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Making long-term financial moves in a short-term world

As a society, we have grown accustomed to instant gratification. You can lose 20 pounds in two months, learn a language in six weeks and download your favorite songs in seconds. The idea of waiting for what we want, it seems, has become a quaint relic of bygone days. Of course, in many walks of life, there's probably nothing wrong with having your desires fulfilled quickly - but the "get it now" attitude can actually have some negative consequences when it comes to spending, saving and investing.

October 04, 2007 | Jeff Hupman | Business


Chamber starts member drive

Effingham Chamber of Commerce leaders are hoping to add more than 100 new members to their rolls during their membership campaign this month.

October 03, 2007 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


Chamber seeks 100 new members

Campaign chairman Michael Lee has announced the kickoff of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce membership campaign.

October 02, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Lump sum vs. annuity: the choice is yours

Does your employer offer a pension? If so, you'll want to be familiar with your payout options before it's time to start taking money out - because your choice can have a big impact on your retirement income.

September 27, 2007 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


SBA, U.S. Chamber team up for better disaster response

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will pool their resources to more effectively respond to major disasters, paving the way for faster recovery in affected communities.

September 26, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


GSU offers business leadership course

Georgia Southern University is offering a non-credit business leadership course at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah.

September 26, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


CADDA names Jeffers loan officer

Wendy Jeffers was promoted to loan officer for CADDA's Savannah office. Prior to working with CADDA, Jeffers earned a BBA from Valdosta State University. She is certified as an economic development finance professional as well as certified consumer credit counselor.

September 25, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Save early, often and wisely for kids’ college education

It's that time of year when college students across the country reach for their backpacks and head back to campus - while their parents reach for their checkbooks and head for the Tylenol. If your children are still quite young, though, you can take steps now to reduce the headaches that may come from those big college bills.

September 20, 2007 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


SBA federal disaster loans now available

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that federal disaster loans are available to small businesses and small agricultural cooperatives located in all Georgia counties except Chattahoochee and Muscogee counties as a result of damages and losses to crops caused by drought that occurred Jan. 1, 2007 and continuing.

September 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Zaxby's set to open in Port Wentworth

Construction on Port Wentworth's first Zaxby's is now well under way.

September 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Consider insurance, annuities if IRA, 401 (k) are maxed out

Many people rely on their IRAs and 401(k) plans to help them pay for their retirement years - and for good reason, because IRAs and 401(k)s are excellent retirement-savings vehicles. But once you reach the point where you are contributing the maximum amount to your IRA and 401(k) each year, what else can you do to build resources for retirement? You might want to consider annuities and cash value insurance.

September 13, 2007 | Jeff Hupman | Business


Simply divine

Debbie Boykin and Kristine Morgan had been friends a long time when they decided to do something a little different.

September 11, 2007 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


Heritage Bank completes merger

The Heritage Bank and Peoples Bank officials recently announced that the scheduled merger of these two banks has been completed. As of Aug. 17, Peoples Bank of Blackshear, Waycross and Homerville has officially changed its name to The Heritage Bank and all locations are operating as Heritage branches.

September 08, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Atlantic Southern opens new corporate center in Macon

MACON - Atlantic Southern Bank is pleased to announce the opening of their new corporate center located at 1701 Bass Rd. in Macon. The location is known as Northwinds, named by a local developer before the bank purchased the land. Corporate staff will be relocating on Monday, Aug. 20.

September 08, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Survey says––Microtel tops in guest satisfaction

For an unprecedented sixth consecutive year, Microtel Inn & Suites has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction among economy/budget hotel chains. This ranking was the conclusion of 2007 study by J. D. Power and Associates. Microtel is the only brand in the hotel industry to have received this recognition six successive times.

September 08, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


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IDA to seek annexation for Research Forest parcel

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has agreed to ask Rincon to annex a portion of the Research Forest Tract, provided the city follows through on a set of stipulations.

November 26, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Moon River’s schedule gets the OK from IDA

The development schedule for a planned massive Effingham County movie production facility is finished and in the hands of the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

November 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Restaurant to thank customers before closing doors

It will be customer appreciation day at Baibry's Wednesday, as its owners and staff thank its legion of loyal patrons.

November 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Investment firm buys EFACEC

A manufacturer of power transformers that has called Effingham County home for three years has been purchased by a private investment firm.

November 19, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Dr. William Kohloff joining Effingham Health System

Effingham Health System welcomes Dr. William J. Kolhoff as a hospitalist and primary care physician. He will be joining Dr. John Bennett and Dr. Claude Sanks in caring for Effingham Hospital's inpatients as a hospitalist and he will be the primary care physician at Effingham Family Medicine in Rincon.

November 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A record month for ports

The Georgia Ports Authority announced Monday that its terminals in Brunswick and Savannah moved a combined 2.79 million tons of freight in October, a record for the authority.

November 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA to review plans for Research Forest Tract

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members will meet Thursday to discuss the Research Forest Tract.

November 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


PSC hearings on Vogtle report to start today

The Georgia Public Service Commission will begin hearings today on the Georgia Power Company 11th Plant Vogtle construction monitoring (VCM) report in Docket 29849. The hearing will start at 10 a.m. in Room 110 at the Commission offices at 244 Washington St., S.W. Atlanta. Additional hearings are scheduled for Dec. 16 and Jan. 20, 2015.

November 05, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Storie named executive assistant at Moon River

Moon River Studios, Inc., has announced the appointment of Aubrey Storie as executive assistant to the chief executive officer.

November 05, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Georgia named No. 1 state to do business

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that Georgia, for the second consecutive year, has been ranked the No. 1 state in the nation for business by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation's top economic development trade publications.

November 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Prospective buyer eyes purchase of EFACEC

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members have approved amending its memorandum of understanding with EFACEC and approving a transfer and assumption to a new company.

October 29, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA OKs Moon River master plan

After weeks of wrangling and discussion, the Effingham Industrial Development Authority has given the go-ahead to a massive studioplex's master plan.

October 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Smith named chief nursing officer at Effingham Health

Effingham Health System has appointed Betsy Smith as its chief nursing officer.

October 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate drops to 6.1 percent

ATLANTA - Effingham County's unemployment rate shrank in September, even as the labor force grew, according to Georgia Department of Labor statistics.

October 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Spencer, well-traveled flag find a home at Moon River

The flag has been in Trenton Spencer's go bag all across the globe.

October 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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