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American Pickers Looking to Comb Through Cobb

February 24, 2015

American pickersHistory Channel’s hit television show American Pickers is coming to our area and your collectibles and old junk could be featured on the show! This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.

Whether you have an extensive collection or just a bunch of junk, Mike and Frank would love to take some of it off your hands. They are looking to buy things like vintage bicycles, civil war antiques, sports memorabilia and old signage and movie posters.

If you think you have something the American Pickers would be interested in, email them at or leave a message at 1-855-OLD-RUST. Be sure to include your name, contact number, a description of your items and photos of your collection. If you and your rusty gold qualify, we could see you on American Pickers!

Here’s a list of what they’re looking for:

  • Motor scooters: Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman
  • Old advertising signage
  • Motorcycles
  • Bicycles (Pre-60’s to turn-of-the-century)
  • Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron
  • Pre 50’s vending machines
  • Pinball and slot machines
  • Old movie posters
  • Unusual radios: transistor, tabletop, etc.
  • Antique casino/gaming machines
  • Vintage movie memorabilia
  • Vintage advertising Items
  • Taxidermy
  • Vintage concert posters & t-shirts
  • Early Boy Scout items
  • Pre 60’s vintage diner collectibles
  • Pre 60’s TV merchandise
  • Pre 50’s western/equestrian gear
  • Classic motorcycle memorabilia
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Casino tables
  • Houdini items
  • Old rodeo items
  • Airline collectibles: Pan-Am, TWA, Etc.
  • Late 70’s & earlier military items
  • Extraordinary mobster memorabilia
  • Vintage police officer collectibles
  • Firefighter collectibles
  • Pre 40’s telephones
  • Folk art
  • Vintage BB guns/cap guns
  • Early Halloween items
  • Pre 40’s Christmas items
  • Hawaiiana/Tiki Collectibles
  • Vintage sports collectibles
  • Vintage election memorabilia
  • Musical instruments
  • Civil War antiques
  • Vintage gas pumps
  • Pre 70’s old neon signs
  • Strange woodcarvings
  • Vintage collegiate collectibles

They currently are not looking for: Farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.

Vinings Business Association to Host Expo

February 23, 2015

The Vinings Business Association will host its sixth annual Vinings Business Expo, March 10 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Courtyard Atlanta Vinings Hotel, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339.

Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Over 30 exhibitors will be featured with information on Vinings-area businesses, restaurants and events. There will also be free food samples, door prizes, drawings and giveaways, including restaurant gift certificates and a cash bar. Association chair Glenn Christian said he expects 500 people or more to attend this year’s event.

“The Expo is an opportunity for Vinings area businesses to showcase their products and services to a different audience they probably have not had access to,” Christian said. “The Expo draws people from all over Cobb and the northwest side of Atlanta.”

Exhibit tables are $125 for members and $195 for non-members, and all exhibitors must register and pay in full in advance, online only at  Exhibitor setup is from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested businesses, organizations or individuals can sign-up to be exhibitors as long as the link on the association’s website works (it will stop working once 30 have signed up), Christian said.

Membership in the VBA begins at $95 for 12 months and can be set up online with a credit or debit card.

Information: (678) 725-0099, email or visit

Cobb Chamber Offers Resources, Networking, Cost Savings to Small Businesses

February 19, 2015

Chamber BldgStarting a small business often begins as a passion that turns into a labor of love. Small business owners live and breathe their business, doing everything possible to ensure its success. At the Cobb Chamber, we share your passion for your company’s success. That’s why we’ve put together a long list of resources and programs that hand entrepreneurs the tools to build a successful small business. As part of Georgia Small Business Week, we’ve put together a small business cheat sheet to remind you of all the ways the Chamber can help your business.

Let’s start with the Business Resource Center, a source of up-to-date information for companies or individuals searching for custom market data.  The center provides research and data customized to your needs and includes access to databases that provide company profiles, demographic reports with current year estimates, and a database of available commercial property. The center can help you locate your target audience and find the perfect place for your business. We’ve even put together a list of links especially for small businesses.

Learn More About the Business Resources Center >>

Now that you know where your customers are, the Chamber can help you market business. Not only does the Chamber host hundreds of events each year designed specifically to create valuable connections and provide you potential business, we also offer numerous opportunities to get your business in front of potential clients – many of them for free! You can post events to our community calendar, post and view deals exclusively for Chamber members, submit press releases to appear in our blog, and schedule a ribbon cutting ceremony – all free to Chamber members! We also offer sponsorship opportunities and advertising in our print publications and e-communications as well as online at

Register for Our Next Networking Event >>

Learn More about Sponsorships and Advertising >>

Don’t forget about Professional Development and Leadership Programs! Get involved with a group of your peers and bounce around ideas with the county’s influencers, decision-makers and young professionals through our professional development programs. There’s a leader in all of us and our nationally acclaimed leadership programs give you the tools to fine tune your problem solving, team building and management skills and recognize your potential while offering experiential learning opportunities.

Learn More about Professional Development >>

Learn More about Leadership Programs >>

Additionally, the Chamber offers free entrepreneur counseling through SCORE, a non-profit association and resource partner with the Small Business Administration, dedicated to entrepreneur education and the success of small businesses. Working and retired executives and business owners who share their expertise across more than 60 industries donate their time as volunteer business counselors, providing confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge.

Learn More about SCORE and Make an Appointment with a Counselor >>

The Chamber can also help you lower your bottom line with Cost Savings Programs. Chamber members save big bucks by taking advantage of special pricing from vendors like Constant Contact, Group Transportation Services, Healthy Business Alliance and Office Depot. Chamber members also gain access to the free prescription assistance program through the Georgia Drug Card and lower workers’ comp premiums through participation in Drugs Don’t Work.

Learn More about Cost Savings Programs >>

As you can see, the Chamber is dedicated to helping your business succeed. Your passion is our passion and together we all achieve more. For more information about what the Cobb Chamber can do for your business, visit or send us an email at

“Good for Cobb” Votes to Support Dobbins Air Force Base

February 19, 2015


(MARIETTA, GA)— At it’s February meeting held on Monday, the Good for Cobb organization unanimously voted to support all endeavors beneficial to the vitality of Dobbins Air Reserve Base (AFB).

Dobbins ARB is the largest multi-service reserve-training base in the world, the only military facility in metro Atlanta, and supports more than 10,000 guardsmen and reservists from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. Nearly 50 aircraft are assigned to different flying units at Dobbins and the base and it boasts more than 7,000 takeoffs and landings monthly.

“With more than 20,000 employees and more than $2.5 billion in annual economic impact, every member of the committee unanimously voted that Dobbins is Good for Cobb,” said John Loud, Good for Cobb Co-Chair. “The base has always been vitally important to Cobb and we want to make sure we support all efforts to maintain and grow the base while letting the employees know how appreciative we are of their service.”

Formed in January 2015, Good for Cobb is a grassroots coalition of diverse and engaged Cobb County community leaders representing the education, business, public safety and non-profit sectors with a mission of supporting initiatives

that ensure a bright future for Cobb County as well as the region.

Justin O’Dell, partner in the law firm O’Dell and O’Neal, is serving as Co-Chair, and Donna Shaw, Associate Broker at Re-Max of Atlanta, is serving as Treasurer.

In its first meeting, the group voted to support all efforts related to the Atlanta Braves relocation to Cobb County in 2017.

The Giving Kitchen Named Beneficiary of Atlanta Magazine Event

February 17, 2015

tgkCraving the best of the best? Tickets are now on sale for Atlanta magazine’s 28th annual Best of Atlanta Party, a celebration of the eateries Atlantans love—both inside and outside the Perimeter. New this year, Atlanta magazine has partnered with The Giving Kitchen, a local nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance grants to cover living expenses, care-related travel expenses and funeral expenses for those in the Atlanta restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship. The Best of Atlanta Party, set to return to Cobb Galleria on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, will also offer a silent auction to benefit The Giving Kitchen.

Each year, Atlanta magazine’s Best of Atlanta attracts thousands of foodies from across the state to celebrate and feast upon the city’s culinary achievements. More than 60 restaurants and food trucks, including current and past Best of Atlanta winners, will gather to serve up fan favorites to the hungry crowds. Adding to the festivities, more than 30 bars will be on hand to offer specialty beer, wine and spirits samples, while local tribute band, Yacht Rock Schooner, will help guests dance the night away to some of their favorite tunes. 

WHAT: 28th Annual Best of Atlanta Party
WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. VIP entry begins at 6 p.m.
WHERE:  Cobb Galleria Centre Exhibition Hall A&B 2 Galleria Parkway Southeast Atlanta, Ga. 30339
HOW: General Admission: $65 Unlimited cocktail and appetizer tastings plus one-year subscription to Atlanta magazine
VIP tickets: $90 (limited tickets available) Early admission, complimentary valet parking, VIP wristband, unlimited cocktail and appetizer tastings, plus one-year subscription to Atlanta magazine


Tickets are available at


About Best of Atlanta:

The Best of Atlanta Party, now in its 28th year, is one of the most respected and cherished food events in the city of Atlanta. Atlanta’s best chefs create a signature dish sample for guests to enjoy, along with a silent auction and on-stage entertainment. More than 2,400 guests come each year to enjoy is the festivities, along with the Taste of Georgia, Southbound travel pavilion. This year’s non-profit partner, the Giving Kitchen, will receive silent auction proceeds and a percentage of ticket sales. For more information, visit


About The Giving Kitchen

The Giving Kitchen (TGK) is a nonprofit charity based in Atlanta, GA inspired by an overwhelming expression of support from the hospitality industry when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with last stage cancer in December 2012. From helping with the cost of living expenses to funeral arrangements, TGK provides emergency assistance to members of the metro Atlanta restaurant community. Funding for the sustainability of TGK comes from a variety of sources including direct beneficiary events, personal donations and profits from a one-of-a-kind platform generated by Staplehouse Restaurant. For more information on The Giving Kitchen and Staplehouse Restaurant, visit or


Cobb Chamber Celebrates 2015 Georgia Small Business Week

February 16, 2015

14GC278_GA_SmallBizLogo_H_CMYKEarlier this month, Governor Nathan Deal announced he will proclaim the third week in February 2015 (February 16-20, 2015) as Georgia Small Business Week. As one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the Cobb Chamber is participating in the inaugural initiative with two key events and a social media campaign.

“Cobb’s low cost of doing business gives the county a climate for entrepreneurial success and growth,” says Brooks Mathis, senior vice president of Economic Development at the Cobb Chamber. “Cobb County is focused on helping local businesses expand, meeting the needs of the small business owner and recruiting new businesses.”

Cobb Chamber Events During Georgia Small Business Week

Business Builders, Feb. 17 7:30-9 a.m.

Atlanta Marriott Northwest, 200 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

Business Builders is for people who want to move their business forward. This group provides members with an opportunity to learn key business principles by reviewing the best-selling business books of today. You will build business savvy and sharpen your skills for today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business environment. Business Builders also exchange ideas, learn from others and grow professionally.


Writing a Mini Business Plan, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-noon

Cobb Chamber, 240 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

Presented by SCORE, participants learn the key components to writing a clear, succinct plan designed to appeal to investors, potential business partners and lenders.


Social Media and More

In addition to events, the Chamber is encouraging its small business members to apply for its annual Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Applications are based on the Small Business Administration standards demonstrating achievement in growth, community involvement, employee benefits and adversity among other criteria. An independent panel of judges comprised of composed of business and community leaders reviews the applications. The judges select the Top 25 and from amongst the Top 25, the Small Business of the Year winner. The overall winner continues on to participate in the state small business of the year competition. Learn more about the Small Business of the Year awards and apply here.


The Chamber will also support Georgia Small Business Week on its social media platforms, using the hashtag #GASmallBiz. To follow the conversation, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Click here for more information on Georgia Small Business Week. For more information on Cobb Chamber events, visit


About the Cobb Chamber


As one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the Cobb Chamber is dedicated to bringing the community and its leaders together to create jobs and strengthen the economy and quality of life so businesses and the community can achieve more. The Chamber achieves this by creating jobs and driving economic development; strengthening the community and the region; growing member businesses and nurturing leadership; and connecting businesses, government and the community.

Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Competition to Award more than $450,000

February 12, 2015


Philadelphia – February 3, 2015 – Comcast Business announced that for the second consecutive year the company will seek out the nation’s most innovative startup companies and entrepreneurs to compete in the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition. Contest applicants must submit a 250-word essay explaining how they would use $30,000 in technology investment to enhance their business.


Startups and entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit to submit their application and essay and review the full program details. Entries are due by March 15, 2015. Last year’s winners came from a wide range of industries; including a women’s clothing designer from Delaware, a healthcare management company from Maryland, a business video producer from California, a mobile pet grooming service from Texas, a knitting materials supplier from Georgia and an animal hospital from Florida.


“Startups and entrepreneurs play a critical role in driving our nation’s economy and creating new jobs, and we want to recognize and assist business leaders who are using technology to make a difference for their customers and employees,” said Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business. “The Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program is designed to enable these small businesses to take the next step in innovation and continue to grow.”


Entries will be judged and two winners will be selected in each of the 16 Comcast Business Regions: one winner for startup companies (in business less than two years) and one winner for entrepreneurs (in business for more than two years). The 32 regional winners will each earn $10,000 in cash.


From the regional winners, six grand prize winners will be selected – three startups and three entrepreneurs – who will earn an additional $20,000 in cash, plus a trip to Philadelphia and business advice from industry experts, including Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, Wharton entrepreneurship lecturer and DreamIt Ventures’ Director Patrick Fitzgerald, Comcast Chief Development Officer Sam Schwartz, and Managing Director of Comcast Ventures Louis Toth.


Regional winners will be notified beginning the week of April 8, 2015. Public voting for the 32 regional winners will be held April 27 – May 10, 2015. The six grand prize winners will be announced the week of June 1, 2015 with an awards event planned for August 2015.


About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.


For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow us on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at


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