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Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.

Chick-fil-A's founder focus of Business Insider

ATLANTA -- As Chick-fil-A continues to draw both heat and praise following company president and COO Dan Cathy's statement to a Baptist publication that the company is supportive of "the biblical definition of the family unit," Business Insider takes a look at Chick-fil-A's founder and patriarch -- 91-year-old S. Truett Cathy.

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As Business Insider says in its article, "the Cathys are the reason that Chick-fil-A has a strong reputation as a values-based company with strong Christian ideals."

Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy makes waves with values comments

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A Inc. recently came under fire for its million of dollars of donations to anti-gay Christian organizations, but the Atlanta-based chain's president isn't backing down.

Dan Cathy, son of founder S. Truett Cathy and Chick-fil-A president, told the Baptist Press earlier this week the company stands "guilty as charged" for its stand on biblical and family values. Chick-fil-A is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, customer service and respecting the Sabbath by not opening.

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," he told the publication. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

The article did not go unnoticed by a variety of left-leaning publications, such as The Huffington Post , and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates and bloggers.

Delta seals Boeing 717 deal with Southwest

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. closed a previously reported deal with Southwest Airlines Co. to lease 88 Boeing 717s Southwest got when it bought AirTran.

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Financial terms were not disclosed.

The aircraft will begin delivery next year, with 16 scheduled to enter Atlanta-based Delta's fleet in 2013. Thirty-six will be delivered in 2014 and in 2015, Delta said.

The Boeing 717s will primarily replace small 50-seat regional jets.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System –Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, June 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 205, Sections A & B of the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta, GA 30310.  The Board will elect officers for the program year, which begins July 1, 2012

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

Hartsfield-Jackson passenger traffic up in April

ATLANTA -- Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced Wednesday that passenger traffic in April was up 4.26 percent over April 2011.

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In April 2011, passenger traffic topped 7.6 million, while this year, traffic reached nearly 8 million passengers. Year-to-date figures for April increased from 28.1 million to 29.7 million in 2012.

Aircraft operations in April 2012 were up 1.2 percent from a year ago, and total air cargo flights that passed through the airport during April decreased from their 2011 number by 7.31 percent.

University president sues Delta for gun-related arrest

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines is being sued by the president of the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, who claims he was wrongfully arrested after a Delta ticket agent notified police he had declared a firearm at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

University president Mark Benedetto, who spent a night in a New York jail, says Delta breached its duty by failing to inform him of the city's restrictive gun laws, according to Sioux Falls newspaper The Argus Leader.

Attempts by the paper to reach Delta for comment were not successful.

An Associated Press report on the story says a Delta spokesman said Sunday the airline does not comment on pending litigation.

Benedetto and his wife, Gail, flew to New York Sept. 28 to pick up a piece of Sept. 11 memorabilia for a display at the school, the paper reports.