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Atlanta (July 6, 2015) – ASAE has announced that Karen Bremer, executive director of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.
A major cable network is looking for dynamic diner chefs who are ready to break out their best dishes for a brand new competition series.
From single stop-light towns to bustling cities, we are looking for places that are redefining diner food. If you are serving fancy fare from the flattop and transforming ordinary dishes into extraordinary culinary experiences, this is the show for you. Now is your chance to put your food to the test and show America just how amazing your diner really is.
By Jimmy Patel, Co-founder of Split
Since Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone in 2007, smartphones have rapidly changed the way we shop, search, and spend. Today, more than 188 million people own a smartphone in the U.S. and that number is expected to reach 200 million by end of this year. These devices have become a very integral part of our lives and we rely on them to perform the most trivial to the most intimate tasks. We have become so reliant on our smartphones that on average we pick up our phones more than 100 times a day and execute over 220 tasks daily.
Rapid changes in technology and consumer behavior are the key driving forces behind mobile payments and companies of all sizes are taking notice. Apple announced their payment platform in late 2014 and Google and Samsung followed suit earlier this year. In fact, 95% of all smartphones in the world are powered by these tech titan’s software and they are enabling consumers to leave their cash, credit cards, and debit cards at home. Consumers’ enthusiasm remains high for mobile payments and they selected the restaurant industry out of seven other industries, including retail and entertainment, to adopt mobile payments first. In fact, this year’s National Restaurant Association Show focused heavily on mobile payments as the entire industry is beginning to notice the impact it can make on their customers’ dining experiences and restaurants’ revenue potential.
Similar to the advantages that businesses gained when they began accepting credits cards years ago, mobile payments promises to bring in even more value for both restaurants and diners.
Read the full article to find out more about how mobile payments are transforming the dining experience.
Source: Stafflink Outsourcing, Inc.
The IRS has provided both new and updated Q&A guidance on the reporting requirements for applicable large employers under the federal tax code. As background, beginning in 2016, applicable large employers must file Forms 1094 and 1095 to provide information to the IRS and plan participants about health coverage provided in the prior year.
The forms are used by the IRS to enforce employer penalties according to the federal tax code, as well as individual mandate and tax credit eligibility rules. The latest guidance consists of an updated Q&A document covering basic reporting requirements and a new Q&A document addressing more specific issues that may arise while completing Forms 1094 and 1095.
Source: The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
by Aaron Gould Sheinin
State officials on Tuesday confiscated and slaughtered three Georgia chicken flocks over concerns some of the birds were exposed to a devastating strain of bird flu.
Source: National Restaurant Association
(Washington D.C.) Today National Restaurant Association Senior Vice President of Labor and Workforce Policy Angelo Amador, submitted a written statement for the record to the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections during a hearing entitled, “Reviewing the Rules and Regulations Implementing Federal Wage and Hour Standards.”
In his statement, Amador expressed concern with initial reports surrounding the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed overtime regulations.
Source: Atlanta Food News
All-Star Restaurateur Panel Kicking Off Hospitality Networking Group’s June 29 Event to Benefit The Giving Kitchen
ATLANTA (June 10, 2015) – When it comes to the food and beverage industry, everyone has a story to share. Former Takorea and Saltyard server Karen Pagano is no exception. She is eager to facilitate the sharing of industry war stories, providing the connections, tools and real-life advice that make opportunities possible as the new Atlanta city manager of industree, an organization whose goal is to build culinary community where everyone from bussers to owners can gather to learn, grow and simply connect with other like-minded professionals.
Source: National Restaurant Association
Driven by an improving economy, dampened gas prices and consumers’ elevated levels of pent-up demand, restaurants are expected to add 522,000 jobs this summer season. The projected 2015 gain would represent the third consecutive year in which restaurants add at least 500,000 jobs during the summer season, according to the NRA’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy. His Economist’s Notebook commentary and analysis appears regularly on Restaurant.org and Restaurant TrendMapper.
Atlanta (June 2, 2015) – The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) have partnered together to create the first ever Georgia Restaurant Week. This inaugural seven day culinary event is aimed at increasing awareness about Georgia’s culinary scene and highlighting the state’s unique and varied dining options.