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Do you have the right beneficiaries for your IRA?

Do you invest in either a traditional or Roth IRA? If so, you're making a smart move, because an IRA offers you a tax-advantaged way to save money for retirement. And of course, you want to save as much as you can, because you could spend two or even three decades as a retiree. But if you don't use all your IRA funds, what will happen to them? It's up to you - but your decision can have a big impact on your family, so you'll want to plan carefully.

November 22, 2007 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


SBAC lands micro lending package

Small Business Assistance Corporation has been awarded a $500,000 low interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration for relending to area micro businesses.

November 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Atlantic Southern happy to move into new building

When Atlantic Southern Bank was looking at expanding into coastal Georgia, its leaders knew they wanted to come to Effingham County.

November 17, 2007 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


State Chamber calls for a temporary relief from ESA

Georgia Chamber of Commerce President George Israel called for a temporary suspension or exemption from the federal Endangered Species Act, the reason the Army Corps of Engineers claims it is required to release of billions of gallons of water from Lake Lanier to Florida every day.

November 17, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Business start-up seminar to be held

A workshop entitled "Thinking of Starting a Business" will be held in the evening during the month of November. The workshop is two and a half hours long and will begin at 6 p.m. It will take place on Nov. 8 and will be held in the Conference Room of the Small Business Assistance Center, 111 East Liberty St., Savannah. The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center and the Service Corps of Retired Executives sponsor this event.

November 17, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


SBA report says response, faster, better

WASHINGTON - The Office of the National Ombudsman at the U.S. Small Business Administration recently released its annual report to the 110th Congress, rating federal agencies' responsiveness to the regulatory enforcement issues small businesses faced during fiscal year 2006.

November 17, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


EMC merges with Trinity

EMC Engineering Services, Inc. announces the successful merger/acquisition of the firm of Trinity Land Consultants, professional land surveyors, on Oct. 19.

November 17, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


SBA continues record-setting pac of loan guarantees in FY07

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration posted record-breaking loan numbers again in FY 2007, expanding access to capital to thousands of entrepreneurs across America. SBA set records for both the combined number and dollar volume of loans, and increased loans to small businesses in underserved areas by more than 5.5 percent.

November 15, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


BASS XIV coming to Savannah

University, pharmaceutical industry, and government representatives will gather in Savannah from Nov. 5-9, for the 14th Annual Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium (BASS XIV). The symposium will take place at the Mulberry Inn.

November 15, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Avoid these frightening moves for investment

Once again, it's Halloween. If you're an adult, you're probably more amused than frightened by the variety of ghouls, ghosts and goblins you'll see running around this week. However, although Halloween itself may not be particularly alarming, you can find some things in life that are truly scary - such as making bad investment moves.

November 15, 2007 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


Atlantic Southern reports record earnings in quarter

MACON - Atlantic Southern Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Market: ASFN) announced record financial results for the nine months ending Sept. 30 and the third quarter of 2007. Compared with the third quarter of 2006, the company achieved a 23 percent increase in net earnings while diluted earnings per share remained the same as the prior year.

November 10, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


First Effingham Bank to offer 'reward checking'

First Effingham Bank has unveiled a unique, no minimum-balance free checking account that rewards customers with 5.5 percent annual percentage yield (APY) earnings and automatic refunds on all ATM fees nationwide. The account is entitled Reward Checking, descriptive of the numerous benefits attached to the account.

November 08, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Matching financial goals with the right investments

Over the course of your life, you'll almost certainly have many different financial goals - and to help achieve them, you'll need to use many different investments.

November 08, 2007 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


Tractor Supply Company opens its doors

The Tractor Supply Company officially opened Saturday with a ribbon cutting kicking off the event.

November 08, 2007 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


HR pros can get ins and outs at Georgia Southern seminar

An upcoming certificate course offered by Georgia Southern University will review core employment knowledge needed by human resource personnel, office and division managers, and business owners.

November 08, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


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State jobless rate dips to 6.9 percent for December

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.9 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in November. The rate in December 2013 was 7.4 percent.

January 26, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Ports end year with growth across the board

The Georgia Ports Authority ended 2014 with growth in all cargo sectors, including a 10.2 percent increase in 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and a 7.4 percent increase in total tonnage.

January 26, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Study: Hospital contributes to economic health

Financial difficulties have forced a number of hospitals in Georgia to close in recent years, and some health care experts predict another dozen or more could close this year.

January 13, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Effingham County Extension sets 2015 production meetings

Effingham County Extension will offer production meetings to all crop producers in the county.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State welcomes Mercedes-Benz HQ

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz USA will relocate its headquarters to Atlanta, creating at least 800 jobs and investing approximately $74 million.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Murphy completes Leadership GHA

Marie W. Murphy, manager at ECB Occupational Medicine, a department of Effingham Health System, recently graduated from Leadership GHA, a prestigious health care leadership program of the Georgia Hospital Association.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


City approves final site plan for new Kroger

Final approvals still need to be obtained from other agencies, but the Rincon City Council has given its go-ahead for a planned new, larger Kroger.

January 06, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA to join forces with other groups on big projects

Effingham County is joining forces with three neighboring counties to land industrial prospects looking to set up shop along I-16.

December 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Metro jobless rate dips to 6.1 percent

ATLANTA-Metro Savannah's unemployment rate for November was 6.1 percent, down six-tenths of a percentage point from 6.7 percent in October, the Georgia Department of Labor announced. The rate in November of last year was also 6.7 percent.

December 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Young Farmers reap awards

The Effingham County Young Farmers organization recognized several local producers and supporters at its annual awards banquet at New Ebenezer Retreat Center.

December 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Victim Witness gets a hand from realtors

In Effingham County, some of Santa's elves have day jobs as real estate agents.

December 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


G-P Bucket Brigade fills a need

Effingham Fire Rescue doesn't have to look far back to find an example that a defibrillator can save a life.

December 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Kroger planning bigger store for Rincon

Kroger has submitted plans for a substantially larger store that will be built next to Lowe's in Rincon.

December 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Marshall to direct two films for Studioplex City

The chief executive officer of Moon River Studios announced Thursday a two-picture deal with renowned director Penny Marshall.

December 16, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate falls to 5.9 percent

Effingham County's unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent for October, according to the state Department of Labor.

December 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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