Entrepreneurship Seminar – "The Job Alternative"
Posted by on April 5, 2018

Do you have a skill that is being underutilized, want to learn how to expand your skill into a thriving business?

Do you have an idea or are you seeking other opportunities outside of the traditional workplace?

Do you have a hobby or a side-gig, does it have the potential to be a thriving business?

Join me on Friday, April 13 at my 15th Annual Jobs Fair for the "Entrepreneurship: The Job Alternative" seminar, in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, at the GA International Convention Center. Registration begins at 9am.

For more information and to register, please visit https://bit.ly/2GAIoZH.

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2018 Service Academy Day - Saturday, April 28
Posted by Teresa Cooke on April 2, 2018

Join the Office of Congressman David Scott, Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, & Members of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation to meet representatives of America’s Service Academies.


Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Dobbins Air Reserve Base
Hangar 5
1408 Dobbins Place
Marietta, GA 30069

Each and every person in your party must complete a registration form online. The registration deadline is April 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. 

Persons who have not completely registered, including date of birth, will not be admitted onto the military base. This information is being used for background checks to preserve the safety of all guests.

You will receive a confirmation sheet within 10 days after registration via e-mail.  The confirmation sheet should be placed in your front window for entrance to the military base. You will be asked to provide identification at the guard gate at Dobbins ARB located on Cobb Parkway. And you will also be asked to pass through metal detectors before entering the event so please arrive between 8:45 am and 9:30 am to allow time for these safety measures.

For directions, a list of prohibited items and a map visit: www.dobbins.afrc.af.mil.

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Congressman David Scott to honor Thirteenth District students at 2018 Military Academy Ceremony
Posted by on January 31, 2018

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Congressman David Scott will host a special ceremony to honor 32 exceptional students from Georgia’s Thirteenth Congressional District with nominations to attend one of our nation’s esteemed military service academies. 

WHO:      Congressman David Scott; representatives from the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military and Naval academies; Charles Drew High School Color Guard; and community members.

WHAT:    Congressman Scott will formally present congressional nominations to 32 students seeking admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Naval Academy in Annapolis, Military Academy at West Point or Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.

WHEN:    Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road S.E., Smyrna, GA 30080


U.S. Air Force Academy

Devin Broxton, Woodland H.S.

Jeriah-Lynn Dimaranan, Mundy's Mill H.S.

Shohn Godboldt, Lovejoy H.S.

Christen Greene, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School

Raquel Gonzalez, Lovejoy H.S.

Tarran Johnson, IV, Elite Scholars Academy

Kwabena Kumi-Ansu, Mundy's Mill H.S.

Anthony Odom, Union Grove H.S.

Mary Jo Pidgeon, Douglas County H.S.

Milan Richard, Lovejoy H.S.

Donnel Scott, Lithia Springs H.S.

Daija Stevenson, Alexander H.S.

Amir Walker, The Lovett School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Nicholas Greiff, McIntosh H.S.

Hope Hicks, Marietta H.S.

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Jonathan Andrews, Dutchtown H.S.

Monica Davis, U.S. Military Academy Prep School

Nola Dix, U.S. Military Academy Prep School

Daniel Kilpatrick, Eagles Landing H.S.

Jacob Pressley, Campbell H.S.

Charline Rivera Pagan, Langston Hughes H.S.

Robert Sewell, III, U.S. Military Academy Prep School

U.S. Naval Academy

Courtney Copeland, The Galloway School

Carson Evans, Campbell H.S.

Devin Gardiner, Eagles Landing H.S.

Marcell Gleaton, U.S. Naval Academy Prep School

Michael James, U.S. Naval Academy Prep School

Benjamin McLellan, Chapel Hill H.S.

Thomas McMurrain, Georgia College & State University

Sonny Nguyen, Woodward Academy

Mario Reid, Landmark Christian School

Hunter Seibert, Campbell H.S.

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Passport Day: Saturday, October 21
Posted by on October 10, 2017

The Atlanta Passport Agency is hosting a second passport day on Saturday, October 21 as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Awareness Campaign.  This year, the State Department’s public awareness campaign focuses on the benefits of getting a U.S. passport card and how both products (the passport book and card) are great forms of photo identification.  The event on Saturday is a convenient way to apply for children, apply for the first time, or renew your passport.  U.S. passport holders who will have less than six months validity on their passports for upcoming international travel should consider renewing their passports now.

Day:  Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time:  8:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  Atlanta Passport Agency

                  230 Peachtree Street N.W., 10th Floor

                  Atlanta, GA 30303

Payment:  Credit card, personal check, exact cash (no change is given)

Applicants may choose routine service (4-6 weeks) or expedited service (2-3 weeks).  Expedited service costs an additional $60.  Applicants will be seen on a first come, first serve basis and no appointment is necessary. 

For information on passport forms and fees, or to learn more about Passport Awareness Month, visit Travel.State.Gov.

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Passport Day on Saturday, September 23
Posted by on September 19, 2017

The Atlanta Passport Agency is hosting a special passport day on Saturday, September 23 as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Awareness Month.  This year, the State Department’s public awareness campaign focuses on the benefits of getting a U.S. passport card and how both products (the passport book and card) are great forms of photo identification.  The event on Saturday is a convenient way to apply for the first time or renew your passport.

Day:  Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time:  8:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  Atlanta Passport Agency

                  230 Peachtree Street N.W., 10th Floor

                  Atlanta, GA 30303

Payment:  Credit card, personal check, exact cash (no change is given)

Applicants may choose routine service (4-6 weeks) or expedited service (2-3 weeks).  Expedited service costs an additional $60.  Applicants will be seen on a first come, first serve basis and no appointment is necessary. 

For information on passport forms and fees, or to learn more about Passport Awareness Month, visit Travel.State.Gov.

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2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Posted by on September 8, 2017

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 to recognize students in middle level and high school grades who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), are presented annually on the local, state and national level. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, the nation's largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service, has honored more than 120,000 youth volunteers over the past 22 years at the local, state and national level.


Any student who:

• is in grades 5-12 as of November 7, 2017, and is a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

• has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2016.

• completes an application and submits it to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 7, 2017.


Young volunteers in grades 5-12 complete applications online at spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit by November 7, 2017, and then submit them to their school principals or to the head of one of these officially designated local organizations: a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or Affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network. Applicants and their parents or guardians also must complete the application form’s signature page.

Each participating school or organization reviews the applications of its students and selects one middle level Local Honoree for every 1,000 students in grades 5-8, and/or one high school Local Honoree for every 1,000 students in grades 9-12.

Principals or organization heads certify applications of their selected Local Honoree(s) online by November 17, 2017.

The top middle level and high school youth volunteer in each state and the District of Columbia are named State Honorees in February, and two to 10 runners-up in each state are named Distinguished Finalists.

Ten of the State Honorees are named America’s top 10 youth volunteers of the year by a distinguished national selection committee at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.


• Local Honorees receive Certificates of Achievement from their schools or organizations. Those who qualify will also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours.

• State Honorees receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for several days of recognition events, including award ceremonies, sightseeing tours and Congressional visits on Capitol Hill.

• Distinguished Finalists (runners-up at the state level) receive engraved bronze medallions.

• Other top applicants at the state level receive Certificates of Excellence.

National Honorees receive additional $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, and crystal trophies for their schools or organizations. They also receive $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

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Clayton News Daily: Congressman David Scott hosts 13th annual health fair
Posted by on August 22, 2017
By Jerry Jackson

JONESBORO — When doors opened Saturday at Congressman David Scott’s 13 annual Health Fair, the hubbub was similar to a long-awaited holiday shopping sale as visitors rushed to take advantage of a range of medical services and to discuss their ailments with physicians. No co-pay was necessary.

Some 120 vendors were in line to provide information on products and services in 41 areas which offered free health screenings and examinations for men, women and children. The fair was held at Mundy’s Mill High School.

Tote bags handed out by vendors allowed visitors who navigated through rows of booths to collect oodles of information on a variety of health topics, and to gather free pens, pencils and mints that were available.

“This is a good way to collect information on a variety of subjects,” said Marilyn Khalfoni, who was receiving services offered by Ideal Therapy. “It is also a good way to catch up on medical needs.”

Sharon Sharock, a visitor standing in line at a medical booth that focused on stress, said that she attended the health fair to find out why the heels of her feet were constantly hurting.

While the health fair offered free services that helped the community to keep check on their health issues, it also provided an opportunity for former patients and physicians to reunite.

Dr. John Lipman, medical director at Atlanta Fibroid Center, met up with a former patient, Lillie Ann Noel, who stopped by his booth to chat with him and his staff.

“I came to know Dr. Lipman through on-line research, Noel said. “This is my first time attending the health fair. I learned about his practice, then scheduled an appointment with him to perform the uterine fibroid embolization.”

Noel continued: “I had uterine fibroids that were adversely impacting my daily life and health. A hysterectomy was recommended by my doctor — no other options were discussed or recommended. I started doing my own research about my condition and even sought out a second and third opinion about my best course of action. I learned about a procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), an alternative to major surgery to eliminate benign uterine fibroids.

“I was shocked by the number of women who were also diagnosed with benign fibroids, but whose doctors recommended and performed hysterectomies and myomectomies, rather than having a uterine fibroid embolization. I was ecstatic to learn that I was a candidate for the procedure, and that my quality of life could be restored without requiring any major surgery. I received the procedure as an out-patient, and was back to work in one to two weeks.”

Dr. Lipman added that he performs a procedure that replaces the need for hysterectomy for women suffering with uterine fibroids. “The procedure is called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE),” he said. “Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery in the United States and most commonly performed for fibroids, which are benign non-cancerous tumors. The average age women undergo hysterectomy is less than 40 years and up to 80 percent of adult African-American women have these tumors.

“UFE is an outpatient, non-surgical procedure,” Lipman continued. “Patients come in to our center in the morning and leave in the early afternoon with just a Band-Aid! I have been performing UFE for over 20 years and yet most women suffering with fibroids are not told of this option by their doctor. “

Lipman described himself as an interventional radiologist. “They are physicians who perform cutting edge image-guided procedures for a whole host of medical conditions which replace the need for surgery,” he said.

Noel and Lipman were in agreement that Congressman Scott’s health fair was a tremendous event for the community. “It provides screenings and health information to the public that literally saves lives,” Lipman said. “Even if you are in decent health, you may get medical information that will save someone else’s life.

“The patients in my medical practice are typically women; most commonly African-American women. We hope the women we connected with at this event will share the information we provided, as well as the information on our website at www.ATLii.com.

“I have been a resident of Clayton County for almost 13 years,” Noel continued. “I was particularly attracted by the opportunity to receive a wide-variety of health screenings for free and in one place. Awesome opportunity!”


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Mixed Reviews on Wagner Bill to Scrap DOL Rule, Insurance News Net
Posted by on July 13, 2017

New legislation proposed by Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., would create a new advisory standard somewhere between fiduciary and suitability, said Rep. David Scott, D-Ga.

Scott, who has worked with Wagner on various fiduciary rule alternatives, is not on board with the congresswoman's latest bill -- unveiled today during a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing.

“This bill is a very troubling bill," said Scott, adding that it “undermines the SEC’s rulemaking authority in this space. What if the market evolves? ... Why are we being so prescriptive in drafting this bill? Why don’t we allow the SEC to do their job.”

Wagner's bill would eliminate the controversial DOL fiduciary rule and its prohibited transaction exemptions.

It would also amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to include a best interest standard of care for brokers advising investors in the retail market. Her bill would apply consistency to the financial services industry, Wagner noted, by covering all investment advice.

The DOL rule only covers anyone working with retirement accounts.

Under Wagner's proposal, an investment recommendation would satisfy the best interest standard if it reflected “reasonable diligence” on the part of the agent/advisor. Her definition of "reasonable diligence" would be modeled on FINRA's existing definition.

Likewise, agents/advisors would need to exercise reasonable “care, skill, and prudence,” based on a customer’s individual investment needs, a draft of the bill stated.

Unlike the DOL rule, the Wagner bill does not make proprietary products or more expensive products subject to a prohibited transaction. The bill also includes language that would render state-level fiduciary rule efforts null.

Wagner has said she will introduce her bill soon. It stands a decent chance of passing the GOP-controlled House, but would face serious opposition in the Senate.

'Accounts Will Shrink'

The Capitol Markets Subcommittee hearing included five guests, four of whom supported Wagner's bill and a representative from AARP who opposed.

Anti-DOL rule speakers stressed the loss of services for small savers, a happenstance that is already taking place. Phase one of the DOL rule took effect June 9 and holds anyone giving financial advice in retirement accounts to a fiduciary standard. More onerous disclosures and the threat of greater legal liability comes with phase two of the rule, slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

David Knoch, president of 1st Global and a board member of the Financial Services Institute, said his company has seen a 20 percent decline in the number of small-employer retirement accounts, particularly Simple IRAs, since the beginning of 2016.

"(We) project that these accounts will shrink from the 2016 levels by 28 percent before the end of this year, and by 41 percent by the end of 2018," he added.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, testified that "several major companies have already left part of the brokerage business or are drawing down their business and/or switching to a fee-based arrangement."

From these companies alone, reported compliance costs have already topped $100 million, affecting 92,000 investment advisors, $190 billion in assets, and at least 2.3 million consumers, he added.

Free Market Answer?

Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., argued that the free market, free enterprise system will fill that void for small savers.

“How long does that take?" Holtz-Eakin countered. "And in the interim what happens to everybody who had advice and is now without?”

If Wagner's bill were to become law, the Labor and Treasury departments would be unable to rely on the statutory authority under ERISA to promulgate new fiduciary requirements for brokers and insurance agents.

Several Republican committee members endorsed the Securities and Exchange Commission developing a fiduciary standard, a task assigned to the agency under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Political infighting crippled the SEC in the years that followed, but new Chairman Jay Clayton recently endorsed efforts at creating a fiduciary standard.

The SEC solicited comments on a fiduciary standard last month. Delaney called the idea only one agency can produce a fiduciary rule "a false choice"

"I agree it would have been terrific if the SEC would have put forth this rule," he said. "They probably do have more expertise in this area. But they didn’t do it."

By John Hilton
Insurance News Net
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Marietta Daily Journal: Barry Loudermilk, David Scott urge Pentagon to sign multi-year deal for C-130s
Posted by on June 25, 2017

Members of Congress are asking the Department of Defense to sign a new long-term contract with Lockheed Martin for more than a hundred new C-130 aircraft, all of which would be built at the company’s Marietta plant.

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, was one of the signatories of a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis last week encouraging the Pentagon to sign a five-year deal with Lockheed, which would run from fiscal 2019 to 2023.

“We’re trying to make sure that we can increase defense spending, but at the same time, trying to find all the cost savings that we can find,” Loudermilk said. “And this is a perfect fit because basically with a multi-year contract instead of just an annual contract, we save about 12 to 17 per aircraft because Lockheed can build them less expensively because they can plan, it’s easier to schedule out as well as buying the parts in bulk saves money.”

Loudermilk noted that the Department of Defense has need for more than 100 aircraft, all of which could be included in a new five-year deal. He said he hasn’t heard back from the Pentagon, but he knows Mattis has the letter from Congress.

“I assume that they’re going to be supportive of it, but we’ll wait until we hear directly from the Pentagon,” Loudermilk said, adding that he wants to get the deal in place before Congress is scheduled to pass a defense spending bill, which is expected to take place before the August recess.

The letter was signed by 61 members of Congress from both parties, including Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, whose district includes south Cobb, Austell and Powder Springs.

“The C-130 is the backbone of our military and our nation’s defense and helps us in terms of keeping our allies strong,” Scott said. “It is one of the most valuable piece of equipment that we produce in our arsenal for defense.”

Scott said the goal of the letter was to stress how serious Congress feels about the program and its importance.

“What we want to do in the letter is to just really stress to the Trump administration and to Gen. Mattis how important it is to maintain the request for these 100 C-130Js,” he said. “And we wanted, in the letter, to explain how important and what this means to our own defense stature.”

Scott said he has a personal connection to Lockheed: just after graduating from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969, his first job was with Lockheed.

“So I have that familiarity and I have that, certainly, affection for Lockheed, but I also know how critical this is to the economic welfare of Marietta, of Georgia and this nation,” Scott said.

The C-130 program supports 32,000 jobs and 570 suppliers across 41 states, according to the letter sent to the Pentagon. This includes many of the 5,000 employees at Lockheed’s Marietta plant, which has produced more than 2,500 C-130s since production first began in the 1950s.

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017
By: Ricky Leroux, Reporter, Marietta Daily Journal
Click here to view the article online.

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Douglas Neighbor Newspaper: Service to country bigger draw than baseball for Douglas academy appointee
Posted by on June 19, 2017

Tristan Capocci likely was looking at a chance to play professional or college baseball after his recent high school graduation — except for another opportunity he believed had a greater purpose.

Capocci, 18, accepted both an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and an offer to play baseball for the Annapolis, Maryland, military institution.

The Villa Rica resident also will be committed to a five-year stint in the Navy after graduation — something most high school athletes avoid because they would rather try to begin careers as a pro athlete after high school or college, Capocci said.

“Many people, especially athletes, are put off by the service part,” he said. “Even if I wasn’t playing, I would want to go there.”

Capocci is scheduled to leave late this month for Annapolis to begin the mandatory “Plebe Summer” training program required of all incoming freshmen. The rigorous program is designed to teach the incoming student to “appreciate the importance of mental, moral, and physical toughness,” according to the Naval Academy web site.

“It’s not demoralizing,” Capocci said. “It’s just part of the tradition. You make of it what you want.”

He said freshmen must go through the six-week program without a phone or watch.

“You have no concept of time,” he said.

A native of Bradenton, Florida, he is the son of Matt and Marisol Capocci and brother of Faith, 11, and Francesco, 13.

The recent Alexander High School graduate decided to travel this road toward a unique college education after a 2013 trip to Florida where he wore the country’s colors as a member of the USA Baseball National Development team.

“That was very special for me,” he said. “It was the opportunity to play for my country.”

He continued to feel that way throughout high school as he played in the famed East Cobb summer baseball leagues and starred for his high school teams at Alexander and The Heritage School in Newnan, Capocci said.

“The military is something that had always stuck out for me,” he said. “It was so perfect for me and my situation.”

The process of enrolling in any federal service academy begins with a nomination from a member of Congress. Capocci received that honor from District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Jonesboro, whose district includes Douglas County.

Capocci then was among only eight out of 29 nominated by Scott in the six-county district to receive full offers of appointment to a service academy.

He said he learned of his appointment on an infamous naval anniversary — Dec. 7, 2016, which was the 75th anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on the American fleet in Hawaii that led the U.S. to enter World War II.

A major reason Capocci wanted to go to Annapolis was the chance to attend such a prestigious educational institution, which heavily considers a nominee’s academic record for admittance.

“It’s not an opportunity available to all,” Capocci said.

The academy has produced such graduates as former President Jimmy Carter and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona; and athletes like pro basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson and NFL Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, who won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback for Navy.

Another reason Capocci decided to commit to a military enlistment was his upbringing in a Christian home where he grew up learning to have “a servant heart,” he said.

“I feel it was a path I was being led to,” Capocci said. “Trust in the lord at all times.”

His work away from school and baseball also helped win over those who appointed him. He went on mission trips to Puerto Rico and was a member of a youth leadership team at his church. He also was a member of the Key Club and Outdoor Club in high school.

He also earned 28 hours of college credit at the University of West Georgia in the Move On When Ready dual enrollment program at Alexander, where he starred as an infielder on the school’s Region 5-6A championship baseball team which advanced to the quarterfinals of the state championship tournament.

Published by: Tom Spigolon
Douglas Neighbor Newspaper

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