Better Business

With Start:ME, Emory looks to connect Atlanta’s minority communities with startup know-how

"Entrepreneur accelerator” START:ME focuses on small-business owners in communities like Clarkston, East Lake, and Atlanta’s Southside. The Emory University Goizueta Business School’s 14-week program aims to give entrepreneurs the skills, networks, and seed capital to develop scalable business.
Waffle House

Want to open a Waffle House franchise? Don’t hold your breath.

According to Bert Thornton, Waffle House’s vice chairman emeritus, the list of people trying to get into the WaHo biz is “very long and very distinguished.”
Sara Blakely

The Uplifter: How Spanx CEO Sara Blakely became one of the most inspirational women in business

That’s her schtick. She’s the cheerleader and the nerd. She’s a girly girl, but she's also the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire. This is how Sara Blakely became one of the country's most influential women after cutting the legs off of a pair of panty hose one day 20 years ago.

No child will be denied school lunch again if a crusading Gwinnett mom has her way

Alessandra Ferrara-Miller, a Suwanee resident and mother of two, founded her one-woman nonprofit, All For Lunch, in 2017 with the intent to abolish all of the outstanding school lunch debt in metro Atlanta. Long-term, she hopes All For Lunch can act as an emergency fund for all school lunch debt in the metro area.
Videodrome

Viva Videodrome, the Atlanta video rental store that refuses to die

Videodrome, the roughly 2,000-square-foot shop at the corner of North Highland and North avenues, is the last video store standing in Atlanta that is not of the XXX variety. It is an oasis for film buffs (and the occasional visiting celebrity) who are suckers for special features, director’s cuts, or not letting Netflix’s algorithms ration out their media diets.
Sapelo Skin Care

3 new Georgia-grown beauty brands

When a new beauty brand pops up in the Peach State, it’s worth taking note. Here are a few that deserve more than a passing glance.

Commentary: The brilliant strategy of Rev. Creflo Dollar’s request for a $60 million private plane

Dollar enabled an old-school sales compliance technique practiced by everyone who's worked a phone during an NPR membership drive. The good reverend can come back with a more modest request and cite the struggle of fundraising in a faithless world. His people will fall for it. And by laughing at Dollar, we're helping him.
Circa: Waffle House

From a side hustle to an empire: how Waffle House became a 24/7 beacon for waffle lovers

Before Waffle House became what it is now, it was just a side hustle. On Labor Day 1955, next-door neighbors Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner opened a restaurant in sleepy Avondale Estates.
Where does my recyling go? Atlanta

Where your recyclables end up may surprise you

It smells in here. Like wet cardboard. Old shoes. Hot milk. Cat litter. And it’s your fault. That is to say, the reason it’s stinky inside “the MRF,” Waste Pro’s 400,000-square-foot Material Recovery Facility on Fulton Industrial Boulevard, is because most of us put out the wrong stuff for pickup.

Once fugitive banker Aubrey Lee Price gets 30 years

This morning, U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield sentenced Aubrey Lee Price—the Georgia pastor who became an investment adviser, then a banker, then a fugitive—to a maximum of 30 years in prison stemming from a Ponzi scheme that evoked comparisons to the one masterminded by Bernie Madoff. The amount of restitution Price will owe to those he swindled is still to be determined, though it will likely be in the $46 million range.

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