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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Amazing Entrepreneur extends deadline

Amazing Entrepreneur extends deadline

DULUTH — The deadline to enter the Amazing Entrepreneur business plan competition has been extended to April 29.

The contest is designed to foster innovation and small business growth in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta. The winner will receive free office space from CEO Business Centers and a trip to Sage Software’s Business Conference in Washington, D.C., among other prizes.

The contest is sponsored by CEO Business Centers, Gwinnett Chamber’s economic development department and the Small Business Development Center.

The winner and finalists will be selected based on the quality of business plans submitted. The SBDC will assess the plans according to rules and regulations set forth by the competition.

For full contest details and rules, visit www.ceocenters.com. The winner will be announced in May at a special reception held for the finalists and the business community.

Kids ‘R’ Kids founders mark 50 years

DULUTH — From its beginning in Pat and Janice Vinson’s Decatur home in 1961, the Kids ‘R’ Kids system of early childhood centers has grown to a franchise of more than 160 schools in 14 states, with at least two additional markets being added this year.

The co-founders of Kids ‘R’ Kids International are now celebrating the 50th year of their franchise.

Headquartered in Duluth, Kids ‘R’ Kids purports to be an industry trendsetter, laying claim to several “firsts.” It was the first to introduce the open floor plan in all of its centers, with floor to ceiling tempered glass throughout each school. To further enhance this security feature, Kids ‘R’ Kids was the first to introduce secure Internet access to each classroom, giving families the ability to check on their child remotely.

Most recently, Kids ‘R’ Kids was the first to announce widespread adoption of interactive classrooms at the preschool level by installing iStartSmart and TeachSmart systems in markets throughout its service area.

Monkey Joe’s celebrates Lawrenceville grand opening

LAWRENCEVILLE — Monkey Joe’s celebrated the grand opening of its new Lawrenceville location on Friday.

The center is located in the Springfield Park Shopping Center at 665 Duluth Highway, near the intersection with Hurricane Shoals Road.

Monkey Joe’s is more than a children’s party center. It’s a inflatables-filled indoor play and recreation center that provides families with engaging activity and entertainment. No special occasion is necessary to visit.

The Lawrenceville location is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The price for walk-ins is $8.99 Monday to Thursday and $9.99 Friday to Sunday. Adults are admitted free.

For more information, call 770-338-7529 or visit www.monkeyjoes.com/lawrenceville.