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It’s never too early to plan for retirement

You've heard the saying, "Vote early and vote often." That might be an old joke, but there's a similar saying you should take very seriously - "Save early and save often." Unfortunately, it's a phrase not everyone knows or puts into practice.

October 21, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


Party time for Party Connection

Party Connection held their grand opening ribbon cutting last Friday.

October 17, 2008 | Casey Davis | Business


Coursey promoted to income manager at Spine and Sport

Robin Coursey joined Spine and Sport as the insurance collections officer at the Effingham location in May 2007. Coursey worked in both medical transcriptions and in the fitness industry before joining Spine and Sport. Upon recognizing her talent, Spine and Sport quickly promoted her to income manager within a little over a year.

October 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


What is the difference between permanent and term life insurance

This has to be the most asked question that an insurance agent gets in the normal week. So I will try to explain the basic differences using general terms and the example of homeownership verse apartment renting, an experience most can relate to.

October 17, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


Jobless numbers up in metro Savannah, Coastal Empire

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 5.8 percent in August, up 1.9 percentage points over the year from 3.9 percent in August 2007.

October 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Smart ways to respond to a down market

If you're an investor, you may have been disappointed with how the markets have been reacting this summer to the news of high oil prices and other short-term events. Nonetheless, your long-term financial goals don't have to be jeopardized by these losses - if you know how to respond to them.

October 10, 2008 | Frank Bevenour Guest Columnist | Business


National Nephrology Week

DaVita-Effingham North Dialysis of Springfield is marking National Nephrology Week, which runs through Sept. 20. The staff acknowledges the physicians, nephrology nurses, personal care technicians and supportive staff for their commitment, knowledge and skills.

October 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Microtel tops J.D. Power and Associates survey

For an unprecedented seventh consecutive year, Microtel Inn and Suites has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction among economy/budget hotel chains. This ranking was the conclusion of 2008 study by J. D. Power and Associates. Microtel is the only brand in the hotel industry to have received this recognition seven consecutive times.

October 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


State jobless rate hits 15-year high in August

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent in August, the highest in 15 years. The jobless rate was up 1.9 percentage points from 4.4 percent at this same time last year. During the same period, the number of payroll jobs decreased 37,700 or nine-tenths of one percentage point.

October 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


State’s initial unemployment claims jump

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 59,090 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in August, an increase of 72.1 percent from August 2007. From July to August, the initial claims declined from 59,165, a drop of one-tenth of one percent.

October 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


What a trust can do for you

First thing that you will need to know is that a trust isn't for just the rich or the dead. Basically, a trust is a legal arrangement by which you, as grantor (or creator of the trust), transfer property to a trustee which can be the trust department of a company or an individual for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries. The trust document, drafted by an attorney, is the grantors guidelines on how and when assets will be distributed to named beneficiaries and their rights, and for how long a trust will last, the powers and duties ...

October 07, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


Dixon joins Spine and Sport

Spine and Sport welcomes Dr. Alysha Dixon to the team. Dr. Dixon is a new physical therapist at Spine and Sport.

October 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Business startup workshop coming

A workshop entitled "Thinking of Starting A Business" will be held Sept. 25 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 these events.

October 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Allen, Weston named asst. VPs at Citizens Bank

Troy Allen and Glenn Weston have been named assistant vice presidents at Citizens Bank, according to an announcement by Michael T. Lee, president and CEO.

October 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Local banker graduates from top consumer lending school

Marcus McBride of Springfield recently graduated from the Community Bankers Association of Georgia's Consumer Lending School, which is a part of the Community Bankers University. McBride was among 32 graduates who received a certificate of completion from this highly regarded school after an intensive week-long curriculum.

October 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


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Chamber welcomes new businesses

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce celebrated ribbon cuttings for Howard Family Dental and That Dress.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Ameris to acquire The Coastal Bank

Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, announces the acquisition of The Coastal Bank (Coastal Bankshares, Inc), scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2014. Once this merger is finalized, Ameris Bank will be the largest community bank on the Georgia coast.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate up slightly from December’s mark

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region increased to 7.5 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in December. The rate was 8.9 percent in January a year ago.

March 13, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Savannah Tech’s impact approaches $57M

In fiscal year 2012, Savannah Technical College had an economic impact on its four-county service area of nearly $57 million with spending directly or indirectly related to the college, according to a new study released by the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State Labor Department to help AT&T recruit wire technicians

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor will help AT&T recruit a number of wire technicians to install U-verse integrated digital TV, high-speed internet, and voice services.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls to 7.4 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in January, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA, Chamber to work on contract agreement

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members tabled action on their contract with the Effingham Chamber of Commerce. But IDA members backed the relationship between the two organizations.

March 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


‘Operation: Workforce’ tries to fill mission of jobs for vets

Operation: Workforce, an online one-stop shop portal for all veteran employment issues in Georgia, is currently serving more than 1,700 veterans and 730 Georgia employers. Created in November 2012, the site was launched by the Governor's Office of Workforce Development as a part of Gov. Nathan Deal's veteran-specific initiative to help connect our heroes with meaningful employment.

March 03, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Interest builds again in IDA’s Treutlen site

The loss of a Chinese phosphate company hasn't slowed the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

February 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham Women in Business to hold meet and greet, expo

Effingham Women in Business will host a meet and greet and mini business expo event March 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church's social hall. The church is located at 2000 Lexington Ave. in Rincon just past Macomber Ball Park.

February 27, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient expected to have master plan finished soon

Medient Studios is expected to present a master plan in the next 30 days for its planned production complex, according to Effingham Industrial Development Authority CEO John Henry.

February 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


PSC members support federal loans for Vogtle

Commissioners Lauren "Bubba" McDonald Jr. (R-Habersham County) and Doug Everett (R-Albany) are applauding the U.S. Energy Department's finalization of $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees to assist Georgia Power with the construction of two new units at its Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Ports start off 2014 with strong month

The Georgia Ports Authority opened calendar year 2014 with a strong January, achieving gains of 12.5 percent in 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and 7.3 percent in overall tonnage, compared to January 2013.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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