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Metro unemployment hits 8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate in the metro Savannah area rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 8 percent in February, up 3.5 percentage points over the year from February of 2008.

March 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Think twice before taking out a loan from your 401(k)

Your car could break down. You might need a new furnace. You have to pay for one last term of college for your child. Whatever the reason, you may someday need a large sum of money in a hurry. And as you look around for a source of funds, your eyes might come to rest on your 401(k) plan. It's there, it's yours - why not tap into it?

March 26, 2009 | Frank Bevenour Guest Columnist | Business


Debt Relief USA to fork over $500K

ATLANTA - Joe Doyle, administrator of the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, announced that the agency has entered into a settlement with Debt Relief USA, Inc., a debt adjustment company, over allegations that it violated Georgia's Debt Adjustment Act.

March 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


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


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Savannah SHRM chapter hosts annual retreat

The Savannah Area Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management hosted their annual HR retreat for 125 attendees from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on July 24 in downtown Savannah at the Embassy Suites.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient ready to deliver revised master plan

The new master plan for a planned massive film production studio could be in the hands of Effingham County officials as soon as Friday, the studio CEO said.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Governor praises film industry impact on state

Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during fiscal year 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal announced.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Annual farm tour gets into county’s agribusiness

The annual Effingham County Young Farmers tour let participants see how advanced agriculture has become - and get a glimpse of a burgeoning new agribusiness endeavor.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


SouthCoast undergoes a rebranding, name change

The Savannah-based medical organization formerly known as SouthCoast Medical Group has re-branded officially as SouthCoast Health. The change will be reflected in the organization's name, logo, Web site and overall visual identity.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Zeigler earns personal financial representative title from Allstate

Effingham County's Dusty Zeigler is among an elite group of Allstate insurance agency owners who recently earned the personal financial representative title.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Guyton Animal Hospital opens its doors

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the new Guyton Animal Hospital.

July 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


BI-LO to hold job fair

BI-LO is holding a job fair to accept applications and conduct interviews for various positions in the Pooler area.

July 29, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber eager to launch membership drive

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announced that it will hold a membership campaign for the first time in several years.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham, area jobless rates rise

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Savannah's unemployment rate increased to 7.4 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.9 percent in May. The rate was 8.3 percent in June a year ago.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A banner year for Georgia Ports

The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 29 million tons of cargo, 3 million 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and more than 700,000 auto and machinery units in fiscal year 2014, the GPA reported Monday.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient wins round in court against former CEO

The new chief executive officer of Medient Studios said the company got the ruling in its favor from a Nevada judge Wednesday afternoon it anticipated.

July 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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