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Holidays start in August for some small businesses

Chris Mann learned it's better to hire help for the November and December holidays while people in many parts of the U.S. are still wearing shorts and tank tops.
Mann used to wait until the holidays were at hand before hiring.

FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

Retailers carving earlier open times on Black Thursday

National retailers are carving more than just turkey today - they're carving a few more hours off their opening times in hopes of maximizing the lucrative holiday shopping season as Black Thursday firmly supplants Black Friday.

Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money

Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps. Some apps give you coupons you can hand to the cashier to scan, while others let you flip through advertising deals and promotions. Others let you scan barcodes at the store and check if there are cheaper options online.

I found four apps to recommend after testing more than a dozen over the past month. All four are easy to use and nicely designed.

In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business

Plump turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts.

Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday in Britain, but you might be forgiven for being fooled. It’s not hard to find someone to talk turkey, never mind sell you one. That’s because there are so many Americans in Britain these days that dozens of businesses have started selling the goods they need to celebrate.

U.S. consumer sentiment on the rise

Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November.

The University of Michigan said Wednesday that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 88.8 in November from 86.9 in October. That’s the highest since July 2007, five months before the Great Recession began.

BiS in brief: Savannah area sees drop in foreclosure rate

Foreclosure rates in metro Savannah decreased for the month of September over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic, a real estate information reporting firm.

Barfield: Year-end tax planning considerations

As the end of 2014 approaches, it is important to perform an assessment of your current tax situation so you aren’t hit with any surprises when it comes time to file your tax returns.

Looking for the best Black Friday deals? Here's where Wallethub says they'll be

Black Friday, some live for it and others despise it, but it’s considered the biggest shopping day of the year.
With stores opening earlier and the economy improving, two-thirds of shoppers are planning to head out on Black Friday as compared to just over 50 percent in 2013, according to the latest Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey.

Conde Nast picks Savannah among its 'top cities'

Savannah has been listed as number seven on a list of "North American Top Cities" generated by Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards. It moved up two spots from number nine in 2013.

Savannah's small businesses prep for post-Thanksgiving rush

Savannah’s small businesses are preparing for the post-turkey shopping rush, extending hours, holding sales and encouraging customers to buy local.

The first Saturday after Thanksgiving, dubbed Small Business Saturday, began four years ago as a campaign by financial giant American Express to encourage people to support independent brick-and-mortar establishments.

Edwards: SBA offers help to small businesses trying to obtain surety bonds

Many times a construction or service contractor bidding on a project finds that a surety bond(s) is required and that they cannot proceed because they are unable to qualify for the surety bond(s). A surety bond is often required to protect the project owner from losses resulting from nonperformance or noncompliance by the contractor. Federal, state, county and local government entities typically require surety bonds, but the project owner may also be a private company.

Hotel developer buying Firestone property on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A hotel developer has purchased the Bridgestone/Firestone tire center at 63 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., a prime piece of real estate that sits at the visual head of Broughton Street.

Bridgestone Retail Operations spokeswoman Susan Steeno confirmed the sale Monday and said it’s currently under contract with an investor for hotel use. Steeno did not disclose the name of the buyer or a sale price.

BiS in brief: Nominate your business for the 2014 BiS awards

The Business in Savannah team is accepting nominations for its 2014 business accolades. We’re looking for entrepreneurs and businesses that fit the following categories:

S.C. raising umbrella over tiny startups

Mom-and-pop startups will have a new business resource in South Carolina, similar to the network that Georgia has operated in some form for more than 10 years.
The S.C. Commission on Minority Affairs is setting up the S.C.

Home Depot faces dozens of breach-related lawsuits

Home Depot faces at least 44 lawsuits in the United States and Canada over a massive data breach earlier this year that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.

Holiday pop-up shop celebrates local fashion

Broughton Exchange to feature collections from 16 local designers

CITY TALK: Metro area continues to add jobs

The latest estimates from the Georgia Department of Labor show continued strong job growth in the Savannah metro area.

BiS in brief: Nominate your business for 2014 awards

Nominate your business for 2014 awards. The Business in Savannah team is accepting nominations for its 2014 business accolades. We’re looking for entrepreneurs and businesses that fit the following categories:

St. Louis firm buys 58-acre Savannah port site with plans to clean and redevelop it

A St. Louis-based redevelopment company has bought a 58-acre polluted site - known as a brownfield property - at the Port of Savannah with plans to clean it up and market it.