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LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS 4-5-11

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty recently announced that 11 of its sales associates, and representatives, were honored as members of the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society for 2010 --those in the top 20 percent of all sales associates and representatives in the Coldwell Banker system.

The new members include: Dave Graetz, from the Newnan/Coweta County office; Ray McMahon, Clegg West, Shonda Sims, Patricia Ramsey and Sabrina McGee, from the Jonesboro/Clayton County office; Marguree Threatt and Donna Lasseter, from the Peachtree City/Fayette County office; and Debra Morgan, Phil Wagner and Kim Adair, from the McDonough/Henry County office.

"These agents have demonstrated the dedication and success embodied by the International Sterling Award," said Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

Coldwell Banker Bullard, headquartered in Jonesboro, has offices in McDonough, Jackson, Peachtree City, Newnan, and Barnesville, and a separate but affiliated company, Coldwell Banker American Land Mart in Conyers and McDonough.

SunTrust gets top rankings with Small Business Administration

SunTrust Banks, Inc., was ranked a top lender in Georgia and Tennessee by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for its performance in fiscal year 2010, between Oct. 1, and Sept. 30.

In Georgia, SunTrust was named 2010 7(a) Lender of the Year, Total Loans, and also ranked first in the number and dollar value of "504" loans. The company was also recognized for its role in lending to small business exporters. SunTrust Bank of Atlanta received the Export Lender of the Year Award for making the most Export Working Capital loans.

"We are pleased to be ranked a top market lender for SBA loans in Tennessee and Georgia," said Jeff Nager, senior vice president and SBA division executive at SunTrust. "The awards from the SBA ... demonstrate our commitment to understanding clients' unique challenges and helping them grow and prosper."

Heron Bay welcomes new builder

Heron Bay Golf & Country Club in Locust Grove, developed by Minerva Properties, recently announced that Stonecrest Homes has joined the community as one of its premier builders. Stonecrest Homes will begin construction on three homes beginning in the mid-$300,000 range in The Preserve at Heron Bay.

"We are so pleased to bring Stonecrest to Heron Bay," said Stacy Patton, director of Minerva Properties. "Stonecrest Homes are found in several of Atlanta's most desirable northside residential communities, so we are pleased to have Stonecrest build homes in Southside Atlanta's most beautiful community."

Allstate recognizes Stockbridge entrepreneur

Allstate Insurance Company recently recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner, Robert Wade, with the Honor Ring award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. The Robert Wade Agency is now one of the top Allstate agencies in the nation in auto, property, commercial, power sports insurance and financial services sales.

The Robert Wade Agency, located at 5627 N. Henry Blvd. Suite J, in Stockbridge, can be reached at (770) 474-3691, or at RobertWade2@allstate.com.

April 16, Belk's Charity Sale

Belk's Charity Sale is scheduled for April 16, from 6 a.m., to 10 a.m., to benefit local charities, schools and non-profit organizations throughout the company's 16-state market area. Belk's previous Charity Sale, held Nov. 6, 2010, raised more than $4.75 million for hundreds of participating non-profit organizations.

The four-hour, in-store shopping event provides a chance for customers to support charities and take advantage of special discounts. In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale and entitling them to discounts of from 20 to 70 percent on items throughout the store.

In addition, all participating charities and schools will be automatically registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a company-wide drawing.

Participating local charities will sell the Charity Sale tickets in advance of the event, and all proceeds from each $5 ticket will be retained by the charity. Beginning Friday, April 8, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all in-store ticket sale donations divided among the participating charities and schools in each location. For more about the sale, visit www.belk.com/charitysale.

-- Johnny Jackson