September Business Briefs
Voiceblue Communication in Motion, a new Buckhead-based provider of Bluetooth hands-free car systems, has arrived alongside the new Georgia law prohibiting certain uses of hand-held cell phones while driving. oiceblue sells top-of-the-line car kits that utilize a car’s speakers (no headpiece required) and voice recognition (no need to take hands of wheel or eyes off road) to reduce distraction while driving and increase safety. www.voiceblue.biz
Cousins Properties announced that Michael Cohn has rejoined the company as executive vice president of retail investments, leasing and asset management. He replaces Steve Yenser, who resigned in July. Cohn began his career in the commercial real estate department of Troutman Sanders, where he was an associate attorney from 1985 to 1990 before becoming counsel at New Market Development, which was subsequently acquired by Cousins. www.cousinsproperties.com
Carol Zaban Cooper, a leader in the Atlanta Jewish community for more than 30 years, will be the Atlanta honoree for the Lion of Judah 2010 Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award. She will be honored at the annual International Lion of Judah Conference in New Orleans in November. Established in 2004, the award recognizes women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism. Cooper¹s first major role in the community was in Jewish Family Services, which later became Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS), working her way up through the ranks of the board, and eventually serving as president. Cooper had been an active member in the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Division for many years. www.JewishAtlanta.org
The Little House of Art, an art studio designed for children ages 2 and up, is now open at Village Place Brookhaven. The business offers more than 100 art classes, including ones where parents can create along with their kids. www.thelittlehouseofART.com
Nonprofit Operation HOPE has opened the Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline and the HOPE Consumer Credit Crisis Hotline in Atlanta as part its mission to support residents in the southeast struggling to survive amid growing interest rates and financial pressures. The toll-free hotline at 888-388 HOPE (4673) provides free financial counseling to those faced with mortgage and credit challenges.
Atlanta’s Worthmore Jewelers was recognized as one of the top five retail design stores in the country by the prestigious Design Center at premier trade event, JCK Las Vegas. The annual jewelry expo draws from over 500,000 jewelers from around the world and each year recognizes the top five designer retail stores. The honor is awarded to stores that educate the consumer on the quality and value of designer jewelry, creativity in displaying and merchandising designer jewelry and are committed to fair business practices. www.worthmorejewelers.com
Global Village School (GVS), a non-profit institution dedicated to offering a free education to female refugee teenagers, has received a $40,000 grant from the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and a two-year $10,000 grant from the American Association of University Women. “Through education and counseling, this support will enable GVS to continue to provide teenage female students from Atlanta’s refugee community with an opportunity to build full lives,” said Grace M. Hawkins, GVS Executive Director. Focusing on older teenage girls who arrive in Atlanta with little or no useable education, but with a desire to make a new life, GVS will enter its second year buoyed by the grantees’ support for the school’s mission, a top level teaching staff and many local volunteers, Hawkins said. http://globalvillage.typepad.com