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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


Dr. Abbott joins Redick Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Andrew H. Abbott has joined Redick Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Silverwood Business Center.

December 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Making arrangements for long-term care

Long-term care refers to the many services beyond medical care and nursing care used by people who have disabilities or chronic (long-lasting) illnesses. Long-term care insurance helps you pay for these services, which can be very expensive. A policy also ensures that you can make your own choices about what long-term care services you receive and where you receive them.

December 12, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


Record loans for small businesses

WASHINGTON - Small businesses won a record $83.2 billion in federal prime contracts in FY07, an increase of almost $6 billion from 2006, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration's annual small business procurement scorecard recently released. In addition, each socio-economic group increased its share of federal contracting dollars by at least $1 billion.

December 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


State’s initial jobless claims skyrocket by 75 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 72,627 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in October, an increase of 75 percent from October 2007.

December 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Atlantic Southern posts quarterly loss

MACON - Atlantic Southern Financial Group, Inc. announced results for the nine months ended Sept. 30 and the 2008 third quarter.

December 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


AgSouth posts record net earnings for third quarter

STATESBORO - AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had record net earnings of $27.13 million during the third quarter of 2008, over a 6 percent increase over the figures from the same period during 2007.

December 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Now is not the time to panic with investments

When you're in a state of panic, you can do some things really well, such as run after a bus, think up an excuse or find a last-minute gift. Other tasks, however, require a calmer approach. You don't want to be panicky when you're slicing a tomato, pouring hot coffee or preparing your taxes - and you certainly don't want to panic when you're investing for the long term.

December 09, 2008 | Frank Bevenour Guest Columnist | Business


Springs into action

With help from Effingham Chamber of Commerce members, representatives of The Springs at Effingham apartment community - Amy Calvert, Joni Hugueley, Caroline Melton-Fischer, Bernie Zemter and Sabrina Wray - cut the ribbon on the complex.

December 02, 2008 | Patrick Donahue | Business


Citizens Bank winners

December 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Spatial Engineering chief to speak at Chamber breakfast

Richard Truluck, president of Spatial Engineering, will discuss his firm's role, mission and community impact at the next Effingham Chamber Membership Breakfast slated for Wednesday.

November 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Hospital praised in annual audit

Effingham Hospital received overall praise for its progress in 2008 and praise for the additional services it has brought to the community during an annual audit presentation from Jim Creamer on Tuesday evening.

November 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


SBDC to hold entrepreneur workshops

A series of four workshops entitled "Entrepreneur Development Certificate Program" or EDCP will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning Nov. 18 and continuing each Tuesday through Dec. 9 in the conference room of the Small Business Assistance Center, 111 East Liberty St., Savannah.

November 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


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Mapping how to attract, keep tourists

Effingham County could shape itself into a draw for tourists, if enough resources are applied to making it happen, a state tourism official said Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate nudges upward

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's preliminary unemployment for July was 6.6 percent, up from June's rate of 6.4 percent. The rate is down from the July 2013 mark of 7.1 percent.

August 25, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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


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