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Bank of America pulling ATMs out of shopping malls, gas stations

ATLANTA -- Brian Moynihan's pruning shears have turned to Bank of America's ATM network.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank recently ended its deal to operate ATMs in Simon mall properties and Valero gas stations, according to Bloomberg's BusinessWeek. That means BofA cash machines at Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Northlake Mall, Town Center at Cobb, Discover Mills, Mall of Georgia and North Georgia Premium Outlets - all Simon properties - will be removed.

Bank of America is metro Atlanta's third largest bank with $19.5 billion in local deposits and 145 branches.

Atlanta-Area Simon Kidgits Clubs Host Super-Duper Mini Chefs Events this Summer

Atlanta-Area Simon Kidgits Clubs Host Super-Duper Mini Chefs Events this Summer

Families can have fun with food, learn to play a riveting new action puzzle game from Nickelodeon and give back to their community during a special event at Gwinnett Place, Mallof Georgia and Cobb Town Center this summer.

Pint-sized food lovers and even the pickiest eaters will have a blast getting crafty with cuisine as Super-Duper Mini Chefs makes its annual appearance at Gwinnett Place, Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb. Hosted by the popular Simon Kidgits Club® and sponsored by Nickelodeon, participating kids will actually be encouraged to play with their food!

Metro Atlanta's lake economy booming again

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The summer forecast for metro Atlanta's economy has one facet that is sparkling:

The massive lake economy is booming once again.

Allatoona and Lanier are back, after the past few years of literal and economic drought.

The lakes' levels are nearly back up to full pool again, just as boaters and tourists are returning to the lakes with money to spend.

Marinas are expecting good summer business, for a change.

"I think it's probably going to be higher than it's been in the last, I'd say, five years, for sure," said Tara Anderson, the accounts manager for Holiday Harbor Marina and Resort, at Allatoona Lake in the Bartow County part of the City of Acworth.

Anderson said Monday that Holiday Harbor's profits are already up 33 percent so far this year, compared with the same period last year.

Boat sales, alone, are up 144 percent. As soon as the business puts new boats on the lot, they're sold.

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Emily Sanders, Chairman and CEO of Sanders Financial Management, moderated a panel at the 14th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, held May 4, 2012, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Sanders, consistently ranked one of the top women in wealth management nationwide, led a discussion on “Developing Relationships That Support Entrepreneurial Success.”

The Women’s Leadership Forum is presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle, in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

The experts on the panel included:

Committee votes against commercializing Gwinnett airport

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- An airport citizens review committee voted Monday against privatizing or commercializing the Gwinnett County airport, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post. The committee's vote was due to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on May 8.

The vote was led by members who have protested a proposal to add commercial flights at Briscoe Field. That lead to a split vote on the majority of measures considered by the group -- with six members voting in favor and five abstaining, the newspaper reported. Some members of the committee were bothered by what they saw as a rush to vote and said they would have liked more time before a decision was made.

The recommendation will be made to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, which will have the final say. Commissioners have also been split on the issue.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.