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Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:04pm

Ellis: Now’s the time to start a business

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:31pm

There’s never been a better time to start a business in Savannah. Over the course of 2017, hundreds of organizations large and small have invested in the area to provide resources, education, capital and networking opportunities. And unlike other cities that are overly saturated with startups, Savannah’s resources are easily accessible. So much so that startups from other places are moving here to take advantage of them.

Beneficial “collisions” between entrepreneurs, service providers and investors occurs daily at Bull Street Labs. (Submitted photo)

Culture of space: How office environments affect productivity, creativity

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:25pm

Many Americans spend nearly half of their waking hours working, thus it’s crucial that the spaces in which they work ignite productivity, alertness, and comfort.

Interior designer Amy Porch with Hansen Architects likes the windows that allow a lot of natural light in her office. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Business Profile: MacPherson’s Pubs

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:23pm


Daniel Cloutier, president and CEO of both Scottish Mac Inc. and MacPherson’s Pubs LLC.

Executive Profile: Georgia Bottoms

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:22pm

Georgia Bottoms

Georgia Bottoms, physical therapist and the owner of Fetch Canine Rehab, with Bella. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Dickey: Estate trusts remain important to protect assets

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:21pm

What is a trust? Often, when speaking to my clients about trusts, their eyes glaze over. However, without an understanding of trusts, people who hold property are missing out on opportunities to plan their estates in ways that will protect the property for their spouses and their future generations of descendants.

Hubbard: Divorce is about making good financial decisions

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:20pm

While you’re in the midst of a divorce, you’re going to have to weigh a lot of financial choices while dealing with the weight of strong emotions. You can minimize emotional stress by anticipating what decisions you have to make and understanding what’s involved in making them.

Atkins: Georgia Tech supply chain, logistics institute supports growing demand at port

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:20pm

Business at the Port of Savannah has swelled in recent years, leading to a short supply of qualified workers and warehouse space.

Cote: Start your 2018 marketing plan now

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:19pm

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your business’s marketing efforts this past year? Did you get a good return on investment for every marketing dollar spent, or could resources have been used more efficiently? What did you plan on doing in 2017 that you just never got around to doing, and why didn’t you do it?

Wright: How to capture trending hashtags for business social media accounts

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:19pm

Leveraging the power of social media is a key component for a business trying to strengthen brand messaging.

Sherman: Building projects work well in winter

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:18pm

Timing is everything when you are exploring the opportunity to build or invest in property. Spring and summer are typically noted as the optimal time to build, but fall and winter may provide you with more economical value. As the current market continues to thrive, now might be the perfect time to start a construction project or invest in property. Let’s explore the reasons why now is the time.

Darien: Face-to-face networking overpowers Facebook

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:17pm

Networking is essential for any small business that wants to become a large business.

Caputo: Tax bill could have implications for housing market

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:16pm

The House Republican Party’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was recently released and many are wondering what the proposal will actually mean for American homeownership. Here is a summary of what we understand the act to have proposed and what changes could be implemented:

Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:15pm

Associated Press

James Swartz, director of World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., displays Nerf’s “Zombie Strike” crossbow during a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Boston, where the child safety group released its annual holiday list of the 10 most hazardous toys. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo)

Ramsey: Flying etiquette requires restraint

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:14pm

With the holidays upon us, more than a few people will be taking to those formerly friendly skies to visit family and friends or perhaps to take a special vacation. Wherever they are headed, one thing is for sure — their air travel will have its share of challenges.

Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:10pm

By Anne D’Innocenzio

FILE - This Thursday, June 1, 2017, file photo, shows a Walmart sign at a store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart announced Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, that it will devote a section on its website to upscale Lord & Taylor, the latest strategic partnership as retailers make alliances. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

St. Joseph’s/Candler to build medical campus in Bluffton

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:19pm

St. Joseph’s/Candler plans to open a four-acre medical campus in Bluffton, S.C.

Dan/Hunt/Bluffton Today Mayor Lusa Sulka speaks as Beaufort County Councilman Mike Covert and Town Councilmen Dan Wood and Harry Lutz, and St. Joseph’s/Candler president and CEO Paul Hinchey look on.

City Talk: Voters rejected fix for train crossing delays

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:19pm

In Sunday’s newspaper, Kelly Quimby reported on the disruptions caused by trains in Garden City.

Score Savannah honors longtime mentor

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:18pm

After retiring and settling in Savannah 22 years ago, Al Torpie knew he wanted to remain active in the business community and, during the last two decades, he’s been doing just that by helping the area’s small businesses build plans for success through his time with Savannah SCORE.

Score Savannah member Al Torpie, left, was honored by the organization and chapter chairman Michael Siegel on Monday for 20 years of service as a Score Mentor. Torpie has advised dozens of Savannah businesses and nonprofits on marketing, budgeting and planning during the last two decades through Score. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)