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State urges caution in charity giving

ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel today offered advice to individuals planning to donate to charities during the holiday season. Secretary Handel serves as Georgia's chief charities regulator.

December 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Thurmond praises passage of jobless benefits extension

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond commended the Georgia congressional delegation and President Bush for their decision to extend unemployment insurance benefits for jobless Americans. More than 90,000 Georgians may be eligible for the extended benefits signed into law this morning.

December 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Letter from car insurance company confusing you?

That letter from your car insurance company about Uninsured Motorist Coverage got you scratching you head while you try to translate all that insurance mum boo jumbo. Well, lets see if we can simplify it some, or at least get the language into English.

December 23, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


Is it time to sell ... or is it time to buy?

We're in a recession, which could be severe. Several financial services companies have either collapsed or been bailed out by the government. And the stock market is down about 45 percent since hitting its peak in October 2007. Is this a "perfect storm" that should blow investors out of the market - or is it actually an opportunity for investors to jump back in?

December 23, 2008 | Frank Bevenour Guest Columnist | Business


SBA-backed loans still going strong

While small business lending is down in Georgia, a recent spot check of lenders who make SBA guaranteed loans showed they are doing deals for start ups and expansions and perhaps climbing back from a recent 28 percent drop in total loan volume.

December 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Jobless rate in Savannah, Coastal Empire jumps again

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 6 percent in October, up 2.2 percentage points over the year from last October. The unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in October, the highest rate in more than 16 years. The jobless rate was up 2.5 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The October unemployment rate was up six-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 6.4 percent in September.

December 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Bryant awarded CCIM designation

Adam S. Bryant, advisor for Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate in Savannah, was awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in October by the CCIM Institute, one of the leading commercial real estate associations in the world.

December 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


State jobless mark hits 7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.0 percent in October, the highest rate in more than 16 years. The jobless rate was up 2.5 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The October unemployment rate was up six-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 6.4 percent in September.

December 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber prepares for Holiday Business Tour

Concerned about lower consumer spending this holiday season, Effingham County retailers are trying to lure holiday shoppers with huge discounts of up to 75 percent and buy one, get one free specials Dec. 5, as part of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Business Tour.

December 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber sets Eggs and Issues Breakfast for Dec. 3

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast on Dec. 3. The event will be held in the Social Hall of Springfield United Methodist Church, 210 Cleveland St., Springfield at 7:30 a.m.

December 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Kulps winners at Belmont Glen

Luke and Linda Kulp were presented with a check for $500 from Konter Quality Homes and SunTrust Mortgage, according to Steve Petro, sales and marketing director of Konter Quality Homes. The Kulps entered the drawing at the Saddle Club booth at the October Effingham County Fair.

December 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Invest in businesses, not in Wall Street

If you're an investor, you might be shaking your head in dismay after looking at your recent brokerage statements. In fact, you might even be thinking about giving up on Wall Street altogether. But before you do, consider the following story.

December 15, 2008 | Frank Bevenour Guest Columnist | Business


State initial jobless claims jump more than 50 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 74,480 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in November, an increase of 54.7 percent from November of 2007.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Time running out on IRS moves

ATLANTA - The tax filing season is just around the corner. "Taxpayers can take the first step now by planning and reviewing tax law changes featured on the IRS Web site, www.irs.gov", according to IRS spokesman Mark Green.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


SBA lauds Treasury move to bolster small business loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A plan by the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve to improve market conditions for asset-backed securities - including those composed of SBA-backed small business loans - should be welcome news to credit-hungry small businesses across the country, said U.S. Small Business Administration Acting Administrator Sandy K. Baruah.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


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Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA waits for answers on Medient master plan

While Effingham Industrial Development Authority members expect to get the master plan for Medient Studios' project, they also still have a slew of questions.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State jobless rate up to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 8.3 percent.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient unveils revised master plan

A studio planning on building a massive complex in Effingham County hopes to have its first building up and ready by the end of the year.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Georgia Ports hit all-time high in container traffic in July

The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 20-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.

August 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber membership drive rolls on

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's drive has brought in 27 new members, one renewal and two members upping their involvement to members of distinction level, Chamber Executive Director Rick Lott said.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Savannah SHRM chapter hosts annual retreat

The Savannah Area Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management hosted their annual HR retreat for 125 attendees from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on July 24 in downtown Savannah at the Embassy Suites.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient ready to deliver revised master plan

The new master plan for a planned massive film production studio could be in the hands of Effingham County officials as soon as Friday, the studio CEO said.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Governor praises film industry impact on state

Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during fiscal year 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal announced.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Annual farm tour gets into county’s agribusiness

The annual Effingham County Young Farmers tour let participants see how advanced agriculture has become - and get a glimpse of a burgeoning new agribusiness endeavor.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


SouthCoast undergoes a rebranding, name change

The Savannah-based medical organization formerly known as SouthCoast Medical Group has re-branded officially as SouthCoast Health. The change will be reflected in the organization's name, logo, Web site and overall visual identity.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Zeigler earns personal financial representative title from Allstate

Effingham County's Dusty Zeigler is among an elite group of Allstate insurance agency owners who recently earned the personal financial representative title.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Guyton Animal Hospital opens its doors

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the new Guyton Animal Hospital.

July 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


BI-LO to hold job fair

BI-LO is holding a job fair to accept applications and conduct interviews for various positions in the Pooler area.

July 29, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber eager to launch membership drive

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announced that it will hold a membership campaign for the first time in several years.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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