Seven alumni from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were honored as Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses on Jan. 22 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta.The Bulldog 100 focuses on an individual business’s average three-year growth rate and then ranks all of the businesses – regardless of size – based on their growth rate.Branch Carter of Grovetown, who graduated from UGA with a degree in agricultural communications, credits both his education and the friends he made while in college with some of his business’s success.“It all goes back to people,” said the owner of Branch Carter Photography. “Knowing the UGA College of Agriculture, even though it’s large, it still has a smaller feel to it. It’s a place where you feel like you know the people and feel like you know them as friends.”“It’s thrilling to see our CAES alums recognized in this way,” said Juli Fields, CAES director of alumni relations. “We know the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences successfully prepares its graduates for lucrative careers, and the Bulldog 100 program allows us to showcase those alums who have hit a homerun in the business world. … These alumni-owned businesses have a tremendous impact on the economy of this state.”Winners who graduated from CAES and their rankings were:• Hardy Edwards (1985, BSA in agricultural economics and 1994, MS in food science), owner of Vitamin Derivatives Inc. in Winterville, second place• Branch Carter (1994, BA in agricultural communications), owner of Branch Carter Photography in Grovetown, at 34• Thomas Zeke Harvey (2001, BSA in landscape grounds management), owner of Chappell Mill Trees in Milner, at 42• Harold Still (1966, BSAE in agricultural engineering), owner of Southern AGCOM Inc. in Blakely, at 45• Mark Tribby (1984, BSA in biological sciences and 1988, doctor of veterinary medicine), of Saint Frances Animal Hospital in Augusta, at 60• Jim Moore (1978, BSA in agricultural economics and 1981, juris doctorate) of Moore, Clarke, Duvall & Rodgers PC in Albany, at 62• Charles Hall (1972, BSA in horticulture and 1974, MS in horticulture), owner of Association Services Group in LaGrange, at 80“We hope other CAES alums will take the time to nominate their business for the 2012 class,” Fields said. “Being a part of that group of successful businesses can only be a positive.”The Bulldog 100 is in its second year. Winning businesses have all been in operation at least five years, are owned or operated by a UGA alumnus and have a yearly revenue of more than $100,000 for 2007.Bob Pinckney (’82) and Justin Niefer (’05) of protective sports wear manufacturer Evoshield in Bogart came in first place. Pinckney is a former Georgia 4-H’er. Evoshield had a growth rate of 130.48 percent from 2007-2009.Nominations for the 2012 class of Bulldog 100 businesses opened Jan. 24. For more information visit www.uga.edu/alumni/bulldog100.
“Gains will likely continue on expectations for an autonomous rebound after sharp drops in recent sessions and expectations for large-scale US economic stimulus.””On the other hand, worries over the further spread of the new coronavirus in Europe will continue to weigh on the market,” it added.The dollar fetched 107.48 yen in early Asian trade, against 107.64 yen in New York late Tuesday.In Tokyo, major exporters were higher, with Toyota surging 4.65 percent to 6,661 yen, Sony soaring 6.01 percent to 6,184 yen, and Olympus rallying 6.40 percent to 1,511 yen. Tokyo stocks opened higher on Wednesday, extending rallies on Wall Street as the US and European governments signalled more stimulus measures to address the economic hit from the coronavirus.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 1.18 percent, or 201.06 points, at 17,212.59 in early trade, while the broader Topix index edged up 1.29 percent, or 16.37 points, to 1,284.83.”Japanese shares are seen led by purchases on the backdrop of rallies in European and US bourses with… a cheap yen,” Mizuho Securities said in a note. Panasonic was up 0.88 percent at 732.2 yen while construction machine maker Komatsu was up 2.71 percent at 1,627.5 yen.SoftBank Group was down 8.81 percent at 3,329 yen after a report said the Japanese company may not buy $3 billion of shares in WeWork from existing investors as part of its planned bailout of the US-based co-working facilities provider.Japan posted a trade surplus of 1.1 trillion yen ($10 billion) last month but imports from China nearly halved from a year earlier, according to data released by the finance ministry 10 minutes before the opening bell.The drop in imports is seen as part of the impact of the coronavirus on economic activities, analysts said.On Wall Street, the Dow ended up 5.2 percent at 21,237.38.Topics :