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Walmart breaks ground on new store

ATLANTA -- Walmart broke ground on a new store in Southwest Atlanta Monday. 

The groundbreaking comes after the company was able to resolve concerns residents had about the store opening in their community.

The new store is designed to meet neighborhood standards and will include trees and plants as part of the landscaping. 

The store will be located on Cascade Drive.  Officials say when the store opens, it will employ 300 full and part-time workers.

Family Dollar protest strategy shifts

ATLANTA -- They've protested several times, but the construction still continued as planned. So what's next for those who are against a new Family Dollar store being built at the corner of Benjamin Mays Drive and Fairburn Road?

Possibly a legal or environmental angle. They'll look at permits and code requirements for the property to make sure all the rules were followed.

"And if all else fails, we will not take protests off the table," said Edith Lapido of the Cascade Heights Business Improvement Association. "Because people are not going to shop somewhere where there's a picket line."

Southwest Atlanta community members hope to meet with company reps and politicians Monday. A community meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Adamsville Recreation Center on MLK. Lapido said representatives from the offices of the mayor and Rep. John Lewis could be there to join them.

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.

Residents protest new Family Dollar in SW Atlanta neighborhood

ATLANTA - More than 100 residents in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood protested a new Family Dollar store coming to the Cascade area on Friday.

The new store being protested has just broken ground at the intersection of Benjamin E. Mays and Fairburn roads in southwest Atlanta.

Why? Locals say Family Dollar stores "cheapen" the area and with the large number of them in nearby areas, they question the wisdom behind adding yet another one in the area.

"It's a cheap store, it has poor quality items, it has a lot of security issues," said Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin.

"There are three up the street, there's another one coming not less than a mile from here," said community member Dr. Georgianne Thomas. "For me it cheapens the neighborhood. It's no different than having a number of title pawn shops in the neighborhood. It just says that's what we're about."

Martin says the chain target what they consider to be low-income communities.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System –Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, June 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 205, Sections A & B of the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta, GA 30310.  The Board will elect officers for the program year, which begins July 1, 2012

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

135th Agency calls into Riot Radio to discuss recent projects & reveals new roster of A-list clients

135th Agency calls into Riot Radio to discuss recent projects & reveals new roster of A-list clients

From the elite Atlanta Think Like A Man red carpet premiere to WE TV's most popular shows, 135th Agency is tackling it all. Spelman graduate and managing partner Saptosa Foster called into Riot Radio to announce their recent advancements. With the recent success of Think Like A Man, 135th Agency is now the exclusive public relations firm to major shows such as Mary Mary, Kendra On Top, The Braxton Family Values and film releases The Avengers and Sparkle. Covering events from LA, ATL, NY and Miami, Saptosa spoke about her drive which began in Atlanta at as a writer in the marketing department at Bad Boy Records.  Saptosa went on to graduate Cum Laude from Spelman in 1998 and from there began her career in the entertainment industry. Check out the full interview on Riot Radio

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Capitol City Bank gets bailout money from SunTrust

ATLANTA -- When the bottom fell out of the economy, it almost fell out from under Atlanta's Capitol City Bank & Trust.

The bank has been lending money to individuals and small businesses in Atlanta's predominantly African American West End for 18 years now.

In a community where money is hard to come by, small businesses have come to rely on Capitol City to get started and stay in business.

It's where Willie Watkins turned when he wanted to start a funeral home business.

Today Watkins has four locations.

"They gave me a little bit at a time," he said. "As I did a little work they gave me money. I did a little more work and they gave me money. They wanted to see how I would manage it."

Capitol City was the only bank that stepped forward to lend Watkins money to start his business.

"Correct," Watkins said.