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Good plans put outside space to work

Spring is here, and many businesses look to invest in outdoor spaces, helping properties gain value and look attractive at the same time.

Paris Market owner finds Broughton effort worthwhile

New Orleans native Paula Danyluk opened up her retail, coffee shop and design services space, the Paris Market and Brocante, on Broughton Street when “people were pioneers to launch storefronts there.”

Paula Danyluk, owner of the Paris Market & Brocante on West Broughton Street. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Business group hears Gulfstream’s philosophy of strength in diversity

Savannah’s Downtown Business Association got a dose of politics and a look at how Gulfstream is working to grow work capacity in the community.

A Squad Bake Shop owner brings her own flair

Natasha Gaskill left Lulu’s Chocolate Bar in 2013 to launch a wedding cake business, and now her A Squad Bake Shop is a unique operation known for its pastries, donuts and cakes at some of Savannah’s best dining establishments.

Natasha Gaskill, owner of A-Squad Bake Shop, stands inside her 10-by-16 foot baking cottage in her backyard. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Vintage looks make new business

In a throwaway economy, some local entrepreneurs have found value and mission in the recycled, once-loved clothing market.

Business of Love: Finding right match for your work

Savannah has long been a mecca for weddings, both local and destination. The impact that the weddings have on small businesses, such as event planners, rental companies, caterers, photographers, and musicians, is significant. It is also these small vendors and the variety of styles they provide that can make all the difference couples who plan ahead.

Savannah service clubs move community projects

Savannah’s dozens of service clubs and organizations play a large role in providing money and support for the community, while offering members an opportunity to network locally.

Tree businesses work to restore urban forest

Iconic for its trees, namely live oaks and gum, 36 percent of Chatham County is shaded with canopy, and the urban forest is a business opportunity for skilled landscapers and arborists.

Mark Clean, a Specialist Forrester with the Georgia Forestry Division, inspects a tree in Jaycees Park which fell due to winds from Hurricane Matthew. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

BiS profile: Diane Lee of Georgia Tech

business profile - Diane Lee; director of Georgia Tech-Savannah

Diane Lee, Director of Georgia Tech-Savannah, sits in the conference room of their building on Technology Circle. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Pop-up shop brings designer fashions to town

New York City-based Roz Morris and Savannah local Abbie May Hastings collaborated to launch the Trustees’ Garden Pop-Up event to spotlight the two distinct cities’ entrepreneurs, artists, and designers for a 10-day event.

Roz Morris, left, and Abbie May Hastings launched the Trustees’ Garden Pop-Up event. (Eva Fedderly/For the Savannah Morning News)

City manager to speak at Hispanic chamber

The Metro-Savannah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual gala and awards banquet Oct. 29 at the DeSoto Hilton, where Savannah’s new city manager, Rob Hernandez, will be the keynote speaker.

Rob Hernandez

Woodworkers preserve trees after Hurricane Matthew

A group of Savannah woodworkers have united in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to preserve wood from trees that fell as a result of the storm.

Charley Ward, co-owner of Slowvannah Farms, straps down pieces of an elm tree. He will cut, dry and build furniture from the wood. (Photo by Steve Bisson/SMN)

Savannah-based entrepreneurs use iPads, iPhones to expedite chronic wound care

A company in Savannah is seeking to change the way the health care industry handles chronic wound care. Local health care veterans Katherine Piette and Joseph Ebberwein founded Corstrata one year ago in order to provide a new model to treat chronic wounds, which they say is more efficient and cost effective. 

Joseph Ebberwein and Katherine Piette, right, demonstrate a telemedicine consultation with Myra Varnado, Corstrata wound care specialist nurse located in New Orleans, using the company's live video app. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Self-defense business holds steady, true

While sales can collide with community fears, proprietors of self-defense businesses say their missions are more about personal safety, responsibility and awareness. “We try not to capitalize on the negatives,” said Thunderbolt Guns’ manager, Luther Loughridge. “But we want everyone to be safe.”

District attorney: Solving crime problem will take concerted efforts

District Attorney Meg Heap told 50 local business owners Thursday that there’s no magic to solve Savannah’s crime challenges and encouraged them to lobby their legislators for more information on criminals.

Self-defense business holds steady, true

While sales can collide with community fears, proprietors of self-defense businesses say their missions are more about personal safety, responsibility and awareness. “We try not to capitalize on the negatives,” said Thunderbolt Guns’ manager, Luther Loughridge. “But we want everyone to be safe.”

BiS profile: Mark Howard, Howard Financial Group

The motivation for launching Howard Financial Group initially came after my father passed away, and I saw firsthand how it impacted our family.

BiS profile: Damon Victor, Electric Bikes of Savannah

Our parent company, Greenpath Electric Bikes, launched in 2009 in Brooklyn because we saw New York City was becoming so congested with traffic, noise, and pollution. Electric bikes were our solution. 

Restaurant chief says industry crucial to building workforce

Savannah’s charm lures more than 13 million visitors each year, and they’ve got to eat somewhere. That’s good news for the state restaurant industry, said the state’s top restaurant official.

Karen Bremer, chief executive officer of the Georgia Restaurant Association, addresses the Savannah Downtown Business Association on Wednesday at SoHo South Cafe. (Eva Fedderly/For the Savannah Morning News)

Summer vocation on Tybee

For Tybee businesses and other groups who deal with the brutal swings of seasonal business, it’s all about the plan and commitment.

Photos by Josh Galemore/BiS