Atlanta earns A-
Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the second-annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey showing that Atlanta ranked among the friendliest cities in the country for small businesses. This is the second year in a row that Atlanta has made the list, with the city earning an A- rating, and ranking in the Top 10. Other cities on the list included Austin, Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Houston, Colorado Springs and San Antonio. To see the full ranking, visit thumbtack.com.
IT company opens
Computer Generated Solutions (cgsinc.com), a provider of technology solutions and services, has opened a new office at Perimeter Center. CGS’s new location will house sales and IT support staff for their software solutions, and will serve as the main office for their Leadtec division.
PulteGroup (pulte.com), one of America’s largest homebuilding companies, will relocate its corporate headquarters to 100,000 square feet of Class A office space in an yet-to-be-determined Buckhead building. The company will bring 300 jobs to the city.
Buckhead-based Novelis (novelis.com), which makes and recycles aluminum rolling, was named Metals Company of the Year at the inaugural Platts Global Metals Awards ceremony held in London. Novelis president and CEO Philip Martens was named CEO of the Year.
Lenox Square stores on the move
Lenox Square (simon.com) in Buckhead has announced the addition of Vince Camuto, Invicta, Tumi and Bachrach to its retail roster. In addition, there have been expansions of the Lacoste and A|X Armani Exchange stores, and relocations of Brookstone, Original Penguin and Carol’s Daughter.
Modani Furniture opens showroom
Modani Furniture (modani.com) has opened a new showroom in Buckhead, at 3221 Peachtree Road. The store offers furniture and accessories for the living room, bedroom, office and more.
Banking for a CURE
Sandy Springs-based Affinity Bank has formed a new partnership, Banking for a CURE. If at least 500 new customers open charitable checking and money market accounts with Affinity by Oct. 31, 2013, the bank will donate $50,000 to CURE, which helps children with cancer and their families. No donation is required by those opening the new accounts – the bank will make the donation to CURE on their behalf. For more information, visit myaffinitybank.com/cure.