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Sunday sales may begin this weekend

Sunday sales may begin this weekend

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Businesses in Hall County may begin selling alcohol on Sundays this weekend.

Voters approved Sunday package and liquor-by-the-drink sales in the March 6 election. It took nearly two months for sales to begin because county codes needed to be changed before the new law took effect.

The new codes will allow Sunday alcohol sales from 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

"These changes will make Hall County more business-friendly and enable our seasonal businesses on Lake Lanier to be even more successful," Hall County Chairman Tom Oliver said in a statement.

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Georgia Beef | From Pasture to Plate

Georgia Beef | From Pasture to Plate

 

Even if you live in a skyscraper in Buckhead or Midtown Atlanta, you don’t have to go very far to find a rural vibe since nothing says “country” like standing face-to-face with a cow. And cattle can be found in all 159 counties in Georgia. According to the USDA, Georgia is the nation’s 28th largest producer of cattle and calves with 1.02 million head. The beef industry contributes $3 billion to Georgia’s economy each year.

Of course every hamburger- and steak-loving American understands the need to raise cattle. But if you live in Atlanta, purchasing beef that was raised in Georgia requires reading labels. It is available, but not necessarily every plastic-wrapped package at your grocer has been sourced locally.

Among the options available to anyone who is interested in purchasing Georgia grown beef:

'Mega Monday' expected to set records for shopping, returns

ATLANTA -- It's the biggest gift return day of the season, and experts predict "Mega Monday" could be as big as Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Retailers slashed prices to entice customers already heading to stores to exchange gifts and hunt for after-Christmas bargains.

"Thirty-five percent more people will be returning this year, than last year," said Janice Lieberman, Consumer Correspondent for the Today Show. "For every dollar spent during the holiday, almost ten cents of it is returned." 

Some store make returns much easier than others. 

Sears may be the number one easy return store because they not only readily accept returns, but they extended their return window to 120 days through this holiday season.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

VIDEO: Black Friday brawl at Ellijay Walmart

The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

DOWNTOWN: Falcons to kick off new stadium design

ATLANTA (ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The Atlanta Falcons and Georgia World Congress Center will soon send out a request for proposals to potential designers of a new football stadium.

Falcons and GWCC officials expect to issue the RFP by the end of November for national and international architects to provide conceptual designs for a new open-air football stadium. The new stadium would be located north of the Falcons existing home - the Georgia Dome - at the intersection of Northside Drive and Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.

Read more about this story in Friday's edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.