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Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Sites Also Begin Offering

Free Tax Preparation to metro-Atlanta Households Earning $49,000 or Less

 

Press Conference Speakers

 Carlis Williams, Region IV Administrator, US Department Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families

Peggy Bogadi, IRS Wage & Investment Commissioner

Bill Bolling, Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Deborah Lum, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency

Karen Rogers, Director, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Weed and Seed 

Jason Nguyen, Osborne High School VITA Site Representative

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Bank of America Corp. reported Wednesday it hit its target of hiring more that 1,000 small business bankers in 2012, including 35 in Metro Atlanta.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank said it extended $280.2 million in credit to Georgia small businesses and $8.7 billion nationally last year. The $8.7 billion was an increase of 28 percent over 2011.

It recently reported net income of $2.8 billion for 2012. It also saw its head count shrink by about 5,000 employees to 267,190 in the fourth quarter, evidence that BofA is still trimming staff levels as it works to lower its expenses. Branches also continued to close, with BofA reporting 5,478 banking centers across its U.S. franchise at the end of the year, down from 5,702 centers a year earlier. 

Bank of America is the third-largest bank in metro Atlanta with 145 local branches and $20.4 billion in area deposits for a market share of 17 percent. 

Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton sue HSBC over predatory lending

Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton sue HSBC over predatory lending

ATLANTA -- Three Atlanta-area counties have filed a lawsuit claiming that British bank HSBC engaged in predatory lending that ended up costing them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties say the bank aggressively signed minorities to housing loans that were likely to fail. The counties say it caused tremendous damage, including extra expenses and lost tax revenue.

The lawsuit says the banks violated the Fair Housing Act, which provides protections against housing or renting policies or practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or handicap.

A lawyer for HSBC said he couldn't comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in October. A federal judge has given the bank until Jan. 25 to file a response.

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Seven Years and Thousands of Updates Later, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.LeffsAtlantaMedia.com) Continues to Track and Report on Atlanta’s Diverse Media Community

It’s been seven years since Atlanta public relations executive Mitch Leff launched Atlanta’s most comprehensive database of local media, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), and the site continues to grow.  This month, the site will add a new section, “News from the PR Dept.,” tracking news items of interest to media and public relations professionals.

The new feature will appear on the Leff’s Atlanta Media blog and in the site’s monthly “Mitch’s Media Musings” newsletter and will include:

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble

Higher pay for DeKalb school administrators draws fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Just a few months ago, DeKalb County's School Board was cutting millions from its budget and eliminating jobs.

Now some are wondering how they can approve raises for 4 top school administrators, especially with very little public notice.

"We didn't even have a full board to even vote on the decision to give those particular people raises," DeKalb County parent Cheryl Miller told 11Alive News.

The community school activist accuses the school system of pulling a fast one.

They only gave a few hours notice that the salary hikes would be on the agenda for a Monday meeting attended by only five of nine board members.

At the request of new Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson, the board voted 3-to-2 to give higher salaries to four of her top administrators, ranging from $3,400 to $4,000 a year more.

'Pizza por favor!'

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Pizza por favor. Three words that Pizza Patron says it never expected to spark a national controversy. 

On June 5, customers who visit one of the chain's locations between 5 and 8 p.m. can get a free large pepperoni pizza, as long as supplies last. 

But you have to order it in Spanish.

Metro Atlanta customers would have to visit Pizza Patron's only Georiga location in Doraville to get in on the deal. Owner Armando del Bosque says the marketing campaign is about building buzz and creating new customers. 

The company appeals heavily to hispanic families. There's Spanish on their advertisements, pizza boxes and the store even accepts pesos for payments.  

But del Bosque says they're starting to attract just as many non-hispanic customers who appreciate the taste of their food.