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Pet spa opens near Sugarloaf Mills

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two local women have opened a pet grooming and daycare business near Sugarloaf Mills. Swanky Paws Pet Spa will offer a variety of services including bathing and grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats.

Retail items include pet clothing and jewelry as well as gourmet specialty pet treats.

According to a news release from the owners, the business provides "professional dog and cat grooming, small dog daycare and holiday boarding services in a convenient, clean and safe environment and makes every pet's health and welfare our highest priority."

The pet spa is open seven days a week and is located at 1860 Duluth Highway, Suite 205, Lawrenceville.

Local business' president elected sports and fitness chairman

NORCROSS -- Mizuno USA Inc., and the Sports and Fitness Industry Association recently announced that Mizuno USA President Bob Puccini has been elected SFIA chairman.

Elected as an SFIA board member in 2007 and appointed executive committee member in 2010, Puccini played a role in championing the strategic planning initiative to redefine the association's vision and goals.

Following completion and approval of the plan, he was nominated and elected to oversee the SFIA's execution of the plan he initiated and developed with the help of other board members.

The SFIA is the trade association for sports brands, manufacturers ad marketers that employ 375,000 people and generate more than $70 billion in annual revenue.

Puccini's year-long term as SFIA chairman started Oct. 31.

Grand re-opening held for art gallery

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville Original and Novel Art Gallery, in conjunction with the city of Lawrenceville and the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association, held a grand-reopening event at 176 W. Crogan St., Friday.

The new 2,400-square-foot location is four times larger than the business' original 600-square-foot facility, providing space to accommodate art classes and special events that aim to complement the gallery's retail business.

City business website redesigned

SNELLVILLE -- The city of Snellville's office of economic development has announced the release of the Snellville Business Toolbox Version 2.0.

Touted as a "one stop shop for any entrepreneur, potential entrepreneur or existing business looking for resources to start, sustain or grow their company," the website aims to meet local business demand for a comprehensive guide of resources.

According to a news release, the original release of the Snellville Business Toolbox in June 2012 received many accolades and a strong fan/user base.

The Snellville Business Toolbox 2.0 was created to provide a more professional appearance and fulfill suggestions the city received from users and volunteers in the Snellville Entrepreneur Council.

Visit www.snellvillebusinesstoolbox.com for details.

Keller Williams makes 'best places to work' list

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently recognized Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners as one of the top 3 'best places to work.'

According to a news release from Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners, the company's team leaders are "among the best in the industry."

"They work every day to encourage the growth and development of our agents," said Bryan Fair, owner of Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners.

The company supports more than 850 Atlanta-area real estate agents and more than 50 staff members in eight offices including Sugarloaf, South Forsyth, Buford, Snellville, Tucker, Newnan, Peachtree City and Stockbridge.

--From staff reports