From left: Georgia-Pacific CEO Jim Hannan, YEGeorgia founder Elizabeth Koch, Georgia-Pacific Foundation President Curley M. Dossman Jr., and YEGeorgia Executive Director Scott Brown.
From left: Georgia-Pacific CEO Jim Hannan, YEGeorgia founder Elizabeth Koch, Georgia-Pacific Foundation President Curley M. Dossman Jr., and YEGeorgia Executive Director Scott Brown.

Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia (YEGeorgia) recently launched its Chairman’s Circle, a major giving society for business and community leaders committed to making entrepreneurship education a philanthropic priority across the Atlanta area and the state of Georgia. YEGeorgia launched in 2006 with 38 students at two Atlanta public high schools – Benjamin E. Mays and Maynard Jackson. Today it is offered to about 360 students a year in 13 middle and high schools in the city of Atlanta and Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Plans are under way to expand the program into more cities, counties and classrooms, with a goal of serving 1,000 students a year by 2020. Membership in YEGeorgia’s Chairman’s Circle is open to individuals and small businesses investing $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 and to corporations and foundations contributing $10,000, $25,000 or $50,000. Donations made during 2016 will earn each the distinction of being “founding members” of the Chairman’s Circle. A recent reception at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which featured Youth Entrepreneurs creator Elizabeth Koch, also highlighted YEGeorgia’s 10-year growth from a Georgia-Pacific project to an independent nonprofit organization that has impacted more than 2,000 students. For more information visit

To meet the demand for creative office space in Downtown, Peachtree Center has introduced 14,000 square feet of next-gen spec suites comprising the 19th floor of the North Tower. The bright, modern spaces are primed for high-tech and creative uses, with open floorplans, design elements like brick walls and reclaimed wood paneling, and spaces designed to allow employees to work independently, collaborate and take a break. These new suites debut as companies – like recent Peachtree Center addition – are flooding the Atlanta market, looking for highly-connected spaces located near transit and other commute options.

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) announced today that it has been awarded a $4 million TechHire grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will support the ATL TechHire initiative, a program led by the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, in partnership with The Iron Yard and TechSquare Labs. Participants in the ATL TechHire initiative will be enrolled in TechSquare Labs’ innovative culture fit, corporate innovation and career readiness programs, as well as fast-track training with one of The Iron Yard’s coding bootcamps. Participants will train for jobs in front- and back-end engineering, mobile engineering, data science, and design. The U.S. Department of Labor also awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Atlanta Technical College. Overall, Atlanta-based organizations received $7.6 million in total grant awards. Earlier this year, the City of Atlanta announced that it was designated as a TechHire City by the White House. Atlanta joins more than 50 communities nationwide that have committed to creating pathways to better, well-paying tech jobs and meeting urgent employer demand.

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Inc. (ACE), a nonprofit community development financial institution, has opened a new office at Flatiron City, 84 Peachtree St. in Downtown’s Flatiron building. ACE helps grow sustainable small businesses in Georgia by providing access to capital, business coaching and community connections. For more information, visit

WeWork, a co-working space, has opened in Buckhead at 3365 Piedmont Road. WeWork Buckhead offers private offices, individual desks plus spaces for large corporations, and indoor and outdoor community event space. For more information, visit

Phipps Plaza in Buckhead has announced that Philipp Plein will open a store in the mall this Setpember, offering clothing and accessories for men, women and kids. Also just opened is maternity wear and accessories shop A Pea in the Pod. Across Peachtree Road at Lenox Square, British-based Ted Baker London will open this fall offering sophisticated menswear, womenswear and accessories.

TechSquare Labs

TechSquare Labs has announced it will be joining the Google for Entrepreneurs global community, bringing Google’s resources to startups in the Southeast and becoming the program’s sole tech hub partner in Atlanta and one of only 26 in the world. Joining the Tech Hub Network allows TechSquare Labs to connect startup communities and local entrepreneurs across more than 125 countries, from Chicago to London to Shanghai. The Midtown innovation and startup entrepreneurship hub will open its 25,000-square-foot space to entrepreneurs from around the globe and provide Atlanta-based startups with access to Google’s global network and resources.

IDEA, an arts organization dedicated to collaboratively supporting artists and selling their work, has opened a gallery space at 5346-A Peachtree Road. IDEA – which stands for innovative, design, exhibit and art – represents fine art, drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media and sculpture. The space is the brainchild of designer and entrepreneur Amy Spanier in partnership with arts and technology educator Peter Dyer. For more information, visit

Anew 4,064-square-foot, free-standing SEPHORA store is now open at Ponce City Market. The store offers makeup, skincare, tools and accessories.

Alan Avery Art Company is moving from East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead to 656 Miami Circle in early June. The new gallery will feature two large gallery spaces and a third, more intimate space. For more information, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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