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State jobless rate hits 15-year high for May

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped to 5.8 percent in May, up five-tenths of one percent from 5.3 percent in April.

July 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Patriot Express Loan program tops $150M

WASHINGTON - In just under a year, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative approved more than $150 million in loan guarantees to nearly 1,500 veterans and their spouses who are using the SBA-guaranteed funds to establish and expand their small businesses.

July 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia Department of Labor schedules job fair/career expo in Statesboro

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor's Statesboro Career Center, Georgia Southern University, the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, and the Development Authority of Bulloch County will jointly sponsor a job fair and career expo for employers and job seekers in the area.

July 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


State Chamber starts drive

With the help of more than 500 volunteers, representing 35 companies and organizations, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has begun canvassing the state for new members and additional resources. The goal of this year's campaign is $1.8 million and 800 new members.

July 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Small Business Assistance Center to hold two startup workshops

Two workshops entitled "Thinking of Starting A Business" will be held during June from 6-8:30 p.m.

July 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Savannah Mall undergoes first makeover in 18 years

New owners are taking the shopping experience to an entertainment art form to the delight of the community.

July 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


And now, a few words on fees

One of the most foundational things to know about your investment account is how you pay for the services you receive. There are three common ways to pay for the management of your account. Let me first say that there are many, many financial institutions and brokerage firms in existence today. This is a general overview. It is important that you talk with the firm that you are dealing with if you wish to learn exactly what the expenses are for your account.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


SBA launching tax savings resource center

WASHINGTON-The SBA has created an online tax savings resource center to help small businesses understand how they can benefit from the 2008 economic stimulus package signed into law by President Bush earlier this year.

July 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Lee takes over presidency of Effingham Chamber

Michael Lee, president of Citizens Bank, took the reins of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's annual meeting Thursday night.

June 28, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


Newell to open Savannah shredder

Newell Recycling, one of the largest recyclers and processors of recycled metals in the Southeast, is opening a state-of-the-art facility in the Savannah area later this year. The company has been granted final approval and received all necessary permits to open its Garden City plant, slated for a December opening.

June 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Starting early for retirement can make all the difference

Whether you are just starting or you are nearing retirement, it is important to know how much money you will need to get there. Make sure to start saving now, save consistently and invest wisely. One of the great things about planning for retirement is that, if you start early enough, you don't have to do all of the work yourself. If you choose good quality investments, they should do most of the work for you.

June 26, 2008 | Jeff Hupman Guest Columnist | Business


Homeowners, businesses urged to be ready for disasters

WASHINGTON – As several states recover from the destruction and loss of life caused by recent tornadoes, floods and wildfires and other areas prepare for the beginning of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, the U.S. Small Business Administration is urging the public to develop an emergency plan before the disaster hits.

June 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


DP’s LogistiPort at Savannah finished

SAVANNAH - Reno, Nev.-based DP Partners announced the completion of its new 72-acre LogistiPort at Savannah, the first LEED-registered business park completed in the Savannah and the southeastern U.S. markets, announced Stephen G. Bailey, RLA, CCIM, Partner-Eastern Region for DP Partners, a member of Dermody Properties.

June 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Fields to highlight Chamber annual meeting

Motivational speaker George Fields will serve as the keynote speaker for the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce 22nd annual meeting, set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Effingham County High School, Chamber President, Freddy Long announced.

June 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Arby’s franchises lend helping hand to Big Brothers/Sisters

Arby's is launching a national community fundraiser in Arby's restaurants throughout the country to raise money and awareness for youth-mentoring, and residents of Savannah and the surrounding area may use it to make a difference in their own local communities.

June 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


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