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MSE gets Jamba Juice deal at University of Illinois
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The University of Illinois has awarded MSE Branded Foods of Gainesville a contract that includes the installation of a Jamba Juice location in the Illini Union building.

Jamba Juice is a blender of fruit and other naturally healthy ingredients, including the company’s signature fruit smoothies such as Strawberries Wild and Citrus Squeeze.

The new location opened in January.

Founded in 1987, MSE Branded Foods provides turnkey food services for airports, shopping centers, hospitals and universities nationwide. They also include consolidated food courts, nationally branded food concepts and full-service restaurants.

SBDC to hold two-part course on QuickBooks

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center has scheduled a QuickBooks series from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 and May 8. The seminar will be held in the SBDC computer lab at 999 Chestnut St. The cost is $199.

QuickBooks is an accounting tool for small-business owners. The two-part workshop provides participants with hands-on experience in the QuickBooks environment, including case studies that allow you to develop your computer-assisted accounting skills through practical exercises.

The course is appropriate for newcomers and experienced users of the software. Pre-registration is required. Visit or call 770-531-5681.

Belk Charity Sale scheduled for May 2

Belk, the regional department store at Lakeshore Mall, has announced its Charity Sale on May 2 to benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area.

Belk’s previous Charity Sale held Nov. 15 raised more than $4.5 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations.

The four-hour, in-store shopping event provides a chance for customers to support worthwhile charities and take advantage of special discounts on purchases made during the event.

In return for a $5 donation, customers receive a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale from 6 to 10 a.m., entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from 20 to 50 percent on purchases throughout the store. Customers also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event. Belk cardholders will receive double points for card purchases.

Participating local charities will sell the Charity Sale tickets in advance of the event and the proceeds from each $5 ticket will be retained by the charity. Tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all donations divided among the participating charities and schools.

Among the participants are:

Oakwood Gospel Tabernacle

Goddard School Pre-K

Toddler Universe

Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper

NEGA Speech Center

Our Neighbor Inc.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County

Hall County Firefighters Auxiliary

Read Inc.

Habitat for Humanity

CFS/FMS Organization of GA

ICON All-Stars

Pilot Club

Buford Lanier Women’s Club

North Hall High Renaissance

American Red Cross

NOA Women’s Shelter

Johnson High Interact Club

Forsyth Central Drum Line

Level Grove Baptist Church

Fraternal Order of Police

Humane Society of Hall County

Gateway Domestic Violence Center

St. Paul United Methodist Church

Honor Band of Southern Hall County

Unity of Gainesville

McEver Road United Methodist Church

Hall County Head Start

Simply Grace Inc.

West Hall Middle School Renaissance

West Hall Lady Spartans Basketball

East Hall Middle School

Caring Hands

Friends of Recovery

Tri Delta

Special Olympics

Regional events