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Capitalist Sage: Nonprofit as a small business, with Robin Chanin [Podcast]

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Robin Chanin, founder and executive director of Global Growers Network joined Karl Barham and Rico Figliolini to give her sage advice on running a successful non-profit as a business.

Robin Chanin is the co-founder and executive director of Global Growers Network, a Georgia-based nonprofit social enterprise that creates pathways for talented farmers to contribute their agricultural skills to our local food system through a network of farms and gardens around metro Atlanta.

Global Growers is especially known for their work with international farmers who came to this country as legal refugees. By providing farmers and community growers with an ecosystem of support, Robin’s work with Global Growers is strengthening the local economy and culture.

Prior to Global Growers, Robin worked in nonprofit project management, organic agriculture, and educational curriculum development. Robin serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of The Common Market Georgia, a mission-driven food distributor and social enterprise.

Robin also provides technical assistance to agriculture projects around the country through the National Incubator Farmer Training Initiative and serves on the Advisory Board of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

A graduate of Emory University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), Robin has continued her love of learning by participating in LEAD Atlanta Class of 2015, Village Capital Atlanta, the Georgia Organics Farmer Mentor Program, and the Georgia Organics Urban Agriculture Training Program.

Robin is a member of several community groups that advocate for farmers, refugees/immigrants, and environmental stewardship.  Not one to excel at sitting still, Robin’s hobbies include paddling rivers, sailing oceans, climbing mountains, and cycling cities, along with growing, cooking, and eating fresh food. 

Recorded from Atlanta Tech Park in the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia

For more information on Global Growers Network visit www.GlobalGrowers.org

For more podcasts and information on Capitalist Sage visit https://www.spreaker.com/show/capitalistsage

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Peachtree Corners Multifamily Asset Trades Hands

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CBRE has arranged the sale of a 308-unit multifamily property in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, north of Atlanta. Corners 1700 traded from M Banks Realty, a Sage Equities subsidiary to Bridge Investment Group.

CBRE’s Shea Campbell represented the seller.

Corners 1700 is in a major employment hub with proximity to an active office market, the fast-growing Interstate-85 industrial corridor and Gwinnett County, which alone offers more than 460,000 jobs. The property is zoned in a top school district, which presented a rare opportunity for investors to enter the vibrant Peachtree Corners market with a value-add asset.

Corners 1700 not only benefits from its proximity to outside employment hubs, but it is also in the middle of Atlanta’s largest and fastest-growing jobs center, as Gwinnett County employs 462,438 workers, falling just short of Downtown, Buckhead, Midtown, Perimeter Center and Alpharetta combined.

“Gwinnett County is a titan of economic development,” Campbell said. “Though just outside of the Gateway85 Community Improvement District, Corners 1700 reaps the benefits of the organization, which is poised to improve the surrounding area by raising property values and providing economic development incentives.”

Atlanta’s multifamily market continues to rank among the top performing markets in the U.S. As one of the fastest-growing job and population growth markets, Atlanta draws multifamily investors nationally and internationally. The multifamily market is expected to continue to thrive as the city attracts more residents, corporations and entertainment.

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Workshop on Solving Complex Business Problems Set for May 22

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Innovations Domain, LLC is inviting small business owners, startups, and members of the C-suite to the first in a series of workshops on how to become a “problem-first” organization and optimize their business operations. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Atlanta Tech Park, Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA.

The workshop, which will run for a few hours, will teach entrepreneurs and VP-level executives how to deal and solve critical and complex strategic and operational problems. This workshop is relevant for organizations struggling to adapt to the age of innovation, where digital disruption, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, and blockchain, among others, are changing the way organizations conduct business.

In a statement, Innovations Domain, LLC says that organizations have to deal with the acceleration, frequency, and convergence of multiple disruptive technologies all at the same time. It added that, as a result, many companies today find it hard to secure, sustain, and scale a steady stream of revenue.

“We would love to hear the stories of business owners and members of the C-suite on the challenges their respective organizations deal with, and more importantly, share with them a way to fix these problems whether they are buyers, sellers, or investors in the equation,” Innovations Domain, LLC chief executive officer Judy Mod said.

During the workshop, Innovations Domain, LLC is expected to share its virtual Problem Incubator, which is designed and structured to help organizations, particularly members of the C-suite, fix strategic business problems and enable their firms to boost their revenue streams. This is a unique and new way of addressing and solving business problems.

The virtual Problem Incubator introduces the concept of acceleration, application, and adoption of innovation. According to Innovations Domain, LLC, the more disruptive the innovation is, the more complex adoption is needed to address or fix the problem.

In fixing a problem, Innovations Domain, LLC prototypes a strategic problem at a time and with full operational responsibility and financial accountability. It tackles a problem through the stages of problem identification, application, qualification, and conversion at an operational and financial level.

Innovations Domain, LLC tackles a wide range of issues and problems confronting businesses today. These include blockchain technology, which is revolutionizing business operations but is risky considering its lack of regulation; cloud storage technology, which can pose security issues; and energy source sustainability, among others.

In the end, Innovations Domain, LLC through its virtual Problem Incubator will show members of the C-suite, as well as small business owners, which strategic business problems need to be fixed in whole or in part by the specific innovation submitted to the incubator. The rest of the desired outcomes include fixing the problem operationally and securing returns.

Registration to the workshop will start at 11 a.m. with lunch to be served from 11:30 to 12:30. Working sessions will begin at lunch with key takeaways to be shared at around 1 p.m.

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Smart Eye Technology Hosts Product Launch Party at Atlanta Tech Park

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Smart Eye Technology, a secure document-viewing platform, celebrated its product launch with more than 200 people at Atlanta Tech Park on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The event featured a live product demo and launch party.

The company, founded by Dexter Caffey, started in January 2018 on the premise that business documents shared on smartphones and other devices should only be viewed by the people they are intended for.

Caffey worked with an Israeli biometrics firm to develop the software, which uses multi-level biometric (iris and facial) identification to verify the proper recipient is viewing a document that is shared online. The technology then continues to analyze who is viewing the document via the camera on the recipient’s device and hides any it if an unauthorized party attempts to get a look at the screen. Smart Eye users can set different profiles for document sharing to allow increased (or decreased) levels of privacy as desired.

“While greater connectivity has made the world a better place, new challenges have come about as a result that make services such as Smart Eye Technology a necessity in the business world,” Caffey said at the event. “Our software and product also show people what new frontiers can be pioneered within the world of technology and beyond,” he said.

About the event itself, Caffey said, “I am over the moon to have the support of hundreds of people given our humble beginnings and ambitious goals for the future.”

“As a seasoned cybersecurity professional with over a dozen patents to my name, I am impressed by the ingenuity and relevance of Smart Eye Technology’s platform,” Robin Bienfait, former Samsung and Blackberry executive, said. Bienfait is the Founder of Atlanta Tech Park, where Smart Eye Technology holds a membership.

For more on Smart Eye, visit www.getsmarteye.com now.

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