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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ATLANTA - The Internal Revenue Service released new withholding tables that will result in more take-home pay this spring for millions of American workers.
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.
SAVANNAH - Armstrong Atlantic State University will hold its spring career fair Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center on the AASU campus, 11935 Abercorn St.
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.
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.
The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has entered into a purchase option with site selector for about 21 acres at the Governor Treutlen site.
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.
The Georgia Ports Authority board of directors elected James A. Walters of Gainesville to serve as chairman.