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State unemployment mark hits 9.3 percent

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent in February, the highest rate ever recorded in Georgia. The previous high was a revised 8.5 percent in January.

March 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


IRS to hold Super Saturday to answer tax prep questions

ATLANTA - The Internal Revenue Service and scores of its community partners will open their doors on March 21, to help people who need free tax preparation, a question answered or a payment schedule arranged. The IRS recognizes that many taxpayers in the area may be confronting financial difficulties and need additional help this tax season. Therefore, seven IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers in Georgia, including the Atlanta site (401 W. Peachtree St. NW), will offer free tax preparation and help with tax issues on "Super Saturday", a special service day, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

March 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Sassy Steps introducing a Kindermusik program

Sassy Steps School of Dance and Baton is offering a new musical learning program for families with children ages newborn and up - Family Time. The new curriculum, created by Kindermusik, is designed to apply musical and developmental learning in a multi-age, multi-child, family environment.

March 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


President’s budget sustains many SBA credit programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's FY2010 budget overview offers full support for the U.S. Small Business Administration's credit programs, authorizing SBA to support loan guarantees of $28 billion to small businesses.

March 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Initial jobless claims double

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 86,519 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in February, an increase of 111.2 percent from February 2008.

March 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Sears seeking Hometown store operator

As part of its strategy to provide more convenient shopping for customers, Sears is looking for a local entrepreneur in Rincon to own and operate a Sears Hometown store.

March 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


SBA issues alert for scam

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a scam alert to small businesses, warning them not to respond to letters falsely claiming to have been sent by the SBA asking for bank account information in order to qualify them for federal tax rebates.

March 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Governor proclaims Ag Awareness Day

Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 15-21 as Georgia Agriculture Week to celebrate the industry. Gov. Perdue has designated March 17 as Georgia Ag Awareness Day. Georgia's weeklong celebration coincides with National Agriculture Week. National Agriculture Day is March 20.

March 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Borrowers earn return from AgSouth

STATESBORO - AgSouth Farm Credit, a rural lending cooperative, announced earnings of $33 million during 2008, down slightly from the association's 2007 year-end figures.

March 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


IRS has refunds for those who didn’t file 2005 return

ATLANTA - Unclaimed refunds totaling approximately $1.3 billion are awaiting over a million people who failed to file a federal income tax return for 2005. In Georgia nearly $39 million in unclaimed refunds awaits about 44,000 individuals. However, to collect the money, a return for 2005 must be filed with an IRS office no later than April 15.

March 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Jobless Georgians to get a little extra

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said that the Georgia Department of Labor has begun mailing an additional $25 per week to more than 180,000 jobless Georgians who have a valid unemployment insurance claim with the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Another new high for unemployment

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate in the metro Savannah area rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 7.5 percent in January, up 2.9 percentage points over the year from January 2008. The jobless rate in metro Savannah rose nine-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.6 percent in December.

March 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


EFACEC’s Guerra to speak at Chamber breakfast

Jorge Guerra, director of business and operations for EFACEC-USA, will be the keynote speaker for the next Effingham County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast slated for March 11 at 7:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church-Rincon's Memorial Chapel.

March 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


New withholding tables mean more take-home pay

ATLANTA - The Internal Revenue Service released new withholding tables that will result in more take-home pay this spring for millions of American workers.

March 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


SBDC to hold business startup workshops later this month

Two workshops entitled "Thinking of Starting a Business" will be held during the month of March from 6-9 p.m. They will take place on Thursday evenings March 12 and March 26 in the conference room of the Small Business Development Center, 111 E. Liberty St., Savannah.

March 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


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Rural Physician Bus Tour makes a stop at Effingham Health System

Effingham Health System hosted physicians, health care organization representatives and health information technology experts June 25 during a Rural Physician Bus Tour, an event designed to provide information and technical assistance on the Meaningful Use Attestation process.

June 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Morgan re-elected to Georgia Health Care Association board

Effingham Health System Chief Executive Officer Norma Jean Morgan recently was re-elected to the Georgia Health Care Association board of directors at the summer board meeting.

June 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


SEC halts Medient stock trading

The ousted CEO and chairman of the board has filed suit against the remaining Medient Studios board members, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in Medient's stock until July 9.

June 26, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


CNBC rates Georgia tops for business

Gov. Nathan Deal is celebrating the announcement by CNBC that named Georgia as the No. 1 place for business in the nation.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Slight rise in unemployment for Coastal Georgia

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region increased to 7.5 percent in May, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 6.7 percent in April. The rate was 8.1 percent in May a year ago.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA holds off on Medient supplemental agreement

A supplemental project agreement between the Effingham Industrial Development Authority and a film studio planning to build a massive production facility in Effingham is on hold, as the studio reorganizes its leadership.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Site selector gets option on part of Treutlen site

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has entered into a purchase option with site selector for about 21 acres at the Governor Treutlen site.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Foster to retire as bank’s leader

FCB Financial Holdings, Inc., parent of First Chatham Bank, has announced the retirement of Brian Foster as president and CEO of both the holding company and bank.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Walters named new GPA board chairman

The Georgia Ports Authority board of directors elected James A. Walters of Gainesville to serve as chairman.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate jumps to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 7.2 percent, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.9 percent in April. The preliminary rate for April was 7.0 percent, but it was revised down one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate in May of last year was 8.4 percent.

June 19, 2014 | Staff report | Business


County renews hotel-motel tax pact with Chamber

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's tourism efforts will get a continued boost, after the county commissioners approved extending the hotel-motel tax for another year.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient CEO: Studio anxious to make movies

New Medient Studios chief executive officer Jake Shapiro said the company will get to the essence of its being - that of making movies.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


WRRDA bill signing hailed as victory for harbor deepening

With President Obama's signing Tuesday of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is authorized to begin construction.

June 13, 2014 | Staff report | Business


New direction for Medient

Work continued quietly Thursday afternoon at Medient Studios' office in Savannah. But behind the scenes, a day of upheaval and tumult had taken place.

June 12, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


HeritageBank of the South launches mobile check deposit

HeritageBank of the South has launched HBOS Mobile Check Deposit, a convenient new service allowing eligible customers to deposit checks directly into their HeritageBank of the South account using a smartphone or iPad.

June 12, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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