The Better Business Bureau office serving east Alabama and southwest Georgia has issued the following warning:
Small business owners must be vigilant when it comes to "invoices" that come their way, often via fax. It is important to never assume that it is in fact a legitimate invoice, the bureau said.
Always read the correspondence in its entirety and alert your employees to do the same. Many of the so-called invoices are in fact solicitations presented in the form of an invoice. Often they will have a disclaimer stating that in small letters or hidden within the text.
Renovated USO Center opens at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta
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The ribbon was cut July 14 for the reopening of the newly refurbished 3,200 square-foot USO Center at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The center moves back to its permanent location on the third floor of the domestic terminal atrium after a year of planning, design and construction.
"We are proud of all the work that our military servicewomen and men do on behalf of our country," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "These individuals risk their lives for the ideals of liberty, justice and freedom that make America a beacon of hope for the world. And when they arrive or depart in the city of Atlanta, we want them to know that there is a special place designated for them right here at Hartsfield-Jackson."
Reed was joined at the recent ceremony by Aviation General Manager Miguel Southwell; Mary Lou Austin, CEO of USO Georgia; and Glenn Welling, vice president of operations for USO Inc. The event drew a standing-room-only crowd of USO staffers, volunteers, supporters and members of the military, as an Armed Forces band played patriotic music.
"Hartsfield-Jackson wants to show the members of the U.S. Armed Forces that we appreciate their service and believe they deserve a first-class facility," Southwell said. "Using the model of an airline club as an inspiration, our team focused its design on amenities and comfort. We believe our troops and their families will truly enjoy the new space."
Where the old center had the feel of a recreation room, the renovated facility is more like an airline hospitality lounge, Austin said, with dozens of outlets for charging phones, banks of computer workstations and a room reserved for private Skype calls. The center also has new furniture and appliances, several wide-screen TVs, a gaming station and a play area for children with a small library of children's books. Visitors can get free snacks and drinks in the updated kitchen.
The center also has been redecorated with framed historical flags, military unit patches and hundreds of "challenge coins" - medallions typically given out by unit commanders in recognition of achievement.
Now in its 35th year at the Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson's USO Center has hosted more than 2 million troops and their families.