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Ga. golf cart manufacturer issues recall

Ga. golf cart manufacturer issues recall

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- An Augusta-based golf cart manufacturer has issued a recall for 950 of its vehicles. 

Club Car has issued recalls for some of its gas-powered golf carts, which are used for short-distance transportation.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the fuel hose could separate from the fuel tank, which poses a fire hazard.

Federal officials say the vehicles involved in the recall were manufactured in 2013.

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. 

Coweta-Fayette EMC rebranding

PALMETTO, Ga. -- Palmetto-based EMC Natural Gas Inc. changed its business name from Coweta-Fayette EMC Natural Gas to True Natural Gas.

The natural gas affiliate of Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corp. has been Sawnee EMC's gas partner since 2007.

"Coweta-Fayette EMC Natural Gas has grown considerably since its founding 10 years ago," said Dan Hart, president and CEO of True Natural Gas, in a statement. "As we have expanded, potential customers outside Coweta and Fayette have told us that our name led to confusion about whether they could even receive service from us. We have selected True Natural Gas as a name that addresses our statewide presence while better describing our commitment to customer satisfaction with clear and competitive pricing plans."

3 Fayette companies among fastest growing businesses

3 Fayette companies among fastest growing businesses

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three companies based in Fayette County have been named to Inc.'s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S.

SAWTST, a Tyrone-based technology and logistics firm, came in at No. 731 on the list. The company is also the 25th fastest growing business in metro Atlanta.

At No. 2071, Aventure Aviation is making another appearance on the list. Aventure Aviation is headquartered in Peachtree City, and provides aviation parts and supplies.

Another Peachtree City venture, BiMECO Group, is Fayette County's final business to make the cut, at No. 4014. BiMECO Group is a healthcare company specializing in infection control and creating safe hospitals for babies, patients and their family members.

Nominees needed for Small Business of the Year

Nominees needed for Small Business of the Year

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The deadline is Friday, Dec. 7 to nominate a local business for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year honor.

Eligible businesses are current chamber members that have been in operation for at least three years, have fewer than 50 employees and have not won the award in the past three years.

Nominated businesses will receive applications from the chamber. They must be completed and returned no later than Dec. 28.

The winner will be announced at the Fayette Chamber Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City.

Learn more and download a nomination form at fayettechamber.org.

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

Old-fashioned barbershop to open in Peachtree City

Old-fashioned barbershop to open in Peachtree City

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- An upscale men's grooming center will open up shop in Peachtree City next week.

Rooster's MGC will host a ribbon cutting and open house at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The public is invited to attend for refreshments, prize drawings and a chance to ask questions about this unique venture.

The grooming center will offer personalized services for men and boys, including precision haircuts, shaves with hot steam towels, deep cleansing facial massages and Aveda products.

Owner J. Polk is excited to bring Rooster's MGC to Peachtree City.

"My wife Michelle and I are both very fond of this beautiful community," Polk said in a statement. "She will retire soon and our son is graduating from college, so this is an ideal opportunity for us to invest in the future."