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March 9, 2012: 100UE, Invest Atlanta Ring Nasdaq Opening Bell

MARCH 9, 2012 — 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, in tandem with Invest Atlanta and a handful of other Atlanta-based companies, was on hand in New York’s Times Square Friday, March 9, to ring the opening bell and signal the start of that day’s trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Performing the actual bell-ringing honors was Brian McGowan, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta (formerly the Atlanta Development Authority), the city’s official economic-development agency, chaired by mayor Kasim Reed. On hand from 100UE were Amber Saunders, the founder and CEO of Enrichment Prep, a testing and educational-services business headquartered in Atlanta; Anthony Joiner, the founder of Atlanta-based travel-services company The Weekend Collection; 100UE chief financial officer Phil Rugile; and 100UE cofounder Lucas Riggins.

Other companies and organizations present for the ceremony included Atlanta’s Minority Business Development Agency Center, run by Georgia Tech University; StartupChicks; Village Capital; and more.

^ 100UE’s Lucas Riggins (second from left), Anthony Joiner (near right, in blue sweater vest under sport jacket), Phil Rugile (two places to Joiner’s right, at rear) and Amber Saunders (far right) applaud the bell-ringing ceremony opening Nasdaq trading for the day.

^ Joiner (third from left), Saunders (fourth from left) and Rugile (center right, with beard) outside Nasdaq headquarters in Times Square.

^ Joiner (at left) captures the moment with his phone as Nasdaq reruns footage of the ceremony on the exterior of its offices.