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Guest Host Vistage Chair Tim Fulton Interviews Georgia SBDC Director Bernie Meineke

The Georgia SBDC Network is a great resource for growing businesses. Funded by the SBA and the University System in Georgia, the SBDC offers a wide range of services to small businesses.

Director Bernie Meineke held management positions in insurance, retail, and wholesale businesses prior to joining The Georgia SBDC Network in 1993. In seven years as vice president and general manager of a start-up wholesale distribution company, he led efforts in finance, marketing, and operations for this rapidly growing business.
 His specialties include financial forecasting, cash flow management, loan packaging, and creative financing. He also serves at the Director of FastTrac and GrowSmart, programs targeting established, growing small businesses.

Mr. Meineke is a past winner of the Georgia SBDC Network’s Consultant of the Year award for excellence in business consulting. Under his direction, the Georgia State University SBDC was recognized as one of America’s Ten Most Helpful SBDCs in an article published by



Pat And Jackie Coan: ACTION COACH, Plus ACOPIA Home Loans’ Joe Jarrett And Barbie Brown

Pat & Jackie Coan are Action Coach Master Licensees.

Entrepreneurship through business ownership is still the American pride. Small businesses according to the SBA: (1) represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms, (2) employ half of all private sector employees, (3) pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll and (4) have generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years.

What is disturbing is the number of new businesses that remain past the 2, the 5, and the 10 years mark.  Our goal is to provide entrepreneurial education upfront, before you launch into a business — to help the future entrepreneur understand what it means to own and run a business, what types of businesses there are to start, the options available, and how can you plan to build a business that will defy the statistical SBA odds.


Acopia Home Loans’ Joe Jarrett has been in the mortgage business since 1993 and has worked for companies such as Citigroup, Lehman Brothers and other community banks. Joe has personally closed over 2000 loans with people from all walks of life. He is very familiar with all of the FHA, VA, Conventional and Portfolio Programs out in the marketplace.

“I know the mortgage process can be confusing. I pride myself in making sure my customers understand their choices and get the best value. Clear communication is my top priority and I want my clients to feel comfortable and confident during the entire process.” — Joe Jarrett

Barbie Brown is Marketing and Recruiting Manager for Acopia.  In addition to sourcing and developing the best Mortgage talent in the business,  she somehow finds the time and energy to help coordinate and execute many of Acopia’s Community Outreach efforts — including the “Toys For Tots” program.

Brian Mattingly: Welcomemat Services, Walt Hensley: DublDeals, And Rico Pena: 2012 Stay In The Game Summit

Brian Mattingly currently serves as the CEO of Welcomemat Services. Prior to founding Welcomemat Services, Mattingly worked in business development for two prominentmulti-national software companies. Through his work in enterprise software, Mattinglysaw the potential to create a platform and a local marketing solution that would help localsmall business owners implement better strategies to attract new, loyal customers.

Welcomemat Services began franchising for national expansion in late 2010 in an effortto help local entrepreneurs. He also recently added two additional patented technologypieces to Welcomemat’s local marketing solution. Brian serves as an expert resource andspeaker on a variety of topics, including newcomer trends and effective marketing forbusinesses and was also an Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” nominee. Brian received a B.A. from Georgia State University and has completed post-graduatecoursework at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. was created to help worthwhile causes and your pocketbook. Your local businesses sponsoring offers on this site wants to be a part of the solution.  Together we accomplish that by helping consumers save money first, then enable them to direct a generous donation to the cause(s) you select that comes from coupon sales.

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ASTD Employee Learning Week Special: Featuring Greater Atlanta ASTD President Mark Myette, Zaxby’s Richard Fletcher, And Auto Trader’s David Gates Plus A Conversation With Restaurant And Franchising Veteran Seth Salzman With Sinclair Consulting

Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results.

The Greater Atlanta Chapter of ASTD is the premier community for Georgia workplace learning and performance improvement professionals, with our professional development, service and leadership recognized throughout the profession.

Seth Salzman is a restaurant and franchise industry veteran with experience creating and growing brands. Seth hasstarted a consulting firm to provide assistance to restaurants, from single unit operators up to chains. Healso works with franchise companies that operate in other industries outside of foodservice.