Empowering the Underdog

Mailchimp’s creation story begins with layoffs, as many entrepreneurial tales do. Co-founders Ben Chestnut, CEO, and Dan Kurzius, chief customer officer, lost their jobs in 2000 and started a web design company that has become a marketing platform for small…

Features

Creating Cyber Warriors

Cybersecurity is top of mind these days as breaches of credit card information and malicious software attacks occur with alarming frequency. Also looming are questions about the security of the upcoming presidential primaries and general election. And the coronavirus pandemic…

2020 Top Doctors

Georgia Trend is excited to offer a new feature this month: the inaugural list of the state’s top physicians. These outstanding practitioners represent 56 specialties – from addiction medicine to vascular surgery – and can be found throughout Georgia, from…

The Launch Pad

Of all the graduate business degrees, the master of business administration, or MBA, has long been considered the gold standard. Initially designed for individuals educated outside of business school, the MBA is a generalist degree preparing the holder to step…

Our State

Metro Atlanta | Perimeter: Big Transformations

"Dunwoody is hot,” City Manager Eric Linton said just before COVID-19 struck. It’s not a word that you would have associated with the area a few years ago, when the city’s name often served as shorthand for any of Atlanta’s…

Dawsonville | Dawson County: Expect the Unexpected

Dawsonville and Dawson County mean different things to different people. To some, it’s a place to spend the day shopping at the North Georgia Premium Outlets. To others it’s the birthplace of NASCAR and racing’s Elliott family. To some it’s…

Upfront

Organizations: City of Refuge

City of Refuge got off to an inauspicious start. Pastor Bruce Deel was dispatched to close a small church with a dwindling congregation. “I was only supposed to be there for six months to tie up loose ends,” he recalls,…

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Electric Vehicle Impact. Even though electric vehicle (EV) owners don’t pay fuel taxes to support Georgia’s highways, they make a positive economic impact in other ways. According to Event Energy Partners, a Georgia-based clean transportation fuels consulting firm, EVs are…

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

New Court Appointments: Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Carla Wong McMillian to the State Supreme Court, replacing Justice Robert Benham, who retired. According to the governor’s press office, she is the first Asian-American female in…

Trendsetters: Full-circle Farming

Organic vegetable farms are becoming common these days, as are operations with grass-fed beef and dairy cattle. But it’s pretty rare to find a medium-sized farm that produces certified organic vegetables, grows non-genetically modified corn to feed its pastured pigs…

Economic Development Around the State

Ports Activity: The Georgia Ports Authority announced that shipments to the Savannah and Brunswick ports were about 20% lower than last March, but with Chinese manufacturing returning to 85% of normal operation in April an increase is expected. However overall…

Opinion

From the Publisher: Shop Small

This month features our Small Business Guide, a collaboration with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center. I hope it will find a wide audience among entrepreneurs and small businesses around the state who can use the information to…

Business Casual: Strong Women

My first meeting with a super-strong woman occurred the morning I was born, when I was officially introduced to my mother. I arrived a bit ahead of schedule, but she was ready – and never missed a beat thereafter, not…

Economy: Will We Recover?

COVID-19 unexpectedly ended the nation’s record-long economic expansion, triggering sharp declines in economic activity and employment. Full recovery from the COVID-19 recession will not come quickly, but we will get through this. Georgia’s economic development prowess and a pipeline full…

At Issue: Bad Ads

The Club for Growth, a small-government, anti-tax advocacy group, has spent literally millions of dollars on attack ads targeting Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins since February. They are largely wasting their money, not because current Sen. Kelly Loeffler…

Downtime

Georgia Fare: Dalton Devotee

After years of suburban big-box stores and chains drawing people away from downtowns, small Southern towns have been finding their way back to vibrancy. Beautiful little downtowns spruced up and drew new life – new shoppers, new businesses, new diners.…

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