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Kessler named Coastal Bank VP

SAVANNAH - The Coastal Bank headquartered in Savannah, recently hired Wayne Kessler as a vice president and credit officer. In his new position, he is responsible for managing the bank's credit and underwriting services.

August 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber to launch entrepreneur-friendly initiative

Effingham County Chamber President Freddy Long announced the formation of a new Chamber task force that will assist would-be entrepreneurs and small businesses in Effingham County.

August 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Does IPO spell investment success?

If you've ever spent any time among investors, you're bound to have heard someone say: "If only I had gotten in on the ground floor of Company A (or Company B or Company C)." In investment terms, "getting in on the ground floor" means buying a company's stock shares when they first go on sale - an initial public offering (IPO), to use the official term. But is it really that desirable to invest in an IPO?

August 16, 2007 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


Busy first day at Citizens Bank branch

August 14, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Protecting yourself against identity theft

First, the bad news: There's still plenty of identity theft out there. Now, the better news: There's not as much as in previous years. And now, the best news: You can do a lot to protect yourself from being victimized.

August 09, 2007 | Jeff Hupman | Business


Citizens Bank gets 'perfect location' for Port Wentworth

The constant whir of cars speeding on the nearby road may have served as a reminder to Citizens Bank of Effingham officials why they chose to expand to Port Wentworth.

August 09, 2007 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


Lost Plantation to finish developing

Lost Plantation, a Lamar Smith Signature Development community located in Rincon, recently completed a new pool and pavilion and has announced plans to develop the neighborhood's remaining home sites. Two phases of custom home sites are currently available, with prices ranging from the $70,000s to the $90,000s.

August 04, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Bennett named vice chairman of bankers group

SAVANNAH - The Coastal Bank announces that senior vice president Chap Bennett has been elected the Division One vice chairman for the Community Bankers Association of Georgia, a leading organization which represents community banks across the state.

August 04, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Seminar to address immigration law changes

Current immigration law and prospective changes - and how to comply with them - will be the focus of the Georgia Southern University seminar "LAW 106: Immigration Compliance Issues for Businesses" scheduled for 6 p.m., July 19, at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah.

August 04, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Coastal Georgia Center goes wireless

The Coastal Georgia Center, an academic and conference facility located in Savannah's historic district at 305 Fahm St., recently announced the addition of wireless Internet access.

August 04, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Citizens Bank to open Port Wentworth office Monday

Citizens Bank's new office in Port Wentworth will open for business Monday according to an announcement by Michael T. Lee, president and CEO.

August 04, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Equinox to perform at Baibry's

The Equinox jazz quartet, led by Effingham resident Jeremy Davis, will play Saturday night at Baibry's beginning at 6:30 p.m.

August 03, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Don't let external events keep you from investing

If you look for reasons not to invest right now, you could find them - global unrest, high gas prices and so on. Yet, if you wait until "things settle down" before investing, you'll have difficulty achieving your financial goals, because there will always be some external events that could keep you out of the market - if you let them. But the smartest investors look beyond today's headlines - and when tomorrow arrives, they are often rewarded for their patience and perseverance.

August 02, 2007 | By Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


Speed up mortgage payments or increase your investments?

Most people who have mortgages dream of a day when they won't. In fact, many mortgage-holders speed up their payments to make that day arrive sooner. Is that smart, from a financial standpoint? Not necessarily.

July 25, 2007 | Jeff Hupman | Business


Spence named to MBAG board

Senior mortgage loan officer Karen Spence, of SunTrust Mortgage Savannah, was named to the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia's (MBAG) board of governors at their 37th annual convention in May of this year.

July 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


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EHS names Pizzino chief information officer

Mary B. Pizzino has been named the chief information officer of the Effingham Health System.

March 24, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Legislature approves additional $35M for port deepening

The $35 million in additional port deepening funds proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal has been approved by the state legislature and now awaits the governor's signature.

March 20, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State unemployment rate dips to 7.1 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.1 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.5 percent in February a year ago.

March 20, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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


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