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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


Butterducks increases capacity

Butterducks Winery at 3332 Blue Jay Road in Guyton has just recently purchased five more wine tanks. This brings their total capacity for making wine to almost 30,000 liters.

September 06, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


How much and what kind of real estate to add to portfolio

You may have heard that "real estate is always a good investment." However, that's a "blanket" statement and not terribly useful. In fact, it raises many questions: Does real estate really go up in value all the time? What type of real estate should I invest in? What percentage of my portfolio should be devoted to real estate? Once you know these answers, you'll be in a much better position to decide if, and how, you should incorporate real estate into your investment picture.

September 06, 2007 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


Armstrong recognized by USDA for home financing

Harriette Armstrong, a loan officer for International Mortgage, was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday for financing more than $1 million in home loans backed by the USDA.

September 01, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Do all your stocks and mutual funds look alike?

Like most people, you probably gravitate toward things that you're familiar with and that you like. If you enjoy classical music, your shelves may be full of Beethoven and Ravel. If you love pasta, your cupboards may be bulging with spaghetti and ravioli. In most parts of your life, there's nothing wrong with this type of devotion - but, if it's carried over to your investment portfolio, you could run into problems.

August 30, 2007 | Jeff Hupman | Business


Citizens Bank celebrates Port Wentworth grand opening

August 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Are you financially prepared to help aging parents’ needs?

If you have your parents during much of your adult life, consider yourself fortunate. As they age, however, you will need to become increasingly aware of added responsibilities you may have to assume. And by planning ahead, you can help make everyone's lives easier.

August 23, 2007 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


Howell joins Atlantic Southern

August 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Lord Eye Center announces its new affiliation

Statesboro - Lord Eye Center, one of the largest privately-owned eye care centers in Georgia, recently announced an affiliation with Woolfson Eye Institute of Atlanta.

August 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


Tractor Supply names Reid as manager

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Steven Reid has been named store manager at the Rincon Tractor Supply Company store that is under construction, according to district manager Jeff Johnson.

August 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Business


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


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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


State jobless rate dips to 7.9 percent

ATLANTA - The state Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 8.0 percent.

October 21, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio, IDA close to finishing deal

The master plan, development schedule and supplemental agreement between Moon River Studios and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority could be approved as soon as Thursday evening.

October 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Manufacturing company looking to hire employees

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Caesarstone, a new manufacturing company in Richmond Hill, recruit for a number of positions.

October 16, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Moon River announces new CFO

Moon River Studios, Inc., announced the appointment of Steven Bahlmann as its new chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer. As CFO, Bahlmann will be responsible for the financial management of the company, accounting, strategic planning and investor relationships.

October 16, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio shooting for early 2015 start

Construction on the initial soundstages for a massive studio project could happen as soon as January, Moon River Studios CEO Jake Shapiro said Thursday.

October 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Gulfstream unveils two new business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Harbor deepening ready to commence

"Georgia and its congressional delegation have fought long and hard to see this project through to fruition - a project that is vitally important for economic development and job creation not only in the Southeast, but nationally as well," said Gov. Nathan Deal. "After years of regulatory purgatory, we finally cleared the last hurdle and hope to begin dredging in the Savannah River before the end of the year. This pivotal link in our logistics network will aid in the prompt delivery of valuable cargo to and from every corner of Georgia and, in turn, preserve and create jobs and encourage ...

October 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Triple J Farms honored as Georgia Centennial Farm

Eighteen farms, including Effingham County's Triple J Farms, were honored Friday at the Georgia Centennial Farm Awards.

October 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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