February 12, 2012

Welcome to the new year!

2011 is gone (much to everyone’s relief). It was a stormy year for sure, with a turbulent stock market, stubbornly high unemployment and a bleak real estate market. Sometimes, it seemed that the local news was even worse than the national reports on the economy, with Atlanta consistently ranked highest in the country for both unemployment and home foreclosures.

2012 appeared to be continuing the gloomy trend, with news that a downtown landmark, the Bank of America building, was being auctioned – auctioned – on the Fulton county courthouse steps, the latest victim of foreclosure. Sold in 2006 for a whopping $436 million (the largest real estate deal in Atlanta history), it was a towering symbol of Atlanta’s booming real estate market – and six years later proved to be just as much an illustration of how far that market had crashed.

But there is sunlight peeking through the dark clouds. In January, the Georgia Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate in Georgia had dropped for the third consecutive month, and while the state still reported unemployment rates a full point higher than the national average, continued growth in construction, manufacturing, transportation and information services across Georgia offered new opportunities for those long out of work.

Here in Tucker, 2012 is shaping up to be a bumper year for TBA. Our newly renovated Main Street is a shining symbol of Tucker’s continuing growth and prosperity. We welcome the new businesses that have recently opened there, such as Local No.7, ReGroup Furniture Exchange and The Garden Enthusiast. Tucker Day returns this year on 12 May, where families from here and surrounding communities come to Main Street to celebrate the community with music, food and arts and crafts. TBA members look forward to Tucker Day and other planned events with great excitement and optimism about the new business year.

Soon, Tucker Business Association members will be embarking on an aggressive membership drive. TBA membership provides numerous benefits. Our monthly meetings, held the third Thursday of each month at Matthews Cafeteria on Main, bring expert speakers to share ideas and opportunities tailored specifically to small businesses. Once a quarter, a member hosts an After Hours event, which gives members and prospects the chance to mingle in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. And twice a year, the association hosts a keynote luncheon with a major speaker; past guest speakers have included DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis and Dr. Roger Tutterow, professor of economics at Mercer University.

The membership campaign kicks off in March with a grassroots effort, so when a TBA member comes to your business, please take the time to meet and speak with him or her. Accept the invitation to attend a TBA meeting as a guest and learn what we’re all about. Share our enthusiasm about Tucker business!


Burke Brennan
TBA President