It has often been observed that Gen X-ers care about nobody as much as themselves. Their writings are revelatory. Recently, I read a resume summary of a person looking for a new job. It consisted of eleven sentences; 8 started with “I” (the other three started with . . . “My . . .”., “If I . . .”, and “Although, I . . .”). Nothing in the summary addressed the reader and told prospective employers what would be in it for them, if they hired this person. It’s all aye, aye, aye . . .
Appalachian Community Enterprises (ACE) is a North Georgia microlender and has engaged my services as a writer and PR consultant.
If you don’t already know this non-profit, become acquainted with it! Its mission is to provide hope and opportunity for people to create financial freedom for themselves. This is accomplished by providing small business loans, financial education programs, coaching and connections so that people can fulfill their dreams, create economic security for their families and contribute to their communities.
Founded by Grace Fricks, MBA, ACE made its first loan in 2000. Since then, its lending portfolio has grown from just over a hundred thousand dollars to several million. And . . ., there is more to come!
The organization has recently launched a “Georgia Green Loan Fund” and is accepting applications from 34 Georgia Counties and Metro Atlanta from small businesses that want to start or expand green enterprises or engage in the “greening” of their existing operations. The first “green loan” was awarded to Alexander Plumbing & Backflow Services in Whitesburg.
Information about ACE’s lending criteria and procedures is accessible via its web site, www.aceloans.org
A love of reading and a terrific high school teacher made me a writer, a book (Georgia Gardener's Guide, by Erica Glasener and Walter Reeves) made me a gardener, and a casual lunch with my friend Pat Bowen is the reason why I became a Certified Georgia Master Gardener. Since 2005, I have written monthly gardening columns for the Barrow-Jackson Journal, the Georgia Asian Times and The Nooze. I also write for a number of e-zines and for private clients - anything from LinkedIn profiles to web content to case studies, personal bios, corporate profiles, tag lines and more. A niche specialty is working with international scientists whose articles require the scrutiny of an extra set of eyes before they are published in professional journals.
My company, The Oliver/Sorano Group, Inc., handles marketing and PR projects for a variety of clients, and provides a home to Atlanta Women in Business.