Norcross firm earns award for Aurora Theater

NORCROSS - Norcross-based Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture won an honorable mention merit award from the 2007 Brick Design Awards for work on the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Designers were judged on exceptional skill and creativity in designing with brick at the AIA Georgia Design and Honor Awards Gala Celebration in October.

The awards are conducted and co-sponsored by Brick SouthEast.

Emerald Pointe Hotel appoints director of sales

BUFORD - Stephanie S. Orr was recently appointed director of sales and marketing for the Emerald Pointe Hotel and Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Orr brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience to the position.

She earned a business degree from Western International University.

Patriot Express Loan awarded to Suwanee business

SUWANEE - A Suwanee business received the first Patriot Express Loan in the state, according to officials with the U.S. Small Business Administration Georgia District Office in Atlanta. The $35,000 loan was made in mid-July to Adreka Inc., a Suwanee-based advertising/marketing company.

So far this year, 21 SBA guaranteed loans, totaling $1.3 million, have been issued to small businesses in Georgia under the Patriot Express Loan Initiative that promotes veteran-owned enterprises.

The program is open to veterans, service-disabled veterans, active-duty service members participating in the military's Transition Assistance Program, Reservists and National Guard members, current spouses of any of the above, spouses of active duty members and the widowed spouse of a service member or veteran who died during service or of a service-connected disability.

To identify the 16 commercial banks registered as participating Patriot Express lenders, go to the Georgia District Web site at www.sba.gov/ga and click on "financing."