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Some of the 19 members of the 2020 Million Dollar Club spoke to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers on Dec. 16, and shared their thoughts about what has made them successful. They mentioned referrals, integrity, good communication and networking within the GABB. Hear more about what they had to say at this link.
Collectively, the 2020 Million Dollar Club honorees sold almost $61 million worth of small, medium and large businesses. The honorees were named on Dec. 10 at the GABB’s annual Holiday Gala.
The GABB provide leadership and resources to promote professional business brokerage and to provide education and resources to improve our profession. To achieve that goal, the GABB endeavors to establish a multi-faceted communication system among members, buyers, and sellers and the resource industries needed to accomplish the sale and purchase of businesses in Georgia. For more information about GABB, contact 2021 GABB President Judy Mims at 404-842-1997 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Diane Loupe at email@example.com or by calling 770-744-3639,Read More
ATLANTA – The State of Georgia has shattered its own record by being named No. 1 for business climate for the eighth consecutive year by Site Selection magazine.
In 2019, Georgia became the only state to earn this distinction seven consecutive times in the history of Site Selection’s rankings, and it is now the only state to receive the honor eight times in a row. Governor Brian P. Kemp’s announcement on Nov. 12 followed a tour of Bridgestone Golf’s headquarters and research and development facility in Covington, Georgia, where the Governor was also presented with golf balls stamped with the “No. 1 State” artwork to commemorate the occasion.
“I’m so proud that Georgia has earned this top business distinction for a record-setting eight years, and it is an honor to accept this award from Site Selection magazine,” said Gov. Kemp. “Our top-notch workforce development programs and pro-business environment, along with our strong logistics infrastructure, have further solidified the Peach State as the best place in the nation to live, work, raise a family, and start or grow a business. I thank our partners in both the public and private sectors, our world-class economic development team, and the hardworking Georgians throughout the state who helped us beat our own record with this unprecedented achievement.”
Site Selection magazine is an internationally circulated business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development. The publication’s rankings are 50% based on an index of seven criteria and 50% on the input received from a survey of independent site location experts who are asked to rank states based on their recent project experiences. This year, Georgia shares this top ranking with North Carolina.
“Our readers are keenly interested in our annual state business climate ranking, because they seek locations with the greatest prospects for success,” said Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. “Georgia’s eighth consecutive Top State Business Climate win reminds them that a Georgia location will contribute to their productivity and profitability long term.”
In a survey published with the rankings, workforce skills were the most important criteria to site selectors for the fifth consecutive year, with workforce development programs coming in second place. Transportation infrastructure, ease of permitting and regulatory procedures, along with state and local taxes completed the top five issues of importance to the process.
President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf Dan Murphy hosted Governor Kemp, alongside First Lady Marty Kemp, and members from both the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Site Selection magazine, as they safely celebrated these accolades. The event also highlighted Bridgestone Golf’s continued success in the state as they celebrate their 30th anniversary in Covington. The Georgia Made™ company employs nearly 160 Georgians and has continued to make new investments in research and development. Earlier this week, Bridgestone re-signed Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau to long-term contract extensions, which includes DeChambeau significantly increasing his involvement in Bridgestone’s R&D processes for developing new golf ball technology.
“Georgia’s success is thanks to a long, proven track record of our state doing things the right way,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Whether entering or expanding in Georgia, it’s our goal to give every company we work with the peace of mind they need to know that they will have a long-term partner in the state.”
Site Selection magazine joins Area Development magazine in naming Georgia the top state for business for 2020 – the eighth and seventh consecutive year, respectively, that both publications have awarded Georgia the top ranking. Earlier this week, Governor Kemp also shared that Georgia remains on a record pace for economic development investments and job creation in the state during fiscal year 2021, increasing investments by 56% and jobs by 45% compared to the same timeframe last year.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. Visit www.georgia.org for more information.
Linda A. Collett, a GABB affiliate member, passed away unexpectedly at home on October 19, 2020. She was 60 years old.
Linda was born on April 14, 1960 in Los Angeles, California to Cyril Reed and Audrey Collett and grew up in Thousand Oaks, California. She attended Thousand Oaks High School, the University of California, San Diego and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration.
Linda entered the business world after college and worked at several firms in Sacramento until she was transferred to Chicago in 1996 and then to Atlanta in 1998, where she fell in love with the city and made it her permanent home. In 2003, after 17 years in the corporate world, Linda left her position as Assistant Vice President of Risk Management Technologies at Marsh, LLC, a global insurance brokerage firm, to attend law school full time. She graduated cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2005 and opened The Collett Law Firm, a boutique law firm in Marietta specializing in starting, growing and selling businesses in the Atlanta area.
Linda was passionate about helping others and invested over 300 hours in training and study to become a certified professional coach. She was also a very active volunteer in the Professional Women’s Information Network (ProWIN) and served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for many years, in addition to serving two terms as the organization’s president. Linda enjoyed public speaking and spoke regularly at business groups in the Atlanta area and taught “Legal Issues for Small Businesses” at the Kennesaw State University Small Business Center for several years.
In her limited free time, Linda enjoyed yoga, taking courses on spiritual and personal growth, and recently began kayaking on Georgia’s beautiful lakes and rivers.
Linda is survived by her parents, Audrey and Reed (Cy), her brother, Dave, and by several cousins, nieces and nephews. She would not want her family, friends and colleagues risking their health at a public service during these difficult times, but condolences may be sent to CondolencesForLinda@yahoo.com and donations may be made to ProWIN or to the Georgia State University College of Law.
GABB November 24, 2020, Meeting Agenda Overview
To attend this meeting, to be held via Zoom link, you must register online.
2021 GABB Board Of Directors Vote today:
- GABB President: Judy Mims
- Vice President: Matt Wochele
- Treasurer: Jon Roman
- Secretary: Greg DeFoor
- Past President: Dean Burnette
- Historian: Pam Walker
- Board Member At Large: Tanya Nebo
- Board member at Large: George Hilliard
- Affiliate Board Member (non-voting): Kim Eells
Updates on Membership, listings, website traffic
Member Introductions: 30 seconds or less
- Broker Members
- Affiliate Members
Dean will talk about the GABB’s Million Dollar Club. Our 17 Million Dollars Club members for 2020, who will be recognized at the Dec. 10 Holiday Gala, represent more than $58 million in sales transactions during the qualifying period; this was up by $3 million in spite of COVID-19 and all of the turmoils of 2020!
Dean will update members on plans for the GABB Holiday Gala on Dec. 10. Please contact Dean to RSVP, if you have not gotten your invitation, or if you have any questions about the event.
Please log in to your GABB.org member page, go to Dashboard, then Forum, then Subscriptions. (Hint, if you don’t remember your password, you can reset it. Be sure to check your SPAM folder for the email to reset the password.) This is the place where you can subscribe to the forums to get notices when people post. It is a great way to hear the latest news, possible referrals, and contribute to helping other members! You can also post here and ask questions.
Our sponsors and affiliates are important to us, not just for providing financial support and meals for our meetings. They are our best resources to close deals quickly and smoothly. Find all of our affiliates on our Professional Resources Search on the GABB.org homepage.
Posting and updating your listings to the GABB site will help our SEO a LOT! It is a cooperative effort that will benefit us all.
Vision – Our vision is to be globally recognized as one of the most credible business brokerage associations. This recognition will be earned through providing education and resources along with setting high standards for our Brokers and Affiliates.
Adjourn: If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for our meetings or the Board of Directors please contact Dean Burnette, firstname.lastname@example.org 912-247-3209 or Diane Loupe, email@example.com 770-744-3639
One of the purposes of the GABB is to provide leadership and resources to promote professional business brokerage and to provide education and resources to improve our profession. To establish a multi-faceted communication system to among members, buyers, and sellers and the resource industries needed to accomplish the sell and purchases of businesses in Georgia. To facilitate interaction among industry professionals to foster abetter understanding of business brokerage.