GABB Today May 2014

We hope you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, and we hope you plan to join us NEXT TUESDAY for our regular GABB meeting for an informative talk about the upcoming election season from political analyst Bill Crane.

Bill Crane of CSI Crane, LLC

Bill Crane of CSI Crane, LLC

Brian Harper Senior Vice President of SBA Lending with Atlantic Capital Bank will sponsor the May 27 meeting, which starts at 10:30 a.m. at the South Terraces Conference Center after at 9:45 a.m. networking session and a free light breakfast.  The South Terraces Conference Center is at 115 Perimeter Center Place, Atlanta. For information about sponsoring future GABB meetings, contact GABB Board Member Mike Kelly.

Tuesday, May 27: Bill Crane, who helped market the city of Atlanta during the Olympic years, will talk about what the elections will mean for Georgia businesses. Bill Crane of CSI Crane, LLC is nearing 25 years as a senior communications strategist. He began his career in broadcasting, and later served in senior communications staff positions under Georgia’s Gold Dome as well as on Capitol Hill, working for two U.S. Senators and one Governor, in both major political parties. Crane also has significant economic development experience, serving as Vice-President of Marketing and Communications for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce during Atlanta’s Olympic years.

Since the 2000 Presidential Election, Crane has become one of the southeast’s most visible political analysts and commentators, first with 11Alive News, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, and now Channel 2’s WSB-TV Action News.  Crane added radio in 2006, since providing commentary for WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM.  In the summer of 2009, Crane opened his own shop, CSI Crane, providing a full-range of marketing, public affairs and communications services to individuals and corporations.


JUNE 24: Demystifying Advertising with Rutland Walker

Join Cox Media Group Project Manager Rutland Walker and GABB as we demystify advertising in 2014, and give you a few simple takeaways that  will increase the effectiveness of your advertising no matter what you do. Walker is also an Adjunct Professor at The Academy of Marketing in Atlanta. The meeting sponsor will be David Aynes of Atlanta Leasing and Investment, 1230 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. 404- 348-4448×2

JULY 29: Achieve your Business Goals with Ruth King

Ruth King, who describes herself as a serial entrepreneur, will speak to the GABB. Through Business Ventures Corporation, she coaches, trains, and helps contractors and others achieve the business goals they want to achieve. Meeting sponsorship available; contact GABB Board Member Mike Kelly.

AUGUST 26: Affiliates Panel

GABB Affiliates will hold a panel discussion about banking, legal and/or others matters of interest to professional business brokers. The panel discussion will be led by Chris Fonzi of Logic Environmental, chair of the GABB’s newly formed Affiliates Committee. Meeting sponsorship available; contact GABB Board Member Mike Kelly.


The GABB Fall Conference will be held on Sept. 30 with two popular speakers and IBBA credit. Course #117 – Understanding Tax Returns (4 credit hours) Course #424 – Pro Forma and Cash Flow Statement: Tool For Closing More Deals (4 credit hours) Both courses have been approved for IBBA credit for the CBI and will be eligible for Real Estate Continuing Education Credit. Fall Conference Registration.

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GABB members represent owners of Georgia businesses and help them estimate the value of their businesses, create marketing plans and strategies for the sale of their businesses, and identify and qualify potential business buyers while keeping the sale confidential from employees and customers. Many of today’s business buyers are individuals who have decided not to re-enter corporate America , but are ready to control their own destiny by purchasing and operating a Georgia business. Many business buyers are also current business owners who saw 2013 as an opportunity to grow their revenues through purchases of competitors or strategic partners.