professional positions and companies, more than they may have ever felt or experienced previously. Many things are out of our control and will remain so, despite our efforts. While realizing that we can’t change what we can’t control is hard, it’s also not an acceptance that we can’t change anything, especially relating to our own…

American Dreams Disrupted: Small-business owners fighting to survive

A truism of history is that the more time passes, the more we forget about the toils, triumphs and sacrifices of those who endured. We forget when time draws our focus away from the millions who persevered in anonymity, turning it back to the era’s hallowed names and faces, however deserving. Left fading in the footnotes is the human toll — the stories of loss, hope and redemption — that brings gravity and dignity to the retelling of the most defining moments of the time. Another truism of…

Atlanta software startup raises $10M

FullStory, an Atlanta-based customer experience software company, has closed a $10 million round, according to a filing with the SEC. Not much else is known about the sale, recorded on May 11, other than five investors were involved in the round. The raise is smaller than the Series C the company raised in April 2019 — a $32 million round led by Stripes and Dell Technologies Capital. The new investment brings the company’s total funding to $67 million. Listed in the SEC filing as directors…