Metro-wide organization expands in Lawrenceville, Enhances small business support services
(GWINNETT- Metro Atlanta NEWS) Friday, March 9, 2012- Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett joined Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash, and a host of other elected officials and honored guests to celebrate the relocation the Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA) headquarters to Lawrenceville. The move and expansion brings six existing employees and is currently looking to hire an additional four employees. ARA purchased the facility, located at 2055 North Brown Road, to house executive offices, training facilities, and conference rooms to provide ongoing retailer support and educational opportunities for successful businesses.
“ARA is very excited to call Gwinnett County our new home .We are extremely pleased by the warm welcome received from the county leaders and the Gwinnett Chamber. ARA is committed to its members to enhance their potential by sharing knowledge and best practices. Establishing footprint in Gwinnett will augment our access to quality information through Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. ARA envisions a very long and mutually beneficial partnership with the chamber.”
ARA Members employ more than 4,500 people in the State of Georgia. Generating an estimated $2.5 billion dollars in total revenue per year, the ARA collects $139 million dollars in sales tax annually for the State of Georgia.
“Gwinnett County is happy to welcome the Atlanta Retailers Association to our community,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Their mission to cultivate economic growth, educational opportunities and community engagement for their member businesses complements Gwinnett County’s vision for providing essential economic opportunities to all businesses.”
Since its inception in 1995, ARA has grown to over 1,000-member trade association, composed of retailers from throughout metro Atlanta. Organized under the laws of the state of Georgia, ARA is governed by an elected honorary board of directors that strives to manage a sound and sustainable support organization promoting collective economic, educational, and community growth.
“We are proud to welcome and support the efforts of the Atlanta Retailers Association and their mission to drive small business growth in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta,” said Jim Maran, CEO at Gwinnett Chamber. “ARA’s support services, ongoing education and training, and overall commitment to strengthening local businesses will further drive economic development for small businesses in Gwinnett County and the State of Georgia.”